NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Wendel Clark’s advice to the Maple Leafs’ No. 1 pick

    Sportsnet "Guess where Wendel Clark was when the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery Saturday night. At a bar in Edmonton for a charity function, surrounded by Oilers fans. “They were very happy. The fans didn’t want No. 1 again. They wanted No. 4. They’ve had three No. 1’s and it hasn’t..." May 06

  • Caggiula expected to sign shortly, Canucks could be front-runners

    Pro Hockey Talk "College free agent Drake Caggiula is expected to pick a team shortly, possibly even today. The University of North Dakota winger had originally shortlisted six teams, according to a report. Those teams were Philadelphia, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Chicago and Buffalo. TSN’s Bob McKenzie..." May 06

  • Why Toronto winning the first pick in the NHL draft is so important

    The Sports Fan Journal "As the NHL playoffs move through the second round, the absence of the seven Canadian teams has been palpable. Sure, it’s exciting to watch Ovi and Sid the Kid square off against each other, and seeing John Tavares carry the New York Islanders to their first playoff series victory in 23 years was..." May 05

  • Numbers suggest Matthews can have big rookie year

    NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs likely will select Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick at the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. If they do, what can be expected from Matthews as an NHL rookie in 2016-17? Based on the recent performances of No. 1 selections, Matthews..." May 05

  • Where is Auston Matthews from? Win and who cares

    Sporting News "Auston Matthews sort of sounds Canadian. Anyone who didn't realize that learned it after the Maple Leafs won the draft lottery. The way he pronounces 'Os' doesn't out him as an Arizonan, that's fer sure. So ... good for him, I guess? Not really. Whatever. People sound the way they sound and..." May 04

  • With Auston Matthews, does Stamkos make sense in Toronto?

    Sportsnet "Things just got 91 times more interesting for July 1. As Steven Stamkos, long believed to be a target for the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ future No. 1 centre role, inches closer to unrestricted free agency, his hometown now has secured the right to draft a bona fide stud prospect at the most critical..." May 02

  • Arizona Coyotes land 7th pick in NHL draft lottery

    Arizona Republic "A team other than the Oilers won this year's NHL draft lottery. But it wasn't the Coyotes. The Maple Leafs secured the No. 1 pick Saturday with the Coyotes slotting seventh, the position they were likely to land in based on regular-season points. “I’m grateful that we didn’t slip,” said..." May 01

  • Maple Leafs win draft lottery: Is Matthews in their sights?

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan only clicked through the NHL Draft Lottery simulator once. One time was all he needed. Why press your luck? Shanahan liked the results so much that he quickly closed his laptop, hoping the same outcome would pull through during the real..." May 01

  • McDavid advises Auston Matthews to 'smile no matter what' ahead of lottery

    The Score "With the NHL Draft Lottery just hours away, Auston Matthews - widely expected to be picked first overall - will soon learn who will have the first chance to draft him in June. On Saturday, Matthews received some welcome advice on how to handle the situation from last year's No. 1 pick, Edmonton..." April 30

  • Prepare for the unexpected at NHL Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "Boston Bruins. Arizona Coyotes. Colorado Avalanche. Okay, how do you feel about the re-organized NHL draft lottery now? If that turns out to be the final order delivered by tonight’s lottery – Bruins, then Desert Dogs, then Avs – it will surely have a far different impact on the hockey world..." April 30

  • Canucks sign G Michael Garteig to entry-level contract

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks have signed free agent goaltender Michael Garteig to a one-year, entry-level contract. The Prince George, B.C., native is coming off his senior season at Quinnipac University, where his Bobcats made it all the way to the national championship game, falling to the..." April 30

  • Oilers centre Connor McDavid feels for projected first overall draft pick Auston Matthews

    Edmonton Sun "Connor McDavid is going to be happy to be on the other side of the world, as far away as he can get, from the excruciating experience he endured last year. It’ll be after midnight in Prague and McDavid will likely be enjoying a Pilsner Urquel with his new Team Canada teammates when it all goes..." April 29

  • NHL, NHLPA agree to expansion draft concept

    The Score "Another checkpoint has apparently been reached in the expansion process. TSN's Gary Lawless reported Friday morning that the NHL and NHPLA have agreed in principal to an expansion draft model and mandate on existing no-movement clauses. Lawless notes this doesn't mean that expansion is..." April 29

  • Penguins Sign Defenseman Lukas Bengtsson to a Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Lukas Bengtsson to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The two-way contract will begin with the 2016-17 season and runs through the 2017-18 campaign. Bengtsson,..." April 27

  • Patrik Laine won’t really go No. 1, will he?

