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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
Yes, Mike Gillis did attend the draft. Apparently not liking the looks of things in the first round, the Vancouver Canucks‘ General Manager sent the 25th overall pick, along with Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier, to Florida in exchange for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich. The Panthers took Quinton Howden, who has yet to become a full-fledged NHL player, but the Canucks might have taken a gamble on a player still on the board like Evgeny Kuznetzov, Brock Nelson, or Emerson Etem who have done so. Read more »
Among North American skaters ranked 11 through 24 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, the WHL and QMJHL claim a majority of them. It’s a deep group from the two leagues this year, with a pair of high-end competitors adding to this group from the OHL and USHL. Read more »
With their first playoff appearance after just six years removed, the Calgary Flames continue to develop in the right direction with their current system of prospects, coaches and management in place. One bright spot this past season was Micheal Ferland, who was one of six players picked by Calgary in the 2010 NHL Entry draft. Ferland provided a physical presence during the first round of the playoffs, along with timely offensive contributions to help eliminate the Vancouver Canucks.
Along with Ferland, the Flames selected Max Reinhart, John Ramage, and Bill Arnold in the 2010 draft class, which is developing into a hard-working group of prospects that are starting to contribute and make an impact at the NHL level.