NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • NHL rookie camp standouts: Who impressed in Buffalo, Penticton and Traverse City?

    The Athletic "NHL training camps officially opened this past weekend, with rookie tournaments taking place across the NHL landscape. Today we discuss who stood out at three of the main events: the tournament in Buffalo featuring Boston, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa and Pittsburgh; the..." September 20

  • Five goalie prospects to watch in 2022-23

    Daily Faceoff "Jesper Wallstedt, Minnesota Wild Wallstedt made history in 2021 as the first Swedish goaltender to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. And for good reason. The 19-year old from Vasteras had an outstanding junior career, then followed it up with a..." September 13

  • Ranking the top 20 Calder Trophy candidates for the 2022-23 NHL season

    The Athletic "It’s that time of the year again. With another hockey season around the corner (they really have a way of creeping up on us, don’t they?), my annual look at the incoming rookie class returns for a fifth straight year at The Athletic. However, we’re unsure for a..." September 08

  • Trevor Zegras, Sarah Nurse to Share Cover of NHL 23

    The Hockey News "For the first time in series history, the EA Sports NHL video game will have a split cover, with Trevor Zegras and Sarah Nurse donning the front of NHL 23. The official covers for all versions of the game will be released later this week.  " August 24

  • Nashville Predators Loan Joakim Kemell To Finnish Team

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Joakim Kemell was one of the brightest stars for Team Finland in their silver medal effort at the 2022 World Junior Championship. After the Nashville Predators drafted him 17th overall in 2022 and signed him to his entry-level contract earlier this summer, though, he’ll be headed..." August 22

  • One NHL scout’s take on Mason McTavish, Matthew Knies, Jan Mysak, Connor Bedard and others at the WJC

    Sportsnet "Team Canada defeated Team Finland 3-2 in overtime Saturday to win the rescheduled World Junior Hockey Championship. The atmosphere inside Rogers Place in Edmonton finally reached a level organizers had wished for as more than 13,000 (mostly Canadian) fans witnessed an exciting..." August 21

  • With Mason McTavish setting the tone, Canada claims gold over Finland in OT thriller

    Sportsnet "You can’t practise pressure.  Those were the words head coach Dave Cameron used on the eve of the 2022 World Junior Championship’s gold-medal game, as he envisioned the situation awaiting his team. Well, Saturday night, out on the ice at Rogers Place with the lights..." August 21

  • 3 Potential Landing Spots for Tyler Ennis

    The Hockey Writers "Even with training camp almost here, Tyler Ennis remains a free agent and is looking for a new home. Although his days of being a top-six forward are gone, he is still a decent depth option who can occasionally chip in offensively. As a result of this, there’s certainly a good..." August 19

  • Which NHL team can build the best lineup of players who left and came back?

    The Athletic "It’s rerun season in the TV world. Or at least it would be, if people still watched network broadcasts instead of streaming everything. Ask your parents about it, kids. Man, I need to work on my timely references. It’s supposed to be rerun season in the hockey world too,..." August 17

  • Oilers’ GM Reveals Where 2 Prospects Will Play in 2022-23

    The Hockey Writers "Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland joined Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now to talk about various things going on in the organization. The focus here though will be on two prospects, Philip Broberg and Dylan Holloway, and where they will be playing in 2022-23. I will break down..." August 10

  • 2022 World Junior Championship Players to Watch

    The Hockey Writers "The World Junior Championship is among the most exciting events of the season. Like the Olympics and the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the annual tournament pits the world’s best players against each other in a battle of national pride and personal glory. The fact that they’re junior-aged..." August 06

  • Top 2024 NHL Draft prospect Macklin Celebrini commits to Boston University

    The Athletic "Macklin Celebrini, a top prospect for the 2024 NHL Draft, has committed to Boston University for the 2024-25 season, according to a source. He will play next season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL. Last season, the 16-year-old Celebrini played for prep school powerhouse Shattuck..." August 04

  • Ducks Sign First Round Pick Nathan Gaucher to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

