NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Shane Wright 'itching to get back,' using world juniors cut as fuel

    Sportsnet "The Kingston Frontenacs last played on March 8, 2020. That’s a long time for a group of hockey-obsessed youth to go without the thrills of competition and a game that’s defined and shaped their lives to this point. That’s why Shane Wright has made..." April 19

  • Which NHL teams hold most draft picks after 2021 trade deadline?

    Sportsnet "It has been several days since the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline and we’ve already seen Boston go 2-0 since adding Taylor Hall, while Anthony Mantha scored in each of his first two games with Washington. The deadline was quieter than usual with just 17 deals compared to the 31 we saw..." April 16

  • CHL announces cancellation of 2021 Memorial Cup

    Sportsnet "The CHL announced Tuesday it has made the "very difficult decision" to cancel the 2021 Memorial Cup in association with the WHL, OHL and QMJHL.   " April 13

  • Grandfather of top hockey prospect Connor Bedard identified as 1 of 2 drivers killed in head-on B.C. crash

    CBC "Two people died in a head-on collision that closed down a stretch of Highway 1 in B.C.'s southern Interior on Tuesday, with one of the fatalities later identified as the grandfather of hockey prospect Connor Bedard. RCMP said officers were called at around..." April 08

  • Nate Leaman returns as head coach of Team USA at WJHC

    IIHF "Nate Leaman (East Greenwich, Rhode Island/Providence College), who led the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, has been named head coach of the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team, it was announced by USA Hockey. The U.S. National..." April 08

  • Why top prospect Carson Lambos could make his way inside the NHL Draft’s top 10 picks

    NBC Sports "Carson Lambos joined JYP U20 in October 2020 as the Western Hockey League season was postponed at the time. The 2003 born defenseman from Winnipeg, Canada came to Finland with high expectations. He was the second overall pick in the 2018 WHL Draft and had already made his mark in the league in..." March 31

  • Andre Tourigny named to Canada's coaching staff for 4 major events

    The Score "Andre Tourigny signed a one-year contract to be a part of Canada's coaching staff for four upcoming international events, Hockey Canada announced Wednesday. Tourigny will serve as an assistant coach at the 2021 world championship in Riga as well as the 2022 Olympics in..." March 24

  • NHL draft lottery changes approved

    TSN "The NHL's proposed draft lottery changes received formal approval from the Board of Governors after a vote on Tuesday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. Starting this year, only the top two spots in the draft will be determined by the lottery, down from the..." March 23

  • NHL Draft news 2021: Injured top prospect Luke Hughes out for the season

    The Athletic "After learning the elite prospect Luke Hughes suffered a lower-body injury, it was confirmed by sources that the U.S. National Team Development Program star defenseman will miss the rest of the season. The NHL Draft is scheduled for July 23-24, and there is so much to monitor before the No. 1..." March 23

  • NCAA Releases Frozen Four Bracket

    NCAA "The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site...." March 22

  • Top-10 Finalists Announced For 2021 Hobey Baker

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The college hockey season may have looked a little different this year, but award voting will go on anyway. Today, the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award were announced. The trophy is given to the top NCAA player in the country and has an impressive line of winners over the..." March 17

  • Seattle Kraken Among Teams Restricted In College Free Agency

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The college free agent market has yet to really kick into high gear. Some NCAA teams have already finished their seasons, some of the names attached to those teams are now available, and some have even signed minor league deal. Yet, to date there has not been an NHL signing by a college free..." March 14

  • Gary Bettman amid proposed NHL lottery changes: 'I don't believe there's tanking'

    The Score "With the NHL looking to make some tweaks to its draft lottery system, commissioner Gary Bettman doesn't believe teams have intentionally played poorly to obtain better picks in the past. "There are some clubs who recently think it's important that the teams that are..." March 11

  • Brent Johnson Commits To The University Of North Dakota

    Grand Forks Herald "Brent Johnson was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and grew up in Dallas -- far, far away from college hockey. But he received an introduction at a young age. His youth hockey coach in Dallas took his team on a trip to Grand Forks to play a couple of games in Ralph Engelstad..." March 11

  • NHL Draft expected to remain in July time slot

    TSN "TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the 2021 NHL Draft is expected to remain in its originally scheduled July time slot.  "There were numerous obstacles, including NHLPA-related concerns that seemingly trumps the push by several NHL GMs to move the draft to January..." March 09

  • To delay or not to delay: Unpacking the looming NHL draft question

    The Score "The global pandemic has wreaked havoc on the NHL's best-laid plans throughout the last year. And it's not about to stop. The 2019-20 regular season was cut short, the Stanley Cup Playoffs were played exclusively inside two bubbles, and multiple teams' activities have been..." March 08

  • Notre Dame’s Alex Steeves Drawing NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NCAA free agent market is about to open up. College teams are wrapping up their regular seasons this weekend and conference tournaments will follow soon after. For those teams facing an uphill battle to win an automatic bid and unlikely to claim an at-large bid, seasons could be over in a..." March 06

