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Derrick Pouliot remains top prospect for Pittsburgh Penguins

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Derrick Pouliot remains top prospect for Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Scott Harrington joined the Pittsurgh Penguins for 10 games this season (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Years of drafting defensemen and trading early picks has left the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool in a stagnant state, with more talent leaving than arriving. The system still has some quality defensive talent, led by Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington, but there are few prospects at forward who look like they are ready to contribute at the NHL level at any point in the near future. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: De La Rose pots two in Habs’ win

by Ken McKenna
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(Video) First NHL Goal: De La Rose pots two in Habs’ win

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Jacob De La Rose (L) celebrates his first NHL goal with linemate Brandon Prust in the Canadiens win over Columbus (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Jacob De La Rose liked scoring his first NHL goal so much that he decided to add another as the Habs went on to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

by Jason Menard
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2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn is currently ranked ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 42 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The idea that Niagara IceDogs defenseman Vince Dunn can’t play defense? That’s just plain offensive, says the Linsday, ON-born rearguard. Read more »

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

by Jason Menard
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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

by Chris Roberts
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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

by David Hahn
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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

by Tony Androckitis
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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 »

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