Photo: Linkoping defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Gustav Forsling has completed his second SHL season, picking up 24 points in 54 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The SHL has in recent years churned out products for NHL bluelines, and the 2015-16 season has been no different. Once again a number of different young veterans and overagers have bloomed to the tune of NHL offers, with former Vancouver Canucks draft pick Henrik Tommernes likely leading the group. Read more »
Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid will compete for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship that begins next week in Moscow and St. Petersburg (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)
The race for the 2016 Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie was certainly interesting. But, if the staff at Hockey’s Future is right, the winner of this year’s award will be the person many expected to win it when the season started, that individual being the Edmonton Oilers‘ Connor McDavid. Read more »
Photo: San Jose Barracuda forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Carpenter saw his first NHL action in the 2015-16 campaign, appearing in one game for the Sharks in December (courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Ryan Carpenter is used to putting others first, both off the ice and on it.
And the San Jose Barracuda forward and San Jose Sharks prospect has been honored for both contributions this season by the American Hockey League. Read more »
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux has the skill and build to adjust quickly to pro hockey, having posted three points in five AHL games to close out this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Winnipeg Jets had many of their prospects in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose during the 2015-16 season. As a result, that team struggled, but several players made great strides toward a potential promotion to the NHL. The team also had several players – but especially the electrifying Nikolaj Ehlers – get quality minutes in the NHL. Though growing pains are part of the Jets’ approach to team-building right now, the prospect pool is also full of top performers in their own age groups.
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Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones spent the 2014-15 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program before moving to the OHL for the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
There are those who say that the fastest way to the NHL is through the OHL. For American players, there is often competing forces pulling them to different areas – from the U.S. development program, to the college route, or making the jump across the border. For Max Jones, the time to make the jump to the OHL was now, and it has paid off so far. Read more »
Photo: The Penguins surprised many when they named Daniel Sprong to their opening night roster in October. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ 2015-16 NHL season may have been a lost cause if not for a bevy of talented, young prospects who helped alter the complexion of the team mid-way through the season. Read more »
Photo: The Detroit Red Wings could have used some vintage Todd Bertuzzi in the playoffs this season but the hope is that his nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, can bring some of that famous energy, skill and will to the team in the near future (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The 2015-16 season marked the beginning of a time of transition for the Detroit Red Wings. It saw the graduation of a handful of key prospects, by far the most impactful being teenager Dylan Larkin. Larkin was outstanding as a rookie this season and will be a key building block for the Red Wings as they re-tool for the future.
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Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Florida Panthers prospect Dryden Hunt has completed his WHL career having posted 249 points in 269 regular season games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Many of the WHL’s top players achieve success due in part to their versatility, as most forwards will take a shift from time to time at the center position. But for this article, we are ranking wingers in the Western Hockey League, based on those that have been drafted and/or signed by National Hockey League teams. Read more »
Photo: Justin Bailey had 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) during his professional rookie season with the Rochester Americans. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Graig Abel Photography)
The 2015-16 season has been an interesting one for the Buffalo Sabres and their prospects. More than a handful have graduated to the NHL full-time, including uber-prospect Jack Eichel, fellow second-overall pick Sam Reinhart, and standout defenseman Jake McCabe. Read more »
Photo: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had a strong NHL rookie campaign, scoring 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)
It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about October/November, and the first On the Rush of the 2015-16 campaign was being put together. Alas, here we are in April with many teams and players done for the season. It has been another phenomenal year across the hockey world, and every year we are left with no shortage of players who surpass expectations and those that fall short. Read more »