    Sportsnet "The hockey agent warns you. He is about to say something crazy. “Everyone assumes Auston Matthews is going No. 1. A couple teams have whispered to us that it’s not a given that Matthews goes No. 1,” says Allan Walsh, whose Octagon Hockey agency represents a handful of 2016’s top prospects, none..." April 27

  • Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner dominating OHL playoffs

    The Score "While the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking forward to Saturday's NHL Draft lottery results, they seem to have already scored a major victory on the prospect front. With two goals and two assists in a London Knights playoff game Tuesday against the Erie Otters, Mitch Marner leads the OHL with 14..." April 27

  • Bruins sign goalie Daniel Vladar to entry-level contract

    Boston Globe "The Bruins signed goalie Daniel Vladar to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. Vladar was the team’s third-round pick in 2015. Vladar played for the USHL’s Chicago Steel in 2014-15. The 6-foot-6-inch, 185-pound Vladar went 12-12-4 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .920 save..." April 27

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Patrik Laine named MVP of Finnish playoffs

    The Score "No one has built up more momentum than Patrik Laine before draft night. Four days before the NHL Draft Lottery, the projected No. 2 overall selection was awarded the Jarri Kurri Trophy as the MVP of the Finnish league playoffs. Laine, who turned 18 last week, dominated the men who play in..." April 26

  • Hurricanes sign Chris Chelios’ kid

    NHL.com "Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jake Chelios on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Chelios $575,000 at the NHL level, or $70,000 on the..." April 22

  • Clayton Keller deserves to be in fourth overall conversation

    Pension Plan Puppets "Dylan Larkin, Brock Boeser and Kyle Connor might not be well-kept secrets anymore, but they were when dozens of teams passed on them at the 2014 and 2015 drafts. This year, despite staggering production and an impressive set of elite offensive tools, Clayton Keller hasn't always found himself..." April 17

  • Blue Jackets Sign Undrafted Scott

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets have signed forward Justin Scott to an entry-level contract, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Scott, 20, has spent the past four seasons playing for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League. In 67 games this season, he had 28 goals, 37 assists, a plus-32 rating and 60 penalty..." April 15

  • ‘Extraordinary prospect’ Matthews tops final draft rankings

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s no shortage of talent available at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft but, according to Central Scouting, one prospect stands out from the rest. “Auston Matthews is an extraordinary prospect with NHL size, speed and smarts combined with an exceptional work ethic and a relentless compete level,”..." April 12

  • Mission Accomplished? Leafs grab best 2016 NHL Draft lottery odds

    Pro Hockey Talk "The “Shanaplan” continues to come together for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After getting pummeled in their season finale to the New Jersey Devils, the Maple Leafs “locked down” the final standings spot in the NHL for 2015-16. This gives them the best odds at getting the top pick of the 2016 NHL..." April 10

  • OHL Suspends Owner Of The Flint Firebirds For Five Years, Fines Him $250,000

    Deadspin "The commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League brought down the hammer on the Flint Firebirds today, finding that owner Rolf Nilsen “has on several occasions violated an agreement he signed ... between himself and the OHL.” While commissioner David Branch’s statement didn’t lay out Nilsen’s..." April 06

  • How realistic is Maple Leafs chance at drafting Matthews?

