NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Report: NHL looking at starting next season at aesthetically pleasing site

    The Score "The NHL is looking to hold opening day of the 2020-21 season at an aesthetically pleasing location to make it even more memorable, according to The Athletic's Michael Russo. Beginning the campaign at Lake Louise in Alberta was one possibility, but that idea has since been..." October 23

  • 2021 World Juniors: Five Key Games to Watch

    SI "The 2021 World Junior Championship schedule is out and though there are still an incredible amount of unknowns surrounding the tournament in Edmonton, at least we now have a framework to work off. The bubble environment will be fascinating for the tournament, as there is no relegation this..." October 20

  • Should the NY Rangers let Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere play in the World Juniors?

    Blue Seat Blogs "The IIHF has released their 2021 schedule, and with it comes the 2021 World Juniors. Both Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere are eligible to participate in the World Juniors, but will the Rangers let them? Does the start date of the 2021 NHL season have an impact on..." October 20

  • Canadiens sign Kaiden Guhle to entry-level contract

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have signed Kaiden Guhle to his entry-level contract. The three-year contract will technically start in the 2020-21 season but unless Guhle plays 10 games at the NHL level, the contract will slide and be automatically extended. It also will not count..." October 20

  • IIHF Releases 2021 World Junior Schedule

    Broad Street Hockey "It’s been a little sleepy around here, since the draft has wrapped up and most of the big free agent signings are out of the way, but we’ve got some actual hockey news dropping on this fine Monday evening. That’s right, the World Juniors schedule is..." October 20

  • Jake Neighbours agrees to entry-level contract with Blues

    Yardbarker "The Blues haven’t wasted any time getting pen put to paper on a deal with their top pick from last week’s draft, as they announced the signing of winger Jake Neighbours to a three-year, entry-level contract.  Financial terms were not disclosed. The..." October 17

  • Predicting what line Alexis Lafreniere will play on next year

    Blue Seat Blogs "Even before the offseason has ended, we are making our projected lines for the upcoming season. It’s hard not to when you get the first overall pick. But the one constant here is that we are all trying to guess what line Alexis Lafreniere will play on. There doesn’t seem to be a..." October 17

  • UND to Host 2026 Frozen Four in Las Vegas

    The Sports Daily "Good Day College Hockey Fans! Are you feeling a void yet? I know I am. Looking at the calendar, we’re supposed to be going to college hockey games. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the 2020-21 college hockey season on its head. In my humble opinion, 2020 can’t end..." October 17

  • Meet the Next Great Russian Phenom

    SI "The hockey world has been blessed with some incredible talents from Russia over the years, with titans such as Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin still playing at a high level in the NHL more than a decade after coming over to North America. The next big name to keep an eye on? SKA-1946 right..." October 16

  • LA Kings Sign Quinton Byfield to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "The LA Kings have signed forward Quinton Byfield to a three-year entry-level contract, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.  Byfield, who is expected to wear #55 for the Kings, joined the organization last week after being selected second overall in the..." October 16

  • Sharks Sign Ozzy Wiesblatt

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Center Ozzy Wiesblatt (@ozzywiesblatt) to a standard, entry-level contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Ozzy brings speed, playmaking, and..." October 16

  • 'Adapt or die': Scouting has been turned on its head for 2021 NHL Draft

    The Score "After seven months away from his place of work, an amateur scout for an NHL club drove into the parking lot of a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League arena and found a prime spot. The lot, usually bustling on game nights, was nearly empty. The scout, who had been asked by the league to..." October 16

  • Quinton Byfield on an unforgettable draft day, being embraced by L.A.

    Sportsnet "Much like every other aspect of the world of professional sports, and everything beyond it at the moment, the 2020 NHL Draft was one to remember. Picture all the staples of draft day — the stage, the lights, the handshakes and ballcaps — and you'll run through the list..." October 16

  • Marco Rossi Faces an Uphill Battle to Make the Wild Roster Next Year

    Zone Coverage "Marian Gaborik. Brent Burns. Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Each player had significant individual accomplishments with the Minnesota Wild. All of them did something that one of the team’s newest draft picks wants to achieve, too. They made the team immediately after being..." October 14

