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Boston Bruins have NHL-ready prospects at all positions

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Zach Trotman - Boston Bruins

Photo: Defenseman Zach Trotman was recently recalled to the NHL from the Providence Bruins. Trotman was seventh round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Boston Bruins strength at the NHL level has always been down the middle and that is no different in their prospect system. The Bruins helped filled out some issues on the wing during the 2014 NHL Draft this past summer with first round pick David Pastrnak, but still remain thin along the boards.

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San Jose Sharks have high-end talent but little depth

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San Jose Sharks v Nashville Predators

Photo: Freddie Hamilton has NHL-caliber skill, but a poor training camp has relegated him to the AHL for now. (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The first few weeks of the the 2014-15 season have provided an early glimpse of what San Jose Shark fans can expect going forward during the youth movement in San Jose. General manager Doug Wilson has not shied away from injecting young, inexperienced players into his roster. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Capitals’ O’Brien nets first in loss to Canucks

by Ken McKenna
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Liam O'Brien - Washington Capitals

Photo: Washington Capitals rookie forward Liam O’Brien captained the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

It’s been a weekend for unheralded players netting their first NHL goals. On Saturday, it was the Arizona CoyotesJustin Hodgman, and on Sunday night it was Washington Capitals‘ free agent signee Liam O’Brien who lit an NHL lamp for the first time in a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Read more »

Philadelphia Flyers own prospect pool full of gritty forwards and mobile defensemen

by Jashvina Shah
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Tyler Golbourne - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Gritty forward Tyler Golbourne began the 2014-15 season strong, with four goals and two assists through his first six games. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The Philadelphia Flyers used the 2014 NHL Draft to add to their main area of depth – defense. The Flyers also added some forwards and picked up several underrated players who may turn out to be draft day steals.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Long, strange trip to NHL pays off as Hodgman scores in first NHL game

by Ken McKenna
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Justin Hodgman - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Arizona Coyotes rookie forward Justin Hodgman displays the puck he fired into the net for his first NHL goal in the Coyotes win over the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Arizona Coyotes forward Justin Hodgman has spent the past several years competing in seemingly every hockey league and hockey-playing country trying to achieve his goal of competing in the top hockey league, the NHL. The 26-year-old finally got that chance on Saturday night, and he didn’t waste it as he netted his first NHL goal in the Coyotes’ 2-1 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. Read more »

Winnipeg Jets tap western Canada for prospect depth

by Tony Piscotta
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Winnipeg Jets v Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Adam Lowry impressed in the AHL in 2013-14, subsequently earning himself an NHL job for the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

 

After re-locating from Atlanta to Winnipeg prior to the 2010-11 and hiring a general manager with roots in western Canada, it is not surprising that the Winnipeg Jets have focused much more of their energy on procuring talent from both the WHL and those players in western Canada and Minnesota bound for college hockey careers.

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Another wave of Columbus Blue Jackets prospects poised for graduation in 2014-15 season

by Richard Greco
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Michael Chaput - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Michael Chaput is one of four rookies to start the 2014-15 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chaput spent the previous two seasons playing for the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a well-rounded system. Although Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano will likely graduate from their prospect status after opening the 2014-15 season in the NHL, Columbus concentrated on reinforcing its pool of young talent in the 2014 NHL Draft. From sizable, gritty players to smooth skating, offensive-minded skaters, the Blue Jackets have a good amount of depth throughout. They also have plenty of competition among their prospects in net.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Draisaitl nets winner in Oilers victory

by Ken McKenna
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Leon Draisaitl - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Leon Draisaitl has played in eight regular season games for the Oilers, giving that club just one more game to decide if they will send Draisaitl back to the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

 

Edmonton Oilers‘ rookie forward Leon Draisaitl made Friday a memorable night for third overall NHL Draft picks as the big German scored his first NHL goal in a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Drouin picks up goal, assist in Lightning win

by Ken McKenna
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Jonathan Drouin and Eric Brewer - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Eric Brewer celebrate Drouin’s first NHL goal in the second period of the Lightning’s 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

It was just a matter of when, not if, but Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin notched his first NHL goal in his third NHL game, a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Read more »

Attack’s Nastasiuk enjoying status as grizzled OHL veteran

by Jason Menard
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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk will captain the Attack for the second straight season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

For Owen Sound Attack captain and Detroit Red Wings’ prospect Zach Nastasiuk, a couple of cups of coffee with the NHL club at training camp has brought him lessons that he’s not only applying to himself, but hoping to share with his teammates. Read more »

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