    Sportsnet "Time has run out on any concerns that the Toronto Maple Leafs might submarine their draft lottery odds with a late surge at the end of a long season. Even an extra win or two can’t really do that now. With the Columbus Blue Jackets in town on Wednesday night, the only lingering question at..." April 06

  • Oilers' recent losing skid gives them best odds at No. 1 pick

    The Score "The Edmonton Oilers have won just once in the past six games after suffering a 5-0 blowout loss to the rival Calgary Flames on Saturday, but they may be primed for another win on April 30. That is the date of the NHL's draft lottery, in which the Oilers now have the best odds at securing their..." April 03

  • Auston Matthews: 'Coyotes are the reason I started playing hockey'

    The Score "Music to Gary Bettman's ears. Auston Matthews remains a long shot to be drafted by his hometown team, but regardless, the Arizona Coyotes will stay close to the projected No. 1 overall draft selection's heart. "(The) Coyotes are the reason I started playing hockey," Matthews said while in..." April 03

  • OHL hands out lengthy suspension to Max Jones after vicious head hit

    The Score "London Knights forward Max Jones was suspended 12 games by the OHL on Friday for a head infraction, the league announced. Jones laid a devastating headshot on Owen Sound's Justin Brack on Wednesday." April 01

  • Vesey saga keeps coming back to Toronto, Boston

    TSN "The moment Jimmy Vesey Jr. told the Nashville Predators he was going to exercise his right to unrestricted free agency come Aug. 15 -- rather than sign with the club and play the rest of this regular season and 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs in Music City -- you knew where this was likely headed. To..." March 31

  • Vesey opens door to Leafs, Bruins, rest of NHL

    TSN "In the end, the Nashville Predators couldn’t get close to prized prospect Jimmy Vesey. Literally. A guaranteed spot on the top two lines, a chance to skate into the Stanley Cup playoffs three weeks after stepping off the ice as a Harvard student and the benefit of burning a year off his..." March 29

  • Matthews, Eichel similar in style

    NHL.com "It isn't every day you see an 18-year-old prodigy take his talents overseas and dominate against many NHL-caliber players the way Auston Matthews did this season for Zurich in National League A, Switzerland's top professional league. Matthews, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., now looks to become..." March 29

  • As Michigan's Season Ends, Werenski Watch Begins For Jackets

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets are expected to move quickly in an attempt to sign University of Michigan defenseman Zach Werenski to an entry-level contract after the Wolverines season ended on Saturday with a loss to North Dakota in the NCAA Tournament. The next step, really, is all up to Werenski, who was..." March 28

  • Arizona Coyotes won't trade Oliver Ekman-Larsson to draft Auston Matthews

    Arizona Republic "This year’s NHL draft is still months away and the order of selection has yet to be finalized, but don’t expect the Coyotes to sacrifice franchise defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson for the chance of taking Scottsdale native Auston Matthews with the first overall pick. “That will never happen,”..." March 27

  • Matthew Tkachuk is more practical target for Coyotes in NHL draft

    USA Today "All of the speculation about the Arizona Coyotes' interest in making an aggressive bid to move up in the NHL draft this summer may be focusing on the wrong target. The Coyotes want to draft homegrown Arizona talent Auston Matthews. It would be a major boost to be able to market a potential star..." March 26

  • Auston Matthews first player named to USA’s World Championships roster

    Pro Hockey Talk "Well, here’s one way to make some noise. In something of an unprecedented move, USA Hockey started its World Hockey Championships roster announcement with a bang, by naming 18-year-old Auston Matthews as the first — and, right now, only — player on the team. More: Last year, Matthews..." March 24

  • The Insider: Odds are Matthews heading north to Canada

    TSN "Auston Matthews, Welcome to Canada. The NHL Draft Lottery isn't until April 30 this year — much to the chagrin of clubs who don't like the two-week, made-for-TV delay (at least compared to previous years) — but on any given morning these days, the odds of consensus No. 1 pick Matthews, an..." March 23

  • What would it take for the Coyotes to land Auston Matthews?

    Sportsnet "It is an assumption that follows the Arizona Coyotes through these final few weeks of another fruitless regular season. Wherever the Coyotes finish, they’ll talk trade for the consensus No. 1 overall pick, Auston Matthews — a Scottsdale native who scouts say is the best player available at the..." March 22

  • Touted prospect Pierre-Luc Dubois suspended until further notice

    The Score "Pierre-Luc Dubois, a projected lottery pick at this summer's draft, has been suspended by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League until further notice for an ugly hit thrown Saturday night. At top speed in pursuit on the forecheck, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward placed his hands on the..." March 19

