NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Top-ranked '16 prospect Auston Matthews will play in Switzerland

    Pro Hockey Talk "Auston Matthews is off to the Swiss League. On Friday, National League A club ZSC (Zurich) Lions tweeted out that Matthews, the Arizona-bred phenom projected to go No. 1 overall at next year’s draft, will suit up for them next year rather than play junior hockey for WHL Everett. The news..." August 07

  • Still unsigned, Devils' Zacha to sit out Czech's World Junior evaluation camp

    North Jersey "With no signed NHL contract yet, Devils' 2015 first-round pick Pavel Zacha will not participate in the Czech Republic's 2016 world junior team evaluation camp that begins Saturday in Calgary, his agent said today. Zacha was one of 22 Czech players invited to the camp, which runs Saturday..." August 02

  • Devils hope to get Zacha signed next week

    North Jersey "The Devils' 2015 first-round draft pick Pavel Zacha was back in New Jersey this week before heading back to California today to continue his off-season training. Zacha, who was in Toronto last week to get his U.S. travel visa, worked out at Prudential Center for a couple days and went to lunch..." July 30

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Mitch Marner signs a three-year entry-level deal with #leafs.

  • Carolina Hurricanes top pick Hanifin has eyes on NHL, but team in no rush

    Raleigh News & Observer "Noah Hanifin first took the ice to play for Boston College as a 17-year-old freshman defenseman last season. “Not many 17-year-olds can do that, and not at Boston College,” Eagles coach Jerry York said. “You’re playing against 22- and 23-year-old men. It’s a big adjustment.” In a few months,..." July 26

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Devils 1st-round pick Pavel Zacha leaves development camp without entry-level contract

    North Jersey "Pavel Zacha had picked off a pass in the neutral zone and had a clear path to the net in front of him as he raced cross the blue line. Eager to see what the Devils' 2015 first-round pick would do on his breakaway, the fans sitting in the bleachers were just starting to rise from their seats and..." July 20

  • Gretzky: McDavid can handle transition to NHL

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky doesn't expect Connor McDavid to struggle in the NHL despite extremely high expectations, having turned pro at 18 after spending three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. "Going right from junior to the NHL? That's a big step for Connor," Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal..." July 19

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    Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice

    Things still positive in contract talks for Pavel Zacha, but not expecting a signing before he leaves camp.

  • B's Sign Defenseman Jakub Zboril To An Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 15, the club has signed defenseman Jakub Zboril to an entry-level contract. Zboril, 18, is a native of Brno, Czech Republic, and played last season in Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He finished third..." July 15

  • Avalanche sign first-round pick Rantanen

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Mikko Rantanen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Rantanen, 18, was Colorado’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft held last month. The top-rated international player according to NHL..." July 13

  • Canes Sign Hanifin to Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Hanifin $832,500 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American..." July 12

  • 17,000 fans watched Jack Eichel, Sabres prospects scrimmage

    CBS Sports "Buffalo Sabres fans are excited again. After sitting through back-to-back seasons of pretty terrible hockey on the ice, including one where a large portion of the fan base was actually rooting for the team to lose (and for good reason!), Sabres fans have reason to believe again. Evander Kane,..." July 12

  • Wild's Eriksson Ek, Bouramman like what they see of Twin Cities

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "They didn’t have a car, so they did a lot of walking. Joel Eriksson Ek and Gustav Bouramman — two young Swedes taking in the sights. “We did take the light rail,” Eriksson Ek said. “We went to the Mall of America, to Minneapolis. Just took a look around the Twin Cities. It looks good. I like..." July 11

  • McDavid scores five goals in Oilers scrimmage

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid put on a show for roughly 7,300 fans Monday at Rexall Place during a 4-on-4 intrasquad scrimmage for Edmonton Oilers prospects. The No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft had three goals in two 20-minute halves of 4-on-4 play, then scored two more in seven minutes at 3-on-3, leading..." July 07

  • Coyotes Sign Strome to Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Dylan Strome to a three-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “We are very pleased to sign Dylan to an entry-level contract,” said Maloney. “Dylan..." July 06

  • Ivan Provorov signed to three-year entry-level contract

    Broad Street Hockey "The Flyers announced on Saturday evening that they have signed Ivan Provorov, their top pick from last week's NHL Draft, to an entry-level contract. The contract is the standard three-year entry-level deal, and has an anticipated cap hit of the maximum $925,000 (along with any potential bonuses..." July 04

  • Connor McDavid signs on the dotted line with the Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers wasted no time inking a deal with hockey phenom Connor McDavid. The team announced Friday morning it has agreed to terms with the 18-year-old centre, who the Oilers selected first overall a week ago in the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft in Florida. The Oilers..." July 03

