Kapanen easing into new organization after move to Toronto

by Ken McKenna
Kasperi Kapanen - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen has produced seven points in 11 games for the Marlies in 2015-16 (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

For a hockey fan, the arrival of July 1st means the unofficial start to the coming hockey season. The event sparking this fan interest is the start of the NHL’s annual free agency period, where player movement, or more specifically, rumors of player movement tend to dominate the hockey headlines and the news-hungry Twitterverse. Read more»

On the Rush – October 2015

by HF Staff
Photo: Colton Parayko (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Photo: Colton Parayko is an early Calder candidate after outpacing his production in the AHL last season during his first 18 games in the NHL. (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Welcome to the October edition of On the Rush, the first of 2015-16. For first-time readers, this is a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations, or falling a little behind. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook, November, 2015: Strength of Pacific Division highlights early season

by Sean Shapiro
Andrew Agozzino - San Antonio Rampage

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Andrew Agozzino (#28) is off to a good start offensively in 2015-16 with 16 points in nine AHL games (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The Pacific Division was always going to be the American Hockey League’s most polarizing division.

With five teams playing 68 games and the other two playing 76, points percentage was handmade for this grouping. And with the California teams avoiding all of the dreaded three-in-threes? The Pacific Division is ripe with storylines created by the AHL’s western migration. Read more»

Diverse Chicago Blackhawks system getting the call early on in the 2015-16 season

by Anthony Lyen
Vince Hinostroza - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Vince Hinostroza uses speed as his best asset but needs to show a bit more AHL offense to be considered for additional NHL duty this season (courtesy of Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After changes to the roster during the offseason, the 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks are a mix of fresh and familiar faces. The core group, which includes Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith remains mostly intact. Several holes in the roster remained and the Blackhawks – tight against the salary cap – filled the majority of those holes from within.

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Defense leads the way in Carolina Hurricanes prospect pool

by Cory Lavalette
Defense leads the way In Carolina’s prospect pool

Photo: With 11 points in 14 games, Phil Di Giuseppe is on pace to almost double the 30 points he had for the Charlotte Checkers in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Second-year General Manager Ron Francis has promised to build the Carolina Hurricanes the right way: by stockpiling draft picks and patiently developing prospects—while not cheating the process. Read more»

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