The Pittsburgh Penguins have long stood by the practice of drafting NCAA-bound players in the later rounds of the NHL draft, regardless if it was under former GM Ray Shero or current GM Jim Rutherford. The rationale was simple, NHL teams own the rights to collegiate prospects for four years, while they only own the rights to major junior players for two years. This not only allows smaller or less talented players to develop at a slower pace but also gives the organization two more years to evaluate the player before making a financial commitment to them. Read more »
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The Wild’s NCAA prospects form the heart of the team’s developmental system, yet perhaps the team’s best assets are playing in professional leagues in Europe this season. College players have been central to Chuck Fletcher’s developmental approach – perhaps because he himself is a college man – with half of the Spring Top 20 coming out of NCAA programs.
There is less than a month remaining in the American Hockey League’s 2015-16 regular season schedule, and as spring approaches even first-year pros have appeared in as many as 65 games. Injuries and call-ups have taken their toll across the league, but the Utica Comets – AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks – have seen several top scorers either called up or traded. Read more »
The Ottawa Senators have had a disappointing season both in the Canadian capital and in Binghamton. Although analysts and fans alike have decried the state of the system, the team has more talent in the pipeline than most probably realize. And with Owner Eugene Melnyk threatening big changes, opportunities could become available to the club’s youngsters sooner than later. Read more »
The number of names that have taken Drake Caggiula off his feet this season is an awfully short one, and an unlikely source tagged him behind the net while North Dakota was in the midst of advancing to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Quinnipiac also earned a berth with a pair of highlight-reel goals, and JT Compher’s no-look pass is a must-see. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, the CHL playoffs are underway, and a pair of veterans unleashed furious shots to put their teams ahead in the clutch. Read more »
The Calgary Flames have five NCAA prospects. All five are eligible to be signed to pro contracts, but three of them have completed senior seasons that will force Brad Treliving and crew into decision-making time. While it remains to be seen what will happen with the likes of Mark Jankowski or John Gilmour, we are starting to see the blending of the old management’s building plan with the potentially new and different blueprint of the current management.
When the Kamloops Blazers landed forward Garrett Pilon in the seventh round at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, it might have been easy for some to have little faith in the notion that the late-round selection could become a regular in the lineup, let alone an impact player. After all, Pilon suggests he checked in at about 5’2” during his bantam draft year. Read more »
The East Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament features the top-ranked team in all of NCAA Hockey, Quinnipiac University. The Bobcats have ridden a top college goaltender along with a stingy defense to the top of the college hockey ranks in 2015-16, but there is still work to do to advance to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more »
The West Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament features a pair of lesser-known schools in the early game, and two, more traditional college hockey powers going head-to-head in the second game on Saturday. Read more »