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Beyond Tomorrow: Sting’s Chychrun joins a growing list of exceptional players from Florida

by Chau Vo
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Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun was the first selection overall at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection (courtesy of CHL Images)

 

Florida may be better known for its sandy beaches, palm trees and resort-like towns, but it is slowly gaining recognition as a hotbed for hockey in the Deep South. To date, it has been the birthplace of four NHL players, with many rising young stars calling the Sunshine State home. Read more »

Dallas Stars feature balanced prospect depth

by Mike Farkas
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Philadelphia Flyers v Dallas Stars

Photo: Curtis McKenzie, the AHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, will likely split his time between the AHL and NHL in 2014-15 (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images

 

The churning out of quality prospects continues for the Dallas Stars organization. General manager Jim Nill will be looked upon to continue to bolster a very strong and deep organizational depth chart that has few glaring weaknesses at this point in time. With the Texas Stars (AHL) contingent set to defend a title and the Dallas team looking to make a bigger playoff push, the pressure is on this impressive group of youngsters.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Sharks’ Mueller banks first of career

by Ken McKenna
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Mirco Mueller - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller (#41) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his first career NHL goal on Thursday night (courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It may not have been one for the “Play of the Day”, but San Jose Sharks‘ rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller‘s first NHL goal still counts all the same. Mueller’s goal came in a losing effort, however, as the Sharks dropped a 4-3 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild. Read more »

2014-15 ECAC Preview, Part 2: Cornell looks to repeat as Ivy League champs

by DJ Powers
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Jimmy Vesey - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey will lead the Crimson offense in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

This season, the Ivy League members of the ECAC feature a combined 23 NHL prospects representing four of the six schools. Harvard leads the group with 10 prospects, followed by Cornell with seven. Dartmouth and Princeton are the only Ivy League members without an NHL prospect on their rosters. Read more »

Depth at professional level strength of Detroit Red Wings prospect pool

by Adam Schnepp
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NHL: OCT 23 Penguins at Red Wings

Photo: Riley Sheahan’s two-way play has earned him a spot in Detroit’s bottom-six forwards for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Scott Grau/Icon Sportswire)

 

It has been a gradual change, but the draft picks that have been laying in wait for the Detroit Red Wings have started to make their impact on the team’s NHL roster. As some graduate to the NHL others have filled their spots in the AHL, leaving Detroit’s system very top-heavy with prospects playing professionally.  

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Phantoms’ rookie Laughton off to strong start in 2014-15

by Tony Androckitis
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Scott Laughton - Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Scott Laughton is second in scoring among AHL rookies early in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Tony Androckitis/HF)

 

In the first few weeks of the 2014-15 AHL season, Philadelphia Flyers’ top prospect and 2012 first round pick Scott Laughton has perhaps given glimpses of what is to come as he begins his pro career with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Read more »

Overall depth of Colorado Avalanche prospect pool still weak

by Chau Vo
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Colorado Avalanche v Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Sami Aitokallio will battle with Calvin Pickard for playing time with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

While much can be said about the Colorado Avalanche being led by their young stars at the NHL level, there is not much the team can depend on for depth if immediate help is required. Graduations of high draft picks from recent years have led to a bare farm system that will take years to refresh.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Stars’ Oleksiak lights the lamp in loss to Blues

by Ken McKenna
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Jamie Oleksiak - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak unloads the shot that would become his first career NHL goal in Tuesday’s loss to the St. Louis Blues (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It took him five games in the 2014-15 season and 28 NHL games overall, but Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak finally netted his first NHL goal. The goal opened the scoring in a game that would end in a 4-3 overtime loss for the Stars at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Read more »

Depth, diversity highlight Montreal Canadiens prospect pool

by Pat Paeplow
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Jarred Tinordi - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi should compete for ice time in the NHL this season. Tinordi was a first round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite graduating phenomenal young players like Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, and Michael Bournival, the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool continues to look strong. While restocking, the Canadiens have also managed to diversify their prospect pool, developing players of many different styles and capabilities at all positions.

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