NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Lawson Crouse: ‘I’m a big power forward’

    Pro Hockey Talk "When looking at the prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft many of heard of the likes of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel – the two topped the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings released this week. At No. 4, behind Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin, is a hulking 6-foot-4, 211-pound forward..." January 25

  • Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse draws comparison to Nashville Predators defenceman Seth Jones

    Edmonton Journal "St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was very impressed with Edmonton Oilers’ first-round draft pick and defenceman Darnell Nurse at the World Junior Hockey Championship. “He looks like (Seth) Jones. Plays the same game on the move. He’ll be able to skate you out of trouble,” said..." January 23

  • McDavid tops NHL’s midseason draft rankings

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau has released its midseason rankings for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and, to nobody’s surprise, a pair of familiar names top the list. Connor McDavid, the OHL Erie wunderkind, took the No. 1 spot while Boston University star freshman Jack Eichel came in at number..." January 20

  • The Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes

    USA Today "Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the top prospects in the 2015 draft, are off to great starts in their draft year. McDavid plays center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, while Eichel is a freshman center with Boston University. McDavid had 11 points in seven games for gold..." January 12

  • Leafs recall first-rounder Nylander (to AHL)

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled first-round pick William Nylander from Sweden’s MODO, and while that seemingly only amounts to him moving on to the AHL, it was enough of a development to generate a widespread reaction this morning. (For what it’s worth, the Leafs themselves haven’t announced..." January 12

  • Connor McDavid rises to occasion at world juniors

    Toronto Star "It has been quite something watching Connor McDavid evolve through the world junior hockey championship . It would be wonderful -- but not likely -- to see what he could do in a third, especially if he got a chance to do it against Jack Eichel. Both are headed toward the NHL next year, not..." January 07

  • Canada survives scare, beats Russia for gold medal

    CBSSports.com "After a five-year absence, Canada reclaimed the top of the podium at the World Junior Championship. After nearly squandering a 5-1 lead, Canada's defense held in the third period to earn a 5-4 win over Russia and claim the country's first gold medal at the event since 2009. If there's one thing..." January 06

  • ‘McEichel Derby’ heating up

    Buffalo News "There are the playoff races and there is the other race that makes for a bizarre side journey to this NHL season. It’s the “McEichel Derby,” the run for the top spots in the draft lottery and the best chances to take superstars-in-waiting Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel come June 26 in Sunrise,..." December 26

  • Eichel named Team USA captain for World Juniors

    Pro Hockey Talk "One day after Canada named Ottawa rookie Curtis Lazar its captain for the World Junior Championships, the Americans announced Jack Eichel would wear the “C” for the upcoming tournament. Eichel, the standout Boston University freshman that’s pegged as a top-two pick in next year’s NHL Entry..." December 23

  • The Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes

    USA Today "Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the top prospects in the 2015 draft, are off to great starts in their draft year, but McDavid's will be put on hold because of fractured hand. McDavid plays center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, while Eichel is a freshman center with Boston..." December 19

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Connor McDavid had his cast removed today. Broken hand healing well. He's cleared for skating, shooting and, for now, non-contact practice.

  • McDavid thinks dropping the gloves ‘was the right thing to do’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even after breaking his hand and jeopardizing his chance to participate in the upcoming World Juniors tournament, top prospect Connor McDavid doesn’t regret dropping the gloves to fight Bryson Cianfrone in an OHL game earlier this month. “I think it was the right thing to do. I would rather..." November 26

  • Connor McDavid's time Hockey's next great star readies for the NHL

    SB Nation "The puck comes in fast, bouncing high and crooked, twisting up into the air. Near center ice, Connor McDavid bats it down with a quick thwack. It lands softly at the toe of his skates. Two defensemen rush toward him, like the rink has suddenly tilted on its axis. McDavid takes off too. He's..." November 19

  • Arizona State to launch Division I hockey program

    Fox Sports Arizona "First-year Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson wants to make a statement about the direction of Sun Devil athletics. His first major move will do just that. The university is announcing today that it will elevate its national champion club men's hockey team to NCAA Division I status..." November 18

  • Top prospect McDavid out up to six weeks with broken bone in right hand

    TSN.ca "Connor McDavid will be out five to six weeks with a fractured bone in his right hand, an injury that could put his participation for Canada in the world junior championship in doubt. The Erie Otters announced Wednesday afternoon that McDavid suffered a fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone in a..." November 12

  • Top prospect Connor McDavid injures hand in fight

    CBC Sports "Erie Otters centre and presumptive NHL No. 1 overall draft pick Connor McDavid is out indefinitely after injuring his right hand during a fight Tuesday night. McDavid was fighting with the Mississauga Steelheads' Bryson Cianfrone at 13:50 of the second period of their OHL game in Erie, Pa.,..." November 12

  • Jonathan Drouin adjusts to drop in playing time, different line

    Tampa Bay Times "Touted Lightning wing prospect Jonathan Drouin got off to a fast start in his NHL career, often playing on the top line - and up to 20 minutes - during his first four games. But on Tuesday, Drouin, 19, was placed on the fourth line with fellow rookies Cedric Paquette and Vladislav Namestnikov,..." October 31

