Photo: Sioux City Musketeers forward and 2015 prospect Robert Carpenter is currently 11th overall in USHL scoring with 35 points (16G, 19A) in 36 games (courtesy of the USHL)
The Can’t-Miss Kid. That’s what they called Bobby Carpenter when he was a 17-year-old at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA in 1981. “Today, 17-year-old Bobby Carpenter of Peabody, Mass., a city of 48,000 some 15 miles north of Boston, is the best high school hockey player in America,” wrote the legendary E.M. Swift in a 1981 Sports Illustrated cover story. “More than that, he’s one of the top amateur prospects in the world. In the NHL Draft in June, Carpenter’s expected to be one of the first six players selected. Read more»
Photo: Philadelphia forward Scott Laughton has been solid in his rookie NHL season, managing two goals and four assists while playing mostly in the Flyers bottom six. Laughton was picked in the 1st round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
Injuries to Philadelphia Flyers blue line left room for defensive call ups this season. Shayne Gostisbehere was one player promoted, and appeared in his first NHL game. Scott Laughton, one of Philadelphia’s top prospects also saw his first NHL action—and is showing why he should stay.
Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs forward and Nathan Noel (R) is ranked 55th in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of David Connell)
When Daniel Cleary was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 1997 NHL Draft, it was a slight disappointment for the top-projected prospect, but a tremendous high for hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more»
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will make his official North American debut when he suits up for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this weekend against former national team cohort Jacob de la Rose and the Hamilton Bulldogs (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
The AHL’s Toronto Marlies will get a boost as William Nylander joins the squad for this weekend’s home-and-home against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Read more»
Photo: Minnesota’s Erik Haula has struggled to perform in a tough-minutes role (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
The NHL’s salary cap forced Chuck Fletcher and the Minnesota Wild into a tough balancing act. On the one side are the well-paid veterans whose skill levels are established, if subject to bad luck and other kinds of decline. On the other side are the players on a first contract or an entry-level deal: the rookies and the young core. These players offer occasional glimpses of their best selves, but often disappoint with mistakes or other kinds of regression, especially when they are thrust into new roles. Mediocrity is the result when rookies fail to make the leap to consistent good play and veterans fall back a step.