Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Deven Sideroff leveraged a good start to his season into an appearance with the WHL All-Stars for the Canada-Russia Super Series (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks have done a good job taking mid-round picks and turning them into players of relevance within the organization and the NHL. They have finished strong in the standings for several years, which generally hurts a team’s ability to maintain a strong pipeline. However, General Manager Bob Murray has not only held on to many of his first-round picks, he has used them to select some outstanding players. Due to this, the Ducks pipeline has not lost much steam over the years, and they have several world class prospects waiting to make NHL impacts. Read more »
Photo: Jeremiah Addison has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 18 games with the Ottawa 67’s this season. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
When Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk was drafted in 2012, most NHL pundits referred to the situation as a major shake-up. One thing that did not change was the man in power, Trevor Timmins, who was majorly responsible for how the Canadiens drafted over the last decade or so. Since 2003, he has aided in re-stocking the historic franchise’s cupboards. Read more »
Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane was a top-ten scorer in the OHL last season, showing he has the work ethic and the skill level to put doubts about his physical game aside (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Calgary Flames have been able to quickly assess whether or not a number of their prospects are ready for NHL action over the last few years. With Sam Bennett, Micheal Ferland, and Joni Ortio playing a role in the team’s recent success, there are a number of players behind them working to do the same.
The Flames prospect pool is interesting because skaters who play professionally outnumber those who play junior or amateur hockey by a decent margin. The Flames’ penchant for patience, both in preferring older CHL players and allowing their collegiate prospects to play out their four years, results in an older and more experienced prospect pool.
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Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brayden Point currently leads the WHL in scoring with 16 goals and 39 points in 16 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects for the Fall of 2015 is now in the books, but there is still the group of 10 honorable mentions that should receive their due. At least a few of these players could arguably have been included in the lower reaches of the main list, and they may well find their way onto the Spring list in early 2016 once prospects on the main list have graduated. Read more »
Photo: Team WHL forward Nick Merkley (#10) battles for position with Russia defenseman Alexander Shchemerov in front of Russian goaltender Maxim Tretiak in the WHL’s 4-2 win over Russia in Kamloops, BC (courtesy of Kelvin Harrison/CHL Images)
It wasn’t the cakewalk that the first game of the CHL Canada Russia Series turned out to be, but Team WHL nevertheless came away with their second consecutive win over Russia, 4-2, to sweep their portion this yearly affair. Read more »
Photo: Mark Alt is one of the first names on the call-up list should the Flyers need help on the blueline this season. (Courtesy of Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers organization is still heavily populated with defensemen, several of them high-end ones. But the Flyers have added some forwards with more talent and upside, which is what an organization known for gritty forwards needs. Philadelphia also has more goaltending depth for the first time in several years. Read more »
Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko, and Michigan State forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Mackenzie MacEachern go head-to-head in NCAA action this weekend (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images and Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Can anyone beat Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko? Mackenzie MacEachern and the Michigan State Spartans are going to try to break Demko’s second long shutout streak of the season. The CHL Canada Russia Series continues this week, as Ottawa 67’s captain Travis Konecny is hoping to stay hot. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Cody Donaghey will try to slow down Conor Garland’s assault on the scoresheet, while Brendan Guhle will attempt to do the same against Jayce Hawryluk. In the SHL, two of the league’s youngest players go head-to-head in a matchup of a late-round pick versus a 2016 draft-eligible. Read more »
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect and Miami University freshman Jack Roslovic leads his team in scoring in the early going of the season (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
The Winnipeg Jets reached the playoffs last season for the first time since the franchise moved from Atlanta to Manitoba in 2011-12. It is too soon to tell whether the Jets can be a permanent fixture in the playoffs playing in the rugged Central Division or were merely a one-year wonder. Even if they should miss the post-season in 2015-16, judging by the stream of young talent coming up through the Winnipeg system the future is looking bright.
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Photo: Team WHL celebrates a goal in their 7-3 win over Team Russia in the first game of the CHL Canada Russia Series in Kelowna, BC (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/CHL Images)
The first game in what is now known as the CHL Canada Russia Series took place on Monday night, with Team WHL notching a decisive 7-3 win over Team Russia at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC. Read more »
Photo: Stockton Heat goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has appeared in seven games for the Heat so far in 2015-16, posting a 2.31 goals-against average and .920 save percentage (courtesy of Asvitt Photography)
Jon Gillies doesn’t look or act like a rookie for the Stockton Heat.
The 21-year-old goaltender is calm and poised while defending the net for the Calgary Flames’ AHL affiliate, and he doesn’t get rattled by the big moments. He is also a leader in the locker room for a team that is playing its first season in Northern California. Read more »