Prospect Faceoff: World Under-17 comes to a conclusion, European talents go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior, NCAA hockey

by David Hahn
Joel Teasdale - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada; David Levin - Sudbury Wolves - Prospect Faceoff for 11/5/15

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Joel Teasdale and Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin go head-to-head in a semi-final match tonight at the 2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge pits two countrymen against each other as the tournament comes to a conclusion this week. There is also a pair of international talents going one-on-one for the first time in their careers in the OHL, while another strong European is leading the way for his squad against one of the most feared forwards in the QMJHL. In the WHL, two of the league’s top defenseman are a big part of their respective team’s success, while a pair of college forwards who once scored in bunches try to re-ignite their games in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: No change at top of ISS draft rankings for November

by ISS
Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has made an easy transition to the OHL as he is currently ranked third in scoring for 2015-16 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

No news is good news for the players sitting atop ISS Hockey’s November ranking of the top 30 prospects available for the 2016 NHL Draft. There is no change among the top 5 players from last month’s ranking, with Auston Matthews standing steady as the top prospect. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Opilka, Bracco on fire in Kitchener, NHL rookies get initiated, more from the AHL and Sweden

by David Hahn
Jeremy Bracco - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco elected to end his NCAA career after five games to join the Rangers this past week (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Kitchener Rangers are off to a hot start thanks to a pair of former U.S. recruits. In the AHL, a pretty shootout move is only trumped by a goaltender who makes three saves in three seconds. In Sweden, a 15 year old prospect is raising some eyebrows with awe-inspiring moves of his own. Finally, the NHL is in full swing and Jack Eichel scored again, a pair of rookies have the ice to themselves, and Captain Clutch rocks out in Chicago. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Ruck’s save that has the NCAA talking, plus goals from Kapanen, Nylander, McDavid

by David Hahn
Kasperi Kapanen - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen (L) five points in seven AHL playoff games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins back in April, then was traded by the parent Pittsburgh Penguins to Toronto in the offseason (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)

Kasperi Kapanen and Alexander Nylander are up to their old tricks this week, making appearances in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Joining them are a trio of plays from the NHL, including Connor McDavid yet again. Goaltenders get in on the action too, including one “glove save” with a blocker that has the college hockey world talking. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: McDavid heats up, three overtime game-winners, more highlights

by David Hahn
Joel Eriksson Ek - Farjestad Karlstad - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Farjestad BK forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (#20) should be a prominent player for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy HC Dynamo Pardubice/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Connor McDavid came through for the Edmonton Oilers this weekend, and is centering one of the most interesting forward combinations so far this year. The Erie Otters miss him, but still boast a perfect record thanks to some tremendous passing. Lawson Crouse and Conor McGlynn helped Kingston to a pair of overtime victories, and Joel Eriksson Ek did the same for Farjestad BK. This and more in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more»

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