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Off The Radar: Gavrikov among trio of defenseman vying for NHL attention, while two consistent forwards look ahead

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Off The Radar: Gavrikov among trio of defenseman vying for NHL attention, while two consistent forwards look ahead

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Danick Martel is currently ranked second in scoring in the QMJHL, behind the Moncton Wildcats’ Conor Garland (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. Read more »

Jarry, Comrie the best of a thin lot of NHL-drafted WHL goaltenders

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Jarry, Comrie the best of a thin lot of NHL-drafted WHL goaltenders

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Tristan Jarry and his OIl Kings teammates have had a more difficult season after winning the 2014 Memorial Cup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

HF’s list of drafted WHL goaltenders playing in the Western Hockey League includes prototypical workhorses, netminders who in most cases are tending the pipes over 80 percent of the time their teams take to the ice. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Win: Senators’ Hammond stops 42 shots in first NHL start

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(Video) First NHL Win: Senators’ Hammond stops 42 shots in first NHL start

Photo: Although he has two prior NHL appearances on his resume, Ottawa Senators rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond led his team onto the ice as an NHL starter for the first time, stopping 42 shots in a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

It was a night of firsts in the Ottawa SenatorsMontreal Canadiens tilt on Wednesday, with the host Senators getting the first NHL win for their 27-year-old goaltender, Andrew Hammond. Hammond turned away 42 of 44 shots on the night to pick up the 4-2 victory in his first NHL start. Read more »

Shestyorkin the best of trio of NHL-drafted goalies competing in the KHL

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Shestyorkin the best of trio of NHL-drafted goalies competing in the KHL

Photo: CSKA Moscow goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin played in three games for Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championship, including the gold medal game (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

Traditionally a weak area for Russian teams, goaltending is an area where that country has managed to catch up and more consistently develop good players. Two of the best NHL goalies – Semyon Varlamov (COL) and Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ) – are from Russia, and there are a few more younger netminders who can repeat those achievements should the youngsters continue to progress as they are doing now. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: NAHL’s best go head-to-head, traded OHL superstar faces his old team, more prospect matchups

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Prospect Faceoff: NAHL’s best go head-to-head, traded OHL superstar faces his old team, more prospect matchups

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and 2015 prospect Samuel Archembeault and Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nicolas Aube-Kubel go head-to-head this weekend in QMJHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Two of the NAHL’s best players at their respective positions go head-to-head this weekend, while one OHL forward hosts his former team. Two top collegiate goal scorers duel in Ohio, unsung heroes vie for supremacy in the WHL and one intriguing QMJHL game in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more »

Missed chances impact Minnesota Wild’s Top 20 prospects

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Missed chances impact Minnesota Wild’s Top 20 prospects

Photo: Tyler Graovac leads the Minnesota Wild’s thin prospect depth at center. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

If the Minnesota Wild should fail to qualify for the post-season, a lack of organizational depth is a key culprit. With Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder, Darcy Kuemper and Jason Zucker all graduated since the last Top 20, the depth chart looks as thin as it has been since spring 2010. Some questionable calls around the 2011 draft, plus the picks and assets traded away for Jason Pominville and Matt Moulson, hampered the team’s ability to acquire elite talent. There are some promising young players, but not many from this list will be suiting up in St. Paul next season. Restocking prospect depth the team lost out on in recent years is something the Wild needs to explore.

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New Jersey Devils sport deep pool of defensive prospects

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New Jersey Devils sport deep pool of defensive prospects

Photo: Damon Severson had 12 points in 32 games before being sidelined with an ankle injury. (Image courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Unless the New Jersey Devils go on a miracle run, the club will miss the postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Change is imminent as the oldest team in the NHL will need to replace departing veterans with younger players. Read more »

Trio of New York Islanders prospects ready for prime-time

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Trio of New York Islanders prospects ready for prime-time

Photo: Griffin Reinhart is one of the best defenseman not playing in the NHL this year (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

The Islanders have become a top team in the Eastern Conference this season after years of finishing low in the standings. The team’s success on the draft floor has built a talented core that looks primed to be competitive for years. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lightning’s Nesterov opens scoring in loss to Kings

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Lightning’s Nesterov opens scoring in loss to Kings

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov competed for Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL prior to moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

On a night where two other AHL call-ups netted their first NHL goals, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov completed the first goal “hat trick” with his marker against the Los Angeles Kings in a game won by the surging Kings, 3-2. Read more »

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