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Russian duo among Lightning prospects pushing Crunch to the top of AHL standings

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Russian duo among Lightning prospects pushing Crunch to the top of AHL standings

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Vladislav Namestnikov has split his time this season between the Lightning and their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Syracuse Crunch sport the third-best record in the American Hockey League (26-11-5-0, 57 points) through the first half of the 2014-15 season. Despite a 10-game winning streak last month, the Crunch find themselves in a battle with the Springfield Falcons for the top spot in the Northeast Division. Read more »

Rockets’ Morrissey tops ranking of medal-laden WHL defensemen

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Rockets’ Morrissey tops ranking of medal-laden WHL defensemen

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Josh Morrissey is one of six WHL defensemen that earned medals at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

This is the first in a series of articles that ranks by position NHL-drafted prospects from the WHL. This article looks at defensive prospects that are property of NHL clubs who are currently competing in the WHL. Read more »

Colorado Avalanche rookies gaining valuable NHL experience

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Colorado Avalanche rookies gaining valuable NHL experience

Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Cal Pickard has provided excellent work in his rookie campaign (courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Avalanche’s chances of making the playoffs this year seem to get bleaker and bleaker as each day passes. For each step forward the team makes, they take another two back. This season has not been one that the team and fans expected after last year’s success.

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Sea Dogs’ Chabot looks to move beyond being a one-dimensional player

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Sea Dogs’ Chabot looks to move beyond being a one-dimensional player

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Thomas Chabot was chosen to play for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he logged a +3 rating in his team’s 6-0 win (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

There’s a renewed energy at Harbour Station this season, the home rink for the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs.

Celebrating its 10th season in the league, the proud franchise has returned to respectability after a down season last year. The team sits second in the Maritimes Division, behind the Moncton Wildcats, and they have enough depth to make a strong playoff push. General Manager Darrell Young, who was hired in March of last year, revamped the team in the off-season, plucking several free agents from Ontario and the United States, but a lot of this season’s success can be attributed to the development of the team’s drafted players. Read more »

Off The Radar: Jevpalovs finds a home, but quartet still trying to attract NHL attention

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Off The Radar: Jevpalovs finds a home, but quartet still trying to attract NHL attention

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Nikita Jevpalovs had been passed over three times in the NHL Draft but was just signed to a contract by the San Jose Sharks (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. The Off the Radar article is a monthly feature that spotlights prospects that have been overlooked in previous drafts who could be worthy of another chance. Read more »

Many young players seeing ice time for rebuilding Buffalo Sabres team

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Many young players seeing ice time for rebuilding Buffalo Sabres team

Photo: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov is one of several young players to suit up for the Buffalo Sabres this season. Zadorov is a first round pick from the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Buffalo Sabres have not won a game in the 2015 calendar year, but all eyes are on the future, as the rebuild continues. A string of injuries and poor performances by the Sabres’ veterans opened up opportunities for some of the organization’s top AHL players to showcase their skill in the big leagues, and although the results have been mixed, generally speaking the franchise is in good shape for the future.

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2015 WJC Review: Finland turns in disappointing follow-up to last year’s gold

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2015 WJC Review: Finland turns in disappointing follow-up to last year’s gold

201 Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen is ranked second among European skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

In retrospect, the expectations that Finland might be able to match its gold medal-winning performance from the 2014 World Junior Championship were probably overly optimistic. Struggling to score goals through the entire 2015 edition of this tournament, the defending champions finished seventh after falling to rival Sweden, 6-3, in the quarterfinal round. Read more »

2015 WJC Review: Russia relies on team approach to earn silver medal

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2015 WJC Review: Russia relies on team approach to earn silver medal

Photo: Team Russia defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov was named the Best Defenseman of the 2015 World Junior Championship by the IIHF Directorate (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

After a hard-fought round robin at the 2015 World Junior Championship, with a loss against Czech Republic and a shootout needed to defeat Denmark, Team Russia had a strong showing during the playoff round. They defeated the USA and Sweden to move on to the gold medal game, only to drop a one-goal game to Canada en route to a silver medal. Valeri Bragin did a great job of motivating the team, even during the championship game when Canada was leading by three goals. Read more »

Los Angeles Kings youngsters looking to provide spark

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Los Angeles Kings youngsters looking to provide spark

Photo: Martin Jones of the Los Angeles Kings has struggled to replicate his strong play of last season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Los Angeles Kings have had an up and down season in 2014-15. They are a team that has struggled during the regular season year after year, but this year the team has faced other challenges. With suspensions, injuries, and inconsistent play from several veteran players, the Kings have turned towards some of the younger members to step forward. With a history of young players making a difference (Dwight King and Jordan Nolan in 2012, Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli in 2014), it remains to be seen who will be the 2014-15 spark.

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On the Rush, January 2015

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On the Rush, January 2015

Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore recently received his first call up to the NHL. Shore was picked by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)

 

Welcome to the January 2015 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.

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