NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Get to know Nolan Patrick, early favorite to go first in 2017 NHL Draft

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s Central Scouting staff put out a full list of 2017 NHL Draft “futures” on Saturday, supporting the notion that it’s never too early to hype up the next wave of prospects. At the moment, the top pick speculation revolves around Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, including in..." July 23

  • Maple Leafs sign Auston Matthews to entry level deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs signed first overall pick Auston Matthews to a three-year, entry level contract Thursday. Matthews’ contract includes the maximum amount of bonuses and salary, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston." July 21

  • Leafs’ Lamoriello balks at bonus demands of Auston Matthews

    Toronto Star "Toronto Maple Leafs top draft pick Auston Matthews remained without a contract on Wednesday, the sticking point apparently over performance bonuses that GM Lou Lamoriello has historically avoided in his time as an NHL executive. There is no reason to panic yet, with hockey still two months..." July 21

  • Sabres sign Alex Nylander to 3-year, entry-level contract

    The Hockey Writers "On Friday, Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray announced that the team signed Alex Nylander to a three-year entry-level contract. Nylander, 18, was chosen by the Sabres 8th overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2015-16 regular-season, Nylander played for the Mississauga..." July 16

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Winnipeg Jets’ Patrik Laine: ‘I’m afraid of pucks’

    Sportsnet "Patrik Laine Age: 18 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 201 lb. Hardware: 2016 World Championships MVP; 2016 SM Liiga champion and playoff MVP Why did you cut your hair? It’s a tradition after the last game of the season. I grow it during the season and cut it after the last game. It must be..." July 15

  • Vesey Leaning Toward Bruins?

    CSN New England "Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while working through development camp just like everybody else. *A good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke piggy-backing on the Jimmy Vesey interview I did yesterday at the Foxboro Sports Center. Here is the..." July 14

  • Sabres GM says it's Jimmy Vesey's 'show right now'

    NHL.com "Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray said Tuesday he "felt really good" about the meeting last week with free agent forward Jimmy Vesey. "It is what it is," Murray said at Sabres development camp. "We made a trade, we traded one of our four third-round picks to be able to talk to him. We..." July 13

  • Bruins' Malcolm Subban out to grab NHL job

    NHL.com "It was back when Malcolm Subban was first starting to speak again, his voice still raspy and ragged, that he thought he would make his plea. What better time, really? He would ask his parents, at the height of their sympathy for him, to allow him to get a car. "That's why I did it," Subban..." July 13

  • Lamoriello has 'total confidence' Matthews inks entry-level deal soon

    Toronto Sun "He has yet to play a real game for the Maple Leafs, but amid the 2,000 people who came to the Gale Centre to watch Auston Matthews, a few already sported No. 34 sweaters with his name. And the big kid was a crowd-pleaser Friday in the initial development camp scrimmage, bowling over J.J...." July 10

  • Sergachev turning heads early at Canadiens camp

    Sportsnet "There are many reasons to believe that Mikhail Sergachev, the ninth-overall pick at the 2016 NHL Draft, will be playing for the Montreal Canadiens next season. He’d be the first 18-year-old defenceman to earn his way onto the team’s roster since Mathieu Schneider did it in 1987. But don’t put..." July 08

  • Shanahan won’t get involved in negotiating Auston’s contact

    Toronto Sun "When Shanahan hired Lou Lamoriello last year, the former was still part of an ad hoc management team in the wake of Dave Nonis’ firing and told the media he’d retain a say in major decisions. The Auston Matthews contract bonus situation could be one. The hold-up for an entry level deal is..." July 08

  • Flames Sign Matthew Tkachuk to ELC

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "The Flames signed 6th overall pick Matthew Tkachuk to a 3 year entry level contract with an average cap hit of 0.925M on Thursday. This gives the Flames the opportunity to chose to use him in this upcoming season or send him back to the OHL if they chose not to. Tkachuk had 107 points in 57 games..." July 07

