June 13 2015 11:00AM
We continue our top-45 prospect countdown today by profiling the guy with undoubtedly the best hair in the draft: lanky Finnish forward Roope Hintz. The industry may be hot-and-cold on Hintz, but after a strong World Junior performance this past January and a very impressive 17-year old season in Finland's top professional league, we have him rated in the first half of the second round.
Join us after the jump to look at one of this draft's potential biggest sleeper picks.
June 12 2015 03:00PM
Yakov Trenin was a player I’ve noticed early on this season as he was a big Russian kid playing for my local Gatineau Olympiques. He’s had an excellent season emerging as one of the best players on one of the better possession teams in the league. Despite the love that he has received from his underlying numbers, the scouts don’t quite see the same about him.
Continue past the jump as we move along with our prospect series to see how Yakov Trenin stacks up and what he needs to do in order to make that next jump.
June 12 2015 01:00PM
Dennis Yan is not the best draft eligible player. Heck, he's not even the best on his team (that would be Anthony Beauvillier). Still, Yan is a pretty damn good player.
While his average ranking of the major third party draft resources have him sitting in the low-fifties, the numbers hint that their may be some under appreciated value with Yan.
As an American born player who carries a dual citizenship and a Russian passport, Yan may be one of the most interesting players many slate to go in the late second round.
June 12 2015 11:00AM
With the obvious top-ranked prospect out of the way yesterday, we can now turn our attention to our top-45 prospect countdown for the upcoming entry draft. We start our ranking by profiling our consensus 45th ranked prospect for this season: slick puck moving defender Jacob Larsson.
Join us after the jump to learn about the player that some consider Sweden's best prospect for this month's draft.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 12 2015 09:00AM
This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
When Christian Ehrhoff signed a ten year contract with the Buffalo Sabres in June of 2011, a lot of people were puzzled, and a little annoyed. Why was the NHL allowing these long-term, front-loaded contracts? Why was a 28 year old signing one that he would theoretically be able to play through? Why, even with the scheme, did such a talented player take so little without testing the market, from a team he became part of just hours before?
Fast forward to today. This would theoretically be the end of year four, but the Sabres are about a year removed from buying out the middle-aged German. Not only that, but the Pittsburgh Penguins, his new team, feel inclined to go with other internal options, meaning Ehrhoff will suit up for his third team in as many years.