Photo: Gatineau’s Yakov Trenin, the Predators’ first pick of the 2015 Draft, got a late start on the QMJHL season due to training camp but can provide steady offense for his club (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
The Nashville Predators organization has undergone quite a transformation in the nearly 17 months since Peter Laviolette took over as the second coach in franchise history. That transformation figures to continue as some of the veterans brought in to revive the franchise eventually retire or are moved to make room for the young prospects coming up through the system.
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Photo: Dallas Stars rookie forward Radek Faksa saw his first regular season NHL action on Saturday vs. the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
Someday, when Radek Faksa looks back at his career, 2015 is going to be well ingrained in his memory.
It started with a left shoulder injury suffered Jan. 4th against the Charlotte Checkers, which required surgery on Jan. 9th, his 21st birthday, and cost him the rest of the 2014-15 AHL season with the Texas Stars. Read more »
Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski is looking to build off of a fine freshman season with the Wolverines in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
For the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey season, the Big Ten Conference features 40 NHL prospects, with each member school having at least two prospects on their rosters. The University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota lead all conference teams with 12 prospects apiece. Read more »
Photo: Farjestad BK forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (#20) should be a prominent player for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy HC Dynamo Pardubice/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Connor McDavid came through for the Edmonton Oilers this weekend, and is centering one of the most interesting forward combinations so far this year. The Erie Otters miss him, but still boast a perfect record thanks to some tremendous passing. Lawson Crouse and Conor McGlynn helped Kingston to a pair of overtime victories, and Joel Eriksson Ek did the same for Farjestad BK. This and more in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more »
Photo: Arizona State University forward Ryan Belonger will lead the offensive charge for the Sun Devils as they make the switch to NCAA D1 hockey (courtesy of Peter Vander Stoep/Sun Devil Athletics)
This season, Arizona State University becomes the 62nd member of NCAA Men’s D1 Hockey. It also marks the first time in 30 years that a school west of Colorado has played at this level.
The Sun Devils opened their inaugural NCAA D1 season on Oct. 9th versus host Alaska-Anchorage in the Kendall Hockey Classic. Read more »
Photo: Chicago’s first pick of the 2015 Draft, Graham Knott, is off to a slow start in 2015-16 but has the skill level to produce much more (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The months leading up to the 2015-16 season saw the Chicago Blackhawks shuffle several players. In terms of prospects, the Blackhawks sent out Stephen Johns, Michael Paliotta, Alex Broadhurst, and Joakim Nordstrom in a variety of trades. Futhermore, Matt Carey, Drew LeBlanc, and Mac Carruth were not extended qualifying offers with the team, though Carruth signed an AHL deal with the Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. Defenseman Sam Jardine signed a contract with the IceHogs as well, hoping he can use this opportunity to earn an NHL-contract with Chicago in the foreseeable future.
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Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie forward Nikolay Goldobin celebrates his first NHL goal in a game against the New York Islanders (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
In just his second NHL game, San Jose Sharks forward Nikolay Goldobin converted a veritable layup to notch his first NHL goal, a goal that gave his team a brief lead early in the second period. But the New York Islanders poured it on after Goldobin’s goal, scoring five of the next six goals in the game to take a 6-3 victory. Read more »
Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Sam Reinhart deposits the puck behind Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop for his first NHL goal (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
After playing 14 NHL games over the past two seasons, Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart finally cashed in, scoring his first NHL goal – the only goal of the game for Buffalo – in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Read more »
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn played for the Guelph Storm of the OHL for four seasons, which included a trip to the Memorial Cup final in 2014 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
Carolina Hurricanes‘ rookie forward Brock McGinn checked off almost all of the boxes in his first NHL game, scoring his first NHL goal on his first shift (he also notched his first assist) as the Hurricanes defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 5-3. Read more »
Photo: Rochester Institute of Technology defenseman Alexander Kuqali and his teammates will attempt a return trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2015 Atlantic Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
Atlantic Hockey is the only NCAA conference this season that does not have any prospects. Nevertheless, there are many players, including some that have attended NHL prospect camps this summer, that are well worth watching. Read more »