2014-15 Calder Poll: Forsberg, Gaudreau and Ekblad separate from the pack in January

by Tony Piscotta
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Johhny Gaudreau - Calgary Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau is currently third in scoring for the Flames with 15 goals and 39 points in 52 games (courtesy of Kathleen Hinkel/Icon Sportswire)

 

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg strengthened his hold on the top spot in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll in January while the Calgary FlamesJohnny Gaudreau and 18-year-old Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad appear to be his top challengers for the award. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

by David Hahn
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Colin Smith - Lake Erie Monsters; Antoine Bibeau - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith nets an overtime goal against the Toronto Marlies’ Antoine Bibeau to give the Monsters a 4-3 win on Friday night (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Highlights from the NHL right on down through the AHL, college hockey and junior hockey are all part of this week’s Prospect Impressions article featuring notable plays made by NHL prospects in the prior week. Read more»

Detroit Red Wings continue to develop players patiently

by Chris Roberts
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Photo: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek filled in well with Jimmy Howard injured. (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek filled in well with Jimmy Howard injured. (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

 

Though the 2014-15 Detroit Red Wings roster is the youngest on average in some time, it is a team that has received little contribution from first-year players. Instead, increased roles have been given to players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan. Relative health has also limited the amount of games available for young prospects in Grand Rapids, but a few have made notable contributions.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Tierney deflects shot past Canucks’ Miller

by Ken McKenna
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Chris Tierney - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

 

It took a couple of call-ups and 16 NHL games for him to accomplish the feat, but San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney notched his first NHL goal in a 5-1 Sharks win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Read more»