With appearances in both of Team WHL‘s matches versus Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, Regina Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk was provided with a great opportunity to showcase his skills for Team Canada’s World Junior coaching staff. Read more »
The Toronto Maple Leafs have featured a lot of high character, two-way forwards in their prospect pool over the years, but few with pure offensive instinct or elite skill. That is changing with the drafting of high-end talent William Nylander and the progress shown last season from the likes of Josh Leivo, Andreas Johnson, Carter Verhaeghe, and others.
Two key Colorado Avalanche players did not stay prospects for long as both surpassed the 65-NHL-game mark in 2013-14. 18-year-old forward Nathan MacKinnon entered the league under the bright spotlights of being the 2013 NHL Draft’s first overall pick and did not disappoint. He ended the season as the Calder Trophy favorite and was unanimously voted as the trophy winner. Tyson Barrie also had a statement season when he cemented himself as a key figure on the Avalanche blue line, contributing offense in even-strength situations as well as on the power play.
The New York Islanders have a deep prospect pool and have now accumulated high potential players at every position. General manager Garth Snow has done a good job assembling the Islander’s pool with drafting and shrewd additions. Several of the team’s top prospects, including Ryan Strome, will be vying for regular NHL duties this upcoming season.
Despite the fact that Carolina Hurricanes prospect Lucas Wallmark hails from Umea, a small but growing city in the otherwise sparsely populated northern Sweden region, competing at USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp in New York’s more rural and mountainous Adirondack region didn’t necessarily remind him of home. Read more »
Late in the first period of Team Canada’s 6-3 exhibition win over Russia last Thursday night, Canadian forward Nick Baptiste displayed a great burst of speed on the penalty kill to swoop in for a shorthanded chance that was stopped by Russian goaltender Ilya Sorokin. After the whistle, Baptiste tangled with a Russian player along the boards, an encounter that ended with Baptiste receiving a face-wash from his opponent. Read more »
There is little doubt that the future is very exciting for the Buffalo Sabres. With one of the league’s deepest pool of prospects already and another five picks in the first two rounds of the 2015 NHL Draft, general manager Tim Murray is aggressively laying down the foundations for the rebuilding Sabres.
With the 2016 NHL Draft just a little under two years away, there is still a lot to be learned about these late-1997 and 1998-born players. There is no overwhelming consensus as to who will be picked first overall like there is for the 2015 draft, but Dmitry Sokolov is one of a few favorites as well as Sean Day, the fourth player to be granted “exceptional player status” by the Ontario Hockey Federation. Read more »
At the midpoint of the first period in the USA’s first post-cutdown game at the 2014 National Junior Evaluation Camp, Team USA defenseman Michael Downing took a pass from University of Michigan teammate J.T. Compher and fired a point shot past Sweden goaltender Jonas Johansson to score the opening goal in what would be a 7-1 romp for the U.S. squad. Read more »