Photo: Former Miami University standout Curtis McKenzie brought great effort to both his AHL and NHL campaigns this season (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
Though the Dallas Stars fell short of a playoff berth in 2015, many prospects put themselves a step closer to being able to help the cause at the NHL level. Some Stars prospects actually received a fair bit of playing time in the show and that is reflected in this year’s awards. The most resounding example being young defenseman John Klingberg, who has been just what the doctor ordered on a Dallas Stars attack needing a big time puck mover.
Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen contributed to Team Canada’s gold medal win at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, scoring a goal and adding three assists in seven games (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the 31 thru 40 section. This part of the ranking showcases several players whose stock is on the rise, including Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtainen. Read more»
Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (#14) is competing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)
While the game of hockey originated with two 1/8th inch blades of steel strapped to two feet, it has evolved to welcome generations of different types of athletes that deserve recognition in their own right. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Neil Doef makes a heartwarming surprise appearance, while Declan Farmer and the United States sledge hockey team vied for another medal. The United States is also participating in the World Championship, and a former defector showed why he recently earned an NHL contract. In the AHL, a trio of prospects produced must-see individual efforts. concluding a fantastic week of highlights! Read more»
Photo: Dallas Stars seventh-rounder Aleksi Makela is a trustworthy net-front presence and one of several Finnish prospects in the system. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
With former GM Joe Nieuwendyk out and former Red Wings GM Jim Nill in, the Dallas Stars seem to be even more European-friendly than usual these days. A number of young European professionals in their ranks covered the entire success/disappointment spectrum over the course of the 2014-15 season. The NCAA ranks have largely thinned out due to graduation. Devin Shore and Michael Prapavessis, the only two remaining at the collegiate level, both had very strong finishes to their respective seasons and Shore has turned professional. Overall, the Stars’ European defense pipeline continues to be very sturdy.
Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Florida Panthers prospect Connor Brickley has been a productive AHL rookie after struggling with injuries during his NCAA career at the University of Vermont (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Utica Comets and San Antonio Rampage have left their respective AHL divisional opponents behind heading into April, but the Midwest Division is still up for grabs as well as the remaining playoff spots from fourth to eighth place in the Western Conference. Read more»