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Chip off the ol' Brock

Chip off the ol' Brock

by Ryan Kennedy - March 16, 2010 1:35 PM EDT

We profile Minnesota high-schooler Brock Nelson in our regular rundown of prospect we can't wait to see in the NHL someday.
The brackets are set, the regular seasons finished. Playoff time has hit the prospect ranks and there are some devilishly good teams looking to make runs in their respective circuits.


Playoff push

Playoff push

by Ryan Kennedy - March 9, 2010 12:30 PM EST

In this week's list of players we're stoked about seeing at the pro level someday, we focus on post-season performances.
The post-season has already started for some circuits, while major junior's Memorial Cup quest gets going soon, too. There's still a lot of hockey to be played, but for many top prospects the playoffs represent a chance to become clutch on the biggest stages available.


Living large

Living large

by Ryan Kennedy - March 2, 2010 1:10 PM EST

In our weekly rundown of prospects we can't wait to see more of, we profile 6-foot-4 blueliner Derek Forbort.
The post-season is fast approaching in the major junior and NCAA ranks, so the performances of the best prospects will soon be under the microscope.


Earning his stripes

Earning his stripes

by Ryan Kennedy - February 23, 2010 12:45 PM EST

In this week's run down of players we can't wait to see in the NHL someday, we profile WHL sniper Emerson Etem.
With Taylor Hall almost suspended for a hit from behind and Tyler Seguin poised to hit 100 points any game now, things are getting exciting at the top of the prospect pile in the Ontario League.


Galiev's got game

Galiev's got game

by Ryan Kennedy - February 16, 2010 2:20 PM EST

The NHL is breaking for the Olympics, but The Hot List continues on. This week we feature Stanislav Galiev of Saint John.
Olympic buzz is everywhere, so why not put some international flavor into The Hot List this week? Russia, Canada and the U.S. always get love, but how about Norway and Germany? Sure, none of these kids are playing in Vancouver, but we are excited about seeing them in the NHL one day.


Introducing Aulie

Introducing Aulie

by Ryan Kennedy - February 9, 2010 11:25 AM EST

In our weekly rundown of players we can't wait to see in the NHL, we profile Maple Leafs farm-leaguer Keith Aulie.
Congratulations on another Hot List alum graduating on to the pros. Toronto's Nazem Kadri was an emergency call-up to the Maple Leafs Monday night when Christian Hanson and Fredrik Sjostrom took ill.


Leader of the pack

Leader of the pack

by Ryan Kennedy - February 2, 2010 2:05 PM EST

We profile Russian prospect Vladimir Tarasenko in this week's rundown of players we can't wait to see in the NHL.
Draft lists for this summer are all over the place and teams are getting serious for the stretch drive, so let’s dive right into another look at some kids we’re excited to see in the NHL some day.


A great gamble

A great gamble

by Ryan Kennedy - January 26, 2010 10:00 AM EST

In this week's roundup of players we can't wait to see in the NHL, we profile NTDPer and WJC gold medalist Jason Zucker.
The Hot List is in Las Vegas right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s a week off. In fact, let’s show some love for one of Sin City’s own – and if you think they don’t produce elite talent in ‘non-traditional’ hockey markets, you haven’t looked at the U.


Coming to America?

Coming to America?

by Ryan Kennedy - January 19, 2010 12:10 PM EST

This week in our rundown of players we can't wait to see in the NHL, we profile Isles prospect Kirill Petrov.
Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings are out now (North American)/European) and some insiders are questioning the logic behind some player placements (no questions at the very top, but after that there were surprises).


Merrill will be U.S. lynchpin

Merrill will be U.S. lynchpin

by Ryan Kennedy - January 12, 2010 11:15 AM EST

In this week's roundup of players we're excited to see more of, we profile future Team USA WJC blueliner Jon Merrill.
I’m back from Saskatoon and filled with interviews and impressions on a bunch of top prospects, so look for The Hot List to have an international flair in the weeks to come.


Swiss miss

Swiss miss

by Ryan Kennedy - January 5, 2010 11:30 AM EST

The Cinderella story from the WJC was led by two players on this week's list, including goaltender Benjamin Conz.
SASKATOON – How could I not do a Hot List while on location at the greatest yearly roundup of prospects? The loose theme today is heroes and many of them were unexpected, but their names are in lights now.


WJC dreams

WJC dreams

by Ryan Kennedy - December 22, 2009 11:25 AM EST

In our weekly roundup of players we can't wait to see in the NHL, we look at who to keep an eye on at the world juniors.
This is the last pre-World Junior Championship Hot List, folks, so strap on your seatbelts. There will be a lot of big names hitting Saskatchewan in the next few days and some of the Europeans even have local experience thanks to their time in the Western League.


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