Heatherington hopes honest effort will lead to Team Canada berth

by Ian Esplen
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Dillon Heatherington - Swift Current Broncos

Photo: Swift Current Bronocs defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Dillon Heatherington has appeared in 28 WHL games this season, posting one goal and six assists (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

This past July at the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ rookie camp things seemed a little bit different for defenseman Dillon Heatherington. Read more»

Thinning Florida Panthers pool still has many viable prospects

by Brian Fogarty
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Rocco Grimaldi - Florida Panthers

Photo: Forward Rocco Grimaldi is amidst his rookie season of professional hockey. Grimaldi was a second round pick from the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Florida Panthers organization looks much different now than it did even two years ago. General Manager Dale Tallon’s rebuilding of the prospect system and the relative patience that his staff has shown in allowing those prospects to mature has started to bear fruit. Several players have moved through the pipeline to become NHL regulars or AHL players on the verge of graduating to the big leagues.

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Los Angeles Kings continue to fill Junior prospect pool from OHL

by Jason Lewis
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Roland McKeown of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Photo: Roland McKeown has had a slow offensive start to 2014-15, but other areas of his game have not suffered (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In recent years the Los Angeles Kings have brought in many players from the OHL, and it has been met with a fair amount of success. Tanner Pearson, Drew Doughty, Kyle Clifford, Andy Andreoff;. the list of OHL draftees is long and successful. That pattern has not changed, as the Kings have a staggering eight OHL prospects out of their pool of ten Junior prospects. Mark Yannetti, the Kings’ director of amateur scouting, and Clay Leibel, the club’s Ontario scout, seem to have a formula for success with OHL selections right now.
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(Video) First NHL Goal: Horvat lights the lamp in Canucks shootout loss

by Ken McKenna
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Bo Horvat - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Bo Horvat celebrates his first NHL goal in a game where he was also named the first star (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

 

On a night that featured a pair of defensemen scoring their first career goals, Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Bo Horvat decided not to let the defenders have all of the fun as he netted his first NHL goal in what ended up being a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Read more»

Edmonton Oilers left with thin group of Junior prospects

by Kady Hobbins
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Photo: Darnell Nurse started the season with Edmonton but was returned to the OHL to further his development (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Following the graduation of a number of notable prospects either to the minor pro or NHL level, the Edmonton Oilers are currently lighter in numbers when it comes to Junior talent than they have been in recent years.
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