The return of Jordan Staal—and his new job centering brother Eric—has the Carolina Hurricanes off to a strong start in 2015. Unfortunately, the 2014 part of their schedule was not so kind. Despite a 6-2-1 record in January’s first nine games, the Hurricanes still reside near the bottom of the NHL standings, 20 points out of a playoff spot that has long been too far in the distance.
Lucas Wallmark and Nikolaj Ehlers recently put their talent on display at the 2015 World Junior Championship, while forward Zach Nastasiuk is having his best season offensively in the OHL to this point of the 2014-15 season. All three players are featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions feature that gathers up some recent, noteworthy NHL prospect highlights. Read more»
The drama last winter in Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship could hardly be topped. Playing at home in front of crowds sized larger than 12,500 per game, Team Sweden defeated one opponent after another with a literal dream team of U20 athletes. Then they faced the tourney’s upstart team, and their archrival, Finland and it seemed the stars were aligned for a victory parade that few Swedish junior teams had ever topped. Winning the WJC in their home country would have been a story ripe for Hollywood. Read more»