  • Connor McDavid declares first day of Oilers orientation camp 'fun'

    Edmonton Sun "One small stride for Connor McDavid, one giant leap for the Edmonton Oilers. The future of the franchise took his first official skate as an Oiler in an empty arena Wednesday, a quiet prelude to the roar he’s expected to make in this building and the next. “Today was a lot of fun,” said..." July 02

  • Sabres sign Jack Eichel to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "Jack Eichel will not be returning to Boston University for his sophomore season. The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has signed an entry-level deal with the Buffalo Sabres." July 01

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    Shawn Stepner @StepnerWKBW

    A source tells me Jack Eichel will be in Buffalo today and will sign his first pro contract with the #Sabres today.

  • Arizona Coyotes select Nick Merkley at #30 overall

    Five For Howling "The Arizona Coyotes added another center to their prospect pool when they selected Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL at 30th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Calgary native was projected as high as #14 by some scouting services, thanks in no small part to his playmaking..." June 27

  • Ducks draft Swedish defenseman Jacob Larsson

    Fox Sports West "After the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, the bigger picture has yet to emerge in Anaheim. The Anaheim Ducks drafted Swedish defenseman Jacob Larsson with the 27th overall pick. Larsson projects to be similar to current Ducks blue liner Hampus Lindholm, with more of an offensive upside...." June 27

  • Benning wanted top player, so winger Brock Boeser was best

    Vancouver Sun "Brock Boeser and his family were due Friday night, owed the euphoria and happiness that comes with being chosen in the first round of the National Hockey League entry draft. The 18-year-old winger from Burnsville, Minn., was selected 23rd by the Vancouver Canucks, which hasn’t had much luck..." June 27

  • Senators' draft picks stars in the making

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators restocked the shelves Friday night at the BB&T Center Friday night in the NHL entry draft. After sending goaltender Robin Lehner and centre David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres earlier for the No. 21 pick to go with the No. 18 selection they already had, the Senators took Saint John..." June 27

  • Jets select LW Kyle Connor and F Jack Roslovic in first round of NHL Draft

    Winnipeg Sun "The Winnipeg Jets had another highly-rated player fall into their lap, then used their second first-round pick on a guy that also features plenty of offensive upside. After several off-the-board selections took place earlier in the first round, the Jets used the 17th overall selection to pick..." June 27

  • Islanders Trade for 28th Pick in 2015 NHL Draft, Select Anthony Beauvillier

    Lighthouse Hockey "The New York Islander already dealt Griffin Reinhart for the 16th overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, but they weren't done there. Later in that first round, they acquired the 28th overall pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the 33rd overall pick (acquired earlier from the Oilers in..." June 27

  • Islanders pick Mathew Barzal of Seattle at 16

    Lighthouse Hockey "The New York Islanders selected Mathew Barzal with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The center for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL could be a steal, as he missed a third of his draft year with a fluke knee injury (horsing around in the locker room) but put up good numbers for..." June 27

  • Don Sweeney uses all three picks

    Boston Herald "The Bruins did not move their stockpiled first-round draft picks that were acquired in the Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic trades to move up in the draft or to get an established NHLer. Instead, they used all three picks themselves (the two acquired in the trades and their own), and took a..." June 27

  • Florida Panthers pick left wing Lawson Crouse with 11th selection

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "On Wednesday, Lawson Crouse was the only one of six highly touted draft prospects to belt a home run during batting practice at Marlins Park. On Friday evening, the Panthers believe they hit a home run when General Manager Dale Tallon gave the honor to Bill Torrey, the franchise’s original..." June 27

  • Mikko Rantanen selected by Colorado Avalanche at No. 10 in NHL draft

    Denver Post "Signing a big playmaking center, orchestrating the NHL's biggest trade of the day and drafting a big winger highlighted one of the biggest player-personnel days in Avalanche history before and during the first round of the NHL draft Friday in Sunrise, Fla. The bottom line: The Avs got much..." June 27

  • Sharks rookie Meier already has friends in organization

    CSN Bay Area "Timo Meier had an inkling he might end up going to the Sharks in Friday night’s first round at BB&T Center. So much so, that the right wing blew up fellow Switzerland native Mirco Mueller’s phone to inquire about the organization that he had met with multiple times. What did Mueller, who was..." June 27

  • Blue Jackets Lean Toward Defense, Add Werenski, Carlsson At Draft

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets' organizational depth chart had become tilted, in a way that worries NHL general managers. After taking so many forwards in the early rounds of recent drafts, and after losing top defensive prospect Mike Reilly to free agency, the Columbus pipeline was worryingly thin on the..." June 27

