NHL Prospects Rumors & News

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    First Niagara Center on its feet as Jack Eichel gets the first of a many in his NHL career. Place is buzzing now.

  • After 10 years of Crosby vs. Ovechkin, you ready for McDavid vs. Eichel?

    Yahoo! Sports "So who ya got? In this corner is Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian hockey wunderkind and anointed top prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered arguably the best young player to enter the League in a decade and maybe beyond. He’s polished and practiced, his image cultivated and..." October 08

  • McDavid making long-awaited NHL debut amid nerves, hype and curiosity

    Brandon Sun "Connor McDavid has dreamed of playing in the NHL since he was a kid, but there was no tossing and turning on the eve of his big-league debut. McDavid got a good night's sleep, and it wasn't until he woke up in a St. Louis hotel Thursday morning that he let his mind wander. That's when the nerves..." October 08

  • Coyotes send 3rd overall pick Dylan Strome back to OHL

    The Score "The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the OHL's Erie Otters. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Wednesday that Strome had a very good chance of cracking the opening night roster. The 18-year-old was the third overall pick in June's draft, behind Connor McDavid and Jack..." October 05

  • Sabres' Eichel preseason pick for Calder Trophy

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the first two players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, are considered by many to be the frontrunners for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. McDavid, chosen No. 1 by the Edmonton Oilers, said having an impact each shift, regardless of whether it..." October 05

  • Coyotes GM believes there's a good chance Dylan Strome makes the team

    Puck Drunk Love "Dylan Strome remains in camp with the Arizona Coyotes, and according to Yotes GM Don Maloney, there’s a good chance he’ll be on the opening day roster. “It’s a daily evaluation, but there’s a very good chance he’s part of the opening night roster,” Maloney told Post Media’s Michael Traikos,..." October 01

  • Who could upset McDavid for the Calder?

    Sportsnet "No one. That is the quick, safe, easy and (probably) smart answer to this article’s titular question. But surprises happen and injuries bite. Players overachieve, players underperform. That’s why we watch sports — and why everyone and their agent picked Jonathan Drouin to walk away with..." September 30

  • Matthews' smooth transition earns him top rating

    NHL.com "It hasn't taken Auston Matthews very long to become an international success. Matthews, a 6-foot-1, 194-pound center who many project will be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, made headlines in August after announcing he would join ZSC in Switzerland's top professional league this season..." September 29

  • McDavid likely to play for Oilers rookies in exhibition

    NHL.com "Forward Connor McDavid is expected to be in the lineup when the Edmonton Oilers rookies play the University of Alberta in an exhibition on Wednesday. The game will be played at Rexall Place (9 p.m. ET), home of the Oilers. The previous 24 games in the series were played at Clare Drake Arena,..." September 16

  • McDavid signs with Adidas as 'brand ambassador

    The Score "The NHL's reported jersey supplier of the future has landed the game's best prospect. Connor McDavid has signed with Adidas Canada as the company's new "brand ambassador," according to a release from the company. "I'm really excited to be partnering with an iconic brand such as Adidas,"..." September 09

  • Report: McDavid to live with Hall this season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not only could Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid be linemates this season, they’ll also be roommates. According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, McDavid will live with Hall during his first NHL season. Injuries limited Hall to just 53 games last season. The 23-year-old scored 14 goals and..." September 07

  • Coyotes Sign Merkley To Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Nick Merkley to a three-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Merkley registered 20-70-90 with a plus-29 rating in 72..." September 03

  • Eichel signs card deal with Leaf, attends Upper Deck Rookie Showcase

    Die By The Blade "Jack Eichel is a popular man right now. Weeks after signing an equipment deal with Bauer, the young star has signed a multi-year exclusive trading card deal with Leaf. The company's CEO Brian Gray said it was one of the most lucrative autograph trading deals for a rookie in any sport. "Unlike..." September 01

  • Connor McDavid on personal expectations as NHL rookie: 'No real numbers I have in mind'

    The Score "Weeks away from taking the NHL by storm, Connor McDavid isn't prepared to quantify his impending impact on the Edmonton Oilers. The phenom blew away the field as a member of the OHL's Erie Otters, averaging 1.72 points per game in 166 junior contests. Expectations are understandably high, but..." September 01

  • Sabres rookie Jack Eichel moved in with Matt Moulson and family

    CBS Sports "Jack Eichel has had an interesting few years leading up to what will be his highly-anticipated rookie season with the Buffalo Sabres. As the new crowned-jewel of the Sabres' rebuild, he could probably afford some stability as he begins to plant roots within the city that hopes he can fulfill his..." September 01

