Photo: San Jose second-round pick Noah Rod had nearly as many points in the playoffs as he did all season for his club, suggesting he may enjoy a breakout campaign in 2015-16 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
As the 2014-15 hockey season comes to a close, the San Jose Sharks are heading into uncharted waters. Their ten year consecutive playoff streak came to an end this season on the heels of what can best be described as a hopeful youth movement. With few monumental changes to the guard, the Sharks’ focus shifts heavily towards change from within. The Sharks have always had an ability to churn out prospects to fill organizational needs, and with an emerging crop of talented and underrated prospects on the horizon, they look poised to quickly get back to the high seas of success.
Photo: San Jose Sharks fifth-round pick Dan O’Regan scored the overtime winner versus Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The San Jose Sharks have an intriguing group of prospects at the NCAA and European levels. These prospects represent some of the highest potential this pool has to offer; it is also mired in shortcomings.
Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel and Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies are Hockey East players going head-to-head in this weekend’s NCAA Forzen Four championship game (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
It’s an exciting time of year for Prospect Faceoff, as the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four comes to a conclusion with the championship game featuring NHL prospects from two Hockey East schools. Meanwhile, all three CHL leagues have advanced to the second round of the playoffs as a trio of games are worth a look. Read more»
Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau was a second round pick for the San Jose Sharks at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
You can forgive Moncton Wildcats fans for not recognizing the solid yet undersized and speedy winger wearing the No. 13 jersey for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens during Game 1 of the two teams’ first-round playoff series. The nameplate above the number – Boudreau – probably wasn’t much of an identifier either, particularly since the player hadn’t been seen in any of the previous meetings between the two teams this season. Read more»
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers has posted 2014 points in 114 QMJHL regular season games in his two seasons in that league (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
Variety is the keyword when discussing the top 10 NHL-drafted or signed wingers playing in the QMJHL. The 10 players below each bring a different skill set to the ice, with some being more talented than others while some are more physically inclined. Read more»