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(Video) First NHL Goal: Folin nets lone Wild goal in loss to Sharks

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Christian Folin - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Minnesota Wild rookie defenseman Christian Folin played two seasons at UMass Lowell, netting 12 goals and adding 29 assists for 41 points in 79 NCAA games (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Minnesota Wild defenseman Christian Folin was a coveted free agent after completing his sophomore season at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell back in March. In his 12th NHL game, Folin started to pay some dividends on his signing with the Wild by scoring his first NHL goal, the only goal for the Wild in a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Blackhawks’ Dahlbeck opens scoring in win over Bruins

by Ken McKenna
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Klas Dahlbeck - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (#44), shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, spent time in the Linkoping organization before moving to North America two seasons ago (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Klas Dahlbeck received his first NHL call-up on 12/4, and just 3 games into his NHL career, the Katrineholm, Sweden native netted his first NHL goal in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Sharks’ Goodrow pots first in win over Oilers

by Ken McKenna
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Barclay Goodrow - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie forward Barclay Goodrow (#89) was a free agent signing by the Sharks back in March of this year, after he had completed a 5-season OHL career (courtesy of Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite being passed over in the NHL Draft each time he was available, San Jose Sharks forward Barclay Goodrow signed an NHL contract with that club last March. And, less than a year later, Goodrow has potted his first NHL goal, which came in a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Freezers’ Franzreb making his mark in Germany’s DNL

by Chapin Landvogt
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Maxi Franzreb - Hamburg Freezers

Photo: Hamburg Freezers’ junior goaltender and 2015 prospect Max Franzreb has faced an average of 53 shots per game during the 2014-15 season (courtesy of the Hamburg Freezers)

 

The DNL, Germany’s top junior circuit where players such as Leon Draisaitl have honed their skills, just completed its preliminary round at the beginning of November. Not unexpectedly, the junior team run by Mannheim Adler finished first overall and is heading into the playoff round with all cylinders on go. Read more »

The Top Five potential diamonds in the rough among NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
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Anton Forsberg - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Anton Forsberg recently received his first NHL start but has spent most of the the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The farther down the NHL Draft order you go, the less chance you have of ever playing in the NHL, let alone being productive. It gets to the point where, come the seventh round, only the most die-hard of fans have heard of you, and the most common reaction to your draft announcement is, “who?”. Read more »

2014-15 Calder Poll: Predators’ Forsberg is top NHL rookie for November

by Tony Piscotta
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Filip Forsberg - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators rookie forward Flip Forsberg scored nine of his 12 goals in the month of November (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)

 

For the second straight month, two players dominated the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy monthly poll for the 2014-15 season. But this month’s top rookies – Filip Forsberg of Nashville and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau – are not the same two rookies who were nearly unanimous choices for the first and second spots in our November poll. Read more »

Hellebuyck, Kichton contributing to resurgent IceCaps

by Tony Androckitis
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Brenden Kichton - St. John's IceCaps

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Brenden Kichton (#8) finished sixth in scoring among AHL defensemen in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

 

The St. John’s IceCaps – AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets – underwent some significant changes over the summer following a run to the Calder Cup Finals last spring. With three of their top four leading scorers in the regular season and their starting goaltender from last year’s team moving on in free agency, several players have had to step into larger roles. Read more »

Houck clicking well with new linemates on struggling Giants

by Glen Erickson
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Jackson Houck - Vancouver Giants

Photo: Vancouver Giants forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Jackson Houck had increased his goal total from 23 to 34 in 2013-14, and has netted 11 so far in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

With the Edmonton Oilers making news across the National Hockey League in recent weeks for many of the wrong reasons, one wonders what the effect might be on prospects eyeing up opportunities to break into the organization. The recent history suggests it’s a tough gig for players selected beyond the first round by the Oilers. Read more »

San Jose Sharks junior pool boasts emerging talents

by Craig Fischer
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Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc has had an impressive second season with the Barrie Colts (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc has had an impressive second season with the Barrie Colts (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

In recent seasons, junior hockey has been a hotbed of talent for the San Jose Sharks. Just last year, Mirco Mueller, Chris Tierney and Barclay Goodrow were all in the CHL. That’s three young talented prospects that have already contributed with the big club this season.

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HF Prospect of the Month, November, 2014: Rockets’ Chartier remains on scoring tear

by Chris Roberts
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Rourke Chartier - Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month, November, 2014

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier has turned a strong start to his 2014-15 season into an invite to the Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Several high-profile prospects have gotten off to great starts this season and are riding that success into the middle portion of the 2014-15 campaign. First round draft selections scoring at a point-per-game in junior hockey is nothing to sneeze at, but when mid-round selections are scoring nearly two points-per-game and leading their respective league in scoring, you take notice. Read more »

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