NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Record number of U.S.-born players could go in first round

    USA Today "Hockey is Canada’s game, but this will be America’s NHL draft. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ anticipated selection of Arizona native Auston Matthews with the No. 1 draft pick tonight (7 p.m., ET, NBC Sports Network) could launch a record-setting day for American-born players. As many as 12..." June 24

  • Matthews deserves to be No. 1 pick: former coach

    NHL.com "Ottawa Senators assistant Marc Crawford said there is no doubt in his mind Auston Matthews' name should be the first one called in the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Last season, Crawford coached Matthews, a center who topped NHL Central..." June 24

  • Patrik Laine a rare breed of sniper

    The Score "There's a cinematic quality to Patrik Laine, the antagonist. He's a prototypical athlete harnessing boundless raw talent out of sight. He's understood just how good, how contrastive his skills are compared to those of his peers since long before he forced himself onto our radar. Perhaps..." June 24

  • Jakob Chychrun prepared for pro transition thanks to hockey pedigree

    Yahoo! Sports "Jakob Chychrun is at peace with the fact that he may not be taken where he believes he should go in this weekend’s NHL Draft. A projected first-round pick, the 6-2, 205 lbs. defenseman slipped from the No. 2 to No. 4 North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. A knock like..." June 24

  • NHL Draft’s Jesse Puljujärvi battles language barrier to stardom

    Yahoo! Sports "Jesse Puljujärvi has the kind of charisma and charm that envelops those around him. In speaking to him, the 18-year-old forward from Finland smiles widely, and you anticipate he’ll answer whatever inane question is posed to him by the media in a way that defies its inanity. But the words..." June 24

  • Surviving meteor strike made Abramov's move easier

    NHL.com "After surviving a meteor strike, moving to Canada became a bit easier for right wing Vitaly Abramov of Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Abramov was at school in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia on Feb. 15, 2013 when a meteor exploded over the city. The meteor was between 49..." June 24

  • Not much separates top NHL prospects Matthews and Laine

    Ottawa Sun "There is no debate about who will be selected first overall in the NHL entry draft on Friday night at the First Niagara Center. Though American centre Auston Matthews, who played in the Swiss Elite League last season, is certainly deserving of his status many believe Finnish winger Patrik..." June 23

  • Sabres GM: 'I'd be a tool not to' use Eichel to recruit Vesey

    The Score "Tim Murray certainly has a way with words. The Buffalo Sabres general manager, who acquired the rights to free agent forward Jimmy Vesey on Monday, creatively expressed his plan to use fellow college standout and good friend Jack Eichel in the recruiting process. "I'd be a tool not to,"..." June 21

  • Predators Acquire Third-Round Selection from Buffalo

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has acquired Minnesota’s third-round selection, 76th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Jimmy Vesey. The Predators now have eight selections..." June 20

  • Auston Matthews signs sponsorship deal with Bauer

    The Score "Auston Matthews is the new face of Bauer. The projected No. 1 pick at the upcoming NHL draft has entered an exclusive partnership with Bauer Hockey, the equipment manufacturer announced Monday. "I've always trusted BAUER as the best equipment for my game, and I'm excited to start my NHL..." June 20

  • Nick Schmaltz is leaving college to sign with the Blackhawks, per reports

    Second City Hockey "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed top prospect Nick Schmaltz to an entry-level contract, according to reports. It's a three-year ELC, per Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine, and The Athletic's Scott Powers says the team is expected to announce the deal in the next few days. It was unclear whether..." June 19

  • Knee surgery rehab to keep Puljujarvi out of development camps

    The Score "The team that selects Jesse Puljujarvi at the NHL Entry Draft will have to wait until at least training camp to see him on the ice. The highly touted Finnish forward, who's expected to be plucked as high as third overall, will not skate in development camps this summer following minor knee..." June 19

  • Could Laine be a better NHLer than Matthews?

    Sportsnet "On radio after the world juniors I floated the idea that Patrik Laine might turn out to be a better NHL player than Auston Matthews a couple of years down the line. Pushed by the interviewer to estimate the chance of that, I hung out a 20 per cent chance that Laine would be the best player of the..." June 18

  • BC standout McCoshen reaches agreement with Florida

    Pro Hockey Talk "It sounds like the Florida Panthers will be announcing in the near future that they’ve signed Boston College defenseman Ian McCoshen. The move was initially reported by CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty and then confirmed by Jimmy Murphy. McCoshen was taken by Florida with the 31st pick of the..." June 16

  • Patrik Laine has a chance to make hockey fun again

    Puck Drunk Love "Each year, another player comes into the league whom we are all supposed to believe is the next generational skater. Nathan MacKinnon was heralded as such, as well as Aaron Ekblad, and the list goes on and on. Hockey seems to do this more so than any other sport. Each year, we as fans and writers..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • No war of words between Matthews and Laine

    TSN "From the outside, it would appear that Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are wrapped in an awkward bubble leading up to the NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo 18 days from now. Matthews, of course, is the understated presumptive No. 1 pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Laine, meanwhile, does not lack in..." June 07

