NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Ontario Hockey League Goalie Severely Cut By Skate In Game, Rushed To Surgery

    TMZ "Gruesome night in the OHL on Thursday ... a goalie was cut so severely by a skate -- blood poured onto the ice and the guy needed emergency surgery to save his life. It all went down in Canada ... where during the 2nd period of the Niagara IceDogs' game against the London Knights,..." December 13

  • 2020 NHL Entry Draft Top 125: Alexis Lafrenière, Quinton Byfield continue to lead the pack

    Sporting News "The air of mystery that surrounds the NHL draft is a significant part of the season-long evaluation process. Diligence — no matter how robust or regimented — does not guarantee that an NHL general manager and staff will make the right choice. The good news is that we are at the..." December 02

  • Ty Smilanic Commits To Quinnipiac University

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The U.S. National Team Development Program may not be the same lauded group as it was last year, producing seven first-round picks and a dozen other selections, but the top player from the program is always a name to watch. This year that is Ty Smilanic. However, Smilanic is not only..." November 21

  • QMJHL fines Océanic’s Alexis Lafrenière for abuse of official

    Sportsnet "Rimouski Océanic forward and top NHL draft prospect Alexis Lafrenière has been fined $1,000 for his actions during a brawl in Sunday’s game against the Shawinigan Cataractes. The melee occurred late in the second period of a 6-4 Océanic win. In the..." November 20

  • College free agents garnering attention

    NHL.com "NHL teams invest lots of time and money scouting NCAA free agents in hopes of finding the next Torey Krug or Conor Sheary. Among the reasons undrafted college players are attractive is that they can be signed to a contract without giving up an asset in return, such as a..." November 16

  • Meet Emilie Castonguay, NHL's rare female agent who has top draft prospect as client

    USA Today "Emilie Castonguay has created a buzz as one of the NHL’s rare female certified player agents because she has something that the men don’t: Alexis Lafreniere, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL draft. “It’s hard to compare him to just one player,”..." November 14

  • Sun Devil hockey team pushes stuck bus out of snow in Alaska

    Arizona Sports "It’s hockey season nationwide both professionally and collegiately. And while we don’t have to endure harsh winters in the Valley, that didn’t stop the Arizona State Sun Devils hockey team from getting the full winter experience. On Thursday, the..." November 09

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • Alexis Lafreniere sustains injury, will not play in Canada Russia Series

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere, projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, will not play in the Canada Russia Series because of an injury. The forward had been named captain for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for its two games against Russia, at TD Station in Saint John, New..." November 04

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • Who might the Coyotes have on their 2020 draft radar?

    Five For Howling "Even though the season is far from over and we do not know the Arizona Coyotes draft position, there is plenty of talent in this draft class and the Coyotes can add some gems at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. If you look at the Arizona Coyotes farm system, the Coyotes do not seem..." October 30

  • Alexis Lafreniere taking Jack Hughes' advice as top prospect for 2020 NHL Draft

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere, projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, received some valuable advice from a recent No. 1 NHL Draft pick with experience in handling pressure. Jack Hughes, the first player selected in the 2019 NHL Draft, by the New Jersey Devils, proved to be..." October 24

  • A way-too-early look at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

    Hockey Wilderness "After arguably the worst start to a season in franchise history, it’s looking like the Minnesota Wild could be in for a pretty long year. Yes, Minnesota earned its first win of the season on Monday, but that came against a comically awful Ottawa Senators team. Through six games,..." October 18

  • Top prospects eligible for 2020 Draft

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere is No. 1 in the inaugural NHL.com ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The left wing, who plays for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is expected to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary Players to..." October 07

  • Top 10 CHL Prospects

    Sportsnet "There is great anticipation across the CHL about the 2002-born age group (those born after Sept. 15, 2001 included). Top-end players that will be selected in Montreal during the 2020 NHL Draft are spread all over each of the three leagues. It will be fascinating to watch the..." September 26

  • Justin Barron ranked as potential NHL first-rounder

    The Chronicle Herald "Justin Barron is the latest blue-chip prospect to come through the Halifax Mooseheads’ pipeline. The 17-year-old defenceman is projected as a potential first-rounder for the 2020 NHL draft, continuing a recent rich run in Halifax that goes back to 2013 when Nathan MacKinnon and..." September 18

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Cole Perfetti Among Those Making Waves At Hlinka-Gretzky

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Even less than two months after watching Jack Hughes selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils, scouts and prospect evaluators are already hard at work putting together their boards for the 2020 draft class. One of the premier tournaments for the following year’s prospects is the..." August 10

  • Alexis Lafreniere embracing status as projected No. 1 pick in 2020 Draft

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere doesn't expect the pressure as the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft to make him grip his hockey stick any tighter this season. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound left wing from Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League welcomes the..." August 01

