Off The Radar: Gavrikov among trio of defenseman vying for NHL attention, while two consistent forwards look ahead

by David Hahn

Danick Martel - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Danick Martel is currently ranked second in scoring in the QMJHL, behind the Moncton Wildcats’ Conor Garland (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. Read more»

Shestyorkin the best of trio of NHL-drafted goalies competing in the KHL

by Alessandro Seren Rosso

Ilya Sorokin - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: CSKA Moscow goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin played in three games for Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championship, including the gold medal game (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

Traditionally a weak area for Russian teams, goaltending is an area where that country has managed to catch up and more consistently develop good players. Two of the best NHL goalies – Semyon Varlamov (COL) and Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ) – are from Russia, and there are a few more younger netminders who can repeat those achievements should the youngsters continue to progress as they are doing now. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lightning’s Nesterov opens scoring in loss to Kings

by Ken McKenna

Nikita Nesterov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov competed for Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL prior to moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

On a night where two other AHL call-ups netted their first NHL goals, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov completed the first goal “hat trick” with his marker against the Los Angeles Kings in a game won by the surging Kings, 3-2. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

by ISS

Timo Meier, Travis Konecny - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Domingue gets first NHL win, Gersich nets a hat trick, and more

by David Hahn

Shane Gersich - Omaha Lancers

Photo: Omaha Lancers forward and Washington Capitals prospect Shane Gersich is tied for third in goals in the USHL with 22 so far this season (courtesy of the Omaha Lancers)

Louis Domingue, the unlikely hero in Montreal in front of friends and family. One current USHL star showing why he is regarded for his goal scoring, while another former star improving in the NCAA. One night, two individual skills competition victories, and an AHL record for a Manchester Monarchs defenseman along with an impressive, one-handed effort from the KHL in this weeks Prospect Impressions feature. Read more»

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