Wolverines’ Downing working on rounding out his game

by Ken McKenna
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Michael Downing - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Michael Downing posted two goals and 10 assists along with 60 penalty minutes in his freshman season with the Wolverines (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

 

At the midpoint of the first period in the USA’s first post-cutdown game at the 2014 National Junior Evaluation Camp, Team USA defenseman Michael Downing took a pass from University of Michigan teammate J.T. Compher and fired a point shot past Sweden goaltender Jonas Johansson to score the opening goal in what would be a 7-1 romp for the U.S. squad. Read more»

Laughton remains top prospect in Philadelphia Flyers’ 2014 Fall Top 20

by Jashvina Shah
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Scott Laughton - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Scott Laughton is one of several strong two-way forwards in the Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect pool. Laughton was picked 20th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 The Philadelphia Flyers have gone to lengths the past few seasons to address their defensive depth and now have five very solid blueliners among their top 10 prospects.

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Yale’s Hayden camping his way towards an NHL career

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John Hayden - Yale University

Photo: Yale University forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect John Hayden had a productive freshman season for the Bulldogs in 2013-14, scoring six goals and adding 10 assists in 33 games (courtesy of Steven Ryan/Icon SMI)

 

While it has been a summer of camping for current Yale University forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect John Hayden, it hasn’t been a case of fun and frolic in the great outdoors as it is for most people. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: USHL draft review

by Chapin Landvogt
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2014 NHL Draft - Joshua Jacobs - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Indiana Ice defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Joshua Jacobs was the first defender chosen from the USHL at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It came as little surprise that USHL prospects once again dotted the seven rounds of the NHL Draft last month in Philadelphia. A total of 18 players were taken from the United States’ top developmental league (excluding the NTDP players), with only one of them being a goalie. Of the remaining 17 players, 13 were forwards. Ironically, the Midwest archrivals Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues each selected three USHL players, more than any other team. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: OHL draft review

by Jason Menard
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2014 NHL Draft - Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames

Photo: The Calgary Flames made Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett the top forward chosen out of the OHL when they nabbed with the fourth pick overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The Ontario Hockey League is not shy about professing itself as the premier route to “The Show”. And with nearly 20 per cent of this year’s drafted players coming out of the OHL — including 10 first-rounders — it’s clear that the “O” is not planning to relinquish its crown. Read more»