    Orange County Register "The Ducks on Thursday signed center Nathan Gaucher, the second of their two first-round draft picks earlier this month, to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $950,000 per season. The 18-year-old Gaucher, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 207 pounds, was selected 22nd overall in the..." July 29

  • Team Canada will still play in 2022 World Juniors in Edmonton next month

    Sportsnet "Amid the fallout from how Hockey Canada has handled sexual assault allegations, Team Canada will still appear in the upcoming World Juniors tournament in Edmonton, Hockey Canada president Scott Smith said during a pause in Wednesday’s parliamentary hearings. The International..." July 28

  • Daniel Carcillo says Hockey Canada testimony didn't acknowledge hazing, abuse in CHL

    Daily Faceoff "Daniel Carcillo, a former NHL player who is spearheading a class action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League, released a statement on Wednesday regarding the ongoing Hockey Canada hearings. Hockey Canada has come under fire in recent weeks due to sexual assault allegations..." July 28

  • Arizona Coyotes Give Conor Geekie Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "2022 NHL Draft picks are continuing to fly off the “unsigned” board. Today, the Arizona Coyotes signed 11th overall pick Conor Geekie to his three-year entry-level contract, per general manager Bill Armstrong. Presumably, the contract will carry a max entry-level cap..." July 18

  • Anaheim Ducks Sign Pavel Mintyukov

    TSN "The Anaheim Ducks have signed first-round draft pick Pavel Mintyukov to a three-year, entry-level contract on Saturday. Mintyukov's agent, Dan Milstein of Gold Star Hockey, made the announcement on Twitter. " July 16

  • New York Islanders Sign Calle Odelius

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders’ preferred way of doing business is typically to keep things quiet and only make public announcements when absolutely necessary. This can lead to their fans being in the dark on what they’re up to in the offseason, but thanks to the work of the folks..." July 15

  • Nashville Predators Sign Joakim Kemell

    Pro Hockey Rumors "And we have another entry-level deal announced tonight, this time for Nashville Predators first-rounder Joakim Kemell. Kemell, 18, was the 17th overall pick at the 2022 draft and the first pick of the Predators’ six-player 2022 draft class. A product of Finnish club..." July 15

  • Winnipeg Jets Sign Elias Salomonsson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Winnipeg Jets have inked a member of their most recent draft class to an entry-level deal. The Jets announced today that second-round pick Elias Salomonsson has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the club. Salomonsson was the 55th overall pick at last..." July 15

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign Three Draft Picks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Sabres have gotten down to business today, earlier finalizing a deal with free agent defenseman Lawrence Pilut and now finishing up entry-level deals for their three first-round picks: Matthew Savoie, Jiri Kulich, and Noah Ostlund. While all..." July 15

  • Hockey Canada reopening investigation into 2018 sexual assault allegations

    The Athletic "Hockey Canada is reopening its investigation into alleged sexual assault by members of the 2018 national junior team, the governing body said Thursday in an open letter to Canadians that included an apology for the way it has handled the allegations. "We know we have not done..." July 14

  • Kraken May Have the Steal of the 2022 Draft in Jagger Firkus

    The Hockey Writers "The Seattle Kraken walked away from the 2022 NHL Entry Draft big winners. While the impact of getting Shane Wright fourth overall can not be understated, they were also able to nab potentially the steal of the draft in Jagger Firkus at 35th overall. The Moose Jaw Warriors forward..." July 10

  • Coyotes Draft Pick Maveric Lamoureux's Parents Swap Wet Kiss After Selection, Commentators Love It

    TMZ "Forget cheering or crying ... Maveric Lamoureux's folks straight up swapped tongues to celebrate their son's selection in Thursday's NHL draft -- and it was such a wet kiss, the broadcast's commentators even noticed it!!! Just seconds after the Arizona Coyotes..." July 08

  • 2022 NHL Draft first-round results, analysis

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft from Bell Centre in Montreal is over. The first round featured plenty of surprises and several trades. NHL.com deputy managing editor Adam Kimelman was in Montreal and provided a brief description and analysis of each..." July 08

