Photo: Northeastern University product Josh Manson fits into a Ducks system that balances skill and strength along the blueline (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Anaheim Ducks have done a fairly good job over the last several years of slowly phasing young players into the lineup, while not thrusting them entirely into the fray without preparation. For this reason, they have just three prospects who have garnered long-lasting NHL time on the year. With that being said, there are several prospects in the minors who are on the cusp of NHL time, but will probably see at least the remainder of the season with the Gulls in San Diego. There is not a whole lot of room on the Anaheim depth chart, but a few have still cut in and are making an attempt at regular playing time.
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltending prospect Andrei Vasilevsky has had a couple of stints with the NHL club, but he is currently playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL (courtesy of Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)
They may have been one of the lowly clubs in the 2014-15 season, but the Arizona Coyotes appear to have a bright future as evidenced by their top showing in the Hockey’s Future ranking of the prospect depth of each NHL organization. Read more»
Photo: Detroit Red Wings rookie forward Dylan Larkin has shown great consistency in his first full season of pro hockey, helping him earn a spot on the Atlantic Division squad competing at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
The Detroit Red Wings‘ Dylan Larkin narrowly edged Artemi Panarin in our staff vote as the two Central Division forwards have created some separation from the rest of the field in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll for December of 2015. Read more»
Photo: Despite his point totals not matching his pace from last season, Nic Kerdiles is one of several AHL players who should be ready to be a difference-maker for the Ducks next season (courtesy of San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)
While the NHL season has been altogether disappointing for the Anaheim Ducks, fans should take solace in the fact that the AHL team is not having a particularly bad season. They started quite hot, cooled considerably in November but started to come back around in December. With the current way the AHL is structured, with the Pacific playing fewer games, it is hard to get a handle on just how they compare with the rest of the league as of right now. Personnel moves in the organization will also affect the team as the season enters its critical second-half.
Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Jacob Larsson will now return to SHL club Frolunda to continue his 2015-16 campaign after the completion of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Team Sweden made a nice run through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, finishing atop a tough Group A while compiling the best record among the countries competing at this year’s event in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»