Photo: Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov and his Team Finland teammates are having good success at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, going 4-0 so far at that tournament (courtesy of JUSSI NUKARI/AFP/Getty Images)
More so than any IIHF World Championship in recent years, this year’s tournament has been all about the young players. With so many high-profile teenagers on the rosters of various teams, 20-year-old Aleksander Barkov – who has three NHL seasons under his belt and has already played in the Winter Olympics and last year’s World Championship – may seem like a veteran. Read more »
Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Ryan Graves appeared in 74 games for the Wolf Pack in 2015-16, posting nine goals and 21 points in his AHL rookie season (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)
The real excitement for the New York Rangers organization in terms of prospects is in Europe and at the junior level, where several goalie and forward prospects are having outstanding seasons. Read more »
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli is like many in the system: a highly-skilled player who needs more physical maturity before he is ready for the NHL level (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have had standout performances from a number of prospects this season both at the pro and junior levels. In the CHL, recent draftees Dennis Yan, Anthony Cirelli, Mathieu Joseph and Mitchell Stephens all had impressive campaigns. The organization also got contributions in Tampa Bay from players like Nikita Nesterov – who graduated from prospect status – as well as arriving talents Slater Koekkoek and Joel Vermin.
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Photo: University of Michigan forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor was a runner-up for the 2016 Hobey Baker Award after a strong freshman campaign with the Wolverines (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
A few different considerations go into deciding the Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Year – performance, expectation, and of course showing up on the monthly list throughout the season. There were standout players at every level of hockey this season, but nobody fit the criteria more than University of Michigan’s Kyle Connor (WPG). Read more »
Photo: The Lake Erie Monsters have been dominant to start the Calder Cup playoffs, bolstered by Blue Jackets prospects like Oliver Bjorkstrand (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Despite a horrendous start to the 2015-16 campaign that the team simply couldn’t recover from, a number of young players received quality playing time with the Blue Jackets this season and get to continue their seasons now. It might be hard to hear for a fanbase that was expecting playoffs this season, but a bright future in Cleveland means good things for the Columbus Blue Jackets. A deep playoff run builds crucial experience for young players and instills winning habits. But beyond the pro level, the organization has had impressive prospect performances at both the junior and amateur level, as well as overseas.
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Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine (#29) makes his presence felt in the game between Finland and Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
In a tournament seemingly full of highly anticipated games, this one may have been the most anticipated: USA vs Finland, Auston Matthews vs Patrik Laine, the two leading candidates to be taken No. 1. overall in this year’s NHL Draft. Read more »
Photo: New Jersey Devils prospects John Quenneville (#47) and Pavel Zacha (#37) will be two important players for the Devils as they work their way towards the NHL (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Despite missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, the New Jersey Devils are on the right path back to being a winning organization. Not only did the NHL club enjoy unexpected success, but the majority of their prospects enjoyed their own developmental success in their respective leagues. Read more »
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Austin Poganski was fifth in scoring for NCAA national champion North Dakota, and will be part of a group capable of defending its title next season (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
Going into the year, it was unclear who would step up this season but several St. Louis Blues prospects have made a huge splash in 2015-16. The most notable names are Robby Fabbri, Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson. While Fabbri and Parayko were highly-touted as the season progressed, Edmundson took advantage of his opportunity and has been a mainstay on the Blues’ blueline. With all three players graduating this season, the 2016 Prospect Awards opens the door to new up-and-coming names in the Blues’ prospect pool heading into the NHL Entry Draft.
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Photo: Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov saw his game go to another level in the 2015-16 season as he posted 20 goals and 77 points in 82 games for the Capitals (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
When it comes to the sport of ice hockey, there is hardly an athlete in the professional game who has survived a career free of serious injury. Amongst the most common, sometimes even career-threatening, injuries are those to shoulders and ACL tears. Read more »
Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid is competing for Team Canada at his first IIHF World Championship after winning gold with Canada at the U20 World Junior Championship in 2015 (courtesy of Pavel Bednyakov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The 2016 IIHF World Championship started with the most anticipated match-up, according to North American fans. Not only was it Canada against the USA, but the game featured the senior men’s national team debuts of Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews – the No. 1 overall draft pick last season and the presumptive No. 1 pick this year. Read more »