Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and New Jersey Devils prospect Mackenzie Blackwood ranked sixth in the OHL in goals-against average and tied for first in save percentage in 2015-16 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The NHL-drafted goaltending ranks are fairly slim in the Ontario Hockey League, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality – at least with the top three netminders. While there is some talent at the lower end, the goaltending prospects are certainly more promising at the top of the list. Read more»
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Brett Pollock has taken his leadership role seriously in his fourth season of WHL hockey, helping the Edmonton Oil Kings cling to a playoff position in the first part of the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
With so many of the Dallas Stars prospects graduating to the professional game in the last couple of seasons, the junior ranks are as thin as any around. To make matters worse, this group exhibits very little upside as it appears filled with potential bottom-pair, physical defensemen.
Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and New Jersey Devils prospect Mackenzie Blackwood will play an important part in any success the Colts might have in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Hockey’s Future preview of the 2015-16 season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) moves to that league’s Central Division, a division that holds perhaps the top club for this season. Read more»
Photo: Heady defenseman Alex Peters needs a healthy season for the Flint Firebirds to stay relevant as a Dallas Stars prospect (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
The Dallas Stars continue to exhibit a very balanced prospect group where a good variety of player types abound. They have a veritable cornucopia of players designated as prospects by Hockey’s Future’s standards – 42 in all, including 18 defensemen (not including Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka). As a result, some very noteworthy players such as bulky winger Brett Ritchie, QMJHL champion goalie Philippe Desrosiers and the Swedish defense duo of Patrik Nemeth and Mattias Backman will not be mentioned below.
Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has the Rangers in a playoff position after being dealt to the club at the OHL trade deadline by the Saginaw Spirit (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
It’s not a deep pool, but when it comes to NHL-drafted goaltenders in the OHL, quantity takes a back seat to quality.
The OHL is graced by two elite netminders atop the rankings, another one knocking on that lofty door, one middling prospect, and a potentially quality prospect who, unfortunately, has to take an incomplete grade due to an injury. Read more»