Photo: Arizona prospect Dylan Strome is one of the most highly-regarded players in the OHL, but will a new Coyotes GM feel the same way? (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney being fired is one of the strangest stories of the post-season so far. The former Winnipeg franchise better known in recent years for city council controversies than on-ice success drifted back toward soap opera just when it seemed the hockey part was improving. Whoever replaces the veteran manager this summer owes him a phone call of thanks for helping to establish one of the league’s best prospect groups. Holding their own first round pick in the 2016 Draft, plus the New York Rangers’, means the team can bolster a good group even further.
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Photo: With 53 points, Charles Hudon finished second in St. John’s IceCaps team scoring. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)
It has been one of the more tumultuous seasons in Montreal Canadiens history, and, as a result, players have shuttled up and down from its AHL affiliate in St. John’s at a higher volume than anticipated. Before the season began, it was unlikely that young players like Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron or Joel Hanley would wear the bleu, blanc et rouge this season, but instead those and several more have filled gaps in Montreal. As a result, 45 players have dressed for the IceCaps in St. John’s. But that hasn’t been the biggest story in Newfoundland, especially since the arrival of NHL all-star John Scott, who has now suited up in 26 games for the IceCaps. Read more »
Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson holds the puck that he fired into the net for his first NHL goal in last Thursday’s game vs. the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jason Dickinson had one of the more memorable “three-in-threes” of his life last week.
Three-in-threes are typically synonymous with a grinding stretch of three games, often with travel included, in the minor leagues. They are physically taxing on the body, and in the NHL, three games in three nights are against the collective bargaining agreement. Read more »
Photo: LA Kings prospect Michael Amadio is engaged in a tough second-round playoff series but the veteran OHL player might still will his team to a comeback (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Los Angeles Kings are into the NHL postseason, facing the San Jose Sharks in what should be one of the best first-round series. The Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, have clinched their division and are also into the postseason. The Kings also have had players with amazing junior seasons – Spencer Watson and Michael Amadio in particular – and can boast of one with an NCAA national title (Paul LaDue). Read more »
Photo: Kyle Schempp scored two assists in his first two games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers after finishing his season with Ferris State. (Courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)
With the NHL regular season coming to a close, the New York Islanders are nearing their second consecutive playoff berth. Many of the organization’s prospects have found similar success competing on teams competing for a championship in their respective leagues. Read more »
Photo: University of North Dakota senior forward Drake Caggiula was the scoring star for the Fighting Hawks at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, helping him earn the Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
There is a battle for the ages going on in Finland’s top tier of professional hockey. The Liiga playoffs have reached a semi-final impasse, as Tappara and Karpat have played six games and still haven’t decided their best-of-seven series. Read more »
Photo: IFK Helsinki goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Ville Husso posted 25 wins for Liiga’s top team in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of HC Davos/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Finland has garnered a well-deserved reputation for developing goaltenders in recent years. The top five goalies currently playing in Finland are not likely to match the career achievements of players like Pekka Rinne or Tuukka Rask but instead are long-range projects capable of one day being competent NHL starters or backups. Read more »
Photo: The University of North Dakota strikes the traditional championship pose after defeating Quinnipiac University by a 5-1 score in the title game of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
The University of North Dakota claimed their eighth NCAA National Championship and first since 2000 with a convincing 5-1 win over Quinnipiac University on Saturday night in the title game of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more »
Photo: University of North Dakota players Shane Gersich (#19), Cam Johnson (#33), and Troy Stecher (#2) celebrate their semi-final win over the University of Denver at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
Part of any successful team is good player depth. Not everyone is the center of attention, but everyone needs to contribute in order for the team to be successful.
For the University of North Dakota, freshman Shane Gersich has been one of the players that have fit the bill perfectly this season. Read more »
Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and 2016 prospect Chase Priskie has had a productive freshman season for the Bobcats, scoring four goals and 26 points in 42 games (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
Quinnipiac University freshman defenseman Chase Priskie might be the best draft-eligible player that you’ve never heard of. The Pembroke Pines, FL native is one of the most promising young defenders coming out of the NCAA this season. Read more »