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

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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»

Off The Radar: Gavrikov among trio of defenseman vying for NHL attention, while two consistent forwards look ahead

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Danick Martel - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Danick Martel is currently ranked second in scoring in the QMJHL, behind the Moncton Wildcats’ Conor Garland (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. Read more»

Jarry, Comrie the best of a thin lot of NHL-drafted WHL goaltenders

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Tristan Jarry - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Tristan Jarry and his OIl Kings teammates have had a more difficult season after winning the 2014 Memorial Cup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

HF’s list of drafted WHL goaltenders playing in the Western Hockey League includes prototypical workhorses, netminders who in most cases are tending the pipes over 80 percent of the time their teams take to the ice. Read more»

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: Ambidextrous Ehlers, Hartman’s smashing debut, more plays of the week

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Nikolaj Ehlers - Team Denmark - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers starred for a surprising Denmark squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Nikolaj Ehlers did something that you may not have seen before, while Ryan Hartman’s first NHL shift started with a bang. One WHL defenseman settles into a new home, while a former QMJHL captain leads the way for his new club. Not to be outdone, Andrei Vasilevskiy needed every inch of his 6’3″ frame to rob Mike Ribiero. Read more»

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