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AHL Western Conference Notebook, November, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Emile Poirier - Adirondack Flames

Photo: Adirondack Flames rookie forward and Calgary Flames prospect Emile Poirier has generated some offense for the surging AHL Flames, who currently sit second in the North Division (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

While the Eastern Conference has seen some teams off to hot starts early this season, the best three records in the American Hockey League (AHL) currently belong to the Western Conference – and that doesn’t even include last year’s Calder Cup champion Texas Stars, who are currently just eighth best in the conference. The Midwest Division alone is home to three of the league’s top five teams through the first seven weeks of the season, providing some entertaining hockey to fans out West. Read more »

Ottawa Senators have solid group of depth prospects at junior level

by Chris Roberts
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Nick Paul - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Nick Paul has been solid in his third season with the North Bay Battalion, posting 16 goals and 10 assists through 21 games. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Prized Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar cemented his role on the NHL team with an excellent training camp and has progressed daily. The 19-year-old was eligible to play one more year with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, where he would have been expected to score at a rapid pace. Yet, even with his absence in Edmonton, the Senators have a handful of quality prospects worth following in junior hockey.

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SHL Prospects Notebook, November, 2014: Class of 2014 playing well in early going

by Chapin Landvogt
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Kevin Fiala - HV71 Jonkoping

Photo: HV71 forward and Nashville Predators prospect Kevin Fiala has scored at a nearly point-per-game pace so far in the 2014-15 SHL season (courtesy of HV71 Jonkoping/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

The 2014-15 SHL season is well underway and Sweden‘s hockey scene remains the most exciting in the European sphere for NHL fans. Serving as the European country that’s produced the most non-North American prospects over the past four drafts, the leagues are chock full of current and future NHL prospects. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Bruins’ Morrow scores on former team

by Ken McKenna
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Joe Morrow - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow starred for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks, producing 151 points (33G, 118A) in 227 games for that club (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins may have drafted him, but defenseman Joe Morrow ended up scoring his first NHL goal as a member of the Boston Bruins. To make the moment sweeter for Morrow, the goal was scored against the Penguins, albeit in a losing cause as Pittsburgh won, 3-2, in overtime. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Steelheads’ Day more comfortable in second OHL season

by Jason Menard
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Sean Day - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads defenseman Sean Day was chosen by that club fourth overall at the 2013 OHL Priority Selection (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

For the fourth player granted exceptional player status in the OHL, the 2014-15 campaign represents — apologies in advance for the terrible pun — the dawn of a brand new Day. Read more »

New group of Montreal Canadiens prospects establishing themselves at junior level

by Pat Paeplow
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Zach Fucale - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Goaltender Zach Fucale is in his fourth season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Fucale was picked in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

 

This season, many Montreal Canadiens prospects graduated into professional hockey. Charles Hudon capped a phenomenal QMJHL career in 2013-14 while Martin Reway left the Gatineau Olympiques for HC Sparta Praha in the Czech League. Connor Crisp and Dalton Thrower have stepped up to the Hamilton Bulldogs to test their physical style of play against AHL competition.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Nestrasil strikes in first game with Hurricanes

by Ken McKenna
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Andrej Nestrasil - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil spent the 2013-14 season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, posting 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 70 games (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

 

Last Thursday, forward Andrej Nestrasil was claimed on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him in 2009, by the Carolina Hurricanes. Nestrasil wasted little time in making an impact with his new team, scoring his first NHL goal in his first game with the Hurricanes in what ended up being a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Read more »

Pittsburgh Penguins represented by small group of prospects at junior levels

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Tristan Jarry - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Goaltender Tristan Jarry is one of a small handful of prospects who represent the Pittsburgh Penguins in the CHL. Jarry is currently in his fourth season with the Edmonton Oil Kings. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have a scant group of prospects playing at the Canadian major junior and junior-A levels of hockey. For a variety of reasons, the Penguins organization drafted only two players from the CHL over the past two seasons and has only one player currently playing in the USHL.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Grimaldi nets first of two last-minute Panthers’ goals

by Ken McKenna
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Rocco Grimaldi - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi played in two leagues in one day last week, playing an early game in the AHL for the San Antonio Rampage, then suiting up for the Panthers in a game against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)

 

Florida Panthers rookie forward Rocco Grimaldi set the stage for his team’s late comeback against the Nashville Predators, scoring his first NHL goal in what ended up being a 3-2 shootout loss for the Panthers. Read more »

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