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»
Photo: Winnipeg Jets goaltending prospect Connor Hellebuyck starred for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, helping his country earn a bronze medal at that tournament (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)
The 2015-16 season is in full swing in the junior ranks, and there are a number of prospects already off to great starts. In Sault Ste. Marie, Tim Gettinger graduated from fourth-line duty and showed why he is worthy of the additional responsibility. Across the other end of Ontario, the Kingston Frontenacs received a boost when Juho Lammikko returned to the lineup and immediately made an impression of his own. Read more»
Photo: Not even Winnipeg’s top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers is guaranteed an NHL roster spot due to the Jets’ enviable organizational depth (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Images/Getty Images)
The recent promotion of Mark Hillier to Director of Amateur Scouting from Head Amateur Scout seems like a small change in terms of title. Under Marcel Comeau’s direction since 2003, the Atlanta Thrashers amassed a mixed record – as all teams do. Since relocation however, the team had begun to separate from the pack. How much is due to Hillier’s input versus Comeau or others is unclear, but the Winnipeg Jets now find themselves with one of the deepest collections of young talent in the NHL.