Scout’s Perch: NHL Draft observations from the road

by Josh Deitell
on

Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters phenom forward Connor McDavid has been one of the few bright spots for an Erie club that is in rebuilding mode (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Thoughts accumulated on a two-week trip that took me through eight states and four provinces. Lots of snow and lots of coffee.

Read more»

Pittsburgh to host 2013 All-American Prospects Game

by Ian Altenbaugh
on

J.T. Compher and Hudson Fasching - 2012 All-American Prospects Game

Photo: 2013 prospects J.T. Compher (L) and Hudson Fasching (R) locked horns at the inaugural USA Hockey/CCM All-American Prospects Game held in Buffalo, NY back in September. The 2013 edition of this game will be played in Pittsburgh, PA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Just hours before the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the New York Islanders Tuesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, a press conference was held to announce that the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh would host the second annual USA Hockey/CCM All-American Prospects Game.

Read more»

Johnson has strong family ties in USHL, NCAA

by Tom Schreier
on

Luke Johnson - Lincoln Stars

Photo: Lincoln Stars forward and University of North Dakota recruit Luke Johnson was recently ranked 78th in Central Scouting's midterm rankings (courtesy of Brandon Anderson)

A University of North Dakota recruit who recently was named an A-List prospect by NHL Central Scouting, Luke Johnson is a 5’11”, 178-pound, two-way forward currently playing for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

Read more»

Santini leads a solid crop of 2013 NTDP prospects

by Tom Schreier
on

Hudson Fasching - Apple Valley High School

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Hudson Fasching, shown here playing for Apple Valley (MN) High School, is a top 2013 forward prospect from the U.S. national program (courtesy of Josh Holmberg /Icon SMI)

The U.S. National Development Team Program (NTFP) has developed into one of the top producers of talent eligible for the NHL Draft. With each passing year, the number of players drafted by NHL clubs directly from this program grows, making it THE top producer of American talent for the NHL.

Read more»

Isackson a rising star for the University of Minnesota

by DJ Powers
on

Christian Isackson - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Christian Isackson is making a good impression in his sophomore season with the Golden Gophers (courtesy of University of Minnesota Athletics)

With 15 drafted players on their roster, the University of Minnesota features more NHL prospects than any other NCAA team this season. So it is easy for lesser-known players to receive smaller amounts of attention. But sophomore and Buffalo Sabres prospect Christian Isackson is emerging from the shadows of the team’s top players and is beginning to establish himself as a rising star in the Golden Gophers’ talent-laden lineup.

Read more»