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New wave of prospects expected to make impact for Florida Panthers in 2014-15

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Juho Lammikko - Florida Panthers

Photo: Juho Lammikko comes to North America for his first year of Canadian major junior hockey after spending the 2013-14 season in Finland. Lammikko was picked in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The Florida Panthers prospect system continues to be heavily weighted towards the NCAA and minor professional leagues, with a lot of talent concentrated at those levels. However, the talent pool as a whole is still substantial despite recent graduations, and should continue to provide the Panthers with a steady stream of high-quality prospects for the next few years.

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2015 NHL Draft: No surprises at the top of the ISS Hockey October rankings

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, is wearing the captain’s “C” for the 2014-15 OHL season (courtesy Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

The race to claim the mantle of first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Draft has officially begun in earnest with the start of the 2014-15 season. The main combatants for that honor, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel, have both seen game action within the past week and will be closely scrutinized by NHL scouts from now through April or May. Read more »

NHL Prospects Roundup: Kucherov nets two in Lightning shutout win

by Ken McKenna
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Nikita Kucherov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Nikita Kucherov (86) has celebrated a few goals with his teammates in 2014 NHL preseason action (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

As the 2014 NHL preseason winds down, the number of prospects remaining with the big club has dwindled, as well. So, despite a night in which there were seven NHL games to choose from, only a handful of NHL prospects in those games stood out. And, as has been the case more than once in this preseason, the Tampa Bay Lightning provided those top prospect performances. Read more »

NHL Prospects Roundup: Blue Jackets’ Dano, Wennberg star in win

by Ken McKenna
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Michal Jordan - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Despite a two-point performance on Wednesday night, Carolina Hurricanes’ defensive prospect Michal Jordan (R) was sent down to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers on Thursday (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

A lighter preseason slate on Wednesday night meant fewer NHL prospects in action, but there were a few noteworthy prospects from those games nonetheless. An offensive outburst in the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes provided the most noteworthy prospect moments, with a couple more sprinkled in from the remaining games. Read more »

Several Columbus Blue Jackets prospects primed for big things in 2014-15

by Richard Greco
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Seth Ambroz - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Forward Seth Ambroz will be looking to have a strong senior season with the University of Minnesota. Ambroz was a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon Sportswire)

 

For the first time in a while, the Columbus Blue Jackets are not consistently loaded with prospects across every level of hockey. With its second wave of players declaring their professional status, Columbus does not have the volume of prospects playing in Europe and the NCAA the way they did in years prior.

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Many Detroit Red Wings prospects ready for break out seasons in 2014-15

by Adam Schnepp
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Frolunda Gothenburg v Villach SV - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Mattias Janmark’s offensive skill set makes him Detroit’s top European prospect. (courtesy of Frolunda Gothenberg/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

The Detroit Red Wings saw the youth movement that had slowly taking place for years start to take hold at the NHL level in 2013-14. That aforementioned youth movement has resulted in more prospects at the professional level with NHL caliber skills than the Red Wings have had in recent memory.

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NHL Prospects Roundup: Lightning prospects impress in 5-1 win

by Ken McKenna
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Nikolaj Ehlers - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers has looked good in preseason action, registering a goal and assist along with eight shots in five games (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning are viewed by some as a contender out of the NHL’s Eastern Conference. If they do make that step forward, then it might be due in part to the talented prospects that the Lightning have working their way through the system. Read more »

Beaulieu and Tinordi to battle for minutes on Montreal Canadiens blue line in 2014-15

by Pat Paeplow
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Martin Reway - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Forward Martin Reway will play the 2014-15 season in the Czech Republic after spending the past two seasons in the QMJHL. Reway was picked in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Vaxjo Lakers/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

The Montreal Canadiens head into the 2014-15 season with key positions up for grabs on their NHL roster. The battle between Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi is the most intriguing. The Canadiens two most promising prospects will compete directly for the opening on left defense. Whoever successfully wrestles away this opportunity will make a great leap toward developing into a top-pairing NHL defenseman.

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2014-15 SHL Preview, Part 2: Frolunda looks to build off of successful 2013-14 season

by Chapin Landvogt
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Artturi Lehkonen - Frolunda Gothenburg

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen has moved over to the SHL after playing the 2013-14 season in Finland’s Liiga (courtesy of Frolunda Gothenburg/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

In part 1 of the Hockey’s Future preview of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), the bottom six teams were previewed in the order predicted for the 2014-15 season. In part 2, we take a look at the top six teams competing in Sweden‘s top hockey league. Read more »

Subban, McIntyre make strong future goaltending duo for Bruins

by Richard Murray
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Malcolm Subban - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban appeared in 33 regular season games for the Providence Bruins in 2013-14, then played in six AHL playoff games for that club (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Boston Bruins‘ goaltending prospects Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre both impressed last season, and big things could be on the horizon for the two netminders. Read more »