The St. Louis Blues have had a few prospects at the NHL level due to their injuries woes this season. With significant time missed by Jake Allen, Patrik Berglund, Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Stastny and Jaden Schwartz, the Blues have turned to some younger players. While some made the most of their limited opportunities, others have been impressing since the very start of the season. Colton Parayko has been the big story out of St. Louis this season and Joel Edmundson has been a welcomed addition to their defensive group.
The New Jersey Devils have cooled off from their surprising start to the season. For the most part, the veterans have been the ones getting it done in Newark, but there have been a handful of prospects that have received opportunities with the big club. For the most part, the rookies have not taken full advantage of the opportunity presented to them. In the best interest of the franchise, some prospects are on the slow path so they can take on bigger roles in the future. (more…)
It is hard not to notice Mike McCarron when he is on the ice during a St. John’s IceCaps game. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound forward simply towers over much of his competition at the AHL level. It is not often to see a player with his size have the hands and abilities with the puck that he possesses, and it is that rare combination of size and skill that led the Montreal Canadiens to draft McCarron with their first round pick (25th overall) in 2013. (more…)
Last year, all eyes were on the Erie Otters as the combination of Dylan Strome and Connor McDavid were charging up the OHL standings and the NHL Draft boards. This year, with McDavid in Edmonton and Strome having been drafted by the Arizona Coyotes third overall, it’s a different dynamic – and instead of leading the charge up the draft boards, or leading the scoring race, Strome is putting the pressure on himself to be a leader on his team. (more…)
In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two OHL players who were traded for each other go one-on-one against their old teams for the first time . We’ll check in with Daniel Sprong and Mikko Rantanen, who both enjoyed valuable time in the NHL this year. The “Battle of Pennsylvania” gets a glimpse of the future when prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head, and two of the WHL’s finest defenders are heading in different directions.