Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba graduated as a prospect this season and has played a big role in his team’s success thus far (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
This has not been a great year of the prospect for the Minnesota Wild. The team arrived at a point in its process where it became ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. This has been somewhat to the detriment of its prospect pool, although any fan will take the tradeoff. Nonetheless, Hockey’s Future makes an annual tradition of handing out some imaginary hardware to players who stood out during the course of their seasons.
Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Graham Knott (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) faceoff in a crucial Game Five encounter this weekend in the 2015 OHL Playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more»
Photo: Former Minnesota State University-Mankato defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Zach Palmquist completed a four-year NCAA career in which he did not miss a single game (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
The pace of NHL prospect signings has picked up considerably over the past week, with the Western Conference clubs being the busier group during that stretch. Read more»
Photo: 2015 OHL Cup hero Matt Strome is expected to be a high selection at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection that takes place on April 11th (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
All three CHL leagues kicked off first round playoff action, and three teams in particular received contributions from top prospects. Also, an obscure goaltending prospect is a social media sensation thanks to a rare feat. This week’s Prospect Impressions is loaded with talent, take a look at the best prospect plays-of-the-week. Read more»
Photo: Minnesota Wild first-round pick Alex Tuch led Boston College in points as a freshman. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
For any organization dedicated to the near-term goal of a Stanley Cup, having the bulk of the team’s prospects in colleges or European leagues is sound policy. The young men get their chances to grow as people, the team’s contract status is unaffected, and there is less rush to decide on a player’s future. The pressures of pro hockey in Europe are real, especially for younger players, but so is the NCAA Tournament atmosphere. Both make for excellent developmental opportunities.