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Jacob de la Rose best among 2014-15 Montreal Canadiens prospects

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Jacob de la Rose best among 2014-15 Montreal Canadiens prospects

Photo: Jeremy Gregoire raised his game in the QMJHL playoffs, scoring 21 points through 12 games. (Courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Montreal’s diverse pool of prospects participated in professional and amateur leagues throughout Europe and North America in 2014-15. Several, such as Mike McCarron, flashed glimpses of their potential while others, like Magnus Nygren, regressed. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Neil Doef appearance, Declan Farmer guides U.S. to gold again, trio of AHL and international highlights

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Prospect Impressions: Neil Doef appearance, Declan Farmer guides U.S. to gold again, trio of AHL and international highlights

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (#14) is competing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

While the game of hockey originated with two 1/8th inch blades of steel strapped to two feet, it has evolved to welcome generations of different types of athletes that deserve recognition in their own right. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Neil Doef makes a heartwarming surprise appearance, while Declan Farmer and the United States sledge hockey team vied for another medal. The United States is also participating in the World Championship, and a former defector showed why he recently earned an NHL contract. In the AHL, a trio of prospects produced must-see individual efforts. concluding a fantastic week of highlights! Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Anthony Duclair heads 41-50 group in Spring rankings

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Top 50 NHL Prospects: Anthony Duclair heads 41-50 group in Spring rankings

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Anthony Duclair was originally drafted by the New York Rangers, but was dealt to the Coyotes in the March 2nd deal that brought Keith Yandle to the Rangers (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects begins with the prospects ranked 41 thru 50. This section of the ranking features prospects at various levels of their development, including a few who saw some time in the NHL during the 2014-15 season. Read more »

Ottawa Senators prospects turn disappointing season into a historical triumph

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Ottawa Senators prospects turn disappointing season into a historical triumph

Photo: Ben Harpur logged 31 points in 57 games during his final year of junior hockey. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

It was a tumultuous season for the Ottawa Senators. While GM Bryan Murray and Assistant Coach Mark Reeds battled cancer (the latter succumbing in April), the injury bug hit the team’s game day roster hard. In spite of the adversity (and perhaps because of it), the team’s prospects—led by new bench boss Dave Cameron—helped the organization back into the playoffs with a miracle push in the season’s final months. Read more »

Detroit Red Wings prospect awards a testament to team depth

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Detroit Red Wings prospect awards a testament to team depth

Photo: Detroit prospect Landon Ferraro showed a nose for the net during the NHL playoffs despite being held scoreless (courtesy of Steven King/Icon Sportswire)

Hockey’s Future hands out these awards every season to players who stood out during the course of the season. Several Detroit Red Wings prospects had banner seasons throughout junior, the NCAA and the AHL; others, meanwhile, earned opportunities in Detroit, such as rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek, Teemu Pulkkinen and a group of up-and-coming defensemen.

While no Wings prospects made it to the NCAA Frozen Four, a strong group of prospects had good showings in the CHL playoffs: players like Joe Hicketts, Dominic Turgeon and Tyler Bertuzzi.

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Winnipeg Jets prospect awards feature formidable reinforcements

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Winnipeg Jets prospect awards feature formidable reinforcements

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck headlines a top-notch group of goaltending prospects (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Winnipeg Jets defied the odds this season with their never say die mentality, overcoming injury and hardship on their way to edging out the defending Stanley Cup Champions and clinching the franchise’s first playoff appearance since its return to Winnipeg. The return of playoff hockey after its nearly 20 year hiatus from Winnipeg has reignited the burning passion of the fan base, making one thing clear moving forward: simply making the playoffs is not enough anymore.

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The Top Five single-game performances by NHL prospects in 2014-15

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The Top Five single-game performances by NHL prospects in 2014-15

Photo: University of Notre Dame goaltender and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cal Petersen, shown here at the 2012 All-American Prospects Game, turned in the top goaltending prospect performance for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A season is not made with one game, but sometimes, one game can define a season, and it can even change the way you think about a prospect. Read more »

Murray and Pouliot among several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects to have big 2014-15 seasons

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Murray and Pouliot among several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects to have big 2014-15 seasons

Photo: Derek Pouliot split his season between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring 7 points in 34 games with the big club. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Several prospects for the Pittsburgh Penguins had breakout seasons. The most notable was defensive prospect Derrick Pouliot, who established early on that he was capable of handling steady NHL playing time. However, rookie goaltender Matt Murray came in a close second, as he broke several AHL records and looks poised to one day take over the goaltending reins in Pittsburgh. Read more »

Draisaitl, Reinhart the cream of the NHL-drafted center crop in the WHL

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Draisaitl, Reinhart the cream of the NHL-drafted center crop in the WHL

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl has played in 13 playoff games for the Rockets, scoring six goals and 13 assists while posting a +9 rating (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

There are many different kinds of centers – those who primarily excel offensively and those who contribute in other ways to the success of their respective teams. One of the biggest challenges across major junior hockey is taking into consideration the versatility of many top forwards. It is not uncommon for the best players down the middle to take a few turns on the wing on a regular basis. Read more »

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