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NHL Prospects Roundup: Bailey, Reinhart give potential glimpse of Sabres’ future

by Ken McKenna
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Justin Bailey - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Justin Bailey currently is 10th in scoring in the OHL with 14 goals and 15 assists (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Buffalo Sabres fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about so far in the 2014-15 season, but a pair of Sabres prospects provided a spark of hope for the future this past week after being named the Player of the Week in their respective leagues. Read more »

Carolina Hurricanes’ junior prospects taking on important roles this season

by Cory Lavalette
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Clark Bishop - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Forward Clark Bishop is off to a strong start to the 2014-15 season, managing 17 points in his first 18 games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

The Carolina Hurricanes‘ junior prospects are being expected to carry heavy loads this season. As far as player development goes, you cannot ask for much more.

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Depth and development strengthen Anaheim Ducks prospect pipeline

by Jason Lewis
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NHL: OCT 09 Ducks at Penguins

Photo: Rickard Rakell’s two-way game has earned him a job with the Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite the amount of success the Anaheim Ducks have had in recent years, they have still put together a deep pool of talent with a great deal of variety. Their mid-round drafting has been superb and they have rarely failed with high round picks, such as Nick Ritchie. The team is currently seeing an influx of role players and depth players to help support the already high-end talent the NHL team has. It is this sort of cohesiveness to the pipeline that puts the Ducks near the top of the league in overall prospect talent.

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Rockets’ Goulbourne trying to prove he is the real deal

by Glen Erickson
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Tyrell Goulbourne - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Tyrell Goulbourne has produced 394 penalty minutes in 227 WHL games to date (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

It has been said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. If the axiom is entirely valid, it would be well worth it for Tyrell Goulbourne of the Kelowna Rockets to pay heed this season. Read more »

Solid group of defensemen represent Washington Capitals at junior level

by Ryan Womeldorf
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Madison Bowey - Washington Capitals

Photo: Defenseman Madison Bowey is off to a strong start with the Kelowna Rockets, managing seven goals and 19 assists in his first 19 games. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The junior prospects of the Washington Capitals have been all over the radar to start the 2014-15 season. With just seven names on the list for 2013-14, the ranks have thinned out quite a bit as former junior players Brian Pinho and Zach Sanford have headed to the NCAA to develop their games at the collegiate level. That leaves just five prospects at the junior/CHL level, with varying degrees of experience and success.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: McKenzie nets first in loss to Blackhawks

by Ken McKenna
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Curtis McKenzie - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie played four seasons for Miami University, posting 80 points in 159 NCAA games (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

After being named the AHL Rookie of the Year for the 2013-14 season, then beginning this season producing at a point-per-game pace for the Texas Stars, Curtis McKenzie had the look of a player who was ready for the step up to the NHL. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, November, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Connor Carrick - Hershey Bears

Photo: Hershey Bears defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Connor Carrick has been productive for the Bears in the early portion of the 2014-15 AHL season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

Through the first five weeks of the 2014-15 season, there have been plenty of surprises in the AHL‘s Eastern Conference, including fast starts by rookies David Pastrnak and Chase Balisy and by teams who struggled last season such as the Worcester Sharks and Hartford Wolf Pack. Read more »

Arizona Coyotes Junior prospects continue to grow in number and skill

by Pat Paeplow
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Arizona Coyotes Rookie Camp

Photo: Laurent Dauphin has displayed offensive prowess in 2014-15, recording 22 points in his first 16 games (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

Entering the 2014-15 season, many Arizona Coyotes fans were quietly wondering if Max Domi would bring any scoring punch to the desert as an NHL rookie in 2014-15. They were blindsided when he was unceremoniously returned to the OHL’s London Knights without even a sniff of regular season NHL action.

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Team Rankings: Rebuilding Buffalo Sabres still have NHL’s top prospect pool

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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Rasmus Ristolainen is one of a handful of good prospects at that position. Ristolainen is a part of the prospect group ranked first in HF’s team rankings (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Hockey’s Future presents the top group of the 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked by the overall quality of their prospect pool as voted on by the HF staff. For reference, the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet  HF’s prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses.

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2014 Subway Super Series: Opportunistic Russians blank the OHL

by Ken McKenna
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Darnell Nurse - Team OHL

Photo: Team OHL captain and Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse speaks with the media after being named his team’s Player of the Game in the OHL’s 4-0 loss to Team Russia at the 2014 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Ken McKenna)

 

Team Russia rode a solid goaltending performance mixed with some opportunistic scoring to win the first of their two Subway Super Series games against Team OHL, 4-0. The win was also the Russians third in three games in this year’s series, with the first two coming at the expense of Team WHL. Read more »

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