‏Decision time looms for several key Calgary Flames NCAA prospects

by Jason Lewis
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John Gilmour - Calgary Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect John Gilmour and the Providence Friars won’t get a chance to repeat as national champions but it was a solid development season for the two-way defenseman (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Calgary Flames have five NCAA prospects. All five are eligible to be signed to pro contracts, but three of them have completed senior seasons that will force Brad Treliving and crew into decision-making time. While it remains to be seen what will happen with the likes of Mark Jankowski or John Gilmour, we are starting to see the blending of the old management’s building plan with the potentially new and different blueprint of the current management.

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On the Rush, February 2016

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Photo: Aaron Dell's .923 save percentage is tied for fifth among all AHL goaltenders. (Courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Photo: Aaron Dell’s .923 save percentage is tied for fifth among all AHL goaltenders. (Courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

We are in the final weeks of hockey for many leagues around the world, and many NHL and AHL teams are in the middle of the playoff hunt. This is the time for prospects to raise their game to the next level, with so much to play for. Read more»

Plenty of players making a jump in St. Louis Blues Top 20 rankings

by Suraj Sukumar
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Ivan Barbashev - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev had just one point in February as part of the tough apprenticeship of becoming a pro (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

The St. Louis Blues prospect pool has seen some ups and downs over the past season but the positives have certainly made a difference for the NHL club. Robby Fabbri and Colton Parayko have been welcomed additions to the franchise and do not seem to be moving anytime soon. With their NHL careers taking off in style, both players have hit graduation, which has opened the door for other Blues prospects to move up the list. Read more»

‏Anaheim Ducks rely on both Europe and US colleges to maintain the pipeline

by Jason Lewis
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Grant Besse - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Grant Besse has had few celebrations in his career with the Wisconsin Badgers, but a new coach next season brings new opportunity (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

While the Anaheim Ducks have always had an affinity towards the European style of player, in recent years they have invested heavily in the NCAA via the USHL. No better example of that can be found than the most recent 2015 Draft where the Ducks, with their seven selections, drafted two players from Europe and four players from the USHL.

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Nashville Predators hold on hope for prospects in European pros and college

by Tony Piscotta
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Joonas Lyytinen - Nashville Predators

Photo: The Nashville Predators have invested a lot of assets in European players like prospect Joonas Lyytinen over the years, but the returns have been somewhat sluggish (courtesy of Atte Rissanen/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

 

The Nashville Predators have one of their top prospects playing in the NCAA ranks — though Jimmy Vesey’s ultimate destination has been a source of much conjecture. The other five prospects playing college hockey are less established at this point.

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