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Minnesota Wild prospect pool benefits from newcomers in the Top 20

by Peter Prohaska
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Minnesota Wild prospect pool benefits from newcomers in the Top 20

Photo: Top Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch should earn a larger role at the 2016 World Juniors for Team USA (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

July 4th, 2012 changed the Minnesota Wild’s course for the foreseeable future. Twin 13-year contracts for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter switched the Wild into win-now mode: an expensive and risky move that is easier announced than accomplished. Three seasons later, the team has qualified for the post-season in each season and won two playoff series total. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Review: Rantanen heads bumper crop of Finnish draftees

by Tony Piscotta
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2015 NHL Draft Review: Rantanen heads bumper crop of Finnish draftees

Photo: Colorado Avalanche 2015 first round pick Mikko Rantanen signed an entry-level deal with the team in July (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Entering the 2015 NHL Draft, there was much uncertainty regarding the prospects coming out of Finland. TPS Turku center Mikko Rantanen was the top-ranked European skater according to Central Scouting, but after that it was anybody’s guess as to how things would go in Sunrise, Florida. Read more »

Several prospects in Pittsburgh Penguins top 20 ready for NHL duties

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Several prospects in Pittsburgh Penguins top 20 ready for NHL duties

Photo: Former 8th overall draft pick Derrick Pouliot will likely join the NHL Penguins for good this season. (Courtesy of Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins improved their NHL roster a fair amount in the 2015 offseason, but it was at the expense of their future. Once possessing one of the deepest groups of defensive prospects in the league, trades and graduations have left the coffers empty. It will only get worse too, as several of the Penguins’ top prospects are set to graduate during the 2015-16 season. Read more »

Defensemen dominate Anaheim Ducks Preseason Top 20

by Jason Lewis
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Defensemen dominate Anaheim Ducks Preseason Top 20

Photo: Shea Theodore had a standout junior career, but his AHL production helps him remain the Anaheim Ducks’ top prospect (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

If contenders are built from the goal out, then the league must be a little bit jealous when it comes to the defensive pipeline and the major goaltending prospect the Anaheim Ducks currently hold. It seems like every single year, when everyone would figure the Ducks to go for a forward in the early rounds, they go back to the well and select another highly skilled defenseman.

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European talents dominate Top 20 Nashville Predators prospects

by Tony Piscotta
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European talents dominate Top 20 Nashville Predators prospects

Photo: Kevin Fiala remains Nashville’s best prospect but might need an exceptional AHL start to propel him into the NHL (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

With the exception of goaltender Magnus Hellberg being traded to the New York Rangers — and some uncertainty about the progress of top defense prospect Jack Dougherty — little has changed in the top half of the Predators Fall Top 20 from the previous list last spring.

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Young blood enters New Jersey Devils top 20 prospects list

by John Iadevaia
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Young blood enters New Jersey Devils top 20 prospects list

Photo: Pavel Zacha was named to the 2014-15 OHL First All-Rookie Team after scoring 34 points in 37 games. (Courtesy of (CHL Images)

The winds of change have swept across the entire New Jersey Devils organization. General Manager Ray Shero and Head Coach John Hynes are relying on the organization’s stash of underrated prospects to rise to the challenge during this transitional period. Most of these players saw this new attack-oriented system firsthand at Development Camp in July, and are all in favor of the change. Read more »

Arizona Coyotes Top 20 prospects features some of the best young talents in hockey

by David Hahn
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Arizona Coyotes Top 20 prospects features some of the best young talents in hockey

Photo: 2015’s third overall pick Dylan Strome becomes the Arizona Coyotes top prospect after winning the OHL scoring title in his draft season (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Another season in the bottom-half of the standings led to another quality NHL Entry Draft for Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney and his staff. The team also made a pair of high-profile trades at the 2015 trade deadline, adding depth to a club that already boasted one of the best prospect pools in the league. Read more »

Scherbak rises to top of Montreal Canadiens prospects heap

by Shawn Wilken
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Scherbak rises to top of Montreal Canadiens prospects heap

Photo: Nikita Scherbak put some muscle on during the offseason, walking into development camp at 200 pounds early in July. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have had a busy off-season. Starting with the draft, the management team added some depth to their prospect pool by selecting skilled, character and two-way centermen, while beefing up their need on the blue line. General Manager Marc Bergevin was hard at work with a few free-agent signings, adding Joel Hanley, Bud Holloway, Ryan Johnston and Mark Barberio, improving the farm teams considerably. Read more »

Plenty of potential among Top 20 Detroit Red Wings prospects

by Ryan Womeldorf
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Plenty of potential among Top 20 Detroit Red Wings prospects

Photo: Detroit Red Wings’ top prospect Dylan Larkin is a superb skater who has gone against recent club history with a rapid rise to the pro ranks (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

The summer 2015 edition of the Detroit Red Wings Top 20 prospects only has a few new names. The club has managed to maintain NHL-ready depth along with some elite talents: pretty impressive given that the Red Wings haven’t had the luxury of picking in the top half of the draft in nearly three decades.

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