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2015-16 WCHA Preview: Minnesota State seeks conference title repeat

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2015-16 WCHA Preview: Minnesota State seeks conference title repeat

Photo: Minnesota State-Mankato forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Teddy Blueger had his best NCAA season in 2014-15, posting 10 goals and 28 points in 37 games for the WCHA champions (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

This season, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) features 12 NHL prospects representing five of the 10 member schools. Michigan Tech leads all conference teams with five prospects, followed by Minnesota State-Mankato with four. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Kemppainen notches two points in Bruins’ win

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Kemppainen notches two points in Bruins’ win

Photo: Boston Bruins forward Joonas Kemppainen is congratulated at the Bruins’ bench after netting his first NHL goal in his team’s win over the New York Islanders (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins looked to the top Finnish league for some reinforcements in the offseason, with that move starting to pay some dividends. Forward Joonas Kemppainen picked up his first two points – including his first NHL goal – and first star honors in the Bruins’ 5-3 win over the New York Islanders. Read more »

Maple Leafs resist urge to promote top prospects to NHL action

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Maple Leafs resist urge to promote top prospects to NHL action

Photo: On pace for his best season yet, Andreas Johnson already has 10 points in 12 games on loan to the SHL’s Frolunda HC. (Courtesy of Tommy Holl/Frolunda Gothenburg/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect cupboard is well stocked after a number of trades to acquire prospects, sign undrafted free-agents and an active 2015 draft. So much so, that prior to the 2015-16 season, the Leafs moved four prospects—Matt Finn, Christopher Gibson, Tom Nilsson and Carter Verhaeghe—to the Islanders for Michael Grabner. Read more »

Drastic changes afoot on Buffalo Sabres organizational depth chart

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Drastic changes afoot on Buffalo Sabres organizational depth chart

Photo: The Peterborough Petes made Eric Cornel team captain in 2015-16, and he has responded by scoring ten points in his first 10 games. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the last few seasons have seen a slow trickle of prospects into the Buffalo Sabres lineup, the 2015-16 season has ushered in a huge influx of young blood taking over spots. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Zacha vs. Senyshyn, other 2015 picks compete, plus high profile AHL matchup

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Prospect Faceoff: Zacha vs. Senyshyn, other 2015 picks compete, plus high profile AHL matchup

Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and Nashville Predators prospect Alexandre Carrier, and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault go head-to-head this weekend in a QMJHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

It doesn’t get much better in the NHL prospect world when two draft selections taken just nine picks apart other go one-on-one. That is exactly the situation in Sault Ste. Marie this weekend, where Pavel Zacha and the Sarnia Sting travel to Sault Ste. Marie to take on Zach Senyshyn and the Greyhounds. Read more »

2015-16 Hockey East Preview: Providence attempts championship repeat in tough conference

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2015-16 Hockey East Preview: Providence attempts championship repeat in tough conference

Photo: Providence College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski will be an important player in his school’s quest to win back-to-back NCAA championships (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

This season, no NCAA hockey conference features more NHL prospects than the Hockey East Association (HEA). 62 drafted players representing all 12 member schools will be in action in the 2015-16 season with Boston College leading all Hockey East teams with 13 prospects, followed by Boston University with 10 and Notre Dame with 9. Read more »

Sam Bennett, other Calgary Flames prospects looking to make an impact in 2015-16

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Sam Bennett, other Calgary Flames prospects looking to make an impact in 2015-16

Photo: A 2015 second-round pick, Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson can quiet some of his doubters with another big offensive season with the Barrie Colts (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Calgary Flames are just now beginning to reap the rewards of patience with the prospect group. After three consecutive quality drafts, there are a number of quality prospects already signed with the team that are either on the verge of playing in the NHL or already there. Among them, Sam Bennett is at the top of the heap, and for good reason.

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Several Boston Bruins prospects ready to graduate in 2015-16

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Several Boston Bruins prospects ready to graduate in 2015-16

Photo: The beginning of Matt Grzelcyk’s 2015-16 season has been delayed as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Perhaps no franchise epitomizes the “What have you done for me lately?” nature of the National Hockey League more so than the Boston Bruins. Boston reached the NHL finals twice in a three-year span, winning a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010-11 and just two seasons ago won 54 games—the most since the Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito days in 1971-72. Read more »

Merkley committed to energize Kelowna Rockets

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Merkley committed to energize Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Nick Merkley will try to improve on the 20-goal, 90-point season that he produced in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When one watches from a distance, it’s apparent there is plenty of energy bundled up in the package that sports #10 in a Kelowna Rockets’ jersey.

I just love the game,” Nick Merkley said, when queried by Hockey’s Future about his intensity. “I think that’s the biggest thing. I’m really a competitive guy.” Read more »

2015-16 NCHC Preview: North Dakota leads a strong conference

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2015-16 NCHC Preview: North Dakota leads a strong conference

Photo: University of Denver forward and Boston Bruins prospect Danton Heinen was a scoring star in his freshman season, posting 16 goals and 45 points in 40 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)

In 2015-16, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) features 45 NHL prospects representing all member schools, with each team having at least two prospects on their respective rosters. North Dakota leads with 12 prospects, followed by Nebraska-Omaha with nine. Read more »

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