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

by David Hahn
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»

2015-16 SHL Preview, Pt. 2: Linkoping the best of the middle of the pack

by Chapin Landvogt
Adam Ollas Mattsson and Andreas Englund - Djurgarden Stockholm - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ollas Mattsson (L) and Ottawa Senators prospect Andreas Englund (R) will be a part of a Djurgarden defense that includes many players with NHL potential (courtesy of Djurgarden Stockholm/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

In part one of this 2015-16 Swedish Hockey League (SHL) preview, Hockey’s Future looked at the teams ranked 11 thru 14. In part two of this preview, we will now take a look at the teams in the middle of the rankings, in slots 6 thru 10. Part three will look at the top five teams in the SHL. Read more»

2015-16 SHL Preview, Pt. 1: Talented youngsters should help Brynas be the best among lower teams

by Chapin Landvogt
Christopher Liljewall - Rogle BK

Photo: Rogle BK forward Christopher Liljewall will captain his team in the 2015-16 SHL season after turning in his best offensive season in 2014-15 (courtesy of City-Press via Getty Images)

As in years past, this fall will see pro hockey in Sweden at the SHL and Allsvenskan level kick off with a virtual army of NHL-drafted players. Many of these young men will be taking their first steps at the pro level and, as has been proven time and time again, the world of professional hockey in Sweden has often served as the ideal step towards a long-term NHL career. Read more»

2015 Prospect Tournaments: Rangers’ Andersson set to run with the WolfPack this season

by Sean Shapiro
Calle Andersson - EV Zug - Champions Hockey League

Photo: New York Rangers defensive prospect Calle Andersson split his time between EV Zug and HC Lugano in the Swiss National League A last season, totaling six goals and 20 points in 48 games (courtesy of Hannu Rissanen/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Calle Andersson knows there are going to be ups and downs this season.

The New York Rangers prospect is making the move from Europe and it’s larger expansive ice surface, to North America where he’s expected to play with the Hartford WolfPack in the American Hockey League. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Alexander Nylander, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
Alexander Nylander - Team Sweden - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Sweden forward Alexander Nylander competed for AIK in the 2014-15, but could move to North America for the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden forward Alexander Nylander came into the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as a player that was expected to create some offense for his team at this event. While Nylander was relatively quiet in the preliminary round of the tournament, he was the offensive catalyst in Sweden’s semifinal win over Finland. Read more»

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