Photo: Jason Zucker won an NHL roster spot in training camp in part because of his speed and tenacity. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
After five years on the job general manager Chuck Fletcher has made his mark on the Minnesota Wild, swiftly rebuilding a franchise that had lost its way. He has assembled a promising young core of Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Jared Spurgeon, Erik Haula, Darcy Kuemper, Matt Dumba, and Christian Folin. With a strong group of veterans brought in via trade and free agency to supplement the few holdovers from the prior administrative regime, this leaves very little room for true prospects at the moment.
Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa completed his OHL career in 2013-14, in time to join Texas in their run to the 2014 Calder Cup championship (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
Changes in the AHL‘s West Division this season include the removal of the Abbotsford Heat, who relocated to Adirondack, and the addition of the Iowa Wild. The division is still full of highly touted prospects, and of course, the defending Calder Cup champion Texas Stars. Read more»
Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco is expected to see extensive time with that club in 2014-15. Jurco was a second round pick by the Wings at the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 31-40. This section of the ranking features several talented forwards, including Tomas Jurco (DET) and Curtis Lazar (OTT), who will push for playing time in the NHL this season.
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Elias Lindholm (C) is congratulated by Victor Rask and Riley Nash on Lindholm’s hat trick goal in Friday’s preseason game (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
The 2014 NHL preseason is now in the books with the 30 NHL clubs now focusing on the start of the 2014-15 regular season that begins on Wednesday night. The final weekend of preseason action provided a few notable NHL prospect performances, but the real test for these young players begins in two days. Read more»
Photo: Brett Bulmer will look to stay healthy and earn a contract for 2015-16. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
The Minnesota Wild organization does things just a little differently than other teams. Rather than relying heavily on the CHL or the European leagues, the Wild has drafted many players bound for U.S. colleges in recent years. This affords the team additional flexibility with contracts and salary while also potentially yielding professional assets who may have had a longer developmental timeframe (Erik Haula is the big success story so far).