NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • The case for abolishing the NHL Draft

    The Athletic "This idea began to take shape, as many ideas do, at a bar. In the spring of 2016, an English friend told me he wanted to better understand the NHL. I invited him to the Monarch Tavern in Toronto to watch multiple playoff games. July 26

  • 2021 NHL Draft Results

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It may not be a Tuesday in October, but it isn’t the fourth Friday in June either. The 2021 NHL Entry Draft will again be a unique event and it is about far more than just the date. With the COVID-19 pandemic restricting many draft-eligible prospects from competing in full seasons and in..." July 24

  • Coyotes draft franchise legend Shane Doan's son Josh in second round

    Yardbarker "The Doan name is living on in Arizona.  The Coyotes drafted Shane Doan's son, Josh, with the 37th overall pick in the NHL draft on Saturday.  .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px solid..." July 24

  • Convicted NHL Draft pick Logan Mailloux speaks out: ‘I caused a lot of harm’

    New York Post "Logan Mailloux, the controversial first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL draft on Friday night, offered a public apology and said that he must “earn the trust of the fans” after his criminal conviction in Sweden last year for sharing an explicit photo of a..." July 24

  • 2021 NHL Draft first-round results, analysis

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2021 NHL Draft is in the books. Thirty-one players were selected on Friday. Rounds 2-7 will be Saturday (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN NOW). NHL.com staff writer Adam Kimelman provides analysis of each pick from the first round. July 24

  • Canadiens Draft Logan Mailloux Following Conviction

    SI "Perhaps one of the most polarizing draft picks in NHL history was made on Friday. Just three days after Logan Mailloux asked teams to not select him, the Montreal Canadiens made him the team's first-round pick after taking him at No. 31 on Friday evening. July 24

  • Blue Jackets take Kent Johnson 5th overall

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted forward Kent Johnson fifth overall at the 2021 NHL Draft. Johnson entered the draft as Central Scouting's third-ranked North American skater. What he lacks in size he makes up for in dynamic playmaking abilities. He's viewed as one of the most..." July 23

  • Devils select Luke Hughes No. 4 in NHL Draft, reunite defenseman with brother Jack

    North Jersey "The three Hughes brothers were parked on the couch together to watch the first round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft on Friday evening. Two of them expect to be spending even more time together in the near future. July 23

  • Ducks select Mason McTavish 3rd overall

    The Score "The Anaheim Ducks drafted forward Mason McTavish with the third overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft. McTavish played in Switzerland's second-tier league during the COVID-19 pandemic, posting 11 points in 13 games. He was also one of Canada's top players at the..." July 23

  • Matthew Beniers Selected No. 2 Overall by Kraken in 2021 NHL Draft

    Bleacher Report "The Seattle Kraken selected Michigan center Matthew Beniers with the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. The 18-year-old from Massachusetts is the second Wolverines player selected in this year's class after defenseman Owen Power went..." July 23

  • Sabres select Michigan’s Owen Power first overall at NHL Draft

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres selected top prospect Owen Power with the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Most experts and insiders expected Power to be the No. 1 pick, though he wasn't as much of a slam dunk as Alexis Lafreniere last year. Nevertheless, the..." July 23

  • How the QMJHL played through the pandemic — and what it means for the NHL Draft

    The Athletic "There will be a party at the Kidney household in Enfield, N.S., this weekend. Family and friends will gather around the television and watch the NHL Draft, the culmination of a lifetime of work for Acadie-Bathurst forward Riley Kidney. Kidney is one of the dozens of draft-eligible..." July 23

  • Will any NHL team trade their first-round draft pick?

