Roommates Blandisi, Coleman adjusting to next level of hockey in Albany

by Tony Androckitis
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Joseph Blandisi - Albany Devils

Photo: Albany Devils forward and New Jersey Devils prospect Joseph Blandisi (R) is starting to produce offense at the AHL level, posting six goals, 14 points and 33 penalty minutes in 16 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

The Albany Devils feature a pair of rookie centers that play different styles of hockey who are both adjusting to life in the pros this fall. Joseph Blandisi and Blake Coleman come from different backgrounds and fill different roles with the New Jersey DevilsAHL affiliate, but the two live together and get along well both on and off the ice. They’re both hoping to hone their craft and make a push toward the NHL as a part of the Devils’ youth movement. Read more»

Checkers’ Ryan has taken unconventional path in bid to land NHL job

by Sean Shapiro
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Derek Ryan - Charlotte Checkers

Photo: Charlotte Checkers captain and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Derek Ryan is the leading scorer for the Checkers, posting eight goals and 16 points in 20 AHL games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Derek Ryan and his wife, Bonnie, have a map hanging on the wall in their living room back in Spokane, Washington.

Places the couple have lived and visited are on the map, including Austria – where their son Zane was born – and Orebro, Sweden – where Ryan won the Swedish Hockey League’s MVP award last season. Read more»

Americans’ Bailey a step closer to playing for hometown team

by Tony Androckitis
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Justin Bailey - Rochester Americans

Photo: Rochester Americans forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Justin Bailey is in his first season in the AHL after wrapping up his OHL career in 2014-15 (courtesy of Micheline Veluvolu/Rochester Americans)

The Buffalo Sabres have their centers for the future in Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart, but the organization is hoping to develop talent on the wings to support that trio. One of those wingers looking to complement the likes of an Eichel or a Reinhart is right wing Justin Bailey – one of three second round picks for the Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Soustal pulls out the “Michigan move”, Draisaitl stays hot, North Dakota’s teamwork

by David Hahn
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Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl (L) and Taylor Hall (R) have been working well together since Draisaitl was called up from the Bakersfield Condors in late October (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Every year it seems like one or two players in the hockey world pull off a lacrosse-style goal that catches the attention of national media. Tomas Soustal joined the club this weekend, drawing the attention of hockey fans worldwide. Also in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions, Leon Draisaitl and Teemu Pulkkinen score, plus more from junior hockey and one college play that has coaches taking notes. Read more»

Kapanen easing into new organization after move to Toronto

by Ken McKenna
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Kasperi Kapanen - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen has produced seven points in 11 games for the Marlies in 2015-16 (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

For a hockey fan, the arrival of July 1st means the unofficial start to the coming hockey season. The event sparking this fan interest is the start of the NHL’s annual free agency period, where player movement, or more specifically, rumors of player movement tend to dominate the hockey headlines and the news-hungry Twitterverse. Read more»

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