Organizational overhaul leads to deeper Boston Bruins Top 20 prospect group

by Pat O'Rourke
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Noel Acciari - Boston Bruins

Photo: Undrafted free agent signing Noel Acciari had a productive first season with the Boston Bruins organization, playing in 19 games with the big club (courtesy Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire).

The early days of the Claude Julien era in Boston were highlighted by a wave of young players breaking into the lineup, a group headlined by the likes of Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Adam McQuaid. The group was instrumental in the Bruins winning the 2011 Stanley Cup. Read more»

Projects prevalent in New York Rangers Top 20 prospects

by Mike Farkas
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Adam Huska - Green Bay Gamblers - New York

Photo: One of the biggest risers among the New York Rangers prospects, Adam Huska was the USHL’s top goaltender this season (courtesy Green Bay Gamblers).

Going to at least the Eastern Conference Final round in three of the past five seasons does not come without some collateral damage. For the New York Rangers, and many other teams in contention, it has come at the cost of some prospects and draft picks. Read more»

Sprong’s return to Pittsburgh brings his rookie season full circle

by Tony Androckitis
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Daniel Sprong - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Daniel Sprong competed at three different levels of the game in 2015-16, spending time in the QMJHL, AHL, and NHL (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

It was quite a memorable first season of professional hockey for Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong.

After starting the season in the NHL with Pittsburgh, being re-assigned back to Charlottetown in the QMJHL and then returning to the pro ranks in the AHL for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ postseason run, Sprong is hoping he has learned enough about going through adversity and taking things in stride to make a run at the NHL next fall. Read more»

Washington Capitals prospect awards shines light on strong farm team

by Sean Shapiro
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Stanislav Galiev - Washington Capitals

Photo: Washington Capitals prospect Stanislav Galiev spent most of the 2015-16 season with the big club, but as a healthy scratch. (courtesy David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

The Washington Capitals season once again came to a premature end in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That heartbreak could lead to NHL opportunities next season for a handful of prospects, including young winder Jakub Vrana.

A naturally-gifted Czech, Vrana highlights the Capitals end-of-season prospect awards, even though he dealt with a wrist injury and surgery this season. Read more»

Aho, Hintz among top NHL properties competing in Finland in 2015-16

by Tony Piscotta
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Sebastian Aho - Karpat Oulu - Champions Hockey League Round Of 32

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho (#16) turned in a strong 2015-16 season, winning gold at the U20 World Junior Championship and finishing among the top scorers in Liiga (courtesy of Karpat Oulu/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

If there was a theme to the season in Liiga in 2015-16 it can best be described by the old adage, “Youth shall be served.”

Much of the attention focused on 17-year-olds Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi — who barring any major surprises will be among the top three players picked in the 2016 NHL Draft. In terms of drafted forward prospects, three of their teammates on the gold medal champion U20 team also had big seasons and could be signing NHL contracts in the near future. Read more»

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