NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Florida wins ’14 NHL draft lottery, will pick first overall

    Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16

  • This Is Why Connor McDavid Is Hockey's Next Big Thing

    Deadspin.com "There's a video going around this morning of an unbelievable OHL goal, the Erie center completely undressing an overmatched defender and a hapless goalie. The video is blurry, the audio distant and muffled, as if this were some black-market footage we aren't supposed to see. That's fitting,..." March 06

  • Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon in critical condition after being diagnosed with meningitis

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tim Bozon, a Montreal Canadiens prospect and star in the Western Hockey League, is in critical condition after being diagnosed with meningitis, the league stated in a release Wednesday. From the WHL: Tim Bozon was admitted to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon on Saturday, March 1 and..." March 06

  • Report: Florida Panthers, BB&T Center to host 2015 NHL draft

    CBSSports.com "Connor McDavid's NHL career will begin in Sunrise, Florida. The Florida Panthers had been waiting on word that they would host the NHL draft, more or less being promised to host the NHL's annual summer event by 2016 after they got a new video screen installed at BB&T Center. It looks like it's..." January 14

  • Samuel Bennett heads NHL's midseason rankings for 2014 draft

    CBSSports.com "The NHL has named center Samuel Bennett the top draft-eligible player in North America, according to the league's midseason rankings released Monday. In his second season in the Ontario Hockey League, Bennett, 17, has compiled 66 points in 40 games. If he is to be taken first overall, he'll..." January 13

  • USA Hockey to consider plan to eliminate fighting in top amateur leagues

    SB Nation "USA Hockey is going to consider a plan to help eliminate fighting at all of its levels. Two months after Dylan Chanter, an 18-year-old defensemen in the USHL, suffered an on-ice seizure after hitting his head on the ice following a fight, USA Hockey's board of directors are set to consider a..." December 19

  • Canada willing to wait for suspended Reinhart

    NHL.com "Canadian national junior team coach Brent Sutter has absolute trust in Griffin Reinhart. How far does that trust go? Far enough that he is comfortable playing a bit shorthanded on the blue line for the first three games of the upcoming World Junior Championship tournament, which begins Dec. 26..." December 17

  • McDavid hype continuing to grow at Canada camp

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid has been the talk of Canada's junior national team this week. How much have people been talking about the precocious 16-year-old who is trying to bull his way onto a team, and into a tournament, traditionally dominated by 19-year-olds? On Friday, a reporter prefaced a question..." December 15

  • Gary Bettman says decision has yet to be made on NHL expansion

    SB Nation "The worst-kept secret in the NHL is that an expansion to 32 teams is bound to happen sooner than later. Reports, rumors and speculation all make it sound as though expansion is a matter of when it's going to happen and not if it's going to happen. However, commissioner Gary Bettman stated on..." December 10

  • Matteau, Carrick highlight USA’s World Junior camp roster

    Pro Hockey Talk "Two players with NHL experience headline Team USA’s training camp roster for the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships. Washington defenseman Connor Carrick — who made his NHL debut this season — and New Jersey forward Stefan Matteau, who appeared in 17 games for the Devils last season, are..." December 04

  • Drouin, McDavid highlight Canada WJC camp roster

    NHL.com "Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season. There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be..." December 02

  • Top NHL draft prospect Sam Reinhart has big weekend — 5 goals in 2 games

    Yahoo! Sports "Being a top NHL draft prospect means Sam Reinhart will be a focal point of Team Canada talk as the 18-year-old tries to show he can handle a leading offensive role at the world junior. At the very least, the Kootenay Ice's star centre is headed into the proving ground of the Subway Super Series..." November 26

  • Ekblad Top Prospect For NHL Draft

    Chatham-Kent Sports Network "Belle River’s Aaron Ekblad is sitting among the NHL’s elite prospects according to the NHL’s CSS preliminary rankings released this past week. Ekblad, rated an ‘A’ prospect, is predicted by many to go Number 1 or Number 2 overall in this spring’s NHL draft. The Barrie Colts captain, is the top..." November 19

  • Halifax's Ehlers earns promotion by Central Scouting

    NHL.com "It was five months ago that three players from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were making waves at the 2013 NHL Draft. Nathan MacKinnon was the center of attention as the No. 1 pick by the Colorado Avalanche. The dynamic Jonathan Drouin was chosen two picks..." November 18

