Unlike the previous article, which detailed the Edmonton Oilers’ mere three junior prospects, the NHL team has a staggering 22 names in its professional pipeline. A number of these pro players are on the verge of graduating as they continue to log NHL minutes, such as Iiro Pakarinen, Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson, and for the sake of keeping things concise, this month’s article will focus on those players who have spent the majority of the 2015-16 season at the AHL or ECHL level. Read more »
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The Lincoln Stars were a team divided on and off the ice last season, and their record indicated that.
The Stars finished in last place in the USHL’s Western Conference with an 18-37-1-4 record in the 2014-15 season. A year later, the Stars have addressed their issues, unified and turned their play around. At the USHL’s halfway break, the Stars sat atop the Western Conference with a 19-14-1-0 mark. Read more »
A lot changed for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints on Dec. 4th.
The Saints were playing the Omaha Lancers on the road on that date. The Saints were on a three-game losing streak, and coach Jason Lammers decided to alter his lineup. He put Nathan Sucese, Shane Kavanagh and Willie Knierim together on a line, and not just that line, but all the lines began clicking. That line scored two goals and combined for 14 shots on net in a 3-2 win against the Lancers. Read more »
With top scorers like Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn in hand, the Dallas Stars are not lacking for high-end talent at the NHL level. The story in their prospect pipeline is slightly different, however, as the Stars’ system ends up dropping a couple places in the latest edition of the Hockey’s Future NHL Team Rankings. Read more »
As one of, if not the youngest player at this year’s WJC, Danish forward Jonas Rondbjerg has stood out for more than just his age as he served in a second-line left wing capacity for his nation. Back home in Denmark, he’s currently in the middle of his second season of professional play, where he has accumulated eight goals and 12 points along with a +7 in 25 games. He had four points in 30 games for the same team as a 15-year-old. Read more »
For an upstart Team Denmark squad lacking heavily in star power, the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship proved to be a rockingly terrific experience that the small hockey nation will surely be able to build upon. Coach Olaf Eller and his staff were able to bring an unknown quantity together to not only beat Switzerland in their opener, thus setting the stage for their second straight quarterfinal participation, but also push eventual silver medalist Russia to the brink of disaster, seeing a late 3-2 lead turn into a 4-3 overtime Russian victory. Read more »
The Washington Capitals are off to one of the best starts in franchise history with a talented lineup that has dominated the Eastern Conference in 2014-15. The Hershey Bears, Washington’s AHL affiliate, has not been as impressive but there are some players who will be contributors for the Caps in the future. Read more »
The St. Louis Blues have a plethora of talented prospects and many of them play in the AHL. While a few have received NHL opportunities over the last year, others are still finding their footing at the ripe age of 21 or 22. The goaltending prospects are incredibly talented and the defensive group looks very promising. At forward, the Blues have plenty of big names on the prospect front but will be patient with their development. Several of these young players will benefit from larger opportunities which will likely happen at the minor league level.
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