Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson, and San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen meet this weekend in a top head-to-head AHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire and Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two OHL players who were traded for each other go one-on-one against their old teams for the first time . We’ll check in with Daniel Sprong and Mikko Rantanen, who both enjoyed valuable time in the NHL this year. The “Battle of Pennsylvania” gets a glimpse of the future when prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head, and two of the WHL’s finest defenders are heading in different directions.
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltending prospect Andrei Vasilevsky has had a couple of stints with the NHL club, but he is currently playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL (courtesy of Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)
They may have been one of the lowly clubs in the 2014-15 season, but the Arizona Coyotes appear to have a bright future as evidenced by their top showing in the Hockey’s Future ranking of the prospect depth of each NHL organization. Read more»
Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Anton Slepyshev showed off some slick puck skills while with the NHL club earlier this season, but has to prove consistency at the AHL level (courtesy of Terry Lee/Icon Sportswire)
Unlike the previous article, which detailed the Edmonton Oilers’ mere three junior prospects, the NHL team has a staggering 22 names in its professional pipeline. A number of these pro players are on the verge of graduating as they continue to log NHL minutes, such as Iiro Pakarinen, Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson, and for the sake of keeping things concise, this month’s article will focus on those players who have spent the majority of the 2015-16 season at the AHL or ECHL level. Read more»
Photo: Team Sweden goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Linus Soderstrom turns aside one of the 46 shots he faced in his 1-0 shutout of Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)
The talented collection of forwards and defensemen that Team Sweden brought to the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship overshadowed the goaltenders on that country’s WJC roster, but it was goaltender Linus Soderstrom that won the day in Sweden’s 1-0 win over the USA on Day 3 in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»
Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Ethan Bear slipped past his position in the major draft guides rankings to 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, and rewarded the team with a breakout season thus far (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When a team consistently finishes in the bottom quarter of the NHL standings, it translates to a high number of elite quality draft selections in a short window of time. Those players tend to appear ready for NHL duty, even if the prudent course might be for them to play out their junior eligibility. Of course, in the case of a player like Connor McDavid, the decision to get him on the NHL roster is less controversial. Couple the pro-ready players with a number of trades that dealt away a good chunk of Edmonton’s draft selections in 2015 and the team is left with a mere three prospects currently playing at the junior level.