The Nylander family is in the news lately, and the youngest family member, Alex, just scored one of the prettiest goals of the year. Another family, the Strome’s, are making waves themselves, but again it’s youngest brother Matt that started the year off hot. There’s more, too, as top prospects in Tampa Bay and Winnipeg push for playing time just like the world-famous Hanson Brothers did.
It’s a goal that has to be seen from multiple angles to be believed. Hockey fans in Toronto have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Alex Nylander, just from what they have seen from his older brother William, one of the Toronto Maple Leafs top prospects. Just a few short miles down the road in Mississauga, Alex is plying his trade in the OHL with the Steelheads, a young, upstart team with big expectations this season. Interestingly enough, former NHL forward Michael Nylander is able to keep an eye on his sons as an assistant coach for the Steelheads. It’s a family affair, and boy did the skills get passed on, and for proof, take a look at this beauty.
William Nylander’s younger brother, Alex (17) scored a dazzling goal vs Peterborough Petes in the OHL last night… pic.twitter.com/i0JCQ06zSw
— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) October 2, 2015
— John Forese (@jforese28) October 2, 2015
That Alex Nylander goal almost needs to be slowed down to appreciate the hands, the elusiveness and just ridiculous skills on display.
— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) October 2, 2015
There is one more Strome brother coming down the pipeline, as oldest sibling Ryan is now an established forward for the New York Islanders, and middle-brother Dylan is headed back to the Erie Otters of the OHL. That league will now have a second Strome, as youngest brother Matthew is a rookie playing for the newest OHL franchise in Hamilton. It took four games, but Matthew scored his first OHL goal in true goal-scorer’s fashion.
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) October 4, 2015
Matt Strome nets his first career OHL goal and Stephen Harper scores in OT to lift Bulldogs over Hounds in OT http://t.co/aoonLKX1ba
— Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood) October 5, 2015
One of the most interesting characters in the OHL, Kevin Labanc inspires with his Twitter handle, where he takes it “straight to the bank.” The reference, in hockey terms, means taking the puck to the net in order to score, something Labanc managed to do 31 times last season. The San Jose Sharks prospect is back with the Barrie Colts for his overage year, and figures to be one of the top scorers in the league, hoping to improve on his 107-point 2014-15 campaign.
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) October 4, 2015
#SJSharks Prospect Update: Kevin Labanc (Barrie/OHL) finished the game with 1G 1A
— Pup Profiles (@dfinhockey) October 3, 2015
Scott Darling’s road to the NHL was a long, trying, and often times difficult one. Despite numerous setbacks on and off the ice, Darling persevered over adversity and became the Blackhawks’ go-to option behind incumbent starter Corey Crawford. He enamored himself to the Chicago faithful with a strong stretch run, and picked up right where he left off the in preseason with this tremendous save.
— NHL (@NHL) October 2, 2015
Scott Darling has been fantastic tonight. Quite the duo in the blue paint!
— Greg Boysen (@GregBoysen) September 26, 2015
The coming years in Winnipeg are going to be celebrated, thanks in part to a dynamic trio of forwards in Mark Scheifele, Nic Petan, and Nik Ehlers. In particular, Ehlers appears ready for regular playing time in the NHL following back-to-back 100-point seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL. Ehlers, a dashing Dane with ridiculous skating ability, recently notched his first goal in the preseason with a nice individual effort.
Nikolaj Ehlers notched his first goal of the pre-season tonight! ;https://t.co/U5dFWCpWWr
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 2, 2015
If the downside of Nik Ehlers is he occasionally tries to do too much, the rest of his game more than makes up for it, IMHO
— Ed Tait (@WFPEdTait) September 23, 2015
It is put-up or shut-up time for Jonathan Drouin, and he sure made a lot of noise in the preseason. Drouin, who finished his rookie year with just four goals, matched that total in the preseason, a positive sign for his development. A supremely gifted and offensively oriented winger, Drouin has been slotted alongside Steven Stamkos, perhaps foreshadowing what to expect this year. If this goal is another precursor to avoiding a sophomore slump, believe the hype.
Jonathan Drouin. Filthy. pic.twitter.com/7TzAgZfUpQ
— Hockey Vines (@TheHockeyVines) September 30, 2015
At the conclusion of preseason games, @jodrouin27 finished tied for third in the league with 8 points and tied for 3rd with 4 goals
— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) October 5, 2015
That Drouin goal was scored in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where the Pittsburgh Penguins were hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of Kraft’s “Hockeyville USA” event, a promotion where a dilapidated old rink was given a facelift. Also a part of that event, the Hanson Brothers, famously played in the movie “Slap Shot,” were in attendance and got the Penguins fired up for the event.
What’s the best way to get amped up for a game in Johnstown, PA? A pep talk from the Hanson brothers. https://t.co/Tl6TFoCkhi
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 30, 2015
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