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: Forward Jonathan Drouin should be one of the top NHL rookies in 2014-15. Drouin was the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Despite the fact the team graduated a large number of prospects last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s system remains flush with high-end prospects.
Photo: Winger Jonathan Drouin had a standout season in the QMJHL, managing 108 points in only 46 games. Drouin was selected third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Despite a first round playoff exit to the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has to be feeling pretty good about the position the organization is in right now. The Lightning finished a surprising second place in the Atlantic Division, with key contributions from young players like Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, and Ondrej Palat, among others.
Photo: Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis had a strong rookie season in the AHL, winning 18 of 35 starts while posting a 2.68 goals against average. Gudlevkis also represented Latvia at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have steadily built a strong group of prospects since the arrival of general manager Steve Yzerman in 2010. This season, their patience paid dividends as they made a surprising playoff appearance. Several prospects – Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Mark Barberio – made key contributions and earned regular NHL roles.
Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Nicolas Kerdiles has been outstanding in his sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin. A second round pick the 2012 NHL Draft, Kerdiles has compiled 15 goals and 22 assists through 27 games this year. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)
Welcome to the March 2014 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.