  • Bill Daly confirms NHL working on changing draft lottery

    TSN "Given what happened in the Habs and Oilers game and on the heels of Tomas Nosek getting yanked out of the Vegas Golden Knights game on Tuesday, it’s pretty clear how critical rapid testing has now become. Where are we on that front? Frank Seravalli: This has been..." February 12

  • Early Projection for Team Canada's 2022 Olympic Men's Hockey Roster

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are scheduled for Feb. 4-20. They will mark the first time NHL players have participated in men's ice hockey at the Games since 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada took home the gold medal at the Sochi Games. Eight years later, they will attempt..." February 12

  • Below the NHL, players are scrambling: 'I just want to play a hockey game'

    The Score "Technically, Chris Gerrie is a professional hockey player, having appeared in two ECHL games for the Wichita Thunder over the past 11 months. However, with his roster spot gone and the province of Alberta in lockdown mode, the only ice available to him right now is at outdoor facilities open to..." February 06

  • NHL Considering Postponing 2021 NHL Entry Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact hockey at all levels, the NHL and its member teams have begun to discuss what to do about the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. If the draft proceeds as scheduled in July, teams will be facing an unprecedented lack of information on the eligible prospects...." February 04

  • 2021 Hobey Baker Nominees Announced

    MSN.com "With the collegiate hockey season (such as it is this year) entering the home stretch, voting for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award has opened with 50 players nominated for the award. The trophy is given to the top NCAA player in the country and has an impressive line of winners over the..." February 02

  • Western Hockey League granted approval to return to play in Alberta

    WHL "The Western Hockey League announced today it has been granted approval by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health to return to play, which will enable the WHL’s Alberta-based teams in the Central Division to open their season on Friday, February 26. “The WHL..." January 28

  • NHL Considering Prospect Showcase Before 2021 Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many junior leagues shut down throughout the world and playing time being limited for up-and-coming draft prospects due to the pandemic, there is talk of making some changes to the upcoming draft format. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there is talk that the..." January 24

  • WHL commits to 24-game season; still needs approval from health authorities

    MSN.com "The WHL announced late Friday after a board of governors meeting that it has committed to a 24-game regular season despite ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a media release, t he start date “will be determined once final approval has been..." January 09

  • NHL draft-eligible players to watch out for at the world juniors

    Sportsnet "There’s no point denying it: this list has taken a hit of late. Earlier this month, Finland decided to leave Aatu Raty off its preliminary world junior roster. Many were curious to see how the 18-year-old centre, who notched three points in seven games at last year’s..." December 21

  • 2021 World Junior Championship rosters

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Los Angeles Kings will have an NHL-best nine prospects playing in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. It's the second straight season the Kings will have the most prospects; they had nine at the 2020 WJC. Among the players participating in the tournament are..." December 13

  • Lightning Sign Jack Finley

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that the team has signed forward Jack Finley to a three-year entry level contract. Finley was the Lightning’s first player selected in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, 57th overall in the second round. In 61 games last season for the..." December 12

  • Shane Wright among seven players cut from Canada’s world junior camp

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The World Junior Championship is just a few weeks away and Team Canada has started making cuts. After sending home five players earlier this week who were deemed unfit to play because of COVID-19 tests or close contact, seven more were cut today. Brett Brochu, Tristan..." December 10

  • Hockey Canada to resume world junior camp following 14-day quarantine

    Sportsnet "Hockey Canada says players will be back on the ice in Red Deer, Alta., Tuesday for the World Junior Hockey Championship selection camp after a 14-day quarantine was completed. The entire camp roster was put into quarantine on Nov. 25 after two players tested positive for COVID-19. The..." December 08

  • NHL Focusing On Mid-January Start

    The Sports Daily "According to the Associated Press, the NHL season will not start January 1, The league and NHL Players’ Association are now focusing on opening play in mid-January. The Mid-January start date is more realistic due to the many issues that need to be resolved before players can..." December 06

  • Preliminary Swedish, Czech WJC Rosters Released

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The World Junior Championship will be held in just a few weeks and countries from all over are starting to announce their selection camp rosters. Today, Sweden and the Czech Republic both released large contingents that will have to be cut down to 25 by the time they journey to Edmonton,..." December 03

  • Jake Robertson, Cole Caufield headline USA's preliminary WJHC roster

    Sportsnet "USA Hockey announced Monday its preliminary roster for the 2021 world juniors, boasting the likes of top prospects Jake Sanderson, Cole Caufield and Nick Robertson. The 29 players will audition for the final 25-player roster at training camp in Plymouth, Mich., starting Dec. 6. The..." November 30

  • Bob Nicholson hopes world juniors can boost morale during uncertain times

    Sportsnet "Like all of us, it hits Bob Nicholson from every side these days. The chairman of the Edmonton Oilers is watching as the National Hockey League seeks a financial path that makes sense to begin play the 2020-21 season. The International Ice Hockey Federation, of which he is a..." November 25

