One collegiate freshman from Great Britain scores a beauty in Happy Valley, while a former SHL Goalie of the Year makes a spectacular save. Three OHL players with different NHL circumstances score this weekend in this week’s Prospect Impressions.
With a Canadian dad who played in the OHL, and an uncle who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Great Britian’s own Scott Conway has blazed an unusual path to Penn State. A dual-citizen, Conway moved to the United States at 13 years old and worked his way towards becoming a USHL champion, and a reliable freshman for the Nittany Lions. Conway sits fifth on the team in scoring with eight goals and 14 assists in 28 games. This weekend, Conway scored two goals as Penn State beat No. 15 Minnesota 4-3 in OT.
— Shnarped Hockey (@shnarped) February 22, 2015
Scott Conway posted his fifth multi-point game of the year. Four of those performances have come in the second semester. #NittanyNotes
— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) February 7, 2015
Those two goals are why Scott Conway is the future of Penn State hockey.
— Darian Somers (@StuffSomersSays) February 21, 2015
The Niagara IceDogs have been one of the OHL’s trendiest teams thanks to a focus on puck possession. On their blueline, defenseman Vince Dunn has been a major contributor as the playoffs now look clearly in sight. Dunn’s 13 goals and 29 assists have him fifth in scoring for Niagara and ninth in scoring by all OHL defensemen. After participating in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Dunn has put together a nice run of play, including two goals in consecutive games this weekend. Dunn is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft and was ranked 53rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings.
— Max Marko (@MarkoFznFutures) February 23, 2015
Niagara defenseman Vince Dunn returned to the game sheet with 1G 1A after a two game hiatus. 12G 41P in 56 games #2015NHLDraft
— Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood) February 22, 2015
The more I see Vince Dunn, the more I see intangible comparisons to Nick Leddy. He is an awesome talent. #2015NHLDraft
— Michael Fabrig (@gotitotti) February 23, 2015
An important role player for the Belleville Bulls, David Tomasek is closing in on career high totals with a few weeks of action remaining. The Praha, Czech Republic native is in his second season in the OHL, providing the Bulls with responsible two-way play. Tomasek’s 10th goal of the season was a fantastic one, and he is now just one point behind his career high of 27.
— Belleville Bulls (@OHLBulls) February 19, 2015
Most of the media focus for the Erie Otters has been on Connor McDavid, but one of his newest teammates has added an injection of physical play and goal scoring. Former Sudbury Wolves captain Nick Baptiste, a third round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in 2013, was traded to the Otters in November. Since then, Baptiste has tallied 17 goals, 18 assists, and has been a +2 in 30 games for an Otters team hoping for a long playoff run. His work with the man advantage has been essential, as evidenced by this goal in an 8-2 drubbing over Peterborough.
— Max Marko (@MarkoFznFutures) February 22, 2015
— SabresBuzz (@SabresBuzz) February 11, 2015
Another Buffalo Sabres prospect preparing to make the jump to professional hockey is Swedish goaltender Linus Ullmark. After winning the Honken Trophy as the SHL Goaltender of the Year in 2014, Ullmark returned to MODO for his second full season in the SHL. He currently sports a 3.14 goals-against average with a .905 save percentage. Ullmark was the first star in a 4-1 win over Leksands, displaying his athleticism and level of competitiveness with this spectacular save. Ullmark was a sixth round pick of the Sabres in 2012 and is expected to transition to Rochester next year.
— SHL Prospect GIFS (@SHLProspectGIFS) February 21, 2015
Prospect goalie Linus Ullmark made 30 saves on 31 shots as MODO defeated Leksands by a 4-1 score.
— SabresFansDotCom (@SabresFans_com) February 18, 2015
More Prospect Impressions coming your way next Monday!
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