Photo: Teammates during the 2014-15 season, Farjestad forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (L) and Lulea forward Toni Rajala (R) now are on opposing teams in 2015-16, with Farjestad and Lulea both being among the top clubs in the SHL (courtesy of Farjestad Karlstad/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Parts one and two covered the teams ranked sixth through 14th in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the 2015-16 season. Now, part three of this Hockey’s Future season preview looks at the top five teams in the SHL, as ranked by HF. The top five includes 2014-15 league champion, the Vaxjo Lakers, as well as perennial contender Skelleftea. Vaxjo defeated Skelleftea in the finals last season to take the SHL championship. Read more»
Photo: Griffin Reinhart is one of the best defenseman not playing in the NHL this year (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
The Islanders have become a top team in the Eastern Conference this season after years of finishing low in the standings. The team’s success on the draft floor has built a talented core that looks primed to be competitive for years. Read more»
Photo: Defenseman Ryan Pulock has made an immediate impact on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, managing 11 goals and five assists in his first 25 games. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders have an abundance of prospects playing at the professional level. The influx of junior prospects from last season has led to an improved Sound Tiger team.
Photo: Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Kevin Czuczman saw some action in the NHL at the end of last season, but will begin the 2014-15 season with the Sound Tigers (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
With the Adirondack Phantoms re-locating to Allentown and moving to the East Division, the 2013 Eastern Conference champion Syracuse Crunch have been added to the AHL‘s Northeast Division. With a lot of roster turnover amongst all of the teams and a new team in the mix, the division appears to be up for grabs in 2014-15. Read more»
Photo: Scott Mayfield is one of many quality defensive prospects in the New York Islanders system. Mayfield was a second round draft pick in 2011. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
The New York Islanders prospect pool has high-end talent at every position and has the depth to match it. The forward group has some blue chip prospects, a few high potential risk-reward players, and many potential bottom six forwards. The defense group is deep and many are on the cusp of NHL readiness.