Photo: Nashville Predators prospect and 2010 first-round pick Austin Watson has established himself as a consistent player in the AHL while waiting for his NHL opportunity (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Entering the 2010 NHL Draft the Nashville Predators were coming off a successful regular season followed by yet another disappointing first round series loss in the playoffs.
Nashville finished third in the Central Division in 2009-10, reaching 100 points for the third time in five seasons, but lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago in six games in the first round. This marked the fifth straight time Nashville lost in the first round and the Predators would not win their first playoff series until the 2010-11 season.
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Photo: Though Michael Chaput is one of the most successful 2010 Flyers selections, he was traded to the Blue Jackets in 2011. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
In the 2010 draft, the Flyers emerged with mostly forward prospects, taking a center, two left wings and a right wing. With no first-round pick that year, Philadelphia’s earliest choice came in the third round. The Flyers selected center Michael Chaput, who is now in the Blue Jackets organization. Read more »
Photo: Brett Connolly, who was traded to the Bruins late in the season, had 17 points in 55 games this season. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
Despite an incredible offensive duo in budding superstar Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, the Tampa Bay Lightning once again missed the post-season in the 2009-10 season. The pair combined for 189 points, but with a who’s who of aging veterans and a still-young Victor Hedman on the blue line, the Lightning finished fourth in the Southeast Division with a 34-36-12 record. Read more »
Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Radel Fazleev posted 18 goals and 51 points along with a +23 rating in 71 WHL games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
For the past few months, Prospect Impressions has taken a look at the top plays of the week, with numerous players contributing to the series. Now that most teams have completed their seasons, over the next four weeks I’ll count down the top 20 plays of the year from NHL prospects. From big hits to timely saves and the best goals, Prospect Impressions will come to a conclusion with a fine list of tremendous talent. Read more »
Photo: Jon Merrill had 14 points through 66 games during his sophomore NHL season. (Courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
The 2010 trade deadline marked a dynamic change in the New Jersey Devils organization, as GM Lou Lamoriello went against his principles to acquire star forward Ilya Kovalchuk—giving up a 1st round draft pick to make it happen. After sending a 5th rounder to Toronto in exchange for Martin Skoula, the Devils went to the 2010 NHL Draft in Los Angeles with just five selections. Read more »
Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Nikita Korostelev was chosen by Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2014 KHL Draft (courtesy of CHL Images)
The NHL Draft Primer series continues with a look at players ranked between 74 and 50 for the 2015 NHL Draft.
Moving past the projections that place players in the middle rounds of the draft, we start to come upon players who might very well sneak into the first round of the draft. Most of these players have a certain pedigree, be it a family connection, coaching assistance, or draft position. Read more »
Photo: Machester Monarchs defenseman and Los Angeles Kings prospect Kevin Gravel spent his first pro season in the AHL, posting six goals and 15 points in 58 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
In 2010, the Los Angeles Kings started trending in the right direction. It is not surprising that we started to see far fewer draft selections, as the team started giving up picks to acquire useful roster players for a deeper NHL lineup. 2010 marked an extreme departure for the franchise, as they had just five overall selections in the 2010 NHL Draft. That is half of what they had in 2009, and four fewer than in 2008. Be that as it may, the Kings were measured in their selection, and still covet all of these selections within their organization in one form or another. Some have made huge impacts at the NHL already and a few others are on the cusp of being impact players. Let’s take a look.
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Photo: Calder Trophy nominee Aaron Ekblad scored 39 points during his rookie season, helping the Florida Panthers become the most improved team in the NHL. (Courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)
The 2014-15 season may not have ended the way the Florida Panthers wanted it to, but they boast a wealth of prospects who are on the cusp of breaking through with the big club. Among them, Aaron Ekblad is an obvious choice to win a number of awards, but I’m limiting him to one category—allowing others the opportunity to shine. Read more »
Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2016 prospect Alex DeBrincat posted 104 points in 68 games in 2014-15, then followed that with 16 points in 20 games in the OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
If Erie Otters forward Alex DeBrincat goes on to have a successful NHL career, his story should be turned into a book. While he could have written an alternate chapter through the USHL and ultimately the NCAA, a chance meeting that almost didn’t happen spurned a storybook OHL season. Read more »
Photo: Petr Mrazek emerged this season as Detroit’s de facto number one goaltender and the best in the 2010 Draft (so far). (Courtesy of Scott Grau/Icon Sportswire)
As with seemingly every Detroit Red Wings draft class, five years is almost too early to evaluate its success; that said, the Red Wings 2010 draft may have been the organization’s most successful since 2005, when the team took long-term contributors Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl and Darren Helm.
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