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Edmonton Oilers’ farm squad is competing despite turmoil in the NHL

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Edmonton Oilers’ farm squad is competing despite turmoil in the NHL

Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Jujhar Khaira has worked hard to develop a complete game in his rookie season with Oklahoma City (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

 

Changes are afoot within the Edmonton Oilers organization – most notably with the firing of head coach Dallas Eakins and the promotion of former Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson to interim head coach of the Oilers. Also important to note in this year’s minor league update is the dissolution of the relationship between the Edmonton Oilers and the Oklahoma City Barons, effective at the end of the 2014-15 season. It has been reported that in 2015-16, the Oilers’ farm team will be relocating to Bakersfield, California, where the Oilers-owned ECHL team, the Bakersfield Condors, currently play.

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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Strome highlight potentially strong group from OHL

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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Strome highlight potentially strong group from OHL

Photo: London Knights forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Marner has been impressive offensively in the 2014-15 season as he is currently the leading scorer in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

One of the keys to success at the NHL level is depth down the middle. For the upcoming NHL Draft, the OHL offers both quantity and quality — including a trio that could be considered elite in the years to come. Read more »

Injuries have forced Boston Bruins to draw on minor league system for help

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Injuries have forced Boston Bruins to draw on minor league system for help

Photo: Forward Anthony Camara has struggled to produce consistent offense this season, with three goals and three assists in 31 AHL games. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Boston Bruins have had their share of problems developing prospects in their system over the past few seasons, but multiple Bruins prospects are pounding on the door to at the AHL level in Providence.

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2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

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2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

Photo: Team Canada forward Connor McDavid (L) and Team USA defenseman Brandon Carlo (R) were two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft who performed well at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The players have dispersed to their club teams and the NHL arenas have reverted back to their rightful occupants, but we are taking one last look back at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Canada won gold at this tournament, Russia the silver medal, and Slovakia took home the bronze to become the feel-good story of the tournament. Read more »

2015 WJC Podcast: Strong team effort leads Canada back to gold

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2015 WJC Podcast: Strong team effort leads Canada back to gold

Photo: Team Canada earned their first gold medal at the World Junior Championship since 2009 but have won gold at this event 16 times since 1977 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

The host country for the 2015 World Junior Championship made the most of its home-ice advantage as Team Canada made an unbeaten run through the preliminary and playoff rounds to secure the gold medal, their first at this tournament since 2009. Canada defeated Russia in the gold medal game, 5-4, making it the fifth straight year that Russia has earned a medal at the World Juniors. Read more »

2015 WJC Podcast: A look back at countries eliminated in the quarterfinals

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2015 WJC Podcast: A look back at countries eliminated in the quarterfinals

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 »

Winnipeg Jets have a steady group of young pros at work in Newfoundland

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Winnipeg Jets have a steady group of young pros at work in Newfoundland

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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2015 NHL Draft: WJC performances bring some change to the ISS Top 30

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2015 NHL Draft: WJC performances bring some change to the ISS Top 30

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 »

Arizona Coyotes have an improving affiliate in Portland

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Arizona Coyotes have an improving affiliate in Portland

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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Minor League System for Florida Panthers overflowing with NHL-caliber talent

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Minor League System for Florida Panthers overflowing with NHL-caliber talent

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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