Prospect Watch

Dalton Izyk

Dalton Izyk

by Ryan Kennedy - December 16, 2010 2:05 PM EST

Even though his Green Mountain Glades team is having a tough season, goalie Dalton Izyk is shining bright.
This has not been a dream season for the Green Mountain Glades. The Burlington, Vt.-based team from the Eastern Junior League has kicked players off the team for transgressions, fired its coach and re-assigned its GM.


Austin Watson

Austin Watson

by Rory Boylen - December 9, 2010 4:00 PM EST

Traded from Windsor to Peterborough last season, Watson comes from a family of 10 children and is working towards an NHL career.
Most major junior players face the challenge of moving away from home for the first time to play in a new city as fresh-faced teenagers. And while Austin Watson had to move from Ann Arbor, Mich.


Michael Matheson

Michael Matheson

by Ryan Kennedy - December 2, 2010 2:35 PM EST

The big Lac St-Louis midget AAA defenseman decided to pass on a QMJHL career and go the NCAA route.
If there’s a theme in Michael Matheson’s life, it’s consistency and patience. On the ice, the Lac St-Louis Lions defenseman tries to employ the subtle and superb skills of Nicklas Lidstrom; off the ice, he has taken a studious approach to his hockey future.


Emerson Etem

Emerson Etem

by The Hockey News - November 25, 2010 11:00 AM EST

The 29th overall pick from the 2010 draft is the latest player who is changing the perception of hockey in sunny California.
By Dave Frederick Imagine not only accomplishing the difficult task of being selected in the NHL draft, but also achieving the rare distinction of representing your hometown team.


Darnell Nurse

Darnell Nurse

by Ryan Kennedy - November 18, 2010 1:15 PM EST

This Don Mills Flyers blueliner is already drawing comparisons to Chris Pronger because of his size, skating and the edge he plays with.
He’s No. 25 on the Flyers, he’s a big blueliner who can skate and lord help you if you get near his goaltender. Chris Pronger? Not quite.


Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh

by Rory Boylen - November 11, 2010 11:55 AM EST

Fresh out of college, the 21-year-old first round pick from 2007 is finally getting his pro life started in the American League.
When the New York Rangers obtained defenseman Ryan McDonagh in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009, they were already familiar with the type of physical specimen they were acquiring.


Zemgus Girgensons

Zemgus Girgensons

by Ryan Kennedy - November 4, 2010 11:45 AM EDT

The transplanted Latvian is taking the USHL by storm and still has a couple years of development ahead of him before he's NHL draft eligible.
There is the road less traveled and then there is the road so rarely traveled it is beyond intriguing. Such is the case with first-year Dubuque Fighting Saints center Zemgus Girgensons, who sits second in United States League scoring with 10 points through nine games.


Ian Cole

Ian Cole

by The Hockey News - October 28, 2010 12:05 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues traded up in the draft to acquire this defenseman and don't regret the transaction one bit.
By Dave Frederick The St. Louis Blues were fully aware of the risks involved when they decided to trade up six spots and draft defenseman Ian Cole 18th overall in the 2007 NHL draft.


John Moore

John Moore

by Rory Boylen - October 21, 2010 1:10 PM EDT

In this week's look down the pipeline, we feature Columbus first-rounder John Moore, who's starting the year in the AHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have their star player, franchise goalie and a plethora of young offensive weapons on the roster, but whenever an offensive blueliner is rumored to be on the trade market, Columbus always tops the list of potential suitors.


Jujhar Khaira

Jujhar Khaira

by Ryan Kennedy - October 14, 2010 1:40 PM EDT

Passed over in the bantam draft, this 16-year-old is taking the BCHL by storm and is suddenly on the radar.
Some pros were scouted from the day they hit puberty, their ascendancies breathlessly catalogued by bird-dogs, GMs and the media. But the path of the late-bloomer is also well-worn and when a kid starts putting up numbers, you wonder how all the experts fell asleep at the switch.


Paul Postma

Paul Postma

by Rory Boylen - October 7, 2010 1:10 PM EDT

The offensively gifted blueliner will start the season in the AHL, but as he improves his defense, look out for him in Atlanta.
Like most prospects who aren’t expected to be selected early, Paul Postma didn’t attend the 2007 NHL draft, but instead stayed at home with family and a few close friends to watch the festivities.


Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray

by Ryan Kennedy - September 23, 2010 1:10 PM EDT

The Everett Silvertips defenseman isn't draft-eligible until 2012, but he already plays like a veteran.
Expect to hear Ryan Murray’s name a lot this year. Then expect to hear it even more next season. That’s because the Everett Silvertips defenseman is a late birthday, born after the cut-off for the NHL draft and therefore not eligible for selection until 2012.


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