Prospect Impressions: McDavid returns, Gaunce ties AHL record, more highlights from around the globe

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Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: In his first four games after returning from an injury layoff, Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid collected two goal and four assists (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

The hockey world held its collective breath when Connor McDavid crashed into the end boards in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers three months ago. Since then, Dylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin took the lead in the race for the Calder Trophy, but Connor McDavid may still sneak back into the discussion if he keeps up his current scoring pace. Also in this weeks Prospect Impressions, two creative goals from the NCAA, Utica Comets forward Brendan Gaunce ties an AHL record, and plenty more highlights from around the globe including a heartwarming story out of Connecticut. Read more»

Arizona Coyotes having some success with first wave of NHL rookies

by Peter Prohaska
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Max Domi - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi has an impressive 34 points in his rookie season, but just five goals since November 12th, all of them scored in just two games (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

It feels like the Arizona Coyotes have been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent years. Relocation worries, arena concerns, wrangling around leases, and city council disputes have tended to overshadow the good work done by General Manager Don Maloney and his organization in building the best prospect group in the league. This season, led once again by one of the NHL’s best coaches in Dave Tippett, the Coyotes have been better than expected as they develop toward a contending squad. Part of that success is owed to the development of its rookie prospects.

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Gostisbehere and Laughton lead small crew of NHL-ready Philadelphia Flyers prospects

by Jashvina Shah
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Photo: Although he has only suited up for 33 games, Shayne Gostisbehere's 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) leads rookie defencemen in scoring with a margin of 9 over the nearest comer (Colton Parayko). (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Although he has only suited up for 33 games, Shayne Gostisbehere’s 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) leads all rookie defensemen in scoring, with a margin of nine over the nearest comer (Colton Parayko). (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t had many prospects graduate to the big club this season, but the few that have made the jump received monumental playing time. For a team that doesn’t have much NHL-ready young talent, it’s doubly important for the prospects it does have to pan out—and so far, so good. Read more»

St. Louis Blues prospects making the most of NHL opportunity this season

by Suraj Sukumar
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Joel Edmundson - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Edmundson has been an understated stabilizing presence in the lineup this season (courtesy of Scott Grau/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The St. Louis Blues have had a few prospects at the NHL level due to their injuries woes this season. With significant time missed by Jake Allen, Patrik Berglund, Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Stastny and Jaden Schwartz, the Blues have turned to some younger players. While some made the most of their limited opportunities, others have been impressing since the very start of the season. Colton Parayko has been the big story out of St. Louis this season and Joel Edmundson has been a welcomed addition to their defensive group.

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Healthy NHL club limits opportunities for New York Islanders prospects

by Christian Litscher
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Photo: 2011 second-round pick (34th overall) Scott Mayfield played three games with the New York Islanders this season. (Courtesy of Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: 2011 second-round pick (34th overall) Scott Mayfield played three games with the New York Islanders this season. (Courtesy of Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The New York Islanders currently sit fifth in a tight Metropolitan Division. Although the Washington Capitals are running away with the division, just eight points separate the second place New York Rangers from the seventh place Philadelphia Flyers. Read more»