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2014 Traverse City Tournament: Stars, Blue Jackets prospects shine in early games

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Josh Anderson - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets forward prospect Josh Anderson netted two goals in a game at the 2014 Traverse City Tournament. The Blue Jackets have been the most offensively dangerous team at this year’s tournament so far (courtesy of Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

 

The prospects of eight NHL teams arrived in Traverse City, MI late last week for five days of intense competition and to showcase their skills at the 2014 Traverse City Prospects Tournament. Futures from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues took to the ice starting Friday and will continue to battle until the championship game on Tuesday evening. Read more »

Washington Capitals have skilled prospects at all competition levels for 2014-15 season

by Ryan Womeldorf
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Madison Bowey - Washington Capitals

Photo: Defenseman Madison Bowey had a breakout season with the Kelowna Rockets in 2013-14, registering 21 goals and 39 assists in 72 games. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Despite all the high-octane offensive talent the Washington Capitals already have at the NHL level, there is still a plethora of forward talent throughout the ranks of the organization, including several players with elite potential.

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Gibson again tops Anaheim Ducks Fall 2014 Top 20

by Chris Phifer
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Photo: John Gibson and Sami Vatanen are among Anaheim’s top prospects. They were selected in the second round of the 2011 Draft and fourth round of the 2009 Draft, respectively. (courtesy of Harry How/Getty Images)

 

The Anaheim Ducks are becoming mighty once again. The 2013-14 season saw the team lead the Western Conference in points, and they also had prospects at all levels of the game make big impacts with their respective teams.

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Many Buffalo Sabres prospects looking to have big seasons in 2014-15

by Jason Chen
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Eric Cornel - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Forward Eric Cornel could be poised for a big offensive season in 2014-15. Cornel was selected 44th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Over the past three NHL Drafts, the Buffalo Sabres have made 12 picks in the first two rounds, more than any other team over that period of time. It is a big reason why the Sabres are regarded to have the deepest pool of prospects in the league, but the organization has supplemented their high picks by unearthing potential gems in the later rounds, such as Cal Petersen or Sean Malone.

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2014 Leafs Prospects Tournament Preview: Senators could be challenged by 2013 runner-up Leafs

by Ken McKenna
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2014 Leafs Prospects Tournament - William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen

Photo: A pair of 2014 NHL Draft first round selections, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ William Nylander and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kasperi Kapanen, highlight the prospects taking part in the 2014 Leafs Prospect Tournament in London, ON (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images/Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

 

While the Traverse City Prospects Tournament is the most heralded NHL prospects gathering, it is not the only one taking place over the course of the next few days. Over in London, ON, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be holding their annual prospects confab that includes players from four NHL teams – the Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins. Read more »

2014 Traverse City Tournament Preview: Host Red Wings look to defend 2013 prospects title

by Ken McKenna
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2014 Traverse City Prospects Tournament - Sam Reinhart, Robby Fabbri, Sonny Milano

Photo: Among the players competing at the 2014 Traverse City Prospects Tournament are 2014 first round picks Sam Reinhart (L), Robby Fabbri (C), and Sonny Milano (R) (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images – Terry Wilson/OHL Images – Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

A selection of prospects from eight NHL teams have descended on Traverse City, MI for the 2014 edition of that city’s annual prospects tournament. Futures from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues will battle it out for prospect supremacy at the biggest of the NHL prospects tournaments. Read more »

Several New York Islanders prospects looking to have breakout 2014-15 seasons

by Christian Litscher
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Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Photo: Viktor Crus Rydberg is one of several New York Islanders prospects who are expected to have big 2014-15 seasons. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Many New York Islanders prospects had exceptional seasons in 2013-14. Multiple pro prospects exceeded expectations and their junior, collegiate, and European prospects all took strides in their development.

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2014-15 Switzerland Prospect Preview: Rod, Merzlikins best of National League A prospects

by Rafik Soliman
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Fabrice Herzog - Quebec Remparts

Photo: EV Zug forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fabrice Herzog spent most of the 2013-14 season with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

This past season, Switzerland witnessed a start-to-finish victory by the powerhouse ZSC Lions Zürich with most of the nation’s experts agreeing that the team, coached by former NHL head coach Marc Crawford, will most likely be able to repeat it’s championship run in 2014-15. Read more »

2014-15 QMJHL Preview: Remparts, Oceanic could be class of the league

by Kevin Forbes
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Nicolas Roy - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and 2015 prospect Nicolas Roy could be the top selection out of the QMJHL for the NHL Draft (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

On September 10th, when the Val-d’Or Foreurs begin their President’s Cup defense and the QMJHL‘s season begins, they will be a very different squad from the team that represented the league last spring at the Memorial Cup. Gone will be CHL Player of the Year Anthony Mantha and starting netminder Antoine Bibeau, with both making the jump to pro hockey. Forward Louick Marcotte and defenceman Ryan Graves have been traded away and team captain Samuel Henley and defensemen Guillaume Gelinas and Randy Gazzola have also moved on. Read more »

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