  • Montreal Canadiens Select Juraj Slafkovsky first overall in the 2022 NHL Draft

    Daily Hive "Juraj Slafkovsky is the newest member of the Montreal Canadiens.  The Canadiens selected Slafkovsky with the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft on Thursday, opting against the longtime consensus top pick in Shane Wright after an admittedly long debate that seemingly carried through..." July 07

  • New Jersey Devils Select Simon Nemec Second Overall

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s a clean sweep of the top two spots for Slovakia. After watching Juraj Slafkovsky go first overall, the New Jersey Devils strode to the podium and picked countryman Simon Nemec second, grabbing the defenseman they so desperately wanted. If you wanted to..." July 07

  • Logan Cooley selected 3rd overall in NHL draft by Arizona Coyotes

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "From Pittsburgh to the third overall pick. West Mifflin native Logan Cooley realized his childhood dream on Thursday night when the Arizona Coyotes selected him third in the NHL Draft. That’s the highest a Pittsburgh-area native has ever been selected, surpassing J.T. Miller,..." July 07

  • Kraken take center Shane Wright with fourth overall pick in NHL draft

    Seattle Times "A series of unexpected events has landed the Kraken a centerman widely expected to go No. 1 overall in the NHL entry draft most of the past two years. Instead, after three teams passed on center Shane Wright of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs, the..." July 07

  • Philadelphia Flyers Select Cutter Gauthier Fifth Overall

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the best fits heading into the draft seemed like the Philadelphia Flyers and Cutter Gauthier, and it worked out for both sides. The big winger–who will be transitioning to center for Boston College–goes fifth overall. " July 07

  • 3 Bold NHL Draft Predictions

    Sportsbook Review "The NHL Draft is not a place for big, bold moves. For all of the talk about what could happen and what might happen, most of it does not happen. We remember Brian Burke wheeling and dealing to acquire the picks necessary to draft the Sedins in 1999, but it stands out because that kind of..." July 07

  • NHL Draft Primer: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2022

    Sportsnet "The 2022 NHL Draft has arrived, and even before the picks have been made, all signs point to us watching a bit of history. For the first time in 13 years, the Draft returns to Montreal. And for the first time in nearly four decades, the host city will also be the first up to the..." July 07

  • 2022 NHL draft: Answering the biggest questions entering the first round

    ESPN "The 2022 NHL draft, to be held at Montreal's Bell Centre, is scheduled to begin Thursday night at 7 ET (ESPN), with plenty of intrigue from the very top down. While Shane Wright of the Ontario Hockey League has been considered the most likely player to be taken by the..." July 07

  • The case for the Leafs to go the “safe” route with their first-round pick

    The Leafs Nation "To say that Kyle Dubas’ reputation preceded him when he was appointed Leafs GM would be an understatement. Climbing the ranks from the Soo Greyhounds to what ultimately equated to an apprenticeship under the highly respected and revered Lou Lamoriello, Dubas made a name for himself as..." July 07

  • Logan Cooley’s Top Pick Odds Moving at Bet365 Before NHL Draft

    Sports Book Review "While it has long been expected that Kingston Frontenacs center Shane Wright is going to be drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with the top pick in the NHL Draft, there has been late movement in the odds for United States Development Program center Logan Cooley to get taken with the first..." July 06

  • Ahead of the NHL Draft, the other Jack Hughes is coming into his own

    The Athletic "Like many kids going out for Halloween, Jack Hughes wanted to dress as a hockey player. It was an easy costume and it made sense. Jack’s father, Kent, was a player agent, and when his mother, Deena, was working, Kent would often take the kids to games — AHL, NCAA, ECHL..." July 06

  • Shane Wright vs. Juraj Slafkovsky: Top Pick Up For Grabs at 2022 NHL Draft

    Sportsbook Review "There has been some late movement in recent professional sports drafts. Both the NBA and NFL Drafts saw players rise up late in the process to become a surprise top pick. Could that happen in the NHL Draft, too? Historically, there is not a ton of movement when it comes to the very..." July 06

