Photo: Forward Reid Boucher is one of the more promising forwards in the New Jersey Devils prospect pool. Boucher started the 2014-15 season in the AHL, but should be among the first forwards recalled by the Devils in case of injury. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Since the 2004 lockout, the New Jersey Devils system has not produced the same quality of prospects they were known for during their glory days. This is a result of different issues, like lack of picks, location on the draft board, or losing the magic touch to find late-round gems. But over the past seven years, management has slowly restocked the prospect pool where depth and quality are now returning NHL ready players.
Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Kevin Hayes signed with the NHL club in August after the team that drafted him, the Chicago Blackhawks, was unable to come to terms with Hayes (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)
While his former college linemate was scoring his first goal of the season a half a continent away, New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes netted his first of the 2014-15 season, and of his fledgling NHL career. Hayes’ goal was the fourth in a 4-0 win for the Rangers over the San Jose Sharks. Read more»
Photo: Calgary Flames rookie forward Josh Jooris spent three seasons playing for Union College before turning pro in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
Not only did Josh Jooris appear in his first NHL game on Friday night, but he also netted his first NHL goal in the Calgary Flames 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Read more»
Photo: Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Kevin Czuczman saw some action in the NHL at the end of last season, but will begin the 2014-15 season with the Sound Tigers (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
With the Adirondack Phantoms re-locating to Allentown and moving to the East Division, the 2013 Eastern Conference champion Syracuse Crunch have been added to the AHL‘s Northeast Division. With a lot of roster turnover amongst all of the teams and a new team in the mix, the division appears to be up for grabs in 2014-15. Read more»
Photo: Markus Granlund returns to the AHL in 2014-15, where he is expected to produce more than the 44 points he did last season. (courtesy of Chris Austin/Icon Sportswire)
It has been a long time since the Calgary Flames have had a deep talent pool like the current group developing at each position. The Flames were fortunate to add four first-round picks to their system in the past two years, which includes a pair of centers from Ontario in Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett, who became the highest pick in team history when selected fourth overall in the 2014 NHL draft.