NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Auston Matthews tops NHL’s mid-season draft rankings

    Sportsnet "American forward Auston Matthews is the top ranked draft eligible player according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, which published their mid-season rankings Tuesday. Matthews is currently playing for Zurich in Switzerland’s top professional league under former NHL coach Marc Crawford. He’s..." January 19

  • NHL instates mandatory domestic violence and sexual assault prevention training for teams and players

    SB Nation "The NHL has finally begun to implement domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention training for its players and teams, per a report from the Associated Press. The NHL and NHL Players' Association partnered to ensure all 30 teams would go through "hour-long educational..." January 16

  • Matthews consensus No. 1 in initial 2016 mock draft

    NHL.com "Center Auston Matthews entered the 2015-16 season regarded as the top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft. His play this season, especially at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, has cemented his spot at the top of the draft list. That includes the initial mock drafts for NHL.com's draft..." January 13

  • Team Canada names Point captain

    TSN "Brayden Point has been named captain of Team Canada for the 2016 world junior hockey championship. Point, who won gold with Canada at the 2015 tournament, has served as captain of the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors for the previous two seasons. Lawson Crouse and Joe Hicketts, both of whom also..." December 24

  • Auston Matthews ready to show his talent to the world

    ESPN "The support came in the form of calls and texts. A call from Keith Tkachuk. Another one from Shane Doan, extra special for a kid who started playing hockey in the Coyotes practice facility at six years old. Patrick Kane reached out. So did countless others. A 16-year-old Auston Matthews had..." December 23

  • Report: World Junior game between USA and Canada will be outdoors

    Puck Drunk Love "Today it was announced that Buffalo was selected over the likes of Pittsburgh and St. Louis to host the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2018. The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to many around the league as owner Terry Pegula has done a lot for the area surrounding the First Niagara..." December 03

  • Connor McDavid: Sitting out Maple Leafs game ‘sucks’

    Sportsnet "It would have been one of the hottest tickets in the NHL all season. Instead, it amounted to an injury update prior to a face-off between two of the league’s worst teams. A broken clavicle — healing faster than expected — has delayed Connor McDavid‘s professional debut on Air Canada Centre..." November 30

  • Connor McDavid dodges question on Flyers injuring him on purpose

    Yahoo! Sports "Please recall Connor McDavid breaking his left clavicle in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this month, as the Edmonton Oilers sensation crashed into the end boards followed by two Flyers after taking a shot on goal. The hockey world reacted mournfully, as McDavid’s brilliant..." November 16

  • Oilers' McDavid staying positive, playing waiting game

    NHL.com "Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid said he is trying to stay positive as he recovers from a fractured clavicle sustained when he crashed into the end boards Nov. 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers. McDavid spoke to the media Monday for the first time since the injury occurred. The No. 1..." November 16

  • Flint junior team rehires coaches after players walk out

    Detroit News "Flint — The Firebirds? More like the Firestorms. Flint's brand-new Ontario Hockey League team has made some national and international news this week, with ownership firing the coaches, the players walking out in disgust, and ownership rehiring the coaches — all in the span of 24..." November 10

  • OHL's Flint Firebirds fire coaching staff, players quit in protest

    TSN "The scene sounded like something out of “Rudy.” Except it was real life, with teenage hockey players revolting against management. One by one, all 24 players of the OHL’s Flint Firebirds placed their sweaters on the floor in the front office and quit the team on Sunday night, shortly after..." November 09

  • Connor McDavid's rookie card is already selling for $250 on market

    Edmonton Journal "Connor McDavid’s much-anticipated rookie card, from the Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns, hits collectibles shops Thursday morning in Edmonton, and there’s only one way to guarantee you’ll get your mitts on one. “If you bought a case of 12 boxes, you would get one for sure,” said Wayne Wagner,..." November 06

  • Dreger: McDavid’s best-case scenario is 7-8 weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Darren Dreger spoke with NBCSN’s Liam McHugh on Wednesday, giving more details on Connor McDavid‘s injury situation. The most direct news for Edmonton Oilers fans: the best-case scenario for McDavid’s return would be a window of seven-to-eight weeks. Hopefully you note that it’s a best-case..." November 05

  • Connor McDavid out of Oilers lineup for months with broken left collarbone

    CBC Sports "Edmonton Oilers rookie centre Connor McDavid suffered a broken left collarbone in Tuesday night's 4-2 win over Philadelphia and will be out for a period of months, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday. He is expected to have surgery later in the day. McDavid went down with 1:44..." November 04

  • Oilers' McDavid more confident after solid first month

    NHL.com "After a slow start, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid had a productive first month in the NHL, and on Monday he was named NHL Rookie of the Month for October. Entering play Monday he leads all first-year players with 12 points, and his five goals are tied for the lead. McDavid led a deep..." November 03

  • Auston Matthews suffers back injury, to miss weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Auston Matthews, who is the leading candidate to be taken with the top pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, will not be able to represent the United States in the upcoming Deutschland Cup. As previously reported, He got hurt on Oct. 23. We now know that the injury he sustained is to his back and..." November 01

  • Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong used to overshadow Sabres’ Jack Eichel

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "A few years back, when Sabres center Jack Eichel played in summer hockey tournaments, spectators would flock to whichever rink had the talented youngster destined for the NHL.They weren’t looking for Eichel, the second overall pick in June.Instead, they wanted to see Daniel Sprong, a slick winger..." October 29

  • Rookie Daniel Sprong continues his push to remain with Penguins beyond 9-game trial

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "By Friday afternoon, Daniel Sprong had yet to return all the calls and text messages he received from friends and family eager to congratulate him on his first NHL goal. If he keeps producing, he might have to change his phone number. Sprong scored Thursday night in a 2-0 win against the..." October 17

  • McLellan: McDavid probably feels large part of 0-4 record ‘falls on his shoulders’

    Edmonton Sun "As Opening Nights go, this one went. In some ways it was indelible. In other ways it didn’t even qualify as memorable. When the crowd arrived for the final home opener in Rexall Place, there were bright orange Oilers scarves on the backs of each seat in the building for the fans. And the..." October 16

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    What The Puck?!Facts @WTPHockeyFacts

    Just like Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid scored his first NHL goal in his 3rd NHL game.

  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel scores in NHL debut

    NHL.com "Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel scored his first NHL goal 9:11 into the third period of the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Eichel, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored on a power play to pull the Sabres within 2-1. He took a pass from Marcus Foligno to the..." October 09

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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

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