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St. Louis Blues boast much-improved prospect depth

by Suraj Sukumar
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NHL: OCT 04 Preseason - Blues at Wild

Photo: Petteri Lindbohm is making the transition to North American hockey in 2014-15 with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

Last season, the St. Louis Blues looked quite thin down the middle and had very few standout players at other levels of hockey. After the 2014 NHL Draft, the Blues look much better at center with the additions of Ivan Barbashev and Robby Fabbri. They also continue to maintain strong depth at the goaltending position, as both Jordan Binnington and Jake Allen are considered high-level prospects.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Rask gets Hurricanes started in win over Kings

by Ken McKenna
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Victor Rask - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Victor Rask (#49) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammates Zach Boychuk (#22) and Justin Faulk (#27) in the Hurricanes’ 3-2 win on Sunday night (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

Carolina Hurricanes‘ rookie forward Victor Rask netted the first goal of the game – and the first NHL goal of his career – in the Hurricanes’ surprising 3-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Everberg nets first, earns third star in Avalanche loss

by Ken McKenna
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Dennis Everberg - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Dennis Everberg (#45) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his first NHL goal in his eighth NHL game (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

 

Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Dennis Everberg got his team off to a good start in their game against the Anaheim Ducks, netting the game’s first goal that also was his first NHL goal and point. But the Ducks came back to take a 3-2 win from the slumping Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Ekblad provides margin of victory for Panthers

by Ken McKenna
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Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad has posted one goal and two assists in nine games to start the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Nine games into his NHL career, Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has netted his first NHL goal, and it was an important one, to boot, as the goal stood as the game-winner in the Panthers’ 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Read more »

Hitmen forward Virtanen’s shoulder looking just fine

by Ian Esplen
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Jake Virtanen - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen was chosen sixth overall by the Canucks at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Injuries are a part of hockey. But after seeing Vancouver Canucks‘ 2014 first-round pick Jake Virtanen launch an unsuspecting opponent over the boards in his third game back, it appears his shoulder is just fine. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Sting’s Chychrun joins a growing list of exceptional players from Florida

by Chau Vo
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Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun was the first selection overall at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection (courtesy of CHL Images)

 

Florida may be better known for its sandy beaches, palm trees and resort-like towns, but it is slowly gaining recognition as a hotbed for hockey in the Deep South. To date, it has been the birthplace of four NHL players, with many rising young stars calling the Sunshine State home. Read more »

Dallas Stars feature balanced prospect depth

by Mike Farkas
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Philadelphia Flyers v Dallas Stars

Photo: Curtis McKenzie, the AHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, will likely split his time between the AHL and NHL in 2014-15 (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images

 

The churning out of quality prospects continues for the Dallas Stars organization. General manager Jim Nill will be looked upon to continue to bolster a very strong and deep organizational depth chart that has few glaring weaknesses at this point in time. With the Texas Stars (AHL) contingent set to defend a title and the Dallas team looking to make a bigger playoff push, the pressure is on this impressive group of youngsters.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Sharks’ Mueller banks first of career

by Ken McKenna
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Mirco Mueller - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller (#41) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his first career NHL goal on Thursday night (courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It may not have been one for the “Play of the Day”, but San Jose Sharks‘ rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller‘s first NHL goal still counts all the same. Mueller’s goal came in a losing effort, however, as the Sharks dropped a 4-3 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild. Read more »

2014-15 ECAC Preview, Part 2: Cornell looks to repeat as Ivy League champs

by DJ Powers
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Jimmy Vesey - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey will lead the Crimson offense in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

This season, the Ivy League members of the ECAC feature a combined 23 NHL prospects representing four of the six schools. Harvard leads the group with 10 prospects, followed by Cornell with seven. Dartmouth and Princeton are the only Ivy League members without an NHL prospect on their rosters. Read more »

Depth at professional level strength of Detroit Red Wings prospect pool

by Adam Schnepp
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NHL: OCT 23 Penguins at Red Wings

Photo: Riley Sheahan’s two-way play has earned him a spot in Detroit’s bottom-six forwards for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Scott Grau/Icon Sportswire)

 

It has been a gradual change, but the draft picks that have been laying in wait for the Detroit Red Wings have started to make their impact on the team’s NHL roster. As some graduate to the NHL others have filled their spots in the AHL, leaving Detroit’s system very top-heavy with prospects playing professionally.  

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