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NHL Prospects Roundup: Lightning prospects impress in 5-1 win

by Ken McKenna
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Nikolaj Ehlers - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers has looked good in preseason action, registering a goal and assist along with eight shots in five games (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning are viewed by some as a contender out of the NHL’s Eastern Conference. If they do make that step forward, then it might be due in part to the talented prospects that the Lightning have working their way through the system. Read more »

Beaulieu and Tinordi to battle for minutes on Montreal Canadiens blue line in 2014-15

by Pat Paeplow
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Martin Reway - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Forward Martin Reway will play the 2014-15 season in the Czech Republic after spending the past two seasons in the QMJHL. Reway was picked in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Vaxjo Lakers/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

The Montreal Canadiens head into the 2014-15 season with key positions up for grabs on their NHL roster. The battle between Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi is the most intriguing. The Canadiens two most promising prospects will compete directly for the opening on left defense. Whoever successfully wrestles away this opportunity will make a great leap toward developing into a top-pairing NHL defenseman.

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2014-15 SHL Preview, Part 2: Frolunda looks to build off of successful 2013-14 season

by Chapin Landvogt
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Artturi Lehkonen - Frolunda Gothenburg

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen has moved over to the SHL after playing the 2013-14 season in Finland’s Liiga (courtesy of Frolunda Gothenburg/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

In part 1 of the Hockey’s Future preview of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), the bottom six teams were previewed in the order predicted for the 2014-15 season. In part 2, we take a look at the top six teams competing in Sweden‘s top hockey league. Read more »

Subban, McIntyre make strong future goaltending duo for Bruins

by Richard Murray
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Malcolm Subban - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban appeared in 33 regular season games for the Providence Bruins in 2013-14, then played in six AHL playoff games for that club (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Boston Bruins‘ goaltending prospects Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre both impressed last season, and big things could be on the horizon for the two netminders. Read more »

Patience is a virtue for Chicago Blackhawks prospects in 2014-15

by Anthony Lyen
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NCAA HOCKEY: FEB 14 Michigan at Minnesota

Photo: Tyler Motte will look to use an increase in ice time to bolster his offensive production in 2014-15. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Chicago Blackhawks found themselves on the wrong side of the handshake line after game seven of the Western Conference Final, and although the Blackhawks’ offseason plans did not include planning another celebratory parade, there was plenty of work to be done.

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NHL Prospects Roundup: Rangers’ trio produces in win

by Ken McKenna
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Jesper Fast - New York Rangers

Photo: New York Rangers forward prospect Jesper Fast has scored three goals in two 2014 preseason contests (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite the fact that seven NHL preseason games were played on Monday night, most of the prospect highlights were confined to two Eastern Conference tilts.  In one game, a trio of prospects led an offensive outburst, while a goaltending prospect turned in a stellar outing in the other. Read more »

Flames’ prospect Rafikov continuing development in Russian leagues in 2014-15

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Rushan Rafikov - Team Russia

Photo: Calgary Flames defensive prospect Rushan Rafikov is currently playing for HC Ryazan in Russia’s VHL, where he has two assists in five games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

It was a busy off-season for Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov as he first had to deal with visa problems which prevented him from taking part in the Flames’ prospect camp. Then he skated with Team Russia at the national team’s summer tournament in Canada, where he posted three assists in four games. Read more »

Several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects vying for final NHL roster spots

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Brian Dumoulin - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Defenseman Brian Dumoulin is expected to see a fair amount of time in the NHL in 2014-15. Dumoulin spent the majority of the 2013-14 season in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin a new era in 2014-15, with a new coach, new management team, and an overhauled roster at the NHL and minor league levels. For the first time in a while, the organization is deep at every position and there should be a lot of competition within the prospect pool for the remaining open spots on the NHL roster.

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Hartman trying to make most of extended stay with Blackhawks

by Jason Menard
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Ryan Hartman - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ryan Hartman appeared in nine AHL games at the end of the 2013-14 season, producing three goals and four assists for the Rockford IceHogs (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Ryan Hartman, the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2013 first-round selection, missed out on a summer of development last year. Healthy and ready to go, this year the Illinois native is looking to make an impact in his first full season as a pro. Read more »

NHL Prospects Roundup: Leivo, Aberg, Ferland among top weekend performers

by Ken McKenna
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Seth Griffith - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins forward prospect Seth Griffith is heading back to the AHL’s Providence Bruins to start the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

As NHL clubs continue the pruning of their rosters in preparation for the 2014-15 season, the inevitable result is more ice time for veterans tuning up for the coming campaign which leads to fewer opportunities to shine for the younger NHL prospects. So, while there was still a busy slate of 2014 NHL preseason games played between Friday and Sunday, there were not as many notable prospect performances to choose from as there had been in the earliest days of the preseason. Read more »