Photo: The Edmonton Oilers gave Leon Draisaitl half a season of experience at the NHL level (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)
The Oilers’ roster has been somewhat of a revolving door when it comes to prospect call-ups, with a number of young talented players earning a cup of coffee at the NHL level.
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Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen celebrates his first NHL goal in the third period of the Blackhawks 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of David Banks/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen probably hoped for a different outcome after scoring his first NHL goal in his team’s 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Teravainen’s goal came in the third period and drew the Blackhawks to within one of the Jets, but Chicago couldn’t even it up after that. Read more »
Photo: Defenseman Jon Merrill has dealt with injuries and inconsistencies in his sophomore NHL season. In 31 games, Merrill has two goals, seven assists, and a minus-10 rating. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
It has not been a good season for the New Jersey Devils, as the team has fallen out of playoff contention and appears to be in transition. While the season may soon be lost, the team’s mindset now shifts to see the growth and development of their talented, young defensemen. There have been some growing pains along the way, along with some surprises earlier in the year, but the organization is giving the young players the responsibility, ice time, and patience needed to grow and become NHL players.
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Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid is currently 11th in scoring in the OHL, picking up 56 points in 21 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
He’s answered all the questions that have come his way this season. His continued excellence has cemented his position atop the draft boards for the upcoming NHL Draft. His play at the 2015 World Junior Championship, where he served as assistant captain, tied for the tournament lead in scoring, and was named to the tournament All-Star team en route to leading Canada to a gold medal, solidified his reputation on the international stage. And he did the latter after missing the better part of the season with a broken hand — an injury he was only cleared of just days before the start of the WJC. Read more »
Photo: Calgary Flame Johnny Gaudreau is a frontrunner for the Calder Trophy (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)
The Calgary Flames continue to move in a positive direction with their rebuild process as their prospects make an impact at the NHL level. The additions of Johnny Gaudreau and Josh Jooris have enhanced the team offensively, while Markus Granlund has provided reliable support in place of injured forwards.
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Photo: Waterloo Black Hawks forward and 2015 prospect Brock Boeser is the leading scorer for the Black Hawks with 35 points in 28 games (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)
In a Pioneer Press article titled “Burnsville Brock Boeser can’t wait to be a Badger,” Boeser told Press staff writer Garrison Shepard that the University of Wisconsin was his “dream school.” His cousin, Dan, who was an assistant coach at Burnsville while Brock was there, played at Wisconsin from 2000-2004. His mother’s family was from Madison. Heck, his name, Brock, is derived from the Gaelic word “broc”, which means badger. Read more »
Photo: Farjestad defenseman and 2015 prospect Oliver Kylington (#97) missed out on representing Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship due to an injury (courtesy of Faerjestad Karlstad/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
It has become a yearly tradition to take a mid-season look at the prospect pool for the NHL Draft and realize that Sweden will likely be contributing another 20+ draftees at this event. This winter is no exception and, as is the case with the 2015 draft class on the whole, this group is looking strong enough to contribute as many as 10 picks to the first two rounds. Read more »
Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender and Arizona Coyotes prospect Marek Langhamer is ranked fifth among WHL goaltenders with a 2.58 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 32 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Kelowna Rockets and Brandon Wheat Kings are the top teams in their respective conferences in the WHL, but another team is nipping at their heels for the overall points lead. That team is the Medicine Hat Tigers, who currently sit six points behind the second overall Wheat Kings. The Tigers don’t sport a lineup with as much star power as either Kelowna or Brandon, instead relying on an overall team effort mixed with good goaltending. Read more »
Photo: Hershey Bears forward and Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker (#79) is the first NHL-drafted player from the country of Australia (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
Hockey is predominantly popular in the colder, northern climates of the world. However, the fastest game on earth knows no bounds. It’s not just played by the kids in Toronto, Minneapolis, or Stockholm anymore–hockey players are coming from all over. Read more »
Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov is one of a talented group of defenders that has the Wheat Kings among the top teams in the WHL (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Brandon Wheat Kings already were a strong club in the WHL prior to that league’s 2015 trade deadline, but they look like a contender for a WHL championship now that the deadline has passed. The Wheat Kings site just three points behind the WHL-leading Kelowna Rockets while trying to stay ahead of a determined Medicine Hat Tigers squad. Read more »