Well traveled Gabrielle finding success early with Prince George

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Jesse Gabrielle - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Prince George Cougars forward and Boston Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle (L) currently leads the WHL in shorthanded goals with four in 14 games (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

The Prince George Cougars are one full season into their “New Ice Age”, the marketing slogan the organization created when the current ownership group took the reigns before the 2014-15 WHL season. Read more»

Oil Kings’ Baddock hoping heavy minutes in overage season will lead to NHL contract

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Brandon Baddock - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and New Jersey Devils prospect Brandon Baddock has produced 369 penalty minutes in 203 WHL games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Brandon Baddock could be playing for the AHL’s Albany Devils this season. His career season with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2014-15 certainly would have warranted a contract from the New Jersey Devils, the team that selected him in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Zacha vs. Senyshyn, other 2015 picks compete, plus high profile AHL matchup

by David Hahn
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Alexandre Carrier - Gatineau Olympiques; Samuel Montembeault - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and Nashville Predators prospect Alexandre Carrier, and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault go head-to-head this weekend in a QMJHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

It doesn’t get much better in the NHL prospect world when two draft selections taken just nine picks apart other go one-on-one. That is exactly the situation in Sault Ste. Marie this weekend, where Pavel Zacha and the Sarnia Sting travel to Sault Ste. Marie to take on Zach Senyshyn and the Greyhounds. Read more»

Merkley committed to energize Kelowna Rockets

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Nick Merkley - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Nick Merkley will try to improve on the 20-goal, 90-point season that he produced in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When one watches from a distance, it’s apparent there is plenty of energy bundled up in the package that sports #10 in a Kelowna Rockets’ jersey.

I just love the game,” Nick Merkley said, when queried by Hockey’s Future about his intensity. “I think that’s the biggest thing. I’m really a competitive guy.” Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Prospect Faceoff: Matthews stays hot in Zurich, Svechnikov-Garland duel, plus two Top 20 teams clash in college hockey

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Dominik Mason - Peterborough Petes; Juho Lammikko - Kingston Frontenacs - Prospect Faceoff for 10/16/15

Photo: Peterborough Petes defenseman and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dominik Masin, and Kingston Frontenacs forward and Florida Panthers prospect Juho Lammikko may one day be NHL divisional rivals, but they will go head-to-head in an interesting OHL clash this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Auston Matthews is taking an unconventional path to the NHL, and has earned a few accolades already while playing in Switzerland. Two electric playmakers go head-to-head in a battle of assist machines in the QMJHL, and a pair of potential Canadian teammates will likely see a lot of each other in a weekend contest. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s newest signee lines up against a powerhouse forward in what could be a preview of what to expect in the future from both Floridian franchises. NCAA hockey is back, and two Top-20 teams are set to clash in a non-conference game to close out this week’s edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

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