Domi heads impressive and productive rookie class for Coyotes

Ken Campbell
Max Domi against Byron Froese (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Seven years ago, almost to the night, Mike Smith held his teammates back while an 18-year-old Steven Stamkos skated out alone for his first warm-up at the Air Canada Centre. Turned out pretty well, we’d say. That night, Oct. 28, 2008, Stamkos registered the first of his 505 career points with an assist.

Monday night was Max Domi’s turn. Now a seasoned veteran goaltender with the Arizona Coyotes, Smith instructed Domi to lead the team out onto the ice, then stood back as Domi whirled around the ice all alone. Like Stamkos, Domi then proceeded to hit the scoreboard, opening the scoring with a power-play goal in the Coyotes 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Wild punch from bench gets Sharks prospect ejected – during the shootout

Ryan Kennedy
Dylan Sadowy (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

This is one of those incidents that requires multiple viewings.

In Friday’s OHL tilt between the Saginaw Spirit and Mississauga Steelheads, elite 2016 draft prospect Mikey McLeod was returning to the bench after scoring a shootout goal for the home team. I was at this game in Mississauga and didn’t see McLeod do anything untoward, but for some reason, Saginaw’s Dylan Sadowy took exception and did this:

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Futures mailbag: Ryan Pulock, Panther pride and more

Ryan Pulock (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s about that time again. For all of you who love prospects or just want to know what your NHL team has in the pipeline, the THN Futures mailbag is here for you. If you have any questions relating to the next generation of stars, hit me up on Twitter at @THNRyanKennedy and use the hashtag #thnfutures to make sure I see it.

Let’s get to this week’s questions.

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Prospect Need to Know: Dillon Dube keeps Kelowna rolling

Kelowna's Dillon Dube  (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Welcome back to Prospect Need to Know, the gathering formerly known as The Hot List. I’m debuting some new sections this week and there will be a rotation, so don’t worry if things continue to look different from here on out. There’s a lot to cover with the AHL and NCAA getting into full swing, so let’s get to it.

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Top five 2014-15 AHL scorers that made NHL rosters to start 2015-16

Teemu Pulkkinen (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Player development in the AHL seems to have a more important impact on the NHL each year. According to the AHL’s Guide & Record Book, 88 percent of current NHL players are AHL alumni.

This season is no exception, with 24 AHL players having made their NHL debuts already, less than two weeks into the new campaign.

Here, we feature the top five AHL scorers from 2014-15 that made NHL rosters to start 2015-16.

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Draft-eligible prospect Alex DeBrincat is shredding the OHL

Justin Dickie

After ripping 51 goals as an OHL rookie in 2014-15, Alex DeBrincat is proving early in his sophomore season that his scoring ability a year ago wasn’t just a result of playing with No. 1 overall NHL draft pick Connor McDavid.

Through eight games this season, the Detroit, Mich. native has 13 goals – tops in the league. Already, the Erie Otters right winger has enjoyed a five-goal game and a four-goal game. Strictly in terms of goal scoring, he’s currently out-pacing everyone in major junior hockey.

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Futures mailbag: Daniel Sprong’s value, 2016’s top goalie and more

Ryan Kennedy
Daniel Sprong (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Say, do you like rookies? Because so far it looks like we’re in for a great Calder Trophy race and it won’t necessarily be a Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel show. Max Domi, Mattias Janmark and Artemi Panarin have all been doing big things, while another frosh – Pittsburgh’s Daniel Sprong – just got his first NHL goal. He’s the subject of one of our questions this week and as always, you can submit your prospect and draft-related queries to me on Twitter at @THNRyanKennedy, using the hashtag #thnfutures. Let’s get to it.

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