Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen was one of a pair of Team Canada players to score highlight reel goals this past weekend (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Team Canada teammates Max Domi and Jake Virtanen returned to their junior teams and produce highlight reel goals this week, while a current Michigan Wolverine and another future talent display their unique offensive ability in this week’s Prospect Impressions feature. Read more»
Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore recently received his first call up to the NHL. Shore was picked by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
Welcome to the January 2015 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
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»