Prospect Faceoff: NAHL’s best go head-to-head, traded OHL superstar faces his old team, more prospect matchups

by David Hahn

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

by David Hahn

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»

The Top Five hockey prospect-producing families in North America

by Craig Fischer

Drew Shore - Calgary Flames; Nick Shore - Los Angeles Kings - Top 5 Hockey Families

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Drew Shore (L) and Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore (R) are two siblings that have had a taste of NHL action this season (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

When a young hockey player is drafted, the first thing he does is thank his family. He turns to them, shakes their hands, and hugs them. It’s a sign of appreciation and respect, because he realizes the sacrifice made by those around him to get him to that point. It wasn’t just one person doing; it was a family effort. Read more»

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»

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