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Matthews highlights deep talent pool for 2016 draft

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:45 PM / NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

SUNRISE, Fla . -- The excitement surrounding Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel has subsided, but there could be an even greater collection of future stars at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 2015 draft at BB&T Center saw Erie Otters center McDavid selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 choice, and Boston University center Eichel chosen by the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 2 pick. Each is expected to be starring in the NHL in 2015-16 and, perhaps, challenge for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

Meanwhile, NHL scouts are setting their sights on a 2016 draft that will include plenty of blue-chip talent. That group is led by center Auston Matthews, who was born Sept. 17, 1997, and missed the cut for the 2015 draft by two days. If Matthews were eligible, many believe he might have challenged McDavid as the first choice.

College freshmen dot November players to watch list

Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 9:00 AM / NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer


The previous time as many as three college players were selected in the first round of the NHL Draft was almost nine years ago, when freshmen Jonathan Toews, Phil Kessel and Mark Mitera went off the board in short order.

There's a strong chance that will be duplicated at the 2015 NHL Draft at BT&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26.

NHL Central Scouting on Thursday released its players to watch list for November and identified Boston University center Jack Eichel, Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin and University of Michigan defenseman Zach Werenski as A-rated skaters considered first-round candidates for the 2015 draft.

Buffalo Sabres to host 2016 NHL Draft

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 2:38 PM / NHL Draft


NEW YORK – The Buffalo Sabres® will host the 2016 NHL Draft™ at the First Niagara Center, the Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League announced today. The Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, 2016. NHL® club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

The 2016 event will mark the third time the Sabres and the city of Buffalo host the NHL Draft, and the second time the event will be at the First Niagara Center. The Draft was held at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in 1991, when Eric Lindros was selected first overall. The last time the Draft was in Buffalo, in 1998, Vincent Lecavalier was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Canada invites 42 players to Hlinka tryout camp

Thursday, 07.04.2013 / 9:17 PM / NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two of the players expected to be among the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft were among 42 players invited by Hockey Canada to take part in a tryout camp for its entry into the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

The camp will be held July 25-29 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.

"These players are the cream of the crop of under-18 talent in Canada, and it's going to be exciting to see them battle for 22 roster spots," said Ryan Jankowski, head scout for Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence. "As it is every year, there were some tough decisions to get down to 42, and they will be even tougher decisions to finalize the roster."

This year's tournament will be played Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia. Canada has won the tournament the past five years.

Headlining the camp invitees is a pair of top-flight Ontario Hockey League defensemen, Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts and Roland McKeown of the Kingston Frontenacs.

Ekblad, a 6-foot-3.25, 213-pound blueliner, had seven goals and 27 assists in 2012-13 for Barrie and added seven goals and 17 points in 22 playoff games to help it reach the OHL finals.

Top draft prospects produce at WJC

Sunday, 01.06.2013 / 10:00 PM / NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Now that the 37th IIHF World Junior Championship has concluded with the United States earning their third title, NHL scouts are sure to be dissecting the performances of all those top draft-eligible prospects at the event this year.

Several top candidates for the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J., including those in North America and Europe, were able to showcase their talents on a national scale at the two-week tournament in Ufa, Russia.

While many of the players remained status quo, the tournament did enable others to elevate their stock, including Slovakia's Marko Dano and Canada's Jonathan Drouin. Drouin, the second-youngest player on the Canadian roster, was even promoted to the top line in the final preliminary-round contest of the tournament.

Here are 15 players eligible for the 2013 Draft who starred overseas at the WJC.

'Gritty' '13 prospect Hartman to ply trade for Plymouth

Saturday, 09.22.2012 / 10:31 AM / NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

It took Mike Vellucci one viewing to know he wanted Ryan Hartman to play for his team.

Three years later, the coach/general manager of the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League is about to be rewarded for his patience.

Hartman, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound forward, opted to join the Whalers this season after playing the past two with the U.S. National Team Development Program. In 2011-12, he was second on the USNTDP U-18 team with 38 points in 55 games, and added six points in six games to help the United States win the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Hartman is expected to produce at a high level for Plymouth this season, and NHL Central Scouting has ranked him as a B player on its preliminary watch list for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Second year of top-level play should help Barkov

Saturday, 09.22.2012 / 3:00 AM / NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

At the age of 16 last season, Alexander Barkov made his debut in SM-liiga, the top professional league in his native Finland. He had seven goals and nine assists in 32 games with Tappara, and his 16 points were fourth among the 64 skaters age 21 and under.

The son of a 22 year pro hockey veteran, Alexander Barkov displayed plenty of skill and maturity as a 16-year-old in Finland's top professional league. (Courtesy: Mika Kylmaniemi)

"It was big step [from the under-20 league], but there's a better game in SM-liiga," Barkov told NHL.com. "I tried to play my own game."

He excelled when he had the chance, but lost time when he was hit in the mouth with a puck and battled mononucleosis.

Healthy and ready for the 2012-13 season, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound center is expected to be among the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft. NHL Central Scouting listed him as an A player to watch on its preliminary list.

And he's living up to that ranking so far, with four goals, four assists and a plus-4 rating in his first four games.

"He's a skilled, mature center with good size," Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, told NHL.com. "Cool, smart center with excellent vision -- very good playmaker and passer. Never panics. Good team player."

Some of that comes from Barkov's bloodlines. His father, Alexander, played professionally for 22 seasons in Russia, Italy, and for the final 10 seasons with Tappara. He helped Tappara win the SM-Liiga title in 2002-03.



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