Players from the OHL’s Flint Firebirds have reportedly quit the team en masse after coach John Gruden and his staff were fired Sunday night. In what is still a developing story, the cause of the firing revolved around the ice time given to 17-year-old Hakon Nilsen, who is the son of owner Rolf Nilsen.
When the Boston shipped Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames, the Bruins received in return a package that included a 2015 first-round pick, which was the 15th overall selection.
The Bruins used the pick to select Zach Senyshyn from the OHL, and while the return for Hamilton won’t help Boston quite yet, fans in Beantown might have a reason to get excited. Wednesday night, Senyshyn, who is currently playing for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, scored an absolutely stunning goal on the Saginaw Spirit thanks to a one-man effort that needs to be seen.
After picking up the puck in his own end, Senyshyn went end-to-end and used his strength to ward off one defender before cutting back against the grain with a half-spinning deke. Senyshyn then waited out the goaltender, picked his spot and fired the puck home, via Weekend At Bergys: Read more
It’s been a controversial week in the prospect world, as the CHL-NCAA talent war reached DEFCON 1. First, Toronto pick Jeremy Bracco departed Boston College for OHL Kitchener, then days later Carolina prospect Warren Foegele jetted from New Hampshire for OHL Kingston. This didn’t sit well with social media’s college boosters, but in the end it’s up to the players. As for Kingston, the Frontenacs just traded for Maple Leafs pick Stephen Desrocher, who won a Memorial Cup with Oshawa last year. He’ll add size and a big shot to the blueline of a team clearly going for it all. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about the world of prospects right now.
Dale Hunter’s name is now etched alongside the OHL’s most venerable bench bosses.
The London Knights coach earned his 600th win on Saturday night in a 7-0 road win over the Saginaw Spirit, becoming just the sixth person to accomplish the feat.
Hunter joins Brian Kilrea, Bert Templeton, Larry Mavety, Stan Butler and George Burnett in the esteemed club.
The talent battle between the NCAA and CHL has another lightning rod, as right winger Jeremy Bracco has left Boston College to play for the Ontario League’s Kitchener Rangers. Bracco, a small but ultra-skilled Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, was drafted in the second round this summer by the Buds and had just begun his freshman campaign with the NCAA’s Eagles.
So why did he jump to the Rangers?
Noah Hanifin was a healthy scratch Tuesday night for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Detroit Red Wings and Sam Reinhart was not on the ice for practice Wednesday morning for the Buffalo Sabres. It’s enough to get a guy to thinking there’s a chance these guys might not be much longer for the NHL this season.
After all, Reinhart played in his ninth game of the season Sunday night and Hanifin had played eight before being scratched. Both are teenagers on entry-level deals and their teams must decide very soon whether it would be best to keep them in the NHL or send them to the minors so their contracts slide back a year.
Welcome back to another spin around the world of prospects. The big news this week concerns Montreal Canadiens pick Martin Reway. Just last week, I wrote in this space about how amazing the Slovakian youngster was playing in the Czech League – he was the leading scorer on the circuit. But then, he was sent down by Sparta Praha to a lower-tiered team. It sounded like insanity. According to insiders that I spoke with, Sparta wanted to sign Reway to a contract extension, but the left winger wasn’t agreeable. That led to a rift, which led to a trade request, which is where we stand now.
Here are some other names you need to know right now:
It’s about that time again. For all of you who love prospects or just want to know what your NHL team has in the pipeline, the THN Futures mailbag is here for you. If you have any questions relating to the next generation of stars, hit me up on Twitter at @THNRyanKennedy and use the hashtag #thnfutures to make sure I see it.
Let’s get to this week’s questions.