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2015 NHL Draft: Generals’ Vande Sompel gearing up for extended playoff run

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2015 NHL Draft: Generals’ Vande Sompel gearing up for extended playoff run

Photo: Oshawa Generals defenseman and 2015 prospect Mitchell Vande Sompel is currently fifth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 55 points in 51 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Mitchell Vande Sompel grew up in London, ON. He was a London Knights’ fan growing up and drew inspiration from some of its biggest stars. And, as a member of the powerhouse Oshawa Generals, the defenseman is looking to join some of the Knights’ famous alumni in the NHL. Read more »

Gillies leads small but impressive group of NHL-drafted goaltenders from the NCAA

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Gillies leads small but impressive group of NHL-drafted goaltenders from the NCAA

Photo: Providence College has maintained a presence in the top 15 of the NCAA Hockey rankings, with goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies playing a big part in the team’s success in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Fifteen NHL-drafted goaltenders are playing in the NCAA this season. Hockey’s Future takes a closer at the top five, all of whom are among the nominees for this year’s Mike Richter Award that was recently announced. This ranking is based on season performance, overall developmental progress and NHL potential. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Feb. 28th. Read more »

On the Rush, February 2015

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On the Rush, February 2015

Photo: Dylan Sadowy was taken in the third round (81st overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks (Courtesy of CHL Images)

Welcome to the February edition of On the Rush. It is getting down to crunch time, and soon the playoffs will commence for the players who have managed to advance. In hockey, momentum can be as much of a deciding factor in the postseason as seed order. This month, Hockey’s Future will have a league-by-league look at who is hot, and who is not—as we head into every hockey fan’s favorite time of the year. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Spooner’s OT goal gives Bruins much-needed points

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Spooner’s OT goal gives Bruins much-needed points

Photo: Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner was third in scoring for the Providence Bruins at the time he was called up to Boston, scoring eight goals and adding 18 assists in 33 AHL games (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

It was impeccable timing for the first NHL goal of Boston Bruins‘ forward Ryan Spooner‘s career as his milestone goal came in overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Read more »

Tampa Bay Lightning prospects run deep at every position

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Tampa Bay Lightning prospects run deep at every position

Photo: Anthony DeAngelo leads all CHL defencemen with 71 points in 51 games this season. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Owning quality NHL-bound prospects at all five positions, the Tampa Bay Lightning appear to be set for the future. Beyond top prospects Jonathan Drouin, Andrey Vasilevskiy and Anthony DeAngelo, many of the organization’s prospects are ready for the next level, with recent call-ups Luke Witkowski and Nikita Nesterov performing well in the NHL. Read more »

Paterson emerges as top NHL-drafted goaltender in OHL in 2014-15

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Paterson emerges as top NHL-drafted goaltender in OHL in 2014-15

Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has the Rangers in a playoff position after being dealt to the club at the OHL trade deadline by the Saginaw Spirit (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

It’s not a deep pool, but when it comes to NHL-drafted goaltenders in the OHL, quantity takes a back seat to quality.

The OHL is graced by two elite netminders atop the rankings, another one knocking on that lofty door, one middling prospect, and a potentially quality prospect who, unfortunately, has to take an incomplete grade due to an injury. Read more »

AHL Western Conference Notebook , February, 2015

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AHL Western Conference Notebook , February, 2015

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown was chosen to take part in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in January (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The American Hockey League’s Western Conference will undergo some major re-structuring over the summer as five AHL teams will be playing in California beginning in the 2015-16 season. But before the westward expansion takes place, there are several elite prospects playing in the Western Conference this season looking to make the full-time jump to the NHL. Read more »

Derrick Pouliot remains top prospect for Pittsburgh Penguins

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Derrick Pouliot remains top prospect for Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Scott Harrington joined the Pittsurgh Penguins for 10 games this season (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Years of drafting defensemen and trading early picks has left the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool in a stagnant state, with more talent leaving than arriving. The system still has some quality defensive talent, led by Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington, but there are few prospects at forward who look like they are ready to contribute at the NHL level at any point in the near future. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

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2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn is currently ranked ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 42 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The idea that Niagara IceDogs defenseman Vince Dunn can’t play defense? That’s just plain offensive, says the Linsday, ON-born rearguard. Read more »

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