Photo: Schwenninger Wild Wings defenseman Tim Bender competed for EHC Munich in the 2014-15 season, and spent part of the 2013-14 season with the OHL’s London Knights (courtesy of Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The German DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) has settled in as a league that can feature some fine hockey that is very much equivalent to the level of play in the AHL, just a good bit older when it comes to the average age of the various line-ups and thus more mature in the style of play. Paying very well overall, the league is a business and is there to sell tickets and produce champions. Read more »
Photo: Not even Winnipeg’s top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers is guaranteed an NHL roster spot due to the Jets’ enviable organizational depth (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Images/Getty Images)
The recent promotion of Mark Hillier to Director of Amateur Scouting from Head Amateur Scout seems like a small change in terms of title. Under Marcel Comeau’s direction since 2003, the Atlanta Thrashers amassed a mixed record – as all teams do. Since relocation however, the team had begun to separate from the pack. How much is due to Hillier’s input versus Comeau or others is unclear, but the Winnipeg Jets now find themselves with one of the deepest collections of young talent in the NHL.
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Photo: After a successful transition to professional hockey last season, Rocco Grimaldi is a good bet to make the Panthers in camp this fall. (Courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)
The Florida Panthers are defense and center-heavy in terms of prospects, and this season will provide those players a chance to vault themselves ahead on the depth chart. The organization’s prospects are spread fairly evenly across all four levels—pro, junior, amateur and overseas—with intriguing prospects at each. Read more »
Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets forward prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand wrapped up his WHL career in 2014-15 with a WHL scoring title, posting 63 goals and 118 points in 59 games (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
The cupboard is well stocked for Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.
The Blue Jackets have one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL, and a winning culture is already starting to take hold amongst those players. Read more »
Photo: New York Rangers defensive prospect Calle Andersson split his time between EV Zug and HC Lugano in the Swiss National League A last season, totaling six goals and 20 points in 48 games (courtesy of Hannu Rissanen/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Calle Andersson knows there are going to be ups and downs this season.
The New York Rangers prospect is making the move from Europe and it’s larger expansive ice surface, to North America where he’s expected to play with the Hartford WolfPack in the American Hockey League. Read more »
Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospect Tyler Biggs took part in the 2014 Leafs Rookie Tournament as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but was dealt in the offseason from the Leafs to the Penguins in the Phil Kessel deal (courtesy of Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
It may have been Canada Day, but July 1st marked a momentous occasion for an American hockey player. That was the day Phil Kessel was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. But this isn’t the story of that American hockey player. Read more »
Photo: St. Louis Blues defensive prospect Colton Parayko joined the Chicago Wolves after completing his junior season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, posting four goals and seven points in 17 AHL games (courtesy of the Chicago Wolves)
It’s hard to miss Colton Parayko. There aren’t many 6-foot-5 human beings in the world.
There are even less that can skate with smooth precision and have innate sense of positioning on the ice. Read more »
Photo: Ottawa Senators forward prospect Matt Puempel spent the first half of the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators before making his NHL debut with Ottawa on February 21st, 2015 (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
For Matt Puempel, the third time truly was the charm – his third appearance in the Leafs’ Rookie Tournament preceded his arrival in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. But after suffering a high-ankle injury 13 games into his NHL career last year, Puempel is back in London, Ontario for his fourth go-round, and is looking to build on his experience both in the tournament and the NHL to solidify his position as a bonafide NHL forward. Read more »
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks forward prospect Vince Hinostroza appeared in 76 games over two seasons for the University of Notre Dame, posting 19 goals and 76 points (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
Growing up in nearby Bartlett, Illinois, Vince Hinostroza dreamed of playing for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Now that he’s officially part of the organization, he’s making an impact for Chicago’s prospect team at the 2015 Traverse City Prospects Tournament hosted by the Detroit Red Wings. Read more »
Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry played in 55 games for the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2014-15, posting a 2.74 goals-against average and .907 save percentage (courtesy of courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
You could forgive Pittsburgh Penguins‘ goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry for feeling that London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens is a home away from home. After all, winning a Memorial Cup can make one have fond feelings for a city. Read more »