Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson had a productive 2016 playoff, posting two goals and 15 points in 15 games for the Colts (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
While the elite quality of OHL defensemen from the 2015-16 season may not resemble the ranks of the past – or even what we are likely to see next season – there is a solid roster of depth defensemen that can bring some quality and value to NHL ranks. Read more»
Photo: The Detroit Red Wings could have used some vintage Todd Bertuzzi in the playoffs this season but the hope is that his nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, can bring some of that famous energy, skill and will to the team in the near future (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The 2015-16 season marked the beginning of a time of transition for the Detroit Red Wings. It saw the graduation of a handful of key prospects, by far the most impactful being teenager Dylan Larkin. Larkin was outstanding as a rookie this season and will be a key building block for the Red Wings as they re-tool for the future.
Photo: Although set to graduate from prospect status in short order, Dylan Larkin’s recent struggles show that there is a long road to NHL stardom even for a prodigy (courtesy of Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Despite being in the playoffs for seemingly an eternity (not really, just closing in on three decades), the Detroit Red Wings have managed to find their fair share of high-end prospects in the middle to late parts of the first round and beyond.
Photo: JyP Jyvaskyla defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Sami Niku (R) is one of a trio of defensive NHL prospects that competed for Finland in their gold medal run at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)
The 2015 NHL Draft saw six defensemen from Finland selected for only the second time since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 2004. Though none of those players were selected in the top two rounds — as current Pittsburgh Penguin Olli Maatta was in the 2012 draft class that was previously the largest — the 2015 draft class has increased the number of NHL-drafted defensemen playing in Liiga. This has helped to expand this list to a top 10 after listing just five players last year. Read more»
Photo: With less than ten total AHL games on his resume, Dallas Stars prospect Mattias Janmark has found a way to thrive in a support role in the NHL this season (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
With a glut of players developing in their farm system but Stanley Cup dreams abounding, the Dallas Stars have found little use for their prospects over the course of this season – with one exception, Mattias Janmark. Otherwise, the call-ups have been generally short in nature but have yielded some promising early returns. Esa Lindell has not played many games but the added experience could come in handy as reinforcements are needed, while Devin Shore had his excellent season cut short by injury. Read more»