Photo: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy is learning on the job (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
Three rookies have played significant roles for the Arizona Coyotes this season. On the blue line, a pair of former first round selections in Brandon Gormley and Connor Murphy seem to be settling in as NHL regulars, and former Edmonton Oilers pick Tobias Rieder has earned top-nine minutes after starting the season in Portland of the AHL.
Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Jordan Martinook is becoming a consistent scorer for the AHL’s Portland Pirates (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
A year removed from finishing last in the AHL with just 61 points, the Portland Pirates, primary affiliate for the Arizona Coyotes, have shown respectable improvements this season. Through 35 games, the Pirates are 19-15-1, scoring 87 goals and allowing 82, having won their last four games.
Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov (#51) has developed a reputation for being able to deliver the big hit early in his career, but there should be more to his game as he continues to develop (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
A big hit can rile up a crowd just as much as a big goal. There’s just something about two freight trains colliding that can turn an entire game around. We’ve all seen it; the big hit along the boards, the one that rattles the glass like an earthquake, and causes the first few rows to flinch and spill their drinks. The one you can practically feel through your TV. The one that gets you on your feet and excited. Read more»
Photo: HV71 forward and Nashville Predators prospect Kevin Fiala has scored at a nearly point-per-game pace so far in the 2014-15 SHL season (courtesy of HV71 Jonkoping/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The 2014-15 SHL season is well underway and Sweden‘s hockey scene remains the most exciting in the European sphere for NHL fans. Serving as the European country that’s produced the most non-North American prospects over the past four drafts, the leagues are chock full of current and future NHL prospects. Read more»
Photo: Laurent Dauphin has displayed offensive prowess in 2014-15, recording 22 points in his first 16 games (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Entering the 2014-15 season, many Arizona Coyotes fans were quietly wondering if Max Domi would bring any scoring punch to the desert as an NHL rookie in 2014-15. They were blindsided when he was unceremoniously returned to the OHL’s London Knights without even a sniff of regular season NHL action.