2015 NHL Draft: Thunderbirds’ Barzal leads WHL prospects at mid-season mark

by Glen Erickson
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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal has missed time in the 2014-15 season due to injury, but should return to action in January (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 37 of its players selected at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, PA. With the NHL festivities set for Sunrise, FL in 2015, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool. Read more»

The Top Five most vibrant personalities among NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
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Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is one of the more outspoken, young players among NHL prospects (courtesy of Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

 

As exciting as hockey players are on the ice, they are notorious for being boring off the ice. If you’ve heard one post-game interview, you’ve heard them all. Most hockey players respond to questions with the same robotic cliches – “We, uhh, just need to, uhh,focus on the, uhhh, next game. We need to just, uhhh, continue to play our, uh, style of game; play a full, uh, 60 minutes, get, uh, pucks in deep and finish our checks, get shots on, uh, net, and create, uh, chances…uh.” Read more»

McDavid, Meridian Centre to take a bow at 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

by Ken McKenna
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Lawson Crouse, Connor McDavid, Vince Dunn, Graham Knott - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects (l-r) Lawson Crouse, Connor McDavid, Vince Dunn, and Graham Knott model the jerseys that will be worn at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid will have a sizable stage on which to display his talents when the 2015 World Junior Championship begins on December 26th. But McDavid and 39 other prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft will have their own showcase less than a month later when the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game takes place in St. Catharines, ON. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lazar goal part of Senators’ third period surge

by Ken McKenna
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators rookie forward Curtis Lazar, shown celebrating his first NHL goal, was chosen by the Senators in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

A player known for his ever-present smile had a reason to flash that grin on Monday night as Ottawa Senators‘ rookie Curtis Lazar scored his first NHL goal in what ended up a 5-4 shootout loss to the surging Buffalo Sabres. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Cunningham’s shorthanded tally fails to spark Bruins

by Ken McKenna
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Craig Cunningham - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward Craig Cunningham spent four-and-a-half seasons with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and a half season with the Portland Winterhawks before turning pro (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

Boston Bruins rookie forward Craig Cunningham made a two-fer of his first NHL goal – aside from it being his initial milestone marker, it was also the first shorthanded goal of Cunningham’s career. Cunningham’s goal was all for naught, however, as the Bruins dropped a 3-2 shootout loss to the division rival Ottawa Senators. Read more»

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