Photo: Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie is just under a point-per-game in his OHL career. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
As a new face emerges as the number one overall prospect with the Ducks, it is hard not to notice the strong group of defensemen and wingers Anaheim currently boasts. A staggering 17 of the 20 listed players on the spring list play either wing or defense. If the goal is to build from the back out, the Ducks have a blossoming mixture of talented defensemen and one of the best young goaltenders in the world to achieve that goal. Up front they also have a nice blend of size, skill, and speed to complement their NHL center depth. While the logjam may end up hurting some of these players’ chances, it currently is a big boost to the organization in terms of depth and quality.
Photo: Forward Sven Andrighetto is one of several prospects to receive a call-up to the NHL this season. Montreal picked Andrighetto in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
The Montreal Canadiens boast a record of 31-13-3 and have been at or around the top of the standings throughout the 2014-15 NHL season. A handful of prospects have been key contributors to Montreal’s first half success.
Photo: Nashville Predators rookie forward Filip Forsberg is tied with Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman for the rookie goal-scoring lead with 15 goals so far in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
Filip Forsberg of Nashville and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau continue to hold the top two spots in the Hockey’s Future staff Calder Trophy Poll for December while Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad has also begun to separate himself from the rest of the field — making it look like this year’s award will come down to one of those three players. Read more»
Photo: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi should compete for ice time in the NHL this season. Tinordi was a first round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
Despite graduating phenomenal young players like Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, and Michael Bournival, the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool continues to look strong. While restocking, the Canadiens have also managed to diversify their prospect pool, developing players of many different styles and capabilities at all positions.
Photo: Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is unable to stop a shot by Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Jiri Sekac (not pictured) in the Habs’ 6-4 win over the Bruins on Thursday night (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
The Montreal Canadiens‘ prized off-season signing started paying dividends on Thursday night. Forward Jiri Sekac, a native of the Czech Republic who starred in the KHL last season before being signed by the Habs back in July, scored his first NHL goal in his team’s 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins in the Habs’ home opener. Read more»