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2014-15 ECAC Preview, Part 1: Union begins defense of national title

by DJ Powers
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Connor Clifton - Quinnipiac University

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and Arizona Coyotes prospect Connor Clifton will be a part of a younger Bobcats’ squad that is coming off of two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

 

This season, the non-Ivy League members of the ECAC feature a combined 12 NHL prospects representing five of the six schools. St. Lawrence is the only non-Ivy League team without a prospect on its roster. Clarkson leads the group with four prospects, followed by Quinnipiac and RPI with three apiece. Read more »

High-end talent headlines prospect pool for Carolina Hurricanes

by Cory Lavalette
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Brett Pesce - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Defenseman Brett Pesce is part of a deep group of defensive prospects for the Carolina Hurricanes. Pesce was picked in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Carolina Hurricanes NHL roster is filled with young players, from established mainstays like Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner to emerging talents like Elias Lindholm and Ryan Murphy.

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2014-15 NCHC Preview, Part 2: Denver looking to improve on conference championship

by DJ Powers
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Brendan O'Donnell - University of North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell could be a breakout player in the NCHC in 2014-15 if he can avoid the injury bug (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar / Icon Sportswire)

 

In part one of this 2014-15 NCHC preview, Hockey’s Future looked at four of the eight teams in NCAA Hockey‘s newest conference. Part two takes a closer look at Denver, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota and Western Michigan. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Namestnikov notches two points in Lightning’s victory

by Ken McKenna
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Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov starred for the OHL’s London Knights for two seasons before playing the past two seasons for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Vladislav Namestnikov was among the scoring leaders during the 2014 NHL preseason, picking up seven assists in five games. It took him a couple of regular season games to find his groove, but Namestnikov broke through with two points against the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-1 Lightning win that included Namestnikov’s first NHL goal. Read more »

2014-15 AHL Preview: Marlies look to repeat in improved North Division

by Tony Androckitis
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Greg McKegg - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Greg McKegg doubled his point total in his second AHL, and is looking to break through to the NHL at some point in 2014-15 (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Western Conference’s North Division is another AHL division with a new team as the Calgary Flames moved their AHL club from Abbotsford, BC to Glens Falls, NY. The now Adirondack Flames are in the North Division, while the Lake Erie Monsters have been moved to the Midwest Division. Read more »

New York Islanders own strong depth across all positions

by Christian Litscher
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Scott Mayfield - New York Islanders

Photo: Scott Mayfield is one of many quality defensive prospects in the New York Islanders system. Mayfield was a second round draft pick in 2011. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

The New York Islanders prospect pool has high-end talent at every position and has the depth to match it. The forward group has some blue chip prospects, a few high potential risk-reward players, and many potential bottom six forwards. The defense group is deep and many are on the cusp of NHL readiness.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Karlsson nets first two of NHL career in Ducks win

by Ken McKenna
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William Karlsson - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks rookie forward William Karlsson shows off the puck that beat Buffalo Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth, which was the first goal of Karlsson’s NHL career (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Anaheim Ducks‘ rookie forward William Karlsson liked scoring his first NHL goal so much that he decided to add a second one in his team’s 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon. Read more »

2014-15 NCHC Preview, Part 1: St. Cloud State seeks third straight regular season title

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Jonny Brodzinski - St. Cloud State University

Photo: St. Cloud State University forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jonny Brodzinski, shown here fending off brother Michael in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, will lead the way on offense for the Huskies in 2014-15 (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

 

No NCAA conference has more combined NHL prospects on their member rosters than the NCHC does this season. The NCHC will feature 51 prospects spread across all eight conference schools. North Dakota leads all NCHC teams with 14 prospects, followed by Denver, Miami and Nebraska-Omaha with seven apiece. Read more »

Prospects need to take step forward for Vancouver Canucks in 2014-15

by Peter Prohaska
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NHL: SEP 23 Preseason - Sharks at Canucks

Photo: Hunter Shinkaruk (L) will look to join Linden Vey (R) in the Vancouver lineup at some point in 2015-16. (courtesy of Kathleen Hinkel/Icon Sportswire)

 

Although 2013-14 was a trying and turbulent season for the Vancouver Canucks, the team appears poised to re-establish itself as a playoff contender this year. Part of that optimism is attributable to the team’s depth, bolstered by having two first-round picks in both the 2013 and 2014 NHL Drafts.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Two-point night for Severson in Devils’ win

by Ken McKenna
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Damon Severson - New Jersey Devils

Photo: New Jersey Devils’ rookie defenseman Damon Severson followed up an impressive NHL debut on Thursday with a 2-point performance in his second NHL game (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

 

The New Jersey Devils are off to a fast start with a roster that includes a trio of younger defensemen. One of those young defenders, Damon Severson, checked off a couple of milestones in just his second NHL game, including his first NHL goal, in a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Read more »