NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL

    CBSSports.com "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • Gretzky: Connor McDavid could be the next Gretzky

    Puck Drunk Love "Connor McDavid is expected to be the next great young skater in the NHL. The bar has been set extremely high as McDavid has received some high praise and big comparisons. Inevitably, any young star with huge upside is compared to Wayne Gretzky. So, what does Gretzky think of McDavid? He thinks..." May 23

  • Sabres' Murray says it's easy pickings with Jack Eichel at No. 2

    Buffalo News "There shouldn't have ever been a doubt, but it's crystal clear now: The Sabres will draft Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in June. "Deciding on who we’re picking 2, that’s the easiest decision I think I’ll probably have in my general manager’s career," Tim Murray said Thursday on..." May 23

  • Connor McDavid named OHL's most outstanding player

    The Score "Connor McDavid continues to pad his resume. The consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft was named the winner of the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's Most Outstanding Player on Tuesday. "Obviously it’s amazing, it’s such a special honour," the Erie Otters forward said. "It’s an..." May 12

  • 18-year-old Jack Eichel impresses NHL teammates at world championships

    USA Today "With his boyish looks and curly hair tucked under a baseball cap, Jack Eichel blends in well with his youthful USA Hockey teammates at the world championships. On the ice, the 18-year-old Eichel stands out, capturing significant attention with his skill and playmaking, skating with poise and..." May 11

  • Auston Matthews signs in Swiss league

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Saturday a report in The Hockey News had 2016 NHL Draft prospect Auston Matthews considering offers to play in Europe next season. According to swisshockeynews.ch, Matthews has signed with the ZSC Lions. The Everett Silvertips own Matthews’ Western Hockey League rights and several NCAA..." May 11

  • Exclusive: top 2016 draft prospect Auston Matthews could play in Europe next year

    The Hockey News "Based on his record-breaking year with the U.S. National Team Development Program, Auston Matthews is looking like a game-changer for the 2016 draft. But where he plays next season may be just as revolutionary. Matthews, a big dominating center from Arizona, has been linked to the Everett..." May 10

  • Can new NHL salary site be the next CapGeek?

    Sportsnet.ca "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as NHLNumbers.com offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07

  • Strome ready for pressure of being a Maple Leaf

    Sportsnet.ca "We already know Dylan Strome is excited at the idea of potentially being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now we also know that the pressure of being selected by the team he grew up cheering for, the pressure of becoming a star in the biggest hockey market in the world, doesn’t intimidate..." May 06

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    Louis Jean @LouisJean_TVA

    Boston College UFA G Matt O'Connor talking to #Senators #Canucks #Rangers. Wants to work with goalie coach that will take him to next level.

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    Marie Louise Balling @mlballing

    Oliver Bjorkstrand will join Team Denmark in Ostrava - expected to be here by May 6th. Could play versus Russia. #IIHFWorlds

  • ‘The fans in Edmonton are in for a treat’ — Erie Otters coach Kris Knoblauch on Connor McDavid

    Edmonton Journal "You know Connor McDavid is special because when he isn’t on the ice, you’re thinking, “Why not? Has the coach lost his mind? Can’t he play the full 60 minutes?” McDavid is not perfect by any means. He gives the puck away at times because he always seems to have it. He passes when he should..." April 28

  • McDavid’s dad: Connor happy to join Oilers

    Sportsnet.ca "Don’t expect Connor McDavid to pull an Eric Lindros heading into the 2015 NHL Draft. In a candid hour-long interview with Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, McDavid’s father, Brian, poured cold water on speculation that the Erie Otters star wouldn’t report if he was drafted with the first overall..." April 23

  • Oilers' Ference talks McDavid, locker room leadership

    NHL.com "Andrew Ference grew up just outside of Edmonton. His formative hockey years were spent watching the Edmonton Oilers cement their dynasty in the late 1980s. So when Ference had an opportunity to sign with his hometown team and play in the arena where he grew up watching from the stands, he jumped..." April 23

  • Report: Sabres to sign Eichel’s college linemate

    Pro Hockey Talk "Call it an attempt to make Jack Eichel’s decision on whether to leave college this summer easier. The Buffalo Sabres are reportedly in talks to sign Eichel’s Boston University linemate, Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract. The Sabres of course earned the second overall..." April 22

  • Wayne Gretzky on Connor McDavid: “He’s the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years”

    Edmonton Journal "Is Connor McDavid the Second Coming of Wayne Gretzky? Edmonton Oilers fans are wondering that after the National Hockey League club won the draft lottery on Saturday, which gives them the right to select McDavid — the wondrous 18-year-old centre who racked up 44 goals and 120 points in a mere..." April 21

  • Eichel understands Murray's disappointment

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sabres GM Tim Murray took some serious heat following Saturday’s NHL Draft Lottery after he likened losing the No. 1 pick to getting cut from the Canadian junior team, adding he felt bad for Sabres fans that “were extremely excited about Connor McDavid.” But of all people, it was Jack Eichel —..." April 19

  • Edmonton Oilers win top pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers will pick first in the 2015 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday. The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance, third-best, to win the first pick in the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Buffalo Sabres, who had the..." April 19

  • Boston University’s Jack Eichel wins Hobey Baker Award

    Boston Globe "Boston University forward Jack Eichel was named the Hobey Baker Award winner for the 2014-15 season on Friday, beating out North Dakota goalie Zach McIntyre and Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey. Eichel was the first freshman to be nominated for the award in 12 years, and the first one to win since..." April 11

