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Deep prospect pool ready to make impact for Calgary Flames in 2014-15

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Photo: Mark Jankowski (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Mark Jankowski will need to use his increased ice time to show why he was worthy of being selected 21st overall in 2012. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

With a healthy squad and key new additions, the Calgary Flames have a promising group of prospects ready to start the 2014-15 season. The organization has addressed the shortage of certain positions with the recent draft picks, and prospects have accumulated over the past few seasons. One could even argue that the current group of young players that includes such forwards as Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Markus Granlund and now Sam Bennett could form one of the strongest units in team history.

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Ehlers takes top spot in Winnipeg Jets Fall 2014 Top 20

by Tony Piscotta
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CHL: JAN 15 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Nikolaj Ehlers was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft after a 104 point season with the Halifax Mooseheads. (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Winnipeg Jets had an exciting third season, playing in the Western Conference for the first time since re-locating from Atlanta. The Jets, however, once again finished just short of a playoff spot. Paul Maurice, who took over as the Jets’ coach in January, seemed to have the team playing better at the end of the year and with a full offseason and training camp should be able to put his mark on the club.

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2014-15 WHL Preview: Wheat Kings look to dethrone Oil Kings in the East

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Greg Chase - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Greg Chase registered 85 points in 2013-14, and is expected to be among the WHL scoring leaders in 2014-15 (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

Last season was a special year for the teams that call the WHL‘s Eastern Conference home.

 

First, Eastern Conference fans in Prince Albert, SK and Red Deer, AB got to see their teams square off in a thrilling, winner take all match to determine who would play the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round of the playoffs. Read more »

Several New Jersey Devils prospects looking to seize opportunities in 2014-15

by John Iadevaia
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Myles Bell - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Selected as an overage pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, forward Myles Bell is currently playing for a contract from the New Jersey Devils. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

 As the veteran-laden New Jersey Devils prepare for their quest for the Stanley Cup, the prospects of the organization continue their journey to play in the NHL one day. While opportunities await in the near future, a few notable players have the chance to establish or re-establish themselves this season.

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2014-15 WHL Preview: Winterhawks a less imposing favorite in Western Conference

by Glen Erickson
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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal is the early favorite to be the first player chosen from the WHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

As much as the players are the show in junior hockey, the big stories across the WHL’s Western Conference heading into the 2014-15 season have occurred behind the bench. Half of the teams in the West, five of ten, will have a new bench boss at the helm when the regular season begins on September 19. Read more »

Plenty of questions to be answered by Los Angeles Kings prospects in 2014-15

by Jason Lewis
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Photo: Colin Miller (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Colin Miller should see increased ice time with the Manchester Monarchs in 2014-15. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

With the current state of several Los Angeles Kings prospects it seems like there are plenty of questions to be asked to start this 2014-15 season. The organization is reaching an apex with several of their prospect groups and 2014-15 seems like a year where plays could be made.

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New regime but same goals in 2014-15 for Carolina Hurricanes

by Cory Lavalette
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Michal Jordan - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Defenseman Michal Jordan is one of several Carolina prospects who is playing for a new contract in the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Carolina Hurricanes have one bold, italicized line on their to-do list for the 2014-15: return to the postseason. That is not very different from what the team’s goal has been for much of the past five seasons, but this year has a different feel with new men in charge as general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters now run things in the front office and on the ice, respectively.

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Father’s NHL experience helps Leafs’ Nylander get a jump on pro career

by Jason Menard
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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect William Nylander was chosen 13th overall in the CHL Import Draft by the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 18-year-old first-rounder William Nylander may be young in NHL years, but he’s got a wealth of NHL experience behind him. And that confidence, along with a copious amount of talent, may propel him to the big-league roster as early as this season. Read more »

Late bloomer Robinson competing hard for spot on Senators’ roster

by Jason Menard
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Buddy Robinson - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators’ forward prospect Buddy Robinson spent two seasons playing Junior A hockey in Canada before moving to Lake Superior State for two seasons, then turned pro with the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Tank? For sure. Brick? Perhaps. You could even understand a playful Tiny. But at 6’5 and 240+ pounds of solid mass and physicality, the Ottawa Senators’ prospect does not appear to be a Buddy. But that is the name that has stuck for Buddy Robinson — and it’s a name that’s starting to make some waves throughout the Senators’ organization. Read more »

Nashville Predators boast many prospects ready for NHL action in 2014-15

by Tony Piscotta
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New York Islanders v Nashville Predators

Photo: Miikka Salomaki looks poised to have an offensive breakout with the Milwaukee Admirals in his second AHL season. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

 

The most obvious change for the Nashville Predators this season will be behind the bench, where veteran coach Peter Laviolette replaces the only coach in the history of the franchise, Barry Trotz.

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