Prospect Impressions: Ambidextrous Ehlers, Hartman’s smashing debut, more plays of the week

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Nikolaj Ehlers - Team Denmark - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers starred for a surprising Denmark squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

Nikolaj Ehlers did something that you may not have seen before, while Ryan Hartman’s first NHL shift started with a bang. One WHL defenseman settles into a new home, while a former QMJHL captain leads the way for his new club. Not to be outdone, Andrei Vasilevskiy needed every inch of his 6’3″ frame to rob Mike Ribiero. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Thomas opens scoring for Canadiens with bullet past Fasth

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Christian Thomas - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Christian Thomas celebrates his first NHL goal in the first period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

His father Steve scored 421 goals in the NHL, so Christian Thomas has a long way to go to catch him in that category. But the longest journey begins with the first step, or, in this case, with the first NHL goal for the younger Thomas as the Montreal Canadiens forward netted his milestone marker in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Read more»

The Top Five hockey prospect-producing families in North America

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Drew Shore - Calgary Flames; Nick Shore - Los Angeles Kings - Top 5 Hockey Families

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Drew Shore (L) and Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore (R) are two siblings that have had a taste of NHL action this season (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

When a young hockey player is drafted, the first thing he does is thank his family. He turns to them, shakes their hands, and hugs them. It’s a sign of appreciation and respect, because he realizes the sacrifice made by those around him to get him to that point. It wasn’t just one person doing; it was a family effort. Read more»

Griffins’ Pulkkinen has little left to prove at the AHL level

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Teemu Pulkkinen - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen is no stranger to the front of the net as he is currently the leading goal scorer in the AHL with 27 in 41 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

It seems that the Detroit Red Wings have a penchant for drafting and developing forwards in the American Hockey League before seeing them excel on NHL ice. Those in the Motor City might not have to wait much longer to add another homegrown talent to their permanent NHL roster with the emergence of 2015 AHL All-Star forward, Teemu Pulkkinen. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: AHL journeyman Hamilton opens scoring against Islanders

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Ryan Hamilton - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton had scored 151 goals in 483 career AHL games before scoring his first NHL goal in his 15th NHL game (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

Scoring a first NHL goal is no doubt a memorable event in any young hockey’s player’s career. But netting that milestone goal at the age of 29, after years of competing primarily at the AHL level, must be an extra special feeling. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton was that guy on Monday night as the journeyman winger scored the first goal of the game in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders. Read more»

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