• News & Features

Defensive depth evident in Colorado Avalanche Fall Top 20

by Chau Vo
on
Defensive depth evident in Colorado Avalanche Fall Top 20

Photo: Top Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen has over 100 professional games on his resume already (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Defense wins championships and that is what Patrick Roy returned to Denver to accomplish. Despite his team taking a step back in his sophomore season behind an NHL bench, Roy is confident the lessons learned will only help the team going forward. In addition to his role as head coach, Roy holds a second title as Vice President of Hockey Operations, giving him a voice in all player personnel decisions. The new philosophy as to how the team will be constructed both now and in the future is trending towards an emphasis on size, character, and skills. Roy has also shown he is open to drafting and signing free agents from Europe’s top leagues, something that occurred less frequently in the years prior to his return.

Read more »

2015-16 Liiga Preview, Pt. 1: Karpat shooting for threepeat as Finland’s top club

by Tony Piscotta
on
2015-16 Liiga Preview, Pt. 1: Karpat shooting for threepeat as Finland’s top club

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho and his Karpat teammates will be going for their third consecutive Kanada Cup championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With the addition of former Mestis club KooKoo, Finland’s Liiga in 2015-16 will feature 15 teams for the first time in league history. But, while the Kouvola-based squad should enjoy an intense rivalry with neighboring SaiPa Lappeenranta in southeastern Finland, things aren’t likely to change at the top of the league standings. Read more »

2015 draftees set to supplant NHL-ready Boston Bruins prospects

by Jack Choros
on
2015 draftees set to supplant NHL-ready Boston Bruins prospects

Photo: Malcolm Subban had another good year in Providence in 2014-15, finishing with a .921 save percentage and 2.44 goals-against average. (Courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)

The Boston Bruins will have no shortage of talented young prospects this fall. The team had three consecutive first-round picks in the 2015 Entry Draft, including Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zachary Senyshyn—all of whom rank among the top 20 prospects. Read more »

Dallas Stars Top 20 prospects provide NHL options

by Mike Farkas
on
Dallas Stars Top 20 prospects provide NHL options

Photo: Dallas Stars top prospect Julius Honka had the rare experience of playing in the AHL as a teenager (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Movement abounds in the newest Dallas Stars Top 20 list. The acquisitions of Mattias Backman, Mattias Janmark and, most recently, Stephen Johns all make their respective impacts while two 2015 draft picks make the list as well. Meanwhile, three defensemen graduate the prospects list for regular NHL duty: John Klingberg, Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka. The Stars also bid adieu to Ludwig Karlsson and 2009 top ten pick Scott Glennie, neither of whom received a qualifying offer.

Read more »

Ottawa Senators prospects list flush with surprising additions and improvement

by Kristopher Bras
on
Ottawa Senators prospects list flush with surprising additions and improvement

Photo: The latest speedster defenceman in Ottawa’s system, Thomas Chabot scored 41 points in 66 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Thanks to multiple graduations, rich development and a bountiful turn at the draft table, the Ottawa Senators top 20 list features a number of fresh faces. And the organization’s future is suddenly ripe with potential, despite seeming hopeless and bleak just six months ago. Read more »

Vancouver Canucks Preseason Top 20 shows new patience with prospects

by HF Staff
on
Vancouver Canucks Preseason Top 20 shows new patience with prospects

Photo: Vancouver’s top prospect Jake Virtanen has an abundance of physical tools but needs to refine his mental game to reach his full potential (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Drafting and developing have not been strong suits for the Vancouver Canucks over the last few years. With Jim Benning and Trevor Linden in charge there seems to be efforts being made to rectify years of poor drafting and developing of their own players, though certain moves have not come without controversy.

Read more »

Top 20 Florida Panthers prospects features unexpected talent

by Chris Roberts
on
Top 20 Florida Panthers prospects features unexpected talent

Photo: Michael Matheson made his professional debut with the San Antonio Rampage after his 2014-15 season with Boston College ended, scoring two assists in five games. (Courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Outside of a few new draftees and signings, there’s little change amongst the top 20 prospects for the Florida Panthers. First round pick Lawson Crouse is a notable and unexpected addition, while Vincent Trocheck officially graduated from his prospect status last season, having now played in 70 career games. Read more »

2015-16 KHL Prospect Preview: Buchnevich, Samsonov among notable NHL draftees in Russia

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
on
2015-16 KHL Prospect Preview: Buchnevich, Samsonov among notable NHL draftees in Russia

Photo: Severstal Cherepovets forward and New York Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich produced 13 goals and 30 points in 48 KHL games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The eighth KHL season has begun as this year, the league’s first game – the Opening Cup game between SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow – took place on August 24th. The reason for the early start is that the 2016 IIHF World Championship will be held in Russia, and therefore the league will need to finish a bit earlier than usual to accommodate the international competition. Read more »

Many fresh faces among Columbus Blue Jackets top 20 prospects

by David Hahn
on
Many fresh faces among Columbus Blue Jackets top 20 prospects

Photo: Zach Werenski was a force on the blueline for the U.S. at the 2015 World Junior Championships, even pitching in offensively with two points in five games. (Courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his brain trust molded the future of the surging organization with a pair of trades and a fantastic draft in June. At the draft, the Blue Jackets identified a need to boost their defense and came away with a number of high-quality rearguards. Read more »

Minnesota Wild prospect pool benefits from newcomers in the Top 20

by Peter Prohaska
on
Minnesota Wild prospect pool benefits from newcomers in the Top 20

Photo: Top Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch should earn a larger role at the 2016 World Juniors for Team USA (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

July 4th, 2012 changed the Minnesota Wild’s course for the foreseeable future. Twin 13-year contracts for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter switched the Wild into win-now mode: an expensive and risky move that is easier announced than accomplished. Three seasons later, the team has qualified for the post-season in each season and won two playoff series total. Read more »

Related Articles

Win a PlayStation 4 + a copy of NHL 16 from GameRevolution and Hockey's Future! Complete one or more of the action... in Contests on LockerDome