Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Max Friberg has put up back-to-back 40-point seasons in the AHL and looks ready this season to provide NHL offense (courtesy of Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks saw many of its most prominent prospects moving up a level over the offseason. The AHL’s San Diego Gulls are going to be loaded, with potential stars like Brandon Montour, Shea Theodore and Nick Ritchie joining the club for its inaugural season in San Diego. We are also looking at several make or break years at the collegiate level from players like Keaton Thompson, Kevin Roy, and Grant Besse. This makes for some rather interesting storylines heading into the year. While we will not get to all of them in our preview, here are a few of the prospects to look at heading into a huge 2015-16 for the Ducks pipeline and the organization at large.
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Photo: Barrie Colts forward and Calgary Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane goes head-to-head with Ottawa 67’s forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Konecny on opening weekend in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Prospect Faceoff returns to Hockey’s Future with a pair of recently re-assigned Philadelphia Flyers prospects kicking off their junior season in style. In Ottawa, Travis Konecny goes one-on-one against one of 2015’s breakout stars in Andrew Mangiapane. Another Flyers prospect recently returned to his junior team, Travis Sanheim, goes against a steady performer in Luke Philp. The QMJHL is already underway, and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov’s playmaking abilities will be tested against Nicolas Meloche. Finally, the USHL kicks off their regular season this weekend and two late-round European prospects should see a lot of each other in a prime weekend venue. Read more »
Photo: Two players important to their WHL East Division teams in 2015-16 are Swift Current Broncos forward and Boston Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk, and Brandon Wheat Kings forward and New Jersey Devils prospect John Quenneville (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The WHL’s Eastern Conference was the – slightly – more competitive conference last season, and that should ring true again in 2015-16.
Last season in the East it took 73 points to make the playoffs, while in the West three teams qualified with less than 73 points. The East also featured the league-leading Brandon Wheat Kings, who finished the season with 114 points, two more than the Kelowna Rockets. The Wheat Kings may have lost a couple of pivotal 20-year-olds from last year’s team, as well as Ryan Pilon (NYI), who has taken an indefinite leave from hockey, but the team still boasts depth better than any organization, with a wealth of young, up-and-coming stars. The Wheat Kings, in fact, have landed atop the CHL 2015-16 preseason rankings. Read more »
Photo: Youngstown Phantoms defenseman and 2016 prospect Luke McInnis posted a goal and an assist in the third period of the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, helping him earn Player of the Game honors (courtesy of Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
In what was an entertaining 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, Team Plante scored two late goals to secure a 6-4 victory over Team Roenick in a seesaw affair. Read more »
Photo: Pavel Buchnevich’s six points helped Russia to a silver-medal finish at the 2015 World Junior Championships. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The summer of 2015 has seen big changes in the New York Rangers’ front office. After 15 years as president and general manager of the team, Glen Sather stepped down as GM on July 1. The club appointed former assistant GM Jeff Gorton to succeed him, and although Sather has retained his title as president, he will be less involved with day-to-day decisions this season and will not be pulling the trigger on trades. Read more »
Photo: Sonny Milano was outstanding during his only season of major junior hockey, racking up 68 points in 50 games (22 goals, 46 assists) for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have slowly amassed a logjam of prospects at multiple positions, and the 2015-16 season represents a coming of age for a young group that has largely grown up together. The organization moved its AHL affiliate just two hours north in Cleveland, proof that some of the little things like travel time and personal instruction matter to the organization, players and personnel alike. Read more »
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Robby Fabbri was one of the OHL’s best players for most of last season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
While the top three prospects have shifted positions over the past few seasons, the St. Louis Blues have added tremendous depth to their pipeline over the past two years. Despite a somewhat quiet outing at the 2015 Draft the team is poised to reap the benefits of its pipeline soon. 2014 first-round pick Robby Fabbri is showing signs of being an NHL-ready player while 2014 second-rounder Ivan Barbashev also looks like a future Blue. Apart from those two, the amount of goaltending talent in the system is simply phenomenal – with a good talent like Luke Opilka not even making the cut – and that could one day stabilize a position that has been a weak point in otherwise excellent teams.
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Photo: Forward Matthew Tkachuk of USA Hockey’s NTDP squad will be one of the 42 players competing at the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, NY (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
The faces have changed, but the venue remains the same for the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game as many of the top American-born prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft will go head-to-head at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York this evening. Read more »
Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ollas Mattsson (L) and Ottawa Senators prospect Andreas Englund (R) will be a part of a Djurgarden defense that includes many players with NHL potential (courtesy of Djurgarden Stockholm/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
In part one of this 2015-16 Swedish Hockey League (SHL) preview, Hockey’s Future looked at the teams ranked 11 thru 14. In part two of this preview, we will now take a look at the teams in the middle of the rankings, in slots 6 thru 10. Part three will look at the top five teams in the SHL. Read more »
Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Sam Bennett, along with Sean Monahan, provide the club with a formidable source of strength at center ice (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving has acquired an embarrassment of riches in the course of his tenure, and recently started to see results from past drafts and acquisitions. After a surprising 2014-15 season, the Flames should shed the label of underdogs, as former prospects like Josh Jooris and Sean Monahan graduated along the way to leading the scrappy Flames into the playoffs.
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