Photo: Providence College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski will be an important player in his school’s quest to win back-to-back NCAA championships (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
This season, no NCAA hockey conference features more NHL prospects than the Hockey East Association (HEA). 62 drafted players representing all 12 member schools will be in action in the 2015-16 season with Boston College leading all Hockey East teams with 13 prospects, followed by Boston University with 10 and Notre Dame with 9. Read more »
Photo: A 2015 second-round pick, Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson can quiet some of his doubters with another big offensive season with the Barrie Colts (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Calgary Flames are just now beginning to reap the rewards of patience with the prospect group. After three consecutive quality drafts, there are a number of quality prospects already signed with the team that are either on the verge of playing in the NHL or already there. Among them, Sam Bennett is at the top of the heap, and for good reason.
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Photo: The beginning of Matt Grzelcyk’s 2015-16 season has been delayed as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
Perhaps no franchise epitomizes the “What have you done for me lately?” nature of the National Hockey League more so than the Boston Bruins. Boston reached the NHL finals twice in a three-year span, winning a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010-11 and just two seasons ago won 54 games—the most since the Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito days in 1971-72. Read more »
Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Nick Merkley will try to improve on the 20-goal, 90-point season that he produced in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When one watches from a distance, it’s apparent there is plenty of energy bundled up in the package that sports #10 in a Kelowna Rockets’ jersey.
“I just love the game,” Nick Merkley said, when queried by Hockey’s Future about his intensity. “I think that’s the biggest thing. I’m really a competitive guy.” Read more »
Photo: University of Denver forward and Boston Bruins prospect Danton Heinen was a scoring star in his freshman season, posting 16 goals and 45 points in 40 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)
In 2015-16, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) features 45 NHL prospects representing all member schools, with each team having at least two prospects on their respective rosters. North Dakota leads with 12 prospects, followed by Nebraska-Omaha with nine. Read more »
Photo: Gatineau’s Yakov Trenin, the Predators’ first pick of the 2015 Draft, got a late start on the QMJHL season due to training camp but can provide steady offense for his club (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
The Nashville Predators organization has undergone quite a transformation in the nearly 17 months since Peter Laviolette took over as the second coach in franchise history. That transformation figures to continue as some of the veterans brought in to revive the franchise eventually retire or are moved to make room for the young prospects coming up through the system.
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Photo: Dallas Stars rookie forward Radek Faksa saw his first regular season NHL action on Saturday vs. the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
Someday, when Radek Faksa looks back at his career, 2015 is going to be well ingrained in his memory.
It started with a left shoulder injury suffered Jan. 4th against the Charlotte Checkers, which required surgery on Jan. 9th, his 21st birthday, and cost him the rest of the 2014-15 AHL season with the Texas Stars. Read more »
Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski is looking to build off of a fine freshman season with the Wolverines in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
For the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey season, the Big Ten Conference features 40 NHL prospects, with each member school having at least two prospects on their rosters. The University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota lead all conference teams with 12 prospects apiece. Read more »
Photo: Farjestad BK forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (#20) should be a prominent player for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy HC Dynamo Pardubice/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Connor McDavid came through for the Edmonton Oilers this weekend, and is centering one of the most interesting forward combinations so far this year. The Erie Otters miss him, but still boast a perfect record thanks to some tremendous passing. Lawson Crouse and Conor McGlynn helped Kingston to a pair of overtime victories, and Joel Eriksson Ek did the same for Farjestad BK. This and more in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more »
Photo: Arizona State University forward Ryan Belonger will lead the offensive charge for the Sun Devils as they make the switch to NCAA D1 hockey (courtesy of Peter Vander Stoep/Sun Devil Athletics)
This season, Arizona State University becomes the 62nd member of NCAA Men’s D1 Hockey. It also marks the first time in 30 years that a school west of Colorado has played at this level.
The Sun Devils opened their inaugural NCAA D1 season on Oct. 9th versus host Alaska-Anchorage in the Kendall Hockey Classic. Read more »