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New faces bolster Minnesota Wild prospect depth in 2014-15

by Peter Prohaska
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NHL: DEC 19 Wild at Penguins

Photo: Brett Bulmer will look to stay healthy and earn a contract for 2015-16. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Minnesota Wild organization does things just a little differently than other teams. Rather than relying heavily on the CHL or the European leagues, the Wild has drafted many players bound for U.S. colleges in recent years. This affords the team additional flexibility with contracts and salary while also potentially yielding professional assets who may have had a longer developmental timeframe (Erik Haula is the big success story so far).

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Verhaeghe’s NHL dream delayed with return to IceDogs

by Jason Menard
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Carter Verhaeghe - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Carter Verhaeghe returned to the IceDogs prior to the start of the Maple Leafs’ 2014 preseason slate (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Playing in juniors with the Niagara IceDogs, Carter Verhaeghe knows all about the world that awaits him as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 2013 third round draft pick said it’s a dream come true to be selected by his favorite NHL team, but he knows that dream is going to take some work. Read more »

Plenty of competition at all levels for Edmonton Oilers prospects in 2014-15

by Kady Hobbins
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NHL: SEP 14 Preseason - Flames at Oilers

Photo: Marco Roy has recovered from a wrist injury and looks to bounce back offensively in 2014-15. (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

 

After strong performances at the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, British Columbia where the team went 2-1 (which is a drastic improvement from last year’s 0-3 performance) and a 4-2 victory over the CIS National Champions, the University of Alberta Golden Bears, in an exhibition game, it is clear that the impressive crop of Edmonton Oilers prospects will be exciting to follow in the upcoming 2014-15 season.

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Summer training regimen paying off for Senators’ Puempel

by Jason Menard
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Matt Puempel - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel is looking to build off of a solid AHL rookie season in which he scored 30 goals and 48 points for the Binghamton Senators (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Ottawa SenatorsMatt Puempel has always been an offensive force on his team. And while he put 30 pucks in the net last year in the AHL, it took him awhile — and it took learning some lessons — to get there. Read more »

NHL Prospects Roundup: Laughton stars in Flyers victory

by Ken McKenna
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Filip Forsberg - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators top prospect Filip Forsberg skated on the club’s top line in the Predators 1-0 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

Another busy night in the 2014 NHL preseason with 16 teams taking the ice minus any split squad games. The prospect herd is beginning to thin a bit as NHL teams have begun cutting down their rosters, primarily by returning players to the junior ranks. Read more »

2014 All-American Prospects Game: Eichel, linemates star in Team Grier’s 6-3 win

by Ken McKenna
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2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects GameJeremy Bracco - Team Grier

Photo: Team Grier forward Jeremy Bracco was all smiles after scoring two goals in his team’s 6-3 win at the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, NY (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

A three-goal outburst over six minutes of the third period turned a closely played, 3-2 affair after two periods into a 6-3 win for Team Grier over Team Olczyk at the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game that took place at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. Read more »

Prospects expected to bolster San Jose Sharks roster in 2014-15

by Craig Fischer
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Photo: Danny O'Regan (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Dan O’Regan’s offensive numbers may benefit greatly from playing with Jack Eichel in 2014-15. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

The San Jose Sharks have publicly stated that the younger players of the organization are going to start becoming key components of the roster, which means the 2014-15 season will be a fascinating year both in terms of individual prospect’s development and the sheer number of players that should move up to higher levels of play throughout the year.

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2014 All-American Prospects Game: Coaches like what they see from Eichel, Hanifin

by Ken McKenna
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Jack Eichel - Team USA

Photo: Boston University forward 2015 prospect Jack Eichel will represent his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship as a member of Team USA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With each new season comes a new crop of hockey talent eligible for the NHL Draft. Some classes are more noteworthy than others, as appears to be the case with a 2015 draft class that will include a marquee battle for the draft’s top spot between the Erie Otters’ Connor McDavid and Boston University’s Jack Eichel. Read more »

Several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects face high expectations in 2014-15 season

by Ed Dermit
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Tyler Biggs - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Tyler Biggs will look to have a bounce back 2014-15 season in the AHL. Biggs was a former first round pick from 2011. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

After years of sacrificing high draft picks for quick fix solutions, which eventually led to a lack of depth in their minor league system, the Toronto Maple Leafs have turned a corner in the quality and depth of their player development pipeline. That youth injection is getting stronger with prospects Matt Finn, Connor Brown, and Antoine Bibeau potentially joining the Leafs’ minor league affiliates for the 2014-15 season. Other prospects, such as Andreas Johnson and Carter Verhaeghe, will look to build on their solid performances in 2014-15.

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NHL Prospects Roundup: Tkachev, Yakimov fuel Oilers win

by Ken McKenna
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Ryan Murphy and Victor Rask - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes defensive prospect Ryan Murphy (7) celebrates his first period power play goal with Victor Rask in the Hurricanes win over the New York Islanders (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Last night, it was Tampa Bay, and on Wednesday night, a pair of Russian forwards helped provide an offensive push that helped the Edmonton Oilers pull out a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Read more »