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2016 NHL Draft: Knights’ Tkachuk has had little problem adjusting to OHL grind

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2016 NHL Draft: Knights’ Tkachuk has had little problem adjusting to OHL grind

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has been chosen to captain Team Orr at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next week in Vancouver, BC (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Matthew Tkachuk hopes to follow his famous father’s footsteps to the NHL one day soon. And his early march through the Ontario Hockey League in his inaugural season in the league has been – to say the very least – sure-footed. Read more »

AHL Western Conference Notebook, January, 2016: Checkers chasing IceHogs, Rantanen brings gold to San Antonio

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, January, 2016: Checkers chasing IceHogs, Rantanen brings gold to San Antonio

Photo: Texas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell received his first NHL call-up to the parent Dallas Stars and played in his first NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

Back in October, the Charlotte Checkers were homeless.

With renovations ongoing at Bojangles Coliseum, the Checkers didn’t play a home game until mid-November.

“I think we really bonded during that time,” Checkers defenseman Trevor Carrick said. “When you spend that much time playing away from home, it really builds a team.” Read more »

Minnesota Wild prospects face limited opportunities for NHL experience

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Minnesota Wild prospects face limited opportunities for NHL experience

Photo: If Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson is ready for NHL minutes soon, he might make another young defenseman expendable (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Now past the midpoint of the 2015-16 season, a relatively healthy and whole Minnesota Wild team is cooling of late. Offense is down, shots for are down, shots against are up, and points have been lost in the NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format. The Wild has dropped four in a row while the rival Chicago Blackhawks are on a 12-game winning streak. Read more »

With Spengler Cup win under his belt, Checkers’ Carrick prepares for AHL All-Star Game

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With Spengler Cup win under his belt, Checkers’ Carrick prepares for AHL All-Star Game

Photo: Charlotte Checkers defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Trevor Carrick is currently eighth in scoring among AHL defensemen with 23 points in 35 games (courtesy of Kevin Sousa/Icon Sportswire)

Hectic, overwhelming, exciting, honored.

Those were the words Trevor Carrick used a handful of times when he was trying to explain what life has been like for the Carolina Hurricanes‘ defensive prospect over the past month. Read more »

Florida Panthers AHL affiliate again relying on veteran scoring

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Florida Panthers AHL affiliate again relying on veteran scoring

Photo: Both Mike Matheson and Sam Brittain should figure into Florida’s future sooner than later. (Courtesy of Joel Page/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, finished the 2014-15 season with a 45-23-7-1 record, which was good enough for first place in the West Division. However, they were swept in the first round of the playoffs. It was a team that relied heavily on veterans like Bobby Butler, Mark Mancari, Shane O’Brien and Brett Olson, while prospects Connor Brickley and Rocco Grimaldi made swift progression throughout the season. Read more »

2016 WJC Review: Sweden heads home empty-handed after another medal game loss

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2016 WJC Review: Sweden heads home empty-handed after another medal game loss

Photo: Team Sweden players William Lagesson (L), Dmytro Timashov (C), and Rasmus Asplund (R) were three of the better performers for Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

What began so well, became so empty. Despite losing key forward William Nylander (TOR) in the very first game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship – a player who many expected to be the absolute star of the event – Sweden managed to battle and convincingly earn its way to an undefeated first place finish in preliminary round play with a clear 8-3 win over Switzerland and 5-0 victory over Denmark, as well as two very special victories over the North American contingent with a 1-0 victory over the U.S. and a confident 5-2 win over the Canadians. Read more »

Nashville Predators still searching for a breakthrough player in the system

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Nashville Predators still searching for a breakthrough player in the system

Photo: After spending last season as one of the Liiga’s best starters as a 19-year-old, Juuse Saros is performing well as a rookie goaltender in the AHL (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)

Coming off of last year’s breakout season the Nashville Predators went into the 2015-16 with their roster largely intact. With much of the lineup from last year intact, and free agents Cody Hodgson and defenseman Barret Jackman added in the offseason, there were few opportunities for rookies to crack the Predators lineup.

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Dynamic rookies the silver lining in dismal Buffalo Sabres season

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Dynamic rookies the silver lining in dismal Buffalo Sabres season

Photo: Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart promise to one day give the Sabres one of the best one-two punches at centre in recent memory. (Courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

Much like in the abysmal 2014-15 campaign, the Buffalo Sabres find themselves wallowing near the bottom of the standings in 2015-16. That’s what happens when your team is full of younger players, not yet experienced in playing winning hockey on a nightly basis. Read more »

2016 WJC Review: Result wasn’t bronze, but mission still accomplished for Slovakia

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2016 WJC Review: Result wasn’t bronze, but mission still accomplished for Slovakia

Photo: Green Bay Gamblers goaltender and New York Rangers prospect Adam Huska did his part in ensuring that Team Slovakia will be competing at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Coming into the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, it was widely felt that a lot of unlikely things would have to go right for Slovakia in order for the team to medal. For the country itself, the expectations were mild with maintaining the class being the main goal. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Bennett, Fabbri making mark in NHL, a trio of goals from the NCAA ranks, and more prospect highlights

by David Hahn
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Prospect Impressions: Bennett, Fabbri making mark in NHL, a trio of goals from the NCAA ranks, and more prospect highlights

Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2015, and is likely to be in the mix when the 2016 nominees are announced (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of NCAA hockey’s brightest young stars create highlight-reel goals. Robby Fabbri and Sam Bennett prove the OHL is in their past, and plenty more highlights await. Read more »

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