Photo: Northeastern University product Josh Manson fits into a Ducks system that balances skill and strength along the blueline (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Anaheim Ducks have done a fairly good job over the last several years of slowly phasing young players into the lineup, while not thrusting them entirely into the fray without preparation. For this reason, they have just three prospects who have garnered long-lasting NHL time on the year. With that being said, there are several prospects in the minors who are on the cusp of NHL time, but will probably see at least the remainder of the season with the Gulls in San Diego. There is not a whole lot of room on the Anaheim depth chart, but a few have still cut in and are making an attempt at regular playing time.
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Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Xavier Ouellet appeared in 21 NHL games in 2014-15, picking up two goals and an assist in NHL action (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Xavier Ouellet is embracing every moment of the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, New York.
The Detroit Red Wings prospect and Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman was selected as an All-Star in 2015 but had to miss the game due to injury. That made the honor and chance to play in 2016 “even more special.” Read more »
Photo: Manitoba Moose goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Eric Comrie has faced 1015 shots in 31 games, the most of any AHL goaltender (courtesy of Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images)
Eric Comrie looks out of place in the AHL Western Conference locker room.
With his boyish face and skinny stature, you could easily confuse Comrie with one of the teenagers volunteering to help out during the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic taking place in Syracuse, New York. Read more »
Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Austin Czarnik s currently second in scoring among AHL rookies with 12 goals and 33 points in 37 games (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
The 2016 AHL All-Star Classic is in full swing in Syracuse, New York, with several of the AHL’s brightest stars taking part in the festivities. But the All-Star break also provides the remaining AHL players a few days off to regroup and prepare for the stretch run. Read more »
Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack forward and New York Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen was chosen in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft but has appeared in just 24 NHL games to date (courtesy of Chris Rutsch/Hartford Wolf Pack)
The New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks swapped young forward prospects on January 8th, as the Rangers sent Emerson Etem to the Canucks in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a sixth round draft pick in 2017 in what is a change of scenery for both players involved – hoping a new opportunity with a new organization will provide a change of fate. Read more »
Photo: Team Orr forward Pascal Laberge celebrates one of the two goals that he scored in Team Orr’s 3-2 win over Team Cherry at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)
Below is a look at a few of the players who made a significant impact at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.. In that game, Team Orr defeated Team Cherry by a 3-2 count. Read more »
Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2016 prospect Brett Howden is fourth in scoring on the Warriors roster with 18 goals and 43 points in 46 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)
Brett Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors is fortunate in that he was able to source as much information as he may have needed prior to the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Read more »
Photo: Flint Firebirds forward and 2016 prospect Will Bitten leads the Firebirds in scoring this season with 21 goals and 48 points in 46 games (courtesy of Frank Light Photography)
When Will Bitten was drafted into the OHL, seventh overall by the Plymouth Whalers at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, research suggests he was 5’9” and 145 pounds. In major junior hockey, where the rigors of 70-game regular season schedules are well-documented, Bitten indeed had his work cut out to emerge among bigger and more physical players. Read more »
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Eric Brassard (L) and Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland (R) go head-to-head in a top QMJHL matchup this weekend (courtesy of Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Can anyone stop Conor Garland from scoring? The diminutive forward is already 30-points clear of second place in scoring, and a veteran goaltender will be tasked with attempting to keep him off the scoresheet in weekend action. Also in this NHL Prospect Faceoff, Brendan Lemieux, Jack Roslovic, and Jansen Harkins from the Winnipeg Jets organization are all in action this weekend. Finally, two Swedish defensemen with vastly different skill sets are chronicled in SHL action. Read more »
Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie Ben Hutton is showing that solid offense at the NCAA level can translate to NHL success (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)
The Vancouver Canucks have been an intriguing team to follow during the first half of the 2015-16 season. It was stated before the start of training camp that Canucks management was going to try to put a younger team on the ice this year, and so far they have done exactly that. Read more »