Photo: After a stellar NCAA career with Merrimack College, Rasmus Tirronen began the 2015-16 season as the back-up goaltender for the Charlotte Checkers. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis enters the second year of his tenure with the team in significantly better shape than it was when he initially took over nearly 15 months ago. He has stockpiled draft picks—the team has a combined 10 picks in the first three rounds of the next two drafts, including two first rounders in 2016—and made good on his promise to stock the organization with bigger players to compete in today’s NHL. Read more»
Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Hannikainen will start the 2015-16 season with the Blue Jackets’ new AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Central Division isn’t home to as many radical changes as the Pacific Division, but it is part of the American Hockey League’s new landscape.
The Manitoba Moose have returned, while the Lake Erie Monsters have a new affiliate — switching from Colorado to the Columbus Blue Jackets — and the rest of the division is ripe with talent. Read more»
Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Nicolas Roy will go head-to-head against Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nicholas Aube-Kubel this weekend in in QMJHL action (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
Four Arizona Coyotes prospects are in competition this weekend, starting with Ryan MacInnis and Kyle Capobianco, who lock horns in Northern Ontario. Dysin Mayo takes on a potential rival, and Jens Looke rounds out the Coyotes’ entrants in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward prospect Sergey Tolchinsky was named to the OHL’s Third All-Star Team following his 95-point season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
While he was growing up in Russia, Sergey Tolchinsky dreamed of playing in the NHL.
He looked up to NHL players like Pavel Bure and Pavel Datsyuk, and he wasn’t afraid to circle the globe and work on his craft in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, even though he was a first-round pick in the 2012 KHL Draft. Read more»
Photo: Noah Hanifin made Hockey East’s All-Rookie Team and Second All-Star Team after scoring 23 points during his freshman—and likely only—NCAA season. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
It wasn’t long ago that the Carolina Hurricanes prospect pool looked ankle deep. Straight-to-the-NHL first rounders and struggles developing middle and late-round draft picks kept the Hurricanes at the bottom of the NHL standings. Read more»