  • Sens' propsect Tim Stuetzle to undergo surgery following arm injury

    The Score "Ottawa Senators blue-chip prospect Tim Stuetzle requires surgery after suffering an arm injury in Germany and will remain sidelined six-to-eight weeks, the Mannheim Eagles announced Tuesday, as translated by E.H.C's Szymon Szemberg. Stuetzle, 18, was the No. 1..." October 13

  • New York Rangers sign No. 1 pick Alexis Lafreniere to entry-level contract

    ESPN "Alexis Lafreniere, the No. 1 pick of the 2020 draft, signed his three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Monday. The deal is for $925,000 annually, the maximum allowed for rookies in the CBA and in line with other recent top picks. Lafreniere is..." October 13

  • Ducks Sign Maxim Golod

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Ducks have dipped their toes into a different type of UFA waters as John Hoven of Mayors Manor reports (Twitter link) that they signed undrafted free agent Maxim Golod to a three-year, entry-level contract.  CapFriendly notes that the deal, which carries an AAV of..." October 12

  • Islanders’ Kieffer Bellows disciplined for violating AHL drug policy

    New York Post "Kieffer Bellows, the 22-year-old winger who was the Islanders’ first-round draft choice in 2016 and made his NHL debut last year by recording three points (2-1) in eight games, participated in the team’s Phase 3 summer camp but was not included on the bubble roster. An..." October 10

  • Rangers dangle their feet in free agency with Jack Johnson the biggest splash

    Empire Sports Media "Jeff Gorton and the New York Rangers completed a productive week by signing several players Friday afternoon as the NHL’s free agency period kicked off. The Rangers made their big move on Tuesday night when they used their first overall pick to select Alexis..." October 10

  • Justin Barron, Avs not worried about blood clots

    Colorado Hockey Now "It’s an unfortunate part of the game. Injuries or other maladies often come with the territory of playing a sport. What’s worse is when something like that happens to a young prospect in his draft year. It can be catastrophic. It can cause a prospective top-15 pick in the draft to..." October 08

  • Anaheim Ducks To Extend Chase De Leo

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Anaheim Ducks have reportedly come to terms on a new contract with forward Chase De Leo. CapFriendly reports that De Leo will sign a one-year, two-way deal with the Ducks at the minimum $700K AV. De Leo is expected to make $140K at the AHL level. A restricted free agent..." October 08

  • Sour puss former GM goes on epic rant about Rangers winning the draft lottery

    Sportsnaut "In all the hype over the Rangers selecting Alexis Lafreniere, this one flew under some people’s radar. Former NHL GM and now TV analyst, Brian Burke went off on the Blueshirts and the lottery. On a recent draft day preview show, Burke was asked to comment on the masterful..." October 08

  • Justin Barron joins strong core of Avalanche defensemen

    Colorado Hockey Now "Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic has never kept it a secret about how he runs his drafts every year. Justin Barron “Our goal going into every draft, especially in the first round, is to take the best player available,” Sakic said following the first round of the..." October 07

  • The next one? Shane Wright has the intangibles - and shot - of a generational star

    The Score "Shane Wright's never accepted losing. Not even as a toddler. "Shane has this other edge," his mother, Tanya, told theScore. "When he was young I had to discipline him for it. It was embarrassing. It would be like three-year-old 'sportball,' and he would be..." October 07

  • San Jose Sharks select Ozzy Wiesblatt with No. 31 pick

    Fear The Fin "With the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks have selected right winger Ozzy Wiesblatt from the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. The Sharks acquired this pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 24, 2020,..." October 07

  • Dallas Stars Select Mavrik Bourque 30th Overall

    Defending Big D "Holding the 30th overall selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and with many great options still on the board, the Dallas Stars made a fascinating decision by selecting center Mavrik Bourque from the Shawinigcan Cataractes in the QMJHL. The appeal of Bourque here for the..." October 07

  • Vegas Golden Knights select Brendan Brisson with 29th pick

    Knights On Ice "Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon has been keeping an eye on Brendan Brisson for the last two years, only it was this past year the interest piqued. His trajectory the past two years was something that appealed to the Vegas scouting department, thus the decision to..." October 07

  • Senators draft Ridly Greig 28th overall

    Silver Seven "With some players falling earlier in the draft, the Ottawa Senators opted to keep their third pick in the first-round of the 2020 NHL Draft and select Ridly Greig from the Brandon Wheat Kings. Here’s what Colin had to say about him as an honourable mention in..." October 07

