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

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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

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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»

Flames’ prospect Rafikov continuing development in Russian leagues in 2014-15

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Rushan Rafikov - Team Russia

Photo: Calgary Flames defensive prospect Rushan Rafikov is currently playing for HC Ryazan in Russia’s VHL, where he has two assists in five games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

It was a busy off-season for Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov as he first had to deal with visa problems which prevented him from taking part in the Flames’ prospect camp. Then he skated with Team Russia at the national team’s summer tournament in Canada, where he posted three assists in four games. Read more»

2014-15 KHL Prospect Preview: Prokhorkin, Buchnevich head solid group of NHL-drafted Russians

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Nikita Tryamkin - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Nikita Tryamkin was the Canucks’ third round selection at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The KHL’s seventh season is underway and it will most likely be yet another interesting season to watch for several reasons, spanning from the always-fertile production of the Russian hockey schools to the acquisition of top Finnish team Jokerit Helsinki. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: The Class of 2016

by Chau Vo
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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»