Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and Nashville Predators prospect Alexandre Carrier, and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault go head-to-head this weekend in a QMJHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
It doesn’t get much better in the NHL prospect world when two draft selections taken just nine picks apart other go one-on-one. That is exactly the situation in Sault Ste. Marie this weekend, where Pavel Zacha and the Sarnia Sting travel to Sault Ste. Marie to take on Zach Senyshyn and the Greyhounds. Read more»
Photo: Farjestad BK forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (#20) should be a prominent player for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy HC Dynamo Pardubice/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Connor McDavid came through for the Edmonton Oilers this weekend, and is centering one of the most interesting forward combinations so far this year. The Erie Otters miss him, but still boast a perfect record thanks to some tremendous passing. Lawson Crouse and Conor McGlynn helped Kingston to a pair of overtime victories, and Joel Eriksson Ek did the same for Farjestad BK. This and more in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more»
Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Hannikainen will start the 2015-16 season with the Blue Jackets’ new AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Central Division isn’t home to as many radical changes as the Pacific Division, but it is part of the American Hockey League’s new landscape.
The Manitoba Moose have returned, while the Lake Erie Monsters have a new affiliate — switching from Colorado to the Columbus Blue Jackets — and the rest of the division is ripe with talent. Read more»
Photo: After recovering from injury, Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson now faces the challenge of a long professional season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
This offseason the Minnesota Wild faced the problems of a contending team. Veteran players are key to winning in the NHL but their salaries can make for tough salary-cap decisions elsewhere in the roster. Veterans also tend to decline in performance at some point. To offset any drop in performance, the team relies on young and relatively inexpensive talent whose growing pains can sometimes be costly. Could this be the season that the young guys and the older guys hit the perfect balance and propel the team to the Finals? It presents a tough situation for the player who has yet to establish himself.
Photo: Minnesota Wild defensive prospect Mike Reilly posted six goals and 42 points in 39 games in his final season at the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Ken Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)
While deciding to stay close to home, Mike Reilly took a detour to the other side of the globe.
Reilly and his brothers, Connor and Ryan, traveled to China for three weeks as part of a study abroad program through the University of Minnesota. Read more»