Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Cal Pickard has provided excellent work in his rookie campaign (courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)
The Avalanche’s chances of making the playoffs this year seem to get bleaker and bleaker as each day passes. For each step forward the team makes, they take another two back. This season has not been one that the team and fans expected after last year’s success.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore recently received his first call up to the NHL. Shore was picked by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
Welcome to the January 2015 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.
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»
Photo: Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Borna Rendulic celebrates his first NHL goal, the first NHL goal scored by a Croatian-born player (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Borna Rendulic made the most of his second call-up to the NHL from the AHL‘s Lake Erie Monsters, scoring his first NHL goal in the Avalanche’s 4-3 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Read more»
Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon (#38) is currently 8th in scoring for the Monsters (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Not every hockey player drafted in the first round goes straight into the NHL. Some head back to their respective junior team looking to build off of recent success, while others maybe head to the American Hockey League (AHL) to fine-tune their game and get into NHL-ready condition. Read more»