Photo: Goaltender Malcolm Subban is expected to take on full-time starting duties for the Providence Bruins this season. Subban was selected by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects begins with the prospects ranked 41 thru 50. This group features several prospects on the verge of cracking an NHL roster on a full-time basis, including several picks from the 2014 NHL Draft who have impressed early on.
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Elias Lindholm (C) is congratulated by Victor Rask and Riley Nash on Lindholm’s hat trick goal in Friday’s preseason game (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
The 2014 NHL preseason is now in the books with the 30 NHL clubs now focusing on the start of the 2014-15 regular season that begins on Wednesday night. The final weekend of preseason action provided a few notable NHL prospect performances, but the real test for these young players begins in two days. Read more»
Photo: Ville Husso will be the primary goaltender for HIFK Helsinki in 2014-15 after posting a 1.99 goals against average in 2013-14. (courtesy of IFK Helsinki/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
After a season with only a few high-end prospects in their system, the St. Louis Blues will enjoy a deeper prospect pipeline heading into the 2014-15 season. A major help in replenishing the prospect pool was the 2014 NHL Draft, where the Blues made 10 picks, including six in the first four rounds. With the current depth on the Blues’ roster, many of their prospects will spend time at other levels of hockey to improve their overall game.
Photo: Juho Lammikko comes to North America for his first year of Canadian major junior hockey after spending the 2013-14 season in Finland. Lammikko was picked in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Florida Panthers prospect system continues to be heavily weighted towards the NCAA and minor professional leagues, with a lot of talent concentrated at those levels. However, the talent pool as a whole is still substantial despite recent graduations, and should continue to provide the Panthers with a steady stream of high-quality prospects for the next few years.
Photo: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, is wearing the captain’s “C” for the 2014-15 OHL season (courtesy Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
The race to claim the mantle of first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Draft has officially begun in earnest with the start of the 2014-15 season. The main combatants for that honor, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel, have both seen game action within the past week and will be closely scrutinized by NHL scouts from now through April or May. Read more»