Welcome back to Prospect Need to Know, the gathering formerly known as The Hot List. I’m debuting some new sections this week and there will be a rotation, so don’t worry if things continue to look different from here on out. There’s a lot to cover with the AHL and NCAA getting into full swing, so let’s get to it.
Say, do you like rookies? Because so far it looks like we’re in for a great Calder Trophy race and it won’t necessarily be a Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel show. Max Domi, Mattias Janmark and Artemi Panarin have all been doing big things, while another frosh – Pittsburgh’s Daniel Sprong – just got his first NHL goal. He’s the subject of one of our questions this week and as always, you can submit your prospect and draft-related queries to me on Twitter at @THNRyanKennedy, using the hashtag #thnfutures. Let’s get to it.
Welcome back to the new iteration of The Hot List, now known as Prospect Need to Know. The NCAA season kicked off in earnest on the weekend and though I’d like a bit more of a sample size before handing out accolades, let it be known that Arizona prospect Maxim Letunov had a hat trick in his first game with UConn. And yes, Calgary Flames fans, Mark Jankowski is off to a hot start with Providence. There’s a lot of goodness to cover off this week, so let’s get right to it:
I’m strongly considering going top 60 next year. This is the second time I’ve done a top 50 for the upcoming NCAA season and a lot of very good players didn’t make the cut. Such is life, I suppose. What is left is a pretty hardcore collection of prospects from across the NCAA. Rankings and selections are skewed towards NHL potential and overall buzz, so don’t be surprised to see more underclassmen than seniors. Let’s get to the list, shall we?
Welcome to the rebirth of The Hot List. From now on, my weekly collection of top prospects will be known as Prospect Need to Know and the format will be a little different. The biggest changes involve star power and flexibility – there will be more of both. If your prospect knowledge is limited, I’ll have you covered with a steady dose of names such as Auston Matthews, Alex DeBrincat and Patrik Laine. If you like to go deeper, there will be categories on sleeper picks, major injury news and, as the season goes on, high risers in the draft rankings. Basically, I wanted to make sure I have a platform that would not limit me in bringing you the most essential prospect news. And for organizational purposes, players will now be listed in groupings, with those already drafted first (after the spotlight player, of course). So let’s get to it and have some fun:
There are few certainties in the hockey world, but one of them used to be that the Detroit Red Wings didn’t bring teenagers into the NHL. In fact, it’s been about 15 years since Jiri Fischer pulled the trick, as Chris Peters discovered. But Detroit coach Jeff Blashill confirmed on Monday that Larkin made the final cut for the Wings, so now it’s on to the next challenge for the kid: sticking with the squad full-time.
The Arizona State Sun Devils will kick off their new Division 1 existence this Saturday by playing against their former ACHA rivals, the University of Arizona Wildcats, at the NHL Coyotes’ Gila River Arena.
And since the Sun Devils are new to D1, they had to come through with new uniforms, as you can see above. Here’s a look at what they’ll be rocking this season from different angles and check out the awesomeness that envelops the captain’s ‘C.’
BUFFALO – The fourth annual All-American Prospects Game took place Thursday night, pitting the top 2016 NHL draft hopefuls from the USA against each other in a very entertaining showcase game. Consensus No. 1 prospect Auston Matthews was not there (he’s kinda busy in Switzerland right now), but since this will be a great draft for Americans, a lot of talent was on hand.
And though these all-star games can be fluky, the elite kids rose to the occasion. Jeremy Roenick, who coached one squad, saw Matthew Tkachuk and Luke Kunin catch fire, while Derek Plante, the other bench boss, had Max Jones and William Knierim to rely on.
It was a tough game for goalies (these contests usually are) and OHL London’s Tyler Parsons actually left five minutes in with a collarbone injury after catching a puck high – he had forgotten his neck protector, acccording to Roenick. Team Plante won the game 6-4. Here’s a look at the big names and the kids who stood out for me.