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(Video) First NHL Win: Kinkaid stares down Lightning in Devils’ win

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Keith Kinkaid - New Jersey Devils

Photo: New Jersey Devils rookie goaltender Keith Kinkaid played in 130 AHL games over three seasons before securing the backup position with the NHL Devils in 2014-15 (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

Why should forwards and defensemen get all the attention? NHL goaltenders have milestone first wins, so they deserve the spotlight, as well. One such goaltender securing his first NHL win is the New Jersey DevilsKeith Kinkaid, who faced down the NHL’s highest scoring team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a 3-2 shootout victory on Friday night. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Tennyson nets game-tying goal in Sharks win

by Ken McKenna
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Matt Tennyson - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie defenseman Matt Tennyson played NCAA hockey at Western Michigan University before turning pro in 2012 (courtesy of Tommy LaPorte/Icon Sportswire)

 

After a call-up one week ago from the AHL‘s Worcester Sharks, San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson netted his first NHL goal, a game-tying goal, in the Sharks’ 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Eichel the best of a good NCAA crop

by DJ Powers
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Jack Eichel - Boston University

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel leads the nation in scoring but will step away from NCAA action to take part in the 2015 World Junior Championship with Team USA (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

2015 is shaping up to be the best draft year for the NCAA in nearly a decade. Among the current crop of collegians are three potential first round picks. Hockey Future takes a closer look at five of the NCAA’s top draft-eligible players (all freshmen), representing two of the six conferences. Hockey East has three players and the Big Ten has two. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 18th. Read more »

Manchester Monarchs making it work despite lack of star power

by Jason Lewis
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Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Derek Forbort  (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Derek Forbort has been steady on defense for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

‏The Manchester Monarchs had a remarkable 2013-14 regular season but were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after having been defeated in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

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Injuries and inconsistency impacting New Jersey Devils’ minor league system

by John Iadevaia
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Seth Helgeson - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Defenseman Seth Helgeson has split the 2014-15 season between the AHL and NHL. Helgeson was picked in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

The problems of the Albany Devils mirror those of their parent team the New Jersey Devils. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, both clubs have been mired by injuries and inconsistency.

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(Video) Flyers prospects part of three-goal outburst by Phantoms

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Lehigh Valley Phatoms Score Three Goals in 21 Seconds in AHL Game

Photo: The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, AHL farm team for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, score three goals in 21 seconds vs. the Binghamton Senators (courtesy of SendtoNews)

 

Scoring three goals inside of a minute is a rare accomplishment, while scoring those three goals in the first minute of play is even more rare. But three goals in 21 seconds within the first minute of play? Sounds like one team thought it was still the pre-game skate. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Chaput misses out on game-winner in Blue Jackets’ loss

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Michael Chaput - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput celebrates his first NHL goal in a game where he also dropped the gloves to complete two-thirds of a Gordie Howe hat trick (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput‘s first NHL goal could have been a memorable one, but the Washington Capitals had other ideas as they came back to defeat the Blue Jackets in overtime, 5-4. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Thunderbirds’ Barzal leads WHL prospects at mid-season mark

by Glen Erickson
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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal has missed time in the 2014-15 season due to injury, but should return to action in January (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 37 of its players selected at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, PA. With the NHL festivities set for Sunrise, FL in 2015, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool. Read more »

Dallas Stars’ junior prospects offer a range of abilities

by Mike Farkas
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Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie participated in Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie participated in Team Canada’s WJC Selection Camp (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Scorers and score stoppers make up the majority of the Dallas Stars’ junior prospect contingent. With goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Brent Moran in prominent roles out east and noteworthy scorers like Cole Ully and Brett Pollock in the west, the Stars are represented well across Canadian Major Juniors. Many of their prospects have moved on from junior programs at this point and, as a result, they have fewer players developing in the CHL.

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Pittsburgh Penguins putting prospect depth to test with recent rash of injuries

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Matt Murray - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Goaltender Matt Murray has been very solid in his first season of professional hockey. Murray has a 1.99 goals against average and .918 save percentage through 12 AHL games. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

In what has seemingly become a rite of winter, the Pittsburgh Penguins organization is once again ravaged by injury, from the NHL level all through their minor league system.

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