Photo: Goaltender Zach Fucale is in his fourth season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Fucale was picked in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
This season, many Montreal Canadiens prospects graduated into professional hockey. Charles Hudon capped a phenomenal QMJHL career in 2013-14 while Martin Reway left the Gatineau Olympiques for HC Sparta Praha in the Czech League. Connor Crisp and Dalton Thrower have stepped up to the Hamilton Bulldogs to test their physical style of play against AHL competition.
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Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil spent the 2013-14 season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, posting 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 70 games (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)
Last Thursday, forward Andrej Nestrasil was claimed on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him in 2009, by the Carolina Hurricanes. Nestrasil wasted little time in making an impact with his new team, scoring his first NHL goal in his first game with the Hurricanes in what ended up being a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Read more »
Photo: Goaltender Tristan Jarry is one of a small handful of prospects who represent the Pittsburgh Penguins in the CHL. Jarry is currently in his fourth season with the Edmonton Oil Kings. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a scant group of prospects playing at the Canadian major junior and junior-A levels of hockey. For a variety of reasons, the Penguins organization drafted only two players from the CHL over the past two seasons and has only one player currently playing in the USHL.
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Photo: Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi played in two leagues in one day last week, playing an early game in the AHL for the San Antonio Rampage, then suiting up for the Panthers in a game against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)
Florida Panthers rookie forward Rocco Grimaldi set the stage for his team’s late comeback against the Nashville Predators, scoring his first NHL goal in what ended up being a 3-2 shootout loss for the Panthers. Read more »
Photo: Swift Current Bronocs defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Dillon Heatherington has appeared in 28 WHL games this season, posting one goal and six assists (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
This past July at the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ rookie camp things seemed a little bit different for defenseman Dillon Heatherington. Read more »
Photo: Forward Rocco Grimaldi is amidst his rookie season of professional hockey. Grimaldi was a second round pick from the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
The Florida Panthers organization looks much different now than it did even two years ago. General Manager Dale Tallon’s rebuilding of the prospect system and the relative patience that his staff has shown in allowing those prospects to mature has started to bear fruit. Several players have moved through the pipeline to become NHL regulars or AHL players on the verge of graduating to the big leagues.
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Photo: Roland McKeown has had a slow offensive start to 2014-15, but other areas of his game have not suffered (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
In recent years the Los Angeles Kings have brought in many players from the OHL, and it has been met with a fair amount of success. Tanner Pearson, Drew Doughty, Kyle Clifford, Andy Andreoff;. the list of OHL draftees is long and successful. That pattern has not changed, as the Kings have a staggering eight OHL prospects out of their pool of ten Junior prospects. Mark Yannetti, the Kings’ director of amateur scouting, and Clay Leibel, the club’s Ontario scout, seem to have a formula for success with OHL selections right now.
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Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Bo Horvat celebrates his first NHL goal in a game where he was also named the first star (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)
On a night that featured a pair of defensemen scoring their first career goals, Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Bo Horvat decided not to let the defenders have all of the fun as he netted his first NHL goal in what ended up being a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Read more »
Photo: Darnell Nurse started the season with Edmonton but was returned to the OHL to further his development (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Following the graduation of a number of notable prospects either to the minor pro or NHL level, the Edmonton Oilers are currently lighter in numbers when it comes to Junior talent than they have been in recent years.
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Photo: Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg, shown holding the puck from his first NHL goal, played for Frolunda in the SHL in 2013-14 before moving to North America for a 3-game stint with the AHL’s Texas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg started a three-goal, third period outburst for his club by netting his first NHL goal in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Read more »