Years of drafting defensemen and trading early picks has left the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool in a stagnant state, with more talent leaving than arriving. The system still has some quality defensive talent, led by Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington, but there are few prospects at forward who look like they are ready to contribute at the NHL level at any point in the near future. Read more»
There are less than 25 games remaining in the 2014-15 AHL regular season for all Eastern Conference teams, with the division-leading Syracuse Crunch, Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears holding the top three records in not only the conference, but in the entire AHL. This month, a look at the Northeast Division race and breaking down the two hottest teams in the league, who both happen to play in the East Division. Read more»
Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said the team’s focus at this year’s entry draft would be to infuse more size into the prospect pool. Mission accomplished.
Rutherford and his team of talent evaluators strayed from their tendencies in Montreal, using their first-round pick on a player from the QMJHL — the first time the franchise had done so since moving to Raleigh — and selected three European-born prospects, the most since 2005. But, as promised, they stocked up on big players both up front and on defense.
Paradis projects to be exactly what the Canes are lacking: a big-bodied forward who can provide time and space for Carolina’s smaller skill players. Not only that, but the Quebec-born, 18-year-old can grind and cycle the puck, attributes that fit the Hurricanes’ style.