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Dallas Stars’ AHL group bears the weight of expectations

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Dallas Stars’ AHL group bears the weight of expectations

Photo: Jack Campbell has not yet lived up to his billing as a top goaltending prospect (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

It has been a trying year for many in the Stars’ minor league affiliates. In the AHL the high amount of roster turnover and personnel changes has left Texas a lesser group than the Calder Cup champions of a year ago. Derek Laxdal is struggling  to get ideal hockey out of this group and the frustration has been evident at times. Many prospects have not taken major steps forward in the first half of the season, but as adaptation occurs, the potential still exists for this talented group to emerge.

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The Top Five two-way forwards among NHL prospects

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The Top Five two-way forwards among NHL prospects

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart has totaled 41 points and a +12 rating in 27 games since returning to the Ice from the Sabres early in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

When it comes to forward prospects, what a player can do away from the puck is often overshadowed by what he can do with a puck. You’re more likely to see a highlight of a beautiful goal than a well timed takeaway; it’s the nature of the beast in a sport that values goals. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

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2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

Photo: Tri-City Storm forward and 2015 prospect Chris Wilkie is currently tied for third in goals-scoring in the USHL with 22 goals (courtesy of Tri-City Storm)

When asked why he got into hockey, Chris Wilkie smiles and offers a short laugh. “Well, my dad actually played in the National Hockey League, so that’s obviously where I started playing hockey,” he says, referring to his father, David Wilkie, who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers in parts of six NHL seasons. “My mom was from Omaha, so that’s where we would be in the summers, and then we just ended up moving back to Omaha, and we’ve been there for most of my life.” Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Domingue gets first NHL win, Gersich nets a hat trick, and more

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Prospect Impressions: Domingue gets first NHL win, Gersich nets a hat trick, and more

Photo: Omaha Lancers forward and Washington Capitals prospect Shane Gersich is tied for third in goals in the USHL with 22 so far this season (courtesy of the Omaha Lancers)

Louis Domingue, the unlikely hero in Montreal in front of friends and family. One current USHL star showing why he is regarded for his goal scoring, while another former star improving in the NCAA. One night, two individual skills competition victories, and an AHL record for a Manchester Monarchs defenseman along with an impressive, one-handed effort from the KHL in this weeks Prospect Impressions feature. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, January, 2015

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, January, 2015

Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Brian O’Neill is currently second in scoring in the AHL with 44 points in 39 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

As teams hit the stretch run of the 2014-15 season, several first place battles in divisions across the Eastern Conference are heating up. This AHL Notebook takes a look at those races, plus a quick glance at the top Eastern performers in this week’s AHL All-Star event. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Chicago native Marsh contributing to rejuvenated Sea Dogs

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2015 NHL Draft: Chicago native Marsh contributing to rejuvenated Sea Dogs

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs forward and 2015 prospect Adam Marsh is currently third in scoring for the Sea Dogs and eighth among QMJHL rookies with 38 points in 48 games (courtesy of Dave Connell)

Employing a combination of speed and a lightning-quick release, Adam Marsh has been an impressive free agent find for the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. Read more »

Chudinov heads short list of drafted defensemen competing in the KHL

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Chudinov heads short list of drafted defensemen competing in the KHL

Photo: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov was part of a Team Russia defensive unit that was very effective at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The exodus of young Russian players to the CHL didn’t leave many prospects of note in the KHL, especially when discussing defensemen, the type of players Russian hockey is having the hardest time developing, especially at depth level. Read more »

Montreal Canadiens receiving solid contributions from several young players

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Montreal Canadiens receiving solid contributions from several young players

Photo: Forward Sven Andrighetto is one of several prospects to receive a call-up to the NHL this season. Montreal picked Andrighetto in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

The Montreal Canadiens boast a record of 31-13-3 and have been at or around the top of the standings throughout the 2014-15 NHL season. A handful of prospects have been key contributors to Montreal’s first half success.

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SHL Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Skelleftea, MODO at opposite ends of the spectrum

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SHL Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Skelleftea, MODO at opposite ends of the spectrum

Photo: Skelleftea AIK defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Tim Heed is currently second in scoring among SHL defensemen with 28 points in 42 games (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

The 2014-15 SHL season has made it through the holiday season and is heading down the final stretch, as roughly 75 percent of the games have been played to date. This is the time of the year when many clubs exchange a few parts, bring up juniors to fill in for injuries, and in some cases, watch as their young men represent Sweden at the WJC. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Ho-Sang faces top 2015 goaltending prospect, Bulldogs spoil Nylander’s Marlies debut, and more

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Prospect Faceoff: Ho-Sang faces top 2015 goaltending prospect, Bulldogs spoil Nylander’s Marlies debut, and more

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Josh Ho-Sang (NYI) and Barrie Colts goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (2015) go head-to-head in one of the more interesting NHL prospect matchups this weekend (courtesy of Aaron Bell/Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes a look at weekend matchups that include a couple of top performers from the 2015 World Juniors, plus interesting NHL prospect head-to-heads in NCAA and SHL play. In addition, we look back at the matchups featured in last week’s PF offering, including the results of William Nylander’s first North American action. Read more »

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