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Nashville Predators enjoying rookie successes

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Nashville Predators enjoying rookie successes

Photo: Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok has played a depth role in his first full season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

The Nashville Predators continue to be one of the top turnaround stories in the 2014-15 season — leading the Central Division with a record of 33-12-6 under first-year coach Peter Laviolette. For the most part Nashville has relied on a corps of veteran forwards having bounce back seasons. With one notable exception – 20-year-old rookie left wing Filip Forsberg. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

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Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones was the leading goal scorer at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge with seven, while his 11 points in the tournament were second to teammate Clayton Keller (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

For Rochester, MI native Max Jones, family connections have helped carve a path in hockey. Make no mistake, the talented power forward is making a name for himself despite intrigue about where he will play in his draft-eligible season. Read more »

HF Prospect of the Month, January, 2015: Dvorak offensive surge puts him among OHL scoring leaders

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HF Prospect of the Month, January, 2015: Dvorak offensive surge puts him among OHL scoring leaders

Photo: London Knights forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak is currently third in scoring in the OHL with 90 points in 47 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The month of January presents an opportunity to NHL prospects playing at all levels of hockey. The start of a new calendar year can inspire a change in attitude and improved play or, more commonly, a comfort level that wasn’t previously there. Read more »

Anaheim Ducks’ system depth provides options

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Anaheim Ducks’ system depth provides options

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Josh Manson is already a reliable physical presence (Courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

The Ducks’ veteran core of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler helps make the team contenders for a Stanley Cup this season. But Anaheim General Manager Bob Murray and his staff have been extremely efficient at the draft, adding excellent young players like Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, Devante Smith-Pelly and Frederik Andersen in recent years. In addition, the team has excellent resources developing in Norfolk, several of whom have debuted this season and will look to become contributors in a playoff run.

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2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

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2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more »

Dallas Stars’ AHL group bears the weight of expectations

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Dallas Stars’ AHL group bears the weight of expectations

Photo: Jack Campbell has not yet lived up to his billing as a top goaltending prospect (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

It has been a trying year for many in the Stars’ minor league affiliates. In the AHL the high amount of roster turnover and personnel changes has left Texas a lesser group than the Calder Cup champions of a year ago. Derek Laxdal is struggling  to get ideal hockey out of this group and the frustration has been evident at times. Many prospects have not taken major steps forward in the first half of the season, but as adaptation occurs, the potential still exists for this talented group to emerge.

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The Top Five two-way forwards among NHL prospects

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The Top Five two-way forwards among NHL prospects

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart has totaled 41 points and a +12 rating in 27 games since returning to the Ice from the Sabres early in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

When it comes to forward prospects, what a player can do away from the puck is often overshadowed by what he can do with a puck. You’re more likely to see a highlight of a beautiful goal than a well timed takeaway; it’s the nature of the beast in a sport that values goals. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

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2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

Photo: Tri-City Storm forward and 2015 prospect Chris Wilkie is currently tied for third in goals-scoring in the USHL with 22 goals (courtesy of Tri-City Storm)

When asked why he got into hockey, Chris Wilkie smiles and offers a short laugh. “Well, my dad actually played in the National Hockey League, so that’s obviously where I started playing hockey,” he says, referring to his father, David Wilkie, who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers in parts of six NHL seasons. “My mom was from Omaha, so that’s where we would be in the summers, and then we just ended up moving back to Omaha, and we’ve been there for most of my life.” Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Domingue gets first NHL win, Gersich nets a hat trick, and more

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Prospect Impressions: Domingue gets first NHL win, Gersich nets a hat trick, and more

Photo: Omaha Lancers forward and Washington Capitals prospect Shane Gersich is tied for third in goals in the USHL with 22 so far this season (courtesy of the Omaha Lancers)

Louis Domingue, the unlikely hero in Montreal in front of friends and family. One current USHL star showing why he is regarded for his goal scoring, while another former star improving in the NCAA. One night, two individual skills competition victories, and an AHL record for a Manchester Monarchs defenseman along with an impressive, one-handed effort from the KHL in this weeks Prospect Impressions feature. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, January, 2015

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, January, 2015

Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Brian O’Neill is currently second in scoring in the AHL with 44 points in 39 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

As teams hit the stretch run of the 2014-15 season, several first place battles in divisions across the Eastern Conference are heating up. This AHL Notebook takes a look at those races, plus a quick glance at the top Eastern performers in this week’s AHL All-Star event. Read more »

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