Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect JT Compher led the nation in assists and earned an entry-level contract from the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
In just 24 hours, the Colorado Avalanche dramatically changed the college and European pipelines from bleak to optimistic. On June 26th, 2015, the team sent forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres and in return received JT Compher as part of a four-piece package. One day later at the 2015 NHL Draft, the team selected 21-year old Andrei Mironov from the KHL. Mironov’s age and extensive international and professional experience made it easier for the Avalanche to see what they have in him as a prospect.
Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen finished second in AHL rookie scoring behind the Providence Bruins’ Austin Czarnik, scoring 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Mikko Rantanen didn’t plan on or expect to win the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie.
The 19-year-old Finland native and Colorado Avalanche prospect knew he had a strong season, but looking across the league he knew the goal-per-game rate (albeit in less games) of the Providence Bruins’ Frank Vatrano would be tough to beat. Read more»
Photo: IFK Helsinki goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Ville Husso posted 25 wins for Liiga’s top team in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of HC Davos/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Finland has garnered a well-deserved reputation for developing goaltenders in recent years. The top five goalies currently playing in Finland are not likely to match the career achievements of players like Pekka Rinne or Tuukka Rask but instead are long-range projects capable of one day being competent NHL starters or backups. Read more»
Photo: University of Denver defenseman and Colorado Avalanche Will Butcher has had a productive 2015-16 campaign, scoring eight goals and 31 points in 38 games for the Pioneers (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)
University of Denver junior defenseman Will Butcher is in the midst of his best collegiate season and is developing into one of the nation’s best all-around rearguards. Read more»
Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and Boston Bruins prospect has been a point-per-game player following his trade to the Rebels, posting 12 goals and 39 points in 37 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The number of names that have taken Drake Caggiula off his feet this season is an awfully short one, and an unlikely source tagged him behind the net while North Dakota was in the midst of advancing to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Quinnipiac also earned a berth with a pair of highlight-reel goals, and JT Compher’s no-look pass is a must-see. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, the CHL playoffs are underway, and a pair of veterans unleashed furious shots to put their teams ahead in the clutch. Read more»