Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Graham Knott - Niagara IceDogs; Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's - Prospect Faceoff, Playoff Edition - 040215

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Graham Knott (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) faceoff in a crucial Game Five encounter this weekend in the 2015 OHL Playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Minnesota Wild busiest Central Division club

by Ken McKenna

Zach Palmquist - Minnesota State University-Mankato

Photo: Former Minnesota State University-Mankato defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Zach Palmquist completed a four-year NCAA career in which he did not miss a single game (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

The pace of NHL prospect signings has picked up considerably over the past week, with the Western Conference clubs being the busier group during that stretch. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, March, 2015: Murray gets stronger as season progresses

by Chris Roberts

Matt Murray - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - Hockey's Future NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2015

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray has both the best goals-against average and save percentage in the AHL in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

March signaled the end of the regular season in the three major Canadian junior hockey leagues, and, unsurprisingly, the top performers were familiar names who have been recognized by Hockey’s Future over the course of the season. Outside of the CHL, there were notable individual performances at the collegiate level, with just four teams remaining, fighting for the chance to be crowned the nation’s best. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel locked into top slots, Strome just behind in ISS Hockey’s April rankings

by ISS

Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forwards Connor McDavid (R) and Dylan Strome (L) are ranked #1 and #3 respectively in the ISS Hockey April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are no surprises at the very top of ISS Hockey’s April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, but there was some movement outside the top two positions. Read more»

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»

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