Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward prospect Sergey Tolchinsky was named to the OHL’s Third All-Star Team following his 95-point season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
While he was growing up in Russia, Sergey Tolchinsky dreamed of playing in the NHL.
He looked up to NHL players like Pavel Bure and Pavel Datsyuk, and he wasn’t afraid to circle the globe and work on his craft in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, even though he was a first-round pick in the 2012 KHL Draft. Read more »
Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman and Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot played for Canada at the 2015 U18 World Championship, posting one goal and five points in seven games at that tournament (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Listed at 6’2” and 185 pounds, Ottawa Senators’ 2015 first-round selection Thomas Chabot isn’t small by any means. But he has learned quickly that when it comes to playing in the pros, size – and strength – matters. And it’s a lesson he is planning to take back to the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs this season. Read more »
Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward prospects Anthony Mantha (#8) and Andreas Athanasiou (#23) finished ninth and tenth in scoring for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the 2014-15 regular season (courtesy of Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)
Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha want to play for Jeff Blashill during the upcoming season.
As rookies in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Grand Rapids Griffins, both enjoyed learning under Blashill. And both felt he was more than deserving of the head coaching role with the Detroit Red Wings. Read more »
Photo: Dallas Stars forward prospect Devin Shore posted 14 goals and 35 points in 39 games in his final season at the University of Maine before joining the Texas Stars for the remainder of the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
Even though he’s technically entering his first professional season, the Dallas Stars are expecting big things out of Devin Shore.
A power forward with good size, Shore made his professional debut late last season in the American Hockey League with the Texas Stars. He immediately impressed, and became a staple in the lineup for the Calder Cup Playoffs. Read more »
Photo: Minnesota Wild defensive prospect Mike Reilly posted six goals and 42 points in 39 games in his final season at the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Ken Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)
While deciding to stay close to home, Mike Reilly took a detour to the other side of the globe.
Reilly and his brothers, Connor and Ryan, traveled to China for three weeks as part of a study abroad program through the University of Minnesota. Read more »
Photo: Montreal Canadiens defensive prospect Mac Bennett (#9) posted four goals and 12 points in 59 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs in his first AHL season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
There may have been some tentative steps at the beginning of last season for Montreal Canadiens’ defensive prospect Mac Bennett, but by the end of his first season in the pros, he felt that he found his stride. Read more »
Photo: Montreal Canadiens goaltending prospect Zachary Fucale closed out his junior career playing for the Quebec Remparts at the 2015 Memorial Cup Tournament (courtesy of Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images)
Montreal Canadiens’ netminding prospect Zachary Fucale came to the London, Ontario-based Rookie Tournament with something to prove – that he’s ready to make an impact as a pro. Read more »
Photo: Ilves Tampere defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Aleksi Makela posted six assists in 30 games for Ilves in 2014-15 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The 2015-16 Liiga season officially begins on Friday with a slate of seven games. Hockey’s Future previewed some of the better clubs heading into the season in part 1 of the Liiga preview, while part 2 will cover the remaining teams that have some work to do to get back amongst the upper tier of the league. Read more »
Photo: Noah Hanifin made Hockey East’s All-Rookie Team and Second All-Star Team after scoring 23 points during his freshman—and likely only—NCAA season. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
It wasn’t long ago that the Carolina Hurricanes prospect pool looked ankle deep. Straight-to-the-NHL first rounders and struggles developing middle and late-round draft picks kept the Hurricanes at the bottom of the NHL standings. Read more »
Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Pierre-Luc Dubois (L) is one of the more prominent 2016 prospects playing in the QMJHL in 2015-16, while Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault (R) is a 2015 pick who should play a prominent role for his club this season (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The QMJHL will be hard-pressed to provide its fans with more excitement than the seven-game series between the Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic did last season. Although those teams may not find themselves in quite as good a position to entertain in 2015-16, other squads are poised to supplant them at the top of the standings—and many of the league’s best players are back for an encore. Read more »