Chicago Blackhawks find quantity, quality in NCAA and European prospects

by Anthony Lyen
Gustav Forsling - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago prospect Gustav Forsling hit 100 shots on goal in 48 SHL games this season despite playing second-pairing minutes for Linköping (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 

To say the Chicago Blackhawks have a fondness for developing players in Europe and at the collegiate level is an understatement. 23 prospects laced up either overseas or in college for the 2015-16 season, and a handful had standout seasons for their respective teams. This route of developing talent has become a recent trend in Chicago, with Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Teuvo Teravainen being just a few success stories for the Blackhawks. (more…)

Florida Panthers prospects help club to first playoff berth in four years

by Chris Roberts
Photo: Rocco Grimaldi scored 5 points through 20 games with the Florida Panthers this season. (Courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Rocco Grimaldi scored five points through 20 games with the Florida Panthers this season. (Courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Florida Panthers made it into the NHL playoffs for the first time in four seasons and it’s thanks to a growing young cast of budding NHLers. General Manager Dale Tallon has built a strong core, while still allowing for the team’s prospects to develop at their own pace. (more…)

Greyhounds’ Senyshyn seizing opportunity rather than shrinking from it

by Jason Menard
Zach Senyshyn - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and Boston Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn was productive in the Greyhounds’ 2016 playoff run, scoring two goals and nine points in 12 postseason contests (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

 

Zach Senyshyn heard the boos. He heard the talk about how the Boston Bruins reached for him with the 15th overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft. But he doesn’t care what those people think – he knows exactly who he has to impress. (more…)

Forsling, Hansson the top defensive NHL properties competing in Sweden in 2015-16

by Chapin Landvogt
Gustav Forsling - Linkoping HC

Photo: Linkoping defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Gustav Forsling has completed his second SHL season, picking up 24 points in 54 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 

The SHL has in recent years churned out products for NHL bluelines, and the 2015-16 season has been no different. Once again a number of different young veterans and overagers have bloomed to the tune of NHL offers, with former Vancouver Canucks draft pick Henrik Tommernes likely leading the group. (more…)

2015-16 Calder Poll: Injury-shortened season still enough for McDavid to be NHL’s top rookie

by Tony Piscotta
Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid will compete for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship that begins next week in Moscow and St. Petersburg (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The race for the 2016 Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie was certainly interesting. But, if the staff at Hockey’s Future is right, the winner of this year’s award will be the person many expected to win it when the season started, that individual being the Edmonton OilersConnor McDavid. (more…)

Barracuda’s Carpenter impressing on and off the ice

by Sean Shapiro
Ryan Carpenter - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Barracuda forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Carpenter saw his first NHL action in the 2015-16 campaign, appearing in one game for the Sharks in December (courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

Ryan Carpenter is used to putting others first, both off the ice and on it.

And the San Jose Barracuda forward and San Jose Sharks prospect has been honored for both contributions this season by the American Hockey League. (more…)

Winnipeg Jets prospect awards recognize growth in the system

by Devin Slawson
Brendan Lemieux - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux has the skill and build to adjust quickly to pro hockey, having posted three points in five AHL games to close out this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 

The Winnipeg Jets had many of their prospects in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose during the 2015-16 season. As a result, that team struggled, but several players made great strides toward a potential promotion to the NHL. The team also had several players – but especially the electrifying Nikolaj Ehlers – get quality minutes in the NHL. Though growing pains are part of the Jets’ approach to team-building right now, the prospect pool is also full of top performers in their own age groups.

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2016 NHL Draft: Slow start in OHL hasn’t slowed down Knights’ Jones

by Jason Menard
Max Jones - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones spent the 2014-15 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program before moving to the OHL for the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 

There are those who say that the fastest way to the NHL is through the OHL. For American players, there is often competing forces pulling them to different areas – from the U.S. development program, to the college route, or making the jump across the border. For Max Jones, the time to make the jump to the OHL was now, and it has paid off so far. (more…)

Top names rule 2015-16 Detroit Red Wings prospect awards

by Ryan Womeldorf
Tyler Bertuzzi - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: The Detroit Red Wings could have used some vintage Todd Bertuzzi in the playoffs this season but the hope is that his nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, can bring some of that famous energy, skill and will to the team in the near future (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The 2015-16 season marked the beginning of a time of transition for the Detroit Red Wings. It saw the graduation of a handful of key prospects, by far the most impactful being teenager Dylan Larkin. Larkin was outstanding as a rookie this season and will be a key building block for the Red Wings as they re-tool for the future.

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