Ever wonder what would happen if soccer and hockey had a mash-up? Well, Windsor Spitfires forwards Hayden McCool and Cristiano DiGiacinto came up with an interesting rendition. In a bit of backwards poetry in motion, Tyler Parsons, a goaltender, scores a goal and Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner moonlights as a goaltender. That plus plenty of individual goal-scoring highlights in this week’s Prospect Impressions! Read more »
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As the 2015-16 season gets underway the Vancouver Canucks find themselves in an unfamiliar situation. For the first time in many years the Canucks actually have some prospects that could push a few of the veterans for NHL jobs. Aside from Bo Horvat there has been very little homegrown talent injected into the Canucks lineup in recent memory. The fans and the Canucks organization are excited at the prospect of some youth being injected into the team as the current core group is nearing the end of their careers. Read more »
The North Division name comes over from the American Hockey League’s Western Conference along with three teams from last year’s division – Rochester, Utica and Toronto – in addition to the other three teams from New York state – Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse. The St. John’s IceCaps, who have switched their affiliation from Winnipeg to Montreal, also make up this seven-team division that has several pre-existing rivalries due to the close proximity of most of the teams. Read more »
As the 2015-16 season commences, one cannot help but notice the top-heaviness of the Edmonton Oilers’ prospect talent at the professional level. The team’s new farm club in Bakersfield, California is stacked with noteworthy names like Darnell Nurse, Leon Draisaitl, Tyler Pitlick and more, and the number of legitimate prospects fighting for an opportunity to earn a look at the NHL level is much higher than it has been in recent memory. The fact that the Oilers are now deep enough at the top level to afford to let prospects like the ones mentioned earlier spend some time in the minors developing is a sign of systemic improvement, which bodes well for a club that is trying to establish itself as a legitimate playoff contender after years of poor performance.
Two rookie goaltenders with NCAA pedigrees squared off in the first NHL start for each, but only one could come away a winner. The victorious goaltender, Mike Condon of the Montreal Canadiens, outdueled Ottawa Senators rookie Matt O’Connor to give the undefeated Canadiens a 3-1 win. Condon stopped 20 of 21 shots to secure his first NHL win. Read more »
The Arizona Coyotes entered the 2015-16 NHL season as a team that was not expected to accomplish much, other than maybe securing better odds of landing homegrown top NHL Draft prospect, Auston Matthews. But the Coyotes have gotten off to a good start in the early going, defeating the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, then beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, on Saturday night in the Coyotes’ home opener. Read more »
The Vancouver Canucks opened the 2015-16 season Wednesday with an impressive 5-1 road win over the Calgary Flames, the team that knocked the Canucks out of the 2015 NHL Playoffs. The two teams faced off for the second time in four days in a game that included the first NHL goal for Canucks’ forward Jared McCann, with the Flames bouncing back to take a 3-2 overtime win. Read more »
He watched teammate Artemi Panarin net his first NHL goal in the Chicago Blackhawks‘ 2015-16 home opener on Wednesday, so Chicago rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk decided to get into the act himself as he potted his first NHL marker in his team’s 4-1 win Saturday over the New York Islanders at the United Center. Read more »
The Central Division isn’t home to as many radical changes as the Pacific Division, but it is part of the American Hockey League’s new landscape.
The Manitoba Moose have returned, while the Lake Erie Monsters have a new affiliate — switching from Colorado to the Columbus Blue Jackets — and the rest of the division is ripe with talent. Read more »
The Arizona Coyotes had a season to forget in 2014-15, but they have gotten off on the right foot in 2015-16 with a 4-1 win over a struggling Los Angeles Kings squad. Aside from the win, maybe the best news for the Coyotes was the two-point performance from forward Max Domi, which included his first NHL goal. Read more »