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(Video) First NHL Goal: Chaput misses out on game-winner in Blue Jackets’ loss

by Ken McKenna
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Michael Chaput - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput celebrates his first NHL goal in a game where he also dropped the gloves to complete two-thirds of a Gordie Howe hat trick (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput‘s first NHL goal could have been a memorable one, but the Washington Capitals had other ideas as they came back to defeat the Blue Jackets in overtime, 5-4. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Thunderbirds’ Barzal leads WHL prospects at mid-season mark

by Glen Erickson
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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal has missed time in the 2014-15 season due to injury, but should return to action in January (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 37 of its players selected at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, PA. With the NHL festivities set for Sunrise, FL in 2015, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool. Read more »

Dallas Stars’ junior prospects offer a range of abilities

by Mike Farkas
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Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie participated in Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie participated in Team Canada’s WJC Selection Camp (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Scorers and score stoppers make up the majority of the Dallas Stars’ junior prospect contingent. With goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Brent Moran in prominent roles out east and noteworthy scorers like Cole Ully and Brett Pollock in the west, the Stars are represented well across Canadian Major Juniors. Many of their prospects have moved on from junior programs at this point and, as a result, they have fewer players developing in the CHL.

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Pittsburgh Penguins putting prospect depth to test with recent rash of injuries

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Matt Murray - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Goaltender Matt Murray has been very solid in his first season of professional hockey. Murray has a 1.99 goals against average and .918 save percentage through 12 AHL games. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

In what has seemingly become a rite of winter, the Pittsburgh Penguins organization is once again ravaged by injury, from the NHL level all through their minor league system.

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The Top Five most vibrant personalities among NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
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Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is one of the more outspoken, young players among NHL prospects (courtesy of Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

 

As exciting as hockey players are on the ice, they are notorious for being boring off the ice. If you’ve heard one post-game interview, you’ve heard them all. Most hockey players respond to questions with the same robotic cliches – “We, uhh, just need to, uhh,focus on the, uhhh, next game. We need to just, uhhh, continue to play our, uh, style of game; play a full, uh, 60 minutes, get, uh, pucks in deep and finish our checks, get shots on, uh, net, and create, uh, chances…uh.” Read more »

McDavid, Meridian Centre to take a bow at 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

by Ken McKenna
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Lawson Crouse, Connor McDavid, Vince Dunn, Graham Knott - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects (l-r) Lawson Crouse, Connor McDavid, Vince Dunn, and Graham Knott model the jerseys that will be worn at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid will have a sizable stage on which to display his talents when the 2015 World Junior Championship begins on December 26th. But McDavid and 39 other prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft will have their own showcase less than a month later when the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game takes place in St. Catharines, ON. Read more »

Calgary Flames prospects growing together in the AHL

by Brian Jung
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Bill Arnold - Adirondack Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Bill Arnold hopes to reunite with Boston College teammate Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary in the near future (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite losing their first four games and finishing October with a lowly 3-6 record, the Adirondack Flames continue to grow stronger in their inaugural AHL season. As a determined unit, the Flames went on an incredible nine-game winning streak in November, which presently is the second-longest in the AHL this year. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: NTDP’s Matthews has the skills and drive to become the next great American star

by Chau Vo
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Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is expected to be a part of the USA’s entry at the 2015 World Junior Championship that begins on 12/26 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

One look at Auston Matthews and it is easy to see why he is ranked at the top of the 2016 NHL Draft class. Not only are his stats from the United States National Team Development Program (U.S. NTDP) eye-popping, but at just 17 years of age, he is already 6’2” and 195 pounds. The combination of size and skills make him a can’t-miss prospect. He is regarded as one of the best offensive players to have played for the U.S. NTDP. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lazar goal part of Senators’ third period surge

by Ken McKenna
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators rookie forward Curtis Lazar, shown celebrating his first NHL goal, was chosen by the Senators in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

A player known for his ever-present smile had a reason to flash that grin on Monday night as Ottawa Senators‘ rookie Curtis Lazar scored his first NHL goal in what ended up a 5-4 shootout loss to the surging Buffalo Sabres. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Rust, Dumoulin contribute to Penguins win

by Ken McKenna
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Bryan Rust - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Bryan Rust, shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, began his pro career last spring after completing his four-year college career at Notre Dame (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

The top team in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins, notched a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning with contributions from rookies Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin, both of whom scored their first NHL goal. Read more »

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