Photo: Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Jiri Sekac signed with the Canadiens in the off-season after scoring 11 goals and 17 assists for HC Lev Praha in 2013-14 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
Another busy slate in the 2014 NHL preseason on Tuesday night, albeit with a pair of split squad games included in that count. But one of those split squad games, between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, may have provided fans of one team with a little hope for the future. Read more »
Photo: MODO forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Victor Olofsson took part at the 2014 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp as a member of Team Sweden (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
If based on the sheer size of the league and the types of contracts that can be handed out, as well as what is clearly a generally outstanding level of ice hockey, most will tell you that the KHL is the best hockey league in Europe. Still, you’ll find many who’ll say there’s no better level of hockey combining pure, proven international competitiveness and the ability to integrate and foster young, excellent talent than in Sweden’s SHL. Read more »
Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson celebrates the first goal of the game vs. the Los Angeles Kings in what would be a three-point night for the former Edmonton Oil Kings forward (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
It was Split Squad Mania on Day 2 of the 2014 NHL preseason slate as eight of the 12 games played involved teams icing a split squad. Seemingly more chances for NHL prospects to shine, but in the end only a handful of notable performances from the youngsters. Read more »
Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending prospect Anton Forsberg is expected to battle for the starting job with the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate in Springfield in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
Being that Hockey’s Future is a website devoted to the coverage of NHL prospects, we’ve decided to add a bit of prospect coverage that is a bit more immediate in nature than much of the content that we provide. This particular feature, the NHL Prospect Roundup, will focus on the more noteworthy recent performances of prospects from the 30 NHL teams. Read more »
Photo: Shane Prince will battle for a spot on the Ottawa Senators NHL roster in 2014-15. Prince was a second round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
Fresh surroundings will aid certain Ottawa Senators prospects in their development paths this season. Former college forward Alex Guptill is embarking on his pro career, while Swedish forward Tobias Lindberg left his country to join the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. Meanwhile, 2014 draft pick Kelly Summers is leaving the Ottawa valley region to test his abilities in the NCAA.
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Photo: Mark Jankowski will need to use his increased ice time to show why he was worthy of being selected 21st overall in 2012. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
With a healthy squad and key new additions, the Calgary Flames have a promising group of prospects ready to start the 2014-15 season. The organization has addressed the shortage of certain positions with the recent draft picks, and prospects have accumulated over the past few seasons. One could even argue that the current group of young players that includes such forwards as Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Markus Granlund and now Sam Bennett could form one of the strongest units in team history.
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Photo: Nikolaj Ehlers was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft after a 104 point season with the Halifax Mooseheads. (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)
The Winnipeg Jets had an exciting third season, playing in the Western Conference for the first time since re-locating from Atlanta. The Jets, however, once again finished just short of a playoff spot. Paul Maurice, who took over as the Jets’ coach in January, seemed to have the team playing better at the end of the year and with a full offseason and training camp should be able to put his mark on the club.
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Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Greg Chase registered 85 points in 2013-14, and is expected to be among the WHL scoring leaders in 2014-15 (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Last season was a special year for the teams that call the WHL‘s Eastern Conference home.
First, Eastern Conference fans in Prince Albert, SK and Red Deer, AB got to see their teams square off in a thrilling, winner take all match to determine who would play the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round of the playoffs. Read more »
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 »