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(Video) First NHL Goal: McGinn gets his first out of the way quickly in Hurricanes’ win

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(Video) First NHL Goal: McGinn gets his first out of the way quickly in Hurricanes’ win

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 »

2015-16 Atlantic Hockey Preview: RIT looks to repeat, take next step toward national title

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2015-16 Atlantic Hockey Preview: RIT looks to repeat, take next step toward national title

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 »

(Video) First NHL Goal: McCabe finds the net in Sabres’ loss

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(Video) First NHL Goal: McCabe finds the net in Sabres’ loss

Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Jake McCabe celebrates his first NHL goal with teammates Zemgus Girgensons (L) and Marcus Foligno in the Sabres’ loss to the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe last week watched from the pressbox as teammate Marcus Foligno setup Jack Eichel for the rookie’s first NHL goal. A week later, Foligno did the same for McCabe as the defenseman scored his first in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Svedberg nets lone Blackhawks’ goal in losing cause

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Svedberg nets lone Blackhawks’ goal in losing cause

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Viktor Svedberg (R) is congratulated by his teammates after netting his first NHL goal (courtesy of Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

While it was not a memorable game for the Chicago Blackhawks, the loss may still hold some significance for defenseman Viktor Svedberg as the big Swede notched his first NHL goal in the Blackhawks 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Sprong notches goal in Penguins win

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Sprong notches goal in Penguins win

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Daniel Sprong reacts after scoring his first NHL goal in a win over the Ottawa Senators (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

After forcing his way onto the Pittsburgh Penguins roster with a good preseason showing, forward Daniel Sprong added another feather to his cap by scoring his first NHL goal in a 2-0 Penguins win – their first of the 2015-16 season – over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Read more »

Stockpile of Buffalo Sabres prospects ready to contribute in the pros

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Stockpile of Buffalo Sabres prospects ready to contribute in the pros

Photo: Vaclav Karabacek has managed 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 21 postseason games during his career in the QMJHL. (Courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres have been stockpiling assets for the past few years, but this season the team will put all of those accumulated prospects to good use. The 2014-15 outfit was laden with veterans, allowing the youngsters in the system to continue to develop without being exposed to the losing that the Sabres had become accustomed to. Read more »

Winnipeg Jets prospect group likely to shine in 2015-16

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Winnipeg Jets prospect group likely to shine in 2015-16

Photo: Winnipeg Jets 2014 third-round pick Jack Glover and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to forget last season’s disappointments in an upcoming series against the UMD Bulldogs (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets have effectively erased the memories of ineffective drafting that plagued the franchise’s Atlanta incarnation. Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry, taken in 2011, are already NHL players capable of tough minutes. 2012 picks Jacob Trouba and Connor Hellebuyck are developing well as pros – albeit at different stages. While players picked in 2013 and onward remain to be judged, the early returns are excellent. Scouting is only one part of the equation that leads to a successful NHL franchise, but it is a crucial aspect for a frugal team like Winnipeg.
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NHL-ready Pickard looks forward to the workload with San Antonio

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NHL-ready Pickard looks forward to the workload with San Antonio

Photo: San Antonio Rampage goaltender and Colorado Avalanche prospect Calvin Pickard turned in a strong showing in NHL action in 2014-15, but will begin the 2015-16 season in the AHL (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

When Calvin Pickard was a 9-year-old in Winnipeg he made one of the most important decisions of his life — he wanted to be a goalie.

Pickard had first been “thrown into” the net when he was eight. And he played “pretty well” in goal, but still split time between forward and goalie until that all-important decision. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Randell tips home winning goal for Bruins

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Randell tips home winning goal for Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward Tyler Randell shows off the puck that he tipped past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov for his first career goal (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

It is a long way from the ECHL to the NHL, but Boston Bruins rookie forward Tyler Randell is hoping for an extended stay with the big club. Randell helped his cause by netting his first NHL goal in his debut in hockey’s top league, with that goal standing as the game-winning goal in the Bruins 6-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Prospect Faceoff: Matthews stays hot in Zurich, Svechnikov-Garland duel, plus two Top 20 teams clash in college hockey

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Prospect Faceoff: Prospect Faceoff: Matthews stays hot in Zurich, Svechnikov-Garland duel, plus two Top 20 teams clash in college hockey

Photo: Peterborough Petes defenseman and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dominik Masin, and Kingston Frontenacs forward and Florida Panthers prospect Juho Lammikko may one day be NHL divisional rivals, but they will go head-to-head in an interesting OHL clash this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Auston Matthews is taking an unconventional path to the NHL, and has earned a few accolades already while playing in Switzerland. Two electric playmakers go head-to-head in a battle of assist machines in the QMJHL, and a pair of potential Canadian teammates will likely see a lot of each other in a weekend contest. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s newest signee lines up against a powerhouse forward in what could be a preview of what to expect in the future from both Floridian franchises. NCAA hockey is back, and two Top-20 teams are set to clash in a non-conference game to close out this week’s edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more »

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