Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal is the early favorite to be the first player chosen from the WHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
As much as the players are the show in junior hockey, the big stories across the WHL’s Western Conference heading into the 2014-15 season have occurred behind the bench. Half of the teams in the West, five of ten, will have a new bench boss at the helm when the regular season begins on September 19. Read more»
Photo: Colin Miller should see increased ice time with the Manchester Monarchs in 2014-15. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
With the current state of several Los Angeles Kings prospects it seems like there are plenty of questions to be asked to start this 2014-15 season. The organization is reaching an apex with several of their prospect groups and 2014-15 seems like a year where plays could be made.
Photo: Defenseman Michal Jordan is one of several Carolina prospects who is playing for a new contract in the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
The Carolina Hurricanes have one bold, italicized line on their to-do list for the 2014-15: return to the postseason. That is not very different from what the team’s goal has been for much of the past five seasons, but this year has a different feel with new men in charge as general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters now run things in the front office and on the ice, respectively.
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect William Nylander was chosen 13th overall in the CHL Import Draft by the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 18-year-old first-rounder William Nylander may be young in NHL years, but he’s got a wealth of NHL experience behind him. And that confidence, along with a copious amount of talent, may propel him to the big-league roster as early as this season. Read more»
Photo: Ottawa Senators’ forward prospect Buddy Robinson spent two seasons playing Junior A hockey in Canada before moving to Lake Superior State for two seasons, then turned pro with the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
Tank? For sure. Brick? Perhaps. You could even understand a playful Tiny. But at 6’5 and 240+ pounds of solid mass and physicality, the Ottawa Senators’ prospect does not appear to be a Buddy. But that is the name that has stuck for Buddy Robinson — and it’s a name that’s starting to make some waves throughout the Senators’ organization. Read more»