  • Luke Hughes following brothers Jack and Quinn on path to NHL

    Sportsnet "The 2021 NHL Draft may feel like it’s a long way off, but everything involving Luke Hughes tends to happen in a hurry. The Hughes family story of three hockey-playing boys has come up at the two most recent NHL drafts. Roughly 13 months ago, Quinn Hughes was selected seventh..." July 30

  • Dylan Cozens Signs Entry-Level Contract

    Last Word On Hockey "The Buffalo Sabres sign Dylan Cozens to an entry-level contract. Cozens was the seventh overall draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Cozens, who stands at 6’3″ tall and weighs180 lbs., was selected by the Sabres in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft..." July 15

  • Jack Hughes, Devils make it official with three-year contract

    New York Post "The Devils inked No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes to an entry-level contract on Friday morning, a three-year pact carrying an annual average value of $3.775 million. The deal carries a $925,000 annual salary with $2.85 million in bonuses, making the pact worth a total of $11.325..." July 12

  • Where do Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko fit in respective lineups?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The top two picks from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft have both signed their entry-level contracts. Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko signed his deal with the New York Rangers on Thursday, while American center Jack Hughes inked his contract with the New Jersey earlier this morning. Barring an..." July 12

  • Kaapo Kakko Signs Entry-Level Contract

    Sporting News "New York is making it official. The Rangers on Thursday announced they have agreed to terms with forward Kaapo Kakko on his entry-level contract. Kakko, a Finland native, was selected second overall in last month's draft behind Jack Hughes, who went to the Devils at No...." July 11

  • Moritz Seider not looking back, only ahead to future with Red Wings

    NHL.com "Moritz Seider provided one of the most memorable moments of the 2019 NHL Draft. Now the Germany-born defenseman hopes to make Detroit Red Wings fans remember him for things he does on the ice. Seider was visibly shocked when the Red Wings chose him with their first-round..." July 10

  • Jack Hughes takes ice with Devils for first time at development camp

    NHL.com "Jack Hughes appears right at home at his first development camp with the New Jersey Devils. The No. 1 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft arrived Monday evening and took part in practice Tuesday. The 18-year-old center exhibited confidence in his game, made a few special plays and never..." July 10

  • Dylan Cozens, Peyton Krebs to miss Hockey Canada’s summer World Junior camp

    Sportsnet "Buffalo Sabres first-round pick Dylan Cozens and Vegas Golden Knights first-rounder Peyton Krebs will miss Hockey Canada’s summer World Junior camp with injuries. Washington Capitals first-round pick Connor McMichael has been added to the roster as a..." July 08

  • Alex Turcotte brings star quality to Kings, draws comparisons to Kopitar

    NHL.com "Alex Turcotte sat in the Los Angeles Kings locker room after the first day of development camp in June and it was hard not to draw comparisons between the No. 5 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and the player who uses that stall during the regular season. That would be Kings captain and..." July 08

  • Blackhawks sign 2019 first-rounder Kirby Dach to 3-year entry-level contract

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks signed 2019 first-round draft pick Kirby Dach to a three-year entry-level contract with a $925,000 salary cap hit Monday. Dach was selected third overall in last month’s NHL draft after scoring 73 points (25 goals, 48 assists) for the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL...." July 08

  • Sabres top draft pick Dylan Cozens could miss up to 3 months after surgery

    Buffalo News "Dylan Cozens' slim chance of making the Buffalo Sabres may be over two months before training camp. Cozens, the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft last month, underwent "successful" surgery on his left thumb Wednesday and is expected to need two to three months to..." July 06

  • Avalanche draft pick Bo Byram, 18, could make an immediate impact

    Denver Post "Bo Byram treats anxiety and pressure like they don’t exist. He recognizes fear as would a combatant, merely something to conquer. For the first defenseman selected in the 2019 NHL draft, but one thing is clear: Byram oozes with the type of confidence that might allow the..." July 01

  • Sabres first-round pick Dylan Cozens to see specialist after suffering thumb injury in 3-on-3 tournament

    Buffalo News "Fans who came to Harborcenter Saturday morning to get a look at Sabres first-round draft pick Dylan Cozens got the one sight they didn't want to see: The No. 7 overall pick leaving with an injury. Cozens suffered a left thumb injury when he was upended by defenseman Brandon Hickey..." June 29

  • Mooseheads’ Justin Barron entering 2020 NHL Draft as top prospect

    Sportsnet "Going to Halifax Mooseheads games growing up was one of Justin Barron’s favourite things to do. So when the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise selected him 13th overall in the 2017 draft, going to prep school like his older brother Morgan was no longer an..." June 27

  • Lightning sign first-round pick Nolan Foote to three-year, entry-level deal

    Raw Charge "It’s been roughly 90 hours since the Tampa Bay Lightning used their first round pick to take Nolan Foote. Following Philip Tomasino, Connor McMichael, and Jakob Pelletier, Nolan Foote heard his name called as the 27th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Sitting next to brother Cal..." June 25

