Missed chances impact Minnesota Wild’s Top 20 prospects

by Peter Prohaska
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Tyler Graovac - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Tyler Graovac leads the Minnesota Wild’s thin prospect depth at center. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

If the Minnesota Wild should fail to qualify for the post-season, a lack of organizational depth is a key culprit. With Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder, Darcy Kuemper and Jason Zucker all graduated since the last Top 20, the depth chart looks as thin as it has been since spring 2010. Some questionable calls around the 2011 draft, plus the picks and assets traded away for Jason Pominville and Matt Moulson, hampered the team’s ability to acquire elite talent. There are some promising young players, but not many from this list will be suiting up in St. Paul next season. Restocking prospect depth the team lost out on in recent years is something the Wild needs to explore.

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New Jersey Devils sport deep pool of defensive prospects

by John Iadevaia
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Damon Severson - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Damon Severson had 12 points in 32 games before being sidelined with an ankle injury. (Image courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

Unless the New Jersey Devils go on a miracle run, the club will miss the postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Change is imminent as the oldest team in the NHL will need to replace departing veterans with younger players. Read more»

Trio of New York Islanders prospects ready for prime-time

by Christian Litscher
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Griffin Reinhart is one of the best defenseman not playing in the NHL this year. (Image courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Photo: Griffin Reinhart is one of the best defenseman not playing in the NHL this year (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

 

The Islanders have become a top team in the Eastern Conference this season after years of finishing low in the standings. The team’s success on the draft floor has built a talented core that looks primed to be competitive for years. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lightning’s Nesterov opens scoring in loss to Kings

by Ken McKenna
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Nikita Nesterov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov competed for Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL prior to moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

On a night where two other AHL call-ups netted their first NHL goals, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov completed the first goal “hat trick” with his marker against the Los Angeles Kings in a game won by the surging Kings, 3-2. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Canucks’ Biega nets game-winner in NHL debut

by Ken McKenna
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Alex Biega - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie defenseman Alex Biega, shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, has played in 313 AHL games to this point in his career, tallying 19 goals and 102 points with three AHL teams (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

 

Almost nine years after being selected in the NHL Draft, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Biega made good on his first NHL opportunity by scoring his first NHL goal – the game-winner – in the Canucks 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Biega was named the game’s First Star for his efforts. Read more»

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