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: Anthony Brodeur has struggled in the early part of the 2014-15 season with Gatineau Olympiques, managing a 5-4-0-3 record and a 3.72 goals against average. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
With a windfall of prospects graduating to the pros last season, the New Jersey Devils used the 2014 NHL Draft to restock their junior pool. A few players are underachieving but a handful have done well in the early part of their respective seasons.
Photo: Defenseman Robert Hagg is one of several promising defensive prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers drafted seven defensemen in the past two seasons including Hagg, as well as first round picks Sam Morin and Travis Sanheim. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey’s Future 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference purposes, just 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. Read more»
Photo: New Jersey Devils rookie defenseman Damon Severson stepped right into the NHL after starring for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets the past four seasons (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The emergence of New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson as an offensive presence after making the jump directly from junior hockey to the NHL has been a bit of a surprise. Tanner Pearson was expected to make an impact for the Los Angeles Kings after seeing regular ice time during the Stanley Cup playoffs, but few expected the eye-popping offensive numbers he has put up so far. Read more»
Photo: Forward Reid Boucher is one of the more promising forwards in the New Jersey Devils prospect pool. Boucher started the 2014-15 season in the AHL, but should be among the first forwards recalled by the Devils in case of injury. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Since the 2004 lockout, the New Jersey Devils system has not produced the same quality of prospects they were known for during their glory days. This is a result of different issues, like lack of picks, location on the draft board, or losing the magic touch to find late-round gems. But over the past seven years, management has slowly restocked the prospect pool where depth and quality are now returning NHL ready players.