Photo: Boston College Eagle and Washington Capitals prospect Zach Sanford had a breakout season in 2015-16 with 39 points in 41 games. (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
It’s the most important position on the ice and the Washington Capitals have invested heavily in goalies amongst their Top 20 prospects. Washington has a trio of goalies in the Top 20 including two in the top 10, while you can’t forget the franchise goalie Braden Holtby is only 26.
Washington also has a good collection of puck-moving defenseman, while there are a couple intriguing prospects and projects at other positions.
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa, the 13th pick of the 2012 Draft, was brought along slowly but emerged during the playoffs (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill believes that it’s best to have prospects “over ripen” and over develop in the AHL. Although Dallas fell short in this season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the patience paid off as AHL players made instant impacts for the NHL club.
Photo: The 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup will feature a number of top NHL prospects, including Mitch Marner of the London Knights, Francis Perron on the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, and Adam Helewka of the Red Deer Rebels (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images, Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images, and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The stars will be out at the 98th Memorial Cup, and it is expected that the ratings will reflect that. Between the four teams participating, there will be 26 NHL-drafted prospects present in Red Deer for the year-end tournament of champions. Read more»
Photo: Arizona’s 2011 first-round pick Connor Murphy has developed into an NHL defender, as well as a consistent blueliner for Team USA (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
The 2010-11 season produced a playoff berth for the Phoenix Coyotes, but one that ended poorly, in a sweep at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. With that bitter defeat in mind, and having conceded 18 goals in those four games, toughness seemed to be the foremost goal at the draft table. The offensive flair the Coyotes have added in recent years is missing, but some of these players have indeed gone on to help the franchise’s cause.
Photo: Harvard goaltender and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Merrick Madsen emerged as a starter in his sophomore season and finished eighth in the nation with a .931 save percentage.(courtesy John Crouch/Icon Sportswire).
The Flyers have a crop of prospects playing in both the NCAA and European levels, including almost all their goaltending prospects. A couple of netminders showed improvement this year, while some played few games and others – namely Matej Tomek – didn’t play at all.