2015 NHL Draft Preview: Eichel leads bumper crop from the NCAA ranks

by DJ Powers
Jack Eichel, A.J. Greer, and Brien Diffley - Boston University

Photo: Boston University players Jack Eichel (L), A.J. Greer (C), and Brien Diffley (L) could make it a hat trick of selections for the Terriers at the 2015 NHL Draft (all courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Following a draft that saw no players chosen directly out of an NCAA program in the first round, the 2015 NHL Draft class from the collegiate ranks could well be one of the strongest classes ever. As many as three NCAA prospects could be chosen in the top 10 of the first round, quite a turnaround from last year’s quiet showing. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

by HF Staff
Match Marner - Lawson Crouse - Noah Hanifin - Jack Eichel - Connor McDavid - Dylan Strome - 2015 NHL Draft Top Prospects

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects (front l-r) Mitch Marner and Lawson Crouse, and (back I-r) Noah Hanifin, Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid, and Dylan Strome are players expected to be chosen at the top of the draft being held in Sunrise, FL on 6/26 & 27 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Just like that, another year is over. The Chicago Blackhawks have won their third Stanley Cup in six years, elevating the team’s exciting roster to dynasty status. For the rest of the league, the 2015 NHL Draft now looms large on the calendar, taking place June 26th and 27th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: WHL and QMJHL stars dominate 11-24 group of North American skaters

by David Hahn
Nick Merkley - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and 2015 prospect Nick Merkley led the WHL Champion Rockets in scoring during the 2014-15 regular season with 90 points in 72 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Among North American skaters ranked 11 through 24 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, the WHL and QMJHL claim a majority of them. It’s a deep group from the two leagues this year, with a pair of high-end competitors adding to this group from the OHL and USHL. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: A look at intriguing North American goaltenders available in 2015

by David Hahn
Mackenzie Blackwood - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and 2015 prospect Mackenzie Blackwood was fourth in wins in the OHL with 33 during the 2014-15 regular season, and he added five more in the 2015 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are a number of quality goaltenders available in the 2015 NHL Draft, with a wide range of prospects available with size, maneuverability, and determination. It’s a particularly strong group from North American junior leagues, with the USHL and NAHL well represented. At the top of the list, a pair of QMJHL goaltenders vie for the top spot, while another from the OHL could be the first goaltender to hear his name called in late June. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Second round littered with potential selections from the U.S.

by David Hahn
Paul Bittner - Team Orr - 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2015 prospect Paul Bittner netted a goal in Team Orr’s 6-1 win over Team Cherry at the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Most draft pundits point to the 2016 draft, front-loaded with players from the United States like Auston Matthews, Logan Brown, and Matt Tkachuk, as one that the Americans could dominate early on. But teams won’t have to look too far outside of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft to find the next wave of U.S. talent pushing for playing time in the NHL. Read more»

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