NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Is Andrei Svechnikov The Next Generational Prospect?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s never too far to look ahead to the draft and as the offseason enters the dog days of summer, Russian prospect Andrei Svechnikov is already projecting to be the top pick in the 2018 NHL draft. The question, before the season even begins, is if Svechnikov is a generational talent in the mold of..." August 02

  • Draft eligible in 2018, Brady Tkachuk ‘makes something happen on almost every shift’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The World Junior Summer Showcase is underway. A number of names stand out on USA Hockey’s roster, including forward Brady Tkachuk. The hockey lineage in his family is where it all starts. He’s the younger brother of Flames pesky rookie forward Matthew Tkachuk and the son of Keith Tkachuk, who..." July 29

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Bolts' Sergachev: I think I'm ready for NHL

    TSN "Mikhail Sergachev, acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Montreal Canadiens for Jonathan Drouin a month ago, believes he's ready to crack Lightning lineup this season. Sergachev was drafted ninth overall in the 2016 draft by the Canadiens and appeared in four games with Montreal before..." July 18

  • Flyers sign No. 2 pick Nolan Patrick to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Nolan Patrick to an entry-level deal, the team announced Monday. Patrick was selected by the Flyers with the second-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. The Winnipeg native underwent abdominal surgery on June 13, and is expected to resume skating next..." July 17

  • Top NHL prospect Rasmus Dahlin shows off his shootout moves

    Sportsnet "With the 2017 NHL Draft now in the rear view, the debate on who will be the cream of the crop in next year’s draft has begun. So far, a 17-year-old defenceman is among the leaders of that race. Rasmus Dahlin has been making headlines as an early favourite to be next year’s first-overall draft..." July 09

  • Blues sign first-rounder Kostin, who could be a real steal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues have signed Russian forward Klim Kostin to a three-year, entry-level contract. We wrote about Kostin yesterday. The 18-year-old was the 31st overall pick in the 2017 draft, and he may have been a steal considering he was the top-ranked European skater by NHL Central..." July 05

  • Patrick thinks he can make immediate NHL jump with Flyers

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New Jersey Devils opted for Nico Hischier over Nolan Patrick, but time will be the ultimate judge in that debate. The Philadelphia Flyers also might see their guy make a more immediate jump to the NHL. Patrick made it clear: he wants to go straight from the 2017 NHL Draft to training camp..." June 24

  • Nico Hischier selected by Devils with top pick of 2017 Draft

    NHL.com "Nico Hischier was selected No. 1 by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center on Friday. Hischier, who completed his first season in North America with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is the highest drafted Switzerland-born player in NHL..." June 23

  • Vegas Golden Knights Trying To Move Into Top-3

    Pro Hockey Rumors "If you’ve read or taken part in any of the live chats, you’ll know that I’ve firmly believed for a while that the Vegas Golden Knights would find a way to get into the top couple of picks to get their hands on Nolan Patrick. Darren Dreger of TSN lends credence to that idea, with a recent report..." June 23

  • Islanders dealing first-round pick to Vegas, also likely trading Grabovski to expansion franchise, sources say

    Newsday "The Islanders have a deal in place to send their first-round pick to Vegas to steer the expansion franchise toward selecting a designated player off the Isles’ unprotected list, two NHL sources confirmed to Newsday on Monday. TSN first reported the existence of the deal. The player..." June 20

  • Devils GM Ray Shero can't let this nightmare scenario unfold with the No. 1 pick

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ray Shero is a hockey lifer, but he is a big enough sports fan to know the history of the other professional leagues, too. And, when it comes draft day in all of them, the Devils general manager understands that the guy holding the No. 1 pick doesn't always come out looking like a..." June 20

  • Miro Heiskanen believes he's 'best of the defensemen' for 2017 Draft

    NHL.com "Defenseman Miro Heiskanen of HIFK in Finland believes he could be the best at his position in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas. "I think that might be possible because I'm a good two-way defenseman, and I think I'm the best of the defenseman who can play offense and defense," he..." June 17

  • Scouts say Samberg is only scratching the surface of his potential

    The Hockey News "There was a lot of interest around defenseman Dylan Samberg at the draft combine. The Minnesota high schooler interviewed with 26 different teams and backed up the buzz by performing well in several of the physical tests, ranking top-25 among more than 100 competitors. But the real fun comes in..." June 16

  • Prospect of Interest: The 411 on Casey Mittelstadt

    Sportsnet "Casey Mittelstadt is no physical specimen, as you’ll see below, but boy can he do some incredible things while wearing a pair of skates. A true speedster with great vision and playmaking ability, the forward could become the highest-drafted player ever to emerge from the Minnesota high school..." June 16

  • One of the NHL’s top prospects couldn’t do a single pull-up at the 2017 Combine

    The Comeback "The 2017 NHL Combine is an event which shouldn’t produce any permanent or strong conclusions. Like the NFL Combine, the goal is to see what kind of shape prospects are in, but no one should lose any sleep if they have a bad performance. On the flip side, a prospect who shows off might grab the..." June 04

  • Will NHL combine affect who Flyers pick at No. 2?

