Overall depth of Colorado Avalanche prospect pool still weak

by Chau Vo
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Colorado Avalanche v Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Sami Aitokallio will battle with Calvin Pickard for playing time with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

While much can be said about the Colorado Avalanche being led by their young stars at the NHL level, there is not much the team can depend on for depth if immediate help is required. Graduations of high draft picks from recent years have led to a bare farm system that will take years to refresh.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Stars’ Oleksiak lights the lamp in loss to Blues

by Ken McKenna
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Jamie Oleksiak - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak unloads the shot that would become his first career NHL goal in Tuesday’s loss to the St. Louis Blues (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It took him five games in the 2014-15 season and 28 NHL games overall, but Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak finally netted his first NHL goal. The goal opened the scoring in a game that would end in a 4-3 overtime loss for the Stars at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Read more»

Off the Radar: Finn, Öhman overlooked players off to solid starts in 2014-15

by Peter Prohaska
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Chalie Finn - Colgate University

Photo: Colgate University goaltender Charlie Finn was a Third Team All-ECAC Hockey selection and was also named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team in 2013-14 (courtesy of Icon Sportswire)

 

The October “Off the Radar” feature takes a look at two undrafted prospects, one competing in the NCAA, the other competing at the U20 level in Sweden. Read more»

Depth, diversity highlight Montreal Canadiens prospect pool

by Pat Paeplow
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Jarred Tinordi - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi should compete for ice time in the NHL this season. Tinordi was a first round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite graduating phenomenal young players like Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, and Michael Bournival, the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool continues to look strong. While restocking, the Canadiens have also managed to diversify their prospect pool, developing players of many different styles and capabilities at all positions.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Duclair scores tying goal in Rangers’ comeback win

by Ken McKenna
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Anthony Duclair - New York Rangers

Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Anthony Duclair celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s comeback win over the Minnesota Wild (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

During the 2014 NHL preseason, New York Rangers forward prospect Anthony Duclair made a strong case for a roster position after he generated five points in five preseason games. And, after checking off that accomplishment, Duclair is now making a case for staying beyond the nine-game tryout period after posting five points in seven games, including his first NHL goal in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Read more»

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