Photo: Sami Aitokallio will battle with Calvin Pickard for playing time with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
While much can be said about the Colorado Avalanche being led by their young stars at the NHL level, there is not much the team can depend on for depth if immediate help is required. Graduations of high draft picks from recent years have led to a bare farm system that will take years to refresh.
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Photo: Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak unloads the shot that would become his first career NHL goal in Tuesday’s loss to the St. Louis Blues (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
It took him five games in the 2014-15 season and 28 NHL games overall, but Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak finally netted his first NHL goal. The goal opened the scoring in a game that would end in a 4-3 overtime loss for the Stars at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Read more »
Photo: Colgate University goaltender Charlie Finn was a Third Team All-ECAC Hockey selection and was also named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team in 2013-14 (courtesy of Icon Sportswire)
The October “Off the Radar” feature takes a look at two undrafted prospects, one competing in the NCAA, the other competing at the U20 level in Sweden. Read more »
Photo: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi should compete for ice time in the NHL this season. Tinordi was a first round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
Despite graduating phenomenal young players like Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, and Michael Bournival, the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool continues to look strong. While restocking, the Canadiens have also managed to diversify their prospect pool, developing players of many different styles and capabilities at all positions.
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Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Anthony Duclair celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s comeback win over the Minnesota Wild (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
During the 2014 NHL preseason, New York Rangers forward prospect Anthony Duclair made a strong case for a roster position after he generated five points in five preseason games. And, after checking off that accomplishment, Duclair is now making a case for staying beyond the nine-game tryout period after posting five points in seven games, including his first NHL goal in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Read more »
Photo: Ottawa 67′s forward and 2015 prospect Travis Konecny has been named captain of the 67′s for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Travis Konecny took the OHL by storm last season, winning the that league’s Rookie of the Year award based upon a stellar 63-game, 70-point debut. In his sophomore season, the Clachan, ON-born center is hoping to make an equally big splash at the 2015 NHL Draft in June. Read more »
Photo: Defenseman Zach Trotman was recently recalled to the NHL from the Providence Bruins. Trotman was seventh round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Boston Bruins strength at the NHL level has always been down the middle and that is no different in their prospect system. The Bruins helped filled out some issues on the wing during the 2014 NHL Draft this past summer with first round pick David Pastrnak, but still remain thin along the boards.
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Photo: Freddie Hamilton has NHL-caliber skill, but a poor training camp has relegated him to the AHL for now. (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
The first few weeks of the the 2014-15 season have provided an early glimpse of what San Jose Shark fans can expect going forward during the youth movement in San Jose. General manager Doug Wilson has not shied away from injecting young, inexperienced players into his roster. Read more »
Photo: Washington Capitals rookie forward Liam O’Brien captained the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
It’s been a weekend for unheralded players netting their first NHL goals. On Saturday, it was the Arizona Coyotes‘ Justin Hodgman, and on Sunday night it was Washington Capitals‘ free agent signee Liam O’Brien who lit an NHL lamp for the first time in a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Read more »
Photo: Gritty forward Tyler Golbourne began the 2014-15 season strong, with four goals and two assists through his first six games. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers used the 2014 NHL Draft to add to their main area of depth – defense. The Flyers also added some forwards and picked up several underrated players who may turn out to be draft day steals.
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