Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen finished second in AHL rookie scoring behind the Providence Bruins’ Austin Czarnik, scoring 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Mikko Rantanen didn’t plan on or expect to win the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie.
The 19-year-old Finland native and Colorado Avalanche prospect knew he had a strong season, but looking across the league he knew the goal-per-game rate (albeit in less games) of the Providence Bruins’ Frank Vatrano would be tough to beat. Read more»
Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2017 prospect Nikita Popugaev (#71) finished ninth in rookie scoring in the WHL this season, posting 16 goals and 47 points in 70 games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of rookies notched their first NHL playoff goals this week, continuing to contribute right where they left off from the regular season. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is going to want a half-ice deflection back, and his teammate might want to join him in hiding for a pretty funny reason. There are a number of draft-eligible forwards who created some fantastic highlights this week, and a must-see, pregame presentation from Europe that unites the worlds of hockey and video games. Read more»
Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Ondrej Kase has found reason to celebrate a healthy return to the ice and could be an important part of the Calder Cup push for San Diego (courtesy of San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)
Both the Anaheim Ducks and their AHL affiliate San Diego Gulls are into their respective post-seasons, and it has been a strong year for both squads. Youth has been on display throughout the organization, as the Ducks also have a ton of tremendous talents further down in the CHL and NCAA, and overseas in Europe. As a whole it has been a pretty productive year for the Ducks pipeline, with almost too many players and not enough awards to highlight achievements! You could find multiple winners for each award, and unfortunately we could only pick one for each category.
Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Trent Frederic competed for the U.S. National Team Development Program squad this season, posting four goals and 14 points in 23 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The country that has won six of the last seven IIHF U18 World Championship tournaments looks very much the favorite to win their third gold in a row and seventh in eight years as Team USA completed an unbeaten preliminary round at the 2016 edition of this event after defeating Switzerland by a 4-0 score. Read more»
Photo: Team Switzerland forward and 2017 prospect Nico Hischier saw his first National League A action with SC Bern this season, posting a goal in 15 games in the top Swiss league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The main goal for Team Switzerland heading into the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship was to gain a berth in the quarterfinals. That mission was accomplished by virtue of points earned in an overtime win and overtime loss, so now the goal is to earn a berth in the medal round, a tall order given that their quarterfinal opponent will be Canada. Read more»