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Bellows confident he's one season away from playing for Islanders

Forward prospect left college for Portland because of longer season, more chances to improve skating

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Standing on the ice at Bell Centre in Montreal on Jan. 5, New York Islanders forward prospect Kieffer Bellows was soaking in a moment he knew he'd never forget.

He and his United States teammates had just won the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship following a 5-4 shootout victory against Canada. Bellows, the Islanders' first-round pick (No. 19) at the 2016 NHL Draft, finished the tournament with three points (two goals, one assist) in seven games. He scored two goals against Canada in the gold-medal game.

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Canucks prospect Lind learned on frigid outdoor rink

Forward could skate to ice from home as boy

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- With media, fans and Vancouver Canucks management bundled up in long pants and jackets to watch drills at development camp this month, forward prospect Kole Lind could only chuckle at those who found the arena cold after coming in from the July sunshine.

When you grow up in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, and you're able to tie your skates at home before skating down a frozen back alley to the nearby outdoor rink, cold is a relative term.

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Prospect Pedrie 'couldn't say no' to Rangers

Defenseman left Penn State to pursue NHL dream

by Kaitlyn Kaminski / NHL.com Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When opportunity knocks, you answer. Just ask New York Rangers defenseman prospect Vince Pedrie, who gave up his final two years at Penn State University for a chance to play in the NHL.

"It felt like an opportunity I couldn't say no to," said Pedrie, 23. "It's something I worked my whole life to get to, and I couldn't say no to that."

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Flames expect Foo to fight for NHL roster spot

Forward prospect signed as free agent after junior year at Union College

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Spencer Foo took plenty of time before deciding to sign a two-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames on July 1.

The 23-year-old forward prospect needed it.

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Pu's future with Sabres powered by link to past

Forward prospect has soaked up knowledge of former NHL player Dale Hunter, who coaches him in OHL

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- When the Buffalo Sabres drafted forward Cliff Pu in the third round (No. 69) of the 2016 NHL Draft, they not only selected a talented scorer, but a player looking to improve on his best season yet.

Pu, 19, had a breakout third season with London of the Ontario Hockey League in 2016-17. He led London with 86 points (35 goals, 51 assists) in 63 games, and led it to the second round of the OHL playoffs, where it lost in Game 7 to Erie, the eventual OHL champion.

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Sharks enthralled with Ferraro's speed, skill, style

San Jose defenseman prospect is 'going to be a good one'

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks defenseman prospect Mario Ferraro never has to be told twice to join the rush.

So after hearing coaches at development camp emphasize the importance of defensemen helping out on the offensive end, San Jose's second-round pick (No. 49) in the 2017 NHL Draft knew what to do in the prospects scrimmage on July 6 at SAP Center.

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Oettinger's poise, presence can reverse Stars' fortunes

Dallas prospect has tools to be future No. 1 goaltender

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars haven't had much luck with homegrown goaltenders since they moved from Minnesota in 1993. Prospect Jake Oettinger, the 26th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, hopes he can change that.

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Hall, Devils to lighten Hischier's load in first NHL season

Top pick of 2010 Draft wants to help 2017 No. 1 selection have easy adjustment to career in New Jersey

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall knows the expectations that come with being the No. 1 pick of the NHL Draft, and he plans to do his best to help Devils teammate Nico Hischier navigate what awaits him this season.

When Hall was selected with the first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, he found himself burdened by expectations that he would spark a turnaround. But the Oilers never got on track during Hall's tenure, and he was traded to the Devils on June 29, 2016.

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Bear raising game, expectations for Oilers

Defenseman prospect's prowess in own end catching up to ability in offensive zone

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers defenseman prospect Ethan Bear played through the pain for Seattle in the Western Hockey League playoffs last season, and has the scar to prove it.

Bear, 20, broke the index finger on his left hand blocking a shot in Game 3 of the WHL Western Conference Final against Kelowna. He missed the final three games of the series, but returned to play against Regina in the final, helping Seattle win its first league championship.

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DeBrincat wants to force Blackhawks' hand in training camp

Skilled 5-foot-7 forward prospect hoping to defeat odds, make it to NHL this season

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- If Alex DeBrincat were a few inches taller, he probably wouldn't have slipped to the Chicago Blackhawks outside the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Nobody knows that more than Blackhawks director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley, who helped select the high-scoring forward with Chicago's first pick at No. 39 in the second round.

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