Heading into the 2015-16 season, the Washington Capitals find themselves among the powers of the Eastern Conference. They remain one of the most skilled teams in the NHL thanks to players like Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson. They also have one of the best netminders in the entire league in Braden Holtby. Read more»
The German DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) has settled in as a league that can feature some fine hockey that is very much equivalent to the level of play in the AHL, just a good bit older when it comes to the average age of the various line-ups and thus more mature in the style of play. Paying very well overall, the league is a business and is there to sell tickets and produce champions. Read more»
The recent promotion of Mark Hillier to Director of Amateur Scouting from Head Amateur Scout seems like a small change in terms of title. Under Marcel Comeau’s direction since 2003, the Atlanta Thrashers amassed a mixed record – as all teams do. Since relocation however, the team had begun to separate from the pack. How much is due to Hillier’s input versus Comeau or others is unclear, but the Winnipeg Jets now find themselves with one of the deepest collections of young talent in the NHL.
The Florida Panthers are defense and center-heavy in terms of prospects, and this season will provide those players a chance to vault themselves ahead on the depth chart. The organization’s prospects are spread fairly evenly across all four levels—pro, junior, amateur and overseas—with intriguing prospects at each. Read more»