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SHL Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Skelleftea, MODO at opposite ends of the spectrum

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SHL Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Skelleftea, MODO at opposite ends of the spectrum

Photo: Skelleftea AIK defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Tim Heed is currently second in scoring among SHL defensemen with 28 points in 42 games (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

The 2014-15 SHL season has made it through the holiday season and is heading down the final stretch, as roughly 75 percent of the games have been played to date. This is the time of the year when many clubs exchange a few parts, bring up juniors to fill in for injuries, and in some cases, watch as their young men represent Sweden at the WJC. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Ho-Sang faces top 2015 goaltending prospect, Bulldogs spoil Nylander’s Marlies debut, and more

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Prospect Faceoff: Ho-Sang faces top 2015 goaltending prospect, Bulldogs spoil Nylander’s Marlies debut, and more

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Josh Ho-Sang (NYI) and Barrie Colts goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (2015) go head-to-head in one of the more interesting NHL prospect matchups this weekend (courtesy of Aaron Bell/Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes a look at weekend matchups that include a couple of top performers from the 2015 World Juniors, plus interesting NHL prospect head-to-heads in NCAA and SHL play. In addition, we look back at the matchups featured in last week’s PF offering, including the results of William Nylander’s first North American action. Read more »

Opportunity knocks for several Chicago Blackhawks prospects

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Opportunity knocks for several Chicago Blackhawks prospects

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Antti Raanta has provided excellent relief work for the team. (Courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

 

While Chicago Blackhawks fans are expecting nothing less than a championship parade come June, there is another concern lingering in the back of everyone’s mind. The salary cap is projected to rise only to around $73 million for the 2015-16 season, which means fans should expect to see somebody make their way out of Chicago.

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, January, 2015

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, January, 2015

Photo: Oklahoma City Barons forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Andrew Miller was a member of Yale’s NCAA Championship squad in 2013 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

As the American Hockey League returns from the All-Star break, several teams are in playoff contention and will be kicking things up a notch heading down the stretch. There have been plenty of standouts throughout the first half of the season, but who will lead the way for AHL teams out West down the stretch? Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Rantanen the class of Finland’s 2015 crop at midseason

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2015 NHL Draft: Rantanen the class of Finland’s 2015 crop at midseason

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen was the top scorer for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship with four goals in five games (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

 

The trend of top junior talent heading to Canada has continued to skim some of the top talent from the junior level in Finland. In recent years that exodus has also seen players heading to the USHL. But with many of the top pro players heading to other leagues, some of the nation’s top draft-eligible prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are gaining experience playing against men in the country’s top pro league, Liiga. Read more »

Injuries creating opportunities for several Columbus Blue Jackets prospects

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Injuries creating opportunities for several Columbus Blue Jackets prospects

Photo: Columbus forward Alex Wennberg has not been overly productive in his rookie NHL season but has done enough to maintain a regular spot on the Blue Jackets roster. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

Due to an injury plagued start to the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets looked to their prospects to fill out the depth chart. While quite a few of the youngsters called up did not stick around for too long, Michael Chaput and Alexander Wennberg have both taken advantage of the opportunity and have skated in over 30 games with Columbus.

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Vancouver Canucks’ organizational depth means a strong squad in Utica

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Vancouver Canucks’ organizational depth means a strong squad in Utica

Photo: Vancouver Canucks fifth-round pick Frank Corrado is making a case for more NHL games. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Led by standout performances from AHL veterans Jacob Markstrom, Dustin Jeffrey, Bobby Sanguinetti, and Cal O’Reilly, the Utica Comets hit the All-Star break in third place in the Western Conference but have games in hand on all competing teams. The Comets feature a combination of experience and young talent, creating a balanced roster that looks ready to push for a Calder Cup.

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2015 NHL Draft: Svechnikov fitting in nicely in Cape Breton

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2015 NHL Draft: Svechnikov fitting in nicely in Cape Breton

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward and 2015 prospect Evgeny Svechnikov competed for Team Cherry at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

“I don’t have plans for KHL. I have plans for NHL,” a rather loose Evgeny Svechnikov exclaimed during a Sunday morning interview, prior to a clash with the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Russian, who was picked second overall in the 2013 KHL Draft by Ak Bars Kazan, is in his first season with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. With 49 points in 38 games, he is one of the team’s leading scorers, and has been one of the more dynamic players in the league this season. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Competing in North America a goal for Eisbaren Berlin defender Muller

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2015 NHL Draft: Competing in North America a goal for Eisbaren Berlin defender Muller

Photo: Eisbaren Berlin defenseman and 2015 prospect Jonas Muller earlier this month competed for Germany in his first U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

Having gone a bit under the radar in recent years in German hockey has been the quiet but steady development of defenseman Jonas Muller. Born in Berlin, he’s developed almost entirely with the Eisbaren Berlin organization, a subsidiary of the same Anschutz Group that owns the Los Angeles Kings. Read more »

Several Tampa Bay Lightning prospects making names for themselves at NHL level

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Several Tampa Bay Lightning prospects making names for themselves at NHL level

Photo: Forward Jon Drouin has been solid in his rookie NHL season, producing 19 points in 38 games. Drouin was picked third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

With expectations comes pressure; pressure to succeed and meet said expectations. So far, the young Tampa Bay Lightning squad has met and surpassed most expectations, proving last year’s playoff appearance was no fluke—far from it.

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