    The Athletic "One of the topics that is always fun to debate ahead of the NHL Draft is whether a team will use their first-round pick to make a blockbuster trade. Will we see the Rangers or Blackhawks send away their picks as part of a package for Jack Eichel? Are the Flyers going to..." July 20

  • Los Angeles Kings Willing To Move Top Draft Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Want to get into the top-10 at this year’s draft? Call the Los Angeles Kings. Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia reports that the Kings are “open for business” in regards to the eighth overall selection in the upcoming draft. The Kings, who haven’t made it..." July 20

  • Logan Mailloux Renounces Himself From 2021 NHL Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Any team that was struggling with the decision of whether or not to select Logan Mailloux in the upcoming draft has now been taken off the hook. The top prospect has renounced himself from the 2021 NHL Draft, asking teams not to select him. Mailloux, 18, according..." July 20

  • Woman victimized by NHL Draft prospect Logan Mailloux in Sweden: ‘All I wanted was a heartfelt apology’

    The Athletic "The woman who was victimized by NHL Draft prospect Logan Mailloux, who had a photo of her performing a sex act taken without her consent and circulated by Mailloux among some teammates, said she hasn’t forgiven Mailloux because she doesn’t believe he has shown remorse for what he..." July 20

  • NHL Prospect Logan Mailloux Charged with Distributing Photo from Sexual Encounter

    Bleacher Report "Multiple NHL teams have placed draft prospect Logan Mailloux on their "do not draft" lists after he was charged in Sweden for allegedly "taking and distributing an offensive photo without consent during a consensual sexual encounter," according to Frank..." July 16

  • Power company: The Michigan trio set to headline the NHL draft

    The Score "The backhand sealed the comparison to Patrick Kane. Speeding into the offensive zone, Kent Johnson faked as though he would cut inside, wrongfooted his defender with a deke, and then fit the puck between the netminder's left shoulder and the crossbar. The goal, scored last December against..." July 16

  • From Sandy Hook to the NHL Draft, one prospect’s enduring connection

    The Athletic "At 9:39 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, Patty and Fred Samoskevich were sitting in the Blue Colony Diner on Church Hill Road in Newtown, Conn. They were eating breakfast when cop cars started flying through their quiet town. “My God, there’s no reason why they need..." July 13

  • Owen Power would 'love' to be No. 1 pick by Sabres in 2021 NHL Draft

    NHL.com "Owen Power said he "would love to be a part" of the Buffalo Sabres, who have the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. "Nice and close to home," the top-rated defenseman prospect told TSN on Friday. "I know they've got a rich history. It would be an honor to..." July 10

  • Early Predictions for the 2021 NHL Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NHL offseason could shape up to be one of the busiest in some time. Several noteworthy stars, such as Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, have surfaced as trade candidates. Some of them could be moved during draft..." July 07

  • What to expect from NHL Draft-eligible prospect Dylan Guenther

    The Athletic "I want to highlight the Edmonton Oil Kings’ Dylan Guenther, my No. 2 prospect for the 2021 NHL Draft, and discuss why, in my mind, he has somewhat distinguished himself as the top forward prospect in the draft class. The videos below will show a player who doesn’t..." July 07

  • Owen Power to interview with Sabres, projected No. 1 pick in 2021 NHL Draft

    NHL.com "Owen Power, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, said he will interview for the first time with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. The Sabres won the NHL Draft Lottery on June 2 and could select the University of Michigan defenseman, who is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's..." July 06

  • Luke Hughes, top 2021 NHL Draft prospect, could join brother with Devils

    NHL.com "Luke Hughes said being selected by the New Jersey Devils at the 2021 NHL Draft and getting to play with his brother, Jack Hughes, would be ideal. "It would be unbelievable to go to the Devils," Hughes said Tuesday. "My brother clearly wants me to be there...." July 06

  • NHL Draft Confidential: Inside what scouts and executives really think about the top prospects

    The Athletic "I’ve told you what I think about the top prospects in the 2021 NHL Draft but ultimately my opinion doesn’t matter that much. The opinions of what NHL evaluators think will determine how the draft goes, and who your favorite team will ultimately pick. So I..." July 06

