NHL Draft Primer: Breaking down the top re-entry candidates on defense and in goal

by David Hahn
Liam Herbst - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67’s goaltender and 2015 prospect Liam Herbst posted a 24-8-3-1 record in 39 regular season games for the 67’s in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Throughout the 2014-15 season, Hockey’s Future has released a monthly article entitled “Off the Radar”, a look at players who were passed over in previous iterations of the NHL Draft. While these players are often disappointed, being shrugged off in favor of other players, there is still hope in their second, or perhaps third time through the process. 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»

The Top Five goalies not affiliated with NHL teams…yet

by Craig Fischer
Joel Lassinantti - Lulea Hockey - Champions Hockey League Quarter Final

Photo: Lulea goaltender Joel Lassinantti won the Honken Trophy this season as the SHL’s Goalie of the Year (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

You only have to look as far as the NHL playoffs to see how important a goalie is. Every time a team harmlessly bumps into an opposing netminder, it’s the NHL equivalent to World War 3. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: Family ties guide Wheat Kings’ Patrick towards 2017 NHL Draft

by David Hahn
Nolan Patrick - Brandon Wheat Kings

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and 2017 prospect Nolan Patrick has been named the WHL Rookie of the Year for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While a lot can happen between now and the summer of 2017, Nolan Patrick is an early favorite to have his name called in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. At just 16 years old, Patrick has already introduced himself to the Brandon Wheat Kings faithful in fine fashion, and has been a major part of a team looking to add to their trophy case. Read more»

HF interview with Hockey Canada’s Ryan Jankowski

by Chapin Landvogt
Ryan Jankowski - Director of Player Personnel, Hockey Canada

Photo: Hockey Canada Director of Player Personnel Ryan Jankowski has previously held positions with the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens before taking on his current duties with Canada’s national program (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

The establishment of the national hockey programs and the teams that participate at no less than the highly popular World Junior Championship, Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and the U18 World Championship (often referred to as the “scouts’ tournament”) is a mammoth job that requires the people behind the scenes to put in all types of hours to sculpt together a group of young players who will best represent their respective nation, always looking to take gold in the process. Read more»

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