The San Jose Sharks junior prospect pool features five, up and coming prospects of various pedigree. Some have a plethora of skill, some of grit but what remains consistent in all of them is that they are good character kids in and around the rink and have something to prove to the naysayers; a staple for Sharks prospects.
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The Florida Panthers system has just six prospects playing in junior leagues, though four did recently represent the team at the 2013 Subway Super Series. The group runs the gamut from big stay-at-home defensemen to feisty two-way scrappers, to small goal scorers. The eclectic bunch may not have any budding superstars among them, but they do have the Dale Tallon trademark traits of solid work ethic and hockey smarts.
Over the past few years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have shown a proclivity for drafting mobile defensemen early and often out of the Canadian major junior leagues. That philosophy has shifted in the last two years however, and the organization now has focused on replenishing their goaltending and forward ranks.
In recent years the Tampa Bay Lightning have shown a willingness to select players from a variety of leagues. Their prospect pool consists of a group of talented Europeans, intriguing NCAA players, and – because most of their recent CHL selections have turned pro – just six players playing junior hockey.
In the eyes of NHL Central Scouting, Ryan Verbeek is still a work in process. Listed in the organization’s most-recent watch list, Verbeek was bestowed with the “LV” designation — limited viewing.
With the team's largely Québécois scouting staff and its strong ties in and around the state of Minnesota, it makes sense that many of the Wild's junior prospects are found playing in those developmental channels.
The American Hockey League’s Western Conference is approaching the end of the first quarter, and the wild, wild west is producing some dynamic offensive hockey players.
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