(Video) First NHL Goal: Namestnikov notches two points in Lightning’s victory

by Ken McKenna

Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov starred for the OHL’s London Knights for two seasons before playing the past two seasons for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Vladislav Namestnikov was among the scoring leaders during the 2014 NHL preseason, picking up seven assists in five games. It took him a couple of regular season games to find his groove, but Namestnikov broke through with two points against the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-1 Lightning win that included Namestnikov’s first NHL goal. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: No surprises at the top of the ISS Hockey October rankings

by ISS

Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, is wearing the captain’s “C” for the 2014-15 OHL season (courtesy Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The race to claim the mantle of first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Draft has officially begun in earnest with the start of the 2014-15 season. The main combatants for that honor, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel, have both seen game action within the past week and will be closely scrutinized by NHL scouts from now through April or May. Read more»

Hartman trying to make most of extended stay with Blackhawks

by Jason Menard

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

by Jason Menard

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

by Ken McKenna

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»

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