  • Canucks reportedly targeting a center with No. 9 pick

    MSN.com "The Vancouver Canucks have a number of talented young forwards on the roster and in the pipeline, but outside of Elias Pettersson they have very few at the center position.  After a deep playoff run last season, Vancouver expected to continue as a contender for years to..." July 04

  • Matthew Beniers may return to Michigan, could be No. 2 pick by Kraken

    NHL.com "Matthew Beniers, in line to become the first NHL Draft pick by the Seattle Kraken, said Thursday he is considering staying to play next season at the University of Michigan. The center, and Michigan defenseman Owen Power, are projected by NHL.com to be the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the..." July 02

  • What Brandt Clarke’s skating questions mean for NHL team that drafts him

    The Athletic "OHL defenseman Brandt Clarke is regarded as one of the top prospects in the 2021 NHL Draft — a strong candidate to be picked inside the top 10 on July 23. The Athletic’s final draft boards each have him slotted well within that range, with Scott Wheeler ranking Clarke..." July 01

  • 2021 NHL Draft: 10 best players who’ll be picked first

    Sportsnaut "The Buffalo Sabres officially secured first place in the NHL draft lottery, which takes place on July 23 and 24. With the worst record in the league, the Sabres will look to the draft to select a top player. The league’s newest expansion team,..." June 12

  • Owen Power, potential No. 1 NHL Draft pick, 'leaning' toward return to Michigan

    The Athletic "Michigan defenseman Owen Power is projected as the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft, but it doesn't mean he'll go pro this summer. "Right now, I'm probably leaning more towards going back to school," Power told "NHL Now." "It's something I'd..." June 11

  • Sabres Land No. 1 Pick in 2021 NHL Draft After Lottery

    Bleacher Report "The Buffalo Sabres have won the NHL's 2021 draft lottery and will have the opportunity to pick No. 1 overall when the entry draft rolls around this summer. It's the first time Buffalo has picked No. 1 since taking Rasmus Dahlin in 2018. Here's a..." June 02

  • The 2021 NHL draft lottery power rankings according to maximum chaos factor, who actually deserves it, and more

    The Athletic "I’ve been doing my annual draft lottery power rankings for years now, and it’s usually one of my favorite columns to write. But I’ll admit that I toyed with the idea of skipping it this year. After all, what weird scenario could I possibly come up with that would even come..." June 02

  • 2021 NHL Draft Lottery to determine No. 1, No. 2 pick

    NHL.com "The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will set the order for the first 15 picks of the 2021 NHL Draft when it is held Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA, NHLN). The first round of the draft will be held July 23, with rounds 2-7 on July 24. Read More- June 02

  • What to expect from likely No. 1 pick Owen Power

    The Athletic "Owen Power enters the 2021 NHL Draft as the presumed favorite to be the No. 1 pick, with most — albeit not all NHL scouts — saying he would be their top ranked prospect. The draft lottery will be held on Wednesday, providing a better idea of where Power is likely to play...." June 02

  • Aatu Räty is no longer the 2021 NHL Draft’s top prospect, but that isn’t the end of his story

    The Athletic "Aatu Räty is laughing as he explains how he’s better at cooking, basketball, tennis, squash, chess and maybe now golf than his big brother, Aku. Golf and chess are newer hobbies brought on through some of the little spare time the pandemic has given him between games and..." June 02

  • How brothers Kirby and Colton Dach’s successes in hockey are fueled by a competitive and loving sibling rivalry

    The Athletic "Dale Dach considered patching up the wall sooner after his eldest son, Kirby, put his youngest son, Colton, through it. Dale decided there was more value to discouraging future holes and wrestling between his sons by waiting to fix the drywall. The hole would be a reminder of what..." June 01

  • Who has the most to win (and lose) in the NHL Draft lottery?

