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

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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

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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

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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»

2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

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Chris Wilkie - Tri-City Stom

Photo: Tri-City Storm forward and 2015 prospect Chris Wilkie is currently tied for third in goals-scoring in the USHL with 22 goals (courtesy of Tri-City Storm)

 

When asked why he got into hockey, Chris Wilkie smiles and offers a short laugh. “Well, my dad actually played in the National Hockey League, so that’s obviously where I started playing hockey,” he says, referring to his father, David Wilkie, who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers in parts of six NHL seasons. “My mom was from Omaha, so that’s where we would be in the summers, and then we just ended up moving back to Omaha, and we’ve been there for most of my life.” Read more»

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