Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco elected to end his NCAA career after five games to join the Rangers this past week (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Kitchener Rangers are off to a hot start thanks to a pair of former U.S. recruits. In the AHL, a pretty shootout move is only trumped by a goaltender who makes three saves in three seconds. In Sweden, a 15 year old prospect is raising some eyebrows with awe-inspiring moves of his own. Finally, the NHL is in full swing and Jack Eichel scored again, a pair of rookies have the ice to themselves, and Captain Clutch rocks out in Chicago. Read more»
Photo: Klas Dahlbeck, acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks, has been a steadying influence on a young Arizona Coyotes blueline (courtesy of Rob Curtis/Icon Sportswire)
The Arizona Coyotes prospect pool has never looked better, and the team is starting to reap the rewards from their recent draft classes. Anthony Duclair and Max Domi looked great on the same line while playing for Canada in the 2015 World Junior Championships, and that chemistry has already resurfaced in Arizona.
With the deadline trades of Zbynek Michalek, Antoine Vermette, and Keith Yandle, the prospect pool appears even deeper than where it was just one year ago. While a number of the Coyotes top prospects will appear in the NHL this year, there are a number of young, intriguing prospects that will embark on their first professional season with the Coyotes’ new AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid has begun to produce after a quiet start to his 2015-16 season, netting five goals and 12 points in 11 games (courtesy of Chris LaFrance/Icon Sportswire)
The final section of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects features the least controversial 1-2 ranking in memory. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres are two of the most dynamic young players to arrive on the NHL scene since Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin debuted a decade ago. Read more»
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin has appeared in nine games for the team in 2015-16, posting two assists in those appearances (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
A total of five defenseman make up half of the 11-20 section in the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects. Add in a goaltender, and you have six players whose primary focus is to prevent the opposing team from generating offense. Read more»
Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Nick Merkley will try to improve on the 20-goal, 90-point season that he produced in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When one watches from a distance, it’s apparent there is plenty of energy bundled up in the package that sports #10 in a Kelowna Rockets’ jersey.
“I just love the game,” Nick Merkley said, when queried by Hockey’s Future about his intensity. “I think that’s the biggest thing. I’m really a competitive guy.” Read more»