Several New York Islanders prospects looking to have breakout 2014-15 seasons

by Christian Litscher
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Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Photo: Viktor Crus Rydberg is one of several New York Islanders prospects who are expected to have big 2014-15 seasons. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Many New York Islanders prospects had exceptional seasons in 2013-14. Multiple pro prospects exceeded expectations and their junior, collegiate, and European prospects all took strides in their development.

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2014-15 Switzerland Prospect Preview: Rod, Merzlikins best of National League A prospects

by Rafik Soliman
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Fabrice Herzog - Quebec Remparts

Photo: EV Zug forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fabrice Herzog spent most of the 2013-14 season with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

This past season, Switzerland witnessed a start-to-finish victory by the powerhouse ZSC Lions Zürich with most of the nation’s experts agreeing that the team, coached by former NHL head coach Marc Crawford, will most likely be able to repeat it’s championship run in 2014-15. Read more»

2014-15 QMJHL Preview: Remparts, Oceanic could be class of the league

by Kevin Forbes
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Nicolas Roy - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and 2015 prospect Nicolas Roy could be the top selection out of the QMJHL for the NHL Draft (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

On September 10th, when the Val-d’Or Foreurs begin their President’s Cup defense and the QMJHL‘s season begins, they will be a very different squad from the team that represented the league last spring at the Memorial Cup. Gone will be CHL Player of the Year Anthony Mantha and starting netminder Antoine Bibeau, with both making the jump to pro hockey. Forward Louick Marcotte and defenceman Ryan Graves have been traded away and team captain Samuel Henley and defensemen Guillaume Gelinas and Randy Gazzola have also moved on. Read more»

2014-15 Liiga Preview, Pt. 2: Tough act to follow as Vaasa Sport replaces KHL-bound Jokerit

by Tony Piscotta
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Juuse Saros - Team Finland

Photo: HPK Hameenliina goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros backstopped Finland to the gold medal at the 2014 WJC and is likely to be a key player for that country at this year’s WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

In part two of the 2014-15 Liiga preview, Hockey’s Future takes a look at the remaining teams from Finland‘s top hockey league not covered in part one. Included in the second part is Liiga newcomer Vaasa Sport, the team selected to replace arguably the league’s most heralded organization, Jokerit, who is now a part of Russia‘s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Read more»

Hertl, Tierney lead San Jose Sharks Fall 2014 Top 20

by Craig Fischer
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Photo: (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Photo: Tomas Hertl scored 25 points in 37 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2013-14, his rookie season. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

The San Jose Sharks offseason has been met with a great deal of criticism. Much has been said about general manager Doug Wilson and his idea of a rebuild. His self-described “tomorrow team” looks surprisingly similar to yesterday’s team. That is, until you look at all of the changes that happened within the prospect ranks.

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