Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Julius Nattinen is enjoying a breakout first season in North America playing with the OHL’s Barrie Colts and will look to continue his successful season with Team Finland at the 2016 World Juniors (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Anaheim Ducks have so few CHL and Junior A Prospects that this might seem like an altogether minor report. However, two of their junior prospects are having great seasons thus far. Both Deven Sideroff and Julius Nattinen have some definite staying power in the Ducks pipeline, and both play refreshingly different styles. With most of the Ducks prospects pushing for future roles at the pro level or developing more long-term at the collegiate level, these two players remain near the forefront of Anaheim’s prospect pool due the positive outlook.
Photo: Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Nikolaj Ehlers is currently 10th among NHL rookie scorers with five goals and 11 points in 25 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)
There are a number of NHL teams relying upon young talent gracing their lineups to contribute on a nightly basis. International stars Aleksander Barkov, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Rickard Rakell are all performing under pressure, and hometown hero Frankie Vatrano is off to a nice start in Boston. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, an unexpected goal from a Rochester Americans forward, a Utica Comet has a memorable night full of firsts, and a Quinnipiac Bobcats goaltender keeps the team undefeated in regulation. Read more»
Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Andrew Agozzino (#28) is off to a good start offensively in 2015-16 with 16 points in nine AHL games (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Pacific Division was always going to be the American Hockey League’s most polarizing division.
With five teams playing 68 games and the other two playing 76, points percentage was handmade for this grouping. And with the California teams avoiding all of the dreaded three-in-threes? The Pacific Division is ripe with storylines created by the AHL’s western migration. Read more»
Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Deven Sideroff leveraged a good start to his season into an appearance with the WHL All-Stars for the Canada-Russia Super Series (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks have done a good job taking mid-round picks and turning them into players of relevance within the organization and the NHL. They have finished strong in the standings for several years, which generally hurts a team’s ability to maintain a strong pipeline. However, General Manager Bob Murray has not only held on to many of his first-round picks, he has used them to select some outstanding players. Due to this, the Ducks pipeline has not lost much steam over the years, and they have several world class prospects waiting to make NHL impacts. Read more»
Photo: After a slow start to his 2015-16 season, Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett has picked up the pace, posting three goals and nine points in 14 games this season (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jack Eichel and Sam Bennett score do-it-all goals for their respective teams, and Thomas Chabot didn’t see much of a need to pass the puck, either. Likewise, Nick Ritchie is on fire in the AHL with eight goals in his first nine games, though his game-winner this week was a little awkward. Finally, an unlikely league with a phenomenal talent is featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»