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Numerous St. Louis Blues draftees benefiting from impressive season with AHL affiliate

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Numerous St. Louis Blues draftees benefiting from impressive season with AHL affiliate

St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie leads the Chicago Wolves in scoring (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Chicago Wolves, the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate, have enjoyed a very strong season thanks to several of the Blues prospects who remain on the roster. While a few have been called up due to their impressive play, many of the young players on the Wolves’ roster have come through with solid seasons thus far.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Chiarot contributes to Jets win over Maple Leafs

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Chiarot contributes to Jets win over Maple Leafs

Photo: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot (L) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammate Blake Wheeler (R) in the Jets 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

The off-ice officials didn’t initially see give him credit, but Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot netted his first NHL goal in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The goal was originally credited to Jets’ forward Andrew Ladd, but the scorers soon realized the error of their ways and credited the goal to Chiarot, who also picked up an assist and was named the game’s second star. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Salomaki notches goal in first NHL game

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Salomaki notches goal in first NHL game

Photo: Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators are developing some interesting prospects with their AHL farm club, the Milawaukee Admirals. One of those youngsters, right winger Miikka Salomaki, made his NHL debut for the Predators tonight vs. the Dallas Stars, providing immediate returns as he netted his first NHL goal in his team’s 3-2 victory over the Stars. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, December, 2014: Holiday tournaments produce some notable prospect outings

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, December, 2014: Holiday tournaments produce some notable prospect outings

Photo: Western Michigan forward Frederik Tiffels was the leading scorer for Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship, having produced four points (2G, 2A) in six games (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The final month of 2014 marked the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half of the NCAA hockey season. Due to the holiday break, there were fewer games played. Nevertheless, December saw some impressive performances from prospects around the NCAA. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the more notable ones. Read more »

Dzingel heads group of Binghamton rookies transitioning to the pro game

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Dzingel heads group of Binghamton rookies transitioning to the pro game

Photo: Binghamton Senators forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Ryan Dzingel was a finalist for the 2014 Hobey Baker Award in his junior season at Ohio State (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Sitting in fourth place in the AHL’s East Division and 10 points out of first place, the Binghamton Senators again find themselves in a hole after pulling themselves out of a slow start to the 2014-15 season. The main thing Senators head coach Luke Richardson preached to his team before the AHL’s winter break was the need for consistency to the team’s game. Read more »

Edmonton Oilers’ farm squad is competing despite turmoil in the NHL

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Edmonton Oilers’ farm squad is competing despite turmoil in the NHL

Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Jujhar Khaira has worked hard to develop a complete game in his rookie season with Oklahoma City (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

Changes are afoot within the Edmonton Oilers organization – most notably with the firing of head coach Dallas Eakins and the promotion of former Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson to interim head coach of the Oilers. Also important to note in this year’s minor league update is the dissolution of the relationship between the Edmonton Oilers and the Oklahoma City Barons, effective at the end of the 2014-15 season. It has been reported that in 2015-16, the Oilers’ farm team will be relocating to Bakersfield, California, where the Oilers-owned ECHL team, the Bakersfield Condors, currently play.

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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Strome highlight potentially strong group from OHL

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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Strome highlight potentially strong group from OHL

Photo: London Knights forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Marner has been impressive offensively in the 2014-15 season as he is currently the leading scorer in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

One of the keys to success at the NHL level is depth down the middle. For the upcoming NHL Draft, the OHL offers both quantity and quality — including a trio that could be considered elite in the years to come. Read more »

Injuries have forced Boston Bruins to draw on minor league system for help

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Injuries have forced Boston Bruins to draw on minor league system for help

Photo: Forward Anthony Camara has struggled to produce consistent offense this season, with three goals and three assists in 31 AHL games. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Boston Bruins have had their share of problems developing prospects in their system over the past few seasons, but multiple Bruins prospects are pounding on the door to at the AHL level in Providence.

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2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

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2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

Photo: Team Canada forward Connor McDavid (L) and Team USA defenseman Brandon Carlo (R) were two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft who performed well at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The players have dispersed to their club teams and the NHL arenas have reverted back to their rightful occupants, but we are taking one last look back at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Canada won gold at this tournament, Russia the silver medal, and Slovakia took home the bronze to become the feel-good story of the tournament. Read more »

2015 WJC Podcast: Strong team effort leads Canada back to gold

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2015 WJC Podcast: Strong team effort leads Canada back to gold

Photo: Team Canada earned their first gold medal at the World Junior Championship since 2009 but have won gold at this event 16 times since 1977 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The host country for the 2015 World Junior Championship made the most of its home-ice advantage as Team Canada made an unbeaten run through the preliminary and playoff rounds to secure the gold medal, their first at this tournament since 2009. Canada defeated Russia in the gold medal game, 5-4, making it the fifth straight year that Russia has earned a medal at the World Juniors. Read more »

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