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The Top Five most vibrant personalities among NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
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Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is one of the more outspoken, young players among NHL prospects (courtesy of Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

 

As exciting as hockey players are on the ice, they are notorious for being boring off the ice. If you’ve heard one post-game interview, you’ve heard them all. Most hockey players respond to questions with the same robotic cliches – “We, uhh, just need to, uhh,focus on the, uhhh, next game. We need to just, uhhh, continue to play our, uh, style of game; play a full, uh, 60 minutes, get, uh, pucks in deep and finish our checks, get shots on, uh, net, and create, uh, chances…uh.” Read more »

McDavid, Meridian Centre to take a bow at 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

by Ken McKenna
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Lawson Crouse, Connor McDavid, Vince Dunn, Graham Knott - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects (l-r) Lawson Crouse, Connor McDavid, Vince Dunn, and Graham Knott model the jerseys that will be worn at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid will have a sizable stage on which to display his talents when the 2015 World Junior Championship begins on December 26th. But McDavid and 39 other prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft will have their own showcase less than a month later when the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game takes place in St. Catharines, ON. Read more »

Calgary Flames prospects growing together in the AHL

by Brian Jung
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Bill Arnold - Adirondack Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Bill Arnold hopes to reunite with Boston College teammate Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary in the near future (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite losing their first four games and finishing October with a lowly 3-6 record, the Adirondack Flames continue to grow stronger in their inaugural AHL season. As a determined unit, the Flames went on an incredible nine-game winning streak in November, which presently is the second-longest in the AHL this year. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: NTDP’s Matthews has the skills and drive to become the next great American star

by Chau Vo
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Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is expected to be a part of the USA’s entry at the 2015 World Junior Championship that begins on 12/26 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

One look at Auston Matthews and it is easy to see why he is ranked at the top of the 2016 NHL Draft class. Not only are his stats from the United States National Team Development Program (U.S. NTDP) eye-popping, but at just 17 years of age, he is already 6’2” and 195 pounds. The combination of size and skills make him a can’t-miss prospect. He is regarded as one of the best offensive players to have played for the U.S. NTDP. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lazar goal part of Senators’ third period surge

by Ken McKenna
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators rookie forward Curtis Lazar, shown celebrating his first NHL goal, was chosen by the Senators in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

A player known for his ever-present smile had a reason to flash that grin on Monday night as Ottawa Senators‘ rookie Curtis Lazar scored his first NHL goal in what ended up a 5-4 shootout loss to the surging Buffalo Sabres. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Rust, Dumoulin contribute to Penguins win

by Ken McKenna
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Bryan Rust - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Bryan Rust, shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, began his pro career last spring after completing his four-year college career at Notre Dame (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

The top team in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins, notched a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning with contributions from rookies Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin, both of whom scored their first NHL goal. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, December, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Anton Forsberg - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Springfield Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg received his first call-up to the parent Columbus Blue Jackets, a stint that included his first two NHL appearances (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

Now that the 2014-15 AHL regular season is in full-swing, it’s a good time to check in on how those in the league’s Eastern Conference are responding to fast/slow starts. Solid goaltending is more prevalent in this month’s update than in November’s Notebook, but there was also some serious offensive numbers being put up by some talented defensemen. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Flyers’ Laughton notches two points in win

by Ken McKenna
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Scott Laughton - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Scott Laughton registered 219 points (96G, 123A) in 230 OHL games for the Oshawa Generals (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Philadelphia Flyers were given what they hope is a glimpse of their future after a two-point performance by rookie forward Scott Laughton that included his first NHL goal. The goal was one of a quintet scored by the Flyers in a 5-1 win over the Eastern Conference’s bottom team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Cunningham’s shorthanded tally fails to spark Bruins

by Ken McKenna
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Craig Cunningham - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward Craig Cunningham spent four-and-a-half seasons with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and a half season with the Portland Winterhawks before turning pro (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

Boston Bruins rookie forward Craig Cunningham made a two-fer of his first NHL goal – aside from it being his initial milestone marker, it was also the first shorthanded goal of Cunningham’s career. Cunningham’s goal was all for naught, however, as the Bruins dropped a 3-2 shootout loss to the division rival Ottawa Senators. Read more »

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