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Top 20 New Jersey Devils prospects developing with gusto

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Top 20 New Jersey Devils prospects developing with gusto

Photo: Pavel Zacha has 51 points (23 goals, 28 assists) in 44 games for the Sarnia Sting. (Courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Whether energized by the luster of new management or coincidentally meshing at the same time, the majority of the New Jersey Devils prospects have performed well this season. Credit goes to General Manager Ray Shero and Head Coach John Hynes for what they have brought to the organization: opportunity and a modernized direction for the franchise. Not only has this applied to the top prospects but it has trickled down to the role-players as well. More work needs to be done by Shero but the prospects are showing New Jersey’s system is better the sum of its parts. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Panarin strikes again, Kuhnhackl’s first NHL goal, more from AHL, KHL, NCAA

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Prospect Impressions: Panarin strikes again, Kuhnhackl’s first NHL goal, more from AHL, KHL, NCAA

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl celebrates his first NHL goal in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Calder Trophy is still up for grabs, and Artemi Panarin won’t let it get out of his grasp thanks to a little help from the NHL’s leading scorer. He had to wait 18 games to do it, but Tom Kuhnhackl made his first NHL goal look easy. In the AHL, Troy Grosenick added another entry into the Save of the Year category, only to be outdone by one of the AHL’s leading scorers. Plenty more action is available in this week’s Prospect Impressions! Read more »

Colts duo of Labanc, Sadowy has Barrie in the thick of battle for Eastern bragging rights in OHL

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Colts duo of Labanc, Sadowy has Barrie in the thick of battle for Eastern bragging rights in OHL

Photo: Barrie Colts forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Dylan Sadowy was dealt along with Greg DiTomaso at the 2016 OHL trade deadline by the Saginaw Spirit to the Colts in exchange for Rocky Kaura, nine draft picks and two conditional picks (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

As the Barrie Colts navigate their way to the playoffs, they have the confidence to know that they are swimming in the company of a pair of Sharks – league-leading scorer Kevin Labanc and recent acquisition Dylan Sadowy. Read more »

San Jose Sharks enjoying some promising rookie performances

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San Jose Sharks enjoying some promising rookie performances

Photo: Although the 18th overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, San Jose Sharks prospect Mirco Mueller, does not project as a top-pairing defenseman, he plays a calm and skillful game that is still improving (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

After a rocky start to the season, the San Jose Sharks have drastically improved their transition play, and now sit a comfortable seven points up on the Arizona Coyotes for the final divisional playoff spot in the Pacific. While the team predominately leans on its veterans, a handful of young prospects have impacted the team this season.

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Top 20 Buffalo Sabres prospects still full of NHL potential

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Top 20 Buffalo Sabres prospects still full of NHL potential

Photo: Just six months after he debuted at #1 of the Sabres top 20, super-rookie Jack Eichel is games away from graduating from Hockey’s Future prospect criteria. (Courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)

The 2015-16 season has been quite noteworthy for the Buffalo Sabres and their prospects. After two consecutive seasons of languishing at the bottom of the standings, the team got an infusion of youth this season and have seen positive results. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, February, 2016: Marlies maintain lead in North, but Atlantic far from settled

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, February, 2016: Marlies maintain lead in North, but Atlantic far from settled

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Frank Vatrano scored six goals and added an assist in 30 NHL games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

As teams enter the stretch run of the 2015-16 AHL season, points in the standings are at a premium. A good run of wins can help solidify a playoff position while an untimely losing skid can push a team out of postseason contention. The intensity is ramped up in the final eight weeks of the season, meaning every game, period and shift matters. Read more »

Edmonton Oilers still look to rookies to solve their woes

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Edmonton Oilers still look to rookies to solve their woes

Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse has competed hard despite the obvious struggles that come with on-the-job training in the NHL (courtesy of Philippe Bouchard/Icon Sportswire)

Year after year in the Kevin Lowe era, the Edmonton Oilers have relied upon rookies to play at the top level of hockey. Players like Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, and Justin Schultz have been asked to come in and play veteran roles in minutes they weren’t yet ready to handle. The results have been predictably poor for this once-proud franchise. Read more »

Adjustment to AHL has been slow for Lake Erie’s Milano

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Adjustment to AHL has been slow for Lake Erie’s Milano

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano (#22) took a break from AHL action this season to compete for the bronze medalist USA squad at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Making the jump from junior to the American Hockey League is one of the most difficult transitions in hockey.

The game gets faster, physicality turns up a notch, and players are smarter. Read more »

Tampa Bay Lightning prospects filling the holes in NHL lineup

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Tampa Bay Lightning prospects filling the holes in NHL lineup

Photo: Taken in the 5th round (148th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Nikita Nesterov is already looking like a draft-day steal for the Lightning. (Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Like most teams hoping to contend for the Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t had significant contributions from its young prospects, save for Vladislav Namestnikov, though the Russian center had already appeared in 47 career NHL games prior to this season. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Leafs’ Bracco, Dzierkals, Joshua in action, Gardiner approaches milestone, Stadium Series continues

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Prospect Faceoff: Leafs’ Bracco, Dzierkals, Joshua in action, Gardiner approaches milestone, Stadium Series continues

Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba and Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin go head-to-head this weekend in a Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire and Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

This week in Prospect Faceoff, three Toronto Maple Leafs prospects are in action, with each facing stiff competition. Two of the WHL’s most consistent and well-liked players go head-to-head with the division crown still hanging in the balance, and the NHL’s Stadium Series writes a new chapter with two of the NHL’s brightest young stars facing off. Read more »

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