Photo: Defenseman Jon Merrill had a strong rookie pro season in 2013-14, managing two goals and nine assists in 52 NHL games. (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Thanks to a few rookies stepping up last season, the New Jersey Devils feel comfortable to trust their prospects with bigger roles going forward. The change has already started on the blue line, but the transition with forwards might take a while.
Photo: The Calgary Flames made Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett the top forward chosen out of the OHL when they nabbed with the fourth pick overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The Ontario Hockey League is not shy about professing itself as the premier route to “The Show”. And with nearly 20 per cent of this year’s drafted players coming out of the OHL — including 10 first-rounders — it’s clear that the “O” is not planning to relinquish its crown. Read more»
Photo: John Quenneville was one of several prospects selected in the 2014 NHL Draft to have NHL bloodlines. His second cousin, Joel, is the current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Entering the draft, the New Jersey Devils were playing with house money. The NHL had rescinded part of the penalty from the Ilya Kovalchuk cap-circumventing contract and gave the team their first round pick back. Thus, the team entered Philadelphia with six picks.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and 2014 prospect Connor Chatham changed his development path after the firing of former University of Denver head coach, George Gwodzecky (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Connor Chatham’s path to the NHL Draft was diverted thanks to a coaching change in the U.S. collegiate ranks — and an American team’s success at grooming American players has led to another top U.S. prospect passing through Plymouth en route to the 2014 NHL Draft.