Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (#14) is competing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)
While the game of hockey originated with two 1/8th inch blades of steel strapped to two feet, it has evolved to welcome generations of different types of athletes that deserve recognition in their own right. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Neil Doef makes a heartwarming surprise appearance, while Declan Farmer and the United States sledge hockey team vied for another medal. The United States is also participating in the World Championship, and a former defector showed why he recently earned an NHL contract. In the AHL, a trio of prospects produced must-see individual efforts. concluding a fantastic week of highlights! Read more»
Photo: Detroit prospect Landon Ferraro showed a nose for the net during the NHL playoffs despite being held scoreless (courtesy of Steven King/Icon Sportswire)
Hockey’s Future hands out these awards every season to players who stood out during the course of the season. Several Detroit Red Wings prospects had banner seasons throughout junior, the NCAA and the AHL; others, meanwhile, earned opportunities in Detroit, such as rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek, Teemu Pulkkinen and a group of up-and-coming defensemen.
While no Wings prospects made it to the NCAA Frozen Four, a strong group of prospects had good showings in the CHL playoffs: players like Joe Hicketts, Dominic Turgeon and Tyler Bertuzzi.
Photo: University of Notre Dame goaltender and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cal Petersen, shown here at the 2012 All-American Prospects Game, turned in the top goaltending prospect performance for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
A season is not made with one game, but sometimes, one game can define a season, and it can even change the way you think about a prospect. Read more»
Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl has played in 13 playoff games for the Rockets, scoring six goals and 13 assists while posting a +9 rating (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
There are many different kinds of centers – those who primarily excel offensively and those who contribute in other ways to the success of their respective teams. One of the biggest challenges across major junior hockey is taking into consideration the versatility of many top forwards. It is not uncommon for the best players down the middle to take a few turns on the wing on a regular basis. Read more»
Photo: London Knights forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi has likely ended his OHL career having scored 126 goals and 205 assists for 331 points in 244 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
As the top-producing source of NHL players, it’s no surprise that the OHL’s vein of talent is a rich and abundant one. And with a wealth of drafted wingers still plying their trade in the junior league, it’s not surprising to find some quality nuggets — even in the honorable mentions. Read more»