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Matheson, Skjei lead strong crop of drafted NCAA defensemen

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Matheson, Skjei lead strong crop of drafted NCAA defensemen

Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Michael Matheson is the captain for the 10th-ranked Eagles in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images

 

For the 2014-15 season, there are 75 NHL-drafted defensemen playing in the NCAA. The 10 drafted defensemen ranked in this article represent six NHL teams, with the Florida Panthers and the St. Louis Blues each having two prospects ranked. The 10 players also represent eight NCAA programs playing in four of the six conferences. Read more »

Well-traveled Bishop simply looking to shake injury bug, return to Screaming Eagles’ lineup

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Well-traveled Bishop simply looking to shake injury bug, return to Screaming Eagles’ lineup

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Clark Bishop has netted 17 goals in 28 games this season, three more than he scored in 2013-14 (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

Clark Bishop may very well be the most traveled player in the CHL over the past few seasons.

Since joining the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as the team’s third overall pick in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft, Bishop has traveled to the Czech Republic for the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament; Sochi, Russia for the 2013 U18 World Juniors; Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL Draft, where the Carolina Hurricanes selected him in the fifth round; back to his home province of Newfoundland; Ufa, Russia with the Screaming Eagles for the Junior Club World Cup; and Raleigh, NC for the Hurricanes main training camp. This is all in the span of a year-and-a-half. Read more »

Dallas Stars have promising rookie contributors

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Dallas Stars have promising rookie contributors

Photo: Dallas Stars rookie John Klingberg has been an unexpected source of scoring this season. (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Dallas Stars have begun to really tap in to their prospect pipeline. Particularly, John Klingberg has quickly become a major contributor to the club after blowing through the AHL in short order. No Dallas skater plays more at even strength than Klingberg this year. Young wingers and defensemen abound both in the NHL and at the World Junior Championships. Read more »

(Video) Penguins’ prospect Murray last week’s AHL Player of the Week

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(Video) Penguins’ prospect Murray last week’s AHL Player of the Week

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray currently sports the best goals-against average in the AHL at 1.86 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Marc-Andre Fleury is holding down the fort for now for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but a future starter could be developing for that club with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the NHL club’s AHL farm team. Read more »

2014-15 Calder Poll: Forsberg, Gaudreau and Ekblad separate from the pack in January

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2014-15 Calder Poll: Forsberg, Gaudreau and Ekblad separate from the pack in January

Photo: Calgary Flames rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau is currently third in scoring for the Flames with 15 goals and 39 points in 52 games (courtesy of Kathleen Hinkel/Icon Sportswire)

 

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg strengthened his hold on the top spot in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll in January while the Calgary FlamesJohnny Gaudreau and 18-year-old Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad appear to be his top challengers for the award. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

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Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith nets an overtime goal against the Toronto Marlies’ Antoine Bibeau to give the Monsters a 4-3 win on Friday night (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Highlights from the NHL right on down through the AHL, college hockey and junior hockey are all part of this week’s Prospect Impressions article featuring notable plays made by NHL prospects in the prior week. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Hyman, Bruins prospects standout in first month of new year

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Hyman, Bruins prospects standout in first month of new year

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Florida Panthers prospect Zach Hyman has been a top offensive performer for the Wolverines in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Patrick Green/Icon Sportswire)

 

The second half of the 2014-15 NCAA Hockey season was in full swing in January. It was a month that featured some excellent performances and fantastic finishes. Hockey’s Future looks back at some of the more memorable moments created by NHL prospects competing in D1 hockey. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Jan. 31. Read more »

Oceanic’s Morin tops thin group of drafted QMJHL defensemen

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Oceanic’s Morin tops thin group of drafted QMJHL defensemen

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect, Samuel Morin won a gold medal as a member of the Canadian squad competing at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

There are no more than 10 defensemen playing in the QMJHL whose rights are owned by NHL teams; over the past two seasons, just seven were drafted, while a few others signed NHL contracts as free agents. Read more »

Detroit Red Wings continue to develop players patiently

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Detroit Red Wings continue to develop players patiently

Photo: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek filled in well with Jimmy Howard injured. (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

 

Though the 2014-15 Detroit Red Wings roster is the youngest on average in some time, it is a team that has received little contribution from first-year players. Instead, increased roles have been given to players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan. Relative health has also limited the amount of games available for young prospects in Grand Rapids, but a few have made notable contributions.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Tierney deflects shot past Canucks’ Miller

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Tierney deflects shot past Canucks’ Miller

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

 

It took a couple of call-ups and 16 NHL games for him to accomplish the feat, but San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney notched his first NHL goal in a 5-1 Sharks win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Read more »

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