Prospect Faceoff: QMJHL’s leading scorer faces a test, other key head-to-head matchups for the weekend ahead

by David Hahn

Kyle Connor - Youngstown Phantoms; William Lagesson - Dubuque Fighting Saints

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor goes head-to-head with Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect William Lagesson this weekend (courtesy of Youngstown Phantoms/Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

Three CHL matchups, plus an NCAA head-to-head and a USHL weekend series featuring a top 2015 prospect highlight the prospect matchups in this week’s Prospect Faceoff feature. Read more»

Family’s hockey roots have played a big part in the development of Rockets’ Chartier

by Glen Erickson

Rourke Chartier - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier is currently fourth in scoring in the WHL with 44 goals and 73 points in 47 games, one point behind linemate Nick Merkley (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The evolution of Rourke Chartier into an elite prospect over the past few seasons can be traced in part to his hockey roots in the city of Saskatoon, where family ties have most certainly played a role in his development. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Canadian WJC teammates go head-to-head, two top QMJHL goalies in the same game, and more prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Connor McDavid - Erie Otters; Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Prospect Faceoff 2/6/15

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid goes head-to-head this weekend against World Junior teammate Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (L) and Terry Wilson/OHL Images (R))

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes one of the best matchups in the OHL this season, a look at top goalies facing off against each other in the QMJHL, and two more matchups featuring key prospects for their respective organizations. We also look back at how a game turned out for a pair of talented imports in Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nikita Scherbak. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, January, 2015: Dvorak offensive surge puts him among OHL scoring leaders

by Chris Roberts

Christian Dvorak - London Knights - Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for January, 2015

Photo: London Knights forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak is currently third in scoring in the OHL with 90 points in 47 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The month of January presents an opportunity to NHL prospects playing at all levels of hockey. The start of a new calendar year can inspire a change in attitude and improved play or, more commonly, a comfort level that wasn’t previously there. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

by ISS

Timo Meier, Travis Konecny - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more»

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