It is no secret the Chicago Blackhawks are not exactly stacked with young players in the juniors. In fact, with Ryan Hartman having turned pro with the Rockford IceHogs this season, the Hawks do not have a single prospect playing in the CHL.
You’ve seen him score dazzling goals and make seeing-eye passes that seem to impossibly thread the needle. Now, Hockey’s Future and Crave Online are giving you the chance to win an authentic (but not game-worn) Erie Otters’ #97 jersey autographed by the author of those goals and passes, Connor McDavid. Read more »
A few highly-touted Philadelphia Flyers prospects have left the junior ranks to join the professional levels, joining the Phantoms in their first season at Lehigh Valley. Both Scott Laughton and Anthony Stolarz made the jump from major junior to the AHL in the offseason. Laughton is regarded as Philadelphia’s top prospect, while Stolarz is the team’s top goalkeeper prospect.
The annual Subway Super Series is an early season six-game exhibition between a select team of junior aged Russian players against three all-star teams formed from the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL. This year, the Colorado Avalanche were represented by four of their prospects including Chris Bigras, a favorite to represent Team Canada in the upcoming U20 World Junior Championship, as well as Conner Bleackley, Kyle Wood, and Spencer Martin.
Little did the Vancouver Canucks know when they drafted forwards Bo Horvat (ninth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall) in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, that the two would become great friends and, for a brief time, teammates while Horvat was on an AHL conditioning stint with the Utica Comets.
Much has been made over the past decade about the long line of National Hockey League defensemen with developmental roots that can be traced back to their junior days with the Kelowna Rockets. Call it a “factory” of sorts, one that appears to have another rearguard trending in the same direction as his predecessors. Read more »
While the Eastern Conference has seen some teams off to hot starts early this season, the best three records in the American Hockey League (AHL) currently belong to the Western Conference – and that doesn’t even include last year’s Calder Cup champion Texas Stars, who are currently just eighth best in the conference. The Midwest Division alone is home to three of the league’s top five teams through the first seven weeks of the season, providing some entertaining hockey to fans out West. Read more »
Prized Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar cemented his role on the NHL team with an excellent training camp and has progressed daily. The 19-year-old was eligible to play one more year with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, where he would have been expected to score at a rapid pace. Yet, even with his absence in Edmonton, the Senators have a handful of quality prospects worth following in junior hockey.
The 2014-15 SHL season is well underway and Sweden‘s hockey scene remains the most exciting in the European sphere for NHL fans. Serving as the European country that’s produced the most non-North American prospects over the past four drafts, the leagues are chock full of current and future NHL prospects. Read more »