    Courier-Post "Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was up in Buffalo earlier this week with his amateur scouts and assistant GM and scouting director Chris Pryor for the combine, a collection of 104 prospects available for selection later this month in Chicago. The Flyers interviewed more than 70 of them,..." June 04

  • Flyers likely to keep No. 2 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

    NHL.com "Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall anticipates keeping the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, but said Friday he's keeping all his options open regarding potential trade offers. "We'll listen," Hextall said. "I'm not doing my job if I don't listen. You never know what's going to..." June 02

  • Alexander Khovanov To Play Canadian Junior In 2017-18

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Scouts and fans alike will get a closer look at one of 2018’s top NHL Entry Draft prospects next year, as 17-year-old Russian phenom Alexander Khovanov appears poised to join the CHL for the 2017-18 season. According to a report from a reputable Russian new source, the “Sport Business Gazeta”..." May 31

  • Top NHL draft prospects Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier get CHL awards

    CSN Philly "Brandon center Nolan Patrick and Halifax center Nico Hischier, the projected top two picks in the 2017 NHL draft, on Saturday afternoon added some CHL hardware to their trophy case. Patrick won the Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect Award, beating out Hischier and Windsor's Gabriel Vilardi, while..." May 28

  • Nolan Patrick named top pro prospect in Canadian Hockey League

    NHL.com "Brandon center Nolan Patrick, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater for the 2017 NHL Draft, was named the top professional prospect in the Canadian Hockey League on Saturday. Patrick was one of three finalists for the Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect Award, along with Halifax..." May 27

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • If injuries mean Nolan Patrick drops to Flyers, 'so be it'

    Courier-Post "Steve Patrick was at home mowing his lawn when he got the call. A buddy of his heard it on the radio — he was selected 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL draft. His son, Nolan, knows that kind of obscurity isn’t an option. For years center Nolan Patrick has been touted as a..." May 23

  • Decision On NHL Future Coming Soon From Jan Rutta

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Now that the Czech Republic has been eliminated from the World Championships, Jan Rutta is expected to make his decision soon on which NHL team to sign with. This coming from Rutta’s agent Allen Walsh, who previously called Rutta “one of the top Czech offensive defensemen”. Rutta was named the..." May 18

  • Filip Sandberg Eyeing Jump To NHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s already been a busy off-season for European players crossing the Atlantic to join the NHL ranks, and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Add forward Filip Sandberg to the list of names expected to be skating in North America next season. The Swedish forward has not been identified as an..." May 18

  • Nolan or Nico? Button says it's still Nico in latest mock

    TSN "The Swiss centre has edged ahead in the season-long battle of Nolan versus Nico. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button has Halifax Mooseheads pivot Nico Hischier going first overall to the New Jersey Devils in the latest version of the TSN Hockey Mock Draft. Hischier’s steady play with the..." May 12

  • Jan Rutta Receiving NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As NHL clubs continue to mine Europe and the KHL for any talent that may be able to help them, agent Allan Walsh of Octagon Hockey revealed on Twitter that Czech defender Jan Rutta has received offers from around the league. The 26-year old Rutta is currently playing with the Czech team at the..." May 11

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Devils GM Shero undecided between Patrick and Hischier

    Sportsnet "Ray Shero had himself quite the weekend. The New Jersey Devils GM was in Toronto for the NHL Draft Lottery, and luck was on his side. While the Devils, who finished 27th overall this year, had just an 8.5 per cent chance of winning the lottery, the team came away with the top pick. “It’s..." May 01

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Canucks could really use Patrick or Hischier

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks are hoping for better luck in tomorrow’s draft lottery. If they receive it, they may get a player who can step right into their lineup, and stay there for years to come. The top two picks in the 2017 draft are expected to be centers Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier. It..." April 28

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Bruins ready to test Charlie McAvoy in bright lights of NHL playoffs

    Boston Herald "Charlie McAvoy made it look easy as he climbed each rung of the hockey ladder, from youth teams on Long Island to the United States national program, Boston University, the world junior tournament and, for a brief spell, the AHL’s Providence Bruins. Now comes the biggest test for the..." April 11

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Bruins Sign Charlie McAvoy To Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract

    NESN "The Charlie McAvoy era in Boston might start sooner than expected. The Bruins open a first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series Wednesday night in Ottawa, and McAvoy could be in the mix. The club announced Monday it signed McAvoy to a three-year entry-level contract. The young defenseman will..." April 10

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Bruins top prospect McAvoy to sign ATO

    TSN "Charlie McAvoy will sign an amateur tryout contract to play with the Providence Bruins, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed Wednesday. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie noted Tuesday the Bruins will have to decide whether they want to burn a year off of McAvoy's entry-level..." March 29

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Stars agree to terms with college FA defender Bayreuther

    Fanrag Sports "Now that St. Lawrence’s season on the ice is over, one prospect from the club is expected to ink a deal with the Stars. According to John Shannon of Sportsnet, defenseman Gavin Bayreuther is expected to sign with Dallas, the announcement slated for Wednesday, March 15. TSN’s Bob Mackenzie..." March 15

  • 3 Canadian teams after Northeastern's Aston-Reese

    Sportsnet "NHL unrestricted free agency may not open up until July 1, but we’re at the point in the hockey schedule when NCAA teams are having their seasons end, and their undrafted or unsigned players start becoming available. With a 3-2 loss to Boston University on Saturday, Northeastern was eliminated..." March 12

2014 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