Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid has been everything that the team hoped he would be when they chose him first overall in 2015, but McDavid will be on the shelf for an extended time due to an injury (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
The 2015 NHL Draft is having an immediate impact on the Calder Trophy race according to the Hockey’s Future staff. In our initial staff poll, the top two players taken in Florida this past June occupy the first and third spots respectively. Read more »
Photo: Kristian Nakyva has been top ten in defense scoring in both the SHL and the Liiga but has found offense harder to come by in the AHL thus far (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
The Nashville Predators organization has undergone a rapid transition from one that focused on a hard, physical style to a club that employs a high tempo style that relies on speed and a five-man attack to put constant pressure on opponents. The prospect pool of the Predators reflects that philosophy — with several undersized but highly-skilled and fast-skating players coming up through the system.
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Photo: Chris Driedger is 3-1 through four starts with the Binghamton Senators in 2015-16, posting a 2.50 goals-against and .917 save percentage. (Courtesy of Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)
The Ottawa Senators depth chart is far deeper than it was two years ago. With fresh faces in Binghamton, an impressive haul at the 2015 draft, and a few overachievers in the CHL, the organization is piled high with talent—and injury trouble has already created a few opportunities at the NHL level. Read more »
Photo: Although it is early in the season, St. Louis Blues prospect Austin Poganski risks taking a step back from his impressive freshman season at the University of North Dakota (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)
The St. Louis Blues have plenty of young talents in their pipeline and several of their prospects opened the 2015-16 campaign at the pro level. In terms of positional depth, the Blues possess a deep group of goaltenders and continue to find ways to replenish their defensive prospects. While a few positions boast high-end talent, overall depth on the wings needs to be addressed – especially after several players already made the jump to the NHL over the last few seasons.
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Photo: Providence College goaltender Nick Ellis (L) and defenseman Jake Walman (R) are both off to strong starts in 2015-16 for the second-ranked and defending national champion Friars (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
The opening month of the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey season saw a number of terrific performances by NHL prospects. Below is a look back at some of those performances, as well as other noteworthy items. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of Nov. 1. Read more »
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Dallas Stars prospect Brett Pollock leads the Oil Kings in scoring so far in 2015-16, posting five goals and 16 points in 17 WHL games (courtesy of CHL Images)
One doesn’t have to look far to find a potential pro comparable for Edmonton Oil Kings forward Brett Pollock. The 19 year old Sherwood Park, AB native actually rubbed shoulders with said comparable during the past two Dallas Stars‘ training camps – Jamie Benn. Read more »
Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Joel Teasdale and Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin go head-to-head in a semi-final match tonight at the 2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge pits two countrymen against each other as the tournament comes to a conclusion this week. There is also a pair of international talents going one-on-one for the first time in their careers in the OHL, while another strong European is leading the way for his squad against one of the most feared forwards in the QMJHL. In the WHL, two of the league’s top defenseman are a big part of their respective team’s success, while a pair of college forwards who once scored in bunches try to re-ignite their games in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more »
Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospects Tyler Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha, and Ryan Sproul have more to prove at the AHL level before taking on a role with the franchise (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
In the past, the Detroit Red Wings found long-term success in partial thanks to a scouting department that unearthed gems like Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk past the draft’s first round. That trend has continued in recent years. Tomas Tatar, a second-round pick in 2009, burst onto the scene in 2014-15 with a 29-goal season while Gustav Nyquist, a fourth-round pick in 2008, posted consecutive seasons of 28 and 27 goals.
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Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has made an easy transition to the OHL as he is currently ranked third in scoring for 2015-16 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
No news is good news for the players sitting atop ISS Hockey’s November ranking of the top 30 prospects available for the 2016 NHL Draft. There is no change among the top 5 players from last month’s ranking, with Auston Matthews standing steady as the top prospect. Read more »
Photo: The best athletes know that today’s success always raises the bar for tomorrow. That’s why Gatorade is in the lab, innovating the future of sports fuel. (courtesy of Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
To win a Stanley Cup, you need the talent to succeed, the drive to overcome adversity, and the energy to complete the grueling grind required to march through a lengthy postseason. Talent is natural, while drive is mostly mental, but energy is the fuel that drives the engine. Read more »