Photo: San Jose second-round pick Noah Rod had nearly as many points in the playoffs as he did all season for his club, suggesting he may enjoy a breakout campaign in 2015-16 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
As the 2014-15 hockey season comes to a close, the San Jose Sharks are heading into uncharted waters. Their ten year consecutive playoff streak came to an end this season on the heels of what can best be described as a hopeful youth movement. With few monumental changes to the guard, the Sharks’ focus shifts heavily towards change from within. The Sharks have always had an ability to churn out prospects to fill organizational needs, and with an emerging crop of talented and underrated prospects on the horizon, they look poised to quickly get back to the high seas of success.
Photo: San Jose Sharks fifth-round pick Dan O’Regan scored the overtime winner versus Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The San Jose Sharks have an intriguing group of prospects at the NCAA and European levels. These prospects represent some of the highest potential this pool has to offer; it is also mired in shortcomings.
Photo: The Providence College Friars pose with the National Championship trophy after defeating Boston University by a 4-3 score in the 2015 Frozen Four at TD Garden in Boston, MA (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)
It took them 30 years to get back to the championship game, not to mention some much needed puck luck to be in a position to win it, but Providence College finally earned their first National Championship as they defeated Boston University by a 4-3 score at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more»
Photo: Boston University forward Jack Eichel (#9, lower right) watches his backhand shot enter the net to give BU the early 1-0 lead. Eichel scored two goals and added an assist in his team’s 5-3 win over the University of North Dakota (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
While it was by no means a one-man performance, Boston University forward Jack Eichel provided further proof of why he is considered a lock to be chosen second overall at the 2015 NHL Draft. Eichel and his BU teammates defeated a determined University of North Dakota squad, 5-3, in the second semi-final contest at the 2015 Frozen Four in Boston, MA. Read more»
Photo: University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula and Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel are a pair of nine’s that led their schools in scoring in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
While the first semi-final game at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four features two schools with little or no history at this event, the second game of the day pits two schools – Boston University and the University of North Dakota – with a combined 63 appearances and 43 titles between them. Read more»