Photo: Keegan Kanzig has turned heads with his tenacious play and propensity to fight (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
When an organization undergoes a rebuilding process, it is essential to have in place a system of prospects that can provide quality support at each level. With the recent rash of injuries, the Calgary Flames find themselves in a fortunate position to have a system of prospects that can be relied upon when required.
Photo: Adirondack Flames rookie forward and Calgary Flames prospect Emile Poirier has generated some offense for the surging AHL Flames, who currently sit second in the North Division (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
While the Eastern Conference has seen some teams off to hot starts early this season, the best three records in the American Hockey League (AHL) currently belong to the Western Conference – and that doesn’t even include last year’s Calder Cup champion Texas Stars, who are currently just eighth best in the conference. The Midwest Division alone is home to three of the league’s top five teams through the first seven weeks of the season, providing some entertaining hockey to fans out West. Read more»
Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk represent the top two cities producing the most current NHL prospects (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (Domi) and Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire (Dansk))
Home. The dirty and worn arenas, the old backyard rinks, the smells of sweat, shaved ice, and hope. The 5 AM practices, the endless games of road hockey in driveways and streets. This is the place where it all begins. Read more»
Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Justin Bailey currently is 10th in scoring in the OHL with 14 goals and 15 assists (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
Buffalo Sabres fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about so far in the 2014-15 season, but a pair of Sabres prospects provided a spark of hope for the future this past week after being named the Player of the Week in their respective leagues. Read more»
Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Rasmus Ristolainen is one of a handful of good prospects at that position. Ristolainen is a part of the prospect group ranked first in HF’s team rankings (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Hockey’s Future presents the top group of the 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked by the overall quality of their prospect pool as voted on by the HF staff. For reference, the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF’s prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses.