He’s the youngest of three hockey brothers, but that doesn’t diminish the expectations surrounding center Ryan McLeod, a potent offensive force whose OHL rights were just traded to his hometown Mississauga Steelheads.
When it comes to learning the game, Jack DeBoer has had NHL calibre coaching for his entire life, so it’s no wonder the 15-year-old son of Sharks bench boss Peter has already found a potential home in college hockey.
According to SBNation College Hockey’s Jeff Cox, DeBoer has landed a scholarship from Boston University to join the club in 2018-19. While it’s still far away, it’s hard to imagine what kind of frame DeBoer will have by then. At 15, he’s already listed as 6-foot-2, 170 pounds by Elite Propsects. If he adds some bulk to his frame and continues to grow, he could be a monstrous power forward by the time he suits up for the Terriers.
This past season, DeBoer played for the New Jersey Colonials and scored 27 goals and 62 points in 35 games. He also took part in the USA Select tournament earlier this summer and notched one goal and five points in five contests. Read more
In terms of drafted prospects, few teenagers could top the season that Nikolaj Ehlers is coming off. The incredibly talented Halifax Mooseheads left winger put up approximately two points per game in the regular season, then paced The Herd with 31 points in just 14 QMJHL playoff games. He also helped Denmark win its first-ever game at the world juniors and was the most electrifying player in the entire tournament.
So what does he do for an encore?
The latter half of summer seems to drag on forever in the hockey world. Sure, you’ll have the occasional event pop up, but free agency has long lost its luster, no big trades are happening and in general, it’s a quiet time.
So if you’re a Buffalo Sabres fan, take solace in the fact that the season is almost here. And with it comes rookie center Jack Eichel, the type of prospect that can change a franchise’s fortunes.
They’re back. Everyone’s favorite players to draft in fantasy pools. The sleepers.
There’s a special high that comes with being “the genius who predicted _______’s breakout season.” That’s why it’s so intoxicating to research sleepers every year. If you’ve already studied my most recent update of the top 200 overall players, now it’s time to dig for undervalued guys.
As I outlined in last year’s sleeper list, I identify them as follows:
(a) Players who will outperform their average draft position
(b) Players who will outperform some players drafted before them
(c) Players you can steal cheap at the ends of drafts to reap major profits
After taking last year’s feedback into consideration, I want to stress (a) and (b) a lot more than (c). There’s a misconception every sleeper has to be “that guy no one else knows about who’s still on the board in the final round of a draft.” Anyone looking for only that type of sleeper on this list will end up posting something like “Gee, thanks for the shocking insight on Teuvo Teravainen, I had no idea who that guy was, jerk.” But that person misses the more important point. Teravainen goes on average 172nd overall in fantasy drafts, according to Yahoo’s ADP (average draft position) numbers. My rank for Teravainen in the top 200: 139th overall. Essentially, I’m saying he should outperform 32 guys currently being drafted ahead of him. Savvy GMs may think it’s no big revelation to talk up Teravainen, but the general drafting public evidently hasn’t caught on yet. Teravainen’s a legit sleeper.
Of course, I’m not going to tout Ryan Johansen as a sleeper when I rank him 18th and he’s going 33rd. There’s a line to draw here. I still want to help you find guys you can actually steal in the mid to late rounds. With that, let’s begin the 2015-16 list:
The Toronto Blue Jays are putting up enough offense to win the Rocket Richard Trophy (they have that in baseball too, right?), so it’s no surprise local boy Steven Stamkos – a two-time winner of that accolade himself – dropped by to shag a few pitches himself the other day.
Stamkos is a well-known baseball fan who plays the game in the summer, despite the fact he’s one of the best hockey players in the world. But he’s not the only elite iceman whose sporting pursuits go beyond the arena. And for young players (and their parents), Stamkos is a great role model.
There stands to be a lot of change in Carolina over the next few seasons, but Elias Lindholm will be along for the ride thanks to a new contract extension.
The 20-year-old winger signed a two-year, $5.4 million extension Thursday that should keep him with the franchise until at least the 2017-18 season. The extension comes in the off-season following a stellar sophomore campaign in which Lindholm notched 17 goals and 39 points while playing second line minutes on a Carolina team that needed the glimmer of hope Lindholm offered.
“Elias played well last season, nearly doubling his offensive numbers from his rookie year,” Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told the team’s website. “We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional.” Read more
Welcome back to the THN futures mailbag, where I answer all things prospect and draft related. I’m really getting a good crop of questions coming in, so keep that momentum going, folks (hit me up at @THNRyanKennedy with the hashtag #thnfutures). With the major junior season around the corner and the Traverse City prospects tournament also coming up, I may save some questions until the action begins, for accuracy’s sake. So hold tight if you don’t see your submission right away. Let’s get to it: