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The Top Five hockey prospect-producing families in North America

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The Top Five hockey prospect-producing families in North America

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Drew Shore (L) and Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore (R) are two siblings that have had a taste of NHL action this season (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

When a young hockey player is drafted, the first thing he does is thank his family. He turns to them, shakes their hands, and hugs them. It’s a sign of appreciation and respect, because he realizes the sacrifice made by those around him to get him to that point. It wasn’t just one person doing; it was a family effort. Read more »

OHL stars headline Arizona Coyotes Top 20 prospects

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OHL stars headline Arizona Coyotes Top 20 prospects

Photo: Arizona Coyotes top prospect Max Domi will be tasked with helping the franchise rebound next season. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Beside the play of top-line defensemen Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, it has been a relatively forgettable year for the Arizona Coyotes. The team is firmly out of a playoff position and well off-pace to match last season’s total of 89 points, which landed them ninth in the Western Conference. Arizona’s AHL team, the Portland Pirates, is middle-of-the-pack but holding on to a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

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Griffins’ Pulkkinen has little left to prove at the AHL level

by Tony Androckitis
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Griffins’ Pulkkinen has little left to prove at the AHL level

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen is no stranger to the front of the net as he is currently the leading goal scorer in the AHL with 27 in 41 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

It seems that the Detroit Red Wings have a penchant for drafting and developing forwards in the American Hockey League before seeing them excel on NHL ice. Those in the Motor City might not have to wait much longer to add another homegrown talent to their permanent NHL roster with the emergence of 2015 AHL All-Star forward, Teemu Pulkkinen. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Godla on the rise as group of Czech, Slovak and German prospects gain some ground

by Chapin Landvogt
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2015 NHL Draft: Godla on the rise as group of Czech, Slovak and German prospects gain some ground

Photo: SHK 37 Piestany goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla was named the top goaltender of the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship after leading Slovakia to a bronze medal (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

It’s been a bit of a slow winter on the central European prospect front, and in general, there has been some concern over the past 5+ years in the overall lack of development of players coming from the Czech Republic and, in particular, Slovakia and Germany. All three countries have seen a rapid decline in the production of high-end talents, with many of their stronger players already choosing to head primarily to North America or Sweden by the time they are 16 years old. Read more »

Player and team both happy with Ho-Sang’s move to IceDogs

by Jason Menard
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Player and team both happy with Ho-Sang’s move to IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is currently ranked eighth in assists in the OHL with 48 in 43 games (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

On the ice, he’s dynamic, exhilarating, and at times frustrating. Off the ice, he’s refreshingly honest, self-assured, and — yes — cocky. As a first-round pick of the New York Islanders, Josh Ho-Sang has been picked apart and scrutinized. And not only does he profess to not care about what people think; he also feels they’re not seeing the real him. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: QMJHL’s leading scorer faces a test, other key head-to-head matchups for the weekend ahead

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Prospect Faceoff: QMJHL’s leading scorer faces a test, other key head-to-head matchups for the weekend ahead

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor goes head-to-head with Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect William Lagesson this weekend (courtesy of Youngstown Phantoms/Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

 

Three CHL matchups, plus an NCAA head-to-head and a USHL weekend series featuring a top 2015 prospect highlight the prospect matchups in this week’s Prospect Faceoff feature. Read more »

Calgary Flames Top 20 shows underrated system depth

by Brian Jung
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Calgary Flames Top 20 shows underrated system depth

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Markus Granlund is part of the team’s solid depth at center. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

After five seasons of not making the playoffs, the Calgary Flames appear to be on the verge of returning to post-season action. The emergences of Johnny Gaudreau and Josh Jooris have assisted in the drive for the playoffs and are among the top ranking prospects in the system. Meanwhile, the AHL’s Adirondack Flames also find themselves in the playoff hunt with key contributions from Emile Poirier and Joni Ortio. Michael Ferland and Ryan Culkin make their first appearances on the Top 20 list, while Sven Baertschi has graduated from prospect status.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: AHL journeyman Hamilton opens scoring against Islanders

by Ken McKenna
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(Video) First NHL Goal: AHL journeyman Hamilton opens scoring against Islanders

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton had scored 151 goals in 483 career AHL games before scoring his first NHL goal in his 15th NHL game (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

Scoring a first NHL goal is no doubt a memorable event in any young hockey’s player’s career. But netting that milestone goal at the age of 29, after years of competing primarily at the AHL level, must be an extra special feeling. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton was that guy on Monday night as the journeyman winger scored the first goal of the game in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders. Read more »

Family’s hockey roots have played a big part in the development of Rockets’ Chartier

by Glen Erickson
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Family’s hockey roots have played a big part in the development of Rockets’ Chartier

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier is currently fourth in scoring in the WHL with 44 goals and 73 points in 47 games, one point behind linemate Nick Merkley (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The evolution of Rourke Chartier into an elite prospect over the past few seasons can be traced in part to his hockey roots in the city of Saskatoon, where family ties have most certainly played a role in his development. Read more »

Matheson, Skjei lead strong crop of drafted NCAA defensemen

by DJ Powers
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Matheson, Skjei lead strong crop of drafted NCAA defensemen

Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Michael Matheson is the captain for the 10th-ranked Eagles in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images

 

For the 2014-15 season, there are 75 NHL-drafted defensemen playing in the NCAA. The 10 drafted defensemen ranked in this article represent six NHL teams, with the Florida Panthers and the St. Louis Blues each having two prospects ranked. The 10 players also represent eight NCAA programs playing in four of the six conferences. Read more »

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