Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate in Norfolk struggling but prospects looking brighter

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Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect William Karlsson has played in both the NHL and AHL during his first North American season (courtesy of Eddie Perlas/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect William Karlsson has played in both the NHL and AHL during his first North American season (courtesy of Eddie Perlas/Icon Sportswire)

 

To put it in the simplest terms, the Norfolk Admirals and some of the prospects have had a rough season so far, with December being no different. They ended the year on a down note and must find some offense if they hope to get anywhere by the time spring rolls around.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Bruins’ Pastrnak nets two in win over Flyers

by Ken McKenna
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David Pastrnak - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward David Pastrnak (#88) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammates Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara in the first period of the Bruins 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers (courtesy of Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Boston Bruins rookie forward David Pastrnak like scoring his first NHL goal so much, he added a second goal – the game-winner – in his team’s 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Read more»

Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate icing a young and talented group of prospects

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Andrey Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Andrey Vasilevskiy has been very good in his first season of North American hockey, posting a 10-3-5 record in 18 AHL starts. Vasilevskiy even saw several NHL starts in December, filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop. (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Having gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, the Syracuse Crunch are trending upward thanks to a well-stocked Tampa Bay Lightning prospect pool highlighted by some promising goaltenders and depth on the blue line.

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HF Prospect of the Month, December, 2014: Lightning’s Vasilevskiy impresses in first NHL action

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Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship hockey

Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

 

You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more»

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