Photo: Harvard University players Alex Kerfoot (L, NJD ’12) and Patrick McNally (R, VAN ’10) are two of the reasons that the Crimson turned in a strong month of November (courtesy of Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The 2014-15 NCAA hockey season is now in full swing and there were a number of fantastic performances by NHL prospects in the month of November. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at several of those notable outings in this month’s prospect notebook. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 7th. Read more»
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: Forward Josh Ho-Sang is one of four New York Islanders prospects who are currently playing Canadian major junior hockey. Ho-Sang was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The junior prospects for the New York Islanders have had strong starts to the 2014-15 season. Many of the Islanders junior prospects recently turned pro, so there are only four prospects currently playing in the CHL.
Photo: Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Kevin Czuczman saw some action in the NHL at the end of last season, but will begin the 2014-15 season with the Sound Tigers (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
With the Adirondack Phantoms re-locating to Allentown and moving to the East Division, the 2013 Eastern Conference champion Syracuse Crunch have been added to the AHL‘s Northeast Division. With a lot of roster turnover amongst all of the teams and a new team in the mix, the division appears to be up for grabs in 2014-15. Read more»
Photo: Scott Mayfield is one of many quality defensive prospects in the New York Islanders system. Mayfield was a second round draft pick in 2011. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
The New York Islanders prospect pool has high-end talent at every position and has the depth to match it. The forward group has some blue chip prospects, a few high potential risk-reward players, and many potential bottom six forwards. The defense group is deep and many are on the cusp of NHL readiness.