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Since the move from Atlanta after the 2011 NHL season the Jets organization has fully committed to a slow and steady process of building up a young nucleus of players through the draft.
The franchise’s playoff berth this year, earned by outlasting the defending Stanly Cup champion Los Angeles Kings to clinch the 8th and final playoff spot in the difficult Western Conference is definitely a sign that this arduous process is finally coming to fruition.
Though the Manchester Monarchs are the 2014-15 AHL champions, the Los Angeles Kings are on the links, and the 2015 NHL entry draft is coming soon. The Kings have seen outstanding performances from a number of their young prospects this year, and it is showing in the way of Memorial Cup performances and AHL heroics. Meanwhile, the Kings have started to hit a potential point of transition, where young prospects may need to rise to the occasion soon. With a sort of mini-rebuild seemingly on the horizon, the Kings are going to need to get down to business with strong drafting in order to stave off any sustained dip in results. They have ironically picked a decent year to get into the top 15, as the 2015 draft looks to be one of the strongest in a decade.
When Slovakia beat Sweden 3-1 to kick off the 2015 U18 World Championship, it was very much looking like the year of Slovakian junior success would continue. A thoroughly unexpected bronze medal at the 2015 World Junior Championship was a huge success for an ice hockey nation that faces many developmental challenges, especially in the financial department. Read more »
While the number of Russian players in the NHL has decreased when compared to the early 2000’s, a trend reversal is expected in the next few years, especially considering the difficult economic situation of the KHL. Some evidence of this change includes the offseason movement of some of the KHL’s top players crossing the Atlantic in a fashion that hasn’t been seen in many years, with players like Artemi Panarin, Evgeny Medvedev, Sergei Plotnikov and others venturing forth to the NHL. Read more »
The cream of the crop won’t have to wait long to hear their names called at the 2015 NHL Draft. Unlike most years, this truly is a deep draft, where numerous talents will be counted on as possible franchise players, and could possibly include every name on this list. Read more »
Holding the ninth overall pick after a season of struggle, disappointment and growing pains, the San Jose Sharks will station themselves near the front of the stage at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. It will be the highest selection the organization has had since it took Logan Couture with the same pick back in 2007.
Even for the eternal optimist, it’s hard to look at the Arizona Coyotes as they currently stand and think positive thoughts. The team missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season, the organization was forced into trading two of their core players in Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette, and now a messy and frustrating legal situation is front and center. Read more »