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New York Islanders own strong depth across all positions

by Christian Litscher
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Scott Mayfield - New York Islanders

Photo: Scott Mayfield is one of many quality defensive prospects in the New York Islanders system. Mayfield was a second round draft pick in 2011. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

The New York Islanders prospect pool has high-end talent at every position and has the depth to match it. The forward group has some blue chip prospects, a few high potential risk-reward players, and many potential bottom six forwards. The defense group is deep and many are on the cusp of NHL readiness.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Karlsson nets first two of NHL career in Ducks win

by Ken McKenna
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William Karlsson - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks rookie forward William Karlsson shows off the puck that beat Buffalo Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth, which was the first goal of Karlsson’s NHL career (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Anaheim Ducks‘ rookie forward William Karlsson liked scoring his first NHL goal so much that he decided to add a second one in his team’s 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon. Read more »

2014-15 NCHC Preview, Part 1: St. Cloud State seeks third straight regular season title

by DJ Powers
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Jonny Brodzinski - St. Cloud State University

Photo: St. Cloud State University forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jonny Brodzinski, shown here fending off brother Michael in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, will lead the way on offense for the Huskies in 2014-15 (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

 

No NCAA conference has more combined NHL prospects on their member rosters than the NCHC does this season. The NCHC will feature 51 prospects spread across all eight conference schools. North Dakota leads all NCHC teams with 14 prospects, followed by Denver, Miami and Nebraska-Omaha with seven apiece. Read more »

Prospects need to take step forward for Vancouver Canucks in 2014-15

by Peter Prohaska
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NHL: SEP 23 Preseason - Sharks at Canucks

Photo: Hunter Shinkaruk (L) will look to join Linden Vey (R) in the Vancouver lineup at some point in 2015-16. (courtesy of Kathleen Hinkel/Icon Sportswire)

 

Although 2013-14 was a trying and turbulent season for the Vancouver Canucks, the team appears poised to re-establish itself as a playoff contender this year. Part of that optimism is attributable to the team’s depth, bolstered by having two first-round picks in both the 2013 and 2014 NHL Drafts.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Two-point night for Severson in Devils’ win

by Ken McKenna
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Damon Severson - New Jersey Devils

Photo: New Jersey Devils’ rookie defenseman Damon Severson followed up an impressive NHL debut on Thursday with a 2-point performance in his second NHL game (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

 

The New Jersey Devils are off to a fast start with a roster that includes a trio of younger defensemen. One of those young defenders, Damon Severson, checked off a couple of milestones in just his second NHL game, including his first NHL goal, in a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Read more »

2014-15 Atlantic Hockey Preview, Part 2: Robert Morris looks to repeat magical season

by DJ Powers
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Cody Wydo - Robert Morris University

Photo: Robert Morris University forward Cody Wydo finished the 2013-14 season with the second highest goal total in the NCAA, behind only Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

Hockey’s Future took a look at five of the 10 schools in the Atlantic Hockey conference in part one of our 2014-15 NCAA season preview. In part 2, we take a closer look at Robert Morris, Holy Cross, Niagara, RIT and Sacred Heart. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Dano pockets two points in Blue Jackets’ win

by Ken McKenna
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Artem Anisimov and Marko Dano - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets players Artem Anisimov (L) and Marko Dano (R) celebrate Anisimov’s goal, which included a Dano assist that was his first NHL point, in the Blue Jackets’ 5-2 win (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

While there may not have been an expectation prior to the start of training camp that he would be on the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ roster to start the 2014-15 season, forward Marko Dano has wasted little time in making an impact on the scoresheet. Dano netted his first NHL goal in his team’s second game of the season – the Blue Jackets’ home opener – as Dano’s team went on to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. Read more »

2014-15 Atlantic Hockey Preview, Part 1: Canisius, Mercyhurst seek shot at conference title

by DJ Powers
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Matt Zay - Mercyhurst University

Photo: Mercyhurst University senior forward Matt Zay will lead a Lakers’ offensive attack that was one of the more potent in the NCAA in 2013-14 (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

 

This season, Atlantic Hockey is the only conference without NHL prospects. Nevertheless, the conference features a number of players that are well worth a look.

Part 1 of this NCAA preview takes a closer look at Mercyhurst, Air Force, AIC, Army, Bentley and Canisius. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Drouin, Barkov lead Top 10 section of Fall ranking

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Jonathan Drouin - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Forward Jonathan Drouin, selected third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, will begin his pro career at 2014-15. Drouin is an early favorite to win the 2015 Calder Trophy. (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

 

The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects concludes with the top 10 prospects. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin narrowly beat out Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov to take top honors in this edition of the rankings.

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2014-15 Big Ten Preview: Strong Minnesota squad positioned to repeat

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J.T. Compher - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect J.T. Compher was named Big Ten Rookie of the Year in 2013-14 after posting 31 points in 35 games (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

For the 2014-15 season, Big Ten hockey features 44 NHL prospects. All six member teams have at least two prospects on their rosters. Minnesota leads both the Big Ten and the nation with 15 NHL prospects. Read more »