NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Rasmus Dahlin separating himself from Andrei Svechnikov at world juniors

    Sportsnet "Nothing much was at stake when Sweden faced Russia in the final game of the opening round of the 2018 IIHF world under-20s on New Year’s Eve. Seeding for the quarters signifies not a heck of a lot — unless you put value in a bronze – but if you’re going to win it all, you’re going to have to..." January 01

  • Nylander benched for third period of Leafs’ win over Penguins

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs held off a third-period push from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, claiming a 4-3 win. And they did so largely without the services of forward William Nylander. After logging 11 shifts through the first two periods of the tilt, Nylander skated just one shift in..." December 10

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • Americans will be loaded with offensive talent at World Juniors

    TSN "A week today, Hockey Canada will name 30 players, give or take a couple, to compete for the 23-man national junior team roster at the final selection camp that opens two weeks from today in St. Catharines, Ont. So there’ll be plenty of time to analyze what Team Canada may or may not look like..." November 29

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • Danis Zaripov's suspension reduced by IIHF

    TSN "Russian forward Danis Zaripov's IIHF suspension was dropped from two years to six months upon appeal Tuesday. Zaripov, who was rumoured to be in contact with multiple NHL teams, can return to playing in the KHL on Thursday. Zaripov tested positive for pseudoephedrine, a drug that is not on..." November 21

  • Hughes poised to follow Eichel, Matthews as NHL’s next great American

    Sportsnet "This week, nearly 200 of the best teenage hockey players from five nations descended on northern British Columbia for Hockey Canada’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. It’s a tremendous event, in most cases the first major international tournament for skaters who will go on to form the backbone of..." November 11

  • Oliver Wahlstrom goes from viral stardom to NHL top prospect

    Pro Hockey Talk "There some pretty neat benefits to having a parent work at your local hockey rink. For Oliver Wahlstrom, it meant hours and hours of free ice time to hone his skills before and after school. Growing up in Cumberland, Maine, that time on the ice helped develop the 17-year-old Wahlstrom into a..." October 24

  • NHL Draft prospect Svechnikov out 6-8 weeks with hand injury

    NHL.com "Forward Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League, expected to be a top-five pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, will be out 6-8 weeks because of a hand injury. Svechnikov (6-foot-2, 186 pounds) is tied for second in the OHL with 10 goals in 10 games, one behind Sault Ste. Marie's Boris..." October 22

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Quebec League scoring leader Abramov believes he’s ready to play in Columbus

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vitaly Abramov had a Quebec League season to remember in 2016-17. The 19-year-old collected 104 points in 66 contests, which was tops among all players in the league last season. Now, the Blue Jackets prospect believes he’s ready to make the leap straight to the NHL. “I want to make NHL this..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Nolan Patrick begins push to make Flyers as rookie camp gets underway

    CSN Philly "Five days ago, Nolan Patrick was in rural Canada shooting ducks. Now, the future Flyers center is focused entirely on shooting pucks following a rather eventful offseason that included the draft and offseason surgery. “It was exciting,” Patrick said Monday following his first practice in a..." September 11

  • Will Butcher says he’ll announce NHL team choice on Sunday

    Pro Hockey Talk "College free agent defenseman Will Butcher emailed NHL.com’s Mike Morreale to say that he’ll announce his team of choice on Sunday. The number of teams generating legitimate interest is a matter of some debate and conjecture. Brian Bartlett (Butcher’s agent) told Morreale that the Buffalo..." August 24

2017-2018 NHL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Devils Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings
2 Flyers Timothy Liljegren Rogle BK
3 Stars Gabriel Vilardi Windsor Spitfires
4 Avalanche Maxime Comtois Victoriaville Tigers
5 Canucks Klim Kostin Dynamo Moscow
6 Devils Eeli Tolvanen Sioux City
7 Coyotes Casey Mittelstadt Minnesota
8 Sabres Kristian Vesalainen Frolunda HC
9 Red Wings Owen Tippett Mississauga Steelheads
10 Panthers Callan Foote Kelowna Rockets