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A few surprises creeping up in the St. Louis Blues Top 20 Rankings

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A few surprises creeping up in the St. Louis Blues Top 20 Rankings

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev has shown a strong two-way game. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The most significant change in the Blues’ pipeline is the graduation of Jake Allen.  He has spent parts of the past few seasons in the NHL and has looked good behind Brian Elliott. While Allen has done enough to graduate this season, several prospects have made a good impression with the coaching staff and are garnering much larger roles as the season progresses. The trade of the promising Maxim Letunov in the deadline deal for Zbynek Michalek also opens up a spot in this ranking. Outside the NHL, other prospects have either been assigned to ECHL roles or are developing in the AHL.

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Hope for the future rests on the shoulders of Colorado Avalanche prospects

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Hope for the future rests on the shoulders of Colorado Avalanche prospects

Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras is expected to bolster the Avs’ defense next season. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The Avalanche prospect pool isn’t exactly ripe with players ready to make the jump to the NHL. However, there are a few underrated prospects who could blossom into future stars for the team if their development continues on the same track.

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10 Potential NCAA free agents that could soon land in the NHL

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10 Potential NCAA free agents that could soon land in the NHL

Photo: Penn State University forward Casey Bailey and Western Michigan University defenseman Kenney Morrison are two NCAA juniors who could make their way to the NHL via free agency following the 2015-15 season (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

 

As the NCAA season winds down, NHL teams begin to descend on the college hockey landscape in hopes of stockpiling their pipelines with NCAA free agents. Hockey Future takes a closer look at 10 players (listed alphabetically by last name) who have all drawn considerable NHL interest and could soon be headed to an NHL organization near you. This year’s list features four forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders. It is important to note here that this is NOT a ranking. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of Mar. 5th. Read more »

2014-15 Calder Poll: Ekblad impresses but Forsberg remains atop February ranking

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2014-15 Calder Poll: Ekblad impresses but Forsberg remains atop February ranking

Photo: Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad has displayed the same maturity and talent level in his first NHL season that he was known for during his junior hockey days with the OHL’s Barrie Colts (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has played a key role in his team’s surprising push for the final wild card playoff spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and as a result has all but closed the gap with Nashville Predators‘ left wing Filip Forsberg — the leading scorer among rookies — in the February Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

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Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks renew their rivalry this weekend in WHL action (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two sets of draft-eligible players go to head-to-head in critical games for their respective teams. In the OHL, two of the most improved players will see game action against each other. In addition, polar opposite defensemen lead their teams in a pair of NCAA games this weekend. Finally, two prospects with future college commitments including one player traded during Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, February, 2015: Conference, Beanpot titles decided as regular season winds down

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, February, 2015: Conference, Beanpot titles decided as regular season winds down

Photo: Northeastern University forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Roy has produced 123 points (55G, 68A) in 99 games so far in his NCAA career (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

The final full month of the 2014-15 NCAA regular season saw some fantastic team finishes and stellar performances from a number of NHL prospects. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the most memorable ones. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Mar. 4th. Read more »

HF Prospect of the Month, February, 2015: Bjorkstrand piling up the points for the Winterhawks

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HF Prospect of the Month, February, 2015: Bjorkstrand piling up the points for the Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand scored four goals in five games for Denmark’s surprising squad at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

With playoffs underway in the KHL and the second season soon to start in all major North American leagues, February is the start of hockey’s stretch drive. And while new candidates for the month’s top NHL prospect emerged, the continued consistency from top stars is what stood out most in the month of February. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

by Ken McKenna
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2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel hoists The Beanpot trophy after the Terriers won the 2015 Beanpot by defeating Northeastern University 4-3 in the championship game (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

 

While the top four players in the ISS Hockey March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft remain unchanged, one player managed to move up a few slots to land among the top five prospects. Read more »

Top 20 Philadelphia Flyers prospects are deep at defense

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Top 20 Philadelphia Flyers prospects are deep at defense

Scott Laughton has split duties between Philadelphia and the team’s AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley this season. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

There are not any drastic changes in the Flyers Top 20, and Scott Laughton retains the top position in a prospect pool that is mostly populated with defensemen. Shayne Gostisbehere, Samuel Morin and Travis Sanheim are the top blue liners in the system, but are joined by several others in the Top 10—including Robert Hagg and Mark Alt. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: A pair of goalies set records, Johnson’s big night, and other highlights

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Prospect Impressions: A pair of goalies set records, Johnson’s big night, and other highlights

Photo: Erie Otter forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid recently topped the 100-point mark in the 2014-15 season, doing so in just 38 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

This past week has been full of creative and jaw-dropping NHL prospect highlights. One QMJHL goaltender sets an unusual new standard in goal scoring, while another has yet to lose since making his NHL debut. A hometown hero breaks hearts by scoring with the “Forsberg move” in a clutch situation, and the future first overall pick displays why he deserves that accolade yet again. Two European forwards showcase their elite skill, and a former prospect scored one of the best goals that didn’t make the scoresheet in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more »

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