  • Auston Matthews confident he can make an impact in NHL

    Toronto Star "If Auston Matthews is truly about to be anointed the saviour of hockey’s most fabled and most tragic franchise, at least he seems ready. Matthews dealt with a throng of about 50 media members Friday — all at once peppering him with questions about Switzerland and Arizona and baseball — after..." June 04

  • Top prospect Olli Juolevi claims he's smartest defenseman in draft

    The Score "With the NHL Combine underway, Olli Juolevi is selling himself. The fifth-ranked North American skater, and second-ranked defenseman believes he's the best available, citing his on-ice intelligence as the reason. Property of the London Knights, Juolevi is ranked one spot behind Sarnia Sting..." June 04

  • Matthews spoke to Leafs’ Rielly about playing in Toronto

    Sportsnet "Auston Matthews finished his day at the NHL Scouting Combine surrounded by a large scrum of reporters, something he’s sure to see more of in the future. With the Toronto Maple Leafs holding the No. 1 pick for the upcoming NHL Draft, and in need of a centre, Matthews will most likely be wearing..." June 04

  • Patrik Laine says he'll equal Ovechkin in 5 years

    The Score "One day after proclaiming he should be selected first overall, Patrik Laine continued to talk himself up at the NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo on Saturday. The 18-year-old compared himself to six-time Rocket Richard Trophy-winner Alex Ovechkin, telling TSN's Gino Reda it will take him five years..." June 04

  • Patrik Laine on Matthews: ‘At this point we’re quite even’

    Sportsnet "Another day, another set of questions asking Patrik Laine to compare himself to Auston Matthews. This time it came after the Finnish forward did what he could at the NHL Scouting Combine despite a lower-body injury that prevented him from participating in many of the tests. Laine said he’s..." June 04

  • Patrik Laine injures left knee during Combine tests

    Sportsnet "Top prospect Patrik Laine will be limiting his physical testing at Saturday’s NHL Draft Combine after experiencing some discomfort in his left knee during Friday’s VO2 max bike test. “I won’t be doing anything that involves the legs [during testing on Saturday],” Laine told NHL.com. “I think I..." June 04

  • OHL All-Star teams littered with top 2016 prospects

    The Score "The Ontario Hockey League All-Stars were announced Thursday, and they feature a slew of top prospects who will hear their names called at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft later this month." June 03

  • Patrik Laine says he should be drafted 1st overall

    TSN "Patrik Laine towers. He’s a supernova. He’s a condor. And, man, is he tall. Walking down a hallway with a group of fellow prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine Thursday, Laine sticks out. He’s the first the eye picks out. He’s larger than the rest by several inches. He’s listed as 6-foot-4,..." June 03

  • BCHLers Jost, Fabbro show they belong with top NHL draft talent

    Sportsnet "You have to admire Tyson Jost’s forthright honesty. “My mom won’t like me for saying this, but school kind of is second,” he said. The unusual part of that statement is that Jost, possibly a top 10 pick in the NHL draft this month, is committed to play next season at the University of North..." June 03

  • 'Dinged up' Tkachuk will sit out fitness tests at NHL Scouting Combine

    Today's Slapshot "Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that Finnish prospect Jesse Puljujarvi was sitting out all lower body testing at the ongoing NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo, New York – but now, fellow prospect Matthew Tkachuk has been confirmed as sitting out all lower body testing, as well. Sportsnet..." June 03

  • Puljujarvi had left knee surgery after World U18 tourney

    The Score "Top Finnish prospect Jesse Puljujarvi underwent left knee surgery after the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in late April, according to Sportsnet's Damien Cox. Puljujarvi was restricted to upper-body workouts at the NHL Draft Combine as a result, Cox added. Finland won the Under-18..." June 02

  • Matthews says Lamoriello a ‘good guy,’ a little intimidating

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello sat in a corner, silent, as director of player personnel Mark Hunter and a handful of team executives interviewed Auston Matthews Tuesday at the NHL Scouting Combine at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. “Lou didn’t ask me anything in that..." June 02

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Max Jones has high end potential, but needs time

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Much of the discussion surrounding Max Jones will not be on his play on the ice but more one play on the ice that took place during the OHL playoffs. In the Western Conference quarter final, Jones had a blindside hit to the head of Owen Sound player Justin Brack. He was handed a 12 game..." May 29

  • Matthew Tkachuk enjoys visit to Alberta, would welcome being drafted by either Oilers or Flames

    Calgary Herald "Matthew Tkachuk has enjoyed his time in Alberta. He might even make it his permanent home. The London Knights winger is ranked second among North American skaters for the upcoming NHL Draft. Which means, once Auston Matthews and the two Finns come off the board, that puts Tkachuk in the..." May 29

  • It's still Auston Matthews at No. 1, but let's give credit to Patrik Laine

    Toronto Star "There is no doubt in my mind the Maple Leafs will select Auston Matthews with the first overall pick in the June draft. But there are second-guessers everywhere. Part of the issue is folks have been talking about Matthews for two years as the presumptive No. 1 overall pick, and it's human..." May 29

