Photo: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov is one of several young players to suit up for the Buffalo Sabres this season. Zadorov is a first round pick from the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
The Buffalo Sabres have not won a game in the 2015 calendar year, but all eyes are on the future, as the rebuild continues. A string of injuries and poor performances by the Sabres’ veterans opened up opportunities for some of the organization’s top AHL players to showcase their skill in the big leagues, and although the results have been mixed, generally speaking the franchise is in good shape for the future.
Photo: Erie Otters forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste was one of the final cuts from Team Canada’s roster for the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
It may just be over 685 kilometers from Sudbury to Erie as the crow flies, but for Nick Baptiste, the difference between playing for the cellar-dwelling Wolves to riding shotgun for Connor McDavid and the Otters might be enough to give someone vertigo. Read more»
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»
Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen is currently third overall in scoring in the AHL (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
It’s been a total upheaval in the standings in the AHL‘s Western Conference from last spring through the first third of the 2014-15 season. Two of the top four teams in the conference last season aren’t even in the top nine currently – Grand Rapids (9th) and Toronto (12th) – leaving the Western Conference wide open as teams head into the middle third of the schedule amidst the height of injuries and call-ups. Read more»
Photo: Eric Comrie is one of several talented goaltending prospects in the Winnipeg Jets organization. Comrie is currently representing Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championships. (courtesy of Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Welcome to the second installment of On the Rush for the 2014-15 season. This month we feature a diverse group of players, including two goalies from the same pipeline, an outstanding young Swiss league player, and a junior talent who has overcome health concerns. Several prospects who are currently representing their countries at the 2015 World Junior Championships are also featured this month.