Photo: Winnipeg Jets rookie Michael Hutchinson has helped stabilize the team’s goaltending (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
Winnipeg Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has made it abundantly clear through his actions to date that the Jets are an organization steadfast in improving and building primarily through the draft. December and January provided several opportunities for the Winnipeg Jets to show off to the hockey world the collection of young talent they have accumulated since the team’s move from Atlanta prior to the 2011 season.
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Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk has already reached the 50-point mark in the 2014-15 season after a previous OHL career-high of 5q points in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Lucas Wallmark and Nikolaj Ehlers recently put their talent on display at the 2015 World Junior Championship, while forward Zach Nastasiuk is having his best season offensively in the OHL to this point of the 2014-15 season. All three players are featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions feature that gathers up some recent, noteworthy NHL prospect highlights. Read more »
Photo: Nashville Predators rookie forward Filip Forsberg is tied with Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman for the rookie goal-scoring lead with 15 goals so far in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
Filip Forsberg of Nashville and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau continue to hold the top two spots in the Hockey’s Future staff Calder Trophy Poll for December while Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad has also begun to separate himself from the rest of the field — making it look like this year’s award will come down to one of those three players. Read more »
Photo: Now in his first season of professional hockey, defenseman Matt Finn has struggled to adapt to the faster, more physical style in the AHL. Finn was picked in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
Toronto Maple Leaf prospects playing for the AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies are undergoing a baptism by fire, and playing to mixed reviews. With a lineup that has iced 22 Maple Leafs prospects during the 2014-15 season, the Marlies’ season has been a roller coaster ride. Over the first 10 games, the Marlies finished with a respectable five wins and five losses. They subsequently went on a nine game losing streak that saw them score only 13 goals in that nine game span. They have begun to right the ship however and have a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games.
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Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nelson Nogier, shown here skating for the Saskatoon Blades, has produced four points in 12 games since being dealt to the Rebels from the Blades last month (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When a young prospect finds out the he’s caught the eye of a National Hockey League team, there is always excitement and satisfaction. Indeed, the road to earning a job in professional hockey can certainly be an all-consuming proposition these days, something that seems to require one’s undivided attention. Read more »
Photo: Erie Otters forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste was one of the final cuts from Team Canada’s roster for the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
It may just be over 685 kilometers from Sudbury to Erie as the crow flies, but for Nick Baptiste, the difference between playing for the cellar-dwelling Wolves to riding shotgun for Connor McDavid and the Otters might be enough to give someone vertigo. Read more »
Photo: Rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has managed to stay in the Washington Capitals’ lineup despite several prolonged offensive droughts. Kuznetsov was drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Rob Carr/Getty Images)
For the last few years, the Washington Capitals have done a nice job of blending newer, younger talent in with their stalwarts. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom might still run the show, but John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, and Karl Alzner have acquitted themselves nicely.
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Photo: The Edmonton Oilers gave Leon Draisaitl half a season of experience at the NHL level (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)
The Oilers’ roster has been somewhat of a revolving door when it comes to prospect call-ups, with a number of young talented players earning a cup of coffee at the NHL level.
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Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen celebrates his first NHL goal in the third period of the Blackhawks 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of David Banks/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen probably hoped for a different outcome after scoring his first NHL goal in his team’s 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Teravainen’s goal came in the third period and drew the Blackhawks to within one of the Jets, but Chicago couldn’t even it up after that. Read more »
Photo: Defenseman Jon Merrill has dealt with injuries and inconsistencies in his sophomore NHL season. In 31 games, Merrill has two goals, seven assists, and a minus-10 rating. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
It has not been a good season for the New Jersey Devils, as the team has fallen out of playoff contention and appears to be in transition. While the season may soon be lost, the team’s mindset now shifts to see the growth and development of their talented, young defensemen. There have been some growing pains along the way, along with some surprises earlier in the year, but the organization is giving the young players the responsibility, ice time, and patience needed to grow and become NHL players.
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