Photo: Swift Current Bronocs defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Dillon Heatherington has appeared in 28 WHL games this season, posting one goal and six assists (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
This past July at the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ rookie camp things seemed a little bit different for defenseman Dillon Heatherington. Read more »
Photo: Forward Rocco Grimaldi is amidst his rookie season of professional hockey. Grimaldi was a second round pick from the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
The Florida Panthers organization looks much different now than it did even two years ago. General Manager Dale Tallon’s rebuilding of the prospect system and the relative patience that his staff has shown in allowing those prospects to mature has started to bear fruit. Several players have moved through the pipeline to become NHL regulars or AHL players on the verge of graduating to the big leagues.
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Photo: Roland McKeown has had a slow offensive start to 2014-15, but other areas of his game have not suffered (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
In recent years the Los Angeles Kings have brought in many players from the OHL, and it has been met with a fair amount of success. Tanner Pearson, Drew Doughty, Kyle Clifford, Andy Andreoff;. the list of OHL draftees is long and successful. That pattern has not changed, as the Kings have a staggering eight OHL prospects out of their pool of ten Junior prospects. Mark Yannetti, the Kings’ director of amateur scouting, and Clay Leibel, the club’s Ontario scout, seem to have a formula for success with OHL selections right now.
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Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Bo Horvat celebrates his first NHL goal in a game where he was also named the first star (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)
On a night that featured a pair of defensemen scoring their first career goals, Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Bo Horvat decided not to let the defenders have all of the fun as he netted his first NHL goal in what ended up being a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Read more »
Photo: Darnell Nurse started the season with Edmonton but was returned to the OHL to further his development (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Following the graduation of a number of notable prospects either to the minor pro or NHL level, the Edmonton Oilers are currently lighter in numbers when it comes to Junior talent than they have been in recent years.
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Photo: Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg, shown holding the puck from his first NHL goal, played for Frolunda in the SHL in 2013-14 before moving to North America for a 3-game stint with the AHL’s Texas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg started a three-goal, third period outburst for his club by netting his first NHL goal in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Read more »
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Clendening had played in 163 AHL games before playing in his first regular season NHL game on Thursday night (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Four minutes into his first NHL game, Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Adam Clendening scored his first NHL goal on his first shot on goal to get the Blackhawks started towards a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Read more »
Photo: Defenseman Dominik Masin is one of six members of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2014 NHL Draft class to play in the CHL this season. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images for the credit.)
Despite the graduation of Jonathan Drouin from the junior ranks, the Tampa Bay Lightning have plenty of reason to keep a keen eye on the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL this season. From the 2013 NHL Draft, American-born forward Adam Erne remains with Quebec in the ‘Q,’ while six of seven selections from last year’s draft are currently playing in the CHL.
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Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward Steve Pinizzotto displays the puck that he fired past Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller for his first NHL goal (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Edmonton Oilers forward Steve Pinizzotto packed a lot into his first NHL game of the 2014-15 season. The 30-year-old right wing scored his first NHL goal, added an assist, and dropped the gloves to battle the Vancouver Canucks‘ Derek Dorsett to complete the “Gordie Howe hat trick” in the Oilers 5-4 loss to the Canucks. Read more »
Photo: Forward Linden Vey started the 2014-15 season strong, with nine points through his first 18 games. Vey was traded in the offseason from the Los Angeles Kings to the Vancouver Canucks. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Welcome to the first edition of On the Rush for the 2014-15 season. For those unfamiliar, On the Rush focuses on prospects at various levels of competition who exceeded expectations or fell behind a bit in the past month.
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