Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds; Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks - Prospect Faceoff for 3/5/15

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks renew their rivalry this weekend in WHL action (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two sets of draft-eligible players go to head-to-head in critical games for their respective teams. In the OHL, two of the most improved players will see game action against each other. In addition, polar opposite defensemen lead their teams in a pair of NCAA games this weekend. Finally, two prospects with future college commitments including one player traded during Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Read more»

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

by Ken McKenna

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»

2015 NHL Draft: Boston native Askew takes road through QMJHL in hopes it leads to NHL

by Chris Roberts

Cam Askew - Moncton Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and 2015 prospect Cam Askew has improved his point totals from 14 in 64 games last season, to 38 in 56 games so far in 2014-15 (courtesy of Dave Connell)

The NHL Draft is a big night for the league and a monumental occasion for up-and-coming prospects. One weekend can validate a decade-plus of hard work and dedication – and not being picked by an organization can be devastating. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

by David Hahn

Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls; Cole Cassels - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»

Generals’ McCarron living up to first round status in second OHL season

by Jason Menard

Michael McCarron - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McCarron has nearly doubled his 2013-14 point total while having played 20 less games to this point of the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The new 2014-15 OHL campaign brought about a dramatic change in Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Michael McCarron’s game. The start of 2015 brought a new opportunity to play a key role in the Oshawa Generals’ Memorial Cup aspirations, and he’s hoping to lead the way by taking a year’s worth of lessons and applying them to this season’s success. Read more»

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