The Colorado Avalanche are just now restocking prospects into their organization. Recent drafts have been above average for the team. The fairly new Director of Amateur Scouting Alan Hepple has done an admirable job since taking the reigns. Hepple and his team of scouts are responsible for finding these players, and ultimately, that hidden gem. Having
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The Minnesota Wild take pride in their small but very talented pool of prospects. They have a handful of skilled players who are either close to, or ready to make that jump into a full-time role in the NHL. With the recent departures of Marco Scandella, Alex Tuch and Erik Haula, there are some holes
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The Dallas Stars are building a formidable prospect pipeline, thanks to the Detroit Red Wings. Between 1990 and 2017, the Red Wings qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs an amazing 25 consecutive seasons. Key to that run was the ability to consistently identify and draft NHL-caliber talent, whether near the bottom of the first round
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Don’t let the “Mark” in Andrei Markov’s last name fool you. He and Mark Streit are two different players. In spite of their similarities, being that they are both left-handed, both have worn Montreal Canadiens jerseys in the past and both, uh, play hockey, Streit is not a suitable replacement for Markov. Not by a
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The old adage in all parts of life is “quality over quantity”. Given the significant investments in their recent cup runs where they traded away numerous high picks and quality prospects, the Kings prospect pool may be a little bare. However, the Kings have still managed to draft quality prospects in recent years, with four
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When Steve Yzerman took over the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010, the organization had one of the weakest prospect pools in the NHL. Since then Yzerman and company have placed a focus on building a strong prospect pool that could support the franchise as cornerstone players were lost due to money, age or trading.  While
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For Edmonton Oilers’ fans, the future of this franchise is very bright. For this summer’s top prospects list, we compiled separate lists from three Edmonton contributors and applied a prospect points system. If a player finished first on one writer’s list, he received ten points. If a player finished tenth on a writer’s list, he received
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While veterans Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Ryan Kesler are the primary faces of the Anaheim Ducks, the team also has some younger players who have taken on major roles. Rickard Rakell, age 24, led the club in goals in 2016-17 with 33. The 26-year-old Jakob Silfverberg added 23. Nick Ritchie is only 21 and
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I recently wrote a piece stating that the Edmonton Oilers signing of Jussi Jokinen was a smart bet. Monday, the Oilers made a similar play, albeit with a much less proven NHL player, when they signed defenseman Yohann Auvitu on a one-year deal worth $700K. Auvitu the Player Auvitu, 27, appeared in 25 games with the New Jersey
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When you have one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL, it’s no easy task narrowing that pool down to the four best. That, however, is the Winnipeg Jets’ perfect problem. There are any number of talented prospects who could appear on this list. I’d venture to say you could leave the Jets’ best
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It’s been a long time since the Toronto Maple Leafs have had a quality prospect pool. Previous management groups were all about winning and would trade prospects and draft picks for players well past their prime. Thankfully, that has changed under the Brendan Shanahan regime. The Leafs now have big and stable prospect pool, one
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The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t a franchise known for investing a lot in young players. For heaven’s sake, they’ve picked once in the first round over the last five years, yet Pittsburgh has seen quite a few young players emerge onto the NHL scene and make significant impacts the last couple years. Without the contributors of Matt Murray, Jake Guentzel,
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Connor McDavid recently became the highest paid player in the NHL with his $12.5 million cap hit for eight years, and $100 million contract. McDavid’s extension gives Winnipeg Jets fans the chance to speculate on their own wonder kid, Patrik Laine and what sort of contract he will be signing in one year’s time when
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It wasn’t that long ago that the Calgary Flames were a rudderless ship, led astray by a veteran-laden roster and kept there by their inability to draft and develop young talent. However, the last several years have seen the Flames draft well and stock their prospect cupboards with a wide array of talent. Tyler Parsons
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Tyler Johnson have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract extension worth $35 million, the team announced Monday. The deal comes with a cap hit of $5 million annually and will keep Johnson locked up until he’s 33 years old. Johnson has been a mainstay in the Lightning’s lineup
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