Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal was ranked as a top-10 talent, but fell to the New York Islanders at 16th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, hope and optimism abounds among NHL organizations and their fans. It’s truly a great time of year, and with 211 picks in the books, this draft should be remembered for years to come. Read more»
Photo: Drafted 9th overall in 2011, defenseman Dougie Hamilton had 42 points in 72 games for the Bruins this season. (Leon T. Switzer/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins traded Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for a first round pick and two second-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. The three picks Boston received are the 15th, 45th, and 52nd in what promises to be the deepest draft in over a decade. Read more»
Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Sam Bennett, the fourth overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, missed most of the 2014-15 OHL season but had four points in the NHL playoffs (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)
For the first time in two years the Calgary Flames will be selecting outside of the top ten in the upcoming draft. General Manager Brad Treliving enters his second season at the head of the draft table for Calgary and will have a collection of nine draft picks, including the 15th pick overall and three second round picks. Read more»
Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects (front l-r) Mitch Marner and Lawson Crouse, and (back I-r) Noah Hanifin, Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid, and Dylan Strome are players expected to be chosen at the top of the draft being held in Sunrise, FL on 6/26 & 27 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Just like that, another year is over. The Chicago Blackhawks have won their third Stanley Cup in six years, elevating the team’s exciting roster to dynasty status. For the rest of the league, the 2015 NHL Draft now looms large on the calendar, taking place June 26th and 27th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Read more»
Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Micheal Ferland arrived as a playoff performer this season after years of paying dues in the organization (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)
With their first playoff appearance after just six years removed, the Calgary Flames continue to develop in the right direction with their current system of prospects, coaches and management in place. One bright spot this past season was Micheal Ferland, who was one of six players picked by Calgary in the 2010 NHL Entry draft. Ferland provided a physical presence during the first round of the playoffs, along with timely offensive contributions to help eliminate the Vancouver Canucks.
Along with Ferland, the Flames selected Max Reinhart, John Ramage, and Bill Arnold in the 2010 draft class, which is developing into a hard-working group of prospects that are starting to contribute and make an impact at the NHL level.