View Archives:
  • News & Features

Florida Panthers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

by David Hahn
on
Florida Panthers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: The Florida Panthers made current Calder Trophy finalist Aaron Ekblad the 1st overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (Courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

The eyes of the hockey world will be upon the BB&T Center in Sunrise as the Florida Panthers host the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This marks the second time that the team has hosted the draft, the first of them in 2001 when they acquired Valeri Bure to play alongside of his brother Pavel. While you shouldn’t expect any blockbuster moves from the hosts, it’s entirely reasonable to suggest that this is still an important draft for General Manager Dale Tallon, who is in his fifth year at the helm. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs fail to improve after flurry of trades

by Ed Dermit
on
2010 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs fail to improve after flurry of trades

Photo: Petter Granberg has not finished with a negative plus/minus rating at the AHL or NHL level since arriving in Toronto two years ago. (Courtesy of  Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

The second NHL Draft for the Toronto Maple Leafs under President and General Manager Brian Burke saw the team make seven selections in the draft, however only two of the picks were originally theirs. In a whirlwind of activity, Burke traded five of their original picks and re-acquired five in a series of player trades and transactions to move the Leafs up or down in the draft.

Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Finnish star on top among European skaters despite strong Swedish crop

by David Hahn
on
NHL Draft Primer: Finnish star on top among European skaters despite strong Swedish crop

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen produced nine goals and 28 points in 56 games in Liiga in 2014-15 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

NHL Central Scouting hasn’t been able to nail down a consistent list among European skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, with wide-ranging fluctuations occurring among these talented prospects. Once ranked as the top European skater during the middle of the season, Oliver Kylington has fallen out of the top five, and right out of the first round according to some draft pundits. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Strong QMJHL class lead by Meier, Zboril

by Chris Roberts
on
2015 NHL Draft Preview: Strong QMJHL class lead by Meier, Zboril

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and 2015 prospect Timo Meier turned in a strong second season in the QMJHL, as well as good performances at the U20 World Junior Championship and CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

There were just five players from the QMJHL selected in the first two rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft; this year, it’ll be a shock if that number isn’t at least doubled. In fact, Nikolaj Ehlers was the only QMJHL player to be taken in the first round, whereas at least four or five are expected to be taken in the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Napravnik top German prospect, others from Norway, Denmark, and Austria

by Chapin Landvogt
on
2015 NHL Draft Preview: Napravnik top German prospect, others from Norway, Denmark, and Austria

Photo: Eisbaeren Berlin forward and 2015 prospect Kai Wissmann worked his way up through various levels of German hockey in 2014-15 to earn a 10-game audition with Berlin of the DEL (courtesy of Marco Leipold/City-Press via Getty Images)

For a draft that has been as anticipated and bantered about in such high tones as the 2015 NHL Draft, players and talents coming from countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Norway, much less areas such as Northern Italy, have understandably gotten lost in the pack. This is also a bit more complicated when players from these countries have spent their season in better leagues in countries such as those in Finland, Germany, Russia, and Sweden, technically being ranked for the draft as members of those nations. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Provorov, Barzal lead solid group of WHL prospects

by Glen Erickson
on
2015 NHL Draft Preview: Provorov, Barzal lead solid group of WHL prospects

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov turned in a strong 2014-15 season in the WHL, and further helped his draft stock with good showings at the 2015 World Junior Championship and 2015 CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft from the Western Hockey League, with the consensus top four rather apparent.

Our list contains six forwards and four defensemen. A total of six players toiled in the Western Conference. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings managed two players in our ranking. There is a definite Canadian presence in our ranking, with seven canucks on the list. Two Americans and one Russian round out the ranking. All 10 were invited to the NHL Combine. Read more »

New Jersey Devils 2015 NHL Draft Preview

by John Iadevaia
on
New Jersey Devils 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: New Jersey’s 1st round draft pick in 2014, John Quenneville finished with 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists) in 19 playoff games for the Brandon Wheat Kings this year. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

After staving off the inevitable, the New Jersey Devils are fully invested into a transitional period. This comes as long-time general manager Lou Lamoriello steps aside for Ray Shero to steer the franchise. While Lamoriello will still have his say as the club’s president, Shero has begun to shift the organization in a new direction. Now with Head Coach John Hynes in place, Shero will focus on the upcoming 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. He will have his hands full as he begins to rebuild the farm system and select players that match his new vision for the Devils as a fast, attacking squad. Read more »

Hockey’s Future 2015 NHL Prospect of the Year: Larkin parlays strong NCAA season into first pro contract

by Chris Roberts
on
Hockey’s Future 2015 NHL Prospect of the Year: Larkin parlays strong NCAA season into first pro contract

Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin turned in a strong freshman season for the University of Michigan, posting 15 goals and 47 points in 35 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Considering all the factors involved – position, league, age, to name a few – it isn’t easy to compare prospects across multiple levels. But, because there can be only one Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Year, we set out to make those comparisons. Read more »

Vrana, Holmstrom the top NHL-drafted forwards in the SHL in 2014-15

by Chapin Landvogt
on
Vrana, Holmstrom the top NHL-drafted forwards in the SHL in 2014-15

Photo: Linkoping HC forward and Washington Capitals prospect Jakub Vrana produced 12 goals and 24 points for the SHL club in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

The 2014-15 season is now a thing of the past and a boatload of drafted Swedes just finished off a full season of hockey, primarily with SHL clubs. The list of topflight talent dotting the Swedish hockey landscape is quite impressive and might have even been more so if William Nylander (TOR) and Swiss-born Kevin Fiala (NSH) had actually completed the season in the SHL. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Kuznetsov best to be had among Washington Capitals draft class

by Ryan Womeldorf
on
2010 NHL Draft: Kuznetsov best to be had among Washington Capitals draft class

Photo: Evgeny Kuznetsov raised his game in the 2015 playoffs, notching five goals through two rounds of hockey with the Capitals. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 2009-10 season was a banner year for the Washington Capitals in terms of their regular season performance. With a 54-15-13 record, the Capitals not only claimed the Southeast Division crown for themselves, but also their first-ever President’s Trophy for most points in the league. Read more »

Related Articles