  • Mitch Marner, Ivan Provorov take home major CHL awards

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers have to be very pleased with the progress made by their top prospects this season. London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Mitch Marner has been named the Canadian Hockey League player of the year Saturday, while Brandon Wheat..." May 28

  • Patrik Laine highlights final additions to Finland's World Cup roster

    The Score "The Finnish Ice Hockey Federation announced Thursday its final 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey. Patrik Laine, who's expected to be drafted second overall in June, highlights the seven players added to the initial roster. The 18-year-old impressed at the recent World Championship,..." May 27

  • Rielly: Babcock spoke more to Matthews than me at worlds

    The Score "After returning home from his gold-medal win at the IIHF World Championship in Russia, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly joined Hockey Central, where he shared that head coach Mike Babcock may have been more interested in a possible future player than one of his current..." May 25

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Colorado inks defensive prospect Anton Lindholm

    Pro Hockey Talk "After establishing himself in the Swedish league, Anton Lindholm will head to North America. The Colorado Avalanche announced that they have signed the 21-year-old defenseman to a three-year, entry-level contract. They selected Lindholm in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. More of..." May 25

  • Report: Shipachyov may be required to play another year in KHL

    The Score "The sprint to have Vadim Shipachyov put pen to an NHL contract could be all for naught. The high-volume scorer may have to satisfy the existing option on his KHL contract with SKA St. Petersburg and report for one more season before being permitted to sign with an NHL club, reports Sportsnet's..." May 24

  • Laine named World Championship MVP

    The Score "Patrik Laine concluded Sunday's World Championship with one heck of a consolation prize. " May 22

  • Laine and Matthews at the Worlds: Putting their points in context

    Sportsnet "While the World Championship is mostly a tournament for established pro players, we often get a last-minute viewing of some players eligible for the NHL draft. Last year, we watched Jack EIchel score seven points in 10 games, while Connor McDavid led his Erie Otters in the OHL playoffs. This..." May 22

  • Ducks Sign D Larsson to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "The Ducks have signed defenseman Jacob Larsson to a three-year entry-level contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Larsson, 19 (4/29/97), made his North American debut with the San Diego Gulls in Game 2 of the American Hockey League (AHL) Pacific Division..." May 20

  • Matthews inspires comparison to Toews

    NHL.com "United States center Auston Matthews hasn't played an NHL game, but he's making an impression on some players he could be competing with or against as soon as the 2016-17 season during the 2016 IIHF World Championship. Matthews scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout to give the United..." May 19

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Leafs' Babcock pumped about getting shot at Matthews ... or Laine

    Toronto Sun "Mike Babcock’s wife might not have known what was going on, but the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach watched last month’s NHL Draft Lottery like most Canadians — sitting on the edge of his seat at his lakehouse, with his eyes fixed on the television, living and dying with each pick. “When we got..." May 15

  • Stars sign ’15 first-round pick Gurianov to entry-level deal

    NHL.com "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Denis Gurianov to a three-year entry-level contract beginning in the 2016-17 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gurianov, 18, appeared in 47 games with Lada Togliatti of the..." May 13

  • Dubois or Tkachuk for Canucks?

    The Hockey Writers "One thing’s for sure: the Canucks will end up with a very good player at fifth overall in this year’s draft. Assuming much of the fan base has accepted that it’s not a top-three pick, there’s lots to look forward to for the team come June 24th. “You try to keep things in perspective… We have..." May 12

  • Canadiens agree to entry-level contract with forward Artturi Lehkonen

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Finnish forward Artturi Lehkonen, the club announced. "We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Artturi Lehkonen," general manager Marc Bergevin said. "Artturi is a young forward who enjoyed..." May 08

  • NCAA free agent Drake Caggiula to sign with Edmonton Oilers

    Sportsnet "It appears the latest NCAA free agent has decided on where he will start his NHL career: Edmonton. Drake Caggiula, a Pickering, Ontario native, seems ready to sign with the Edmonton Oilers after several NHL clubs were reportedly pursuing his services. Caggiula, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward,..." May 07

  • Wendel Clark’s advice to the Maple Leafs’ No. 1 pick

    Sportsnet "Guess where Wendel Clark was when the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery Saturday night. At a bar in Edmonton for a charity function, surrounded by Oilers fans. “They were very happy. The fans didn’t want No. 1 again. They wanted No. 4. They’ve had three No. 1’s and it hasn’t..." May 06

2014 NHL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Maple Leafs Jesse Puljujarvi Karpat
2 Hurricanes Auston Matthews ZSC Lions
3 Blue Jackets Patrik Laine Tappara
4 Flames Matthew Tkachuk London Knights
5 Jets Jakob Chychrun Sarnia Sting
6 Oilers Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steelheads
7 Coyotes Olli Juolevi London Knights
8 Canucks Michael McLeod Mississauga Steelheads
9 Sabres Mikhail Sergachyov Windsor Spitfires
10 Canadiens Max Jones London Knights

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.