The QMJHL will be hard-pressed to provide its fans with more excitement than the seven-game series between the Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic did last season. Although those teams may not find themselves in quite as good a position to entertain in 2015-16, other squads are poised to supplant them at the top of the standings—and many of the league’s best players are back for an encore. Read more »
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As the New York Islanders get set to move to Brooklyn next season, the organization has renewed confidence heading to the 2015-2016 season after making the playoffs last season. The roster has accumulated both high end talent and depth and the system is flush with talent. The Islanders will contend in a competitive division that saw the Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals all make major offseason acquisitions. The Islanders should be right in the thick of things in what will be an intriguing race to watch. Read more »
At the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the international ice hockey community got to see a number of young men available for the 2016 and even 2017 drafts. In Milos Roman of Slovakia, it witnessed a player first eligible for the 2018 draft, but you’d never have known it with the way he played, taking a regular shift on the team’s third line. Read more »
Although only 16 years of age, 6’3” and 187-pound forward Adam Ruzicka was very noticeable in a top-nine role for Slovakia at the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Banging his body into opponents whenever necessary, Ruzicka seemed to improve from game to game, quickly adjusting to the demands of international hockey. Read more »
Already checking in at 6’1” and 180 pounds, 15 year old Nando Eggenberger didn’t look out of place a bit at the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, even if Switzerland was only able to garner two points on the strength of an overtime penalty shot victory over Slovakia in the team’s final game. Read more »
Over the course of two off-seasons, the San Jose Sharks have vastly improved their prospect ranks. The once small and meager prospect pool has quietly evolved into a massive, shark-infested ocean.
While still lacking in true blue chip talent, this is without a doubt the strongest crop of players the Sharks have had in their system in the last ten seasons. But that comes as no surprise with the decline of the NHL roster and its recent playoff failings. After all, prospect pools and winning are typically inversely proportional.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have done a tremendous job at drafting and developing since Steve Yzerman took over the general manager position in 2010. The team has more hits than misses in the early rounds and has found quality late-round players that have since filled significant roles with the team. Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov are two that immediately come to mind and both players were selected in 2011, the first draft that Yzerman and his staff had a full year to prepare for. It might also end up as the team’s best in the past decade-plus. Read more »