Note to Alex Tuch: you clearly have the hands for the NHL, but the celebrations might need a bit of work.
During Tuesday’s prospect scrimmage, Tuch scored one of more creative shootout goals we’ll see all summer, putting the puck between his legs, pulling it back up to his backhand, toe-dragging and popping the puck past the netminder. The goal itself is a must-see, but it’s the celebration after that really steals the show: Read more
By Shelly Anderson
Ninth-round draft picks – any league, any level — often have a hard time making headway, but such a player for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL has taken a significant step.
Austin Lemieux has made Omaha’s 30-man protected list after being selected in the USHL Phase 2 draft in May, The Hockey News has learned.
If his name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he is the only son of Hall of Fame center and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux. Read more
The Chicago Blackhawks made their much-anticipated trade of left winger Patrick Sharp on Friday, shipping him and prospect defenseman Stephen Johns to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Trevor Daley and left winger Ryan Garbutt.
While the Blackhawks cleared Sharp’s $5.9-million annual cap hit from their books, they’re not out of cap hell yet. They took on Daley’s $3.3-million cap hit over the next two seasons, along with half of Garbutt’s $1.8-million cap hit through 2016-17. That puts the Hawks under the $71.4 million salary cap by less than $1 million.
The addition of Daley suggests the Blackhawks won’t be bringing back unrestricted free agent rearguard Johnny Oduya. CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers reports GM Stan Bowman isn’t ruling it out, claiming the situation remains fluid and “there are a lot of factors at play.” Read more
Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is already off to a great start in the Patrick Sharp trade – he got the best player in the deal. But in acquiring the three-time Stanley Cup winner from Chicago along with prospect Stephen Johns, Nill had to give up his most experienced defenseman in Trevor Daley (agitator Ryan Garbutt also headed to the Hawks).
This sets up an interesting situation for the Stars: powerhouse offense and a green defense – and I don’t mean Victory Green.
While a final count has yet to be determined, the Buffalo Sabres are set to welcome a crowd for Jack Eichel’s scrimmage debut that rivals a home game for the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Arizona Coyotes or even the Winnipeg Jets.
That’s right: the Sabres are expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 13,000 to 15,000 fans to be in attendance Friday when a prospect team featuring Eichel, the second overall selection in the 2015 draft, takes on another squad that starring 2014 second overall pick Sam Reinhart.
Suffice to say, Buffalo’s a tad excited. Then again, so is Eichel. Read more
In order to win the Memorial Cup, the Oshawa Generals relied on one of the stingiest defenses in the history of major junior hockey. At the center of it was goaltender Ken Appleby.
Appleby, 20, backstopped the Generals to the Memorial Cup, helped Oshawa defeat Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters for the OHL championship and was the OHL’s leader in most goaltending categories. Even still, he couldn’t parlay it into finally getting selected at the draft and was passed over for the third straight season. So, Appleby’s going another route: for the second consecutive year, he’s taking to NHL camps and hoping he can land himself an NHL contract. At present, Appleby’s at prospect camp with the St. Louis Blues.
“Being third year eligible to be drafted, I didn’t really expect much,” Appleby told NHL.com’s Louie Korac. “I had heard some talks, but to not be drafted is kind of a good opportunity for me to be able to choose teams like St. Louis or whoever else gives me offers for camps so I can kind of choose which way I want to go. It’s a good position.” Read more
Auston Matthews is, at this moment, the top prospect for the 2016 draft, but the 17-year-old potential 2016 first overall draft pick hasn’t yet decided where he’ll play for the upcoming campaign.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Matthews, who reportedly has a deal on the table with Switzerland’s Zurich Lions, may be drawing interest from elsewhere, including German club EHC Red Bull Munich. The possibility of Matthews heading to the Europe has been around for quite some time and his agent, Pat Brisson, had previously told THN’s Ryan Kennedy that Matthews was, “processing every option.” Read more
The Chicago Blackhawks announced their prospect camp roster Thursday, and among names like recently acquired Marko Dano and defenseman Stephen Johns was Japan’s Yushiroh Hirano, a winger who spent last season Tingsryds AIF in Sweden’s top junior league.
Hirano is one of the 57 invitees to the Blachawks’ camp and is expected to be there when the camp opens Sunday. The 19-year-old winger will be getting his first taste of NHL-level action and, after potting 12 goals and 26 points in 37 games with Tingsryds, there’s the possibility for him to open some eyes. Read more