NHL Prospect Signings: Bardreau, Vatrano among free agents, draftees signing first pro deals

by Ken McKenna

Adam Tambellini - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and New York Rangers prospect Adam Tambellini had a breakout season for the Hitmen in 2014-15, leading to the Rangers signing him to an entry-level deal (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The 2015 signing season for NHL prospects, both drafted and undrafted, is now underway, with Eastern Conference teams getting the jump on locking up a few important draftees as well as signing the first two NCAA free agents. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Two great AHL stories go head-to-head, other top prospects matchup from around the globe

by David Hahn

Stanislav Galiev - Hershey Bears; Matt Murray - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - Prospect Faceoff 3-11

Photo: Hershey Bears forward Stanislav Galiev and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Matt Murray go head-to-head in an AHL Eat Division showdown this weekend (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

In the AHL, one player who is ascending back to top prospect status goes head-to-head against a record-setting goaltender. In NCAA action, the Big Ten may be decided this weekend as the two top teams and their leaders clash. The battle for the last playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference heats up with a pivotal game between two of the teams fighting to get in. Two solid games in the QMJHL and WHL complete this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Two record-setting efforts, individual skill on display, more NHL prospect highlights

by David Hahn

Christian Fischer - U.S. NTDP

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Christian Fischer (#21) has produced 20 goals and 20 assists in 48 games for the USA’s U18 National squad (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as a Notre Dame goaltender breaks an all-time NCAA hockey record. In addition, a future Fighting Irish recruit snagged a record of his own in the USHL. Also, a trio of players rewarded their teams with tremendous individuals efforts. Finally, a look at one WHL veteran who has become more than just a fighter. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds; Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks - Prospect Faceoff for 3/5/15

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks renew their rivalry this weekend in WHL action (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two sets of draft-eligible players go to head-to-head in critical games for their respective teams. In the OHL, two of the most improved players will see game action against each other. In addition, polar opposite defensemen lead their teams in a pair of NCAA games this weekend. Finally, two prospects with future college commitments including one player traded during Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, February, 2015: Bjorkstrand piling up the points for the Winterhawks

by Chris Roberts

Oliver Bjorkstrand - Denmark - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand scored four goals in five games for Denmark’s surprising squad at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

With playoffs underway in the KHL and the second season soon to start in all major North American leagues, February is the start of hockey’s stretch drive. And while new candidates for the month’s top NHL prospect emerged, the continued consistency from top stars is what stood out most in the month of February. Read more»

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