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: Riley Sheahan’s two-way play has earned him a spot in Detroit’s bottom-six forwards for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Scott Grau/Icon Sportswire)
It has been a gradual change, but the draft picks that have been laying in wait for the Detroit Red Wings have started to make their impact on the team’s NHL roster. As some graduate to the NHL others have filled their spots in the AHL, leaving Detroit’s system very top-heavy with prospects playing professionally.
Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk will captain the Attack for the second straight season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
For Owen Sound Attack captain and Detroit Red Wings’ prospect Zach Nastasiuk, a couple of cups of coffee with the NHL club at training camp has brought him lessons that he’s not only applying to himself, but hoping to share with his teammates. Read more»
Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Joe Hicketts was passed over at the 2014 NHL Draft, but the Red Wings signed Hicketts to a contract in late September (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
If we rewind the hockey calendar to the first few weeks of the 2013-14 Western Hockey League season, Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals was then a highly-touted defenseman, projected to hear his named called by a NHL team in the early rounds at the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more»