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AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2015

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2015

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Florida Panthers prospect Connor Brickley has been a productive AHL rookie after struggling with injuries during his NCAA career at the University of Vermont (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Utica Comets and San Antonio Rampage have left their respective AHL divisional opponents behind heading into April, but the Midwest Division is still up for grabs as well as the remaining playoff spots from fourth to eighth place in the Western Conference. Read more »

Paterson enjoying move to Kitchener as junior career winds down

by Jason Menard
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Paterson enjoying move to Kitchener as junior career winds down

Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has played in 192 regular season games in his OHL career, posting a 3.29 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage over five seasons (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

Down three games in the opening round of the OHL playoffs, the Kitchener Rangers need a steadying influence. And, thanks to a deadline deal for one of the league’s top netminders, the club is hoping that Jake Paterson can rekindle some of that old magic. Read more »

Ottawa Senators continue history of developing stars in Sweden

by Kristopher Bras
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Ottawa Senators continue history of developing stars in Sweden

Photo: Marcus Hogberg’s Linkoping HC is battling high-scoring Skelleftea AIK in the SHL semifinal. (Courtesy of Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey League)

 

The Ottawa Senators became a competitive hockey team in the late nineties thanks in part to a handful of Swedish forwards that included Daniel Alfredsson, Magnus Arvedson, and Andreas Dackell. Now, the Senators have another trio of players developing in Sweden—and all three of them are exceeding expectations this year. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel locked into top slots, Strome just behind in ISS Hockey’s April rankings

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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel locked into top slots, Strome just behind in ISS Hockey’s April rankings

Photo: Erie Otters forwards Connor McDavid (R) and Dylan Strome (L) are ranked #1 and #3 respectively in the ISS Hockey April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

There are no surprises at the very top of ISS Hockey’s April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, but there was some movement outside the top two positions. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: CHL contingent shines, Finnish goalie scores, individual efforts from top prospects

by David Hahn
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Prospect Impressions: CHL contingent shines, Finnish goalie scores, individual efforts from top prospects

Photo: 2015 OHL Cup hero Matt Strome is expected to be a high selection at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection that takes place on April 11th (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

All three CHL leagues kicked off first round playoff action, and three teams in particular received contributions from top prospects. Also, an obscure goaltending prospect is a social media sensation thanks to a rare feat. This week’s Prospect Impressions is loaded with talent, take a look at the best prospect plays-of-the-week. Read more »

Rehill provides steady, honest approach for the Blazers

by Glen Erickson
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Rehill provides steady, honest approach for the Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Ryan Rehill has racked up 414 penalty minutes in three seasons of WHL hockey (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The term “honest player” has been bandied around for years in hockey circles.

In fact, the Washington Capitals bestow an honor each game called the “Honest Abe Award”, complete with a hat and fake beard consistent with a look that personifies Abraham Lincoln. It’s given to the player who puts forward an honest effort. The recipient is then charged with choosing the winner following the Caps ensuing game. Read more »

Ehlers, Duclair the cream of a solid crop of NHL-drafted wingers in the QMJHL

by Chris Roberts
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Ehlers, Duclair the cream of a solid crop of NHL-drafted wingers in the QMJHL

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers has posted 2014 points in 114 QMJHL regular season games in his two seasons in that league (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

 

Variety is the keyword when discussing the top 10 NHL-drafted or signed wingers playing in the QMJHL. The 10 players below each bring a different skill set to the ice, with some being more talented than others while some are more physically inclined. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Davidson makes it a “hat trick” of firsts for the Oilers

by Ken McKenna
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(Video) First NHL Goal: Davidson makes it a “hat trick” of firsts for the Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson (L) is congratulated by Oilers forward Andrew Miller after Davidson netted his first NHL goal in a win over the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It’s a veritable gusher of first NHL goals from the Edmonton Oilers of late, with rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson being the third Oiler to achieve that feat in the past week. Davidson’s goal was the first of the game in a 4-1 Oilers’ win over the Colorado Avalanche. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, March, 2015

by Tony Androckitis
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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, March, 2015

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Conor Allen is the top offensive defender for the Wolf Pack, posting 33 points in 63 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears have already clinched berths in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs and the Northeast Division-leading Syracuse Crunch is closing in on clinching a spot as well. But the fourth through eighth place teams in the AHL‘s Eastern Conference are separated by three points, with the Springfield Falcons four points out of the playoffs heading into the final three weeks of the season. Read more »

NHL Prospect Signings: Hurricanes sign two goaltenders, defenseman in busy week

by Ken McKenna
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NHL Prospect Signings: Hurricanes sign two goaltenders, defenseman in busy week

Photo: Merrimack College goaltender Rasmus Tirronen signed an entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes after completing his NCAA career (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

 

With the NCAA hockey season winding down and the CHL playoffs now underway, the NHL prospect and free agent signing season is now in full swing. Several players have come to terms over the past week, with those signings being covered in a pair of articles split between the NHL’s Eastern and Western Conference clubs. Read more »

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