Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Denis Guryanov, selected 12th overall at the 2015 NHL draft, projects as a top scoring threat at the NHL level (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
After making nine picks per draft for the previous three drafts, the Dallas Stars may have felt as if they had some room to play with their 2015 picks. They came into the weekend a touch shorthanded due to previous trades and then exchanged their seventh round choice for the rights to goaltender Antti Niemi. All told, the Stars made five selections. With the 12th pick, they provided probably the first real surprise of the draft when they selected Russian winger Denis Guryanov.
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Julius Honka, taken 14th overall at the 2014 NHL Draft, made the jump to the AHL and had a solid rookie season (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
It was no doubt a frustrating season for Dallas Stars staff and fans alike. A roster in some degree of transition already was further complicated by early, long-term injuries to future star Valeri Nichushkin and hulking Swedish defenseman Patrik Nemeth. Bouts of inconsistent play overall and the inability of goaltender Kari Lehtonen to come to their rescue as he did the previous season led to the Stars being denied a playoff berth in 2014-15.
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: Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin turned in a strong freshman season for the University of Michigan, posting 15 goals and 47 points in 35 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Considering all the factors involved – position, league, age, to name a few – it isn’t easy to compare prospects across multiple levels. But, because there can be only one Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Year, we set out to make those comparisons. Read more»
Photo: Linkoping HC forward and Washington Capitals prospect Jakub Vrana produced 12 goals and 24 points for the SHL club in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The 2014-15 season is now a thing of the past and a boatload of drafted Swedes just finished off a full season of hockey, primarily with SHL clubs. The list of topflight talent dotting the Swedish hockey landscape is quite impressive and might have even been more so if William Nylander (TOR) and Swiss-born Kevin Fiala (NSH) had actually completed the season in the SHL. Read more»