Prospect Impressions: Windsor’s McCool plays on-ice soccer with DiGiacinto, Lundqvist is still the King, more highlights from around the globe

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Hayden McCool - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and 2016 prospect Hayden McCool was eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft but was passed over by the 30 NHL clubs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Ever wonder what would happen if soccer and hockey had a mash-up? Well, Windsor Spitfires forwards Hayden McCool and Cristiano DiGiacinto came up with an interesting rendition. In a bit of backwards poetry in motion, Tyler Parsons, a goaltender, scores a goal and Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner moonlights as a goaltender. That plus plenty of individual goal-scoring highlights in this week’s Prospect Impressions! Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Pair of newly-minted captains clash, plus draft-eligibles in the NAHL, Senators’ prospects in the SHL

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Jaedon Descheneau - Kootenay Ice; Ivan Provorov - Brandon Wheat Kings - Prospect Faceoff - 10/9/15

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Jaedon Descheneau (L), and Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Provorov are one of the marquee, head-to-head NHL prospect encounters this weekend (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Leadership is often one of the first things teams discuss when evaluating prospects, and for Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters and Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads, both players will adorn new letters this year. In the WHL, a surprising early cut from training camp faces off against a diminutive forward, and two draft-eligible players from the NAHL, as well as two Ottawa Senators prospects lead their teams into weekend action. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Notable Arizona Coyotes prospects compete this weekend, clash of styles in Quebec

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Nicolas Roy - Chicoutimi Sagueneens; Nicholas Aube-Kubel - Val d'Or Foreurs - Prospect Faceoff 9/30

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Nicolas Roy will go head-to-head against Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nicholas Aube-Kubel this weekend in in QMJHL action (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Four Arizona Coyotes prospects are in competition this weekend, starting with Ryan MacInnis and Kyle Capobianco, who lock horns in Northern Ontario. Dysin Mayo takes on a potential rival, and Jens Looke rounds out the Coyotes’ entrants in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2015-16 SHL Preview, Pt. 3: Frolunda, Skelleftea should battle for league supremacy

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Joel Eriksson Ek - Farjestad Karlstad; Toni Rajala - Lulea Hockey - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Teammates during the 2014-15 season, Farjestad forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (L) and Lulea forward Toni Rajala (R) now are on opposing teams in 2015-16, with Farjestad and Lulea both being among the top clubs in the SHL (courtesy of Farjestad Karlstad/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Parts one and two covered the teams ranked sixth through 14th in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the 2015-16 season. Now, part three of this Hockey’s Future season preview looks at the top five teams in the SHL, as ranked by HF. The top five includes 2014-15 league champion, the Vaxjo Lakers, as well as perennial contender Skelleftea. Vaxjo defeated Skelleftea in the finals last season to take the SHL championship. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Pair of Flyers prospects back to junior, QMJHL playmakers collide, and opening weekend in the USHL

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Andrew Mangiapane - Barrie Colts; Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's - Prospect Impressions, 9/25/15

Photo: Barrie Colts forward and Calgary Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane goes head-to-head with Ottawa 67’s forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Konecny on opening weekend in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Prospect Faceoff returns to Hockey’s Future with a pair of recently re-assigned Philadelphia Flyers prospects kicking off their junior season in style. In Ottawa, Travis Konecny goes one-on-one against one of 2015’s breakout stars in Andrew Mangiapane. Another Flyers prospect recently returned to his junior team, Travis Sanheim, goes against a steady performer in Luke Philp. The QMJHL is already underway, and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov’s playmaking abilities will be tested against Nicolas Meloche. Finally, the USHL kicks off their regular season this weekend and two late-round European prospects should see a lot of each other in a prime weekend venue. Read more»

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