Photo: Jason Zucker won an NHL roster spot in training camp in part because of his speed and tenacity. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
After five years on the job general manager Chuck Fletcher has made his mark on the Minnesota Wild, swiftly rebuilding a franchise that had lost its way. He has assembled a promising young core of Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Jared Spurgeon, Erik Haula, Darcy Kuemper, Matt Dumba, and Christian Folin. With a strong group of veterans brought in via trade and free agency to supplement the few holdovers from the prior administrative regime, this leaves very little room for true prospects at the moment.
Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Joe Hicketts was passed over at the 2014 NHL Draft, but the Red Wings signed Hicketts to a contract in late September (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
If we rewind the hockey calendar to the first few weeks of the 2013-14 Western Hockey League season, Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals was then a highly-touted defenseman, projected to hear his named called by a NHL team in the early rounds at the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more»
Photo: Forward prospect Mark Stone began the 2014-15 season in the NHL with Ottawa. Stone was a sixth round pick from 2010. (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Ottawa Senators have one of the youngest groups of players currently playing in the NHL. They are the fourth youngest team, with an average age of 26, and have had numerous prospects make the jump to the NHL over the last few years, such as Mika Zibanejad, Patrick Wiercioch, and Robin Lehner.
Photo: Laurent Brossoit has strengthened Edmonton’s goaltending depth in the prospect ranks, which was once an area of weakness for the team. (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
While the Edmonton Oilers continue to rebuild and retool their squad at the NHL level, their diverse group of prospects have been flourishing for the most part, with a number taking significant steps under the tutelage of Todd Nelson of the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL).
Photo: Erie Otters forward and top 2015 prospect Connor McDavid is currently the leading scorer in the OHL with 29 points in 10 games (courtesy of Bill Wippert/Getty Images)
It was another day at the office for Connor McDavid, albeit a much larger office with many more sets of eyes watching he and his Erie Otters’ teammates defeat the Niagara IceDogs, 8-4, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. Read more»