2015 Prospect Tournaments: Move to Pittsburgh a fresh start for Biggs

by Jason Menard
Tyler Biggs - Toronto Maple Leafs (2014)

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospect Tyler Biggs took part in the 2014 Leafs Rookie Tournament as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but was dealt in the offseason from the Leafs to the Penguins in the Phil Kessel deal (courtesy of Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

It may have been Canada Day, but July 1st marked a momentous occasion for an American hockey player. That was the day Phil Kessel was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. But this isn’t the story of that American hockey player. Read more»

2015 Prospect Tournaments: Blues’ third rounder Parayko now a difficult player to miss

by Sean Shapiro
Colton Parayko - Chicago Wolves

Photo: St. Louis Blues defensive prospect Colton Parayko joined the Chicago Wolves after completing his junior season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, posting four goals and seven points in 17 AHL games (courtesy of the Chicago Wolves)

It’s hard to miss Colton Parayko. There aren’t many 6-foot-5 human beings in the world.

There are even less that can skate with smooth precision and have innate sense of positioning on the ice. Read more»

2015 Prospect Tournaments: Senators’ Puempel looks to stick in NHL after brief stint last season

by Jason Menard
Matt Puempel - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators forward prospect Matt Puempel spent the first half of the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators before making his NHL debut with Ottawa on February 21st, 2015 (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

For Matt Puempel, the third time truly was the charm – his third appearance in the Leafs’ Rookie Tournament preceded his arrival in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. But after suffering a high-ankle injury 13 games into his NHL career last year, Puempel is back in London, Ontario for his fourth go-round, and is looking to build on his experience both in the tournament and the NHL to solidify his position as a bonafide NHL forward. Read more»

2015 Prospect Tournaments: Blackhawks’ Hinostroza turning heads for hometown team

by Sean Shapiro
Vince Hinostroza - University of Notre Dame

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks forward prospect Vince Hinostroza appeared in 76 games over two seasons for the University of Notre Dame, posting 19 goals and 76 points (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

Growing up in nearby Bartlett, Illinois, Vince Hinostroza dreamed of playing for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Now that he’s officially part of the organization, he’s making an impact for Chicago’s prospect team at the 2015 Traverse City Prospects Tournament hosted by the Detroit Red Wings. Read more»

2015 Prospect Tournaments: Penguins’ Jarry, Murray rivals on ice, friends off ice

by Jason Menard
Tristan Jarry - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry played in 55 games for the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2014-15, posting a 2.74 goals-against average and .907 save percentage (courtesy of courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

You could forgive Pittsburgh Penguins‘ goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry for feeling that London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens is a home away from home. After all, winning a Memorial Cup can make one have fond feelings for a city. Read more»

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