Photo: The Lake Erie Monsters have been dominant to start the Calder Cup playoffs, bolstered by Blue Jackets prospects like Oliver Bjorkstrand (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Despite a horrendous start to the 2015-16 campaign that the team simply couldn’t recover from, a number of young players received quality playing time with the Blue Jackets this season and get to continue their seasons now. It might be hard to hear for a fanbase that was expecting playoffs this season, but a bright future in Cleveland means good things for the Columbus Blue Jackets. A deep playoff run builds crucial experience for young players and instills winning habits. But beyond the pro level, the organization has had impressive prospect performances at both the junior and amateur level, as well as overseas.
Photo: New Jersey Devils prospects John Quenneville (#47) and Pavel Zacha (#37) will be two important players for the Devils as they work their way towards the NHL (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Despite missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, the New Jersey Devils are on the right path back to being a winning organization. Not only did the NHL club enjoy unexpected success, but the majority of their prospects enjoyed their own developmental success in their respective leagues. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Austin Poganski was fifth in scoring for NCAA national champion North Dakota, and will be part of a group capable of defending its title next season (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
Going into the year, it was unclear who would step up this season but several St. Louis Blues prospects have made a huge splash in 2015-16. The most notable names are Robby Fabbri, Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson. While Fabbri and Parayko were highly-touted as the season progressed, Edmundson took advantage of his opportunity and has been a mainstay on the Blues’ blueline. With all three players graduating this season, the 2016 Prospect Awards opens the door to new up-and-coming names in the Blues’ prospect pool heading into the NHL Entry Draft.
Photo: Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov saw his game go to another level in the 2015-16 season as he posted 20 goals and 77 points in 82 games for the Capitals (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
When it comes to the sport of ice hockey, there is hardly an athlete in the professional game who has survived a career free of serious injury. Amongst the most common, sometimes even career-threatening, injuries are those to shoulders and ACL tears. Read more»
Photo: 2014 7th-rounder Julien Nantel is part of a trio of Colorado Avalanche prospects seeking a QMJHL title with Rouyn-Noranda, starting tonight (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The Colorado Avalanche missed the playoffs for the second season in a row in Patrick Roy’s third season behind the bench. Just like last year, it was their slow start that hurt them down the stretch as they missed the final wild card spot by a mere few points. There are obvious weaknesses in their NHL lineup but they have several prospects who could play integral roles in the 2016-17 season.