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Another wave of Columbus Blue Jackets prospects poised for graduation in 2014-15 season

by Richard Greco
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Michael Chaput - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Michael Chaput is one of four rookies to start the 2014-15 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chaput spent the previous two seasons playing for the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a well-rounded system. Although Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano will likely graduate from their prospect status after opening the 2014-15 season in the NHL, Columbus concentrated on reinforcing its pool of young talent in the 2014 NHL Draft. From sizable, gritty players to smooth skating, offensive-minded skaters, the Blue Jackets have a good amount of depth throughout. They also have plenty of competition among their prospects in net.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Draisaitl nets winner in Oilers victory

by Ken McKenna
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Leon Draisaitl - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Leon Draisaitl has played in eight regular season games for the Oilers, giving that club just one more game to decide if they will send Draisaitl back to the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

 

Edmonton Oilers‘ rookie forward Leon Draisaitl made Friday a memorable night for third overall NHL Draft picks as the big German scored his first NHL goal in a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Drouin picks up goal, assist in Lightning win

by Ken McKenna
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Jonathan Drouin and Eric Brewer - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Eric Brewer celebrate Drouin’s first NHL goal in the second period of the Lightning’s 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

It was just a matter of when, not if, but Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin notched his first NHL goal in his third NHL game, a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Read more»

Attack’s Nastasiuk enjoying status as grizzled OHL veteran

by Jason Menard
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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk will captain the Attack for the second straight season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

For Owen Sound Attack captain and Detroit Red Wings’ prospect Zach Nastasiuk, a couple of cups of coffee with the NHL club at training camp has brought him lessons that he’s not only applying to himself, but hoping to share with his teammates. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Bellemare finds the net in win over Penguins

by Ken McKenna
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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (#78) skated for Skelleftea in the 2013-14 season, scoring 20 goals and adding 15 assists in 52 games for the SHL champions (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

One of the more interesting stories at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season has been Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s arrival in the NHL. The Le Blanc-Mesnil, France native starred for Skelleftea in the SHL the past five seasons before signing a contract with the Flyers in early June. Read more»