Father’s NHL experience helps Leafs’ Nylander get a jump on pro career

by Jason Menard
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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect William Nylander was chosen 13th overall in the CHL Import Draft by the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 18-year-old first-rounder William Nylander may be young in NHL years, but he’s got a wealth of NHL experience behind him. And that confidence, along with a copious amount of talent, may propel him to the big-league roster as early as this season. Read more»

Late bloomer Robinson competing hard for spot on Senators’ roster

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Buddy Robinson - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators’ forward prospect Buddy Robinson spent two seasons playing Junior A hockey in Canada before moving to Lake Superior State for two seasons, then turned pro with the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Tank? For sure. Brick? Perhaps. You could even understand a playful Tiny. But at 6’5 and 240+ pounds of solid mass and physicality, the Ottawa Senators’ prospect does not appear to be a Buddy. But that is the name that has stuck for Buddy Robinson — and it’s a name that’s starting to make some waves throughout the Senators’ organization. Read more»

Nashville Predators boast many prospects ready for NHL action in 2014-15

by Tony Piscotta
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New York Islanders v Nashville Predators

Photo: Miikka Salomaki looks poised to have an offensive breakout with the Milwaukee Admirals in his second AHL season. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

 

The most obvious change for the Nashville Predators this season will be behind the bench, where veteran coach Peter Laviolette replaces the only coach in the history of the franchise, Barry Trotz.

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Philadelphia Flyers prospects will use 2014-15 season to prove they can play at next level

by Jashvina Shah
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Shayne Gostisbehere - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is one of several Philadelphia prospects making their professional debut with the Flyers organization. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

Several of the Philadelphia Flyers‘ top prospects will begin their professional careers in 2014-15, including former NCAA standout Shayne Gostisbehere.

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Prospect tournament a proving ground for Penguins’ Kuhnhackl

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Tom Kuhnhackl - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospect Tom Kuhnhackl spent most of the 2013-14 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, registering 8 goals and 2 assists in 48 games for that club (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

For the Pittsburgh PenguinsTom Kuhnhackl, having participated in the Leafs’ rookie tournament for a third consecutive year doesn’t prevent some confusion, especially when the team’s second game featured a new wrinkle on an old rule. Read more»