Prospect Faceoff: Notable Arizona Coyotes prospects compete this weekend, clash of styles in Quebec

by David Hahn
Nicolas Roy - Chicoutimi Sagueneens; Nicholas Aube-Kubel - Val d'Or Foreurs - Prospect Faceoff 9/30

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Nicolas Roy will go head-to-head against Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nicholas Aube-Kubel this weekend in in QMJHL action (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Four Arizona Coyotes prospects are in competition this weekend, starting with Ryan MacInnis and Kyle Capobianco, who lock horns in Northern Ontario. Dysin Mayo takes on a potential rival, and Jens Looke rounds out the Coyotes’ entrants in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2015-16 WHL Preview: Kelowna, Portland may come back to the Western pack

by Glen Erickson
Ryan Gropp - Seattle Thunderbirds; Brandon Carlo - Tri-City Americans - WHL U.S. Division Preview

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and New York Rangers prospect Ryan Gropp (L) and Tri-City Americans defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Brandon Carlo (L) will be two prominent players for their teams in 2015-16 in the WHL’s U.S. Division (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks have been the class of the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference for the past few seasons, but there is some strength building in the U.S. Division. The Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds appear poised to challenge the Winterhawks and Rockets. Read more»

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 WHL Preview: Brandon, Red Deer could be the cream of the Eastern crop

by Chris Roberts
Jake DeBrusk - Swift Current Broncos; John Quenneville - Brandon Wheat Kings - WHL East Division

Photo: Two players important to their WHL East Division teams in 2015-16 are Swift Current Broncos forward and Boston Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk, and Brandon Wheat Kings forward and New Jersey Devils prospect John Quenneville (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The WHL’s Eastern Conference was the – slightly – more competitive conference last season, and that should ring true again in 2015-16.

Last season in the East it took 73 points to make the playoffs, while in the West three teams qualified with less than 73 points. The East also featured the league-leading Brandon Wheat Kings, who finished the season with 114 points, two more than the Kelowna Rockets. The Wheat Kings may have lost a couple of pivotal 20-year-olds from last year’s team, as well as Ryan Pilon (NYI), who has taken an indefinite leave from hockey, but the team still boasts depth better than any organization, with a wealth of young, up-and-coming stars. The Wheat Kings, in fact, have landed atop the CHL 2015-16 preseason rankings. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Jake Bean, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
Jake Bean - Team Canada - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean was one of 12 WHL players on Team Canada’s gold medal squad at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Canada put forth a true team effort in winning their eighth consecutive gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians employed a mix of distributed offense, solid defense, and some timely saves in goal over the course of the 2015 tournament, culminating in a mostly dominating 7-3 win over Sweden in the championship game. Read more»

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