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2014-15 Atlantic Hockey Preview, Part 1: Canisius, Mercyhurst seek shot at conference title

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Matt Zay - Mercyhurst University

Photo: Mercyhurst University senior forward Matt Zay will lead a Lakers’ offensive attack that was one of the more potent in the NCAA in 2013-14 (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

 

This season, Atlantic Hockey is the only conference without NHL prospects. Nevertheless, the conference features a number of players that are well worth a look.

Part 1 of this NCAA preview takes a closer look at Mercyhurst, Air Force, AIC, Army, Bentley and Canisius. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Drouin, Barkov lead Top 10 section of Fall ranking

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Jonathan Drouin - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Forward Jonathan Drouin, selected third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, will begin his pro career at 2014-15. Drouin is an early favorite to win the 2015 Calder Trophy. (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

 

The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects concludes with the top 10 prospects. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin narrowly beat out Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov to take top honors in this edition of the rankings.

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2014-15 Big Ten Preview: Strong Minnesota squad positioned to repeat

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J.T. Compher - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect J.T. Compher was named Big Ten Rookie of the Year in 2013-14 after posting 31 points in 35 games (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

For the 2014-15 season, Big Ten hockey features 44 NHL prospects. All six member teams have at least two prospects on their rosters. Minnesota leads both the Big Ten and the nation with 15 NHL prospects. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Capitals’ Burakovsky nets first of career

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Andre Burakovsky - Washington Capitals

Photo: Washington Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky celebrates his first NHL goal in his first NHL game in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

He turned in a solid showing in the 2014 NHL preseason for the Washington Capitals, so it’s not totally surprising that Capitals’ rookie forward Andre Burakovsky would net the first goal of the 2014-15 regular season for his team. Read more »

Many Dallas Stars prospects prepared for breakthrough seasons in 2014-15

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Aaron Haydon - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Aaron Haydon did not have as strong a season as expected in 2013-14 but still had his name called at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Chock full of high-end prospects and support-level players as well, the Dallas Stars organization features an eclectic mix of young players eager to take another step towards a National Hockey League career. One need not look further than the first three players on their big board without realizing the diverse blend of talent in the system: an athletic goaltender, a fluid, young two-way defenseman and a burgeoning power forward. General manager Jim Nill and his staff must be brimming with pride and excitement as their prospect group embarks upon another developmental year. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Nikolaj Ehlers debuts in 11-20 portion of Fall ranking

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Nikolaj Ehlers - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Dynamic winger Nikolaj Ehlers turned a lot of heads in his first NHL training camp with the Winnipeg Jets. Ehlers was selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 11-20. Leading this portion of the rankings is Nikolaj Ehlers, who is one of two Winnipeg Jets prospects in this group.

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2014-15 WCHA Preview, part 2: Minnesota Mankato looks to defend WCHA Final Five title

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Zach Stepan - Minnesota State University-Mankato

Photo: Minnesota State-Mankato forward and Nashville Predators prospect Zach Stepan will be a main cog for one of the WCHA’s top offensive teams (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

The 2014-15 season in the WCHA gets fully underway this weekend. Ferris State University was the 2013-14 regular season conference champion, while Minnesota State-Mankato was the winner in the WCHA Final Five tournament. The former was previewed in part one of the Hockey’s Future 2014-15 WCHA preview, while the latter is being previewed here in part two of this NCAA conference preview. Read more »

2014-15 AHL Preview: Senators, Penguins still look strong in the East Division

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Josh Archibald - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Josh Archibald begins his pro career after a breakout season offensively with the University of Nebraska-Omaha (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Before the St. John’s IceCaps knocked off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in last year’s AHL Eastern Conference Final, the conference’s champion and representative in the Calder Cup Finals had come out of the East Division the last ten years. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Several 2014 draft picks debut in 21-30 section of Fall rankings

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Michael Dal Colle - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Michael Dal Colle was selected fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders following a 95-point season in the OHL. Dal Colle is currently playing for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by 2014 NHL Draft pick Michael Dal Colle, one of several recent draft picks to make their top 50 debut.

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2014-15 WCHA Preview, part 1: Ferris State’s Motte likely Hobey contender

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C.J. Motte - Ferris State University

Photo: Ferris State University goaltender C.J. Motte was a workhorse for his team in the 2013-14 season, and will likely be that again as the Bulldogs seek to defend their WCHA regular season title (courtesy of Ferris State Athletic Department)

 

Five of the six NCAA conferences feature a number of NHL prospects this season. Of those five, the WCHA has the fewest with 12 representing five member teams. Minnesota State-Mankato leads all WCHA teams with five prospects followed by Michigan Tech with four. Read more »

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