Photo: Rocco Grimaldi has scored 35 points in 51 games for the Rampage in his rookie season as a professional hockey player (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Florida Panthers have made the playoffs just twice in the last 16 years. In an effort to make the postseason this year, the Panthers added veterans Dany Heatley and Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline. But if the Panthers are going to become a playoff contender on an annual basis, it is the youngsters coming up through their system that need to make a difference in the coming years. Read more »
Photo: Los Angeles Kings rookie forward Andy Andreoff is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his first NHL goal in his team’s victory over the Arizona Coyotes (courtesy of Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Kings relied on an unlikely hero in their battle for a wild card playoff spot as Kings’ rookie left forward Andy Andreoff stepped up to score his first NHL goal – the only goal of the game – in a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Read more »
Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jordan Weal is currently ranked fourth in scoring in the AHL with 58 points in 61 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Los Angeles Kings have prided themselves on their ability to build from within with their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, being a prime example of talent and prospects developed into everyday NHL players. Read more »
Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Kevin Hayes has turned in a solid rookie season in 2014-15 after signing with the Rangers as a free agent in August of 2014 (courtesy of Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)
Boston College may have been eliminated from Hockey East playoff contention, but a pair of prospects showed why the future is bright in Boston. Two NHL rookies showed off their skill and creativity last week, while a pair of players in the AHL work to adjust to life in professional hockey. Finally, one of the best draft-eligible goaltenders shows why he was ranked as the top North American goalie available this June. All this and more in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more »
Photo: Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie is just under a point-per-game in his OHL career. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
As a new face emerges as the number one overall prospect with the Ducks, it is hard not to notice the strong group of defensemen and wingers Anaheim currently boasts. A staggering 17 of the 20 listed players on the spring list play either wing or defense. If the goal is to build from the back out, the Ducks have a blossoming mixture of talented defensemen and one of the best young goaltenders in the world to achieve that goal. Up front they also have a nice blend of size, skill, and speed to complement their NHL center depth. While the logjam may end up hurting some of these players’ chances, it currently is a big boost to the organization in terms of depth and quality.
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Photo: Arizona prospect Zac Larraza of the Denver Pioneers helped his team to a first-round sweep in the NCHC Tournament. (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
The Arizona Coyotes have typically drafted out of the junior ranks early in drafts, then used picks later in the draft to add depth. Notable NCAA prospects Connor Clifton, Hunter Fejes, Rhett Holland, and Zac Larraza will finish off their campaigns with playoff appearances. Meanwhile, Jared Fiegl closed out his season with a murmur and Jedd Soleway has at least one weekend of hockey left to develop.
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Photo: The London Knights top line of Max Domi (L), Christian Dvorak (C), and Mitch Marner (R) has been the most effective line in the CHL in 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
In the game of hockey, much is made of individual performances and skill sets. But hockey is and always will be a team sport, and no matter how great a young player is, he will always be reliant upon his linemates. Every second on the ice is a battle. For every highlight-reel shift where a player weaves around his entire opposition and scores, there are a thousand shifts where he and his linemates have to work together for a positive result. Read more »
Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and New York Rangers prospect Adam Tambellini had a breakout season for the Hitmen in 2014-15, leading to the Rangers signing him to an entry-level deal (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The 2015 signing season for NHL prospects, both drafted and undrafted, is now underway, with Eastern Conference teams getting the jump on locking up a few important draftees as well as signing the first two NCAA free agents. Read more »
Photo: Edmonton draft pick Kyle Platzer has more goals this season than in the last two combined. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images
In this edition of the Edmonton Oilers Top 20, both Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom have graduated from the rankings, both surpassing the NHL game maximum to still be considered a prospect by Hockey’s Future’s standards. Darnell Nurse continues to hold down top spot as he dominates his junior competition with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, and 2014 third-overall draft selection Leon Draisaitl follows closely behind him.
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Photo: Kerby Rychel has successfully adjusted to the professional game, with 33 points in 51 games thus far. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
Injuries forced the Blue Jackets to dig into their prospect pool this season. That allowed highly-touted first rounders Alexander Wennberg, Marko Dano and Kerby Rychel to get their first taste of NHL action. Columbus also had a few pleasant surprises; Anton Forsberg came into his own between the pipes, and Austin Madaisky has had a breakout season on the blue line for the Falcons. Read more »