Prospect Impressions: Panarin, Eichel shine at IIHF Worlds, more highlights from the OHL, AHL

by David Hahn
Artemi Panarin - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Former SKA St. Petersburg forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Artemi Panarin signed his first NHL contract fresh off winning the 2015 Gagarin Cup, the KHL’s championship trophy (courtesy of Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin, the newest Chicago Blackhawk appears ready for the NHL, but before he gets there, an appearance at the 2015 IIHF World Championship is on tap. Likewise, top prospect Jack Eichel is playing in the tournament, and performing well at that. The human highlight reel strikes again for the Erie Otters, as Connor McDavid creates another present for the hockey world. The Washington Capitals are headed to Game Seven soon, but they wouldn’t have made it there if not for McDavid’s former teammate in Erie, Andre Burakovsky. The Los Angeles Kings may not have made the playoffs this year, but their AHL team is in the midst of a nice run towards the Calder Cup thanks in part to two of the Kings’ prospects. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Stephens, Jones among mid-to-late round North American options

by David Hahn
Marcus Vela - Team West - 2015 CJHL Prospects Game

Photo: Langley Rivermen forward and 2015 prospect Marcus Vela competed for Team West at the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game (courtesy of Jay Johnston/OJHL Images)

The NHL Draft Primer series continues with a look at North American skaters ranked between 101 and 149 for the 2015 NHL Draft, as listed by NHL Central Scouting. Often times, there are players who are trending in one direction or the other, and sometimes, players with family ties or other interesting connections can be worth a look. These players are all likely to be drafted, but as we’ve seen in previous years, there are always surprises lurking for players ranked around this part of the draft. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Wildcats’ Askew among late-round North American options

by David Hahn
Jarett Meyer - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2015 prospect Jarrett Meyer stands 6’8″ and weighs 249 pounds, likely making him the largest prospect available for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Welcome to an all new series at Hockey’s Future, where over the course of the next six weeks, we’ll take a look at a wide range of prospects hoping to hear their name called in late June at the 2015 NHL Draft. Thanks to NHL Central Scouting, NHL Draft Primer will review select prospects from North America and Europe in this twice-weekly series. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Aho wins Liiga for Karpat, U18 highlights, more from the CHL

by David Hahn
Anthony DeLuca - Rimouski Oceanic

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward and 2015-eligible Anthony DeLuca has scored nine goals and 14 points in 12 playoff games that is poised to move on to the QMJHL championship series (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a Finnish forward scores a dream goal to win the Liiga championship for his team. In the QMJHL, a pair of forwards score overtime winners of their own in clutch situations. The U18 World Championship has wrapped up, but two draft-eligible forwards had big performances in the final opportunity to raise their draft stock. The OHL playoffs are in the semi-finals, and one lesser-known Buffalo Sabres prospect is in the mood to win. Meanwhile, a former OHL forward has transitioned into the AHL successfully, paired up with a fellow forward who faced similar questions about his game. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Auston Matthews, Forward, and Evan Sarthou, Goaltender, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
Auston Matthews - Team USA - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews totaled 18 points in 12 games while competing for the U.S. teams at the U20 and U18 tournaments this season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA received contributions from all over the lineup in their march to a second consecutive gold medal at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. But one U.S. player stood out a little more than the others, a player whose name will soon be bandied about in much the same way that the names McDavid and Eichel have been discussed over the past few months. Read more»

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