NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Cameron MacDonald Headed To QMJHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The 2020 NHL Entry Draft still doesn’t have a date, but some are already looking forward to next year and the crop of talent that will be eligible in 2021. One of those names, Cameron MacDonald, will be showcasing his skills in a different league than expected this..." June 04

  • Don't call him Leon Draisaitl: meet Tim Stutzle, Germany's new star prospect

    The Hockey News "Tim Stutzle can picture it. He’s beating defenders with his blazing speed and pulling highlight-reel dekes in front of NHL crowds, just like his idol Connor McDavid. Even a decade ago, the dream would’ve felt far-fetched for a German kid from Viersen, a town of 75,000, but so..." June 03

  • QMJHL Hoping To Start 2020-21 Season In October

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the hockey world’s focus has been on the NHL and whether or not it will be able to resume the 2019-20 season this summer, other leagues have had to look forward and plan for the future. It was hard to know how a major junior league like the QMJHL would continue given its reliance on..." June 02

  • NHL rules conditional trades involving 2020 draft picks hinge on play-in round

    The Score "The NHL clarified its plan for processing conditional trades involving 2020 draft picks in a memo sent to teams this week, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. With the NHL and NHLPA agreeing upon a unique 24-team playoff format, the league has ruled teams must advance..." May 30

  • Bruins Prospect Peter Cehlarik Signs With Lugano

    Boston Hockey Now "Peter Cehlarik will not return to the Boston Bruins for the 2020-21 season. A source confirmed to Boston Hockey Now on Friday that Cehlarik has in fact signed with HC Lugano in Switzerland. Cehlarik will not be part of an expanded roster for the Bruins when the NHL season resumes this..." May 30

  • Pierre Dorion: Senators 'very happy' with how draft lottery will play out

    TSN "Pierre Dorion, the general manager of the Ottawa Senators who have a combined 25 per cent shot at landing the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NHL draft lottery, said on Thursday that the team is "very happy" about the new rules for the June 26 lottery that the league announced..." May 29

  • Europe an option for Alexis Lafreniere if 2020-21 NHL season is delayed

    The Score "Alexis Lafreniere's agent is exploring all options for the 2020-21 season, including European leagues, depending on how long the start of the NHL's next campaign is delayed, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported on "Insider Trading" Thursday. "......" May 29

  • NHL, NHLPA to push back ELC signing deadline

    TSN "The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association are expected to push back the June 1 entry-level contract signing deadline by one month, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Both parties need more time to negotiate on the..." May 28

  • USA Hockey president facing probe for handling of abuse allegations

    The Score "The U.S. Center for SafeSport is investigating USA Hockey president Jim Smith's handling of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations against a youth coach, The Athletic's Katie Strang reports. Smith is being investigated for turning a blind eye when Tom..." May 28

  • Hockey Canada cancels all camps, programs through Sept. 1

    Sportsnet "Hockey Canada has cancelled all programs and national team camps through Sept. 1, but plans to hold “various programming and training sessions” virtually over the summer. The programs and camps that will be moved to a virtual setting include: • BFL Canada..." May 28

  • An explainer for the very confusing 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, which will include two phases

    CBS Sports "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league's official return-to-play plan on Tuesday afternoon, making the NHL the first of the four major North American sports leagues to officially declare its plans to play following the coronavirus shutdown. Bettman officially closed the book on..." May 27

  • NHL Announces 2020 Draft Lottery to Take Place June 26, Could Include 2 Phases

    Bleacher Report "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league will host the 2020 draft lottery on Friday, June 26, in what could be the first of two phases to determine the full draft order. Fifteen teams will be eligible for the top three picks, including the seven teams that were not..." May 26

  • NHL better not cheat the teams bound for draft lottery

    New York Post "So what now of the Stigmatized Seven, those clubs who couldn’t play up to an NHL .500 level before the league entered its pause phase on March 12 and have thus been deemed unworthy of an invite to the league’s imagined 24-team Stanley Cup tournament? What about the..." May 25

  • USA Hockey to host World Junior Summer Showcase, Canada won't attend

    NHL.com "USA Hockey plans to host the World Junior Summer Showcase beginning in late July, but Canada will not participate due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, according to John Vanbiesbrouck. Vanbiesbrouck, USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general..." May 21

  • Alexis Lafreniere, No. 1 prospect in 2020 NHL Draft, named QMJHL MVP

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere, the favorite to be the No. 1 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft, was named the winner of the Michel Briere Trophy as most valuable player of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday. It's the second straight season Lafreniere, a forward with Rimouski, has won..." May 21

  • Oskari Laaksonen developed through adversity in 2019-20

    NHL.com "Oskari Laaksonen was able to learn from success in 2018-19. Still only 19 years old, Laaksonen played top-pair minutes and was a consistent cog on the power play with Ilves in the Finnish Elite League. He played a key role on a Finland team that won goal at the IIHF World Junior..." May 18

