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HF Prospect of the Month, November, 2014: Rockets’ Chartier remains on scoring tear

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Rourke Chartier - Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month, November, 2014

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier has turned a strong start to his 2014-15 season into an invite to the Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Several high-profile prospects have gotten off to great starts this season and are riding that success into the middle portion of the 2014-15 campaign. First round draft selections scoring at a point-per-game in junior hockey is nothing to sneeze at, but when mid-round selections are scoring nearly two points-per-game and leading their respective league in scoring, you take notice. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, November, 2014: Several prospects fuel Harvard run

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Alex Kerfoot and Patrick McNally - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University players Alex Kerfoot (L, NJD ’12) and Patrick McNally (R, VAN ’10) are two of the reasons that the Crimson turned in a strong month of November (courtesy of Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

 

The 2014-15 NCAA hockey season is now in full swing and there were a number of fantastic performances by NHL prospects in the month of November. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at several of those notable outings in this month’s prospect notebook. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 7th. Read more »

First NHL Goal: Andrighetto scores Habs’ lone goal in loss

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Sven Andrighetto - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Sven Andrighetto (#58), shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, was a third round pick for the Canadiens at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

On another tough night during a tough stretch for the Montreal Canadiens, rookie forward Sven Andrighetto provided a more memorable moment as he netted his first NHL goal in his first NHL game in a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars. Read more »

Greyhounds’ Nurse working on the finer points with WJC on the horizon

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Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse captained Team OHL at the 2014 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse went from the NHL’s outhouse to the OHL’s penthouse when he was sent down a few weeks ago by the Edmonton Oilers. But while his preference would have been to stay at the professional level, he’s taking this demotion as an opportunity to learn everything he can — and refine his already impressive skill set. Read more »

New York Rangers have strong group of prospects in pipeline

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Igor Shestyorkin - New York Rangers

Photo: Goaltender Igor Shestyorkin is one of three netminders the New York Rangers have drafted over the last two years. Shestyorkin was a third round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

After being weak for several years at both the goaltending and center positions, the New York Rangers have shored up their organization depth chart and have a fairly strong group of prospects who will vie for NHL spots within the next two to five years.

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The Top Five Biggest Hitters among NHL prospects

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Nikita Zadorov - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov (#51) has developed a reputation for being able to deliver the big hit early in his career, but there should be more to his game as he continues to develop (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

A big hit can rile up a crowd just as much as a big goal. There’s just something about two freight trains colliding that can turn an entire game around. We’ve all seen it; the big hit along the boards, the one that rattles the glass like an earthquake, and causes the first few rows to flinch and spill their drinks. The one you can practically feel through your TV. The one that gets you on your feet and excited. Read more »

Columbus Blue Jackets have diverse mix of prospects playing at CHL level

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Julien Pelletier - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Forward Julien Pelletier has had difficulty being offensively consistent this season, and went through long cold streaks in October and November. Pelletier is a fourth round pick from the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a good mix of high-end offensive talent and grinders competing in the CHL. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano lead the finesse forwards with high ceilings, while Blake Siebenaler heads a group of defenders that love jumping in on the rush.

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2016 NHL Draft: NTDP’s Matthews tops the ISS Hockey December rankings

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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP U-18

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews was a two-time gold medalist with Team USA in the 2013-14 season, playing for both the U17 and U18 national teams (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

The 2016 NHL Draft is still more than a year-and-a-half away, but that doesn’t mean that players eligible for that draft aren’t being observed by scouts. ISS Hockey is one of those scouting groups taking the measure of late ’97 and ’98-born players eligible for that draft, with that organization releasing their December ranking of the top 10 prospects for the 2016 draft. Read more »

Emphasis on drafting NCAA talent has dwindled Florida Panthers CHL prospect pool

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Juho Lammikko - Florida Panthers

Photo: Finnish forward Juho Lammikko is in his first season of North American hockey, playing for the Kingston Frontenacs. Lammikko was picked in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Under general manager Dale Tallon, the Florida Panthers have been among the foremost practitioners of drafting college-bound players and thereby gaining an extra two years of development before having to make decisions on their futures. As such, the number of Florida’s prospects playing junior hockey is relatively limited. In fact, the team currently has only four players in the Canadian major junior leagues, and two more playing in the USHL before they too go off to college.

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Detroit Red Wings junior pool has character and promise

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Photo: Red Wings prospect Tyler Bertuzzi of the Guelph Storm (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Photo: Guelph Storm forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Tyler Bertuzzi is the nephew of former Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

The Detroit Red Wings have seven prospects playing junior hockey this season. While none are high-profile first round selections, the group is characterized by intrigue and potential.

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