Photo: University of Minnesota forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Hudson Fasching was named one of the top three players for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The 2015 World Junior Championship is now in the books, with host country Canada taking the gold medal after a tight, 5-4 win over Russia in the final game. Slovakia was a surprise medalist, taking the bronze medal after upsetting Sweden in the other game that took place on the final day of the tournament. Read more »
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect and former Ducks draft pick Eric O’Dell is the leading goal-scorer for an offensively challenged St. John’s IceCaps squad. (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
Led by a veteran lineup and some outstanding goaltending from current Jets rookie Michael Hutchinson the St. John’s IceCaps won the Eastern Conference playoff title before falling to the Texas Stars in the 2013-14 Calder Cup finals. With Hutchinson and several key players from that team playing elsewhere this season, the IceCaps struggled to start the year but are playing better of late.
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Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward and 2015 prospect Lawson Crouse was a surprise selection for Team Canada’s 2015 World Junior Championship roster, but Crouse played an important part in helping his country win gold at that tournament (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The 2015 World Junior Championship has come and gone, and with its completion comes a bit of change in the upper reaches of ISS Hockey‘s ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more »
Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Jordan Martinook is becoming a consistent scorer for the AHL’s Portland Pirates (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
A year removed from finishing last in the AHL with just 61 points, the Portland Pirates, primary affiliate for the Arizona Coyotes, have shown respectable improvements this season. Through 35 games, the Pirates are 19-15-1, scoring 87 goals and allowing 82, having won their last four games.
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Photo: Defenseman Alex Petrovic is playing in his third full season of professional hockey. Petrovic was a second round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Florida Panthers minor league system is teeming with NHL-prospects who are waiting for opportunities on the Florida roster. Florida General Manager Dale Tallon hinted in the past few weeks that he may be looking to trade some of the more veteran forwards on the squad in order to facilitate some of that upward movement. Until then, the AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage are reaping the rewards of having top-notch talent playing throughout their lineup.
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Photo: Team Canada forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart is the leading scorer for his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The final four countries are now set for the 2015 World Junior Championship. The semi-final pairings have been set, with Sweden and Russia squaring off in one game, while host Canada will do battle with Slovakia. Both games are rematches of preliminary round games. Read more »
Photo: Forward Charles Hudon has been extremely strong in his first season of professional hockey, posting 32 points in 34 games. Hudon was a fifth round pick from the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
The Montreal Canadiens have several key prospects playing minor league hockey, the final developmental rung before the NHL. Some, like defensemen Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu, are poised on the brink of becoming NHL regulars.
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Photo: Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Borna Rendulic celebrates his first NHL goal, the first NHL goal scored by a Croatian-born player (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Borna Rendulic made the most of his second call-up to the NHL from the AHL‘s Lake Erie Monsters, scoring his first NHL goal in the Avalanche’s 4-3 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Read more »
Photo: In his first pro season, Dallas Stars’ rookie forward Brett Ritchie was a part of the AHL Texas Stars’ run to the Calder Cup championship in 2013-14 (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
Dallas Stars‘ rookie forward Brett Ritchie made the most of his first NHL goal as his marker ended up being the game-winning goal in the Stars’ 6-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on New Year’s Eve. Read more »
Photo: New Jersey Devils prospect Joe Whitney currently leads the AHL’s Albany Devils in scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists in 30 games (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
He’s returned to the AHL so the moment is probably slightly bittersweet, but New Jersey Devils‘ forward Joe Whitney netted his first NHL goal – the only goal scored by the Devils – in a 3-1, New Year’s Eve loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Read more »