Hartman trying to make most of extended stay with Blackhawks

by Jason Menard
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Ryan Hartman - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ryan Hartman appeared in nine AHL games at the end of the 2013-14 season, producing three goals and four assists for the Rockford IceHogs (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Ryan Hartman, the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2013 first-round selection, missed out on a summer of development last year. Healthy and ready to go, this year the Illinois native is looking to make an impact in his first full season as a pro. Read more»

Verhaeghe’s NHL dream delayed with return to IceDogs

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Carter Verhaeghe - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Carter Verhaeghe returned to the IceDogs prior to the start of the Maple Leafs’ 2014 preseason slate (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Playing in juniors with the Niagara IceDogs, Carter Verhaeghe knows all about the world that awaits him as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 2013 third round draft pick said it’s a dream come true to be selected by his favorite NHL team, but he knows that dream is going to take some work. Read more»

Wolves’ Baptiste impressing with his versatility

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Nick Baptiste - Sudbury Wolves

Photo: In 195 OHL games so far, Sudbury Wolves forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste has produced 74 goals and 90 assists for 164 points to go along with 145 penalty minutes (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Late in the first period of Team Canada’s 6-3 exhibition win over Russia last Thursday night, Canadian forward Nick Baptiste displayed a great burst of speed on the penalty kill to swoop in for a shorthanded chance that was stopped by Russian goaltender Ilya Sorokin. After the whistle, Baptiste tangled with a Russian player along the boards, an encounter that ended with Baptiste receiving a face-wash from his opponent. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: The Class of 2016

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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP

Photo: Team USA forward Auston Matthews is considered to be a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With the 2016 NHL Draft just a little under two years away, there is still a lot to be learned about these late-1997 and 1998-born players. There is no overwhelming consensus as to who will be picked first overall like there is for the 2015 draft, but Dmitry Sokolov is one of a few favorites as well as Sean Day, the fourth player to be granted “exceptional player status” by the Ontario Hockey Federation. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: OHL draft review

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2014 NHL Draft - Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames

Photo: The Calgary Flames made Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett the top forward chosen out of the OHL when they nabbed with the fourth pick overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The Ontario Hockey League is not shy about professing itself as the premier route to “The Show”. And with nearly 20 per cent of this year’s drafted players coming out of the OHL — including 10 first-rounders — it’s clear that the “O” is not planning to relinquish its crown. Read more»