NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Jets sign No. 10 overall pick Cole Perfetti to ELC

    TSN "The Winnipeg Jets signed 2020 first-round pick Cole Perfetti to a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday. Perfetti, selected 10th overall in last month's draft, will carry an average annual value of $1.66 million under the deal. " November 09

  • Senators, Tim Stuetzle pay tribute to late Canadian icon Alex Trebek

    Deadline "The National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators have saluted the late Alex Trebek, who helped the organization with the announcement on its 2020 NHL Draft pick. Canada native Trebek, who died on Sunday, was a Senators fan, and agreed to announce the..." November 09

  • QMJHL moves 7 teams to bubble in Quebec City over COVID-19 concerns

    The Score "The QMJHL has announced seven teams located in COVID-19 red zones will assemble a protected environment in Quebec City for 10 days. The Gatineau Olympiques, Drummondville Voltiguers, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, Victoriaville Tigres, Shawinigan Cataractes, Chicoutimi..." November 09

  • Which Off-Season Acquisition Will Have Greatest Impact?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As NHL teams have been forced to shuffle their rosters this off-season in response to the flat salary cap, this off-season has quietly been filled with meaningful trades. While free agent deals always seem to dominate the headlines, there have been at least 20 different trades that sent a..." November 08

  • Jamie Drysdale signs entry-level contract with Ducks

    NHL.com "Jamie Drysdale signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. The 18-year-old, selected by the Ducks in the first round (No. 6) of the 2020 NHL Draft on Oct. 6, was the second defensemen chosen after Jake Sanderson (No. 5) by the Ottawa..." November 07

  • NHL Still Targeting January 1st Start

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the news yesterday that the NBPA approved a December 22nd start for the 2020-21 NBA season, questions immediately followed as to whether the NHL would be following suit in getting their next campaign underway around then as well.  While there has been some recent..." November 06

  • Ducks sign first-round pick Jacob Perreault to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "The Anaheim Ducks have signed one of their two first-round picks, right winger Jacob Perreault, to a three-year entry-level contract. " November 05

  • 3 Flyers thoughts over Halloween weekend: Mike Hoffman, prospect talk, more

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's Halloween weekend and the Flyers are not wrapping up the first month of a season. Instead, in 2020, it's the offseason for the NHL as the spookiness commences. Have a safe and fun Halloween. Here are three Flyers thoughts for the weekend: 1. How..." October 31

  • Buffalo Sabres Loan Jonas Johansson To Germany

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After making his NHL debut this past season and putting up stellar numbers in the AHL, young Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jonas Johansson is hoping to take the next step this coming season. Given the struggles that veteran Carter Hutton experienced this year, Johansson should..." October 31

  • Bodychecking will not be allowed in upcoming Ontario Hockey League season

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Ontario Hockey League announced plans this week for a shortened 2020-21 season with a hopeful February 4 start date. Assuming that all goes as planned, the game itself is likely to look a little different. Ontario’s minister of sport, Lisa MacLeod, confirmed on..." October 30

  • Led by Coyotes, UND and USA Hockey, the hockey world failed Mitch Miller

    SI "When it comes to the Mitch Miller saga – and I sincerely hope this is the last time I write about it – it’s important to note that there is, has been and always will be only one victim in all of this. And that is a young man by the name of Isaiah Meyer-Crothers. For him to..." October 30

  • New York Islanders: International prospects update

    Empire Sports Media "The New York Islanders have a bunch of prospects playing right now, all over the world. Coverage in places like Finland and Russia isn’t as good as it is in America. I’ve taken it upon myself to report and grade some of the Islanders’ best prospects throughout the..." October 30

  • Rangers will wait before making a decision on Alexis Lafreniere and World Juniors

    Forever Blueshirts "The New York Rangers have three prospects participating in Canada’s WJC camp. One player that was not on the invite list and a glaring omission is #1 pick Alexis Lafreniere. This was done intentionally since the game plan is to have him start the season with the big..." October 29

  • Hockey Canada Announces 2020 World Junior Selection Camp Roster

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The World Junior Championship will be played in a bubble this year, using the same Edmonton locations that the NHL did in their return to play. Since junior and professional leagues in North America are not operating at full capacity right now (if at all), the Team Canada selection camp for the..." October 29

  • NHL prospect development in a pandemic: COVID-19 impact on 2021 draft, scouting and pipeline building

    ESPN "In an ideal world, Los Angeles Kings director of amateur scouting Mark Yannetti would currently be crisscrossing the globe in search of the next building block for his team's loaded prospect pool. He'd be digging in on the 2021 NHL draft class and starting to piece..." October 28

  • OHL to begin condensed season Feb. 4

    The Score "The Ontario Hockey League is a go in 2021. The major junior hockey league will play a condensed 40-game season beginning Feb. 4, according to Sportsnet's Jeff Marek. Each team typically plays 68 games in a normal season. Only four teams from each conference (eight..." October 28

  • Wild's Marco Rossi joins Swiss club on loan

    CBS Sports "Rossi will start the year on loan with ZSC Lions (NLA), Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. " October 28

  • Warm Welcome to LA for Quinton Byfield During 'Crazy Week'

    NHL.com "Quinton Byfield collects bowties. Ever since he started having to dress up for hockey games, he's added them to his wardrobe. He figures at this point he probably has over 30 of them and that doesn't include the ones he has lost over the years going to and from the..." October 28

  • Sharks Loan Joachim Blichfeld To Denmark

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of San Jose’s more intriguing prospects is heading home to get in some playing time before the 2020-21 NHL season begins.  Frederikshavn of the Metal Ligaen in Denmark announced that they’ve added winger Joachim Blichfeld on a short-term loan agreement..." October 27

  • Hendrix Lapierre Signs Entry-Level Contract With Capitals

    CBS Sports "Lapierre signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals on Tuesday. " October 27

  • 2021 Draft: Central Scouting's players to watch list unlike any other

    NHL.com "NHL Central Scouting's initial players to watch list for the 2021 NHL Draft was compiled in a manner unlike any before it. Game reports, video viewing and working the phone lines each was as vital this time as watching games in person, traditionally the life blood of scouting but..." October 26

  • NHL Facing Major Challenges In Planning 2020-21 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the “bubble playoffs”, were nothing short of an immense success for the NHL. The venture may have cost the league upwards of $90MM to put on and there were a few complaints after the fact about living conditions and scheduling, but the postseason was..." October 24

  • GMs calling for changes to NHL draft lottery

    The Score "A number of the NHL's general managers are calling for the league to once again tweak its draft lottery format. During a virtual meeting Friday, multiple executives around the league argued to increase the odds for the teams that finish lowest in the standings, according..." October 23