Photo: Columbus forward Alex Wennberg has not been overly productive in his rookie NHL season but has done enough to maintain a regular spot on the Blue Jackets roster. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
Due to an injury plagued start to the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets looked to their prospects to fill out the depth chart. While quite a few of the youngsters called up did not stick around for too long, Michael Chaput and Alexander Wennberg have both taken advantage of the opportunity and have skated in over 30 games with Columbus.
Photo: Vancouver Canucks fifth-round pick Frank Corrado is making a case for more NHL games. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
Led by standout performances from AHL veterans Jacob Markstrom, Dustin Jeffrey, Bobby Sanguinetti, and Cal O’Reilly, the Utica Comets hit the All-Star break in third place in the Western Conference but have games in hand on all competing teams. The Comets feature a combination of experience and young talent, creating a balanced roster that looks ready to push for a Calder Cup.
Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward and 2015 prospect Evgeny Svechnikov competed for Team Cherry at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
“I don’t have plans for KHL. I have plans for NHL,” a rather loose Evgeny Svechnikov exclaimed during a Sunday morning interview, prior to a clash with the Saint John Sea Dogs.
The Russian, who was picked second overall in the 2013 KHL Draft by Ak Bars Kazan, is in his first season with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. With 49 points in 38 games, he is one of the team’s leading scorers, and has been one of the more dynamic players in the league this season. Read more»
Photo: Eisbaren Berlin defenseman and 2015 prospect Jonas Muller earlier this month competed for Germany in his first U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Having gone a bit under the radar in recent years in German hockey has been the quiet but steady development of defenseman Jonas Muller. Born in Berlin, he’s developed almost entirely with the Eisbaren Berlin organization, a subsidiary of the same Anschutz Group that owns the Los Angeles Kings. Read more»
Photo: Forward Jon Drouin has been solid in his rookie NHL season, producing 19 points in 38 games. Drouin was picked third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
With expectations comes pressure; pressure to succeed and meet said expectations. So far, the young Tampa Bay Lightning squad has met and surpassed most expectations, proving last year’s playoff appearance was no fluke—far from it.