by Ryan Kennedy - July 22, 2010 11:20 AM EDT
Taking a look at two hot prospects honing their craft in Sweden.
Had Victor Rask and Rasmus Bengtsson been home in Sweden last week, they might have been running with their club teams. Instead, they were working out with some of the best kids their age in Los Angeles and learning how to be hockey pros.
by Alan Bass - July 15, 2010 10:35 AM EDT
With Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier in the system, Jeff Zatkoff is often the forgotten man, but the youngster brings a lot to the table.
Jonathan Bernier has been tagged by every media outlet in Los Angeles as the Kings’ future franchise goaltender. How do you think that makes someone like Jeff Zatkoff feel? “I just try to worry about myself,” said Zatkoff, goaltender for the Manchester Monarchs of the American League.
by Ryan Kennedy - June 17, 2010 1:15 PM EDT
The first overall pick in the QMJHL draft, Fournier was the player the Lewiston Maineiacs wanted all along.
Heading into the Quebec League’s annual draft, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar had the first overall selection and defenseman Michael Matheson was seen as the top prospect.
by Alan Bass - June 3, 2010 3:25 PM EDT
Cedrick Desjardins was passed over when he was draft-eligible, but the Montreal Canadiens saw something in the New Brunswick native.
As a goaltender, you can easily get down on yourself, especially when you’re undrafted after backstopping a Sidney Crosby-led Rimouski Oceanic team to the brink of a Memorial Cup.
by Ryan Kennedy - May 27, 2010 1:40 PM EDT
The first overall pick in this year's OHL draft had a burning desire to play in the league and his family moved around the world to get him there.
Alex Galchenyuk has yet to play a game in the Ontario League, but you’d already need a scorecard to follow his career. “I’ve lived in Italy, Germany, Russia, U.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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