Prospect Watch

Taylor Beck

Taylor Beck

by Alan Bass - May 20, 2010 1:00 PM EDT

The Guelph Storm right winger broke out in a big way this season and is following in the footsteps of Predators picks before him.
The Nashville Predators have a history of successfully developing their draft picks into bona fide NHL players. More than half of their current roster consists of players drafted by the organization, including Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and David Legwand.


Gustav Nyquist

Gustav Nyquist

by Alan Bass - May 13, 2010 11:25 AM EDT

Another late-round Red Wings pick is turning some heads as the Swedish-born Nyquist is making waves with the University of Maine.
When the Detroit Red Wings announce a late-round draft pick, everyone in the hockey world turns their head. After all, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were drafted in the sixth and seventh rounds.


Arturs Kulda

Arturs Kulda

by Alan Bass - May 6, 2010 11:09 AM EDT

In the first installment of a new feature to THN.com, the Thrashers' Latvian is making great strides towards the NHL.
Latvia is hardly a hockey factory. In fact, only eight players from Latvia have ever suited up for more than 50 NHL games and only Sandis Ozolinsh and Arturs Irbe come anywhere near the realm of household name.


Prep Watch: The next Matteau

Prep Watch: The next Matteau

by Ryan Kennedy - April 22, 2010 2:10 PM EDT

Our minor hockey feature takes a look at Stefan Matteau, son of Stephane Matteau, of the Notre Dame Hounds.
If you happen to be at the World Junior Championship in a couple years and hear a player on Team USA trash-talking a Canadian opponent in French, don’t be too surprised.


Prep Watch: Focused on the future

Prep Watch: Focused on the future

by Ryan Kennedy - April 8, 2010 12:26 PM EDT

This week in our minor hockey feature, we profile Gianluca Curcuruto, a prospect being groomed by a former NHL goalie.
Mississauga Reps defenseman Gianluca Curcuruto has his eye on reaching the NHL someday. Fortunately, he’s got a couple sources who know a thing or two about the circuit.


Prep Watch: Maidens' voyage

Prep Watch: Maidens' voyage

by Ryan Kennedy - March 11, 2010 11:30 AM EST

This week in our regular look at minor hockey programs and players, we profile Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs center Jarrod Maidens.
Based on his size and physical development, maybe we should just go ahead and start calling him Jarrod ‘Iron’ Maidens. A 6-foot-1, 170-pound center with the Hamilton Jr.


Prep Watch: From Saint to Sioux

Prep Watch: From Saint to Sioux

by Ryan Kennedy - February 25, 2010 11:45 AM EST

This week in our regular look at minor hockey players and programs, we focus on Spruce Grove and Dillon Simpson.
The Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior League are having a remarkable year. A record-breaking season, in fact, with 52 wins versus just four regulation losses.


Prep Watch: Off to the races

Prep Watch: Off to the races

by Ryan Kennedy - February 11, 2010 12:05 PM EST

In this week's examination of minor hockey players and programs, we focus on Marlboros speedster Matia Marcantuoni.
It’s fun to think of Prep Watch as an exclusive club, but who knew those members actually network? When informed he would be the focus of this week’s edition, Toronto Marlboros center Matia (Mah-Tee-uh) Marcantuoni noted he had already played with a fellow Prep Watch star, Luca Ciampini.


Prep Watch: Hawk eyes

Prep Watch: Hawk eyes

by Ryan Kennedy - January 28, 2010 10:15 AM EST

This week in our continuing exploration of minor hockey, we focus on Alex Forsberg and the Beardy's Blackhawks.
The most notable names to come out of Saskatchewan midget hockey tend to be members of the Notre Dame Hounds – not surprising, since the school draws talent from across the nation.


Prep Watch: 2011 No. 1 pick?

Prep Watch: 2011 No. 1 pick?

by Ryan Kennedy - January 14, 2010 11:50 AM EST

In this edition of THN.com's look at the world of minor hockey, we profile Sweden's Adam Larsson.
At last year’s World Junior Championship, Sweden drew a lot of interest thanks to a cadre of draft-eligible players that turned into seven first-rounders that summer, including the second player overall, defenseman Victor Hedman.


Prep Watch: Altshuller steps up

Prep Watch: Altshuller steps up

by Ryan Kennedy - December 17, 2009 11:40 AM EST

In our weekly look at the world of minor hockey, we profile Ottawa Jr. 67's goalie Daniel Altshuller.
Just because a teenager plays hockey at an elite level, doesn’t mean he’s always blessed with elite teammates. That was the situation last season for goaltender Daniel Altshuller, who joined the Ottawa Jr.


Prep Watch: National attraction

Prep Watch: National attraction

by Ryan Kennedy - December 3, 2009 11:50 AM EST

In our weekly look at the world of minor hockey, we profile Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves of the Syracuse Nationals.
When fans of the Syracuse Jr. Nationals under-16 team yell “Boo,” they’re not necessarily upset. In fact, when center Cristoval ‘Boo’ Nieves is on the puck, it’s usually a cause for celebration.


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