Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Luke Opilka is part of a crowded and talented depth chart at goaltender, but gets a chance to shine on the international stage with Team USA at the 2016 World Juniors (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The St. Louis Blues have continued to find success through the NHL draft and have several intriguing prospects at every stage of hockey. While most of the Blues prospects are at the professional or college level, the young talent at the junior level has given St. Louis even more to look forward to down the line. The most impressive aspect of their junior prospect pool is the level of skill at forward, on defense, and in net.
Photo: Detroit Red Wings rookie forward Dylan Larkin has made a smooth transition so far from NCAA hockey last season to the NHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)
A clavicle injury to Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, the first player taken in the 2015 NHL Draft, has sidelined the 18-year-old until mid-January at the earliest. With McDavid — the leader in the initial Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy staff poll last month — out of action, the Detroit Red Wings‘ Dylan Larkin and Chicago Blackhawks‘ Artemi Panarin are out in front of the field after putting up big numbers in November. Read more»
Photo: Colton Parayko is an early Calder candidate after outpacing his production in the AHL last season during his first 18 games in the NHL. (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Welcome to the October edition of On the Rush, the first of 2015-16. For first-time readers, this is a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations, or falling a little behind. Read more»
Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Andrew Agozzino (#28) is off to a good start offensively in 2015-16 with 16 points in nine AHL games (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Pacific Division was always going to be the American Hockey League’s most polarizing division.
With five teams playing 68 games and the other two playing 76, points percentage was handmade for this grouping. And with the California teams avoiding all of the dreaded three-in-threes? The Pacific Division is ripe with storylines created by the AHL’s western migration. Read more»
Photo: Chicago Wolves forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Danny Kristo starred at the University of North Dakota for four seasons, producing 161 points in 157 NCAA contests (courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves)
Danny Kristo has always had a nose for the net.
At the University of North Dakota, he was good for a goal every other game, while netting 47 goals in 137 combined games over the last two seasons with the Hartford WolfPack. Read more»