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(Video) First NHL Goal: Draisaitl nets winner in Oilers victory

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Leon Draisaitl - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Leon Draisaitl has played in eight regular season games for the Oilers, giving that club just one more game to decide if they will send Draisaitl back to the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

 

Edmonton Oilers‘ rookie forward Leon Draisaitl made Friday a memorable night for third overall NHL Draft picks as the big German scored his first NHL goal in a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Drouin picks up goal, assist in Lightning win

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Jonathan Drouin and Eric Brewer - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Eric Brewer celebrate Drouin’s first NHL goal in the second period of the Lightning’s 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

It was just a matter of when, not if, but Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin notched his first NHL goal in his third NHL game, a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Read more »

Attack’s Nastasiuk enjoying status as grizzled OHL veteran

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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk will captain the Attack for the second straight season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

For Owen Sound Attack captain and Detroit Red Wings’ prospect Zach Nastasiuk, a couple of cups of coffee with the NHL club at training camp has brought him lessons that he’s not only applying to himself, but hoping to share with his teammates. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Bellemare finds the net in win over Penguins

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (#78) skated for Skelleftea in the 2013-14 season, scoring 20 goals and adding 15 assists in 52 games for the SHL champions (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

One of the more interesting stories at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season has been Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s arrival in the NHL. The Le Blanc-Mesnil, France native starred for Skelleftea in the SHL the past five seasons before signing a contract with the Flyers in early June. Read more »

Rebuilding Buffalo Sabres boast deep, talented group of prospects

by Jason Chen
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Jake McCabe - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe is one of several Buffalo Sabres defensive prospects who are pushing for spots in the NHL. McCabe was a second round pick from 2012. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

Once the Buffalo Sabres are done collecting their puzzle pieces, it will be a matter of figuring out how they will all fit together. The Sabres have the cornerstones in place with Sam Reinhart at center and Rasmus Ristolainen on defense, but the short-term focus is to make sure that every prospect in the organization takes a step forward.

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Minnesota Wild prospect depth beginning to thin

by Peter Prohaska
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NHL: FEB 06 Predators at Wild

Photo: Jason Zucker won an NHL roster spot in training camp in part because of his speed and tenacity. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

After five years on the job general manager Chuck Fletcher has made his mark on the Minnesota Wild, swiftly rebuilding a franchise that had lost its way. He has assembled a promising young core of Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Jared Spurgeon, Erik Haula, Darcy Kuemper, Matt Dumba, and Christian Folin. With a strong group of veterans brought in via trade and free agency to supplement the few holdovers from the prior administrative regime, this leaves very little room for true prospects at the moment.

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Royals’ Hicketts doesn’t let setbacks block his NHL dream

by Glen Erickson
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Joe Hicketts - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Joe Hicketts was passed over at the 2014 NHL Draft, but the Red Wings signed Hicketts to a contract in late September (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

If we rewind the hockey calendar to the first few weeks of the 2013-14 Western Hockey League season, Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals was then a highly-touted defenseman, projected to hear his named called by a NHL team in the early rounds at the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more »

Numerous Ottawa Senators prospects pushing for time in NHL

by Jason Lewis
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Mark Stone - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward prospect Mark Stone began the 2014-15 season in the NHL with Ottawa. Stone was a sixth round pick from 2010. (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Ottawa Senators have one of the youngest groups of players currently playing in the NHL. They are the fourth youngest team, with an average age of 26, and have had numerous prospects make the jump to the NHL over the last few years, such as Mika Zibanejad, Patrick Wiercioch, and Robin Lehner.

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Defensive depth greatest strength of Edmonton Oilers prospect pool

by Kady Hobbins
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San Jose Sharks v Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Laurent Brossoit has strengthened Edmonton’s goaltending depth in the prospect ranks, which was once an area of weakness for the team. (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

While the Edmonton Oilers continue to rebuild and retool their squad at the NHL level, their diverse group of prospects have been flourishing for the most part, with a number taking significant steps under the tutelage of Todd Nelson of the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL).

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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid does not disappoint in Otters win in Buffalo

by Ken McKenna
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and top 2015 prospect Connor McDavid is currently the leading scorer in the OHL with 29 points in 10 games (courtesy of Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

 

It was another day at the office for Connor McDavid, albeit a much larger office with many more sets of eyes watching he and his Erie Otters’ teammates defeat the Niagara IceDogs, 8-4, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. Read more »