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Draft risers

Draft risers

by Ryan Kennedy - June 21, 2011 1:19 PM EDT

Our prospect guru looks at some of the high rising prospects for the 2011 NHL draft, led by Sweden's Mika Zibanejad.
The time is nigh for drafting. Minnesota is just days away and every permutation of the order has been pondered. But who helped themselves the most during the second half of the year? For this week’s list, we look at the draft’s high-risers heading into the weekend and how they got there.


Draft eligible dark horses

Draft eligible dark horses

by Ryan Kennedy - June 14, 2011 11:35 AM EDT

In this week's list of players we can't wait to see in the NHL one day, we profile Connor Murphy and focus on under-the-radar players.
Welcome to the first of two special Hot Lists, dedicated exclusively to the 2011 draft in Minnesota. This week, we’ll take a look at some under-the-radar prospects - players either specifically mentioned by NHL scouts in interviews without being prompted or personal hunches we think may pan out.


Salivating over Salomaki

Salivating over Salomaki

by Ryan Kennedy - June 7, 2011 3:00 PM EDT

In our weekly list of players we can't wait to see in the NHL one day, we profile Finland's Miikka Salomaki.
The final event before the NHL draft has been completed and the results are in from the annual combine in Toronto. And while the team interviews can be just as important as the physical testing, only the latter produces top-10 lists of the best in show.


Jurco's stock rising

Jurco's stock rising

by Ryan Kennedy - May 31, 2011 2:41 PM EDT

In this week's list of players we can't wait to see in the NHL, we profile Tomas Jurco of the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Saint John is your Memorial Cup champion and some of the most prominent Dogs will have to make due with a quick celebration; the draft combine starts Tuesday in Toronto.


Playoff stories

Playoff stories

by Ryan Kennedy - May 24, 2011 2:10 PM EDT

As the Memorial Cup goes on and the Clark Cup concludes, we run down a list of players we can't wait to see in the NHL.
We’re in the thick of the Memorial Cup and so far offense has proven to be the victor over defense when it comes to team strategies. One team that doesn’t have to be worried about strategy anymore is the Dubuque Fighting Saints, who won the United States League’s Clark Cup over Green Bay and did it as an expansion team.


Shugg shoots for three

Shugg shoots for three

by Ryan Kennedy - May 17, 2011 3:59 PM EDT

In htis week's list of prospects we can't wait to see in the NHL, we profile Justin Shugg of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.
The Memorial Cup starts Friday and thanks to Owen Sound’s dramatic overtime win in Game 7 of the Ontario League final, host Mississauga will have revenge on its mind; Kootenay of the Western League and Saint John of the Quebec League round out the field.


Gambling on Welinski

Gambling on Welinski

by Ryan Kennedy - May 10, 2011 2:59 PM EDT

In this week's list of players we can't wait to see in the NHL, we profile Andy Welinski of the Green Bay Gamblers.
There’s a whole lot of news going on in the prospect world these days. The NHL announced its roster for the draft combine, while the Western and Ontario Leagues held their entry drafts.


Growing up Grimaldi

Growing up Grimaldi

by Ryan Kennedy - May 3, 2011 12:46 PM EDT

In our weekly rundown of players we can't wait to see in the NHL one day, we profile Rocco Grimaldi of the U.S. NTDP.
While the World Championship is generally known in North America as “the tournament for players who won’t win the Stanley Cup this year,” the 2011 edition actually has some intriguing prospect angles, thanks to the youth on several teams.


Morrow to come

Morrow to come

by Ryan Kennedy - April 26, 2011 3:17 PM EDT

In our weekly list of players we can't wait to see in the NHL one day, we profile Joe Morrow of WHL Portland.
Team USA was once again victorious at the under-18s and Canada felt the sting of losing to both the Americans and the Russians, finishing fourth for their efforts.


Faulk makes the grade

Faulk makes the grade

by Ryan Kennedy - April 19, 2011 1:57 PM EDT

In this week's list of players we can't wait to see in the NHL one day, we profile Justin Faulk of the Charlotte Checkers.
If you’re a big draft watcher, the Canadian League playoffs have been a downer. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is out, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Murphy were dusted in the first round and Sean Couturier’s season is over in the ‘Q.


Keep Trocheck in check

Keep Trocheck in check

by Ryan Kennedy - April 12, 2011 3:28 PM EDT

In our weekly look at players we can't wait to see in the NHL one day, we profile Vincent Trocheck of the Saginaw Spirit.
The University of Minnesota-Duluth took the NCAA Frozen Four championship and major junior teams are battling it out in the second round of the playoffs.


Ryan the Rebel

Ryan the Rebel

by Ryan Kennedy - April 5, 2011 2:15 PM EDT

In our weekly list of players we can't wait to see in the NHL one day, we look at Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, top prospect for the 2011 draft.
As major junior teams drop out of the playoffs, look for some stars to join pro squads and others to suit up for their countries at the World Under-18 Championship in Slovakia.


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