Prospect Faceoff: Marner takes on “exceptional” Day, younger Jones making a name for himself, Canada/Russia Series concludes

by David Hahn
Mitchell Marner - London Knights; Sean Day - Mississauga Steelheads - Prospect Faceoff for 11/18/15

Photo: London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner (L) and Mississauga Steelheads defenseman and 2016 prospect Sean Day (R) go head-to-head this weekend in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two of the biggest names in the OHL collide this weekend, as Mitch Marner guides the London Knights into Mississauga, where he will go head-to-head against Sean Day. In the WHL, two top defensemen clash, while two high-end import selections face off in the QMJHL. The CHL Canada Russia Series comes to a conclusion, where one hulking forward hopes to help the CHL take a clean sweep, but a talented Russian playmaker is hoping to write a different story. Finally, two of college hockey’s finest teams go one-on-one as a first-round NHL talent will try to shut down one of the best freshmen in the NCAA. Read more»

Rookies Simon, Sundqvist filling their roles ably for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

by Tony Androckitis
Dominik Simon - Team Czech Republic - 2015  IIHF World Championship

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Dominik Simon competed for the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, posting a goal and five assists in 10 games (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forwards Dominik Simon and Oskar Sundqvist are rookies by trade in the North American pro game, but both have played professional hockey overseas in the Czech Republic and Sweden, respectively. While it is not the first time these two have competed against men at a high level of play, it is the first time they are experiencing it on the smaller North American ice surface. Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Blackhawks, Coyotes place two each among honorable mentions for Fall ranking

by HF Staff
Brayden Point - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brayden Point currently leads the WHL in scoring with 16 goals and 39 points in 16 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects for the Fall of 2015 is now in the books, but there is still the group of 10 honorable mentions that should receive their due. At least a few of these players could arguably have been included in the lower reaches of the main list, and they may well find their way onto the Spring list in early 2016 once prospects on the main list have graduated. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Demko’s shutout streak in jeopardy, Canada-Russia series continues, premier matchups from the CHL, SHL

by David Hahn
Thatcher Demko - Boston College; Mackenzie MacEachern - Mighigan State University - Prospect Faceoff, 11/11/15

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko, and Michigan State forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Mackenzie MacEachern go head-to-head in NCAA action this weekend (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images and Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Can anyone beat Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko? Mackenzie MacEachern and the Michigan State Spartans are going to try to break Demko’s second long shutout streak of the season. The CHL Canada Russia Series continues this week, as Ottawa 67’s captain Travis Konecny is hoping to stay hot. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Cody Donaghey will try to slow down Conor Garland’s assault on the scoresheet, while Brendan Guhle will attempt to do the same against Jayce Hawryluk. In the SHL, two of the league’s youngest players go head-to-head in a matchup of a late-round pick versus a 2016 draft-eligible. Read more»

2015-16 Calder Poll: McDavid the top NHL rookie for October

by Tony Piscotta
Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid has been everything that the team hoped he would be when they chose him first overall in 2015, but McDavid will be on the shelf for an extended time due to an injury (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft is having an immediate impact on the Calder Trophy race according to the Hockey’s Future staff. In our initial staff poll, the top two players taken in Florida this past June occupy the first and third spots respectively. Read more»

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