Prospect Impressions: Domi does it again, other NHL prospects show their skill

By David Hahn
Jake Virtanen - Team Canada - 2015 World Junior Championship

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen was one of a pair of Team Canada players to score highlight reel goals this past weekend (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)


Team Canada teammates Max Domi and Jake Virtanen returned to their junior teams and produce highlight reel goals this week, while a current Michigan Wolverine and another future talent display their unique offensive ability in this week’s Prospect Impressions feature.

London Knights captain Max Domi, the 12th overall selection of the Arizona Coyotes in 2013, has a penchant for scoring highlight reel goals. Domi, fresh off a gold medal-winning performance where he was named the 2015 WJC’s best forward, returned to the Knights and has picked up right where he left off prior to the tournament. In what will certainly be his last year of junior hockey, Domi is currently only seven points shy of 300 in his career, scoring at a nearly two points-per-game pace. Domi recently was all the rage on social media after scoring one of the best goals you’ll see this season.



Not to be outdone, Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen also produced a highlight reel goal this week. Virtanen, Domi’s WJC teammate this year with Canada, displayed his blend of speed and skill with the Calgary Hitmen. The 2014 sixth overall selection has been a key cog in the Hitmen attack this past week, as Calgary has scored twenty-five goals in the last four games.



One of the trending top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, Kyle Connor has been nothing short of impressive with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL. Connor has been recognized recently by NHL Central Scouting, who ranked him 14th overall among North American skaters in their midterm draft rankings. He has committed to the University of Michigan for next season.


Another prospect currently playing for the University of Michigan, Zach Hyman, has enjoyed a breakout season for the Wolverines. Hyman, a fifth round selection of the Florida Panthers in 2010, has blossomed into a proficient offensive force. In just 22 games this season, Hyman has already matched his NCAA career total of 35 points over 114 games played. His breakout season is due in part to an increase in confidence and his ability to drive the net. Those talents were on display this week with a tremendous effort as seen here.


The recent KHL All-Star Skills Competition showcased a recognizable name to Tampa Bay Lightning fans. Nikita Gusev, a seventh round selection for the team in 2012, has 16 goals and 10 assists so far this season for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. While it’s unclear if Gusev will ever make the transition to North America, his offensive talents are intact as this lacrosse style goal demonstrates.


The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL have a loaded roster full of top prospects on forward and defense. Among them is goaltender Brandon Halverson, a second round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2014. Halverson is an athletic goaltender heralded for his reflexes and ability to play the puck. Unfortunately, neither of those attributes came into play on this goal, one that he will probably want back as we close out the week in Prospect Impressions (click the link in the first tweet to view the video/GIF).




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