Florentino looking to take on a leadership role at Providence

by Ken McKenna
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Anthony Florentino - Team USA

Photo: Providence College defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Anthony Florentino turned in a solid freshman season for the Friars, scoring five goals and adding six assists in 30 games during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

At the time of the 2013 NHL Draft, current Providence College defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Anthony Florentino was a stocky and relatively unheralded draft prospect. He stood 6’1” and weighed 227 pounds, and was coming off of a successful prep school career at South Kent School in Connecticut. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: The Class of 2016

by Chau Vo
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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP

Photo: Team USA forward Auston Matthews is considered to be a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With the 2016 NHL Draft just a little under two years away, there is still a lot to be learned about these late-1997 and 1998-born players. There is no overwhelming consensus as to who will be picked first overall like there is for the 2015 draft, but Dmitry Sokolov is one of a few favorites as well as Sean Day, the fourth player to be granted “exceptional player status” by the Ontario Hockey Federation. Read more»

Wolverines’ Downing working on rounding out his game

by Ken McKenna
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Michael Downing - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Michael Downing posted two goals and 10 assists along with 60 penalty minutes in his freshman season with the Wolverines (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

 

At the midpoint of the first period in the USA’s first post-cutdown game at the 2014 National Junior Evaluation Camp, Team USA defenseman Michael Downing took a pass from University of Michigan teammate J.T. Compher and fired a point shot past Sweden goaltender Jonas Johansson to score the opening goal in what would be a 7-1 romp for the U.S. squad. Read more»

Yale’s Hayden camping his way towards an NHL career

by Ken McKenna
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John Hayden - Yale University

Photo: Yale University forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect John Hayden had a productive freshman season for the Bulldogs in 2013-14, scoring six goals and adding 10 assists in 33 games (courtesy of Steven Ryan/Icon SMI)

 

While it has been a summer of camping for current Yale University forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect John Hayden, it hasn’t been a case of fun and frolic in the great outdoors as it is for most people. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: USHL draft review

by Chapin Landvogt
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2014 NHL Draft - Joshua Jacobs - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Indiana Ice defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Joshua Jacobs was the first defender chosen from the USHL at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It came as little surprise that USHL prospects once again dotted the seven rounds of the NHL Draft last month in Philadelphia. A total of 18 players were taken from the United States’ top developmental league (excluding the NTDP players), with only one of them being a goalie. Of the remaining 17 players, 13 were forwards. Ironically, the Midwest archrivals Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues each selected three USHL players, more than any other team. Read more»