  • Goalie prospect Johansson could be big catch at draft

    NHL.com "No player on the ice is under more pressure than the goalie. And every masked man has a different way of escaping that pressure. Some read books. Others spend time sacked out in front of the television. Top goaltending prospect Jonas Johansson picks up his fly rod and finds a nice..." November 13

  • Top 2014 prospect Reinhart already a hockey lifer

    NHL.com "It's only partially true that Sam Reinhart has been playing hockey since the day he was born. "My parents always joke the day I came out of the hospital and went home after I was born, they [older brothers Max and Griffin] had me in our playroom upstairs shooting tennis balls at me," he told..." November 06

  • Red Wings' prospect Xavier Ouellet: 'I'm a defenseman who the coaches can trust'

    Michigan Live "The first answer to the initial question Xavier Ouellet fielded Monday morning prior to his NHL debut should please Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. “I’m a defenseman who the coaches can trust’’ Ouellet said. That’s good because that isn’t always the case with young defensemen..." October 21

  • Tampa Bay Lightning on Jonathan Drouin possibly returning to Halifax: ‘It’s not the end of the world’

    Yahoo! Sports "By the end of last season Jonathan Drouin had shown that he was doing anything but riding shotgun alongside teammate Nathan MacKinnon in Halifax before they became the first and third choices in the NHL draft. While MacKinnon's junior days are done it's worth mulling whether Drouin might end up..." September 26

  • Bolts’ Drouin finding his comfort zone

    Tampa Tribune "Top draft picks come with lofty expectations and a bright spotlight from the moment their name is announced and they step up on stage on draft day. That is the first step of a process that extends into the summer rookie camp the start of training camp into the first preseason game and..." September 20

  • Prized Edmonton Oilers pick Darnell Nurse impresses in game against Vancouver Canucks

    Edmonton Journal "If it turns out that Wednesday’s outing against the Vancouver Canucks was the last for Darnell Nurse this pre-season the 18-year-old certainly left his mark. Nurse played almost 23 minutes second only to Justin Schultz and once again showed why the Edmonton Oilers snapped him up with the..." September 19

  • Reinhart leads ISS NHL Draft ranking for September

    TSN.ca "International Scouting Services is releasing its first prospect ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft and there's a somewhat familiar name at the top. The independent scouting network has Kootenay Ice centre Sam Reinhart leading the list followed by defenceman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts and..." September 19

  • Nathan MacKinnon completes first day of practice with Avalanche

    Denver Post "Nathan MacKinnon bounded up the steps to the Avalanche's weight-training room after his first practice Sunday and gave one of those looks made by newcomers to Colorado that says "Man that altitude." He may have been doing that out of false modesty however. There was nothing about MacKinnon's..." September 09

  • Top draft choice Max Domi creates a buzz at Phoenix Coyotes rookie camp

    Arizona Republic "From the flash of neon orange on the shaft of his stick to the cachet buried in the four letters on the back of his jersey Coyotes forward Max Domi elicits attention wherever he goes. And that isn’t about to change any time soon. This is the first time under coach Dave Tippett’s regime that..." September 09

  • Oilers rookie Klefbom eager to get back in action

    Edmonton Journal "Eleven months have passed since Oscar Klefbom skated in anything more competitive than a scrimmage. It was an endless stretch of time as far as the Edmonton Oilers defensive prospect is concerned. At least those days are behind him. Klefbom headlines the list of rookies who will take part in..." September 05

  • Monahan bulked up physically and boned up on NHL game

    Calgary Herald "As one of the top centres on the Ottawa 67’s roster Sean Monahan made a point of studying others in his position around the Ontario Hockey League. So it should come as no surprise that when the Calgary Flames prizes prospect left development camp in July he picked up the same research habits..." September 05

  • Drouin eager for pre-camp workouts, says bruised left foot is fine

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin the No. 3 overall pick of the June draft said he is "pretty excited" about the team's pre-camp rookie workouts Sept. 4-5 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He said he has gained seven pounds of muscle over the summer and now weighs in at 195 pounds. Most important..." August 28

