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Prospects expected to bolster San Jose Sharks roster in 2014-15

by Craig Fischer
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Photo: Danny O'Regan (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Dan O’Regan’s offensive numbers may benefit greatly from playing with Jack Eichel in 2014-15. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

The San Jose Sharks have publicly stated that the younger players of the organization are going to start becoming key components of the roster, which means the 2014-15 season will be a fascinating year both in terms of individual prospect’s development and the sheer number of players that should move up to higher levels of play throughout the year.

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2014 All-American Prospects Game: Coaches like what they see from Eichel, Hanifin

by Ken McKenna
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Jack Eichel - Team USA

Photo: Boston University forward 2015 prospect Jack Eichel will represent his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship as a member of Team USA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With each new season comes a new crop of hockey talent eligible for the NHL Draft. Some classes are more noteworthy than others, as appears to be the case with a 2015 draft class that will include a marquee battle for the draft’s top spot between the Erie Otters’ Connor McDavid and Boston University’s Jack Eichel. Read more »

Several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects face high expectations in 2014-15 season

by Ed Dermit
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Tyler Biggs - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Tyler Biggs will look to have a bounce back 2014-15 season in the AHL. Biggs was a former first round pick from 2011. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

After years of sacrificing high draft picks for quick fix solutions, which eventually led to a lack of depth in their minor league system, the Toronto Maple Leafs have turned a corner in the quality and depth of their player development pipeline. That youth injection is getting stronger with prospects Matt Finn, Connor Brown, and Antoine Bibeau potentially joining the Leafs’ minor league affiliates for the 2014-15 season. Other prospects, such as Andreas Johnson and Carter Verhaeghe, will look to build on their solid performances in 2014-15.

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NHL Prospects Roundup: Tkachev, Yakimov fuel Oilers win

by Ken McKenna
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Ryan Murphy and Victor Rask - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes defensive prospect Ryan Murphy (7) celebrates his first period power play goal with Victor Rask in the Hurricanes win over the New York Islanders (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Last night, it was Tampa Bay, and on Wednesday night, a pair of Russian forwards helped provide an offensive push that helped the Edmonton Oilers pull out a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Read more »

Make-or-break seasons ahead for many Arizona Coyotes prospects

by Pat Paeplow
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Photo: Ryan Macinnis (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Photo: Ryan Macinnis appears poised to add a bit more offensive production to his already solid defensive game in 2014-15. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The Arizona Coyotes head into training camp with some key roster spots available. With Mike Ribeiro having left town, Max Domi, Henrik Samuelsson and Lucas Lessio will all vie for the vacancy in Arizona’s top nine forwards. Also, Brandon Gormley appears ready to finally wrestle away an NHL roster spot from the fading veterans at the bottom of Arizona’s depth chart like David Schlemko.

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Blackhawks’ Fournier hoping to build off of injury-shortened season

by Jason Menard
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Dillon Fournier - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks defensive prospect Dillon Fournier produced 31 goals and 77 assists for 108 points in 207 QMJHL games (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

A shoulder injury cost Chicago Blackhawks’ prospect Dillon Fournier much of his 2013-14 season in the QMJHL. This year’s Toronto Maple Leafs’ rookie tournament afforded him the opportunity to test his legs — and his mettle. Read more »

Several Boston Bruins prospects poised to have strong 2014-15 seasons

by Richard Murray
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Justin Florek - Boston Bruins

Photo: Forward Justin Florek should push for a regular spot on the Boston Bruins NHL in 2014-15. Florek was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

With not much salary cap space to spare, the Boston Bruins could have several top prospects compete and come away with NHL roster spots by the end of training camp.

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NHL Prospects Roundup: Canucks youngsters display talents in win over Sharks

by Ken McKenna
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Jiri Sekac - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Jiri Sekac signed with the Canadiens in the off-season after scoring 11 goals and 17 assists for HC Lev Praha in 2013-14 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Another busy slate in the 2014 NHL preseason on Tuesday night, albeit with a pair of split squad games included in that count. But one of those split squad games, between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, may have provided fans of one team with a little hope for the future. Read more »

2014-15 SHL Preview, Part 1: HV71 looks to move back up in the standings

by Chapin Landvogt
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Victor Olofsson - Team Sweden

Photo: MODO forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Victor Olofsson took part at the 2014 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp as a member of Team Sweden (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

If based on the sheer size of the league and the types of contracts that can be handed out, as well as what is clearly a generally outstanding level of ice hockey, most will tell you that the KHL is the best hockey league in Europe. Still, you’ll find many who’ll say there’s no better level of hockey combining pure, proven international competitiveness and the ability to integrate and foster young, excellent talent than in Sweden’s SHL. Read more »

NHL Prospects Roundup: Domi, Samuelsson impress in win

by Ken McKenna
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Henrik Samuelsson - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson celebrates the first goal of the game vs. the Los Angeles Kings in what would be a three-point night for the former Edmonton Oil Kings forward (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

It was Split Squad Mania on Day 2 of the 2014 NHL preseason slate as eight of the 12 games played involved teams icing a split squad.  Seemingly more chances for NHL prospects to shine, but in the end only a handful of notable performances from the youngsters. Read more »

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