Prospect Faceoff: CHL playoff implications on the line, other playoff games in Europe and in NCAA hockey

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Michael McCarron - Oshawa Generals; Sam Bennett - Kingston Frontenacs - Prospect Faceoff, 3/18

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron (L) goes head-to-head against Kingston Frontenacs forward and Calgary Flames prospect Sam Bennett (R) in a marquee NHL prospect matchup this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Jam packed with intriguing NHL prospect matchups, this week’s Prospect Faceoff is one you don’t want to miss.

In the OHL, Oshawa and Kingston meet for the eighth time this season, where one of the league’s premier power forwards meets a top draft pick returning from injury. Also, read on as top teams in the QMJHL and WHL battle for playoff positioning with a handful of games left. In the SHL, the playoffs are already underway and two promising young players need to step it up to help their teams advance. Finally, the NCHC wraps up their playoff tournament this weekend, a tournament that features a rematch from last year’s championship game. Read more»

SHL Prospects Notebook, March, 2015: Skelleftea takes regular season points title, playoffs begin

by Chapin Landvogt
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Emil Pettersson - Timra IK

Photo: Timra IK forward and Nashville Predators prospect Emil Pettersson has had a good 2014-15 season in the Allsvenskan, posting 35 points in 52 games (courtesy of City-Press via Getty images)

The 2014-15 SHL regular season has concluded and, as is usually the case, the cream floated to the top once the final siren rang.

Leksand and Modo were the teams at the bottom of the totem pole, so both will face-off with no less than four teams from the Allsvenskan to try to stick in the SHL. It is widely felt that Leksand, a team that came on strong at the end of the season, thanks in good part to the strong contributions of 22-year-old undrafted defenseman Linus Hultstrom (10-23-33 in 48 games), will have little problem dominating this relegation round. But Modo’s squad will have its work cut out for it, despite having added Donald Brashear and then Marcel Hossa after losing William Nylander to Toronto Marlies. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Two record-setting efforts, individual skill on display, more NHL prospect highlights

by David Hahn
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Christian Fischer - U.S. NTDP

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Christian Fischer (#21) has produced 20 goals and 20 assists in 48 games for the USA’s U18 National squad (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as a Notre Dame goaltender breaks an all-time NCAA hockey record. In addition, a future Fighting Irish recruit snagged a record of his own in the USHL. Also, a trio of players rewarded their teams with tremendous individuals efforts. Finally, a look at one WHL veteran who has become more than just a fighter. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

by Ken McKenna
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Jack Eichel - Boston University - 2015 Beanpot Tournament Championship

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel hoists The Beanpot trophy after the Terriers won the 2015 Beanpot by defeating Northeastern University 4-3 in the championship game (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While the top four players in the ISS Hockey March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft remain unchanged, one player managed to move up a few slots to land among the top five prospects. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: A pair of goalies set records, Johnson’s big night, and other highlights

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otter forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid recently topped the 100-point mark in the 2014-15 season, doing so in just 38 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

This past week has been full of creative and jaw-dropping NHL prospect highlights. One QMJHL goaltender sets an unusual new standard in goal scoring, while another has yet to lose since making his NHL debut. A hometown hero breaks hearts by scoring with the “Forsberg move” in a clutch situation, and the future first overall pick displays why he deserves that accolade yet again. Two European forwards showcase their elite skill, and a former prospect scored one of the best goals that didn’t make the scoresheet in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

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