Prospect Watch

Teemu Pulkkinen

Teemu Pulkkinen

by Ryan Kennedy - March 10, 2011 11:33 AM EST

The Red Wings are known for their ability to find diamonds in the rough and this Finnish star may be their next find.
No matter when the player is selected, it’s become almost gospel that if the Detroit Red Wings are making the pick, the kid’s going to turn into something special.


Jacob Trouba

Jacob Trouba

by Ryan Kennedy - March 3, 2011 11:55 AM EST

A 2012 draft eligible prospect, 17-year-old Trouba is turning heads and earning call-ups to a more senior team.
As a Michigan native, it only makes sense defenseman Jacob Trouba would make the national team development program his preferred destination for prep hockey.


Nick Bonino

Nick Bonino

by Alan Bass - February 24, 2011 10:10 AM EST

The Anaheim Ducks prospect went the NCAA route after being drafted and is now working his way towards regular NHL time.
When Nick Bonino was four years old, his father, who never played hockey or skated, asked if he wanted to attend a learn-to-skate session at his nearby rink in Unionville, Conn.


Best of the bantam draft

Best of the bantam draft

by Ryan Kennedy - February 17, 2011 2:40 PM EST

We take a look at some of the top prospects who will be hitting the WHL full-time in the near future after being picked in last summer's draft.
For all you prospect lovers out there, THN’s 2011 edition of Future Watch has been put to bed and will be on newsstands around the 14th of March.


David Musil

David Musil

by Rory Boylen - February 10, 2011 1:34 PM EST

The Giants defender started his junior career in a bit of controversy, but now he's a highly touted NHL draft prospect.
When 2011 NHL draft prospect David Musil was looking to set out on his Western League career, the journey began with a bit of controversy. Because he wasn’t living in Western Canada at the time, Musil wasn’t taken in his bantam draft year.


Brendan Smith

Brendan Smith

by Alan Bass - February 3, 2011 3:25 PM EST

The Red Wings first-rounder from 2007 is in his first year of professional hockey in the AHL, where he's continued an impressive rise.
When Brendan Smith was four years old, his father would often take him and his two brothers to Toronto Maple Leafs games. That same year, Brendan was put on the ice with his siblings and introduced to the game of hockey.


Adam Erne

Adam Erne

by Ryan Kennedy - January 27, 2011 12:00 PM EST

Young for the USHL, Adam Erne is nonetheless grabbing the attention of the hockey world with his power forward style of play.
Despite his young age, Indiana Ice left winger Adam Erne is turning heads in the United States League. And a lot of those heads need to be on a swivel if the kid is wearing the opposite jersey.


Mark Scheifele

Mark Scheifele

by Rory Boylen - January 20, 2011 12:05 PM EST

After deciding to go to the OHL instead of the NCAA, this Barrie Colts rookie has quickly become one of the team's best players.
After making it to the Ontario League final last season, the Barrie Colts knew they were in for a rebuild in 2010-11 as players such as Alex Pietrangelo and Alexander Burmistrov graduated to the professional level.


Joey Hishon

Joey Hishon

by The Hockey News - January 13, 2011 4:05 PM EST

Undersized, but far from unskilled, Owen Sound's Joey Hishon was drafted 17th overall by Colorado because of his smarts and drive.
By Dave Frederick There are currently a number of NHLers who are easily proving the axiom “size matters” to be completely false.


Joel Armia

Joel Armia

by Ryan Kennedy - January 6, 2011 11:05 AM EST

Even though his world junior showing wasn't a standout performance, this Finn is a prospect to watch at the 2011 NHL draft.
As Canada found out Wednesday night, the World Junior Championship isn’t always about triumph. For Finnish right winger Joel Armia, his first taste of under-20 pressure was a mixed bag.


Gabriel Landeskog

Gabriel Landeskog

by Ryan Kennedy - December 30, 2010 8:10 AM EST

It's not often an European player captains a North American major junior squad, but that's part of what makes Landeskog so desirable.
The Kitchener Rangers made it pretty clear just how important left winger Gabriel Landeskog was to their team when the Swedish import was named captain this season.


Christian Thomas

Christian Thomas

by Rory Boylen - December 23, 2010 11:45 AM EST

The son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, Christian is excelling in the OHL as a member of the emerging Oshawa Generals.
As a 16-year-old rookie in the Ontario League two years ago, Christian Thomas found himself involved in one of the circuit’s biggest trades ever when he was shipped from London to Oshawa along with two other players and a bunch of draft picks for John Tavares and Michael Del Zotto.


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