Photo: Kerby Rychel has successfully adjusted to the professional game, with 33 points in 51 games thus far. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
Injuries forced the Blue Jackets to dig into their prospect pool this season. That allowed highly-touted first rounders Alexander Wennberg, Marko Dano and Kerby Rychel to get their first taste of NHL action. Columbus also had a few pleasant surprises; Anton Forsberg came into his own between the pipes, and Austin Madaisky has had a breakout season on the blue line for the Falcons. Read more »
Photo: Quebec Remparts goaltender and Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale was the starter in 5 of 7 games for the gold medal-winning Team Canada squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
There are just six NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the QMJHL this season, a relatively low number for the league once known for producing some of the top goaltenders in the NHL. At most, there is three netminders with some combination of pedigree and talent, while the others are unlikely to advance far in pro hockey. Read more »
Photo: Eamon McAdam has shown a drastic improvement in his second season with the Nittany Lions (Courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)
New York Islanders GM Garth Snow continued his tendency to take NCAA-bound players with mid to late-round picks at the 2014 draft, selecting a pair of overagers in Devon Toews and Kyle Schempp. The Islanders have had success drafting NCAA players, with recent picks Kyle Okposo, Brock Nelson, and Anders Lee all becoming impact players for the Islanders. Although the Islanders tend to favour North American players, they selected a pair of European netminders in Linus Soderstrom and Ilya Sorokin. They represent the future in goal for the Islanders, along with collegiate netminders Eamon McAdam and Stephon Williams. Read more »
Photo: Florida Panthers forward has produced 79 points (40G, 39A) in 153 games so far in his NHL career (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
The number 27 in hockey has had a few notable names associated with it over the years. Former NHL greats Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler and, more recently, Scott Niedermayer all wore that number through their storied careers, with all three finding their way to the Hockey Hall of Fame once their playing days were over. Read more »
Photo: Hershey Bears forward Stanislav Galiev and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Matt Murray go head-to-head in an AHL Eat Division showdown this weekend (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
In the AHL, one player who is ascending back to top prospect status goes head-to-head against a record-setting goaltender. In NCAA action, the Big Ten may be decided this weekend as the two top teams and their leaders clash. The battle for the last playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference heats up with a pivotal game between two of the teams fighting to get in. Two solid games in the QMJHL and WHL complete this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more »
Photo: Kelowna’s Rourke Chartier is one of several San Jose Sharks prospects having a great season in the CHL. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The San Jose Sharks prospect pool has improved greatly over the past season, quietly becoming one of the more respectable collections of prospects in the league. This surge is due in large part to the organizational desire to get younger, the 2014 NHL draft class, and the aggressive free agent signings of Barclay Goodrow and Nikita Jevpalovs.
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Photo: HPK Hameenlinna goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros has appeared in 39 international contests for Finland over the past five seasons (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Finland has consistently produced NHL-caliber goalies in recent years. While some were never drafted and signed after establishing themselves in the domestic Liiiga — such as Chicago’s Antti Raanta or Antti Niemi of San Jose — there have also been some high profile draft picks like Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne who are enjoying great NHL careers. Read more »
Photo: When Charles Hudon finally gets his shot with the Canadiens, he will join a long list of Quebec-born players to play for the team. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Montreal Canadiens prospect pool continues to grow more experienced every season. Because General Manager Marc Bergevin is intent on bringing his youngsters along slowly, the Canadiens have promoted just a single prospect into their roster. Several players among the Top 20 would be regulars in other organizations.
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Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Christian Fischer (#21) has produced 20 goals and 20 assists in 48 games for the USA’s U18 National squad (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as a Notre Dame goaltender breaks an all-time NCAA hockey record. In addition, a future Fighting Irish recruit snagged a record of his own in the USHL. Also, a trio of players rewarded their teams with tremendous individuals efforts. Finally, a look at one WHL veteran who has become more than just a fighter. Read more »
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev has shown a strong two-way game. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The most significant change in the Blues’ pipeline is the graduation of Jake Allen. He has spent parts of the past few seasons in the NHL and has looked good behind Brian Elliott. While Allen has done enough to graduate this season, several prospects have made a good impression with the coaching staff and are garnering much larger roles as the season progresses. The trade of the promising Maxim Letunov in the deadline deal for Zbynek Michalek also opens up a spot in this ranking. Outside the NHL, other prospects have either been assigned to ECHL roles or are developing in the AHL.
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