  • Devils’ Jack Hughes receives number for rookie season

    Newark Star-Ledger "Jack Hughes has his number. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft will rock the 86 jersey for the Devils in his rookie season, the first player to ever don that number in franchise history. The team announced the decision in a video on..." June 25

  • Taylor Hall extension might be easier for Devils with Jack Hughes, PK Subban on board

    NHL.com "The New Jersey Devils believe adding Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Friday and P.K. Subban in a trade Saturday will provide them additional leverage as they try to sign Taylor Hall to a contract extension. General manager Ray Shero said he plans to wait until..." June 23

  • How Rangers, fans should manage Kaapo Kakko expectations

    New York Post "Kaapo Kakko went No. 2 in the 2019 NHL Draft and wears No. 24 on his back, but 18 is the number the Rangers and their delirious fan base should never forget. That is his age. By every account and through every eye test, the Blueshirts have themselves a special young man and..." June 22

  • John Beecher Is Bruins’ First Round Draft Pick

    CBS Boston "Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced Friday night that the team has selected forward John Beecher 30th overall in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Beecher is a product of the United States Development Team Program (USHL). In 2018-19, the 18-year-old produced..." June 22

  • Sabres select defenseman Ryan Johnson with last pick in first round

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "With the 31st overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Ryan Johnson from the Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League. The Sabres made Johnson the last pick of the first round of the NHL Draft, a pick that was originally owned by..." June 22

  • Devils select US-born Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft

    USA Today "The New Jersey Devils drafted Jack Hughes with the top pick Friday night, making him the eighth American to go No. 1 overall. Hughes, 18, was considered the No. 1 prospect from the start of the season until the finish, but in the second half of the season, many NHL scouts said Hughes..." June 21

  • Rangers select Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko No. 2 overall

    Sporting News "The Rangers knew they were going to get a good player at No. 2 no matter who the Devils selected ahead of them. And they got a stud winger in Kaapo Kakko after the Devils took United States National Team Development Program player Jack Hughes at No. 1. There was a debate as..." June 21

  • Blackhawks select Kirby Dach with No. 3 pick in NHL draft

    Chicago Sun-Times "Kirby Dach was a consensus top-10 pick entering the 2019 NHL Draft, a growing power forward with high upside and plenty of skill. But the No. 3 overall pick? That’s an unexpected gamble by the Blackhawks that will be perhaps thrilling, perhaps painful and undeniably fascinating..." June 21

  • Avalanche Selects Bowen Byram at No. 4 Overall

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club selected defenseman Bowen Byram with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft tonight at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Byram, 18, spent the 2018-19 season with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League, where he recorded..." June 21

  • Kings select Alex Turcotte with No. 5 pick

    The Score "he Los Angeles Kings selected Island Lake, Ill., native Alex Turcotte with the fifth overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft. Alex Turcotte Position: Forward Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 185 lbs Age: 18 Club: USA U-18 (NTDP) Nationality:..." June 21

  • Detroit Red Wings stun by picking Moritz Seider at No. 6 in NHL draft

    Detroit Free Press "At sixth overall in the 2019 NHL draft, the Detroit Red Wings picked German defenseman Moritz Seider at Rogers Arena. Seider was rookie of the year in the DEL, Germany’s top men’s hockey league in 2018-19. He had six points in 29 games for Mannheim. He brings size at..." June 21

  • Sabres select Yukon native Dylan Cozens with No. 7 pick in NHL Draft

    Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres made a key addition to the center depth of their organization Friday night with their first pick of the NHL Draft, selecting Lethbridge center Dylan Cozens with the No. 7 overall pick in Rogers Arena. Cozens is a native of Whitehorse, the largest city in..." June 21

  • Oilers Pick Philip Broberg #8 Overall

    The Hockey Writers "As far as skating is concerned, it would be hard to find a better defender in this draft class. Philip Broberg is arguably the second-best defender coming out of this draft class and it isn’t surprising to see him go so early in the 2019 Draft. Capable of playing an excellent..." June 21

  • Trevor Zegras happy to be drafted by Ducks

    CBS Sports "Zegras was drafted ninth overall by the Ducks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. Zegras proved a lot this season - he was set to be the US National Team's third-line pivot until an injury pushed him into the top six. There, Zegras showed off his elite playmaking and creativity..." June 21

  • Canucks pick Russian winger Vasily Podkolzin with No. 10 selection

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks picked Russian forward Vasily Podkolzin 10th overall at the NHL draft on Friday. The 17-year-old from Moscow played part of last season for St. Petersburg of the KHL and was the No. 2 European skater on the NHL Central Scouting prospect list. Podkolzin,..." June 21