Kristo’s offensive touch helping to propel Chicago Wolves

by Sean Shapiro
Danny Kristo - Chicago Wolves

Photo: Chicago Wolves forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Danny Kristo starred at the University of North Dakota for four seasons, producing 161 points in 157 NCAA contests (courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves)

Danny Kristo has always had a nose for the net.

At the University of North Dakota, he was good for a goal every other game, while netting 47 goals in 137 combined games over the last two seasons with the Hartford WolfPack. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Lundqvist, Berra, others sparkle in this Goalie Edition

by David Hahn
Jake Allen - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen has posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through 15 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

In this special edition of Prospect Impressions, goaltenders from the NHL, AHL, and junior hockey take over to make a week’s worth of highlight-reel saves. King Henrik stood tall on home ice in New York before making news off it, and fellow NHL netminders Reto Berra and Jake Allen kept pace right behind him. Plenty more saves, a fight between players who are now teammates, and a light-hearted, behind-the-scenes look at life as a goaltender are all included. Read more»

Rookies Simon, Sundqvist filling their roles ably for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

by Tony Androckitis
Dominik Simon - Team Czech Republic - 2015  IIHF World Championship

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Dominik Simon competed for the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, posting a goal and five assists in 10 games (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forwards Dominik Simon and Oskar Sundqvist are rookies by trade in the North American pro game, but both have played professional hockey overseas in the Czech Republic and Sweden, respectively. While it is not the first time these two have competed against men at a high level of play, it is the first time they are experiencing it on the smaller North American ice surface. Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Blackhawks, Coyotes place two each among honorable mentions for Fall ranking

by HF Staff
Brayden Point - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brayden Point currently leads the WHL in scoring with 16 goals and 39 points in 16 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects for the Fall of 2015 is now in the books, but there is still the group of 10 honorable mentions that should receive their due. At least a few of these players could arguably have been included in the lower reaches of the main list, and they may well find their way onto the Spring list in early 2016 once prospects on the main list have graduated. Read more»

Heat’s Gillies learning the pro game in the AHL after NCAA championship finale

by Sean Shapiro
Jon Gillies - Stockton Heat

Photo: Stockton Heat goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has appeared in seven games for the Heat so far in 2015-16, posting a 2.31 goals-against average and .920 save percentage (courtesy of Asvitt Photography)

Jon Gillies doesn’t look or act like a rookie for the Stockton Heat.

The 21-year-old goaltender is calm and poised while defending the net for the Calgary FlamesAHL affiliate, and he doesn’t get rattled by the big moments. He is also a leader in the locker room for a team that is playing its first season in Northern California. Read more»

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