Photo: Winnipeg Jets 2014 third-round pick Jack Glover and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to forget last season’s disappointments in an upcoming series against the UMD Bulldogs (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
The Winnipeg Jets have effectively erased the memories of ineffective drafting that plagued the franchise’s Atlanta incarnation. Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry, taken in 2011, are already NHL players capable of tough minutes. 2012 picks Jacob Trouba and Connor Hellebuyck are developing well as pros – albeit at different stages. While players picked in 2013 and onward remain to be judged, the early returns are excellent. Scouting is only one part of the equation that leads to a successful NHL franchise, but it is a crucial aspect for a frugal team like Winnipeg.
Photo: Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Nikolaj Ehlers is congratulated by his teammates after netting his first NHL goal, a goal that started the Jets onto a road win over the New York Rangers (courtesy of Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
He has been a highly touted prospect since he was chosen by the Winnipeg Jets in 2014, and Nikolaj Ehlers‘ first NHL goal was an affirmation of that talent. The Denmark native opened the scoring for the Jets in their 4-1 win over the previously undefeated New York Rangers. Read more»
Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Hannikainen will start the 2015-16 season with the Blue Jackets’ new AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Central Division isn’t home to as many radical changes as the Pacific Division, but it is part of the American Hockey League’s new landscape.
The Manitoba Moose have returned, while the Lake Erie Monsters have a new affiliate — switching from Colorado to the Columbus Blue Jackets — and the rest of the division is ripe with talent. Read more»
Photo: San Jose Shark rookie forward Joonas Donskoi (#27) joins teammates Joe Thronton (#19) and Joe Pavelski (#8) in celebrating Donskoi’s first NHL goal in the Sharks 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of Aaron Poole/NHLI via Getty Images)
It’s a new season, with many rookies dotting rosters across the NHL. And, with so many newbies taking the ice to start the season, it stands to reason that the early going will feature a number of first NHL goals from said rookies. Read more»
Photo: Barrie Colts forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc will try to improve on his breakout 2014-15 OHL season where he posted 31 goals and 107 points in 68 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Nylander family is in the news lately, and the youngest family member, Alex, just scored one of the prettiest goals of the year. Another family, the Strome’s, are making waves themselves, but again it’s youngest brother Matt that started the year off hot. There’s more, too, as top prospects in Tampa Bay and Winnipeg push for playing time just like the world-famous Hanson Brothers did. Read more»