The Colorado Avalanche’s top five prospects are as good as any other team’s in the league but after fifth-ranked Nicolas Meloche the level of talent begins to wane and big question marks appear. The front office targeted defense as a weakness a few years ago, putting emphasis on improving that area at the expense of the forward group. The lack of success in the mid- to late-rounds has not helped the team’s situation.
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Prospect Impressions is on fire this week, with a pair of first NHL goals from the Toronto Maple Leafs and the first battle in the McDavid vs. Eichel throwdown. College hockey’s undisputed top line produced two highlight-worthy goals this week, and we have plenty more coverage of all three CHL leagues. Read more »
As the 2015-16 NCAA season winds down, NHL teams begin to descend on the college hockey landscape in hopes of stockpiling their pipelines with collegiate free agents. Hockey Future takes a closer look at 10 players (listed alphabetically by last name) who have all drawn considerable NHL interest and could soon be headed to an NHL organization near you. Read more »
The San Jose Sharks prospect pool is quite possibly the deepest it has ever been. With a lack of high picks on the horizon, it might just be the deepest it will be for a while. Then again, the Sharks organization has a propensity to find hidden gems in the later rounds of the draft, especially considering ten of the players listed on this top 20 list were drafted in the 4th round or later (and that’s not even including the three free agent signings).
The New York Islanders currently sit third in the Metropolitan Division behind the powerhouse Washington Capitals and crosstown rival New York Rangers. The Islanders have established themselves as a yearly playoff contending team as the organization looks assured of making their 2nd straight playoff appearance. Read more »
Having arrived on the German ice hockey scene at the tender age of 16, Manuel Wiederer made quite a splash, popping in 16 goals and posting 29 points in 44 games for a pro team in the third men’s league. This quickly earned him a role on his nation’s national team for the 2014 U18 World Championship in Finland, where he proceeded to contribute five points in six games, helping Germany retain the class in two close victories over Denmark in the relegation round. Read more »
If the Anaheim Ducks management and scouts have done one thing right in their recent history, it is that they have made the top end picks count. While every team has its missed opportunities, flops, and top picks that do not live up to expectations, the Ducks have had an enviable success rate. The mid-season Top 20 features 13 players from rounds one through three, while the top ten features eight players from the first and second rounds. They are getting wonderful seasons from their best prospects, and that is one of the many reasons why the Ducks pipeline is considered one of the more promising in the NHL. It is a group whose promise goes even deeper than the twenty names here.
Head coach Mark Morris’ first year with the Carolina Hurricanes AHL affiliate likely doesn’t look as he expected when he took the job last July. When the season opened, the Checkers had defenseman Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin—both first-year pros, but highly regarded prospects—penciled into the blueline, with the possibility that 2015 fifth overall pick Noah Hanifin could need some seasoning in Charlotte. Read more »