NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Gary Bettman says decision has yet to be made on NHL expansion

    SB Nation "The worst-kept secret in the NHL is that an expansion to 32 teams is bound to happen sooner than later. Reports, rumors and speculation all make it sound as though expansion is a matter of when it's going to happen and not if it's going to happen. However, commissioner Gary Bettman stated on..." December 10

  • Matteau, Carrick highlight USA’s World Junior camp roster

    Pro Hockey Talk "Two players with NHL experience headline Team USA’s training camp roster for the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships. Washington defenseman Connor Carrick — who made his NHL debut this season — and New Jersey forward Stefan Matteau, who appeared in 17 games for the Devils last season, are..." December 04

  • Drouin, McDavid highlight Canada WJC camp roster

    NHL.com "Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season. There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be..." December 02

  • Top NHL draft prospect Sam Reinhart has big weekend — 5 goals in 2 games

    Yahoo! Sports "Being a top NHL draft prospect means Sam Reinhart will be a focal point of Team Canada talk as the 18-year-old tries to show he can handle a leading offensive role at the world junior. At the very least, the Kootenay Ice's star centre is headed into the proving ground of the Subway Super Series..." November 26

  • Ekblad Top Prospect For NHL Draft

    Chatham-Kent Sports Network "Belle River’s Aaron Ekblad is sitting among the NHL’s elite prospects according to the NHL’s CSS preliminary rankings released this past week. Ekblad, rated an ‘A’ prospect, is predicted by many to go Number 1 or Number 2 overall in this spring’s NHL draft. The Barrie Colts captain, is the top..." November 19

  • Halifax's Ehlers earns promotion by Central Scouting

    NHL.com "It was five months ago that three players from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were making waves at the 2013 NHL Draft. Nathan MacKinnon was the center of attention as the No. 1 pick by the Colorado Avalanche. The dynamic Jonathan Drouin was chosen two picks..." November 18

  • Goalie prospect Johansson could be big catch at draft

    NHL.com "No player on the ice is under more pressure than the goalie. And every masked man has a different way of escaping that pressure. Some read books. Others spend time sacked out in front of the television. Top goaltending prospect Jonas Johansson picks up his fly rod and finds a nice..." November 13

  • Top 2014 prospect Reinhart already a hockey lifer

    NHL.com "It's only partially true that Sam Reinhart has been playing hockey since the day he was born. "My parents always joke the day I came out of the hospital and went home after I was born, they [older brothers Max and Griffin] had me in our playroom upstairs shooting tennis balls at me," he told..." November 06

  • Red Wings' prospect Xavier Ouellet: 'I'm a defenseman who the coaches can trust'

    Michigan Live "The first answer to the initial question Xavier Ouellet fielded Monday morning prior to his NHL debut should please Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. “I’m a defenseman who the coaches can trust’’ Ouellet said. That’s good because that isn’t always the case with young defensemen..." October 21

  • Tampa Bay Lightning on Jonathan Drouin possibly returning to Halifax: ‘It’s not the end of the world’

    Yahoo! Sports "By the end of last season Jonathan Drouin had shown that he was doing anything but riding shotgun alongside teammate Nathan MacKinnon in Halifax before they became the first and third choices in the NHL draft. While MacKinnon's junior days are done it's worth mulling whether Drouin might end up..." September 26

  • Bolts’ Drouin finding his comfort zone

    Tampa Tribune "Top draft picks come with lofty expectations and a bright spotlight from the moment their name is announced and they step up on stage on draft day. That is the first step of a process that extends into the summer rookie camp the start of training camp into the first preseason game and..." September 20

  • Prized Edmonton Oilers pick Darnell Nurse impresses in game against Vancouver Canucks

    Edmonton Journal "If it turns out that Wednesday’s outing against the Vancouver Canucks was the last for Darnell Nurse this pre-season the 18-year-old certainly left his mark. Nurse played almost 23 minutes second only to Justin Schultz and once again showed why the Edmonton Oilers snapped him up with the..." September 19

  • Reinhart leads ISS NHL Draft ranking for September

    TSN.ca "International Scouting Services is releasing its first prospect ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft and there's a somewhat familiar name at the top. The independent scouting network has Kootenay Ice centre Sam Reinhart leading the list followed by defenceman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts and..." September 19

  • Nathan MacKinnon completes first day of practice with Avalanche

    Denver Post "Nathan MacKinnon bounded up the steps to the Avalanche's weight-training room after his first practice Sunday and gave one of those looks made by newcomers to Colorado that says "Man that altitude." He may have been doing that out of false modesty however. There was nothing about MacKinnon's..." September 09

  • Top draft choice Max Domi creates a buzz at Phoenix Coyotes rookie camp

    Arizona Republic "From the flash of neon orange on the shaft of his stick to the cachet buried in the four letters on the back of his jersey Coyotes forward Max Domi elicits attention wherever he goes. And that isn’t about to change any time soon. This is the first time under coach Dave Tippett’s regime that..." September 09

  • Oilers rookie Klefbom eager to get back in action

    Edmonton Journal "Eleven months have passed since Oscar Klefbom skated in anything more competitive than a scrimmage. It was an endless stretch of time as far as the Edmonton Oilers defensive prospect is concerned. At least those days are behind him. Klefbom headlines the list of rookies who will take part in..." September 05

  • Monahan bulked up physically and boned up on NHL game

    Calgary Herald "As one of the top centres on the Ottawa 67’s roster Sean Monahan made a point of studying others in his position around the Ontario Hockey League. So it should come as no surprise that when the Calgary Flames prizes prospect left development camp in July he picked up the same research habits..." September 05

2014 NHL Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Panthers Aaron Ekblad Barrie (OHL)
2 Sabres Sam Reinhardt Kootenay (WHL)
3 Oilers Leon Draisaitl Prince Albert (WHL)
5 Islanders Michael dal Colle Oshawa (OHL)
6 Canucks Jake Virtanen Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
7 Hurricanes Haydn Fleury Red Deer (WHL)
8 Maple Leafs William Nylander Rogle BK (Allsvenskan)
9 Jets Nikolaj Ehlers Halifax (QMJHL)
10 Ducks* Nick Ritchie Peterborough (OHL)
Full NHL Draft Results