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New regime but same goals in 2014-15 for Carolina Hurricanes

by Cory Lavalette
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Michal Jordan - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Defenseman Michal Jordan is one of several Carolina prospects who is playing for a new contract in the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Carolina Hurricanes have one bold, italicized line on their to-do list for the 2014-15: return to the postseason. That is not very different from what the team’s goal has been for much of the past five seasons, but this year has a different feel with new men in charge as general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters now run things in the front office and on the ice, respectively.

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Father’s NHL experience helps Leafs’ Nylander get a jump on pro career

by Jason Menard
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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect William Nylander was chosen 13th overall in the CHL Import Draft by the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 18-year-old first-rounder William Nylander may be young in NHL years, but he’s got a wealth of NHL experience behind him. And that confidence, along with a copious amount of talent, may propel him to the big-league roster as early as this season. Read more »

Late bloomer Robinson competing hard for spot on Senators’ roster

by Jason Menard
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Buddy Robinson - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators’ forward prospect Buddy Robinson spent two seasons playing Junior A hockey in Canada before moving to Lake Superior State for two seasons, then turned pro with the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Tank? For sure. Brick? Perhaps. You could even understand a playful Tiny. But at 6’5 and 240+ pounds of solid mass and physicality, the Ottawa Senators’ prospect does not appear to be a Buddy. But that is the name that has stuck for Buddy Robinson — and it’s a name that’s starting to make some waves throughout the Senators’ organization. Read more »

Nashville Predators boast many prospects ready for NHL action in 2014-15

by Tony Piscotta
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New York Islanders v Nashville Predators

Photo: Miikka Salomaki looks poised to have an offensive breakout with the Milwaukee Admirals in his second AHL season. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

 

The most obvious change for the Nashville Predators this season will be behind the bench, where veteran coach Peter Laviolette replaces the only coach in the history of the franchise, Barry Trotz.

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Prospect tournament a proving ground for Penguins’ Kuhnhackl

by Jason Menard
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Tom Kuhnhackl - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospect Tom Kuhnhackl spent most of the 2013-14 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, registering 8 goals and 2 assists in 48 games for that club (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

For the Pittsburgh PenguinsTom Kuhnhackl, having participated in the Leafs’ rookie tournament for a third consecutive year doesn’t prevent some confusion, especially when the team’s second game featured a new wrinkle on an old rule. Read more »

Penguins’ Harrington happy to compete in familiar surroundings

by Jason Menard
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Scott Harrington - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins defensive prospect Scott Harrington is entering his second season of pro hockey after spending the 2013-14 season with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

A little home cooking, some familiar surroundings, and a dash of “third time’s the charm” — for Pittsburgh Penguins’ defender Scott Harrington, a return to his junior roots may be just the launching pad he needs to take a shot at cracking the NHL club’s roster. Read more »

2014 Traverse City Tournament: Stars, Blue Jackets prospects shine in early games

by Leslie Treff
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Josh Anderson - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets forward prospect Josh Anderson netted two goals in a game at the 2014 Traverse City Tournament. The Blue Jackets have been the most offensively dangerous team at this year’s tournament so far (courtesy of Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

 

The prospects of eight NHL teams arrived in Traverse City, MI late last week for five days of intense competition and to showcase their skills at the 2014 Traverse City Prospects Tournament. Futures from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues took to the ice starting Friday and will continue to battle until the championship game on Tuesday evening. Read more »

Washington Capitals have skilled prospects at all competition levels for 2014-15 season

by HF Staff
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Madison Bowey - Washington Capitals

Photo: Defenseman Madison Bowey had a breakout season with the Kelowna Rockets in 2013-14, registering 21 goals and 39 assists in 72 games. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Despite all the high-octane offensive talent the Washington Capitals already have at the NHL level, there is still a plethora of forward talent throughout the ranks of the organization, including several players with elite potential.

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