  • Drouin leads Lightning's top prospects

    NHL.com "Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said there's no time like the present to give a few of his team's best minor-league and junior prospects a chance in the NHL. "I just believe we have a few guys [in the system] who have played two and three years in the minors who have really..." August 21

  • Habs prospect Nathan Beaulieu pleads guilty to assault charges

    CBSSports.com "Montreal Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu and his father former Sarnia Sting head coach and general manager Jacques Beaulieu both pleaded guilty to assault charges Wednesday. ... They were granted conditional discharges with probation and their lawyer confirmed outside court that the..." August 14

  • Nathan MacKinnon’s new number: 29

    Denver Post "Well I guess Eric Messier won’t be getting his number retired and I guess Matt Hunwick didn’t want to give up No. 22. While I don’t know for sure about the latter Nathan MacKinnon will not wear his former number 22 – currently worn by Hunwick – with the Avalanche his rookie season. MacKinnon..." August 13

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Jordan Boyd the 16 year old QMJHL prospect who died this morning.

  • Top Prospect Sam Reinhart puts skills on display in Canada victory

    NHL.com "Sam Reinhart is viewed by many as the early favorite to be the first player picked at the 2014 NHL Draft and on Wednesday against Finland he showed why. Reinhart who plays for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League scored a goal showed his puck management skills and killed penalties as..." August 08

  • Oilers sign Nurse to 3-year entry-level contract

    TSN.ca "The Edmonton Oilers announced Thursday that the team has agreed to terms with defenceman Darnell Nurse on a three-year entry level contract. Nurse 18 was the seventh overall selection in this year's NHL Draft after recording 41 points and 116 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Ontario Hockey..." July 25

  • Flames prospect Sean Monahan likely to sign with club soon

    Calgary Sun "He signed hats. He signed jerseys. During the Calgary Flames’ week-long development camp, sixth-overall pick Sean Monahan signed almost everything but an entry-level deal with the club. “It’s not a worry, I don’t think,” Monahan said after Tuesday’s final on-ice session at WinSport’s..." July 17

  • Aleksander Barkov signs entry-level contract with Panthers

    SB Nation "The Florida Panthers have signed prospect Aleksander Barkov to an entry-level contract, the club announced on Monday morning. Barkov was selected with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 17-year-old forward will carry a base salary of $925,000 at the NHL level. With the..." July 15

  • So should Stars fans be worried about `Russian Factor’ with draft pick Valeri Nichushkin?

    Dallas Morning News "Ilya Kovalchuk’s decision to retire from the NHL at age 30, with the possible intent of signing in the KHL, is another reminder that there is indeed a “Russian Factor” in the NHL, and that teams certainly are wary of it. Kovalchuk had signed a 15-year, $100 million deal with the Devils a couple..." July 12

  • Flyers prospects getting full education at camp

    CSN Philly "Flyers director of player development Ian Laperriere remembers what it was like to live on his own as a young hockey player with little life experience. Among a whole host of challenges associated with living independently for the first time was one very simple issue: getting food on the dinner..." July 12

  • Jonathan Drouin makes quite an impression at Bolts camp

    Tampa Tribune "For the better part of five days, Jonathan Drouin spent time being introduced to the Lightning coaches, equipment managers, medical staff and the media relations department during Tampa Bay's summer prospect camp. The third overall pick in the 2013 draft met Lightning season ticket-holders,..." July 11

  • Nathan MacKinnon signs 3-year deal with Avalanche

    Denver Post "What did it feel like for a teenager to put pen to paper on a contract that will guarantee him millions of dollars the next three years? "It felt amazing, for sure," Nathan MacKinnon said by phone Tuesday. "I've dreamed about doing that for a while." MacKinnon is only 17, so "a while" is a..." July 10

  • Seth Jones signs entry-level contract with Predators

    NHL.com "The Nashville Predators on Wednesday signed defenseman Seth Jones, their top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract. Jones, 18, was selected with the No. 4 pick and has been attending the Predators development camp this week. "Obviously, I'm going to have to..." July 10

    2013 NHL Entry Draft Day Rumors: Live Blog

    PSD Staff The 2013 NHL Entry Draft will take place today from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, we will have wall-to-wall coverage of all the latest rumors, news and picks. Reports from the Colorado Avalanche say they will use the first pick to select Memorial Cup Most Valuable Player Nathan... June 30

