Pats’ Klimchuk hoping for NHL shot, but WJC berth could be his consolation prize

by Ken McKenna
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Morgan Klimchuk - Team WHL

Photo: Regina Pats forward and Calgary Flames prospect Morgan Klimchuk posted 30 goals and 44 assists in 57 games for the Pats in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

With appearances in both of Team WHL‘s matches versus Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, Regina Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk was provided with a great opportunity to showcase his skills for Team Canada’s World Junior coaching staff. Read more»

Nylander leads emerging group in Toronto Maple Leafs 2014 Fall Top 20

by Ed Dermit
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Josh Leivo - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Josh Leivo is one of several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects who are expected to take the next step in their development. Leivo was a third round pick in 2011. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

 

 The Toronto Maple Leafs have featured a lot of high character, two-way forwards in their prospect pool over the years, but few with pure offensive instinct or elite skill. That is changing with the drafting of high-end talent William Nylander and the progress shown last season from the likes of Josh Leivo, Andreas Johnson, Carter Verhaeghe, and others.

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Chris Bigras leads group of new prospects in Colorado Avalanche Fall 2014 Top 20

by Chau Vo
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Chris Bigras was voted

Chris Bigras was voted “best defensive defenseman” by the OHL’s Western Conference coaches in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Two key Colorado Avalanche players did not stay prospects for long as both surpassed the 65-NHL-game mark in 2013-14. 18-year-old forward Nathan MacKinnon entered the league under the bright spotlights of being the 2013 NHL Draft’s first overall pick and did not disappoint. He ended the season as the Calder Trophy favorite and was unanimously voted as the trophy winner. Tyson Barrie also had a statement season when he cemented himself as a key figure on the Avalanche blue line, contributing offense in even-strength situations as well as on the power play.

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Forsberg new top prospect in Nashville Predators’ Fall 2014 Top 20

by Tony Piscotta
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Filip Forsberg recorded one goal and four assists in 13 games with the Nashville Predators in 2013-14. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Photo: Filip Forsberg recorded one goal and four assists in 13 games with the Nashville Predators in 2013-14. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

The Nashville Predators have made a push in recent years to get more scoring talent into their organization and, while that has not yet paid dividends on the pro level, it is reflected in the prospect pool. Read more»

New York Islanders boast skill and depth at all positions in 2014 Fall Top 20

by Christian Litscher
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Ryan Strome - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Ryan Strome is one of several New York Islanders prospects who will be competing for an NHL roster spot in the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The New York Islanders have a deep prospect pool and have now accumulated high potential players at every position. General manager Garth Snow has done a good job assembling the Islander’s pool with drafting and shrewd additions. Several of the team’s top prospects, including Ryan Strome, will be vying for regular NHL duties this upcoming season.

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