Photo: Markus Granlund returns to the AHL in 2014-15, where he is expected to produce more than the 44 points he did last season. (courtesy of Chris Austin/Icon Sportswire)
It has been a long time since the Calgary Flames have had a deep talent pool like the current group developing at each position. The Flames were fortunate to add four first-round picks to their system in the past two years, which includes a pair of centers from Ontario in Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett, who became the highest pick in team history when selected fourth overall in the 2014 NHL draft.
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Nikita Kucherov (86) has celebrated a few goals with his teammates in 2014 NHL preseason action (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
As the 2014 NHL preseason winds down, the number of prospects remaining with the big club has dwindled, as well. So, despite a night in which there were seven NHL games to choose from, only a handful of NHL prospects in those games stood out. And, as has been the case more than once in this preseason, the Tampa Bay Lightning provided those top prospect performances. Read more»
Photo: Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan, shown here scoring a shootout goal against the Los Angeles Kings’ Jonathan Quick, was second in goals for the Flames in 2013-14, behind Mike Cammalleri (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Fatigue is something you can expect in any hockey player at the close of a hockey season. In an Olympic year, the wearinenss is even more visible than after any other campaign, resulting in many stars sitting out the IIHF World Championship tournament contested in May of each year.
Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon led all NHL rookies in scoring during the 2013-14 regular season, and even led all NHL scorers during the 2014 NHL playoffs until the Avalanche were eliminated in the first round (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon had a huge second half of the season to pull away from the field in the Calder Trophy race. His performance in the 2014 NHL playoffs was simply the cherry on top of a great rookie season.
Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon is the top NHL rookie in most offensive categories and has totaled 62 points in 79 games (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
The Calder Trophy race heads down the stretch and, while Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat led all rookie scorers in the month of March, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon has tightened his hold on the lead in the Hockey's Future monthly poll.