Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

by Chris Roberts
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Conor Garland - Moncton Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)

If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: NAHL’s best go head-to-head, traded OHL superstar faces his old team, more prospect matchups

by David Hahn
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Samuel Montembeault - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada; Nicolas Aube-Kubel - Val d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and 2015 prospect Samuel Archembeault and Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nicolas Aube-Kubel go head-to-head this weekend in QMJHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Two of the NAHL’s best players at their respective positions go head-to-head this weekend, while one OHL forward hosts his former team. Two top collegiate goal scorers duel in Ohio, unsung heroes vie for supremacy in the WHL and one intriguing QMJHL game in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

by David Hahn
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Colin Smith - Lake Erie Monsters; Antoine Bibeau - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith nets an overtime goal against the Toronto Marlies’ Antoine Bibeau to give the Monsters a 4-3 win on Friday night (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Highlights from the NHL right on down through the AHL, college hockey and junior hockey are all part of this week’s Prospect Impressions article featuring notable plays made by NHL prospects in the prior week. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

by David Hahn
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Max Jones - Team USA - World U17 Hockey Challenge

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones was the leading goal scorer at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge with seven, while his 11 points in the tournament were second to teammate Clayton Keller (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

For Rochester, MI native Max Jones, family connections have helped carve a path in hockey. Make no mistake, the talented power forward is making a name for himself despite intrigue about where he will play in his draft-eligible season. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

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Timo Meier, Travis Konecny - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more»

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