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New division, new players, but same results for Los Angeles Kings AHL pipeline

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New division, new players, but same results for Los Angeles Kings AHL pipeline

Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Ebert has offensive skills that could translate to the NHL level but needs to use his time in the AHL developing a better sense of when to make safe defensive plays (courtesy of David Sheehan)

‏After a big move from the east coast to the west coast, and a name change, not much else has changed. The newly-branded Ontario Reign are coming into this season as defending champions of the AHL, and they are playing like it early on. Part of the reason is that the Los Angeles Kings have a pretty loaded group of AHL prospects. While other systems may have a high amount of CHL or college prospects, most of the Kings’ picks from years past are now at the AHL level. Surprisingly though, only one of the players is a first round selection (Adrian Kempe).

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Detroit Red Wings minor league prospects pushed by veterans

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Detroit Red Wings minor league prospects pushed by veterans

Photo: After an outstanding rookie season in Grand Rapids, Czech pro Tomas Nosek has slipped down the depth chart for the Griffins (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The long-discussed rebuild in Detroit has yet to come and the Red Wings scouting staff is doing their best to make sure that no such rebuild has to take place.

With recent graduations to the NHL like Teemu Pulkkinen and Dylan Larkin – the latter of whom leads all NHL rookies in goals with 11 – there are still several prospects plying their trade at the AHL level looking to be the next call-up to help keep the Red Wings going.

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2016 NHL Draft: Draft-eligible trio impressing Team USA’s Wilson

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2016 NHL Draft: Draft-eligible trio impressing Team USA’s Wilson

Photo: Erie Otters right wing Alex DeBrincat (#12) has had the opportunity to play with a top NHL prospect in Dylan Strome (#19) the past two seasons, and he may be paired with the top 2016 prospect, Auston Matthews, at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While the U20 World Junior Championship (WJC) generally features a much heavier dose of NHL-drafted prospects, each year’s tournament also has a smaller group of players eligible for the coming NHL Draft. Read more »

Mighty turnaround for Toronto Maple Leafs prospects pool

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Mighty turnaround for Toronto Maple Leafs prospects pool

Photo: Scott Harrington got into 15 games with the Leafs until he was sent down to the AHL Marlies on November 28th. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

Less than a year ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs were in an unenviable place—the prospect cupboard was bare, the AHL affiliate lacked star power, and the big club was in a downward spiral. This year’s version of the Maple Leafs doesn’t inspire much confidence, but the future looks bright thanks to a drastic overhaul and a newfound commitment to drafting and development. Read more »

Nashville Predators minor league depth gives NHL squad options

by Tony Piscotta
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Nashville Predators minor league depth gives NHL squad options

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Pontus Åberg has been a streaky scorer this season as he looks to beat his goal-scoring total from his rookie campaign (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 
The Nashville Predators have not been as dominant this season as they were to start the 2014-15 season — due in part to injury — but the team is once again in the thick of what is a very competitive Central Division race. 
 
One encouraging sign is the success of the club’s two minor league affiliates. Both the AHL‘s Milwaukee Admirals and the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL have had to shuffle their lineups at times but no matter who is in the lineup those players seem to be contributing. 

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Former Rockets Bowey, Goulbourne now on opposite sides of Phantoms-Bears AHL rivalry

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Former Rockets Bowey, Goulbourne now on opposite sides of Phantoms-Bears AHL rivalry

Photo: Former Kelowna Rockets Madison Bowey (L) and Tyrell Goulbourne (R) celebrated many wins during their time in the WHL, but they now go head-to-head as members of AHL rivals Hershey and Lehigh Valley (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Defenseman Madison Bowey (Washington, 2013 second round, 53rd overall) and forward Tyrell Goulbourne (Philadelphia, 2013 third round, 72nd overall) were best friends during their four years together with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Nieves nets a beauty for Wolverines, OHL newbies impress, Draisaitl continues hot play, and more prospect highlights

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Prospect Impressions: Nieves nets a beauty for Wolverines, OHL newbies impress, Draisaitl continues hot play, and more prospect highlights

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Adam Marsh has had a productive 2015-16 campaign, posting 13 goals and 24 points in 29 QMJHL games (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

In this weeks Prospect Impressions, “Boo” Nieves goes coast-to-coast and scores a pretty one for the Michigan Wolverines. In the OHL, a pair of 16-year-olds shine, while Saint John Sea Dogs forward Adam Marsh goes between-the-legs in QMJHL action. Leon Draisaitl continues on his torrid scoring pace, re-energizing the Edmonton Oilers lineup on a daily basis. Lastly, a pair of goaltenders from Switzerland make it into this week’s highlights, one of them for a completely unorthodox reason. Read more »

The Colorado Avalanche have a heavy presence in the QMJHL

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The Colorado Avalanche have a heavy presence in the QMJHL

Photo: Avalanche prospect and Baie-Comeau blueliner Nicolas Meloche plays a hard-nosed but skilled style, making him a valuable part of a versatile and underrated defensive group in the Colorado pipeline (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Out of the Colorado Avalanche’s nine prospects playing junior hockey, five play in the QMJHL and all were drafted in the last two years.

For the first time in team history, the Avalanche left an entry draft without selecting any players from the WHL or OHL. Head coach Patrick Roy’s emphasis on targeting players from Europe and Quebec is a complete reversal from the previous regime’s preference and is just one of many philosophical differences in how he wants to run the organization with General Manager Joe Sakic.

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Two Ottawa Senators prospects among best players in QMJHL

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Two Ottawa Senators prospects among best players in QMJHL

Photo: Francis Perron is currently on a 29-game point streak, scoring 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies during that time. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators have a spotty history drafting from the QMJHL, but the team’s recent looks at the league have been rewarding—both for the current team, and for future iterations. Read more »

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