Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore recently received his first call up to the NHL. Shore was picked by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
Welcome to the January 2015 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Defenseman Austin Madaisky is having a breakout season in 2014-15 and has 29 points through 36 AHL games. Madaisky was a former fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)
An injury riddled start to the 2014-15 season forced the Columbus Blue Jackets to do a lot of shuffling between the AHL and NHL. That opened the doors for young players to get a taste of the NHL along with giving role players a chance to take on more ice time for the Springfield Falcons. The moves affected everyone from forwards to goaltenders.
Photo: Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell (#67) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammate Matt Beleskey (#39) during the Ducks 3-2 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)
Monday night was a memorable one for Swedish players scoring their first NHL goals, with a trio of Swedes scoring their milestone goals in NHL action. The Columbus Blue Jackets‘ Alexander Wennberg scored his goal in a loss to the Nashville Predators, while the Anaheim Ducks‘ Rickard Rakell and the San Jose Sharks‘ Melker Karlsson took turns in a game won by the Ducks in overtime, 3-2. Read more»
Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput celebrates his first NHL goal in a game where he also dropped the gloves to complete two-thirds of a Gordie Howe hat trick (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput‘s first NHL goal could have been a memorable one, but the Washington Capitals had other ideas as they came back to defeat the Blue Jackets in overtime, 5-4. Read more»
Photo: Springfield Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg received his first call-up to the parent Columbus Blue Jackets, a stint that included his first two NHL appearances (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Now that the 2014-15 AHL regular season is in full-swing, it’s a good time to check in on how those in the league’s Eastern Conference are responding to fast/slow starts. Solid goaltending is more prevalent in this month’s update than in November’s Notebook, but there was also some serious offensive numbers being put up by some talented defensemen. Read more»