Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Mike McKee brought a physical edge for Western Michigan this season. (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)
The prize of the Detroit Red Wings prospect pool is University of Michigan forward Dylan Larkin, who seems likely to sign an NHL contract sooner rather than later despite being in just his first season of collegiate hockey.
Outside of Larkin, the majority of the Wings’ top prospects play in the AHL or CHL, but there is a decent group of potential future Red Wings playing in the NCAA and Europe this season.
Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey is currently ranked third overall in NCAA scoring with 55 points in 35 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The 2014-15 NCAA hockey season has featured a number of excellent forward prospects, especially among the underclassmen.
This year’s ranking of NHL-drafted forwards competing in D1 hockey features 11 players (two are tied for 10th) representing nine NCAA programs and nine NHL teams. Among the NCAA teams, Miami and Michigan each have two players in the top 10, while the Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks are tops among NHL teams with each club having two prospects on this year’s list. Read more»
Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Kevin Hayes has turned in a solid rookie season in 2014-15 after signing with the Rangers as a free agent in August of 2014 (courtesy of Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)
Boston College may have been eliminated from Hockey East playoff contention, but a pair of prospects showed why the future is bright in Boston. Two NHL rookies showed off their skill and creativity last week, while a pair of players in the AHL work to adjust to life in professional hockey. Finally, one of the best draft-eligible goaltenders shows why he was ranked as the top North American goalie available this June. All this and more in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»
Photo: Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko (#47), shown here celebrating his first NHL goal with teammate Justin Abdelkader, has posted 35 points in 91 AHL games over the past two seasons (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
A bit of four-on-four passing magic resulted in the first NHL goal for Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko, a goal that would spur his team on to a 4-3 win over the the NHL’s top team, the Nashville Predators. Read more»
Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has the Rangers in a playoff position after being dealt to the club at the OHL trade deadline by the Saginaw Spirit (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
It’s not a deep pool, but when it comes to NHL-drafted goaltenders in the OHL, quantity takes a back seat to quality.
The OHL is graced by two elite netminders atop the rankings, another one knocking on that lofty door, one middling prospect, and a potentially quality prospect who, unfortunately, has to take an incomplete grade due to an injury. Read more»