  • Oilers' McDavid talks expectations with NHL.com

    NHL.com "What have you learned about the Oilers organization since you were drafted? McDavid: There's not much that everyone doesn't know about the Oilers. I think with their history and everything that has happened to them over the last couple of years has been pretty well documented. There are no real..." September 01

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Top-ranked '16 prospect Auston Matthews will play in Switzerland

    Pro Hockey Talk "Auston Matthews is off to the Swiss League. On Friday, National League A club ZSC (Zurich) Lions tweeted out that Matthews, the Arizona-bred phenom projected to go No. 1 overall at next year’s draft, will suit up for them next year rather than play junior hockey for WHL Everett. The news..." August 07

  • Still unsigned, Devils' Zacha to sit out Czech's World Junior evaluation camp

    North Jersey "With no signed NHL contract yet, Devils' 2015 first-round pick Pavel Zacha will not participate in the Czech Republic's 2016 world junior team evaluation camp that begins Saturday in Calgary, his agent said today. Zacha was one of 22 Czech players invited to the camp, which runs Saturday..." August 02

  • Devils hope to get Zacha signed next week

    North Jersey "The Devils' 2015 first-round draft pick Pavel Zacha was back in New Jersey this week before heading back to California today to continue his off-season training. Zacha, who was in Toronto last week to get his U.S. travel visa, worked out at Prudential Center for a couple days and went to lunch..." July 30

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Mitch Marner signs a three-year entry-level deal with #leafs.

  • Carolina Hurricanes top pick Hanifin has eyes on NHL, but team in no rush

    Raleigh News & Observer "Noah Hanifin first took the ice to play for Boston College as a 17-year-old freshman defenseman last season. “Not many 17-year-olds can do that, and not at Boston College,” Eagles coach Jerry York said. “You’re playing against 22- and 23-year-old men. It’s a big adjustment.” In a few months,..." July 26

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Devils 1st-round pick Pavel Zacha leaves development camp without entry-level contract

    North Jersey "Pavel Zacha had picked off a pass in the neutral zone and had a clear path to the net in front of him as he raced cross the blue line. Eager to see what the Devils' 2015 first-round pick would do on his breakaway, the fans sitting in the bleachers were just starting to rise from their seats and..." July 20

  • Gretzky: McDavid can handle transition to NHL

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky doesn't expect Connor McDavid to struggle in the NHL despite extremely high expectations, having turned pro at 18 after spending three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. "Going right from junior to the NHL? That's a big step for Connor," Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal..." July 19

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    Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice

    Things still positive in contract talks for Pavel Zacha, but not expecting a signing before he leaves camp.

  • B's Sign Defenseman Jakub Zboril To An Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 15, the club has signed defenseman Jakub Zboril to an entry-level contract. Zboril, 18, is a native of Brno, Czech Republic, and played last season in Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He finished third..." July 15

  • Avalanche sign first-round pick Rantanen

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Mikko Rantanen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Rantanen, 18, was Colorado’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft held last month. The top-rated international player according to NHL..." July 13

  • Canes Sign Hanifin to Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Hanifin $832,500 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American..." July 12

  • 17,000 fans watched Jack Eichel, Sabres prospects scrimmage

    CBS Sports "Buffalo Sabres fans are excited again. After sitting through back-to-back seasons of pretty terrible hockey on the ice, including one where a large portion of the fan base was actually rooting for the team to lose (and for good reason!), Sabres fans have reason to believe again. Evander Kane,..." July 12

  • Wild's Eriksson Ek, Bouramman like what they see of Twin Cities

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "They didn’t have a car, so they did a lot of walking. Joel Eriksson Ek and Gustav Bouramman — two young Swedes taking in the sights. “We did take the light rail,” Eriksson Ek said. “We went to the Mall of America, to Minneapolis. Just took a look around the Twin Cities. It looks good. I like..." July 11

  • McDavid scores five goals in Oilers scrimmage

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid put on a show for roughly 7,300 fans Monday at Rexall Place during a 4-on-4 intrasquad scrimmage for Edmonton Oilers prospects. The No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft had three goals in two 20-minute halves of 4-on-4 play, then scored two more in seven minutes at 3-on-3, leading..." July 07

  • Coyotes Sign Strome to Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Dylan Strome to a three-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “We are very pleased to sign Dylan to an entry-level contract,” said Maloney. “Dylan..." July 06

  • Ivan Provorov signed to three-year entry-level contract

    Broad Street Hockey "The Flyers announced on Saturday evening that they have signed Ivan Provorov, their top pick from last week's NHL Draft, to an entry-level contract. The contract is the standard three-year entry-level deal, and has an anticipated cap hit of the maximum $925,000 (along with any potential bonuses..." July 04

