Photo: University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula and Colorado College forward Hunter Fejes go head-to-head this weekend in a clash of NCHC schools (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images and Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
What happens when a high-end goal scorer matches up against one of the brightest young goaltenders in junior hockey? We’ll find out this weekend when Alex Nedeljkovic visits former international teammate Alex DeBrincat and the Erie Otters. Also in this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two seniors lead their college teams in scoring, while key matchups take place in the AHL, QMJHL, and WHL. Read more »
Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has been chosen to captain Team Orr at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next week in Vancouver, BC (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Matthew Tkachuk hopes to follow his famous father’s footsteps to the NHL one day soon. And his early march through the Ontario Hockey League in his inaugural season in the league has been – to say the very least – sure-footed. Read more »
Photo: Texas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell received his first NHL call-up to the parent Dallas Stars and played in his first NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
Back in October, the Charlotte Checkers were homeless.
With renovations ongoing at Bojangles Coliseum, the Checkers didn’t play a home game until mid-November.
“I think we really bonded during that time,” Checkers defenseman Trevor Carrick said. “When you spend that much time playing away from home, it really builds a team.” Read more »
Photo: If Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson is ready for NHL minutes soon, he might make another young defenseman expendable (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Now past the midpoint of the 2015-16 season, a relatively healthy and whole Minnesota Wild team is cooling of late. Offense is down, shots for are down, shots against are up, and points have been lost in the NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format. The Wild has dropped four in a row while the rival Chicago Blackhawks are on a 12-game winning streak. Read more »
Photo: Charlotte Checkers defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Trevor Carrick is currently eighth in scoring among AHL defensemen with 23 points in 35 games (courtesy of Kevin Sousa/Icon Sportswire)
Hectic, overwhelming, exciting, honored.
Those were the words Trevor Carrick used a handful of times when he was trying to explain what life has been like for the Carolina Hurricanes‘ defensive prospect over the past month. Read more »
Photo: Both Mike Matheson and Sam Brittain should figure into Florida’s future sooner than later. (Courtesy of Joel Page/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
The Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, finished the 2014-15 season with a 45-23-7-1 record, which was good enough for first place in the West Division. However, they were swept in the first round of the playoffs. It was a team that relied heavily on veterans like Bobby Butler, Mark Mancari, Shane O’Brien and Brett Olson, while prospects Connor Brickley and Rocco Grimaldi made swift progression throughout the season. Read more »
Photo: Team Sweden players William Lagesson (L), Dmytro Timashov (C), and Rasmus Asplund (R) were three of the better performers for Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)
What began so well, became so empty. Despite losing key forward William Nylander (TOR) in the very first game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship – a player who many expected to be the absolute star of the event – Sweden managed to battle and convincingly earn its way to an undefeated first place finish in preliminary round play with a clear 8-3 win over Switzerland and 5-0 victory over Denmark, as well as two very special victories over the North American contingent with a 1-0 victory over the U.S. and a confident 5-2 win over the Canadians. Read more »
Photo: After spending last season as one of the Liiga’s best starters as a 19-year-old, Juuse Saros is performing well as a rookie goaltender in the AHL (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)
Coming off of last year’s breakout season the Nashville Predators went into the 2015-16 with their roster largely intact. With much of the lineup from last year intact, and free agents Cody Hodgson and defenseman Barret Jackman added in the offseason, there were few opportunities for rookies to crack the Predators lineup.
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Photo: Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart promise to one day give the Sabres one of the best one-two punches at centre in recent memory. (Courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
Much like in the abysmal 2014-15 campaign, the Buffalo Sabres find themselves wallowing near the bottom of the standings in 2015-16. That’s what happens when your team is full of younger players, not yet experienced in playing winning hockey on a nightly basis. Read more »
Photo: Green Bay Gamblers goaltender and New York Rangers prospect Adam Huska did his part in ensuring that Team Slovakia will be competing at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)
Coming into the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, it was widely felt that a lot of unlikely things would have to go right for Slovakia in order for the team to medal. For the country itself, the expectations were mild with maintaining the class being the main goal. Read more »