Minor Leagues

Jagger Fircus accepting YARA award for his performance during the 2023-24 season

Promising Future for Seattle Kraken Prospect Jagger Firkus

Seattle Kraken prospect and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Jagger Firkus has proven himself to be a valuable player in the Western Hockey League. This week, Firkus was awarded not one but two trophies for his outstanding performance during the 2023-24 season.  Related Post: On May 8, 2024, he was announced as this year’s Bob Clarke Trophy […]

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An Email Interview with Nick Bowins of Working in Hockey

About four months ago, I did a great email interview with Nick Bowins of Hockey Collective. I am proud to bring Nick back to talk with us about a new hockey-related venture he started called Working in Hockey. If you are serious about finding a career in hockey, this new outlet might be the perfect […]

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When Can Newly-Drafted Prospects Break Through Into The NHL?

When do or can prospects make the jump to the NHL/AHL level? Most NHL prospects take 3-5 years post-draft to reach the NHL, with less than a third of first-rounders making an NHL team. Factors like skill development and individual progression dictate the timeline. Additionally, a strict NHL-CHL agreement impacts where prospects can play, depending on age. Any player under the age of 20 is ineligible to play in the AHL. NHL Entry Draft intricacies, entry-level contracts, Russian political issues and AHL stints shape a prospect’s journey.

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Updates On The Bruins Pool of Prospects

With the NHL callups of John Beecher, Matt Poitras, and Mason Lohrei, the focus is now on finding the next group of prospects that can progress to a career with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins’ prospect rankings have been at or near the bottom of the league for a while now. This latest trio of […]

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Bruins’ 2023 Draft Picks Finishing Solid Seasons in USHL

The Boston Bruins have been near the bottom of the prospect rankings lists for the last few seasons due to picking lower in the draft and trading away high draft positioning for playoff reinforcements. There have been some swings and misses in recent drafts for General Manager Don Sweeney as well, which has attributed to […]

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Boone Jenner celebrates his 2nd NHL hat-trick

Boone Jenner’s Journey to Becoming an All-Star

The path to the NHL seemed natural for Columbus Blue Jacket’s captain, Boone Jenner. His journey includes becoming a captain for his AAA minor league team, the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs, and his OHL team, the Oshawa Generals. With a natural leader like Jenner, it’s no surprise he would also be selected to become the Blue […]

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Mississauga Steelheads Reportedly Moving to Brampton, Ontario

After much speculation, the news has finally come regarding the Mississauga Steelheads future. The Ontario Hockey League franchise is reportedly moving to Brampton,Ontario according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.  The move isn’t necessarily surprising, given the team’s overall situation. However, it is interesting that the team is reportedly only moving down the road to the CAA […]

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PHOTOS: Fairview Flyers vs. La Crete Lumber Barons – 01/28/2024

LA CRETE, AB – The Fairview Flyers travelled to La Crete Sunday to take on the La Crete Lumber Barons in a David-vs-Goliath-type matchup between two teams with contrasting success in the NWJHL this season. The Flyers came into the game with a lowly 2-33-1 record and destined for a last place finish in league […]

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USA Hockey neck guard mandate

USA Hockey Mandates Neck Protection For All U18 Players

The USA Hockey Congress approved a rule on Sunday that will require all players under the age of 18 to wear neck protection in both games and practices. This policy also extends to 19-year-old players in the boys, girls, and junior levels, as well as on-ice officials under 18. The policy officially goes into effect […]

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Anselmo’s 2024 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Standouts

The Canadian Hockey League’s annual Top Prospects Game took place last night in Moncton, New Brunswick. Team Red was victorious, beating Team White by a final score of 3-1. In a close and hard-fought game, Team Red’s Raoul Boilard was the difference maker, as the Baie-Comeau forward scored two goals for Team Red. The annual […]

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