  • Top prospect Connor McDavid notches 4 points in 3rd straight game

    Yahoo! Sports "As the Connor McDavid show continues, the Kitchener Rangers became his latest victim. The Newmarket, Ont., native netted two goals and two assists in his third straight game as the Otters pulled off a commanding 8-3 victory. After assisting an Alex DeBrincat (2G-1A, +4) marker, McDavid netted his..." October 12

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Habs lose ’13 1st-rounder McCarron (shoulder) for six weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Michael McCarron’s chances of cracking the Montreal roster this fall took a major hit on Thursday, as the club announced he’d miss the next six weeks with a shoulder injury. McCarron, the Habs’ first-round pick (25th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, suffered the shoulder injury during a..." September 25

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    TSN Hockey @TSNHockey

    Lightning announce Jonathan Drouin out 3-4 weeks with a slight fracture of his right thumb. #TSN #NHL

  • NHL training camp: Jonathan Drouin leads prospects to watch

    CBSSports.com "In a matter of days, NHL teams will open their camps with all the familiar faces of regular roster players and established veterans that signed as free agents. Those will be all the names most NHL fans know, but perhaps the most interesting players to watch during training camps are the prospects..." September 15

  • Lightning's Drouin highlights Top 60 prospects

    NHL.com "The star power in the League today is obvious, from Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers to Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. But that's the present. What about the stars of the future? To answer..." September 10

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    FLA expected to announce today the signing of 2014 1st overall pick Aaron Ekblad.

  • Florida Panthers sign No. 1 pick Aaron Ekblad

    CBSSports.com "Florida Panthers fans can now officially celebrate the dawning of the Aaron Ekblad era. Two months after selecting him with the first-overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Panthers signed the 18-year-old defenseman to his entry-level contract Wednesday. “We are very pleased to have..." September 03

  • Flames GM would be 'shocked' if top pick Sam Bennett makes roster

    CBSSports.com "The Calgary Flames don't have much by way of optimism heading into the 2014-15 season. The one thing fans might be able to get excited about is to see which of the team's young players can make the NHL roster, giving a glimpse of a hopefully brighter future. After Sean Monahan performed well as..." September 02

  • Aaron Ekblad ready to lace up for Panthers' home opener

    Toronto Star "Aaron Ekblad is getting back to work. The first overall draft pick of the Florida Panthers said on Saturday he’s free of any concussion-like symptoms less than three weeks after he took a hard hit in a world junior exhibition game. “The concussion is perfectly, completely gone. I feel..." August 26

  • McDavid on teams possibly tanking for him: ‘It’s pretty crazy’

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the NHL announced changes to the Draft Lottery process on Wednesday for the 2015 and 2016 Drafts, it was considered a way to potentially combat against teams tanking in the upcoming season. After all, with players of elite talent like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel – possibly landing a..." August 22

  • Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel impress at World Junior camps

    CBSSports.com "If you didn't know, the 2015 NHL Entry Draft evaluation season officially opened last week when USA Hockey and Hockey Canada held their summer evaluation camps in preparation for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. This year, both camps had added interest from scouts, general managers and..." August 10

  • Sabres sign Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry level contract

    Die By The Blade "Sam Reinhart threw out the first pitch at the Bisons game last night, and today he's signed his first NHL contact. It's been quite the week for young Samson. The Sabres have announced that they have signed second overall pick Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry level deal. With the signing, he..." July 12

  • Florida Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad to make most of opportunity

    Miami Herald "Among the dozens of young hockey players skating around the Panthers training facility Monday afternoon, Aaron Ekblad stood out. Unlike all but one other player, Ekblad has a single digit on his back. Ekblad's No. 5 will likely remain with him not only through this development camp but through..." July 08

  • Panthers keep No. 1 pick and select defenseman Aaron Ekblad

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "There were no pucks flying around Wells Fargo Center, but there were plenty of trade rumors involving the Panthers' overall No. 1 pick right up to 45 minutes before NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman walked onto the podium at 7:13 p.m. to a rousing chorus of boos from Flyers fans to begin the 52nd NHL..." June 28

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    2014 NHL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff The 2014 NHL Entry Draft goes on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. While this year's NHL draft will certainly not be able to match the talent pool of Thursday's NBA Draft, or even most other NHL Drafts for that matter, there are still some extremely talented players available. The best part... June 28

  • Brendan Lemieux, Claude's kid, a perfect pick for Avalanche

    Denver Post "Brendan Lemieux's rise to the NHL began when he was 3 months old, when he sat inside the Stanley Cup after his father raised it. It was June 1996, and Claude Lemieux had helped the Avalanche capture the Cup in the franchise's first season in Denver. Eighteen years later, Brendan Lemieux — a..." June 21

  • UPDATE: NHL top prospect Sam Bennett who couldn't do pullup now up to 'at least two'

    Fox Sports "It can't be fun to be known as the guy who can't do a pullup at the NHL Scouting Combine. In fact, Sam Bennett can confirm that reputation is not the ideal one to have. The 17-year-old, who is tabbed as the No. 1 prospect ahead of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, garnered the wrong kind of attention..." June 11

  • Panthers could take Ekblad with No. 1 pick: report

    NHL.com "If the Florida Panthers retain the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, they likely will select Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad out of the Ontario Hockey League, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defenseman is No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's..." June 10

  • NHL's top prospect can't do one stinking pull-up?

