Photo: Minnesota State-Mankato forward and Nashville Predators prospect Zach Stepan will be a main cog for one of the WCHA’s top offensive teams (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
The 2014-15 season in the WCHA gets fully underway this weekend. Ferris State University was the 2013-14 regular season conference champion, while Minnesota State-Mankato was the winner in the WCHA Final Five tournament. The former was previewed in part one of the Hockey’s Future 2014-15 WCHA preview, while the latter is being previewed here in part two of this NCAA conference preview. Read more »
Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Josh Archibald begins his pro career after a breakout season offensively with the University of Nebraska-Omaha (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
Before the St. John’s IceCaps knocked off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in last year’s AHL Eastern Conference Final, the conference’s champion and representative in the Calder Cup Finals had come out of the East Division the last ten years. Read more »
Photo: Forward Michael Dal Colle was selected fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders following a 95-point season in the OHL. Dal Colle is currently playing for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by 2014 NHL Draft pick Michael Dal Colle, one of several recent draft picks to make their top 50 debut.
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Photo: Ferris State University goaltender C.J. Motte was a workhorse for his team in the 2013-14 season, and will likely be that again as the Bulldogs seek to defend their WCHA regular season title (courtesy of Ferris State Athletic Department)
Five of the six NCAA conferences feature a number of NHL prospects this season. Of those five, the WCHA has the fewest with 12 representing five member teams. Minnesota State-Mankato leads all WCHA teams with five prospects followed by Michigan Tech with four. Read more »
Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco is expected to see extensive time with that club in 2014-15. Jurco was a second round pick by the Wings at the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 31-40. This section of the ranking features several talented forwards, including Tomas Jurco (DET) and Curtis Lazar (OTT), who will push for playing time in the NHL this season.
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Photo: Heading into his rookie professional season, forward Ryan Haggerty is hoping to make an immediate impact and push for an NHL roster spot. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
There have been very few changes in hockey operations personnel within the New York Rangers organization for the 2014-15 season. After going to the Stanley Cup finals last spring, the Rangers have been trying to tweak the NHL team to put it over the top, rather than making wholesale changes within the organization.
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Photo: Goaltender Malcolm Subban is expected to take on full-time starting duties for the Providence Bruins this season. Subban was selected by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects begins with the prospects ranked 41 thru 50. This group features several prospects on the verge of cracking an NHL roster on a full-time basis, including several picks from the 2014 NHL Draft who have impressed early on.
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Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Elias Lindholm (C) is congratulated by Victor Rask and Riley Nash on Lindholm’s hat trick goal in Friday’s preseason game (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
The 2014 NHL preseason is now in the books with the 30 NHL clubs now focusing on the start of the 2014-15 regular season that begins on Wednesday night. The final weekend of preseason action provided a few notable NHL prospect performances, but the real test for these young players begins in two days. Read more »
Photo: Ville Husso will be the primary goaltender for HIFK Helsinki in 2014-15 after posting a 1.99 goals against average in 2013-14. (courtesy of IFK Helsinki/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
After a season with only a few high-end prospects in their system, the St. Louis Blues will enjoy a deeper prospect pipeline heading into the 2014-15 season. A major help in replenishing the prospect pool was the 2014 NHL Draft, where the Blues made 10 picks, including six in the first four rounds. With the current depth on the Blues’ roster, many of their prospects will spend time at other levels of hockey to improve their overall game.
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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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