Photo: Chicago Wolves goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Pheonix Copley played NCAA hockey before turning pro, guarding the net for Michigan Tech University for two seasons before turning pro in 2013-14 (courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves)
Pheonix Copley was a key piece in one 2015’s biggest trades, and he wasn’t even aware it happened.
When the St. Louis Blues shipped T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Copley, Troy Brouwer, and a third-round pick, the goalie was embarking on a four-day fishing trip with his family in Alaska. Read more»
Photo: Detroit Red Wings rookie forward Dylan Larkin has shown great consistency in his first full season of pro hockey, helping him earn a spot on the Atlantic Division squad competing at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
The Detroit Red Wings‘ Dylan Larkin narrowly edged Artemi Panarin in our staff vote as the two Central Division forwards have created some separation from the rest of the field in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll for December of 2015. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev scored 58 goals and 119 points last season in all his QMJHL action, and has been good and reasonably prolific as a rookie pro (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The St. Louis Blues have a plethora of talented prospects and many of them play in the AHL. While a few have received NHL opportunities over the last year, others are still finding their footing at the ripe age of 21 or 22. The goaltending prospects are incredibly talented and the defensive group looks very promising. At forward, the Blues have plenty of big names on the prospect front but will be patient with their development. Several of these young players will benefit from larger opportunities which will likely happen at the minor league level.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings forward Michael Mersch saw his first NHL action in a December game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
A team with a handful of prospects possessing some good, long-term upside tops the 21-30 group of the latest Hockey’s Future NHL Team Rankings, which ranks the NHL clubs on the basis of the quality of their prospect depth. Read more»
Photo: Team Finland players Miska Siikonen (#13), Mikko Rantanen (#15), Juho Lammikko (#28), and Vili Saarijarvi (#18) jump over the boards to celebrate after Finland defeated Sweden in the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)
Team Finland will have the chance to win a gold medal on home ice at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship after defeating Sweden by a 2-1 score at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»