Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect William Karlsson has played in both the NHL and AHL during his first North American season (courtesy of Eddie Perlas/Icon Sportswire)
To put it in the simplest terms, the Norfolk Admirals and some of the prospects have had a rough season so far, with December being no different. They ended the year on a down note and must find some offense if they hope to get anywhere by the time spring rolls around.
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Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward David Pastrnak (#88) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammates Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara in the first period of the Bruins 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers (courtesy of Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
Boston Bruins rookie forward David Pastrnak like scoring his first NHL goal so much, he added a second goal – the game-winner – in his team’s 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Read more »
Photo: Andrey Vasilevskiy has been very good in his first season of North American hockey, posting a 10-3-5 record in 18 AHL starts. Vasilevskiy even saw several NHL starts in December, filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop. (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Having gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, the Syracuse Crunch are trending upward thanks to a well-stocked Tampa Bay Lightning prospect pool highlighted by some promising goaltenders and depth on the blue line.
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Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more »
Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more »
Photo: Defenseman Austin Madaisky is having a breakout season in 2014-15 and has 29 points through 36 AHL games. Madaisky was a former fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)
An injury riddled start to the 2014-15 season forced the Columbus Blue Jackets to do a lot of shuffling between the AHL and NHL. That opened the doors for young players to get a taste of the NHL along with giving role players a chance to take on more ice time for the Springfield Falcons. The moves affected everyone from forwards to goaltenders.
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St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie leads the Chicago Wolves in scoring (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Chicago Wolves, the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate, have enjoyed a very strong season thanks to several of the Blues prospects who remain on the roster. While a few have been called up due to their impressive play, many of the young players on the Wolves’ roster have come through with solid seasons thus far.
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Photo: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot (L) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammate Blake Wheeler (R) in the Jets 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
The off-ice officials didn’t initially see give him credit, but Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot netted his first NHL goal in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The goal was originally credited to Jets’ forward Andrew Ladd, but the scorers soon realized the error of their ways and credited the goal to Chiarot, who also picked up an assist and was named the game’s second star. Read more »
Photo: Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Nashville Predators are developing some interesting prospects with their AHL farm club, the Milawaukee Admirals. One of those youngsters, right winger Miikka Salomaki, made his NHL debut for the Predators tonight vs. the Dallas Stars, providing immediate returns as he netted his first NHL goal in his team’s 3-2 victory over the Stars. Read more »
Photo: Western Michigan forward Frederik Tiffels was the leading scorer for Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship, having produced four points (2G, 2A) in six games (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The final month of 2014 marked the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half of the NCAA hockey season. Due to the holiday break, there were fewer games played. Nevertheless, December saw some impressive performances from prospects around the NCAA. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the more notable ones. Read more »