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2014-15 Liiga Preview, Pt. 2: Tough act to follow as Vaasa Sport replaces KHL-bound Jokerit

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Juuse Saros - Team Finland

Photo: HPK Hameenliina goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros backstopped Finland to the gold medal at the 2014 WJC and is likely to be a key player for that country at this year’s WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

In part two of the 2014-15 Liiga preview, Hockey’s Future takes a look at the remaining teams from Finland‘s top hockey league not covered in part one. Included in the second part is Liiga newcomer Vaasa Sport, the team selected to replace arguably the league’s most heralded organization, Jokerit, who is now a part of Russia‘s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Read more »

Hertl, Tierney lead San Jose Sharks Fall 2014 Top 20

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Photo: Tomas Hertl scored 25 points in 37 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2013-14, his rookie season. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

The San Jose Sharks offseason has been met with a great deal of criticism. Much has been said about general manager Doug Wilson and his idea of a rebuild. His self-described “tomorrow team” looks surprisingly similar to yesterday’s team. That is, until you look at all of the changes that happened within the prospect ranks.

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Washington Capitals possess a lot of high end talent in their 2014 Fall Top 20

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Evgeny Kuznetsov - Washington Capitals

Photo: Prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is an early favorite to contend for the 2015 Calder trophy. Kuznetsov is an immensely skilled forward who was selected in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

While the Washington Capitals are in a transition period in many ways, with a new coach, a new general manager, and a new-look defense, they have a wealth of extremely talented players to pass the torch to in coming years.

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Recent draft picks fill St. Louis Blues Fall 2014 Top 20

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Photo: Ivan Barbashev returns to the Moncton Wildcats in 2014-15. He was selected by St. Louis in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

While Jake Allen has enjoyed a long run as the St. Louis Blues’ top prospect since Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz graduated, the time has come for the young goaltender to pass the torch. The key additions to the Fall 2014 Top 20 include the Blues’ top two picks from the 2014 NHL Draft, Robby Fabbri and Ivan Barbashev. As new players make their way onto the list, others like Yannick Veilleux, Petteri Lindbohm and Sergei Andronov have been forced to take a back seat in the latest edition of the Blues’ Top 20.

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2014-15 Liiga Preview, Pt. 1: Player losses may prevent Karpat from repeating

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Saku Maenalanen - Team Finland

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Nashville Predators prospect Saku Maenalanen was a key performer for Finland in that country’s run to a gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The 2014-15 season in Finland‘s Liiga will be an interesting one if only for the absence of long-time Helsinki club Jokerit, which bolted the league to compete in the KHL. Vaasa Sport, which finished second in Mestis last year but won back-to-back championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12, moves up to fill Jokerit’s spot in the 14-team league. Read more »

Campbell, Honka top Dallas Stars Fall 2014 Top 20

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Photo: Jack Campbell helped lead the Texas Stars to a Calder Cup championship in 2013-14. He was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

With already one of the league’s finest prospect pools, the Dallas Stars left the 2014 NHL Draft with the first bluechip defensive prospect they have had in quite some time. In all, four 2014 draftees make the list, three of which man the blueline. After such a defense-heavy draft, the prospect pool is becoming more balanced and deep at all positions.

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2014-15 KHL Prospect Preview: Prokhorkin, Buchnevich head solid group of NHL-drafted Russians

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Nikita Tryamkin - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Nikita Tryamkin was the Canucks’ third round selection at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The KHL’s seventh season is underway and it will most likely be yet another interesting season to watch for several reasons, spanning from the always-fertile production of the Russian hockey schools to the acquisition of top Finnish team Jokerit Helsinki. Read more »

New faces populate New York Rangers 2014 Fall Top 20

by Leslie Treff
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Brady Skjei - New York Rangers

Defenseman Brady Sjkei leads the 2014 Fall Edition of the New York Rangers top 20 prospect list. Skjei was picked in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

Six new players have been added to the New York Rangers top 20 prospect list this fall. Those include four players drafted in June and two that were signed as free agents since last spring.

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Beaulieu, Tinordi lead Montreal Canadiens 2014 Fall Top 20

by David Thicke
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Nathan Beaulieu - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is one of several prospects who will be competing for a spot in the Canadiens’ NHL lineup this fall. (courtesy Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Montreal Canadiens‘ management team added more players to their prospect pool which reduced their weakness and only strengthened their balanced mix. Through the recent draft selections and free agent signings of Jiri Sekac and Daniel Carr, the team really improved the depth and filled in more of the gaps in the farm system.

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