Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.

Prospect Hot List: Travis Dermott the one to watch on Erie’s blueline

Travis Dermott (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Major junior playoffs have reached the final series, while the AHL post-season is well into the second round. An incredibly exciting 2014-15 campaign is nearing its end, so I’m opening up the Hot List a bit to younger prospects. Like those that came before them, they are the players you’ll want to know and that we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.

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Former NHL stars and their wives testify in fraud trial

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Michael Peca (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHL players can make tens of millions of dollars in their careers, but the years they can earn such sums are limited. Making the most of that nest egg is important, which is why Michael Peca’s wife Kristin was heartbroken when it became apparent that the man they trusted with their savings may not have been who he seemed.

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How to snuff out a superstar

Oshawa's Cole Cassels  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The Oshawa Generals knew they had a tall task on their hands. Facing Erie in the OHL final, the Gens had to figure out a way to stop Otters superstar Connor McDavid, who came into Game 1 with a dizzying 42 points in 15 playoff games. At the end of the night, McDavid had been on the ice for more goals-against than goals-for and the Gens thrilled their fans with a 4-1 win.

If Game 1 was any indication, this series will be fought in both the trenches and the war rooms. Oshawa’s strategy for battening down McDavid was to have Vancouver Canucks prospect Cole Cassels on against the consensus No. 1 pick overall in the NHL draft this summer as much as possible.

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Defenseman Ty Smith goes first overall in WHL bantam draft

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Ty Smith (photo courtesy of Hockey Alberta)

As I’ve noted before, the Western League does things a little differently than the other CHL circuits in Ontario and Quebec. Players are drafted out of bantam instead of midget, then spend a year developing, as opposed to jumping into major junior right away as 16-year-olds.

So it’s going to be a while before the name Ty Smith becomes relevant to NHL fans, but folks in Spokane can start to get excited.

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Prospect Hot List: Mike Robinson’s Wildcat formation

Mike Robinson (photo by Jon Chase)

The final matchups in major junior have been set: Quebec takes on Rimouski in the Quebec League; Brandon will duke it out with Kelowna in the West and Erie gets Oshawa in the OHL. Whatever the results, it’s going to be a power-packed Memorial Cup. Meanwhile, the USHL draft is taking place, with Minnesota high school standout Ryan Poehling going first to Lincoln in Phase One (for 1999 birthdays) and some interesting pickups elsewhere in Phase Two (older players). Let’s take a whirl around the prospect planet to see what’s up.

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