  • Signs point to Panthers selecting D Seth Jones with 2nd pick

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Seth Jones, ranked as the top North American draft prospect by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, has never been to Florida, so when the son of former NBA forward Popeye Jones was asked what he associates Miami with, his immediate response was predictable. "Miami Heat,'' Jones said Friday..." June 29

  • Colorado looks to take Nathan MacKinnon as potential third-line centre

    Vancouver Province "Nathan MacKinnon called linemate Jonathan Drouin the most skilled player in the 2013 draft. Drouin called MacKinnon the most explosive skater whose complete game and compete level will allow the Halifax Mooseheads centre to transition into the NHL next season. That should be for Colorado, which..." June 28

  • Canes intrigued by Russian winger as NHL draft nears

    Raleigh News & Observer "Valeri Nichushkin is arguably the most interesting, if slightly perplexing, forward among the top prospects heading into Sunday’s NHL Entry Draft. The Russian winger is physically imposing, skates well and is said to have all the tools needed to make an NHL roster next season. “He’s a very..." June 27

  • MacKinnon appears to have all the tools

    Tampa Tribune "Nathan MacKinnon might be hockey's version of a five-tool player. Speed, skill, grit, vision and hockey sense. And when it comes to important games, MacKinnon raises his level of play, just as he did at this year's Memorial Cup tournament, where he was named MVP after helping Halifax to..." June 27

  • 2013 NHL Draft: Get to know Jonathan Drouin

    CBSSports.com "It's is quite rare for two of the first three picks to come from the same team, but in all likelihood, it's about to happen at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Jonathan Drouin is expected to join Halifax Mooseheads linemate and projected first-overall pick Nathan MacKinnon at the top of Sunday's..." June 27

  • Diversity increasing, minorities shifting NHL demographics

    Buffalo News "Seth Jones remembers the toughest part of wanting to play hockey as a child. “Convincing my dad,” he said. “He probably wasn’t too happy at the time.” Hockey represented a culture shock for Jones’ father, Popeye. He was a black NBA player who grew up far from ice rinks in northwest..." June 27

  • MacKinnon tops Bob McKenzie's final draft rankings

    TSN.ca "In an NHL season of wild momentum swings and dramatic finishes -- see Game 7 of Toronto-Boston and Game 6 of Chicago-Boston -- perhaps we shouldn't be surprised the race for No. 1 in the NHL draft has been a wild ride of its own, with a series of entertaining twists and turns. Halifax Moosehead..." June 26

  • Roy: Avs would draft MacKinnon

    ESPN.com "Last week, the Colorado Avalanche made it clear they weren't going to draft Seth Jones, the presumed choice, with the No. 1 overall pick. Now, according to new coach Patrick Roy, they have a clear order of preference among the top forwards. If the draft was today, he said, they'd select Halifax..." June 25

  • Eye on the draft: Sean Monahan

    News & Observer "The Canes have the No. 5 selection in Sunday's NHL Entry Draft. This week CanesNow will take a look at potential picks. Today: Sean Monahan. If the Canes are looking for a center and Aleksander Barkov is off the board, this could be their guy. Monahan has the size at 6-2 and 187 pounds, the..." June 25

  • Roy says Avs like Nathan MacKinnon with 1st overall pick

    ESPN.com "Last week, the Colorado Avalanche made it clear they weren't going to draft Seth Jones, the presumed choice, with the No. 1 overall pick. Now, according to new coach Patrick Roy, they have a clear order of preference among the top forwards. If the draft was today, he said, they'd select Halifax..." June 24

2014 NHL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Panthers Aaron Ekblad Barrie (OHL)
2 Sabres Sam Reinhardt Kootenay (WHL)
3 Oilers Sam Bennett Kingston (OHL)
4 Flames Leon Draisaitl Prince Albert (WHL)
5 Islanders Michael dal Colle Oshawa (OHL)
6 Canucks William Nylander Rogle BK (Allsvenskan)
7 Hurricanes Nikolaj Ehlers Halifax (QMJHL)
8 Maple Leafs Nick Ritchie Peterborough (OHL)
9 Jets Jake Virtanen Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
10 Ducks* Brendan Perlini Niagara (OHL)