  • Connor McDavid signs on the dotted line with the Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers wasted no time inking a deal with hockey phenom Connor McDavid. The team announced Friday morning it has agreed to terms with the 18-year-old centre, who the Oilers selected first overall a week ago in the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft in Florida. The Oilers..." July 03

  • Connor McDavid declares first day of Oilers orientation camp 'fun'

    Edmonton Sun "One small stride for Connor McDavid, one giant leap for the Edmonton Oilers. The future of the franchise took his first official skate as an Oiler in an empty arena Wednesday, a quiet prelude to the roar he’s expected to make in this building and the next. “Today was a lot of fun,” said..." July 02

  • Sabres sign Jack Eichel to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "Jack Eichel will not be returning to Boston University for his sophomore season. The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has signed an entry-level deal with the Buffalo Sabres." July 01

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    Shawn Stepner @StepnerWKBW

    A source tells me Jack Eichel will be in Buffalo today and will sign his first pro contract with the #Sabres today.

  • Arizona Coyotes select Nick Merkley at #30 overall

    Five For Howling "The Arizona Coyotes added another center to their prospect pool when they selected Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL at 30th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Calgary native was projected as high as #14 by some scouting services, thanks in no small part to his playmaking..." June 27

  • Ducks draft Swedish defenseman Jacob Larsson

    Fox Sports West "After the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, the bigger picture has yet to emerge in Anaheim. The Anaheim Ducks drafted Swedish defenseman Jacob Larsson with the 27th overall pick. Larsson projects to be similar to current Ducks blue liner Hampus Lindholm, with more of an offensive upside...." June 27

  • Benning wanted top player, so winger Brock Boeser was best

    Vancouver Sun "Brock Boeser and his family were due Friday night, owed the euphoria and happiness that comes with being chosen in the first round of the National Hockey League entry draft. The 18-year-old winger from Burnsville, Minn., was selected 23rd by the Vancouver Canucks, which hasn’t had much luck..." June 27

  • Senators' draft picks stars in the making

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators restocked the shelves Friday night at the BB&T Center Friday night in the NHL entry draft. After sending goaltender Robin Lehner and centre David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres earlier for the No. 21 pick to go with the No. 18 selection they already had, the Senators took Saint John..." June 27

  • Jets select LW Kyle Connor and F Jack Roslovic in first round of NHL Draft

    Winnipeg Sun "The Winnipeg Jets had another highly-rated player fall into their lap, then used their second first-round pick on a guy that also features plenty of offensive upside. After several off-the-board selections took place earlier in the first round, the Jets used the 17th overall selection to pick..." June 27

  • Islanders Trade for 28th Pick in 2015 NHL Draft, Select Anthony Beauvillier

    Lighthouse Hockey "The New York Islander already dealt Griffin Reinhart for the 16th overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, but they weren't done there. Later in that first round, they acquired the 28th overall pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the 33rd overall pick (acquired earlier from the Oilers in..." June 27

  • Islanders pick Mathew Barzal of Seattle at 16

    Lighthouse Hockey "The New York Islanders selected Mathew Barzal with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The center for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL could be a steal, as he missed a third of his draft year with a fluke knee injury (horsing around in the locker room) but put up good numbers for..." June 27

  • Don Sweeney uses all three picks

    Boston Herald "The Bruins did not move their stockpiled first-round draft picks that were acquired in the Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic trades to move up in the draft or to get an established NHLer. Instead, they used all three picks themselves (the two acquired in the trades and their own), and took a..." June 27

  • Florida Panthers pick left wing Lawson Crouse with 11th selection

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "On Wednesday, Lawson Crouse was the only one of six highly touted draft prospects to belt a home run during batting practice at Marlins Park. On Friday evening, the Panthers believe they hit a home run when General Manager Dale Tallon gave the honor to Bill Torrey, the franchise’s original..." June 27

  • Mikko Rantanen selected by Colorado Avalanche at No. 10 in NHL draft

    Denver Post "Signing a big playmaking center, orchestrating the NHL's biggest trade of the day and drafting a big winger highlighted one of the biggest player-personnel days in Avalanche history before and during the first round of the NHL draft Friday in Sunrise, Fla. The bottom line: The Avs got much..." June 27

2014 NHL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Oilers Connor McDavid Erie Otters
2 Sabres Jack Eichel Boston University
3 Coyotes Noah Hanifin Boston College Eagles
4 Maple Leafs Dylan Strome Erie Otters
5 Hurricanes Lawson Crouse Kingston Frontenacs
6 Devils Mitchell Marner London Knights
7 Flyers Ivan Provorov Brandon (WHL)
8 Blue Jackets Kyle Connor Michigan
9 Sharks Mikko Rantanen
10 Avalanche Zachary Werenski Michigan