  • London's Max Jones combines size, speed

    NHL.com "Max Jones is one prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo who can use his skill set to set him apart. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Jones has the makeup to be a prototypical power forward, but it's everything else he can do that has him 11th in NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings among..." March 16

  • Matthew Tkachuk suspended two games by OHL

    NHL.com "London forward Matthew Tkachuk, the No. 1-rated North American skater on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft, was suspended two games Thursday by the Ontario Hockey League. Tkachuk was given a match penalty during a game Wednesday against Erie for a slew foot at 19:37..." March 16

  • Injured NHL draft prospect Puljujarvi out ‘a few weeks’

    Sportsnet "The lower-body injury suffered by top NHL draft prospect Jesse Puljujarvi during a Finnish league game over the weekend isn’t believed to be too serious. The 17-year-old winger “should not miss more than a few weeks of action,” agent Markus Lehto of Acme World Sports, told Sportsnet..." March 16

  • Jesse Puljujarvi Challenging Auston Matthews For 1st Pick In 2016 Draft

    The Hockey Writers "One of the most exciting things leading up to the annual NHL Entry Draft is often the back-and-forth debate about which player is going to be selected 1st overall. Sometimes it can be a head-to-head debate, as we saw in 2010 with “Taylor vs. Tyler” and then to a lesser extent in 2015 with..." March 16

  • Chychrun has gone from top dog to underdog

    Sportsnet "The big stage has proven to be an elusive destination for Jakob Chychrun over the past year. He missed the Ontario Hockey League playoffs and a chance to go head-to-head with Connor McDavid last spring because of shoulder issues, and surgery on the damaged left wing cost him a chance to play..." March 16

  • Jakob Chychrun is the best defenseman of the 2016 draft class

    The Hockey News "Defenseman Jakob Chychrun brings size, speed, toughness and a cracking shot to the ice and really; you can’t ask for much more in a prospect. That’s why the Sarnia Sting sophomore will be the top 2016 draft hopeful to watch in North America this season and by far the most coveted..." March 16

  • Prospect Need to Know: Alex Nylander is ripping it up in Mississauga

    The Hockey News "Canada’s world junior camp roster is out and there weren’t a lot of surprises. The biggest was previewed by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, who revealed on the weekend that St. Louis Blues prospect and star Providence College defenseman Jake Walman was deemed ineligible for Team USA by the IIHF. Walman is a..." March 16

  • Alexander Nylander off to impressive start in OHL

    NHL.com "Mississauga Steelheads center Alexander Nylander is doing everything he can to live up to those lofty expectations as a projected first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting. Nylander, the son of former NHL forward Michael Nylander and brother of Toronto Maple Leafs prospect..." March 16

  • 2016 draft prospect Tkachuk makes OHL history with 100th point

    The Score "London Knights forward Matthew Tkachuk is turning heads in his first OHL season. With an assist in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers, the 18-year-old became just the third player in OHL history to hit the 100-point mark in his rookie season. He joins Erie Otters forward Alex..." March 11

  • Auston Matthews' year abroad ends; NHL next

    CBS Sports "After making the unprecedented move for a U.S. or Canadian-born draft-eligible player to play his draft season as a professional in Europe, Auston Matthews' season has come to a surprising early end. His ZSC Lions were defeated by Bern on Thursday, completing a shocking sweep in the first round of..." March 11

  • Which teams need Auston Matthews the most?

    USA Today "Auston Matthews’ decision to play his first professional hockey season for the Zurich Lions in Switzerland has left no doubt that he's the No. 1 prospect for the June NHL draft. Despite missing 14 games with an injury, the American-born 18-year-old center finished fourth in the goal scoring..." March 05

2014 NHL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Maple Leafs Jesse Puljujarvi Karpat
2 Hurricanes Auston Matthews ZSC Lions
3 Blue Jackets Patrik Laine Tappara
4 Flames Matthew Tkachuk London Knights
5 Jets Jakob Chychrun Sarnia Sting
6 Oilers Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steelheads
7 Coyotes Olli Juolevi London Knights
8 Canucks Michael McLeod Mississauga Steelheads
9 Sabres Mikhail Sergachyov Windsor Spitfires
10 Canadiens Max Jones London Knights

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.