NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Canucks could really use Patrick or Hischier

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks are hoping for better luck in tomorrow’s draft lottery. If they receive it, they may get a player who can step right into their lineup, and stay there for years to come. The top two picks in the 2017 draft are expected to be centers Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier. It..." April 28

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Bruins ready to test Charlie McAvoy in bright lights of NHL playoffs

    Boston Herald "Charlie McAvoy made it look easy as he climbed each rung of the hockey ladder, from youth teams on Long Island to the United States national program, Boston University, the world junior tournament and, for a brief spell, the AHL’s Providence Bruins. Now comes the biggest test for the..." April 11

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Bruins Sign Charlie McAvoy To Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract

    NESN "The Charlie McAvoy era in Boston might start sooner than expected. The Bruins open a first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series Wednesday night in Ottawa, and McAvoy could be in the mix. The club announced Monday it signed McAvoy to a three-year entry-level contract. The young defenseman will..." April 10

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Bruins top prospect McAvoy to sign ATO

    TSN "Charlie McAvoy will sign an amateur tryout contract to play with the Providence Bruins, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed Wednesday. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie noted Tuesday the Bruins will have to decide whether they want to burn a year off of McAvoy's entry-level..." March 29

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Stars agree to terms with college FA defender Bayreuther

    Fanrag Sports "Now that St. Lawrence’s season on the ice is over, one prospect from the club is expected to ink a deal with the Stars. According to John Shannon of Sportsnet, defenseman Gavin Bayreuther is expected to sign with Dallas, the announcement slated for Wednesday, March 15. TSN’s Bob Mackenzie..." March 15

  • 3 Canadian teams after Northeastern's Aston-Reese

    Sportsnet "NHL unrestricted free agency may not open up until July 1, but we’re at the point in the hockey schedule when NCAA teams are having their seasons end, and their undrafted or unsigned players start becoming available. With a 3-2 loss to Boston University on Saturday, Northeastern was eliminated..." March 12

  • NHL Players To Rate Ice Conditions

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL is finally doing something to remedy the increased complaints of bad ice surfaces around the league. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA are creating a subcommittee to monitor and address poor ice issues. The subcommittee—called the Playing Environment..." February 07

  • NHL Stars Support Going To Olympics In 2018

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Alexander Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews, and Sidney Crosby all agree. The NHL should go to the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018. Now it’s just up to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and IOC President Rene Fasel to hammer out a deal. Toews told TSN’s Frank Seravalli “quite frankly, to..." January 30

  • NHL appears unlikely to participate in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the NHL will participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the topic was discussed for “about 10 seconds” at the Board of Governors meeting Saturday, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters, “As of..." January 29

  • 2017 Draft: Nolan Patrick tops midterm rankings

    NHL.com "Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon in the Western Hockey League is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft. Central Scouting revealed its midterm rankings of the top North American and International skaters and goaltenders..." January 18

  • Sportsnet’s 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings for January

    Sportsnet "First off, congrats to the American U-20 team for its gold medal performance at the World Junior Hockey Championship. That was one of the most impressive WJC performances we’ve seen in some time and produced a final with Canada that ranks among the best ever at the tournament. Normally the..." January 10

  • Maple Leafs prospect to miss two months with broken leg

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Yegor Korshkov is expected to miss two months after suffering a broken leg in the KHL, his agent Stas Romanov tells Sportsnet. Korshkov suffered the injury on Dec. 2 while playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The six-foot-four, 180-pound winger scored a first-period..." December 07

  • Sportsnet’s 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings for December

    Sportsnet "Let’s start with the big news. Hockey Canada announced this week that potential first-overall pick Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings has not been medically cleared and will not play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto and Montreal. Patrick has..." December 07

  • Top-ranked Nolan Patrick won’t play for Canada at world juniors

    Sportsnet "Nolan Patrick, the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, will not take part in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. Hockey Canada made the announcement Monday night via Twitter. The six-foot-three, 195-pound centre has played in just six games for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat..." December 06

  • NHLPA expected to reject offer to extend CBA for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL’s verbal offer of a three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement in exchange for Olympic participation has been rejected by the NHLPA. If NHL players are going to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, it’s not likely to come by way of extending the collective..." December 02

  • Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise

    TSN "These Knights will be Golden. As gold confetti blasted into Sin City’s neon-drenched night sky, owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity. The Vegas Golden Knights..." November 23

  • The Post-Burns Free Agent Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Unlike the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos saga of this past summer, the San Jose Sharks have spared hockey fans the drama and re-signed the top free agent on the market well before the trade rumors or free agency speculation could begin. Brent Burns inked an eight-year, $64MM extension..." November 22

  • Vegas NHL team finally unveils name tonight

    TSN "The NHL’s 31st franchise will unveil its name tonight with all the glitz and glitter you’d expect in Sin City. Owner Bill Foley will pull back the curtain on a tightly-kept secret with help from Cirque Du Soleil performers in a posh party outside T-Mobile Arena, just steps off the famous Las..." November 22

  • McKenzie outlines critical issues in NHL-NHLPA escrow battle

    Fanrag Sports "Escrow. CBA. Lawyers. Ugh. No thanks. Anybody want to talk about politics instead? There may not be a more mind-numbingly awful subject to discuss for hockey fans than escrow. Truly. We’d generally rather devour a tasty dessert of trade rumors, but escrow and the CBA are the vegetables..." November 19

  • Meet the goalies who could go first round in 2017 NHL Draft

    Fanrag Sports "When it comes to the NHL Draft, one position has gained a reputation in recent years for being especially difficult to scout successfully: goaltending. Due to challenges in evaluating and developing prospects that play such a unique position, the number of goalies that get selected in the 1st..." November 10

  • Report: NHL may restrict All-Star Game to only ‘bona fide players

    The Hockey News "It looks as though the NHL is going to restrict the likes of John Scott from the All-Star Game by placing parameters around the definition of NHL player. Even though the NHL plans to continue to have populist voting for the All-Star Game, it’s still unclear whether or not the John Scott..." November 02

  • Maple Leafs recall forward Nikita Soshnikov from AHL

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs could be adding another young player back into their lineup. Ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, the Maple Leafs recalled 23-year-old Russian forward Nikita Soshnikov from the AHL Marlies. Soshnikov played 11 games with the..." November 01

2014 NHL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Blue Jackets Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings
2 Maple Leafs Timothy Liljegren Rogle BK
3 Senators Gabriel Vilardi Windsor Spitfires
4 Wild Maxime Comtois Victoriaville Tigers
5 Coyotes Klim Kostin Dynamo Moscow
6 Devils Eeli Tolvanen Sioux City
7 Canucks Casey Mittelstadt Minnesota
8 Hurricanes Kristian Vesalainen Frolunda HC
9 Flames Owen Tippett Mississauga Steelheads
10 Avalanche Callan Foote Kelowna Rockets

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