Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl spent the first three months of the 2014-15 season with the Oilers before returning to the WHL (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The 2015 WHL trade deadline has come and gone, leaving a trio of teams as contenders for the WHL championship and a shot at the Memorial Cup. One of those teams, the Kelowna Rockets, have added to a club that already was among the best in the league as they acquired a couple of high-profile players for their lineup. Read more »
Photo: Penticton Vees defenseman and 2016 prospect Dante Fabbro was chosen eighth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds (courtesy of Cherie Morgan Photography)
One of the biggest draws of playing in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) is the ability to retain NCAA eligibility while still developing in one of the world’s top junior leagues. The 16-team league is based in Canada’s westernmost province with all of the teams relatively close to the US/Canada border, with the exception of Prince George. Read more »
Photo: Forward Anders Lee has been a reliable offensive contributor for the New York Islanders this season. Lee is a former sixth round draft pick. (courtesy of Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
The New York Islanders are off to a fantastic start to the 2014-15 season with a 28-13-1 record. They currently contending for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and have among the most potent offenses in the NHL.
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Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect William Karlsson has played in both the NHL and AHL during his first North American season (courtesy of Eddie Perlas/Icon Sportswire)
To put it in the simplest terms, the Norfolk Admirals and some of the prospects have had a rough season so far, with December being no different. They ended the year on a down note and must find some offense if they hope to get anywhere by the time spring rolls around.
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Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward David Pastrnak (#88) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammates Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara in the first period of the Bruins 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers (courtesy of Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
Boston Bruins rookie forward David Pastrnak like scoring his first NHL goal so much, he added a second goal – the game-winner – in his team’s 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Read more »
Photo: Andrey Vasilevskiy has been very good in his first season of North American hockey, posting a 10-3-5 record in 18 AHL starts. Vasilevskiy even saw several NHL starts in December, filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop. (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Having gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, the Syracuse Crunch are trending upward thanks to a well-stocked Tampa Bay Lightning prospect pool highlighted by some promising goaltenders and depth on the blue line.
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Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more »
Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more »
Photo: Defenseman Austin Madaisky is having a breakout season in 2014-15 and has 29 points through 36 AHL games. Madaisky was a former fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)
An injury riddled start to the 2014-15 season forced the Columbus Blue Jackets to do a lot of shuffling between the AHL and NHL. That opened the doors for young players to get a taste of the NHL along with giving role players a chance to take on more ice time for the Springfield Falcons. The moves affected everyone from forwards to goaltenders.
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St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie leads the Chicago Wolves in scoring (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Chicago Wolves, the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate, have enjoyed a very strong season thanks to several of the Blues prospects who remain on the roster. While a few have been called up due to their impressive play, many of the young players on the Wolves’ roster have come through with solid seasons thus far.
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