Photo: Forward Linden Vey started the 2014-15 season strong, with nine points through his first 18 games. Vey was traded in the offseason from the Los Angeles Kings to the Vancouver Canucks. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Welcome to the first edition of On the Rush for the 2014-15 season. For those unfamiliar, On the Rush focuses on prospects at various levels of competition who exceeded expectations or fell behind a bit in the past month.
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.
Photo: Michael Chaput is one of four rookies to start the 2014-15 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chaput spent the previous two seasons playing for the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a well-rounded system. Although Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano will likely graduate from their prospect status after opening the 2014-15 season in the NHL, Columbus concentrated on reinforcing its pool of young talent in the 2014 NHL Draft. From sizable, gritty players to smooth skating, offensive-minded skaters, the Blue Jackets have a good amount of depth throughout. They also have plenty of competition among their prospects in net.
Photo: Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Kevin Czuczman saw some action in the NHL at the end of last season, but will begin the 2014-15 season with the Sound Tigers (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
With the Adirondack Phantoms re-locating to Allentown and moving to the East Division, the 2013 Eastern Conference champion Syracuse Crunch have been added to the AHL‘s Northeast Division. With a lot of roster turnover amongst all of the teams and a new team in the mix, the division appears to be up for grabs in 2014-15. Read more»
Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets players Artem Anisimov (L) and Marko Dano (R) celebrate Anisimov’s goal, which included a Dano assist that was his first NHL point, in the Blue Jackets’ 5-2 win (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
While there may not have been an expectation prior to the start of training camp that he would be on the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ roster to start the 2014-15 season, forward Marko Dano has wasted little time in making an impact on the scoresheet. Dano netted his first NHL goal in his team’s second game of the season – the Blue Jackets’ home opener – as Dano’s team went on to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. Read more»