Photo: LA Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak could establish himself this season as the top goaltender for the Ontario Reign (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)
It will be hard for some of the Los Angeles Kings prospects to top their respective 2014-15 seasons. There was a Calder Cup Championship, a Memorial Cup Championship, a Slovak Extraliga title, and a number of other MVP-worthy and team-leading performances spread across the pipeline.
Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and New York Rangers prospect Ryan Gropp (L) and Tri-City Americans defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Brandon Carlo (L) will be two prominent players for their teams in 2015-16 in the WHL’s U.S. Division (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks have been the class of the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference for the past few seasons, but there is some strength building in the U.S. Division. The Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds appear poised to challenge the Winterhawks and Rockets. Read more»
Photo: Jack Eichel, who will make the Buffalo Sabres as an 18-year-old, could be the most talented American hockey player in the history of the game. (Courtesy of Ken Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres have quickly transitioned from a desperate, broken hockey club to one full of potential and promise—and not just because of Jack Eichel. After some daring moves by GM Tim Murray during the offseason, it’s clear that the team has made it a priority to ensure its young star is surrounded with talent as he grows into an elite franchise center.
Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Konecny returns to the OHL after posting 29 goals and 68 points in 60 games for the 67’s in 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Hockey’s Future 2015-16 preview of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) continues with a move over to the Eastern Conference and look at the East Division. This division includes the reigning OHL and CHL champions, the Oshawa Generals, who won their first OHL title since the 1996-97 season, and their first Memorial Cup since 1989-90. Read more»
Photo: Heady defenseman Alex Peters needs a healthy season for the Flint Firebirds to stay relevant as a Dallas Stars prospect (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
The Dallas Stars continue to exhibit a very balanced prospect group where a good variety of player types abound. They have a veritable cornucopia of players designated as prospects by Hockey’s Future’s standards – 42 in all, including 18 defensemen (not including Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka). As a result, some very noteworthy players such as bulky winger Brett Ritchie, QMJHL champion goalie Philippe Desrosiers and the Swedish defense duo of Patrik Nemeth and Mattias Backman will not be mentioned below.