Photo: Curtis McKenzie, the AHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, will likely split his time between the AHL and NHL in 2014-15 (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images
The churning out of quality prospects continues for the Dallas Stars organization. General manager Jim Nill will be looked upon to continue to bolster a very strong and deep organizational depth chart that has few glaring weaknesses at this point in time. With the Texas Stars (AHL) contingent set to defend a title and the Dallas team looking to make a bigger playoff push, the pressure is on this impressive group of youngsters.
Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Nashville Predators prospect Saku Maenalanen was a key performer for Finland in that country’s run to a gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)
The 2014-15 season in Finland‘s Liiga will be an interesting one if only for the absence of long-time Helsinki club Jokerit, which bolted the league to compete in the KHL. Vaasa Sport, which finished second in Mestis last year but won back-to-back championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12, moves up to fill Jokerit’s spot in the 14-team league. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues fourth round selection Ville Husso was one of two Finnish goaltenders chosen at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia was not expected to match the excitement of last year when two players from Finland were selected in the first eight picks, and that was indeed the case. Read more»
Photo: Finnish blueliner Julius Honka, the Stars’ 14th overall selection, led rookie WHL defensemen in scoring with 56 points in 62 games for Swift Current (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
With nine selections in hand, the Dallas Stars went to work and did not step too far out of their comfort zone. An organizational need was addressed in the first round, and nearly every subsequent round after, as the Stars selected seven defensemen, one goaltender and one forward. Read more»
Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen, sone of former NHL forward Sami Kapanen, is one of several 2014 NHL Draft prospects to have NHL bloodlines (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
The 2014 NHL Draft figures to be an interesting one when it comes to players being selected out of Finland. The general consensus on the draft as a whole is that the talent pool drops off significantly after the first handful of prospects with the next group all very similar with little separating them. The same can be said of the prospects coming out of Finland this year.