Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Julius Nattinen is enjoying a breakout first season in North America playing with the OHL’s Barrie Colts and will look to continue his successful season with Team Finland at the 2016 World Juniors (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Anaheim Ducks have so few CHL and Junior A Prospects that this might seem like an altogether minor report. However, two of their junior prospects are having great seasons thus far. Both Deven Sideroff and Julius Nattinen have some definite staying power in the Ducks pipeline, and both play refreshingly different styles. With most of the Ducks prospects pushing for future roles at the pro level or developing more long-term at the collegiate level, these two players remain near the forefront of Anaheim’s prospect pool due the positive outlook.
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Photo: Providence Bruins goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban played in his first and only NHL game to date in the 2014–15 season (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
It has been a rough start for the Boston Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence as the organization is rebuilding, nor has it been any different for Bruins’ goaltender Malcolm Subban. An injury derailed the start of his season, and after missing the first month of the 2015-16 campaign, he was winless in November (0-5-2) before picking up an 18-save shutout on November 28th against Lehigh Valley. Read more »
Photo: Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Nikolaj Ehlers is currently 10th among NHL rookie scorers with five goals and 11 points in 25 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)
There are a number of NHL teams relying upon young talent gracing their lineups to contribute on a nightly basis. International stars Aleksander Barkov, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Rickard Rakell are all performing under pressure, and hometown hero Frankie Vatrano is off to a nice start in Boston. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, an unexpected goal from a Rochester Americans forward, a Utica Comet has a memorable night full of firsts, and a Quinnipiac Bobcats goaltender keeps the team undefeated in regulation. Read more »
Photo: Albany Devils forward and New Jersey Devils prospect Joseph Blandisi (R) is starting to produce offense at the AHL level, posting six goals, 14 points and 33 penalty minutes in 16 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)
The Albany Devils feature a pair of rookie centers that play different styles of hockey who are both adjusting to life in the pros this fall. Joseph Blandisi and Blake Coleman come from different backgrounds and fill different roles with the New Jersey Devils‘ AHL affiliate, but the two live together and get along well both on and off the ice. They’re both hoping to hone their craft and make a push toward the NHL as a part of the Devils’ youth movement. Read more »
Photo: Charlotte Checkers captain and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Derek Ryan is the leading scorer for the Checkers, posting eight goals and 16 points in 20 AHL games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Derek Ryan and his wife, Bonnie, have a map hanging on the wall in their living room back in Spokane, Washington.
Places the couple have lived and visited are on the map, including Austria – where their son Zane was born – and Orebro, Sweden – where Ryan won the Swedish Hockey League’s MVP award last season. Read more »
Photo: Everett Silvertips defenseman and Montreal Canadiens prospect Noah Juulsen has posted three goals and 10 points in 20 games so far in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When teams face the Everett Silvertips these days, they can expect at least 20 minutes or so of real hard hockey.
All coaches and players will tell us it is all about playing hard for the entire 60 minutes, but when the Silvertips take the ice, the opposition now knows it will have to contend with the skills and ferocity of defenseman Noah Juulsen (MTL) for at least a third of the tilt. While the veteran rearguard patrols the blueline, he logs plenty of ice time while eyeing a job in professional hockey. One could say he is leaving his mark on WHL opponents. Read more »
Photo: The Boston Bruins surprised many when they selected Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound Zachary Senyshyn with the 15th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)
A year ago at this time the Boston Bruins‘ cupboard was fairly barren when it came to players skating in junior hockey—only former Saint John Sea Dogs left winger Mitchell Dempsey and current Harvard freshman Ryan Donato were playing in the junior ranks. Read more »
Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen has nearly equaled his point total from the 2014-15 season through the first third of the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Sheffield Steelers/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The first Swedish Hockey League (SHL) notebook of the 2015-16 season includes a look at the top teams in the league through early season action, plus the highlighting of some significant contributions from NHL prospects or players that could become NHL property before too long. Read more »
Photo: Minnesota Wild prospect Pavel Jenys got a change of scenery and a possible ticket to the OHL playoffs when he was traded to Niagara in November (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Minnesota Wild is a franchise in contention for the Stanley Cup this season and for the foreseeable future, even though it lacks the star power of some other contenders. Its success over seasons past has meant few lottery picks, but the team has also been notably light in drafting from the CHL in the course of its history. After being burned by CHL players from Benoit Pouliot to Colton Gillies to James Sheppard to Tyler Cuma to Zack Phillips to Alexandre Belanger – drafted in 2013 and already out of the system – maybe that aversion is justifiable.
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Photo: San Jose prospect Alexis Vanier has pro-ready size and has scored some goals in his QMJHL career, but has work to do on his mobility if he wants a shot at the next level (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
The San Jose Sharks have nine players playing in Canadian Junior Hockey during the 2015-16 season, and two playing in the USHL. This group of young players features some of the most promising and intriguing skaters in the prospect pool – including the team’s number one prospect, Timo Meier.
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