Prospect Impressions: CHL contingent shines, Finnish goalie scores, individual efforts from top prospects

by David Hahn

Matt Strome - Toronto Marlboros

Photo: 2015 OHL Cup hero Matt Strome is expected to be a high selection at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection that takes place on April 11th (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

All three CHL leagues kicked off first round playoff action, and three teams in particular received contributions from top prospects. Also, an obscure goaltending prospect is a social media sensation thanks to a rare feat. This week’s Prospect Impressions is loaded with talent, take a look at the best prospect plays-of-the-week. Read more»

Rehill provides steady, honest approach for the Blazers

by Glen Erickson

Ryan Rehill - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Ryan Rehill has racked up 414 penalty minutes in three seasons of WHL hockey (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The term “honest player” has been bandied around for years in hockey circles.

In fact, the Washington Capitals bestow an honor each game called the “Honest Abe Award”, complete with a hat and fake beard consistent with a look that personifies Abraham Lincoln. It’s given to the player who puts forward an honest effort. The recipient is then charged with choosing the winner following the Caps ensuing game. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Hurricanes sign two goaltenders, defenseman in busy week

by Ken McKenna

Rasmus Tirronen - Merrimack College

Photo: Merrimack College goaltender Rasmus Tirronen signed an entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes after completing his NCAA career (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

With the NCAA hockey season winding down and the CHL playoffs now underway, the NHL prospect and free agent signing season is now in full swing. Several players have come to terms over the past week, with those signings being covered in a pair of articles split between the NHL’s Eastern and Western Conference clubs. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Top NHL prospects go head-to-head in the CHL, NCAA as playoff action begins

by David Hahn

Daniel Carr - Hamilton Bulldogs; Connor Brown - Toronto Marlies - Prospect Faceoff

Photo: Top AHL rookies Daniel Carr of the Hamilton Bulldogs (L) and Connor Brown of the Toronto Marlies (R) go head-to-head in one of the more interesting NHL prospect matchups this weekend (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

All three CHL leagues begin playoff action this weekend. There are three particularly interesting games on hand, games that feature a mix of high-end prospects and valuable role players as teams in the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL collide. Meanwhile, the NCAA Tournament begins this weekend, and one matchup in particular is worthy of extra attention. In the AHL, two top scorers from far different backgrounds clash as the AHL season starts to wind down. Read more»

Hitmen’s Sanheim using opportunities to fast-track his game

by Glen Erickson

Travis Sanheim - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Sanheim was the top offensive defender in the WHL in 2014-15, posting 65 points in 67 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

It’s an issue that has been considered in past years among aspiring hockey players and their families, and also an issue that will be considered many times over in the future. Read more»

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