  • Eichel powers Boston University to Frozen Four final

    Pro Hockey Talk "While much of the hockey world breathlessly observed a thrilling Thursday with huge playoff implications, fans of cellar dwellers likely eyeballed the Frozen Four semifinals. Most specifically, they may have been following top prospect Jack Eichel, and he didn’t disappoint. The expected second..." April 10

  • Dylan Strome flattered by Leaf fans' excitement

    Toronto Sun "More than 10 weeks before the biggest day of Dylan Strome's hockey life - a.k.a. the 2015 NHL draft in Sunrise, Fla. -- a blue-and-white Maple Leafs jersey already has been made up in his honour, complete with his name and trademark No. 19 stitched neatly on the back. "Someone actually sent me..." April 08

  • Report: OHL's Otters declare bankruptcy

    TSN.ca "Just as Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome are about to cash in on an NHL career, it appears their junior team has declared bankruptcy. According to GoErie.com, Erie Hockey Club Ltd. filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Erie. "This will have absolutely no effect..." April 08

  • Oilers could have two shots at McDavid

    TSN.ca "The Edmonton Oilers could potentially end up with the first overall pick and a Top 3 to Top 5 selection in this June's draft if the Pittsburgh Penguins miss out on a Stanley Cup playoff berth this week. As confirmed by TSN's Ryan Rishaug on Monday, the 2015 first-round pick the Penguins sent..." April 07

  • Actual Crack Smoker Rob Ford Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame Board

    Deadspin.com "Toronto’s former crack-smokin’, councilwoman-knockin’ mayor Rob Ford has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, according to the Canadian Press. Ford, who smoked crack while he was mayor, was elected to the board on March 25. A museum spokesman said Ford won’t be on the..." April 05

  • McDavid rooting for Leafs regardless of draft lottery

    Toronto Sun "With the concept of tanking swirling throughout the hockey world, Connor McDavid sat in front of the tube to watch some of the Sabres-Maple Leafs game on Wednesday night. Here's the ironic part. It's no secret that a significant chunk of Leafs Nation, much like the loyal Sabres fan base in..." April 05

  • The Next One? How Connor McDavid Stacks Up With Former First Overall Selections

    Complex "As the NHL season winds down and teams on the playoff bubble battle to keep their seasons alive, other clubs are in a race to the basement, where the opportunity to draft Connor McDavid first overall awaits “the winner,” if you can call it that. The 18-year-old Canadian has been tabbed for..." March 31

  • BC standout Matheson to sign with Panthers, forgo senior year

    SB Nation "Boston College junior captain Michael Matheson will forgo his senior season to sign with the Florida Panthers. The Montreal, Quebec native had three goals and 22 assists in 38 games played this season. A smooth-skating defenseman, Matheson has an incredible skill set and all the physical tools..." March 31

  • Sabres GM Tim Murray: 'I think too much about McDavid

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres are firmly entrenched in 30th place in the NHL, which means that barring a last minute surge by the club, they will finish the season with a 20% chance of winning the NHL draft lottery. Sabres GM Tim Murray will have to wait until April 18th to find out if he’ll get the first..." March 30

  • NHL's 'McDavid-Eichel' draft lottery to be held April 18

    Sportsnet.ca "Soon, one of the biggest questions in hockey will have an answer. That day will come on April 18 when the NHL draft lottery is held to determine which team will have the right to draft sensational teenager Connor McDavid of the OHL Erie Otters at the NHL draft in June, sources tell..." March 26

  • McDavid consensus top pick in NHL.com mock drafts

    NHL.com "When the 2014-15 season began, Connor McDavid of the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters was considered the best prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft. Months later very little has changed. In the latest mock drafts by NHL.com staff writers Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale, McDavid remains the..." March 25

  • Leafs could be prime to pick OHL scoring champ Dylan Strome

    Toronto Sun "If the Leafs don’t get the chance to go big in this June’s NHL entry draft, will they be able to go Strome? The team will need some good fortune with the lottery balls to catch the big prize, Erie Otters superstar Connor McDavid. But it’s possible that they may need a different form of luck to..." March 25

  • Connor McDavid's amazing point streak ends

    The Score "On a night where the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres - two serious contenders for the top selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft - squared off at the Air Canada Centre, potential No.1 selection Connor McDavid's name was in the news. Unfortunately for McDavid, the news was that his 27-game..." March 12

  • McDavid, Eichel are only adding to hype

    Pro Hockey Talk "Those that went into this season excited about the projected top two picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, haven’t been given much reason to lower their expectations. Despite fracturing a bone in his hand during a fight and missing part of the season to compete in..." March 10

  • McDavid the main event for sellout OHL crowds

    Sportsnet.ca "And on the 26th night, he got shutout, more or less. They packed the Barrie Molson Centre for the opportunity to see the latest Canadian Hockey Jesus. The came to see Connor McDavid’s travelling hockey wonderment revival show. He didn’t exactly disappoint. Even if he only extended his OHL..." March 09

  • Odds are getting better for Leafs to land McDavid

    Toronto Sun "News and views after the Toronto chapter of Tank Nation gleefully took to the frigid Hogtown streets after another Leafs loss, this one a 3-2 setback to the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre. TANKS FOR THE MEMORIES If the season ended Wednesday morning, the Leafs would find..." February 18

  • McDavid says being a Leaf would be a 'dream come true'

    Toronto Sun "Just over a three-hour drive from the Air Canada Centre, where the Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers were vying to see which team would increase its odds of landing Connor McDavid by stumbling and bumbling its way to a loss Saturday night, the kid in question is discussing what it might be like..." February 10

  • 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

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