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Winnipeg Jets possess scoring prowess at Junior level

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Winnipeg Jets possess scoring prowess at Junior level

Photo: Chase De Leo has taken on a larger role with the Portland Winterhawks and demonstrated offensive upside (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The Winnipeg Jets were expected to struggle out of the gate this year — particularly in the goaltending department — but thanks to a strong team defense and a balanced scoring attack they are  holding their own. The Jets have been good on the road thus far, posting a 6-4-2 record away from the MTS Centre.
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The top five hockey factories producing current NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
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The top five hockey factories producing current NHL prospects

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk represent the top two cities producing the most current NHL prospects (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (Domi) and Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire (Dansk))

 

Home. The dirty and worn arenas, the old backyard rinks, the smells of sweat, shaved ice, and hope. The 5 AM practices, the endless games of road hockey in driveways and streets. This is the place where it all begins. Read more »

Minnesota Wild exercise patience with development of Junior prospects

by Peter Prohaska
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Minnesota Wild exercise patience with development of Junior prospects

Photo: Reid Duke is averaging nearly a point per game since being traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

A slight developmental gap appears to be a weakness in the Minnesota Wild‘s overall scheme. General manager Chuck Fletcher’s maneuvers between the 2010 Draft and the present assembled an enviable group of inexpensive young talent capable of augmenting a nice mix of somewhat more pricey veterans.

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New Jersey Devils junior prospects seeing fair share of struggles early in 2014-15 season

by John Iadevaia
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New Jersey Devils junior prospects seeing fair share of struggles early in 2014-15 season

Photo: Anthony Brodeur has struggled in the early part of the 2014-15 season with Gatineau Olympiques, managing a 5-4-0-3 record and a 3.72 goals against average. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

With a windfall of prospects graduating to the pros last season, the New Jersey Devils used the 2014 NHL Draft to restock their junior pool. A few players are underachieving but a handful have done well in the early part of their respective seasons.

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Former U20 Coach Ernst Hofner discusses Germany’s new direction

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Former U20 Coach Ernst Hofner discusses Germany’s new direction

Photo: Former Germany national coach Ernst Hofner (L) is now the Sports Director for Germany’s Deutschen Eishockey-Bund e.V. (courtesy of Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

 

Some major changes took place in the German Ice Hockey Federation’s hierarchy this summer, with the new management wanting things to change from the ground up. Long-time German Ice Hockey Federation employee Franz Reindl was selected as the new DEB President (Deutsche Eishockey-Bund), gaining 73.5% of the vote from the summer’s General Assembly. With that, he replaced Uwe Harnos, who made it known before the vote that he would no longer be a candidate for the position he had held since 2002. Read more »

NHL Prospects Roundup: Bailey, Reinhart give potential glimpse of Sabres’ future

by Ken McKenna
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NHL Prospects Roundup: Bailey, Reinhart give potential glimpse of Sabres’ future

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Justin Bailey currently is 10th in scoring in the OHL with 14 goals and 15 assists (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Buffalo Sabres fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about so far in the 2014-15 season, but a pair of Sabres prospects provided a spark of hope for the future this past week after being named the Player of the Week in their respective leagues. Read more »

Carolina Hurricanes’ junior prospects taking on important roles this season

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Carolina Hurricanes’ junior prospects taking on important roles this season

Photo: Forward Clark Bishop is off to a strong start to the 2014-15 season, managing 17 points in his first 18 games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

The Carolina Hurricanes‘ junior prospects are being expected to carry heavy loads this season. As far as player development goes, you cannot ask for much more.

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Depth and development strengthen Anaheim Ducks prospect pipeline

by Jason Lewis
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Depth and development strengthen Anaheim Ducks prospect pipeline

Photo: Rickard Rakell’s two-way game has earned him a job with the Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite the amount of success the Anaheim Ducks have had in recent years, they have still put together a deep pool of talent with a great deal of variety. Their mid-round drafting has been superb and they have rarely failed with high round picks, such as Nick Ritchie. The team is currently seeing an influx of role players and depth players to help support the already high-end talent the NHL team has. It is this sort of cohesiveness to the pipeline that puts the Ducks near the top of the league in overall prospect talent.

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Rockets’ Goulbourne trying to prove he is the real deal

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Rockets’ Goulbourne trying to prove he is the real deal

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Tyrell Goulbourne has produced 394 penalty minutes in 227 WHL games to date (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

It has been said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. If the axiom is entirely valid, it would be well worth it for Tyrell Goulbourne of the Kelowna Rockets to pay heed this season. Read more »

Solid group of defensemen represent Washington Capitals at junior level

by Ryan Womeldorf
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Solid group of defensemen represent Washington Capitals at junior level

Photo: Defenseman Madison Bowey is off to a strong start with the Kelowna Rockets, managing seven goals and 19 assists in his first 19 games. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The junior prospects of the Washington Capitals have been all over the radar to start the 2014-15 season. With just seven names on the list for 2013-14, the ranks have thinned out quite a bit as former junior players Brian Pinho and Zach Sanford have headed to the NCAA to develop their games at the collegiate level. That leaves just five prospects at the junior/CHL level, with varying degrees of experience and success.

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