  • Ducks select Jacob Perreault with No. 27 pick

    Anaheim Calling "The Anaheim Ducks held two picks in the first-round of the 2020 NHL Draft. General manager Bob Murray selected defenseman Jaime Drysdale at No. 6 overall, and added some pop to their prospect pipeline. With the 27th pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Anaheim..." October 07

  • Edmonton Oil Kings forward Jake Neighbours selected by St. Louis Blues

    Edmonton Sun "If there was ever a perfect fit at the NHL Entry Draft, it would be Jake Neighbours and the St. Louis Blues. Neighbours, 18, was selected 26th overall by the Blues in the first round of the draft Tuesday. The Edmonton Oil Kings forward went into the draft as the 26th-ranked North..." October 07

  • Colorado Avalanche select Justin Barron with the 25th overall pick

    Mile High Hockey "With the 25th pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche selected defenseman Justin Barron from the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Once seen as a potential top-5 pick, Barron had his draft season sidetracked by blood-clot issues that forced him to have two..." October 07

  • Calgary Flames Trade Back Twice, Select Connor Zary With 24th Pick

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "The Flames originally had the 19th overall pick in tonight's NHL Draft, but traded down twice with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals to end up at 24th overall, with two additional third round picks added to the arsenal. With the 24th..." October 07

  • Flyers select Tyson Foerster with 23rd pick in 2020 NHL Draft

    Broad Street Hockey "With the 23rd pick in the NHL Draft, the Flyers have selected forward Tyson Foerster from the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. In 62 games for Barrie, Foerster compiled 36 goals and 80 points in 62 games. The initial read on him seems to be that he has impressive offensive..." October 07

  • Capitals pick Hendrix Lapierre, a talented center with a lengthy injury history, at NHL draft

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals traded up two spots in the first round of the NHL draft Tuesday night and then made an intriguing choice, selecting center Hendrix Lapierre 22nd overall. The 18-year-old was limited to 19 games last season with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League because..." October 07

  • Blue Jackets select Yegor Chinakhov with 21st pick

    Jackets Cannon "Coming into Tuesday’s virtual 2020 NHL draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets held down the 21st pick in the draft. They also made headlines earlier in the day when they traded RFA Josh Anderson for center Max Domi and a third-round pick. And..." October 07

  • NY Rangers take Braden Schneider at No. 19 after trading up in the 2020 NHL Draft

    Lohud "Braden Schneider knew the New York Rangers were interested. He could tell that much from a few Zoom calls. What he didn't know was how badly they wanted him. The Canadian defenseman found out Tuesday night, shortly after the Rangers pulled off a trade with the Calgary..." October 07

  • 5 Facts about Hawks' No. 17 overall pick, Lukas Reichel

    NBC Sports Chicago "  During Day 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday, the Blackhawks selected German forward Lukas Reichel at No. 17 overall with their first pick. Here's five facts about the newest member of the Hawks organization: 1. He played against the Blackhawks with..." October 07

  • Getting to know Montreal Canadiens 16th overall pick Kaiden Guhle

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "After some speculation ahead of the first day of the 2020 NHL Draft that the Montreal Canadiens were considering trading their first-round pick, Marc Bergevin decided to hold onto it instead and add another defence prospect to his system. The selection was Kaiden Guhle, a..." October 07

  • Maple Leafs Pick Rodion Amirov 15th Overall

    The Hockey Writers "It’s difficult to find players that play a 200-foot game along with skill and smarts. Players that possess these attributes become key components and excellent assets for teams. From the beginning of the 2019-20 season, Amirov has flown under the radar on many rankings and draft boards...." October 07

  • Edmonton Oilers select Dylan Holloway with the 14th overall pick

    Oilers Nation "Despite some chatter about potentially trading down as a means of securing more picks, the Edmonton Oilers stepped up to the zoom mic and used their 14th overall pick to select Dylan Holloway. After weeks (months?) of speculating about what might happen with the Edmonton Oilers’..." October 07

  • Hurricanes select Portland C Seth Jarvis with 13th overall pick

    Canes Country "The Carolina Hurricanes welcomed another Canadian center to the club in Tuesday’s NHL Draft, selecting Portland Winterhawks center Seth Jarvis with the 13th overall selection in the first round. Jarvis, a 5-10, 175-pound center, made a quick rise up draft boards..." October 07