Royals’ Hicketts doesn’t let setbacks block his NHL dream

by Glen Erickson
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Joe Hicketts - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Joe Hicketts was passed over at the 2014 NHL Draft, but the Red Wings signed Hicketts to a contract in late September (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

If we rewind the hockey calendar to the first few weeks of the 2013-14 Western Hockey League season, Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals was then a highly-touted defenseman, projected to hear his named called by a NHL team in the early rounds at the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Griffith, Lowry net first career markers in Tuesday wins

by Ken McKenna
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Adam Lowry - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Adam Lowry notched 33 points (17G, 16A) in 64 games for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

Two NHL rookies netted their first career goals on Tuesday night, while another newcomer scored one on the weekend that had been previously overlooked. The Boston BruinsSeth Griffith and the Winnipeg JetsAdam Lowry each registered their first NHL goal on Tuesday while the St. Louis BluesJori Lehtera netted his in a Saturday win. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Two-point night for Severson in Devils’ win

by Ken McKenna
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Damon Severson - New Jersey Devils

Photo: New Jersey Devils’ rookie defenseman Damon Severson followed up an impressive NHL debut on Thursday with a 2-point performance in his second NHL game (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

 

The New Jersey Devils are off to a fast start with a roster that includes a trio of younger defensemen. One of those young defenders, Damon Severson, checked off a couple of milestones in just his second NHL game, including his first NHL goal, in a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: No surprises at the top of the ISS Hockey October rankings

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, is wearing the captain’s “C” for the 2014-15 OHL season (courtesy Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

The race to claim the mantle of first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Draft has officially begun in earnest with the start of the 2014-15 season. The main combatants for that honor, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel, have both seen game action within the past week and will be closely scrutinized by NHL scouts from now through April or May. Read more»

2014-15 WHL Preview: Wheat Kings look to dethrone Oil Kings in the East

by Ian Esplen
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Greg Chase - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Greg Chase registered 85 points in 2013-14, and is expected to be among the WHL scoring leaders in 2014-15 (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

Last season was a special year for the teams that call the WHL‘s Eastern Conference home.

 

First, Eastern Conference fans in Prince Albert, SK and Red Deer, AB got to see their teams square off in a thrilling, winner take all match to determine who would play the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round of the playoffs. Read more»