  • Senators’ Eugene Melnyk hopes NHL can have lottery, draft in June

    Sportsnet "The 2020 NHL Draft is an important one for the Ottawa Senators, which is why owner Eugene Melnyk would prefer to hold the event in June, despite concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I just hope that we can have some events happen in June to keep people interested...." May 17

  • NHL, NHLPA Making Progress On 24-Team Playoff Format

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With plenty of options available to the NHL when it comes to resuming play, progress is being made towards a possible playoff format. According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Return to Play Committee is leaning towards a 24-team playoff format to wrap up the 2019-20..." May 17

  • NHL Draft: It Ain't Easy Picking Goalies

    The Hockey News "The NHL draft is an imperfect science and that goes double when it comes to goalies. It’s rare to see a netminder become established in the NHL until at least four or five years after they’ve been drafted – and sometimes it takes even longer. Projecting how an..." May 16

  • CHL settles minimum-wage lawsuits for $30 million

    TSN "The Canadian Hockey League has agreed to pay $30 million to settle three class-action lawsuits filed by current and former players for minimum wage, back pay, and overtime. A settlement was reached in February, said Ted Charney, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. Lawyers’ fees and..." May 15

  • Shane Wright Wins OHL Rookie Of The Year

    Pro Hockey Rumors "He won’t be eligible for the NHL draft until 2022, but that doesn’t mean hockey fans should overlook Shane Wright. The Kingston Frontenacs forward has just been named the OHL Rookie of the Year after an outstanding start to his CHL career. That start of course came a year..." May 15

  • Teams have stepped up draft preparations while awaiting word from the NHL

    Ottawa Citizen "The NHL is closing in on a decision on whether it will hold the draft in June or continue to play wait-and-see with the selections. And although nothing has been determined that hasn’t stopped the league’s 31 teams from stepping up their efforts to get plans in place for..." May 14

  • Decision coming soon on early-June NHL draft

    Pro Hockey Talk "While the NHL tries to figure out how to resume play, the league faces other tough questions, including a prominent one: the possibility of holding the 2020 NHL Draft in June. With it already being May 13, it makes sense that the clock is ticking on the NHL running an early-June..." May 14

  • Agent: Prospects want to get draft 'over with' in June

    Ottawa Sun "  One way or another in the near future, the NHL needs to make a decision on whether or not they’re going to hold the draft in June. And, if they asked the prospects waiting with bated breath to find out which NHL team is going to select them, they’d be..." May 14

  • U.S. National Junior Team Coaching Staff Announced

    Pro Hockey Rumors "You won’t be able to blame a lack of coaching experience if Team USA experiences another disappointment at the 2021 World Junior Championship. After failing to advance past the quarterfinal in this year’s tournament, the team is looking for some revenge in a few..." May 13

  • Ex-NHL player Georges Laraque, who contracted COVID-19, says it makes 'no sense' to resume season

    USA Today "Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque dealt with fevers and pneumonia in both lungs after being diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. So he speaks from experience when he says it makes "absolute no sense" to play the rest of the NHL season..." May 08

  • Can the NHL finally become pro-tanking?

    ESPN "The memo circulated by the NHL on Friday regarding the 2020 draft was a meticulously crafted response to every concern the league's general managers voiced about holding the event before the season is restarted. Worried about conditional picks? Don't worry,..." May 07

  • Brian MacLellan: Most GMs don't want NHL draft in June

    The Score "The NHL is exploring the possibility of holding a June draft - perhaps as early as June 5 - before resuming the regular season, but Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan says he and other GMs aren't exactly thrilled about the idea. "I think..." May 07

  • Alexis Lafreniere, top 2020 Draft prospect, named QMJHL top personality

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, was awarded the Paul Dumont Trophy as personality of the year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Tuesday. The Rimouski captain, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound left wing, is the first player to win the award in..." May 06

  • Red Wings shrug off draft conspiracy talk

    National Post "Let the conspiracy theories begin. When the NHL announced last Friday that it not only intended on having the entry draft in June — before the start of the playoffs — but that only one of the non-playoff teams would be able to move up four spots in the order, some read it..." May 06

  • Exploring a Mitch Marner for Quinton Byfield trade

    Faceoff Circle "Within NHL circles, the buzz around the Entry Draft has hit its high gear a little early this year. Or a little late in some respects, depending on how you look at it. The postponement of the season due to the COVID-19 epidemic has pushed back the Draft Lottery, which would have typically..." May 05

  • Wayne Gretzky advises top prospects to 'embrace every moment'

    NHL.com "When Wayne Gretzky retired after the 1998-99 season, his 20th in the NHL, he was the League leader in goals (894), assists (1,963) and points (2,857), records that stand to this day. So who would be better than Gretzky to give advice to some of the top prospects for the 2020..." May 05

  • How revised NHL draft odds would impact lottery teams

    TSN "The National Hockey League has spent the better part of seven weeks trying to structure a potential return-to-action plan. While most of the attention has been on the remnants of the regular season and what a reworked playoff format would look like, recent interest has shifted to the upcoming..." May 04

