Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Hannikainen will start the 2015-16 season with the Blue Jackets’ new AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Central Division isn’t home to as many radical changes as the Pacific Division, but it is part of the American Hockey League’s new landscape.
The Manitoba Moose have returned, while the Lake Erie Monsters have a new affiliate — switching from Colorado to the Columbus Blue Jackets — and the rest of the division is ripe with talent. Read more»
Photo: San Jose Shark rookie forward Joonas Donskoi (#27) joins teammates Joe Thronton (#19) and Joe Pavelski (#8) in celebrating Donskoi’s first NHL goal in the Sharks 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of Aaron Poole/NHLI via Getty Images)
It’s a new season, with many rookies dotting rosters across the NHL. And, with so many newbies taking the ice to start the season, it stands to reason that the early going will feature a number of first NHL goals from said rookies. Read more»
Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Jaedon Descheneau (L), and Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Provorov are one of the marquee, head-to-head NHL prospect encounters this weekend (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Leadership is often one of the first things teams discuss when evaluating prospects, and for Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters and Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads, both players will adorn new letters this year. In the WHL, a surprising early cut from training camp faces off against a diminutive forward, and two draft-eligible players from the NAHL, as well as two Ottawa Senators prospects lead their teams into weekend action. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Jake Walman and the Providence College Friars may not repeat as NCAA National Champions, but individual improvement is always expected (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)
With several players making their jumps to the AHL level, the St. Louis Blues have plenty of prospects moving forward in their hockey careers. The Chicago Wolves will be stacked with Blues prospects, many who are considered their very best, and there is a good chance a few of them will see NHL action by season’s end. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Robby Fabbri was one of the OHL’s best players for most of last season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
While the top three prospects have shifted positions over the past few seasons, the St. Louis Blues have added tremendous depth to their pipeline over the past two years. Despite a somewhat quiet outing at the 2015 Draft the team is poised to reap the benefits of its pipeline soon. 2014 first-round pick Robby Fabbri is showing signs of being an NHL-ready player while 2014 second-rounder Ivan Barbashev also looks like a future Blue. Apart from those two, the amount of goaltending talent in the system is simply phenomenal – with a good talent like Luke Opilka not even making the cut – and that could one day stabilize a position that has been a weak point in otherwise excellent teams.