Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Grant Besse has had few celebrations in his career with the Wisconsin Badgers, but a new coach next season brings new opportunity (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)
While the Anaheim Ducks have always had an affinity towards the European style of player, in recent years they have invested heavily in the NCAA via the USHL. No better example of that can be found than the most recent 2015 Draft where the Ducks, with their seven selections, drafted two players from Europe and four players from the USHL.
Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Ian McCoshen has improved his offensive production each season, with his 2015-16 output totaling 16 points in 38 games to date (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
In the 2015-16 season, there are 65 NHL-drafted defensemen playing in the NCAA. The 10 defensemen ranked here represent nine NHL teams, with the Boston Bruins having two prospects ranked, the most of any NHL team. The rankings are based on overall developmental progress, season performance, and NHL potential. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Mar. 21st. Read more»
Photo: University of Denver forward and Boston Bruins prospect Danton Heinen is off his scoring pace of last season but has still produced 15 goals and 37 points in 34 games for the Pioneers in 2015-16 (courtesy of Patrick Green/Icon Sportswire)
With the 2015-16 NCAA hockey regular season now in the books, schools now turn their attention to conference postseason showdowns and NCAA Tournament bids. As always, a number of NHL prospects will play a big role in their school’s quest for postseason success. Read more»
Photo: Anaheim’s top prospect Shea Theodore is being developed with patience but his offensive skills definitely have a place in the NHL (courtesy of Jose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)
If the Anaheim Ducks management and scouts have done one thing right in their recent history, it is that they have made the top end picks count. While every team has its missed opportunities, flops, and top picks that do not live up to expectations, the Ducks have had an enviable success rate. The mid-season Top 20 features 13 players from rounds one through three, while the top ten features eight players from the first and second rounds. They are getting wonderful seasons from their best prospects, and that is one of the many reasons why the Ducks pipeline is considered one of the more promising in the NHL. It is a group whose promise goes even deeper than the twenty names here.
Photo: Anaheim Ducks forward has already established career highs in goals (16) and points (34) in 58 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
Throughout the NHL, young players are making a major impact for their franchises as teams are relying upon youth to lead their teams into the playoffs. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Rickard Rakell, Joel Armia, and Robby Fabbri are featured with highlight-reel goals. Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith has his shot blocked and you won’t believe who did it. Plenty more highlights including a fun look at Dan Girardi’s pirate impression, and one SHL goalie who likes to have some fun post-game. Read more»