    The Athletic "The 2021 NHL Draft lottery on Wednesday is a milestone in what has been a unique and bumpy draft season. A season where the usage of video scouting elevated massively across the NHL. A season where midway through we weren’t even sure when the draft would be held, with the..." June 01

  • Full 2021 List Of Expiring NHL Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or any European country with a transfer agreement, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and become unrestricted free agents (or choose to..." May 28

  • Owen Power, William Eklund top NHL Central Scouting's final 2021 draft rankings

    Sportsnet "University of Michigan defenceman Owen Power and Swedish left winger William Eklund are the top-ranked North American and International skaters for this summer's NHL draft, according to the final rankings released by NHL Central Scouting Thursday. Sebastian Cossa of the WHL's..." May 27

  • Every NHL Lottery Team's Biggest Need in the Offseason

    Bleacher Report "It's the coolest time of year to be a hockey fan. The playoffs are in full swing. Each shift is important. Every game is significant. Read More- May 27

  • AHL Announces 2020-21 All-Rookie Team

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Now that the AHL regular season is officially over and the Pacific Division playoffs are quickly progressing, awards and accolades will start pouring out for its players. Today, the league announced the 2020-21 All-Rookie Team, which is voted on by coaches, players, and..." May 26

  • NHL making progress on Olympic participation

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The 2022 Olympic Winter Games are coming quickly and there is no definitive answer yet on whether the NHL will participate. That could be changing soon, as hockey insider Frank Seravalli reports that the league has received a verbal commitment from the IOC to fund travel and..." May 25

  • AHL’s Pacific Division playoff draws anger from players

    The Athletic "The AHL’s decision to hold playoffs in just one division is angering players who say they don’t want to play. For just the second time since 1937, the Calder Cup won’t be awarded this year. And, for all but one of the five pandemic-altered AHL divisions, that means..." May 21

  • NHL Sets 2021 Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames finally finishing their respective schedules today, the regular season is officially complete. With that comes the announcement that Connor McDavid has won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading point-getter, while Auston..." May 19

  • Matthew Beniers, 18, named to Team USA for worlds

    TSN "USA Hockey has unveiled the roster that will take part in the 2021 IIHF men's World Championship in Riga, Latvia from May 21 - June 6.  The roster includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 14 forwards.  The youngest player on the roster is 18-year-old..." May 13

  • OHL announces plan for 68-game 2021-22 season beginning Oct. 7

    Sportsnet "The OHL announced Thursday its plans to hold a 68-game 2021-22 regular season running from Oct. 7 to April 3, 2022. The playoffs are scheduled from April 7 to May 30, with the Memorial Cup set from June 2 to 12. " May 13

  • Team Canada taking Owen Power, Cole Perfetti to worlds

    TSN "Team Canada is taking top prospect for the 2021 NHL Draft Owen Power and 10th overall selection in the 2020 NHL Draft Cole Perfetti to the World Championship, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported. Power, a defenceman playing with the University of Michigan, was the unanimous..." May 11

  • Stock up? Stock down? How NHL Draft prospects looked at the U18 World Championship

    The Athletic "The one and only tournament for the 2003 age group this season and the first since February 2020 took place in Frisco and Plano, Texas, as scouts from across the NHL got live viewings for the first time of many of the top prospects for the 2021 NHL Draft. I was in attendance for the entire..." May 08

  • Proposed junior showcase hopes to give young NHL hopefuls a platform in an otherwise lost season

    The Athletic "It started as a joke. Frustrated with the on-again, off-again nature of the Ontario Hockey League, and watching a full season pass by, Andrew Perrott, a defenseman with the Owen Sound Attack, joked with his good friends Ryan Humphrey and Ryan Beck. “What if we just ran..." May 04

  • Ranking 8 Top Players at the U18 IIHF Championship

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NHL draft may be the strangest one yet. It will be difficult to top the weirdness of the 2020 virtual draft, but the 2021 draft will likely be virtual as well. Not only have prospects had to take different routes to get to the draft than they typically would, but scouts have..." May 02