Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nelson Nogier, shown here skating for the Saskatoon Blades, has produced four points in 12 games since being dealt to the Rebels from the Blades last month (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When a young prospect finds out the he’s caught the eye of a National Hockey League team, there is always excitement and satisfaction. Indeed, the road to earning a job in professional hockey can certainly be an all-consuming proposition these days, something that seems to require one’s undivided attention. Read more»
Photo: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot (L) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammate Blake Wheeler (R) in the Jets 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
The off-ice officials didn’t initially see give him credit, but Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot netted his first NHL goal in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The goal was originally credited to Jets’ forward Andrew Ladd, but the scorers soon realized the error of their ways and credited the goal to Chiarot, who also picked up an assist and was named the game’s second star. Read more»
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect and former Ducks draft pick Eric O’Dell is the leading goal-scorer for an offensively challenged St. John’s IceCaps squad. (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
Led by a veteran lineup and some outstanding goaltending from current Jets rookie Michael Hutchinson the St. John’s IceCaps won the Eastern Conference playoff title before falling to the Texas Stars in the 2013-14 Calder Cup finals. With Hutchinson and several key players from that team playing elsewhere this season, the IceCaps struggled to start the year but are playing better of late.
Photo: Eric Comrie is one of several talented goaltending prospects in the Winnipeg Jets organization. Comrie is currently representing Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championships. (courtesy of Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Welcome to the second installment of On the Rush for the 2014-15 season. This month we feature a diverse group of players, including two goalies from the same pipeline, an outstanding young Swiss league player, and a junior talent who has overcome health concerns. Several prospects who are currently representing their countries at the 2015 World Junior Championships are also featured this month.
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»