Photo: Although it is early in the season, St. Louis Blues prospect Austin Poganski risks taking a step back from his impressive freshman season at the University of North Dakota (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)
The St. Louis Blues have plenty of young talents in their pipeline and several of their prospects opened the 2015-16 campaign at the pro level. In terms of positional depth, the Blues possess a deep group of goaltenders and continue to find ways to replenish their defensive prospects. While a few positions boast high-end talent, overall depth on the wings needs to be addressed – especially after several players already made the jump to the NHL over the last few seasons.
Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco elected to end his NCAA career after five games to join the Rangers this past week (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Kitchener Rangers are off to a hot start thanks to a pair of former U.S. recruits. In the AHL, a pretty shootout move is only trumped by a goaltender who makes three saves in three seconds. In Sweden, a 15 year old prospect is raising some eyebrows with awe-inspiring moves of his own. Finally, the NHL is in full swing and Jack Eichel scored again, a pair of rookies have the ice to themselves, and Captain Clutch rocks out in Chicago. Read more»
Photo: Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak has produced 12 goals and 31 points in 54 NHL games to date after being chosen 25th overall in 2014 NHL Draft by the Bruins (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
The Czech Republic is well represented in the 31-40 section of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects for the Fall of 2015. Three Czechs are included among the 10 prospects in this group, with six of the 10 hailing from Europe. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko eludes Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau in a game in which Parayko scored his first two NHL goals (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko put two shots on net in his team’s 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, and both connected for goals including Parayko’s first NHL goal. Parayko’s second was also the game-winning goal, making it a night to remember for the Alberta native. Read more»
Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Hannikainen will start the 2015-16 season with the Blue Jackets’ new AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Central Division isn’t home to as many radical changes as the Pacific Division, but it is part of the American Hockey League’s new landscape.
The Manitoba Moose have returned, while the Lake Erie Monsters have a new affiliate — switching from Colorado to the Columbus Blue Jackets — and the rest of the division is ripe with talent. Read more»