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2014 Leafs Prospects Tournament Preview: Senators could be challenged by 2013 runner-up Leafs

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2014 Leafs Prospects Tournament - William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen

Photo: A pair of 2014 NHL Draft first round selections, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ William Nylander and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kasperi Kapanen, highlight the prospects taking part in the 2014 Leafs Prospect Tournament in London, ON (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images/Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

 

While the Traverse City Prospects Tournament is the most heralded NHL prospects gathering, it is not the only one taking place over the course of the next few days. Over in London, ON, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be holding their annual prospects confab that includes players from four NHL teams – the Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins. Read more »

2014 Traverse City Tournament Preview: Host Red Wings look to defend 2013 prospects title

by Ken McKenna
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2014 Traverse City Prospects Tournament - Sam Reinhart, Robby Fabbri, Sonny Milano

Photo: Among the players competing at the 2014 Traverse City Prospects Tournament are 2014 first round picks Sam Reinhart (L), Robby Fabbri (C), and Sonny Milano (R) (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images – Terry Wilson/OHL Images – Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

A selection of prospects from eight NHL teams have descended on Traverse City, MI for the 2014 edition of that city’s annual prospects tournament. Futures from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues will battle it out for prospect supremacy at the biggest of the NHL prospects tournaments. Read more »

Several New York Islanders prospects looking to have breakout 2014-15 seasons

by Christian Litscher
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Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Photo: Viktor Crus Rydberg is one of several New York Islanders prospects who are expected to have big 2014-15 seasons. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Many New York Islanders prospects had exceptional seasons in 2013-14. Multiple pro prospects exceeded expectations and their junior, collegiate, and European prospects all took strides in their development.

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2014-15 Switzerland Prospect Preview: Rod, Merzlikins best of National League A prospects

by Rafik Soliman
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Fabrice Herzog - Quebec Remparts

Photo: EV Zug forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fabrice Herzog spent most of the 2013-14 season with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

This past season, Switzerland witnessed a start-to-finish victory by the powerhouse ZSC Lions Zürich with most of the nation’s experts agreeing that the team, coached by former NHL head coach Marc Crawford, will most likely be able to repeat it’s championship run in 2014-15. Read more »

2014-15 QMJHL Preview: Remparts, Oceanic could be class of the league

by Kevin Forbes
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Nicolas Roy - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and 2015 prospect Nicolas Roy could be the top selection out of the QMJHL for the NHL Draft (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

On September 10th, when the Val-d’Or Foreurs begin their President’s Cup defense and the QMJHL‘s season begins, they will be a very different squad from the team that represented the league last spring at the Memorial Cup. Gone will be CHL Player of the Year Anthony Mantha and starting netminder Antoine Bibeau, with both making the jump to pro hockey. Forward Louick Marcotte and defenceman Ryan Graves have been traded away and team captain Samuel Henley and defensemen Guillaume Gelinas and Randy Gazzola have also moved on. Read more »

2014-15 Liiga Preview, Pt. 2: Tough act to follow as Vaasa Sport replaces KHL-bound Jokerit

by Tony Piscotta
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Juuse Saros - Team Finland

Photo: HPK Hameenliina goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros backstopped Finland to the gold medal at the 2014 WJC and is likely to be a key player for that country at this year’s WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

In part two of the 2014-15 Liiga preview, Hockey’s Future takes a look at the remaining teams from Finland‘s top hockey league not covered in part one. Included in the second part is Liiga newcomer Vaasa Sport, the team selected to replace arguably the league’s most heralded organization, Jokerit, who is now a part of Russia‘s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Read more »

Hertl, Tierney lead San Jose Sharks Fall 2014 Top 20

by Craig Fischer
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Photo: (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Photo: Tomas Hertl scored 25 points in 37 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2013-14, his rookie season. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

The San Jose Sharks offseason has been met with a great deal of criticism. Much has been said about general manager Doug Wilson and his idea of a rebuild. His self-described “tomorrow team” looks surprisingly similar to yesterday’s team. That is, until you look at all of the changes that happened within the prospect ranks.

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Washington Capitals possess a lot of high end talent in their 2014 Fall Top 20

by Jason Lewis
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Evgeny Kuznetsov - Washington Capitals

Photo: Prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is an early favorite to contend for the 2015 Calder trophy. Kuznetsov is an immensely skilled forward who was selected in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

While the Washington Capitals are in a transition period in many ways, with a new coach, a new general manager, and a new-look defense, they have a wealth of extremely talented players to pass the torch to in coming years.

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Recent draft picks fill St. Louis Blues Fall 2014 Top 20

by Suraj Sukumar
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Photo: Ivan Barbashev returns to the Moncton Wildcats in 2014-15. He was selected by St. Louis in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

While Jake Allen has enjoyed a long run as the St. Louis Blues’ top prospect since Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz graduated, the time has come for the young goaltender to pass the torch. The key additions to the Fall 2014 Top 20 include the Blues’ top two picks from the 2014 NHL Draft, Robby Fabbri and Ivan Barbashev. As new players make their way onto the list, others like Yannick Veilleux, Petteri Lindbohm and Sergei Andronov have been forced to take a back seat in the latest edition of the Blues’ Top 20.

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