NHL Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Crouse highlights top left wings available in draft

    NHL.com "There is no shortage of power forwards available in the 2015 NHL Draft, to be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. At the top of the list is left wing Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. Crouse had an impressive season, which included helping..." June 17

  • Will Swiss forward Meier still be there for Bruins?

    CSN New England "A scouting staff can have the best plan entering the NHL Draft, but then must be able to adjust once the unexpected happens when the selections begin. The Bruins never thought in a million years they’d have a chance to select Dougie Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in 2011. Perhaps that..." June 13

  • Coyotes fielding offers for third pick in NHL Draft

    NHL.com "The Arizona Coyotes have the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, one general manager Don Maloney would be willing to trade, for the right price. "I'm like, 'First-born, second-born, maybe I could use a helicopter to take me to work,'" Maloney said Tuesday. "That would certainly get us to start..." June 10

  • Czech-born Pavel Zacha an option for Flyers at No. 7?

    CSN Philly "Pavel Zacha is a Czech-born player with one of the highest ceilings in the draft. He came over to North America when he was 17 years old after playing in his homeland. His Czech team featured former Flyer Petr Nedved, who was a member of the orange and black for parts of the 2005-06 and 2006-07..." June 10

  • Jack Eichel hasn't decided on Boston or Buffalo

    Sporting News "The most interesting part of Monday’s meet-and-great with the top NHL Draft prospects — other than the revelation that Connor McDavid doesn’t have particularly strong feelings about music — was Jack Eichel’s indecision. If Eichel, fresh off one of the best-ever seasons by an NCAA freshman,..." June 08

  • Less than three weeks to draft, Eichel remains undecided about going pro

    Pro Hockey Talk "Call it posturing if you want. But if you do, be sure mention the lack of wavering. With less than three weeks before he’ll be chosen second overall by the Sabres at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Jack Eichel continued to insist — even after participating in the Buffalo-based scouting combine —..." June 08

  • Maple Leafs may look to trade top selection

    Toronto Star "By the time the NHL draft gets to the Maple Leafs and their fourth overall pick, there could still be available a high-end defenceman in Noah Hanifin, a crafty centre in Mitch Marner or a power forward in Lawson Crouse. It may not matter, because by the time the fourth pick comes around, the..." June 07

  • Czech players could draw Flyers' interest

    Philly.com "Two players from the Czech Republic - center Pavel Zacha and goalie Daniel "Darth" Vladar - are high on the Flyers' radar and will be given strong consideration during the June 26-27 NHL draft. After finishing the grueling fitness testing at the NHL scouting combine Saturday in Buffalo, both..." June 07

  • Sabres choose not to interview Connor McDavid

    NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres determined it was not necessary to interview Erie Otters center Connor McDavid this week during the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine. McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, is expected to go No. 1 to the..." June 07

  • Matthews likely to play in Europe before '16 NHL Draft

    NHL.com "Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, is leaning toward continuing his hockey career in Switzerland, agent Pat Brisson told NHL.com on Friday. Brisson said playing for ZSC in Switzerland's top professional league or for the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey..." June 06

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    John Vogl @BuffNewsVogl

    By unofficial count, Jack Eichel does nine pull-ups. McDavid given credit for six.

  • ' I wasn't saying I would be beter than Connor McDavid,' says Eichel

    Pro Hockey Talk "As reports from the NHL Scouting Combine swirl that Jack Eichel told teams in the interview process he’ll be better than Connor McDavid, the highly touted Boston University star has clarified a few things on that point. McDavid is expected to go No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft later this month...." June 06

  • In combine interviews Eichel is saying he'll be better than McDavid

    Boston Globe "The Buffalo Sabres are very good at losing. They were the worst team in the NHL this season. They recorded the fewest points in 2013-14, too. Their chase after coach Mike Babcock failed. They had the best odds of winning this year’s draft lottery, and that did not fall in their favor. But..." June 06

  • Connor McDavid: 'Anywhere you go in the NHL is great'

    Yahoo! Sports "Connor McDavid is on my computer screen talking to me. He’s wearing a CCM hat with a CCM logo draped behind him. It’s because he announced his partnership with the hockey company and we were asked if we wanted to Skype chat with the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft and latest..." June 05

  • Jack Eichel excited to play for the Buffalo Sabres, but he’s not ready to try the wings just yet

    National Post "Jack Eichel wants wings. It’s a few days before the fitness tests at the NHL Draft Combine and the projected No. 2 overall pick is hungry. He knows he should eat healthy. But he’s in Buffalo, a city that is about to become his new home, and so he feels a natural desire to eat what the locals..." June 05

  • Flyers can address depth issues in deep NHL draft

    CSN Philly "The last time the Flyers had a draft pick inside the top 10 was 2007. Having already lost the lottery to Chicago, they selected James van Riemsdyk after the Blackhawks took Patrick Kane. When the Flyers' scouting department contingent descended upon Buffalo this week for the NHL Scouting..." June 04

  • Coyotes considering options with third pick in draft

    NHL.com "The last time the Arizona Coyotes owned a top-five pick in the NHL Draft was eight years ago when center Kyle Turris was chosen third in 2007 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, who was serving as GM at the time Turris was drafted, enters the 2015 NHL Draft, to..." June 03

  • Maple Leafs have tough decision for June draft

    Toronto Sun "It is sounding more and more as though Dylan Strome will not be available when the Maple Leafs pick fourth in next month’s NHL draft. Numerous scouting sources are convinced the Arizona Coyotes, picking third, will select the large centreman from Erie, leaving the Leafs in somewhat of a..." June 01

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Appears #Isles will not be signing D Robbie Russo, 2011 4th rd pick. 2nd team NCAA All-American at Notre Dame this season. Will become FA.

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