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Greyhounds’ Nurse the class of this season’s NHL-drafted OHL defensemen

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Greyhounds’ Nurse the class of this season’s NHL-drafted OHL defensemen

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse won gold with Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and he is poised to make a run at the OHL championship with the Greyhounds (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images

 

The OHL has long been known for providing elite offensive forward talent to the NHL. Defensemen facing that type of player on a regular basis should result in a comparable coterie of elite defensive prospects whose talents have been honed by facing such formidable opposition. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Giants’ Benson seeks to excel at the WHL level

by David Hahn
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Beyond Tomorrow: Giants’ Benson seeks to excel at the WHL level

Photo: Vancouver Giants forward and 2016 prospect Tyler Benson is currently tied for sixth in rookie scoring in the WHL with 39 points in 50 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Tyler Benson’s name has become synonymous with success in the scouting world. One in-person viewing confirms that he passes the eye test, as the athletic and supremely talented forward has excelled at every level. Then, another look at the numbers paints a portrait of a player who has the world on his shoulders. Read more »

Carolina Hurricanes short on prospects after large graduating class

by Cory Lavalette
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Carolina Hurricanes short on prospects after large graduating class

Photo: Haydn Fleury has 17 points in 47 games this season. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The Carolina Hurricanes prospects list might look thin, but given the young talent already in the NHL it is easy to understand why. Five players drafted by the team since 2010 are already full-time Hurricanes or on the cusp of making the leap. That includes ahead-of the-curve Victor Rask, who climbs a few spots into the top three but will also soon graduate as a prospect. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, February, 2015

by Tony Androckitis
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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, February, 2015

Photo: Syracuse Crunch forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov (#90) has been an important contributor since returning from the NHL to the AHL’s Northeast Division leaders (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

 

There are less than 25 games remaining in the 2014-15 AHL regular season for all Eastern Conference teams, with the division-leading Syracuse Crunch, Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears holding the top three records in not only the conference, but in the entire AHL. This month, a look at the Northeast Division race and breaking down the two hottest teams in the league, who both happen to play in the East Division. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Boston native Askew takes road through QMJHL in hopes it leads to NHL

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2015 NHL Draft: Boston native Askew takes road through QMJHL in hopes it leads to NHL

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and 2015 prospect Cam Askew has improved his point totals from 14 in 64 games last season, to 38 in 56 games so far in 2014-15 (courtesy of Dave Connell)

 

The NHL Draft is a big night for the league and a monumental occasion for up-and-coming prospects. One weekend can validate a decade-plus of hard work and dedication – and not being picked by an organization can be devastating. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

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Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more »

Younger, unheralded players helping Worcester Sharks maintain playoff berth

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Younger, unheralded players helping Worcester Sharks maintain playoff berth

Photo: Worcester Sharks forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Freddie Hamilton is again leading the AHL Sharks in scoring with nine goals and 30 points in 49 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

Amidst injuries and call-ups for several of their top scorers and the announcement that the Worcester Sharks will be part of the American Hockey League’s five-team westward expansion into California, the 2014-15 AHL Sharks’ team is in the playoff picture, currently holding onto the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Read more »

Generals’ McCarron living up to first round status in second OHL season

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Generals’ McCarron living up to first round status in second OHL season

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McCarron has nearly doubled his 2013-14 point total while having played 20 less games to this point of the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

The new 2014-15 OHL campaign brought about a dramatic change in Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Michael McCarron’s game. The start of 2015 brought a new opportunity to play a key role in the Oshawa Generals’ Memorial Cup aspirations, and he’s hoping to lead the way by taking a year’s worth of lessons and applying them to this season’s success. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Sadek the best among solid Minnesota high school crop

by Tom Schreier
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2015 NHL Draft: Sadek the best among solid Minnesota high school crop

Photo: Lakeville North High School defenseman and 2015 prospect Jack Sadek has scored five goals and added 20 assists in 25 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jim Lindquist)

 

The state of Minnesota has long been fertile ground when it comes to the development of NHL prospects. And, while the players competing at the NCAA level receive most of the attention from fans and scouts alike, the talent produced at the high school level in that state is second to none in the United States. Read more »

The San Jose Sharks youth movement is in full effect

by Craig Fischer
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The San Jose Sharks youth movement is in full effect

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie Barclay Goodrow has provided energy in a limited role. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

The San Jose Sharks have had an up and down 2014-2015 NHL season but with an eye on the future, and a deep desire to ‘get younger’, the growing pains were to be expected. The fact that the team remains in the playoff hunt is a testament to many of the younger players in the lineup who have risen up to play important roles for the organization.

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