  • Canadiens GM: 'All possibilities are open' entering draft weekend

    The Score "Kent Hughes is keeping his options open as he prepares for his first draft as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens, who are hosting the event, have 14 picks in this year's draft, including at least two in the opening four rounds. The glut of selections..." July 05

  • Why 2022 NHL Draft prospect Lian Bichsel is ‘one of a kind’

    The Athletic "Lian Bichsel can’t remember the NHL team that asked the question. But he certainly remembers the strangest question he heard when being interviewed by all 32 NHL teams: Which animal best fits you as a person and a player? The question resonated with Bichsel not just..." July 05

  • Draft prospect Marco Kasper offers ‘a great engine’ and a fun off-ice talent

    The Athletic "Marco Kasper has become, of all things, a juggler. And he is getting adept at it. “Pretty decent,” he said with a modest tone. “Getting better, I would say.” How good is he? Three balls at one time? Four? Five? July 05

  • IIHF disciplinary board upholds ban on Russia, Belarus

    Sportsnaut "The disciplinary board of the International Ice Hockey Federation rejected appeals from Russia and Belarus that asked for their national teams to be reinstated to participate in IIHF competitions. The international governing body banned both nations from international play on Feb. 28,..." July 05

  • Senators GM Pierre Dorion working the phones with Round 1 of draft set for Thursday

    Ottawa Sun "Pierre Dorion spent Monday huddled with his closest advisors at the club’s downtown headquarters fielding phone calls to prepare for the NHL draft that gets under way Thursday. The Ottawa Senators general manager remains open for business with the No. 7 selection at the Bell..." July 05

  • Top NHL prospect Simon Nemec made the right choice to pivot from soccer

    The Athletic "Simon Nemec was just 14 years old when he arrived at the first major crossroads of his life. He was living comfortably in a small town in the eastern reaches of Slovakia, but it was time to start getting serious. Nemec was an incredibly gifted young hockey player, a defenseman with..." July 04

  • Jackets GM: Patrik Laine's contract status won't affect draft weekend plans

    The Score "Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says an impasse in contract negotiations with restricted free agent sniper Patrik Laine won't stop the club from being active during the NHL draft next week. A new contract for Laine is Columbus' primary..." July 04

  • NHL Draft 2022: Will any (more) teams trade their first-round picks this year?

    The Athletic "One first-round pick has already been moved in the week leading up to the 2022 NHL Draft, with the Los Angeles Kings sending theirs to the Minnesota Wild as part of the Kevin Fiala trade. Will it be the first of many? It’s typically rare in the..." July 04

  • 4 Islanders Draft Targets at Forward

    The Hockey Writers "In all likelihood, the New York Islanders will take a defenseman with their 13th-overall pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft. Mike Fink has an article up on the site highlighting four that could find themselves in the Islanders’ organization by week’s end. However, Lou..." July 03

  • Who Canadiens Would Target with a Second Top-10 Draft Pick

    The Hockey Writers "It’s still a big secret, the player the Montreal Canadiens intend to pick first overall at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Not so much a secret that they’re looking to acquire a second top-10 pick to accelerate the rebuild with another blue-chip prospect, though. If the identity..." July 02

  • Sam Rinzel is a dark horse at the end of Round One

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "If his current competitor and future teammate Ryan Chesley was a right-handed defenceman who compensated for his lack of height with impressive girth, Sam Rinzel is the polar opposite. The tall blue-liner may at this point lack some muscle mass but has other traits which if you put..." July 01

  • Saint John takes down Hamilton to capture 2022 Memorial Cup

    The Score "The host Saint John Sea Dogs claimed the 2022 Memorial Cup after besting the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 on Wednesday in New Brunswick. The Sea Dogs are the first team to win the trophy since 2019, as the last two tournaments were scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's their second..." June 30

  • Top NHL Draft prospect David Jiricek projects as an intimidating NHL defenseman

    The Athletic "During his 10-plus seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, defenseman Jakub Kindl had a front-row seat to watch the legendary Nicklas Lidstrom work his mastery on the blue line. He also played with Brian Rafalski in Detroit, and later with Aaron Ekblad of the Florida..." June 29