  • Flyers trade 2 picks to Maple Leafs, draft Travis Konecny at No. 24

    CSN Philly "As the first round of the NHL draft began to wind down Friday night, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall saw an opportunity to move up and grab a top-15 talent and he jumped on it. The Flyers dealt the first-rounder they acquired from Tampa Bay in the Braydon Coburn trade (29th overall) and the..." June 27

  • Flyers select defenseman Ivan Provorov with No. 7 pick

    CSN Philly "Ron Hextall and the Flyers got their man. With the No. 7 pick of the the 2015 NHL draft, the Flyers on Friday night selected Brandon defenseman Ivan Provorov. It's the third straight year the Flyers have drafted a blueliner in the first round. "We believe that you build from the back end..." June 27

  • Pavel Zacha, who idolized Patrik Elias, thrilled to be picked by Devils

    Newark Star-Ledger "Since he was a young kid back in the Czech Republic, Pavel Zacha dreamed of playing for the Devils. That's because Patrik Elias was his idol and Zacha had his photo taken with Elias when the Devils' all-time scoring leader brought the Stanley Cup to Trebic in the Czech Republic. Now he hopes to..." June 27

  • 'Even better than I was expecting': Connor McDavid is an Edmonton Oiler

    Edmonton Journal "Connor McDavid is yours Edmonton. There was no suspense, no uncertainty, when the Edmonton Oilers officially conscripted McDavid, the prized prodigy of the Class of 2015. Still, it was his moment, and a moment that signals a fresh start for a franchise in need of change. “To be honest..." June 27

  • Oilers take McDavid with first-overall pick

    TSN "As expected, Connor McDavid is an Edmonton Oiler. The team selected the Erie Otters centre with the first pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. McDavid joins Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Nail Yakupov (2012) as the Oilers’ fourth first-overall selection in the last six..." June 27

  • Sabres make Eichel their top pick, 2nd overall

    Buffalo News "The Jack Eichel era is officially on in Buffalo. More than two months after learning they would pick second overall in the wake of the NHL Draft Lottery, the Sabres made the Boston University star center their top choice Friday in BB&T Center. It took just four words from General Manager Tim..." June 27

  • Coyotes select Dylan Strome with 3rd pick in NHL draft

    Arizona Republic "The Arizona Coyotes selected Dylan Strome with the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft. Strome played with the Erie Otters last season, where he led OHL in scoring with 129 points in 68 games. The Coyotes also hold the 30th and last pick in the first round." June 27

  • Leafs take C Marner with fourth-overall pick

    TSN "Mitchell Marner is going home. The Toronto Maple Leafs selected the London Knights centre with the fourth-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In 63 games last year, Marner notched 44 goals and 82 assists for the Knights and finished second behind Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters in the..." June 27

  • Canes make Hanifin first-round draft pick

    Raleigh News & Observer "The Carolina Hurricanes were able to secure what many believed was the best defenseman available in the 2015 NHL Draft, taking Noah Hanifin of Boston College. The Canes found Hanifin, who had been rated as high as third in some scouting lists, available after the first four selections were made..." June 27

  • Bruins talking to Arizona about third overall pick

    CSN New England "Don Sweeney has made no secrets about having had pre-draft trade discussions, so it wasn’t a surprise when sources around the league indicated to CSNNE.com on Thursday that the Bruins have talked to Arizona for the third overall pick in the first round. With Connor McDavid going to Edmonton at..." June 26

  • Bruins trying to trade up and pick BC's Noah Hanifin

    CSN New England "One hopes the Bruins had a greater design in mind while stockpiling mid-first round picks in deals prior to tonight’s first round of the NHL Draft . . . and that appears to be the case. A source told CSNNE.com that the Bruins are attempting to use two of those first-round picks -- which are the..." June 26

  • Eight choices that make sense for the B's at No. 14

    CSN New England "Nobody can know for certain which player the Bruins will land with the 14th selection in the first round of the NHL draft when they step to the BB&T Center dais on Friday night. The Bruins have their preferences and their hopes for what player will be waiting there for them, of course. But the..." June 23

  • Hanifin, Werenski among top defensemen for '15 draft

    NHL.com "For the first time in 24 years, two college defensemen could be drafted among the top 10 picks of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The probable candidates are Noah Hanifin of Boston College and Zachary Werenski of the University of Michigan. The..." June 18

  • Sabres’ Bylsma using Crosby to school Eichel

    Sportsnet "Turns out, you don’t have to win a dang lottery to follow the Pittsburgh model. Even before former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma landed the head-coaching gig with the Buffalo Sabres, he began trying to model 2015′s expected second-overall pick after Sidney Crosby. Armed with reels of footage..." June 17

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