Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie Barclay Goodrow has provided energy in a limited role. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
The San Jose Sharks have had an up and down 2014-2015 NHL season but with an eye on the future, and a deep desire to ‘get younger’, the growing pains were to be expected. The fact that the team remains in the playoff hunt is a testament to many of the younger players in the lineup who have risen up to play important roles for the organization.
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Photo: Justin Bailey has scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 20 games since being traded to the Soo Greyhounds at the trade deadline. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Only a team with a wealth of young talent like the Buffalo Sabres could have put together a package appetizing enough to wrestle Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian away from Winnipeg. Outgoing prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux are promising young players, but the organization has plenty of others—and the best are still in the fold. Read more »
Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn was ranked 53rd in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images )
One collegiate freshman from Great Britain scores a beauty in Happy Valley, while a former SHL Goalie of the Year makes a spectacular save. Three OHL players with different NHL circumstances score this weekend in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more »
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan has been brilliant as a junior player. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The Winnipeg Jets broke the mold this month, making the team’s first major trade in their short history – a massive seven-player deal that saw franchise top-five picks Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian head to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux, and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
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Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)
If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more »
Photo: St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Petteri Lindbohm didn’t just net his first NHL goal in the Blues’ win over the Boston Bruins, as he also had a bout with the Bruins’ Jordan Caron (courtesy of Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
After a sluggish first period for he and his St. Louis Blues teammates, Blues defenseman Petteri Lindbohm scored the goal – his first NHL goal – that got the Blues rolling to an eventual 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Read more »
Photo: Nashville’s top prospect Kevin Fiala is scoring nearly a point-per-game in the AHL since arriving in Milwaukee. (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
Filip Forsberg’s Calder Trophy-caliber campaign has pushed Nashville to the top of the NHL standings, making his the most notable graduation of the season. Add to that the trade that sent Brendan Leipsic to the Leafs, Patrick Cehlin’s return to Sweden, and solid pro seasons for Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck, and the result is a shake-up in Nashville’s Top 20.
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Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Brandon Kozun nets his first NHL goal in the first period of 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes (courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)
He made a name for himself during the 2014 NHL preseason, but Toronto Maple Leafs‘ rookie Brandon Kozun had to wait a little while longer to net his first NHL goal, the only Leafs goal in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more »
Photo: Madison Bowey’s goal and three assists helped Team Canada win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships (Image courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals have promoted a pair of prime-time NHL prospects into their lineup this year, with the highly-touted duo of Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky making the team out of camp. Although fluctuating ice time has somewhat limited their overall impact, both were in the early season Calder Trophy conversation—and have continued to produce solid numbers. Read more »
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Dmitrij Jaskin could provide additional scoring depth in the playoffs. (courtesy of Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
Going into the season, it was already clear that the St. Louis Blues had a strong lineup and did not need to rush any young players. Fortunately, even with the few spots available at the NHL level, a couple of prospects are enjoying increasingly significant roles as the Blues make a run for the NHL playoffs.
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