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Chicago Blackhawks have thin Junior prospect pool

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Photo: Matt Iacopelli (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

Photo: Matt Iacopelli’s strong shot is one reason he leads the USHL in goals in 2014-15 (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

 

It is no secret the Chicago Blackhawks are not exactly stacked with young players in the juniors. In fact, with Ryan Hartman having turned pro with the Rockford IceHogs this season, the Hawks do not have a single prospect playing in the CHL.

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Enter for a chance to win an autographed Connor McDavid jersey!

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Hockey’s Future and Crave Online are giving HF readers and HF Boards’ visitors the chance to win an autographed Connor McDavid jersey like the one seen in this photo (courtesy of B Wippert/Getty Images)

 

You’ve seen him score dazzling goals and make seeing-eye passes that seem to impossibly thread the needle. Now, Hockey’s Future and Crave Online are giving you the chance to win an authentic (but not game-worn) Erie Otters’ #97 jersey autographed by the author of those goals and passes, Connor McDavid. Read more »

Selections from 2014 NHL Draft highlight Philadelphia Flyers’ major junior prospect pool

by Jashvina Shah
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Nicolas Aube-Kubel - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel has had a solid 2014-15 season thus far, with 17 points in 20 QMJHL games. Aube-Kubel was selected in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

A few highly-touted Philadelphia Flyers prospects have left the junior ranks to join the professional levels, joining the Phantoms in their first season at Lehigh Valley. Both Scott Laughton and Anthony Stolarz made the jump from major junior to the AHL in the offseason. Laughton is regarded as Philadelphia’s top prospect, while Stolarz is the team’s top goalkeeper prospect.

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Four Colorado Avalanche Junior prospects honored with Subway Super Series selection

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Photo: Kyle Wood (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Photo: Kyle Wood has the size and offensive skill to be a true two-way defenseman someday for the Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The annual Subway Super Series is an early season six-game exhibition between a select team of junior aged Russian players against three all-star teams formed from the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL. This year, the Colorado Avalanche were represented by four of their prospects including Chris Bigras, a favorite to represent Team Canada in the upcoming U20 World Junior Championship, as well as Conner Bleackley, Kyle Wood, and Spencer Martin.

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Comets’ Shinkaruk hopes for NHL reunion soon with friend Horvat

by Tony Androckitis
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Hunter Shinkaruk - Utica Comets

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk (#9) played in just 18 WHL games in the 2013-14 season for the Medicine Hat Tigers (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Little did the Vancouver Canucks know when they drafted forwards Bo Horvat (ninth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall) in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, that the two would become great friends and, for a brief time, teammates while Horvat was on an AHL conditioning stint with the Utica Comets.

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Rockets’ Bowey goes from student to teacher

by Glen Erickson
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Madison Bowey - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey is currently second in scoring among WHL defenders for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Much has been made over the past decade about the long line of National Hockey League defensemen with developmental roots that can be traced back to their junior days with the Kelowna Rockets. Call it a “factory” of sorts, one that appears to have another rearguard trending in the same direction as his predecessors. Read more »

AHL Western Conference Notebook, November, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Emile Poirier - Adirondack Flames

Photo: Adirondack Flames rookie forward and Calgary Flames prospect Emile Poirier has generated some offense for the surging AHL Flames, who currently sit second in the North Division (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

While the Eastern Conference has seen some teams off to hot starts early this season, the best three records in the American Hockey League (AHL) currently belong to the Western Conference – and that doesn’t even include last year’s Calder Cup champion Texas Stars, who are currently just eighth best in the conference. The Midwest Division alone is home to three of the league’s top five teams through the first seven weeks of the season, providing some entertaining hockey to fans out West. Read more »

Ottawa Senators have solid group of depth prospects at junior level

by Chris Roberts
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Nick Paul - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Nick Paul has been solid in his third season with the North Bay Battalion, posting 16 goals and 10 assists through 21 games. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Prized Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar cemented his role on the NHL team with an excellent training camp and has progressed daily. The 19-year-old was eligible to play one more year with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, where he would have been expected to score at a rapid pace. Yet, even with his absence in Edmonton, the Senators have a handful of quality prospects worth following in junior hockey.

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SHL Prospects Notebook, November, 2014: Class of 2014 playing well in early going

by Chapin Landvogt
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Kevin Fiala - HV71 Jonkoping

Photo: HV71 forward and Nashville Predators prospect Kevin Fiala has scored at a nearly point-per-game pace so far in the 2014-15 SHL season (courtesy of HV71 Jonkoping/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

The 2014-15 SHL season is well underway and Sweden‘s hockey scene remains the most exciting in the European sphere for NHL fans. Serving as the European country that’s produced the most non-North American prospects over the past four drafts, the leagues are chock full of current and future NHL prospects. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Bruins’ Morrow scores on former team

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Joe Morrow - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow starred for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks, producing 151 points (33G, 118A) in 227 games for that club (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins may have drafted him, but defenseman Joe Morrow ended up scoring his first NHL goal as a member of the Boston Bruins. To make the moment sweeter for Morrow, the goal was scored against the Penguins, albeit in a losing cause as Pittsburgh won, 3-2, in overtime. Read more »

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