Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan has been brilliant as a junior player. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The Winnipeg Jets broke the mold this month, making the team’s first major trade in their short history – a massive seven-player deal that saw franchise top-five picks Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian head to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux, and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)
If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Petteri Lindbohm didn’t just net his first NHL goal in the Blues’ win over the Boston Bruins, as he also had a bout with the Bruins’ Jordan Caron (courtesy of Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
After a sluggish first period for he and his St. Louis Blues teammates, Blues defenseman Petteri Lindbohm scored the goal – his first NHL goal – that got the Blues rolling to an eventual 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Read more»
Photo: Nashville’s top prospect Kevin Fiala is scoring nearly a point-per-game in the AHL since arriving in Milwaukee. (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
Filip Forsberg’s Calder Trophy-caliber campaign has pushed Nashville to the top of the NHL standings, making his the most notable graduation of the season. Add to that the trade that sent Brendan Leipsic to the Leafs, Patrick Cehlin’s return to Sweden, and solid pro seasons for Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck, and the result is a shake-up in Nashville’s Top 20.
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Brandon Kozun nets his first NHL goal in the first period of 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes (courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)
He made a name for himself during the 2014 NHL preseason, but Toronto Maple Leafs‘ rookie Brandon Kozun had to wait a little while longer to net his first NHL goal, the only Leafs goal in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more»