Photo: University of Notre Dame goaltender and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cal Petersen has appeared in all 26 games the Fighting Irish have played in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
The second half of the NCAA hockey season is underway as teams battle for conference playoff positioning and NCAA Tournament bids. In this month’s NCAA Prospects Notebook, Hockey’s Future looks back at the many excellent performances by NHL prospects during the month of January. Read more»
Photo: Michael Spacek has 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) during his first season overseas with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Welcome to the January 2016 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling behind. Read more»
Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski is looking to build off of a fine freshman season with the Wolverines in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
For the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey season, the Big Ten Conference features 40 NHL prospects, with each member school having at least two prospects on their rosters. The University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota lead all conference teams with 12 prospects apiece. Read more»
Photo: Teuvo Teravainen is soon to graduate from prospect status and his playoff performance is a major reason some remain bullish on the Blackhawks (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
The 2015-16 season is one of uncertainty for the Chicago Blackhawks. The harsh realities of the salary-cap era were quite evident during the offseason. Brandon Saad (CBJ), Patrick Sharp (DAL), Antti Raanta (NYR), Stephen Johns (DAL), Michael Paliotta (CBJ) and Alex Broadhurst (CBJ) were all parts of trades meant to add flexibility as well as talent to the organization. Furthermore, the likes of Brad Richards, Johnny Oduya and Antoine Vermette have found new teams through the free agency market. In other words, this year’s Blackhawks squad will look different than the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions we saw in June.
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Nick Schmaltz, drafted 20th overall at the 2014 NHL Draft, was the top-scoring freshman for North Dakota, with 26 points in 38 games (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)
After the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 on June 15th, the great debate began again as to whether or not Chicago is considered a modern-day dynasty in the NHL. Winning three Stanley Cups in just six seasons, especially in the salary-cap era, is no easy feat, but the Blackhawks have continued to be the cream of the crop come the postseason. While free agent signings and trades always help add depth to a team like the Blackhawks, it’s to smart drafting that Chicago can credit a fair amount of its success.