New York Islanders sport a glut of prospects in goal

by Christian Litscher
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Photo: Eamon McAdam has shown a drastic improvement in his second season with the Nittany Lions (Courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Eamon McAdam has shown a drastic improvement in his second season with the Nittany Lions (Courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

 

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow continued his tendency to take NCAA-bound players with mid to late-round picks at the 2014 draft, selecting a pair of overagers in Devon Toews and Kyle Schempp. The Islanders have had success drafting NCAA players, with recent picks Kyle Okposo, Brock Nelson, and Anders Lee all becoming impact players for the Islanders. Although the Islanders tend to favour North American players, they selected a pair of European netminders in Linus Soderstrom and Ilya Sorokin. They represent the future in goal for the Islanders, along with collegiate netminders Eamon McAdam and Stephon Williams. Read more»

The Top 5 NHL players 25 or under wearing #27

by Ken McKenna
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Nick Bjugstad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers forward has produced 79 points (40G, 39A) in 153 games so far in his NHL career (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

The number 27 in hockey has had a few notable names associated with it over the years. Former NHL greats Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler and, more recently, Scott Niedermayer all wore that number through their storied careers, with all three finding their way to the Hockey Hall of Fame once their playing days were over. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Two great AHL stories go head-to-head, other top prospects matchup from around the globe

by David Hahn
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Stanislav Galiev - Hershey Bears; Matt Murray - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - Prospect Faceoff 3-11

Photo: Hershey Bears forward Stanislav Galiev and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Matt Murray go head-to-head in an AHL Eat Division showdown this weekend (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

In the AHL, one player who is ascending back to top prospect status goes head-to-head against a record-setting goaltender. In NCAA action, the Big Ten may be decided this weekend as the two top teams and their leaders clash. The battle for the last playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference heats up with a pivotal game between two of the teams fighting to get in. Two solid games in the QMJHL and WHL complete this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

San Jose Sharks Top 20 a group of quality depth

by Craig Fischer
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Rourke Chartier - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Kelowna’s Rourke Chartier is one of several San Jose Sharks prospects having a great season in the CHL. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The San Jose Sharks prospect pool has improved greatly over the past season, quietly becoming one of the more respectable collections of prospects in the league. This surge is due in large part to the organizational desire to get younger, the 2014 NHL draft class, and the aggressive free agent signings of Barclay Goodrow and Nikita Jevpalovs.

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Saros, Husso the top NHL-drafted goaltenders competing in Finland

by Tony Piscotta
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Juuse Saros - Team Finland

Photo: HPK Hameenlinna goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros has appeared in 39 international contests for Finland over the past five seasons (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Finland has consistently produced NHL-caliber goalies in recent years. While some were never drafted and signed after establishing themselves in the domestic Liiiga — such as Chicago’s Antti Raanta or Antti Niemi of San Jose — there have also been some high profile draft picks like Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne who are enjoying great NHL careers. Read more»

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