  • Auston Matthews wears majestic number 63 at development camp

    Pension Plan Puppets "Who had two thumbs and wore 63? David Bolland. But no fear, this historic camp number has turned up again on the sleeves of humble newcomer Auston Matthews. Shawn McKenzie reported today that he was spotted on the ice wearing this number for development camp, which is surely meant to show him that..." July 04

  • Oilers' fourth-overall pick Jesse Puljujarvi still recovering from post-season surgical clean-up

    Edmonton Sun "Fourth overall draft pick Jesse Puljujarvi would normally be the main attraction at Orientation Camp, but he isn’t skating as he recovers from minor knee surgery. He’s here in Jasper, but only as a spectator and for the classroom work. He went under the knife for some clean-up work after the..." July 04

  • Patrik Laine Signs ELC

    The Hockey Writers "The Winnipeg Jets have signed the second overall pick at the 2016 NHL Draft, Patrik Laine, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday. The deal was expected to come through sooner rather than later, as Laine, though he’s not participating in development camp due to injury,..." July 03

  • Canadiens agree to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Mikhail Sergachev

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team’s first-round pick in 2016, defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract (2016-17 to 2018-19). The 18-year-old Nizhnekamsk, Russia native was the Windsor Spitfires’..." July 01

  • Dubois looking to prove Columbus right

    NHL.com "Pierre-Luc Dubois, the third pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, said he likens his game to that of Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn. But on the first day of Columbus Blue Jackets development camp Monday, he acknowledged he'll draw more comparisons to the player selected right behind him. Dubois, an..." June 29

  • 3rd overall pick Dubois signs entry-level deal with Columbus

    The Hockey Writers "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed the third overall draft pick at the 2016 NHL draft, Pierre-Luc Dubois, to a three-year, entry-level contract, according to TNS’s Darren Dreger. The signing isn’t surprising, particularly given how much the Blue Jackets appear to believe in Dubois. They..." June 29

  • Patrik Laine won’t participate in Jets’ development camp

    Sportsnet "Winnipeg Jets forward prospect Patrik Laine won’t participate in any on-ice activities for the team’s development camp in early July. The second overall pick at last week’s NHL Draft had minor surgery on his knee after the NHL Combine and has not been cleared to play. The Jets announced the..." June 29

  • Buffalo Sabres draft Alexander Nylander with 8th pick

    Die By The Blade "For the past two season, the Buffalo Sabres have had the #2 pick in the NHL Draft, picking franchise players in Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. This year, the team wasn't picking quite as high, but Tim Murray and company are hoping the player they pick in the first round proves just as successful as..." June 26

  • Toronto Maple Leafs select Auston Matthews first overall at 2016 NHL Draft

    Pension Plan Puppets "When the Toronto Maple Leafs stepped climbs the stairwell towards the podium at Buffalo's First Niagara Center, it was almost a foregone conclusion that they would select Auston Matthews with the first pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. On Friday night, in front of thousands of Leafs fans who..." June 26

  • Canadiens select Mikhail Sergachev ninth overall

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "There was a ton of speculation leading up to the draft that the Canadiens might look to move either up or down in the draft, rather than stand pat at ninth overall. They stayed at ninth, and decided to enlist some defensive help in the form of the Windsor Spitfires' Mikhail Sergachev. This is..." June 26

  • Canucks select Olli Juolevi with 5th overall pick in NHL Draft

    Vancouver Province "It didn’t quite go the way the Vancouver Canucks had hoped. The Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the First Niagara Center when, with the third overall pick, they passed on Jesse Puljujärvi, instead taking Pierre-Luc Dubois. It left the Oilers with an easy selection of Puljujärvi at No...." June 26

  • Flames Take Matthew Tkachuk With the 6th Pick In The 2016 NHL Draft

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "The Flames got Matthew Tkachuk after he fell to #6 in the 2016 NHL Draft. This is a dream scenario as he was one of the Flames targeted players." June 26

  • Record number of U.S.-born players could go in first round

    USA Today "Hockey is Canada’s game, but this will be America’s NHL draft. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ anticipated selection of Arizona native Auston Matthews with the No. 1 draft pick tonight (7 p.m., ET, NBC Sports Network) could launch a record-setting day for American-born players. As many as 12..." June 24

