2015-16 Atlantic Hockey Preview: RIT looks to repeat, take next step toward national title

by DJ Powers
Alexander Kuqali - Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - 2015-16 Atlantic Hockey Preview

Photo: Rochester Institute of Technology defenseman Alexander Kuqali and his teammates will attempt a return trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2015 Atlantic Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Atlantic Hockey is the only NCAA conference this season that does not have any prospects. Nevertheless, there are many players, including some that have attended NHL prospect camps this summer, that are well worth watching. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: McCabe finds the net in Sabres’ loss

by Ken McKenna
Jake McCabe - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Jake McCabe celebrates his first NHL goal with teammates Zemgus Girgensons (L) and Marcus Foligno in the Sabres’ loss to the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe last week watched from the pressbox as teammate Marcus Foligno setup Jack Eichel for the rookie’s first NHL goal. A week later, Foligno did the same for McCabe as the defenseman scored his first in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Svedberg nets lone Blackhawks’ goal in losing cause

by Ken McKenna
Viktor Svedberg - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Viktor Svedberg (R) is congratulated by his teammates after netting his first NHL goal (courtesy of Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

While it was not a memorable game for the Chicago Blackhawks, the loss may still hold some significance for defenseman Viktor Svedberg as the big Swede notched his first NHL goal in the Blackhawks 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Sprong notches goal in Penguins win

by Ken McKenna
Daniel Sprong - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Daniel Sprong reacts after scoring his first NHL goal in a win over the Ottawa Senators (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

After forcing his way onto the Pittsburgh Penguins roster with a good preseason showing, forward Daniel Sprong added another feather to his cap by scoring his first NHL goal in a 2-0 Penguins win – their first of the 2015-16 season – over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Read more»

Stockpile of Buffalo Sabres prospects ready to contribute in the pros

by Ryan Womeldorf
Photo: Despite scoring below a point-per-game pace in regular season play, Vaclav Karabacek has managed 23 points (10 goals 13 assists) in 21 postseason games during the last two seasons with the Drakkar (Courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Photo: Vaclav Karabacek has managed 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 21 postseason games during his career in the QMJHL. (Courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres have been stockpiling assets for the past few years, but this season the team will put all of those accumulated prospects to good use. The 2014-15 outfit was laden with veterans, allowing the youngsters in the system to continue to develop without being exposed to the losing that the Sabres had become accustomed to. Read more»

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