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Philadelphia Flyers own prospect pool full of gritty forwards and mobile defensemen

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Tyler Golbourne - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Gritty forward Tyler Golbourne began the 2014-15 season strong, with four goals and two assists through his first six games. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The Philadelphia Flyers used the 2014 NHL Draft to add to their main area of depth – defense. The Flyers also added some forwards and picked up several underrated players who may turn out to be draft day steals.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Long, strange trip to NHL pays off as Hodgman scores in first NHL game

by Ken McKenna
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Justin Hodgman - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Arizona Coyotes rookie forward Justin Hodgman displays the puck he fired into the net for his first NHL goal in the Coyotes win over the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Arizona Coyotes forward Justin Hodgman has spent the past several years competing in seemingly every hockey league and hockey-playing country trying to achieve his goal of competing in the top hockey league, the NHL. The 26-year-old finally got that chance on Saturday night, and he didn’t waste it as he netted his first NHL goal in the Coyotes’ 2-1 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. Read more »

Winnipeg Jets tap western Canada for prospect depth

by Tony Piscotta
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Winnipeg Jets v Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Adam Lowry impressed in the AHL in 2013-14, subsequently earning himself an NHL job for the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

 

After re-locating from Atlanta to Winnipeg prior to the 2010-11 and hiring a general manager with roots in western Canada, it is not surprising that the Winnipeg Jets have focused much more of their energy on procuring talent from both the WHL and those players in western Canada and Minnesota bound for college hockey careers.

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Another wave of Columbus Blue Jackets prospects poised for graduation in 2014-15 season

by Richard Greco
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Michael Chaput - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Michael Chaput is one of four rookies to start the 2014-15 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chaput spent the previous two seasons playing for the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a well-rounded system. Although Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano will likely graduate from their prospect status after opening the 2014-15 season in the NHL, Columbus concentrated on reinforcing its pool of young talent in the 2014 NHL Draft. From sizable, gritty players to smooth skating, offensive-minded skaters, the Blue Jackets have a good amount of depth throughout. They also have plenty of competition among their prospects in net.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Draisaitl nets winner in Oilers victory

by Ken McKenna
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Leon Draisaitl - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Leon Draisaitl has played in eight regular season games for the Oilers, giving that club just one more game to decide if they will send Draisaitl back to the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

 

Edmonton Oilers‘ rookie forward Leon Draisaitl made Friday a memorable night for third overall NHL Draft picks as the big German scored his first NHL goal in a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Drouin picks up goal, assist in Lightning win

by Ken McKenna
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Jonathan Drouin and Eric Brewer - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Eric Brewer celebrate Drouin’s first NHL goal in the second period of the Lightning’s 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

It was just a matter of when, not if, but Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin notched his first NHL goal in his third NHL game, a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Read more »

Attack’s Nastasiuk enjoying status as grizzled OHL veteran

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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk will captain the Attack for the second straight season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

For Owen Sound Attack captain and Detroit Red Wings’ prospect Zach Nastasiuk, a couple of cups of coffee with the NHL club at training camp has brought him lessons that he’s not only applying to himself, but hoping to share with his teammates. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Bellemare finds the net in win over Penguins

by Ken McKenna
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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (#78) skated for Skelleftea in the 2013-14 season, scoring 20 goals and adding 15 assists in 52 games for the SHL champions (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

One of the more interesting stories at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season has been Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s arrival in the NHL. The Le Blanc-Mesnil, France native starred for Skelleftea in the SHL the past five seasons before signing a contract with the Flyers in early June. Read more »

Rebuilding Buffalo Sabres boast deep, talented group of prospects

by Jason Chen
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Jake McCabe - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe is one of several Buffalo Sabres defensive prospects who are pushing for spots in the NHL. McCabe was a second round pick from 2012. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

Once the Buffalo Sabres are done collecting their puzzle pieces, it will be a matter of figuring out how they will all fit together. The Sabres have the cornerstones in place with Sam Reinhart at center and Rasmus Ristolainen on defense, but the short-term focus is to make sure that every prospect in the organization takes a step forward.

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Minnesota Wild prospect depth beginning to thin

by Peter Prohaska
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NHL: FEB 06 Predators at Wild

Photo: Jason Zucker won an NHL roster spot in training camp in part because of his speed and tenacity. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

After five years on the job general manager Chuck Fletcher has made his mark on the Minnesota Wild, swiftly rebuilding a franchise that had lost its way. He has assembled a promising young core of Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Jared Spurgeon, Erik Haula, Darcy Kuemper, Matt Dumba, and Christian Folin. With a strong group of veterans brought in via trade and free agency to supplement the few holdovers from the prior administrative regime, this leaves very little room for true prospects at the moment.

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