  • Cole Perfetti's junior coach: 'He's the best player in this draft'

    The Score "Saginaw Spirit center Cole Perfetti finished second among all CHL skaters with 111 points this season, but concerns over his size and speed could cause him to fall out of the top five in the 2020 NHL Draft. For his part, Spirit head coach Chris Lazary thinks any team that passes on..." May 04

  • NHL sends memo to Governors and GMs outlining case for Early June Draft

    TSN "The National Hockey League sent a memo to governors and general managers Friday making a case for holding the 2020 NHL Draft before any resumption to the 2019-20 season. In the eight-page document, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the league would need a “one-month..." May 02

  • Flames sign G Dustin Wolf to entry-level deal

    TSN "The Calgary Flames have signed goalie prospect Dustin Wolf, a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. Wolf, 19, posted a 34-10-2 record with a 1.88 goals-against average and a 0.935 save percentage with nine shutouts in 2019-20 with the..." May 01

  • Oilers Sign Filip Berglund To Entry Level Deal

    Copper And Blue "The Oilers have signed defenceman Filip Berglund to a two year ELC. A third round selection from the 2016 entry draft, Berglund has since been a mainstay for his hometown Skefftea of the SHL. Berglund’s latest season has him finishing second among defencemen in..." May 01

  • 2020 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Officially Canceled

    Oilers Nation "Last week, Bob McKenzie got us all ready for the probable cancellation of the Hlinka Gretzky tournament that was set to take place in August and this morning, word officially came through that tournament would indeed not go forward. The official statement: Due to..." April 29

  • NHL Announces New Player Transfer Agreements

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has announced new player transfer agreements today, including one-year extensions with the existing ones. Those include the IIHF Member Federations/Leagues in Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, and the United..." April 28

  • Arizona Coyotes Sign Matias Maccelli

    Last Word On Hockey "General Manager John Chayka announced that the Arizona Coyotes made a signing today. They signed left winger Matias Maccelli to a three-year entry-level contract. However, the terms of the contract were not released. Maccelli is a 19-year-old who played most of his hockey in..." April 28

  • AHL season 'quite likely' to be canceled

    The Score "It's "quite likely" the American Hockey League will cancel its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Monday. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they're..." April 28

  • Flames sign forward prospect Emilio Pettersen to entry-level deal

    Calgary Sun "Like countless other hockey-crazed kids, he wanted to be just like Sid. “I guess that’s probably pretty cliché,” said Calgary Flames prospect Emilio Pettersen. “A lot of guys probably looked up to Sidney Crosby.” True, but not necessarily..." April 28

  • NHL Willing To Delay 2020-21 Start In Order To Finish 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The longer that the NHL remains out of action while continuing to maintain that they want to complete the 2019-20 regular season and have a full postseason, the more likely it becomes that next season will be affected. Boston Bruins president Cam Neely tells NBC Sports that not..." April 25

  • How an NHL draft could work in June amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Sportsnet "One of the more interesting things about Gary Bettman’s conversation with Ron MacLean on Wednesday night was the commish referring to the possibility of a June draft as “a trial balloon.” That didn’t sound like a guarantee, but several NHL general managers have..." April 24

  • Flyers expected to sign Swedish star Linus Sandin

    Yardbarker "The Flyers will be adding a new player at some point in the future, as Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports that Linus Sandin intends to sign with Philadelphia once international transfer agreements are finalized. Sandin, the older brother of Toronto Maple Leafs..." April 23

  • NHL GMs will monitor NFL's virtual draft: 'We may be following their lead'

    The Score "NHL general managers and executives will be paying close attention to the NFL's first-ever virtual draft on Thursday, as they could be following suit in a few months. "It's going to be really interesting," Flames general manager Brad Treliving told The Canadian..." April 23

  • NHL needs to decide ‘relatively quickly’ on fate of June draft

    Sportsnet "If the NHL is going to proceed with a June entry draft amid its paused season, deputy commissioner Bill Daly says it will need to commit to that approach “relatively quickly.” The league began taking the temperature of member clubs and team executives by discussing the..." April 22

  • Issues to resolve by keeping NHL Draft in June

    Pro Hockey Talk "Doug Wilson, like every NHL general manager, has a vested interest in the final 2019-20 standings. Depending on how the draft order is determined and how the Stanley Cup Playoffs is formatted, he could an increased pick allotment. The Sharks currently do not own their own..." April 22

  • NHL Could Still Hold Draft In June, Resume Season Afterward

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the sports world prepares for the first major event in more than a month with the NFL Draft occurring virtually this Thursday through Saturday, it seems that the NHL could be using the event as a test run for their own entry draft. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun relayed word today from..." April 22

  • Pandemic another obstacle for OHL prospect and cancer survivor

    The Hockey News "Hey, we’re all looking for small victories where we can find them these days and 17-year-old Owen Brady is no exception. Last weekend, he got out of bed at 6 a.m. and went for a 35-mile training ride and watched the sun come up. “And I was finishing up after a shower the other day..." April 22