    Fox Sports "Sam Bennett is an extremely talented hockey player. If he weren't, NHL Central Scouting wouldn't have tabbed him as the No. 1 prospect entering the 2014 NHL Draft. Scouts found out this weekend, however, that upper-body strength is not the 17-year-old's area of expertise. Bennett, who..." June 03

  • NHL Scouting Combine continues to evolve

    NHL.com "The NHL Scouting Combine has come a long way since the days of fitness testing in the basement of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. That was evident this week when the 21st installment of the Combine was held at the Westin Bristol Place and The International Centre. A total of 119 of the top prospects..." June 01

  • Ekblad: I'm ready to play in NHL next season

    NHL.com "Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad doesn't consider himself to be arrogant, but he's confident that he's ready to make the jump to the NHL next season. "That's the way I believe in myself," he said. "I wouldn't say I'm cocky but I'm confident and I believe that if I work hard and do all the..." June 01

  • No pull-ups, no problem for top NHL draft prospect Sam Bennett

    Winnipeg Free Press "Sam Bennett isn't accustomed to being last in anything. First among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final 2014 draft rankings, the Kingston Frontenacs centre finished dead-last in one category during Saturday's fitness testing at the annual combine. Bennett couldn't do a single..." June 01

  • Bennett learned OHL, emerged as best in 2014 class

    NHL.com "A little confidence went a long way in helping jumpstart the career of Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett. There wasn't much pressure on Bennett entering 2012-13, his first season in the Ontario Hockey League, after being the ninth pick of the 2012 OHL draft. He played his game, learned..." May 29

  • Blue Jackets sign Alexander Wennberg to entry-level contract

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alexander Wennberg to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Wennberg, 19, was Columbus’ first pick, 14th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft. “The Columbus Blue Jackets are very pleased to have reached..." May 16

  • Florida wins ’14 NHL draft lottery, will pick first overall

    Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16

  • This Is Why Connor McDavid Is Hockey's Next Big Thing

    Deadspin.com "There's a video going around this morning of an unbelievable OHL goal, the Erie center completely undressing an overmatched defender and a hapless goalie. The video is blurry, the audio distant and muffled, as if this were some black-market footage we aren't supposed to see. That's fitting,..." March 06

  • Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon in critical condition after being diagnosed with meningitis

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tim Bozon, a Montreal Canadiens prospect and star in the Western Hockey League, is in critical condition after being diagnosed with meningitis, the league stated in a release Wednesday. From the WHL: Tim Bozon was admitted to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon on Saturday, March 1 and..." March 06

  • Report: Florida Panthers, BB&T Center to host 2015 NHL draft

    CBSSports.com "Connor McDavid's NHL career will begin in Sunrise, Florida. The Florida Panthers had been waiting on word that they would host the NHL draft, more or less being promised to host the NHL's annual summer event by 2016 after they got a new video screen installed at BB&T Center. It looks like it's..." January 14

  • Samuel Bennett heads NHL's midseason rankings for 2014 draft

    CBSSports.com "The NHL has named center Samuel Bennett the top draft-eligible player in North America, according to the league's midseason rankings released Monday. In his second season in the Ontario Hockey League, Bennett, 17, has compiled 66 points in 40 games. If he is to be taken first overall, he'll..." January 13

  • USA Hockey to consider plan to eliminate fighting in top amateur leagues

    SB Nation "USA Hockey is going to consider a plan to help eliminate fighting at all of its levels. Two months after Dylan Chanter, an 18-year-old defensemen in the USHL, suffered an on-ice seizure after hitting his head on the ice following a fight, USA Hockey's board of directors are set to consider a..." December 19

  • Canada willing to wait for suspended Reinhart

    NHL.com "Canadian national junior team coach Brent Sutter has absolute trust in Griffin Reinhart. How far does that trust go? Far enough that he is comfortable playing a bit shorthanded on the blue line for the first three games of the upcoming World Junior Championship tournament, which begins Dec. 26..." December 17

  • McDavid hype continuing to grow at Canada camp

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid has been the talk of Canada's junior national team this week. How much have people been talking about the precocious 16-year-old who is trying to bull his way onto a team, and into a tournament, traditionally dominated by 19-year-olds? On Friday, a reporter prefaced a question..." December 15

2014 NHL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Sabres Connor McDavid Erie Otters
2 Blue Jackets Jack Eichel Boston University
3 Hurricanes Noah Hanifin Boston College Eagles
4 Stars Oliver Kylington Färjestad BK
5 Panthers Lawson Crouse Kingston Frontenacs
6 Avalanche Pavel Zacha HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
7 Oilers Dylan Strome Erie Otters
8 Coyotes Mathew Barzal Seattle Thunderbirds
9 Lightning* Mitchell Marner London Knights
10 Devils Jeremy Roy Sherbrooke

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