2015 WJC Preview: Canada looking to return to golden ways on home ice

by Glen Erickson

Connor McDavid - Team Canada

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid (L) is returning from an injury just in time to compete for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)


When Team Canada embarks on its mission to capture a gold medal at the 2015 World Junior Championship, they will do so with a group steeped in offensive skill, both up front and on the back end. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Pouliot makes first shot count in Penguins’ win

by Ken McKenna

Derrick Pouliot - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie defenseman Derrick Pouliot competed in 247 WHL games, scoring 42 goals and adding 163 assists for 205 points (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins top prospect, defenseman Derrick Pouliot, made his NHL debut Saturday night a successful one as he netted his first NHL goal – the eventual game-winning goal – on his first shot in the Penguins 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Read more»

Vegas roots a source of pride for Cougars’ Pochiro

by Glen Erickson

Zach Pochiro - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Prince George Cougars forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Zach Pochiro was a fourth round pick of the Blues at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)


Like many prospects, Zach Pochiro has traveled a most interesting hockey road map, one that currently has the 20-year-old center in a position where he can try to thrive during his third WHL season with the Prince George Cougars. Read more»

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

by Glen Erickson

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

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»

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