NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • NHL stars send funny Auston Matthews tweets

    Larry Brown Sports "Auston Matthews’ record debut caught the attention of many on Wednesday night, and it certainly was the talk of the NHL. The 19-year-old rookie No. 1 draft pick scored not one, not two, not three, but four goals in his NHL debut, which goes down as the most goals scored ever in an NHL debut...." October 13

  • Auston Matthews writes history in unforgettable debut

    Sportsnet "This will go down as a “remember where you were” kind of night. And when was the last time we could say that about anything involving the Toronto Maple Leafs? At least with something positive. Auston Matthews didn’t just make history with a four-goal performance in his NHL debut on..." October 13

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Son of Notorious Minor League Goon Might Be Next Big Thing in US Hockey

    Bleacher Report "Scotty Bowman remains one of the biggest rink rats out there. At 82 years young, the legendary former NHL coach was right there with all the other coffee-swilling amateur scouts in Buffalo recently, looking at prospects at a U.S. National Development Team camp. A man once almost as famous for..." August 24

  • Blackhawks, Rangers, Bruins on Vesey's Wednesday schedule

    The Score "The Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes will continue in earnest Wednesday with a trio of meetings. The college standout and his agents are expected to meet with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, and Boston Bruins, according to Mark Divver of The Providence Journal. The Bruins, who will..." August 17

  • Capitals prospect Thomas DiPauli set to become free agent, source says

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "As expected, prospect Thomas DiPauli won't sign a contract with the Capitals prior to Monday's deadline and, as a result, will become an unrestricted free agent at midnight, a league source told CSN. DiPauli was selected by the Capitals in the fourth round (100th overall) in 2012. The..." August 17

  • Penguins to court Hobey Baker winner Vesey

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins are one of a handful of teams with a chance to secure the services of the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner as he hits the open market. Jimmy Vesey, a 23-year-old left wing who was named college hockey's top player after scoring 24 goals in 33 games for Harvard last season, was set..." August 16

  • Where Jimmy Vesey ends up adds to summer intrigue

    North Jersey "Yet it’s also a month of great anticipation. The players will start filtering back to their respective teams’ training facilities to begin skating informally — some are already there – before training camps open next month, both for the league’s 30 teams and the eight squads participating in the..." August 09

  • Jimmy Vesey becomes a free agent next week

    Die By The Blade "The story of the summer for Buffalo Sabres fans (and Bruins fans, and Leafs fans, and Blackhawks fans, and...) has been where impending free agent Jimmy Vesey will sign when he becomes a free agent on August 15th, one week from today. The Sabres, who traded a third round pick to the Nashville..." August 08

  • Top prospects for Buffalo Sabres

    NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres have seen a number of prospects move through the organization to become full-time players in the NHL, and the next wave of talent is looking to follow in their footsteps. Last season, the Sabres had forwards Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart join the likes of defenseman Rasmus..." August 08

  • 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

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