NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield among standouts at CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

    Yahoo! Sports "One of the season’s most anticipated prospect events took place Thursday, Jan. 16 in Hamilton, Ont., as Team White defeated Team Red 5-3 in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Elite talent from across Canada’s three major junior leagues participated in the showcase, which was..." January 18

  • Tim Stuetzle tops Central Scouting International midterm NHL Draft ranking

    NHL.com "Tim Stuetzle, a forward with Mannheim in Germany's top league, is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top International skaters for the 2020 NHL Draft. Central Scouting released its midterm rankings of the top North American and International skaters and..." January 13

  • Alexis Lafreniere tops Central Scouting North American midterm NHL Draft ranking

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere of Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. Central Scouting revealed its midterm rankings of the top North American and International..." January 13

  • World Juniors 2020: Ranking the top performances from draft-eligible players

    Sporting News "An exciting and hard-fought World Junior Championship is now complete, as Canada rallied to defeat Russia on Sunday in a thrilling gold medal game. Although most of the notable teenage participants in this year’s tournament are already official property of NHL teams,..." January 11

  • WJC Roundup: Canada wins championship game

    NHL.com "Sunday was the final day of the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, with the championship and consolation games at Ostravar Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Schedule/Results Championship game Canada 4, Russia 3 -- Akil Thomas, a Los Angeles Kings prospect,..." January 05

  • Alexis Lafreniere ruled out vs. Germany, could return during world juniors

    The Score "Team Canada will not have star winger Alexis Lafreniere for its World Junior Championship contest against Germany on Monday. Lafreniere suffered a left knee injury in the second period of Canada's 6-0 loss to Russia on Saturday and had to be assisted off the ice. Despite..." December 29

  • Kings' Aidan Dudas: Signs entry-level contract

    CBS Sports "Aidan Dudas signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings on Friday. Dudas is currently representing Canada at the World Junior Championship. " December 28

  • The World Junior Championship Is a Prospect-Lovers Paradise Thanks to a Strong Draft Class

    The Hockey News "If your favorite NHL team is down in the dumps, help is on the way. The World Junior Championship is always seen as the ultimate test for the best prospects in the world, both drafted and undrafted. And while the 2020 edition will have its fair share of top drafted NHL prospects, such..." December 26

  • Canada names Coyotes’ Barrett Hayton captain of world junior team

    Sportsnet "Arizona Coyotes prospect Barrett Hayton will captain Canada’s world juniors squad as it looks to get back on the podium following an early exit last year, the team announced Wednesday. Hayton, the fifth-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, will wear the “C,”..." December 25

  • Collaboration between Sabres, Amerks produces 'good development story'

    Buffalo News "The collaborative process used to prepare prospects for an opportunity with the Buffalo Sabres began, in earnest, shortly after Ralph Krueger arrived in Buffalo. Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor traveled the Thruway one June morning to meet with Krueger over breakfast, and the..." December 25

  • Canada finalizes 23-man world juniors roster

    The Score "Forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx will have to take the lonely flight back home from the Czech Republic, as the Anaheim Ducks prospect was Team Canada's final cut ahead of the 2020 World Junior Championship. Here's a look at the final 23-man roster, based on Saturday's..." December 21

  • OHL Goalie Released From Hospital 5 Days After Gruesome On-Ice Injury

    TMZ "The Ontario Hockey League goalie who nearly bled out on the ice after being severely cut by a skate was just released from the hospital, his team announced Tuesday. 17-year-old Tucker Tynan was in bad shape last Thursday night ... when his leg was slashed after an opponent..." December 17

  • Alexis Lafreniere Seeks To Carry On World Junior Tradition Of Big Performances by No. 1 NHL Picks

    Featurd "The weight of Canadian expectations rest squarely upon Alexis Lafreniere’s shoulders but at the moment, it’s how much weight Lafreniere can put on his ankle that concerns Hockey Canada. Lafreniere is the projected first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and one of..." December 16

  • 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