Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang is already establishing himself as a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
Fall can be a spectacular time of year. The leaves change, the weather turns colder, and hockey prospects all over North America and Europe start lacing up their skates and hitting the ice. Much of the well-deserved attention from scouts, NHL general managers and fans alike becomes focused on those players who were recently drafted into the NHL or those who will be eligible for the upcoming draft at season’s end.
Photo: Kamloops Blazers forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith and teammate J.C. Lipon have dominated the WHL's Player of the Week awards in 2012-13 with four nominations between them (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kamloops Blazers’ forward Colin Smith is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week, for the second time this season.
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads right wing Martin Frk and his teammates hold on to the top spot in this week's CHL Top 10 Rankings (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the ninth edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 regular season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
Photo: The play of Prince Albert Raiders forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill has been one of the main reasons for the Raiders strong showing this season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince Albert Raiders forward Mark McNeill is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.
Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward Ryan Kujawinski is a big-bodied center with potential to be a first round selection at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The reality of the junior hockey system is that, fairly or not, some teams have it easier than others when it comes to attracting talent.
For the most part, save for Lindrosian dramatics, NHL players sign with the team that drafts them. Such is not always the case in junior hockey, where young players frequently use the leverage available to them to line their talents up with a team of their choosing.