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Calgary Flames’ rebuild aided by rookie performers

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Calgary Flames’ rebuild aided by rookie performers

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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2015 NHL Draft: Boeser weighs college options with input from potential future linemates

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2015 NHL Draft: Boeser weighs college options with input from potential future linemates

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 »

2015 NHL Draft: Kylington leads next exciting group of Swedish prospects

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2015 NHL Draft: Kylington leads next exciting group of Swedish prospects

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 »

HF Podcast: Unheralded Medicine Hat Tigers squad looks to knock off top dogs

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HF Podcast: Unheralded Medicine Hat Tigers squad looks to knock off top dogs

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 »

The Top Five most unconventional developing hockey nations

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The Top Five most unconventional developing hockey nations

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 »

HF Podcast: Brandon Wheat Kings set to challenge for WHL crown

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HF Podcast: Brandon Wheat Kings set to challenge for WHL crown

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 »

Injuries opening door for several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects

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Injuries opening door for several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects

Photo: Defenseman Derrick Pouliot is one of several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects who have made their NHL debuts this season. Pouliot managed three points in seven NHL games. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

The injury bug has bit the Pittsburgh Penguins roster hard and often this season. While the organization is well off pace from their 529 man games lost from last season, they have accumulated almost 200 by the mid-point of the season, and those numbers will continue to climb with Pascal Dupuis and Olli Maatta expected to remain on injured reserve for the rest of the year.

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2015 WJC Review: Team Canada built to win gold, does exactly that

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2015 WJC Review: Team Canada built to win gold, does exactly that

Photo: Team Canada poses for the traditional team photo following their gold medal win at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

This year’s edition of Team Canada competing at the 2015 World Junior Championship was built to dominate. And that is exactly how this collection of top juniors went about writing their script over the course of the 11-day tournament played in both Toronto and Montreal. Read more »

Norfolk Admirals’ forward trio making strides towards NHL berth

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Norfolk Admirals’ forward trio making strides towards NHL berth

Photo: Norfolk Admirals forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Chris Wagner is currently second in scoring for the Admirals with 19 points in 25 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

While Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly, Rickard Rakell and Emerson Etem have all seemingly passed through the AHL and have landed in Anaheim full-time, the Ducks organization is still developing the next crop of talented forwards poised to make a name for themselves in the NHL. Read more »

The San Jose Sharks lack bite at the AHL level

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The San Jose Sharks lack bite at the AHL level

Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Chris Tierney is playing intelligent two-way hockey for the Worcester Sharks (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite a big overhaul during the off-season and a mandate for change, the Worcester Sharks continue to struggle with the consistency and scoring issues that have plagued the organization for years.

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