Photo: Anaheim Ducks forward has already established career highs in goals (16) and points (34) in 58 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
Throughout the NHL, young players are making a major impact for their franchises as teams are relying upon youth to lead their teams into the playoffs. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Rickard Rakell, Joel Armia, and Robby Fabbri are featured with highlight-reel goals. Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith has his shot blocked and you won’t believe who did it. Plenty more highlights including a fun look at Dan Girardi’s pirate impression, and one SHL goalie who likes to have some fun post-game. Read more»
Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman and Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot’s points per game average is fifth among defensemen in the QMJHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
The QMJHL is not exactly known for strong defense, but the league’s defensive corps were heavily repped at the 2015 NHL Draft. All 10 of the defenders chosen at that draft comprise this season’s top-10 QMJHL defenseman—although not in the same order that they were selected last June. Read more»
Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Nashville Predators prospect Justin Kirkland has produced 66 goals and 96 assists in 190 regular season games, and another 16 points in 29 playoff games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Is the glass half full or half empty?
Justin Kirkland is one of a relatively small number of junior hockey players to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. For certain, this is reason to be optimistic. Read more»
Photo: Milwaukee Admirals forward and Nashville Predators prospect Frederick Gaudreau signed a two-year, entry-level NHL contract with the Predators in January (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Everything is “moving so fast” this season for Milwaukee Admirals forward and newly-minted Nashville Predators prospect, Frederick Gaudreau.
He’s tied for the team lead with 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 51 games, and on Jan. 5th the Predators signed the undrafted 22-year-old to his first NHL contract. Read more»
Photo: JyP Jyvaskyla defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Sami Niku (R) is one of a trio of defensive NHL prospects that competed for Finland in their gold medal run at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)
The 2015 NHL Draft saw six defensemen from Finland selected for only the second time since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 2004. Though none of those players were selected in the top two rounds — as current Pittsburgh Penguin Olli Maatta was in the 2012 draft class that was previously the largest — the 2015 draft class has increased the number of NHL-drafted defensemen playing in Liiga. This has helped to expand this list to a top 10 after listing just five players last year. Read more»