  • Matthews deserves to be No. 1 pick: former coach

    NHL.com "Ottawa Senators assistant Marc Crawford said there is no doubt in his mind Auston Matthews' name should be the first one called in the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Last season, Crawford coached Matthews, a center who topped NHL Central..." June 24

  • Patrik Laine a rare breed of sniper

    The Score "There's a cinematic quality to Patrik Laine, the antagonist. He's a prototypical athlete harnessing boundless raw talent out of sight. He's understood just how good, how contrastive his skills are compared to those of his peers since long before he forced himself onto our radar. Perhaps..." June 24

  • Jakob Chychrun prepared for pro transition thanks to hockey pedigree

    Yahoo! Sports "Jakob Chychrun is at peace with the fact that he may not be taken where he believes he should go in this weekend’s NHL Draft. A projected first-round pick, the 6-2, 205 lbs. defenseman slipped from the No. 2 to No. 4 North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. A knock like..." June 24

  • NHL Draft’s Jesse Puljujärvi battles language barrier to stardom

    Yahoo! Sports "Jesse Puljujärvi has the kind of charisma and charm that envelops those around him. In speaking to him, the 18-year-old forward from Finland smiles widely, and you anticipate he’ll answer whatever inane question is posed to him by the media in a way that defies its inanity. But the words..." June 24

  • Surviving meteor strike made Abramov's move easier

    NHL.com "After surviving a meteor strike, moving to Canada became a bit easier for right wing Vitaly Abramov of Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Abramov was at school in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia on Feb. 15, 2013 when a meteor exploded over the city. The meteor was between 49..." June 24

  • Not much separates top NHL prospects Matthews and Laine

    Ottawa Sun "There is no debate about who will be selected first overall in the NHL entry draft on Friday night at the First Niagara Center. Though American centre Auston Matthews, who played in the Swiss Elite League last season, is certainly deserving of his status many believe Finnish winger Patrik..." June 23

  • Sabres GM: 'I'd be a tool not to' use Eichel to recruit Vesey

    The Score "Tim Murray certainly has a way with words. The Buffalo Sabres general manager, who acquired the rights to free agent forward Jimmy Vesey on Monday, creatively expressed his plan to use fellow college standout and good friend Jack Eichel in the recruiting process. "I'd be a tool not to,"..." June 21

  • Predators Acquire Third-Round Selection from Buffalo

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has acquired Minnesota’s third-round selection, 76th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Jimmy Vesey. The Predators now have eight selections..." June 20

  • Auston Matthews signs sponsorship deal with Bauer

    The Score "Auston Matthews is the new face of Bauer. The projected No. 1 pick at the upcoming NHL draft has entered an exclusive partnership with Bauer Hockey, the equipment manufacturer announced Monday. "I've always trusted BAUER as the best equipment for my game, and I'm excited to start my NHL..." June 20

  • Nick Schmaltz is leaving college to sign with the Blackhawks, per reports

    Second City Hockey "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed top prospect Nick Schmaltz to an entry-level contract, according to reports. It's a three-year ELC, per Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine, and The Athletic's Scott Powers says the team is expected to announce the deal in the next few days. It was unclear whether..." June 19

  • Knee surgery rehab to keep Puljujarvi out of development camps

    The Score "The team that selects Jesse Puljujarvi at the NHL Entry Draft will have to wait until at least training camp to see him on the ice. The highly touted Finnish forward, who's expected to be plucked as high as third overall, will not skate in development camps this summer following minor knee..." June 19

  • Could Laine be a better NHLer than Matthews?

