NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Comparisons to Sidney Crosby not easy for Alexis Lafreniere to ignore

    Sportsnet "He’s heard all the chatter about how good he is right now and how much better he’s projected to become. It’s something that’s hard for Alexis Lafreniere to ignore when he’s already being touted as a future first overall NHL Draft pick – not for this year, or even next, but in 2020. There are..." April 19

  • How a 2013 WHL trade put NHL draft prospect Ty Smith in a great spot

    Sportsnet "In an alternate universe, Ty Smith may have taken a different journey to reach the same place. Smith, a Spokane Chiefs defenceman and the best 2018 NHL Draft prospect from the WHL, is about to compete in his second straight world under-18 championship for Canada. But first, some background...." April 15

  • Each team's odds to select Rasmus Dahlin

    Sporting News "As the NHL playoff picture comes into focus, a growing number of fan bases are left counting their ping-pong balls. The race for Rasmus Dahlin, the presumptive No. 1 pick in June's entry draft, is in full swing at the bottom of the standings, with teams like the Coyotes, Sabres and Senators..." April 14

  • Dorion: Sens '99.9 percent' keeping 2018 1st-round pick

    The Score "The Ottawa Senators appear to be keeping their 2018 first-round pick in-house. As part of the blockbuster trade that landed Matt Duchene in November, the Senators dealt a conditional first-round pick to the Colorado Avalanche, which Ottawa could choose to keep if it ended up in the top 10. It..." April 12

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Sabres assured of 31st-place finish, best draft lottery odds

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres made history Wednesday by becoming the first team to finish 31st in the NHL standings. Buffalo clinched the league's last-place position with a regulation loss to the Ottawa Senators, whom the Sabres won't be able to catch with only two games remaining and a five-point gap..." April 05

  • Hartnell says he ‘didn’t try to hurt’ Antipin

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nashville Predators winger Scott Hartnell hopes that Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin is OK after being stretchered off the ice thanks to a check he delivered. (Moments before this post was about to be published, the Sabres announced that Antipin has been released from hospital. The..." April 01

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Last place NHL team has 18.5 per cent shot at No. 1

    TSN "The National Hockey League's last overall team will have better odds of winning the draft lottery next month and selecting consensus No. 1 prospect Rasmus Dahlin in June. According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the team with the worst point total this season will have an 18.5 per cent..." March 27

  • Three of Red Wings' next four games could be key for draft lottery

    Detroit Free Press "In a predicament reflecting their positioning, the Detroit Red Wings find themselves headed into a ‘best-lose’ week. It begins Monday in Montreal, and continues Thursday at Buffalo and Saturday hosting Ottawa. The Canadiens, Sabres and Senators are all right around Detroit in the standings, and..." March 26

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • New York Rangers Open To Trading First-Round Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Rangers were busier than any other team at the trade deadline, tearing down their old core by trading players like Rick Nash, Nick Holden, Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller and of course Ryan McDonagh. Those moves came with the benefit of stockpiling draft picks, but that’s not necessarily..." March 21

  • Red Wings' lottery odds improve as elimination nears

    Michigan Live "The more the Detroit Red Wings lose, the better they position themselves for the draft lottery. The Red Wings' winless streak reached 10 with Sunday's 5-1 loss at Colorado (0-9-1), They essentially have been out of postseason contention for weeks. It can become official as early as..." March 19

  • Top-10 Finalists Announced For 2018 Hobey Baker

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is given to the most outstanding player in collegiate hockey, and has a long list of excellent NHL players among previous winners. Will Butcher, Jimmy Vesey, Jack Eichel and Johnny Gaudreau are the latest to take home the award, while others like Brendan Morrison,..." March 14

  • Coyotes risk spoiling their draft lottery odds

    Pro Hockey Talk "To some extent, the Arizona Coyotes should take wins when they can get them. They’re not exactly at a point where they can afford to wave away even modest gains that might build confidence for the future. Even so, they’re approaching an awkward point where their hot streak might be a touch..." March 12

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Tkachuks go miles for Matthew, star siblings

    NHL.com "Chantal Tkachuk was sitting in the stands at T-Mobile Arena and didn't hesitate when asked how much time she spent at home in St. Louis. "Actually, since the beginning of 2018, I will be out of town every weekend but one or two until the middle of April," she said, smiling. Chantal is the..." March 04

  • Beleaguered Buffalo deserves to win draft lottery, get Rasmus Dahlin -- but likely won't

    ESPN "As I survey the draft lottery landscape, looking for the team most deserving of a generational talent like defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, I use the processes of elimination to narrow the field. I don't want to see the Montreal Canadiens win, because no general manager who trades away P.K. Subban..." March 03

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Canadian Juniors Could Change Approach To Foreign Goalies

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In 2013, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), the overarching body in major junior hockey that governs the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Western Hockey League (WHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), decided to ban teams from drafting European goalies. The CHL holds an annual Import Draft..." March 01

  • Red Wings looking to acquire more picks prior to trade deadline

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings landed a bevy of draft picks prior to and on the day of the trade deadline last year by shipping out four players. They're not likely to be as active before today's 3 p.m. deadline, but any picks they get provides another opportunity to draft a player who might help them..." February 26

  • Maple Leafs not on McDonagh's 10-team no-trade list

    TSN "Ryan McDonagh's 10-team no-trade list does not include the Toronto Maple Leafs, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports. LeBrun notes, however, the Maple Leafs have yet to decide to "get serious on an offer" to the New York Rangers for the defenceman. According to LeBrun, the Boston Bruins..." February 22

  • 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

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