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2015 NHL Draft: The Writers’ Mock Draft – Round 1

The Hockey Writers boasts a diverse writing staff featuring experienced and up-and-coming writers from throughout the 30 National Hockey League markets and beyond. This approach allows us to explore a […]

by · June 11, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
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Every NHL Team’s Top Prospect: Atlantic Division

In recent years, the most successful teams share a common theme; the best players on their roster are often drafted and developed by the team, starting off as heralded prospects […]

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Mitch Vande Sompel of the Oshawa Generals [photo: OHL Images]

Mitchell Vande Sompel – The Next Ones: 2015 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Mitchell Vande Sompel THW Close-Up: Team: Oshawa Generals (OHL) Birthdate: February 11, 1997 Hometown: London, ON Height: 5′ 10″  Weight: 180lbs Position: Defense Shoots: Left NHL Draft Eligibility: 2015 first year eligible […]

by · June 10, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
Aleksi Saarela: Hockey Prodigy Turns Prodigal Son

Aleksi Saarela: Hockey Prodigy Turns Prodigal Son

Not long ago, his name was spoken in the same breath as Mikael Granlund, Teemu Pulkkinen, Teuvo Teräväinen, Rasmus Ristolainen and Aleksander Barkov. Not long ago, he won awards named after Sami […]

by · June 10, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
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Which Freshman will Win NHL Rookie of the Year?

Every year in the NHL there are a group of rookies that take to the ice, and take the league and its fans completely by storm. They play with poise, […]

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Nashville Predators Top Five Prospects: Pre 2015 Draft

One of the better NHL teams at drafting well is the Nashville Predators. With general manager David Poile’s “build the team from the back on up” mentality, Nashville has been extremely successful in […]

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A Brief History of the 16th Overall Pick

When the Edmonton Oilers traded David Perron to Pittsburgh back in January in exchange for a first-round pick and Rob Klinkhammer, no one anticipated the Penguins late season free-fall and […]

Gagné is a big body (Vincent Levesque-Rousseau, Photographe du Phœnix de Sherbrooke)

5 Potential Power Forwards Available Later in the 2015 NHL Draft

A traditional power forward has to be big. He has to throw his body around and be a physical menace on the ice. And he has to score. At 6’3″ […]

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Flyers Find Gem in Prospect Sanheim

Last summer, the 2014 NHL draft was held in Philadelphia for the first time. The Flyers were coming off of a first round playoff exit and held the 17th selection. […]

Mitch Marner is a magician with the puck and smart without it.  (Photo: OHL Images)

2015 NHL Draft Prospects Set to Smash “Small” Stereotype

In today’s NHL, players of smaller stature and physique are often shunned and even ignored due to a perceived lack of ability in a league of predominantly large players. Of course, larger […]

5 Stay-at-Home Defensemen Available in the 2015 Entry Draft

5 Stay-at-Home Defensemen Available in the 2015 Entry Draft

Stay-at-home defensemen don’t get a lot of attention, and in the NHL they certainly don’t win any Norris trophies. A year might pass between goals credited to them, but their game […]

Out of the four OHL netminders on CSS's final rankings, Blackwood was ranked first amongst them and first overall out of all North American netminders on the list. (OHL Images)

5 Standouts From The NHL Combine

Now came the hard part. The last major activity at the 2015 NHL Combine was all that was left for the top prospects.  It was the fitness testing.  It was […]

by · June 7, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects