Nashville Predators prospects ready to build on success in 2015-16

by Tony Piscotta
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Vladislav Kamenev - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev quietly had a terrific rookie campaign as a teenager in the AHL, with 37 points in 57 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Following the Nashville Predators’ Game 7 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round of the NHL playoffs, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne talked about how the team won with a mix of experienced “old guys” and some exciting and talented younger players. The Predators have some fairly prominent prospects on the way as well. But it is looking more and more likely that their Prospect of the Year in 2015-16 may never wear a gold and navy uniform. Read more»

Chicago Blackhawks find quantity, quality in NCAA and European prospects

by Anthony Lyen
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Gustav Forsling - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago prospect Gustav Forsling hit 100 shots on goal in 48 SHL games this season despite playing second-pairing minutes for Linköping (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 

To say the Chicago Blackhawks have a fondness for developing players in Europe and at the collegiate level is an understatement. 23 prospects laced up either overseas or in college for the 2015-16 season, and a handful had standout seasons for their respective teams. This route of developing talent has become a recent trend in Chicago, with Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Teuvo Teravainen being just a few success stories for the Blackhawks. Read more»

Florida Panthers prospects help club to first playoff berth in four years

by Chris Roberts
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Photo: Rocco Grimaldi scored 5 points through 20 games with the Florida Panthers this season. (Courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Rocco Grimaldi scored five points through 20 games with the Florida Panthers this season. (Courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Florida Panthers made it into the NHL playoffs for the first time in four seasons and it’s thanks to a growing young cast of budding NHLers. General Manager Dale Tallon has built a strong core, while still allowing for the team’s prospects to develop at their own pace. Read more»

2015-16 Calder Poll: Injury-shortened season still enough for McDavid to be NHL’s top rookie

by Tony Piscotta
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Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid will compete for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship that begins next week in Moscow and St. Petersburg (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The race for the 2016 Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie was certainly interesting. But, if the staff at Hockey’s Future is right, the winner of this year’s award will be the person many expected to win it when the season started, that individual being the Edmonton OilersConnor McDavid. Read more»

Winnipeg Jets prospect awards recognize growth in the system

by Devin Slawson
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Brendan Lemieux - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux has the skill and build to adjust quickly to pro hockey, having posted three points in five AHL games to close out this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 

The Winnipeg Jets had many of their prospects in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose during the 2015-16 season. As a result, that team struggled, but several players made great strides toward a potential promotion to the NHL. The team also had several players – but especially the electrifying Nikolaj Ehlers – get quality minutes in the NHL. Though growing pains are part of the Jets’ approach to team-building right now, the prospect pool is also full of top performers in their own age groups.

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