Photo: Yale University product Ken Agostino has been one of the top pro prospects for the Calgary Flames over the last two seasons, and is a leader for the Stockton Heat in its first season in California (courtesy of Jack Lima)
The struggles of the Calgary Flames in the 2015-16 season have been high-profile. They have failed to build upon a Cinderella run last year that saw the team beat the analytics and crash out after getting to the Division Finals. With struggles coming from the big club, you would like to at least see some good coming from their AHL affiliate in their inaugural season in Stockton, California. Unfortunately, it that has not been the case.
Photo: San Jose’s 2010 draft had its best returns from American high schooler Charlie Coyle, the key component in the Brent Burns acquisition (courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon Sportswire)
2010 was a heartbreaking year for the San Jose Sharks. They had a squad built for the playoffs, and after being the top team in the Western Conference for a second season in a row, they faltered in the Conference finals, failing to win a single game against the eventual Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.
Due to their success, but ultimate failure, the Sharks would pick 28th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft – a tough pill to swallow for a team that hadn’t had a 1st round selection in the two years prior (and would trade one the next year).
Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Freddie Hamilton (C) celebrates his first NHL goal with Daniel Briere (L) and Nick Holden (R) in the Avalanche’s 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
Five years after he was drafted and 18 games into his NHL career, Colorado Avalanche forward Freddie Hamilton notched his first NHL goal – the eventual game-winner – in his club’s 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Read more»
Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras is expected to bolster the Avs’ defense next season. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Avalanche prospect pool isn’t exactly ripe with players ready to make the jump to the NHL. However, there are a few underrated prospects who could blossom into future stars for the team if their development continues on the same track.
Photo: Worcester Sharks forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Freddie Hamilton is again leading the AHL Sharks in scoring with nine goals and 30 points in 49 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
Amidst injuries and call-ups for several of their top scorers and the announcement that the Worcester Sharks will be part of the American Hockey League’s five-team westward expansion into California, the 2014-15 AHL Sharks’ team is in the playoff picture, currently holding onto the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Read more»