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Missed chances impact Minnesota Wild’s Top 20 prospects

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Missed chances impact Minnesota Wild’s Top 20 prospects

Photo: Tyler Graovac leads the Minnesota Wild’s thin prospect depth at center. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

If the Minnesota Wild should fail to qualify for the post-season, a lack of organizational depth is a key culprit. With Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder, Darcy Kuemper and Jason Zucker all graduated since the last Top 20, the depth chart looks as thin as it has been since spring 2010. Some questionable calls around the 2011 draft, plus the picks and assets traded away for Jason Pominville and Matt Moulson, hampered the team’s ability to acquire elite talent. There are some promising young players, but not many from this list will be suiting up in St. Paul next season. Restocking prospect depth the team lost out on in recent years is something the Wild needs to explore.

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New Jersey Devils sport deep pool of defensive prospects

by John Iadevaia
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New Jersey Devils sport deep pool of defensive prospects

Photo: Damon Severson had 12 points in 32 games before being sidelined with an ankle injury. (Image courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

Unless the New Jersey Devils go on a miracle run, the club will miss the postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Change is imminent as the oldest team in the NHL will need to replace departing veterans with younger players. Read more »

Trio of New York Islanders prospects ready for prime-time

by Christian Litscher
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Trio of New York Islanders prospects ready for prime-time

Photo: Griffin Reinhart is one of the best defenseman not playing in the NHL this year (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

 

The Islanders have become a top team in the Eastern Conference this season after years of finishing low in the standings. The team’s success on the draft floor has built a talented core that looks primed to be competitive for years. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lightning’s Nesterov opens scoring in loss to Kings

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Lightning’s Nesterov opens scoring in loss to Kings

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov competed for Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL prior to moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

On a night where two other AHL call-ups netted their first NHL goals, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov completed the first goal “hat trick” with his marker against the Los Angeles Kings in a game won by the surging Kings, 3-2. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Canucks’ Biega nets game-winner in NHL debut

by Ken McKenna
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(Video) First NHL Goal: Canucks’ Biega nets game-winner in NHL debut

Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie defenseman Alex Biega, shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, has played in 313 AHL games to this point in his career, tallying 19 goals and 102 points with three AHL teams (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

 

Almost nine years after being selected in the NHL Draft, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Biega made good on his first NHL opportunity by scoring his first NHL goal – the game-winner – in the Canucks 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Biega was named the game’s First Star for his efforts. Read more »

Detroit Red Wings Top 20 Prospects features new number one

by Chris Roberts
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Detroit Red Wings Top 20 Prospects features new number one

Photo: Detroit prospect Dylan Larkin has helped the Michigan Wolverines become the nation’s most potent offense this season. (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

Boasting one of the deepest, if not the most talented, group of prospects in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings are set up for sustained success. Despite the recent prospect graduations of Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Jurco, the Wings pipeline still features the AHL’s leading scorer, one of college hockey’s most explosive players, as well as an abundance of defensive depth.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Hurricanes’ Jordan notches two points in win

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Hurricanes’ Jordan notches two points in win

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan has played in 23 NHL games in his career, 18 of them coming in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)

 

No, not that ‘MJ’ from the Tar Heel State, but Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Michal Jordan from the Czech Republic netted his first NHL goal in 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Jordan also added an assist in the game and earned the Third Star award for his efforts. Read more »

Ottawa Senators prospects ascend depth chart

by Kristopher Bras
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Ottawa Senators prospects ascend depth chart

Nick Paul is having a career year with the North Bay Battalion, which bodes well for Sens fans. (Image courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The Ottawa Senators might not be playoff bound, but nevertheless it is an exciting time for the organization—and the youth movement is in full swing. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Ambidextrous Ehlers, Hartman’s smashing debut, more plays of the week

by David Hahn
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Prospect Impressions: Ambidextrous Ehlers, Hartman’s smashing debut, more plays of the week

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers starred for a surprising Denmark squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

Nikolaj Ehlers did something that you may not have seen before, while Ryan Hartman’s first NHL shift started with a bang. One WHL defenseman settles into a new home, while a former QMJHL captain leads the way for his new club. Not to be outdone, Andrei Vasilevskiy needed every inch of his 6’3″ frame to rob Mike Ribiero. Read more »

Lindell’s solid season has him atop list of drafted defensemen playing in Finland

by Tony Piscotta
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Lindell’s solid season has him atop list of drafted defensemen playing in Finland

Photo: KalPa Kuopio defenseman and Nashville Predators prospect Joonas Lyytinen was one of the better performers for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

Finland as a nation has produced several young defensemen in recent years. With many of those players now beginning to make their way in North America, including Dallas Stars‘ rookie Jyrki Jokipakka and St. Louis Blues prospect Petteri Lindbohm, the number of those players still plying their trade in the domestic Liiga has dwindled. Read more »

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