  • Two Team Canada players test positive; Red and White game postponed

    TSN "Two players have tested positive for COVID-19 at Team Canada's World Juniors selection camp in Red Deer, Alta, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday. As a result, the third and final Red and White intrasquad game scheduled for Noon ET on Tuesday has been postponed. " November 24

  • Quinton Byfield Will Not Leave WJC For NHL

    The Score "Quinton Byfield will be with Team Canada from start to finish for the upcoming world juniors. After Byfield spoke with Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake, the plan for him is to play the duration of the tournament even if it overlaps with the beginning of the..." November 19

  • Lukas Reichel makes Germany's 2021 World Juniors team

    NBC Sports Chicago "  Lukas Reichel, the Blackhawks' No. 17 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, made the preliminary roster for Germany's under-20 World Junior team. The rosters were originally revealed by the German Ice Hockey Federation early Wednesday..." November 18

  • Sens 1st-rounder, Team Canada invitee Ridly Greig had COVID-19

    TSN "Canadian junior selection camp invitee Ridly Greig has tested positive for COVID-19, according to his agent, Kevin Epp. Epp said that the Brandon Wheat Kings centre tested positive on Nov. 8 and is home and asymptomatic. He is planning to join the Canadian camp in Red Deer, Alta.,..." November 18

  • Canadian health official: World juniors plan looks 'very promising'

    The Score "Canada's deputy chief of public health feels optimistic regarding the proposed health and safety protocols for the 2021 world juniors in Edmonton. "We've been engaged in ongoing discussions with Hockey Canada and all the relevant partners, including public health..." November 18

  • Tim Stuetzle on Germany's WJC preliminary roster

    TSN "Ottawa Senators prospect Tim Stuetzle headlines the list of players named to Germany's preliminary roster for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship. Stuetzle, 18, had surgery last month after suffering a broken arm while training with his German team the Mannheim Eagles. The..." November 18

  • NHL seeking additional pay deferral from players for 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "The NHL is asking players to defer an additional 13 per cent of their 2020-21 pay as part of return-to-play negotiations for the upcoming season, Sportsnet can confirm. The NHLPA already agreed to a 10 per cent salary deferral in the six-year collective bargaining agreement extension..." November 17

  • Sabres sign 2020 eighth-overall pick Jack Quinn to entry-level deal

    WKBW "The Buffalo Sabres have signed right wing Jack Quinn to a three-year entry-level deal. Quinn, one of the most prolific scorers in the 2020 NHL Draft, was taken by the Sabres with 8th overall pick on October 6th. " November 16

  • Tony Granato upset at Hockey Canada taking Dylan Holloway for long WJHC camp

    Wisconsin State Journal "Tony Granato said he doesn't want to jeopardize Dylan Holloway's chances of making Canada's team for the World Junior Championship. But as Holloway leaves the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team for the final 10 games of the opening half of the season to join an..." November 16

  • NHL completes teasers for all 31 Reverse Retro jerseys

    The Score "The NHL has finished teasing every fan base, as previews of all 31 Reverse Retro jerseys have now been unveiled. The project features a new design for each club that draws its inspiration from a kit the team once wore. More details will follow. The full uniforms will be..." November 15

  • NHL start date at risk due to spikes in COVID-19 cases

    Sportsnaut "The NHL updated the Board of Governors this week and are still intent on hitting their target date. However, details are starting to emerge that optimism turned to concerns rather quickly. NHL start date may not be hit In a report by Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, he..." November 14

  • Top prospects who have caught the attention of scouts overseas

    Sportsnet "It’s been an unusual fall for hockey fans in North America. Since the Tampa Bay Lightning were crowned Stanley Cup champs on Sept. 28, there’s been no NHL, AHL, WHL or OHL action to speak of, and the QMHJL has been plagued by suspensions in play due to the COVID-19..." November 13

  • Who Are The Best Wingers In The NHL?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Earlier this month NHL Network began their reveal of the top players at every position, starting with the best defensemen in the league. In their estimation, Victor Hedman was the top name this year, something our readership predicted in 2019 when they disagreed with the..." November 12

  • Jets' Cole Perfetti poised to make most of second shot with Canada

    Sportsnet "When the knock came, Cole Perfetti already knew exactly what it meant. It’s a sound many talented players heard before him, but that didn’t make it any easier to hear. The date was Dec. 12, 2019 and Canada’s world junior roster had just been trimmed by nine..." November 10

  • NHL exploring temporary realignment, short-term hubs for 2020-21

    NHL.com "The NHL is exploring short-term hubs, temporary realignment and a reduced schedule as options for the 2020-21 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday. Commissioner Bettman said he would never ask players to return to a bubble for an entire season..." November 10

  • Who Are The Best Defensemen In The NHL?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Earlier this month the NHL Network began their reveal of the top players at every position, starting with the 20 best defensemen in the league. Victor Hedman took home the top spot after his outstanding playoff performance, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup..." November 10