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Philadelphia Flyers’ collegiate prospect pool still strong on defense

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Philadelphia Flyers’ collegiate prospect pool still strong on defense

Photo: Mark Friedman is enjoying a standout freshman season on the blueline with Bowling Green State University. (Courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite Shayne Gostisbehere’s departure to the professional ranks, the Philadelphia Flyers still possess a number of solid defensive prospects at the collegiate level, including Nick Luukko, Reece Willcox and Mark Friedman. Read more »

New York Islanders sport a glut of prospects in goal

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New York Islanders sport a glut of prospects in goal

Photo: Eamon McAdam has shown a drastic improvement in his second season with the Nittany Lions (Courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

 

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow continued his tendency to take NCAA-bound players with mid to late-round picks at the 2014 draft, selecting a pair of overagers in Devon Toews and Kyle Schempp. The Islanders have had success drafting NCAA players, with recent picks Kyle Okposo, Brock Nelson, and Anders Lee all becoming impact players for the Islanders. Although the Islanders tend to favour North American players, they selected a pair of European netminders in Linus Soderstrom and Ilya Sorokin. They represent the future in goal for the Islanders, along with collegiate netminders Eamon McAdam and Stephon Williams. Read more »

Montreal Canadiens prospects run deep at defense

by Pat Paeplow
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Montreal Canadiens prospects run deep at defense

Photo: When Charles Hudon finally gets his shot with the Canadiens, he will join a long list of Quebec-born players to play for the team. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Montreal Canadiens prospect pool continues to grow more experienced every season. Because General Manager Marc Bergevin is intent on bringing his youngsters along slowly, the Canadiens have promoted just a single prospect into their roster. Several players among the Top 20 would be regulars in other organizations.

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2012 Prospects: Andreas Athanasiou hopes to speed his way to top of NHL draft

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2012 Prospects: Andreas Athanasiou hopes to speed his way to top of NHL draft

 

Photo: London Knights forward Andreas Athanasiou is one of the speedier forwards available for the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of CHL Images)

They say that speed kills. And for whichever team selects London Knights' forward Andreas Athanasiou in June's NHL entry draft, they're going to find themselves with a veritable assassin in their organization.

For a league that puts a premium on speed, the Woodbridge, ON native will be a valuable asset. But while the young forward does put in the time to improve his stride, speed is just a natural component of this — and many other — games.

"It's just natural. It's always been a key part of my game playing hockey. Even when I'm playing basketball, soccer, track — I was on a track-and-field club team outside of school — I've always been pretty fast," Athanasiou explained. "It's always been my go-to — it's always been there, even when I was a little kid. I remember going on the ice with my dad when I was really young, maybe a couple of years old, and having him swing me around so that I could just pick up tons and tons of speed and just fly around. I just loved it."
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Blackhawks: Preseason update

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