Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore recently received his first call up to the NHL. Shore was picked by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
Welcome to the January 2015 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has managed to stay in the Washington Capitals’ lineup despite several prolonged offensive droughts. Kuznetsov was drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Rob Carr/Getty Images)
For the last few years, the Washington Capitals have done a nice job of blending newer, younger talent in with their stalwarts. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom might still run the show, but John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, and Karl Alzner have acquitted themselves nicely.
Photo: Forward Nathan Walker continues to find a role in the Washington Capitals organization after being selected in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Walker spent the 2013-14 season with the Capitals organization prior to being drafted. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
It has been an up and down season so far for the Washington Capital‘s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Through the first 29 games of the 2014-15 season, they find themselves second in the East Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference with 32 points, sporting a 14-11-3-1 record.
Photo: Springfield Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg received his first call-up to the parent Columbus Blue Jackets, a stint that included his first two NHL appearances (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Now that the 2014-15 AHL regular season is in full-swing, it’s a good time to check in on how those in the league’s Eastern Conference are responding to fast/slow starts. Solid goaltending is more prevalent in this month’s update than in November’s Notebook, but there was also some serious offensive numbers being put up by some talented defensemen. Read more»
Photo: Nashville Predators rookie forward Flip Forsberg scored nine of his 12 goals in the month of November (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)
For the second straight month, two players dominated the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy monthly poll for the 2014-15 season. But this month’s top rookies – Filip Forsberg of Nashville and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau – are not the same two rookies who were nearly unanimous choices for the first and second spots in our November poll. Read more»