TheHockeyNews.com's Prospect Watch focuses on up-and-comers from the AHL, Europe, major junior, the NCAA and even minor hockey destined to become big names in the NHL.
by Ryan Kennedy - May 17, 2013 10:37 AM EDT
The Portland Winterhawks kick off their Memorial Cup tournament this weekend and need Petan to keep producing.
Nic Petan has just finished golfing with Portland teammates Brendan Burke and Taylor Leier when I called. But unlike most hockey players who hit the links, Petan’s season isn’t quite finished.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 23, 2013 1:30 PM EDT
The hulking Sault Ste. Marie defenseman took his offense to a new level this year and is winning over scouts.
If there’s one thing the CHL Top Prospects Game has ironically been known for, it’s fighting. In a contest featuring 40 of major junior’s most skilled players, Dylan McIlrath got famous that way, as did Tom Wilson.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 11, 2013 2:50 PM EDT
Columbus draft pick Oscar Dansk isn't rattled when he's peppered with shots on a poor Otters team and is mature beyond his years.
With his Erie Otters missing out on the Ontario League playoffs, Swedish netminder Oscar Dansk decided to engage in a very North American pursuit: the road trip.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 4, 2013 1:55 PM EDT
Looking at nine players who impressed at a recent showcase and may go the NCAA route.
College hockey coaches must feel like they’re fighting a Sisyphean battle for recruits sometimes, as even kids who want to go NCAA instead of major junior are tripped up by arcane bylaws that wreck their eligibility.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 28, 2013 12:57 PM EDT
Anthony Florentino is a long-term NHL prospect who is part of a rising Selects Hockey Program.
When Mark Jankowski was taken 21st overall by Calgary in the 2012 draft, it helped put Stanstead College in Quebec on the prospects map. Many prep schools are attempting to replicate the success of Shattuck-St.
by Ryan Kennedy - February 14, 2013 3:00 PM EST
Two record-setting players sit at the top of WHL draft lists, including this offensive defenseman.
It’s the earliest of the three major junior drafts and the only one that sees players wait a full season before joining their CHL teams, but there’s always intrigue when it comes to the Western League bantam draft and this year is no exception.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 17, 2013 11:50 AM EST
Freshman rearguard and 2013 draft hopeful Brett Pesce is mature beyond his years.
Growing up in the suburbs outside New York City, Brett Pesce admits the Big Apple didn’t hit him with the same sense of awe that it does outsiders.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 15, 2012 1:50 PM EST
2013 draft prospect Hunter Shinkaruk relishes the spotlight that comes with being a go-to player.
As a late birthday, left winger Hunter Shinkaruk has been on the draft radar a little longer than his peers, particularly since he was so good so early for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western League.
by Ryan Kennedy - September 27, 2012 1:50 PM EDT
The Kitchener Rangers forward has always been surrounded by good hockey people and his investment in the game is paying off.
It’s been a long journey for Justin Bailey, yet the story has just begun. Recently tabbed as an ‘A’ list prospect by NHL Central Scouting (meaning he’s expected to go in the first round of the draft), the Kitchener Rangers rookie center is already a well-travelled young man, the path studded with famous names in the hockey world.
by Ryan Kennedy - August 2, 2012 1:27 PM EDT
The Dallas Stars may have found a diamond in the rough when they selected this Russian in the seventh round.
The seventh round of the draft is often the time for teams to mine for hidden gold and pluck that prospect other franchises didn’t know about.
by Ryan Kennedy - July 30, 2012 11:15 AM EDT
The two Quebec Leaguers are among the youngsters attracting attention to the East.
It's been a while since the Quebec League dominated draft conversations, but the 2013 draft class is shaping up to be different. The Halifax Mooseheads come in with potential No.
by Ryan Kennedy - July 14, 2012 12:32 PM EDT
The new Windsor Spitfires defenseman decided against the college route for a program that consistently produces NHLers.
Situated on the border with Michigan, Windsor has become an NHL prospect factory thanks to an equal development of Canadians, Europeans and Americans.
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