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2014-15 AHL Preview: Senators, Penguins still look strong in the East Division

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Josh Archibald - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Josh Archibald begins his pro career after a breakout season offensively with the University of Nebraska-Omaha (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Before the St. John’s IceCaps knocked off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in last year’s AHL Eastern Conference Final, the conference’s champion and representative in the Calder Cup Finals had come out of the East Division the last ten years. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Several 2014 draft picks debut in 21-30 section of Fall rankings

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Michael Dal Colle - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Michael Dal Colle was selected fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders following a 95-point season in the OHL. Dal Colle is currently playing for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by 2014 NHL Draft pick Michael Dal Colle, one of several recent draft picks to make their top 50 debut.

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2014-15 WCHA Preview, part 1: Ferris State’s Motte likely Hobey contender

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C.J. Motte - Ferris State University

Photo: Ferris State University goaltender C.J. Motte was a workhorse for his team in the 2013-14 season, and will likely be that again as the Bulldogs seek to defend their WCHA regular season title (courtesy of Ferris State Athletic Department)

 

Five of the six NCAA conferences feature a number of NHL prospects this season. Of those five, the WCHA has the fewest with 12 representing five member teams. Minnesota State-Mankato leads all WCHA teams with five prospects followed by Michigan Tech with four. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Jurco tops 31-40 group in Fall rankings

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Tomas Jurco - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco is expected to see extensive time with that club in 2014-15. Jurco was a second round pick by the Wings at the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 31-40. This section of the ranking features several talented forwards, including Tomas Jurco (DET) and Curtis Lazar (OTT), who will push for playing time in the NHL this season.

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Several New York Rangers prospects pushing for NHL roster spots in 2014-15

by Leslie Treff
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Ryan Haggerty - New York Rangers

Photo: Heading into his rookie professional season, forward Ryan Haggerty is hoping to make an immediate impact and push for an NHL roster spot. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

There have been very few changes in hockey operations personnel within the New York Rangers organization for the 2014-15 season. After going to the Stanley Cup finals last spring, the Rangers have been trying to tweak the NHL team to put it over the top, rather than making wholesale changes within the organization.

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Top 50 NHL Prospects: Malcolm Subban leads 41-50 group in Fall rankings

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Malcolm Subban - Boston Bruins

Photo: Goaltender Malcolm Subban is expected to take on full-time starting duties for the Providence Bruins this season. Subban was selected by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)

 

The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects begins with the prospects ranked 41 thru 50. This group features several prospects on the verge of cracking an NHL roster on a full-time basis, including several picks from the 2014 NHL Draft who have impressed early on.

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NHL Prospects Roundup: Lindholm hat trick highlights final weekend of NHL preseason

by Ken McKenna
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Elias Lindholm - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Elias Lindholm (C) is congratulated by Victor Rask and Riley Nash on Lindholm’s hat trick goal in Friday’s preseason game (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

The 2014 NHL preseason is now in the books with the 30 NHL clubs now focusing on the start of the 2014-15 regular season that begins on Wednesday night. The final weekend of preseason action provided a few notable NHL prospect performances, but the real test for these young players begins in two days. Read more »

Recent draftees add depth for St. Louis Blues in 2014-15

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Photo: Ville Husso will be (courtesy of IFK Helsinki/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Photo: Ville Husso will be the primary goaltender for HIFK Helsinki in 2014-15 after posting a 1.99 goals against average in 2013-14. (courtesy of IFK Helsinki/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

After a season with only a few high-end prospects in their system, the St. Louis Blues will enjoy a  deeper prospect pipeline heading into the 2014-15 season. A major help in replenishing the prospect pool was the 2014 NHL Draft, where the Blues made 10 picks, including six in the first four rounds. With the current depth on the Blues’ roster, many of their prospects will spend time at other levels of hockey to improve their overall game. 

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New wave of prospects expected to make impact for Florida Panthers in 2014-15

by Brian Fogarty
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Juho Lammikko - Florida Panthers

Photo: Juho Lammikko comes to North America for his first year of Canadian major junior hockey after spending the 2013-14 season in Finland. Lammikko was picked in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The Florida Panthers prospect system continues to be heavily weighted towards the NCAA and minor professional leagues, with a lot of talent concentrated at those levels. However, the talent pool as a whole is still substantial despite recent graduations, and should continue to provide the Panthers with a steady stream of high-quality prospects for the next few years.

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2015 NHL Draft: No surprises at the top of the ISS Hockey October rankings

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, is wearing the captain’s “C” for the 2014-15 OHL season (courtesy Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

The race to claim the mantle of first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Draft has officially begun in earnest with the start of the 2014-15 season. The main combatants for that honor, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel, have both seen game action within the past week and will be closely scrutinized by NHL scouts from now through April or May. Read more »

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