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2015 NHL Draft: Schemitsch adapting well to defensive duties

by Jason Menard
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Thomas Schemitsch - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2015 prospect Thomas Schemitsch is the brother of Geoffrey Schemitsch, a former draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning now playing for Acadia University (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

It was only a couple of years ago that Owen Sound Attack defender Thomas Schemitsch made the switch to the blueline. And now he finds himself on Central Scouting’s coveted “Ones to Watch” list for the 2015 NHL Draft. Schemitsch hopes to continue his ascent up the draft boards by doing the little things right. Read more »

Arizona Coyotes feature well-balanced prospect pool

by Pat Paeplow
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NHL: SEP 23 Preseason - Coyotes at Ducks

Photo: Louis Domingue used an impressive 2013-14 season to solidify himself as the starter for the AHL’s Portland Pirates in 2014-15. (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Arizona Coyotes have actively addressed the composition of their prospect pool since the 2013-14 trade deadline. A year ago, there was a logjam of talented defensemen throughout their pipeline. At the deadline, general manager Dave Maloney traded David Rundblad to the Chicago Blackhawks. At the 2014 NHL Draft, the Coyotes grabbed seven forwards while only selecting two defensemen, both in the late rounds.

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Many New Jersey Devils prospects ready to take the next step

by John Iadevaia
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Reid Boucher - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Forward Reid Boucher is one of the more promising forwards in the New Jersey Devils prospect pool. Boucher started the 2014-15 season in the AHL, but should be among the first forwards recalled by the Devils in case of injury. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

Since the 2004 lockout, the New Jersey Devils system has not produced the same quality of prospects they were known for during their glory days. This is a result of different issues, like lack of picks, location on the draft board, or losing the magic touch to find late-round gems. But over the past seven years, management has slowly restocked the prospect pool where depth and quality are now returning NHL ready players.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Hayes bags first in win over Sharks

by Ken McKenna
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Kevin Hayes - New York Rangers

Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Kevin Hayes signed with the NHL club in August after the team that drafted him, the Chicago Blackhawks, was unable to come to terms with Hayes (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

 

While his former college linemate was scoring his first goal of the season a half a continent away, New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes netted his first of the 2014-15 season, and of his fledgling NHL career. Hayes’ goal was the fourth in a 4-0 win for the Rangers over the San Jose Sharks. Read more »

2014-15 AHL Preview: No clear favorite as Falcons look to repeat in Northeast

by Tony Androckitis
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Kevin Czuczman - New York Islanders

Photo: Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Kevin Czuczman saw some action in the NHL at the end of last season, but will begin the 2014-15 season with the Sound Tigers (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

With the Adirondack Phantoms re-locating to Allentown and moving to the East Division, the 2013 Eastern Conference champion Syracuse Crunch have been added to the AHL‘s Northeast Division. With a lot of roster turnover amongst all of the teams and a new team in the mix, the division appears to be up for grabs in 2014-15. Read more »

Calgary Flames prospect pool deepest in recent memory

by Brian Jung
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NHL: MAR 01 Flames at Oilers

Photo: Markus Granlund returns to the AHL in 2014-15, where he is expected to produce more than the 44 points he did last season. (courtesy of Chris Austin/Icon Sportswire)

 

It has been a long time since the Calgary Flames have had a deep talent pool like the current group developing at each position. The Flames were fortunate to add four first-round picks to their system in the past two years, which includes a pair of centers from Ontario in Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett, who became the highest pick in team history when selected fourth overall in the 2014 NHL draft.

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2014-15 Hockey East Preview, Part 3: Providence looks to challenge for conference title

by DJ Powers
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Mario Puskarich - University of Vermont

Photo: University of Vermont sophomore forward Mario Puskarich will be a top offensive threat for the Catamounts after turning in a strong 2013-14 season where he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

In part one and part two of our 2014-15 preview of the Hockey East conference, Hockey’s Future looked at eight of the 12 teams in the conference. Part three of this NCAA hockey preview takes a closer look at the final four teams in that conference, including Northeastern, Notre Dame, Providence, and Vermont. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Canadiens’ Sekac nets first in win over Bruins

by Ken McKenna
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NHL: OCT 16 Bruins at Canadiens - Jiri Sekac Goal

Photo: Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is unable to stop a shot by Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Jiri Sekac (not pictured) in the Habs’ 6-4 win over the Bruins on Thursday night (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Montreal Canadiens‘ prized off-season signing started paying dividends on Thursday night. Forward Jiri Sekac, a native of the Czech Republic who starred in the KHL last season before being signed by the Habs back in July, scored his first NHL goal in his team’s 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins in the Habs’ home opener. Read more »

2014-15 Hockey East Preview, Part 2: UMass Lowell looks to overcome loss of significant players

by DJ Powers
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Ben Gallacher - Uiniversity of Massachusetts Amherst

Photo: University of Massachusetts defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Ben Gallacher will be an important part of the Minutemen’s defense in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

The new Hockey East season is now underway. The conference has expanded by one team for 2014-15 with the addition of the University of Connecticut, a team that was covered in part one of this Hockey East preview. Read more »