Photo: Selected as an overage pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, forward Myles Bell is currently playing for a contract from the New Jersey Devils. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
As the veteran-laden New Jersey Devils prepare for their quest for the Stanley Cup, the prospects of the organization continue their journey to play in the NHL one day. While opportunities await in the near future, a few notable players have the chance to establish or re-establish themselves this season.
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Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal is the early favorite to be the first player chosen from the WHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
As much as the players are the show in junior hockey, the big stories across the WHL’s Western Conference heading into the 2014-15 season have occurred behind the bench. Half of the teams in the West, five of ten, will have a new bench boss at the helm when the regular season begins on September 19. Read more »
Photo: Colin Miller should see increased ice time with the Manchester Monarchs in 2014-15. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
With the current state of several Los Angeles Kings prospects it seems like there are plenty of questions to be asked to start this 2014-15 season. The organization is reaching an apex with several of their prospect groups and 2014-15 seems like a year where plays could be made.
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Photo: Defenseman Michal Jordan is one of several Carolina prospects who is playing for a new contract in the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
The Carolina Hurricanes have one bold, italicized line on their to-do list for the 2014-15: return to the postseason. That is not very different from what the team’s goal has been for much of the past five seasons, but this year has a different feel with new men in charge as general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters now run things in the front office and on the ice, respectively.
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Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect William Nylander was chosen 13th overall in the CHL Import Draft by the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 18-year-old first-rounder William Nylander may be young in NHL years, but he’s got a wealth of NHL experience behind him. And that confidence, along with a copious amount of talent, may propel him to the big-league roster as early as this season. Read more »
Photo: Ottawa Senators’ forward prospect Buddy Robinson spent two seasons playing Junior A hockey in Canada before moving to Lake Superior State for two seasons, then turned pro with the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
Tank? For sure. Brick? Perhaps. You could even understand a playful Tiny. But at 6’5 and 240+ pounds of solid mass and physicality, the Ottawa Senators’ prospect does not appear to be a Buddy. But that is the name that has stuck for Buddy Robinson — and it’s a name that’s starting to make some waves throughout the Senators’ organization. Read more »
Photo: Miikka Salomaki looks poised to have an offensive breakout with the Milwaukee Admirals in his second AHL season. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The most obvious change for the Nashville Predators this season will be behind the bench, where veteran coach Peter Laviolette replaces the only coach in the history of the franchise, Barry Trotz.
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Photo: Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is one of several Philadelphia prospects making their professional debut with the Flyers organization. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Several of the Philadelphia Flyers‘ top prospects will begin their professional careers in 2014-15, including former NCAA standout Shayne Gostisbehere.
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Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospect Tom Kuhnhackl spent most of the 2013-14 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, registering 8 goals and 2 assists in 48 games for that club (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
For the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ Tom Kuhnhackl, having participated in the Leafs’ rookie tournament for a third consecutive year doesn’t prevent some confusion, especially when the team’s second game featured a new wrinkle on an old rule. Read more »
Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins defensive prospect Scott Harrington is entering his second season of pro hockey after spending the 2013-14 season with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
A little home cooking, some familiar surroundings, and a dash of “third time’s the charm” — for Pittsburgh Penguins’ defender Scott Harrington, a return to his junior roots may be just the launching pad he needs to take a shot at cracking the NHL club’s roster. Read more »