    Sportsnet "On radio after the world juniors I floated the idea that Patrik Laine might turn out to be a better NHL player than Auston Matthews a couple of years down the line. Pushed by the interviewer to estimate the chance of that, I hung out a 20 per cent chance that Laine would be the best player of the..." June 18

  • BC standout McCoshen reaches agreement with Florida

    Pro Hockey Talk "It sounds like the Florida Panthers will be announcing in the near future that they’ve signed Boston College defenseman Ian McCoshen. The move was initially reported by CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty and then confirmed by Jimmy Murphy. McCoshen was taken by Florida with the 31st pick of the..." June 16

  • Patrik Laine has a chance to make hockey fun again

    Puck Drunk Love "Each year, another player comes into the league whom we are all supposed to believe is the next generational skater. Nathan MacKinnon was heralded as such, as well as Aaron Ekblad, and the list goes on and on. Hockey seems to do this more so than any other sport. Each year, we as fans and writers..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • No war of words between Matthews and Laine

    TSN "From the outside, it would appear that Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are wrapped in an awkward bubble leading up to the NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo 18 days from now. Matthews, of course, is the understated presumptive No. 1 pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Laine, meanwhile, does not lack in..." June 07

  • Auston Matthews confident he can make an impact in NHL

    Toronto Star "If Auston Matthews is truly about to be anointed the saviour of hockey’s most fabled and most tragic franchise, at least he seems ready. Matthews dealt with a throng of about 50 media members Friday — all at once peppering him with questions about Switzerland and Arizona and baseball — after..." June 04

  • Top prospect Olli Juolevi claims he's smartest defenseman in draft

    The Score "With the NHL Combine underway, Olli Juolevi is selling himself. The fifth-ranked North American skater, and second-ranked defenseman believes he's the best available, citing his on-ice intelligence as the reason. Property of the London Knights, Juolevi is ranked one spot behind Sarnia Sting..." June 04

  • Matthews spoke to Leafs’ Rielly about playing in Toronto

    Sportsnet "Auston Matthews finished his day at the NHL Scouting Combine surrounded by a large scrum of reporters, something he’s sure to see more of in the future. With the Toronto Maple Leafs holding the No. 1 pick for the upcoming NHL Draft, and in need of a centre, Matthews will most likely be wearing..." June 04

  • Patrik Laine says he'll equal Ovechkin in 5 years

    The Score "One day after proclaiming he should be selected first overall, Patrik Laine continued to talk himself up at the NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo on Saturday. The 18-year-old compared himself to six-time Rocket Richard Trophy-winner Alex Ovechkin, telling TSN's Gino Reda it will take him five years..." June 04

  • Patrik Laine on Matthews: ‘At this point we’re quite even’

    Sportsnet "Another day, another set of questions asking Patrik Laine to compare himself to Auston Matthews. This time it came after the Finnish forward did what he could at the NHL Scouting Combine despite a lower-body injury that prevented him from participating in many of the tests. Laine said he’s..." June 04

  • Patrik Laine injures left knee during Combine tests

    Sportsnet "Top prospect Patrik Laine will be limiting his physical testing at Saturday’s NHL Draft Combine after experiencing some discomfort in his left knee during Friday’s VO2 max bike test. “I won’t be doing anything that involves the legs [during testing on Saturday],” Laine told NHL.com. “I think I..." June 04

  • OHL All-Star teams littered with top 2016 prospects

    The Score "The Ontario Hockey League All-Stars were announced Thursday, and they feature a slew of top prospects who will hear their names called at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft later this month." June 03

  • Patrik Laine says he should be drafted 1st overall

    TSN "Patrik Laine towers. He’s a supernova. He’s a condor. And, man, is he tall. Walking down a hallway with a group of fellow prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine Thursday, Laine sticks out. He’s the first the eye picks out. He’s larger than the rest by several inches. He’s listed as 6-foot-4,..." June 03

2014 NHL Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Maple Leafs Auston Matthews ZSC Lions
2 Jets Patrik Laine Tappara
3 Blue Jackets Pierre-Luc Dubois Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
4 Oilers Jesse Puljujarvi Karpat
5 Canucks Olli Juolevi London Knights
6 Flames Matthew Tkachuk London Knights
7 Coyotes Clayton Keller USA NTDP
8 Sabres Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steelheads
9 Canadiens Mikhail Sergachyov Windsor Spitfires
10 Avalanche Tyson Jost Penticton Vees
Full NHL Draft Results