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Hope for Washington Capitals’ AHL prospects, despite mediocre record

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Hope for Washington Capitals’ AHL prospects, despite mediocre record

Photo: Connor Carrick has 62 points in 117 regular season games as a Hershey Bear, fine totals for a young defenceman. (Courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

The Washington Capitals are off to one of the best starts in franchise history with a talented lineup that has dominated the Eastern Conference in 2014-15. The Hershey Bears, Washington’s AHL affiliate, has not been as impressive but there are some players who will be contributors for the Caps in the future. Read more »

2015-16 Calder Poll: Larkin continues to impress with Detroit, earns All-Star berth

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2015-16 Calder Poll: Larkin continues to impress with Detroit, earns All-Star berth

Photo: Detroit Red Wings rookie forward Dylan Larkin has shown great consistency in his first full season of pro hockey, helping him earn a spot on the Atlantic Division squad competing at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

The Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin narrowly edged Artemi Panarin in our staff vote as the two Central Division forwards have created some separation from the rest of the field in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll for December of 2015. Read more »

St. Louis Blues have positions of strength on display in the minors

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St. Louis Blues have positions of strength on display in the minors

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev scored 58 goals and 119 points last season in all his QMJHL action, and has been good and reasonably prolific as a rookie pro (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The St. Louis Blues have a plethora of talented prospects and many of them play in the AHL. While a few have received NHL opportunities over the last year, others are still finding their footing at the ripe age of 21 or 22. The goaltending prospects are incredibly talented and the defensive group looks very promising. At forward, the Blues have plenty of big names on the prospect front but will be patient with their development. Several of these young players will benefit from larger opportunities which will likely happen at the minor league level.

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Payload of Boston Bruins prospects ready to graduate from AHL

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Payload of Boston Bruins prospects ready to graduate from AHL

Photo: Seth Griffith leads the Providence Bruins in scoring with 31 points after returning from an early-season injury. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

With six draft choices in the first two rounds of the 2015 NHL Draft the Boston Bruins have several high-end prospects playing in junior hockey and at the college level. When it comes to pro hockey, things are equally promising as several players are either on the cusp of cracking the NHL lineup or are currently in their first season with the Bruins. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Kapanen’s golden goal, Nedeljkovic shines, Pu’s classy celebration

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Prospect Impressions: Kapanen’s golden goal, Nedeljkovic shines, Pu’s classy celebration

Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Tyler Moy is trying to equal or improve upon a solid 2014-15 season that led to his being drafted by the Predators (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship came to a conclusion last week, with Finland garnering the gold medal in overtime thanks to Kasperi Kapanen. Alex Nedeljkovic was a big reason why the United States picked up a bronze medal, making a huge “spiderman” save in the process. Plenty more highlights await in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more »

Team Rankings: Future potential of Ottawa Senators prospects places them at top of 21-30 group

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Team Rankings: Future potential of Ottawa Senators prospects places them at top of 21-30 group

Photo: Los Angeles Kings forward Michael Mersch saw his first NHL action in a December game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

A team with a handful of prospects possessing some good, long-term upside tops the 21-30 group of the latest Hockey’s Future NHL Team Rankings, which ranks the NHL clubs on the basis of the quality of their prospect depth. Read more »

Dallas Stars minor league system a proving ground for NHL prospects

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Dallas Stars minor league system a proving ground for NHL prospects

Photo: Despite struggles early in his career with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Dallas Stars prospect Mattias Backman has started to come along as a pro (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

The Dallas Stars organization is brimming with potential in their minor pro ranks. With many recent draft picks graduated from the junior and collegiate ranks, their AHL club is practically overflowing with potential. As a result, the junior and collegiate ranks are a little short on upside, but the proximity of their best and brightest is promising and exciting for management and fans alike.

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, December, 2015: NCAA season heads into second half after tournament, WJC action

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, December, 2015: NCAA season heads into second half after tournament, WJC action

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski captained Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he also earned the Top Defenseman honor for that tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images

The month of December featured many excellent performances, fantastic finishes and a few surprises in NCAA hockey. Hockey’s Future looks back at some of the more notable items involving NHL prospects making news around college hockey in the final month of 2015. Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are current as of Jan. 10th, 2015. Read more »

2016 WJC Review: Hard-working group brings silver medal home to Russia

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2016 WJC Review: Hard-working group brings silver medal home to Russia

Photo: Team Russia captain Vladislav Kamenev provided a mix of leadership and offense at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, finishing the tournament with a goal and six points in seven games (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship was quite successful for the Team Russia as the team headed home with their sixth straight medal, winning a silver medal as they did at last year’s tournament. Read more »

Pulock working on his defensive game in AHL with Bridgeport

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Pulock working on his defensive game in AHL with Bridgeport

Photo: Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman Ryan Pulock, shown here in a preseason game with the parent New York Islanders, is the top offensive defenseman on the Sound Tigers roster with 16 points in 35 games (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There is no doubting Ryan Pulock’s offensive abilities from the back end. His shot from the point is NHL-caliber. As is the case for a lot offensively-minded defensemen coming to the pro ranks, the adjustment for him has been playing more responsibly in the defensive zone. Read more »

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