This year’s 16-team field for the 2015 NCAA Hockey Tournament features 103 NHL prospects representing 28 of the 30 NHL teams. The Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks lead all teams with seven prospects each in the tournament. The Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars are the only NHL teams that do not have at least one prospect playing in the tournament. Read more»
Injuries forced the Blue Jackets to dig into their prospect pool this season. That allowed highly-touted first rounders Alexander Wennberg, Marko Dano and Kerby Rychel to get their first taste of NHL action. Columbus also had a few pleasant surprises; Anton Forsberg came into his own between the pipes, and Austin Madaisky has had a breakout season on the blue line for the Falcons. Read more»
Eager to make a return to the playoffs and to perhaps extend the length of his stay as general manager, Scott Howson made a splash just prior to the NHL Entry Draft, acquiring Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers. The deal left the club without a first round pick for the first time in franchise history, but with an already impressive group of prospects and the need to win in the immediate future, the club was able to give up the assets required to pry Carter away from the Flyers.