Photo: Forward Linden Vey started the 2014-15 season strong, with nine points through his first 18 games. Vey was traded in the offseason from the Los Angeles Kings to the Vancouver Canucks. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Welcome to the first edition of On the Rush for the 2014-15 season. For those unfamiliar, On the Rush focuses on prospects at various levels of competition who exceeded expectations or fell behind a bit in the past month.
Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Rasmus Ristolainen is one of a handful of good prospects at that position. Ristolainen is a part of the prospect group ranked first in HF’s team rankings (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Hockey’s Future presents the top group of the 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked by the overall quality of their prospect pool as voted on by the HF staff. For reference, the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF’s prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses.
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin appeared in two games for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch prior to making his NHL debut in October (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have seen several forward prospects come up through the system in recent years, including the team’s leading scorer, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, and Alex Killorn. Read more»
Photo: New Jersey Devils rookie defenseman Damon Severson stepped right into the NHL after starring for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets the past four seasons (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The emergence of New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson as an offensive presence after making the jump directly from junior hockey to the NHL has been a bit of a surprise. Tanner Pearson was expected to make an impact for the Los Angeles Kings after seeing regular ice time during the Stanley Cup playoffs, but few expected the eye-popping offensive numbers he has put up so far. Read more»
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Cedric Paquette, shown celebrating the second of his first two NHL goals, starred for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL (courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)
Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette liked scoring his first NHL goal so much that he added a second, helping his team to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Paquette was named the game’s first star for his efforts. Read more»