Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon (#38) is currently 8th in scoring for the Monsters (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Not every hockey player drafted in the first round goes straight into the NHL. Some head back to their respective junior team looking to build off of recent success, while others maybe head to the American Hockey League (AHL) to fine-tune their game and get into NHL-ready condition. 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: Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon started slowly but is finding his game again (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The narratives down in Lake Erie and Fort Wayne are a lot different than in Denver. In the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche is struggling to stay out of the basement and currently sits in last place in the Central Division after claiming the title last year. In Cleveland, the Monsters are ninth in the AHL’s Western Conference but only four points away from fifth place with games in hand. In Fort Wayne, the Komets are at the top of the ECHL.
Photo: Kyle Wood has the size and offensive skill to be a true two-way defenseman someday for the Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The annual Subway Super Series is an early season six-game exhibition between a select team of junior aged Russian players against three all-star teams formed from the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL. This year, the Colorado Avalanche were represented by four of their prospects including Chris Bigras, a favorite to represent Team Canada in the upcoming U20 World Junior Championship, as well as Conner Bleackley, Kyle Wood, and Spencer Martin.
Photo: Defenseman Robert Hagg is one of several promising defensive prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers drafted seven defensemen in the past two seasons including Hagg, as well as first round picks Sam Morin and Travis Sanheim. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey’s Future 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference purposes, just 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. Read more»