Looking at the draft histories of most teams will reveal trends if one digs deeply enough. In some cases, there are too many players from a specific junior team for it to be a coincidence. [...]
  • April 09, 2016: Nick Schmaltz (8) of North Dakota avoids the stick check and skates by Tommy Schutt (23) of Quinnipiac during the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four championship game between North Dakota and Quinnipiac at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photograph by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
    By Ryan Wagman, July 21st, 2016
    Looking at the draft histories of most teams will reveal trends if one digs deeply enough. In some cases, there are too many players from a specific junior team for it to be a coincidence. [...]
  • Lucas Johansen of the Kelowa Rockets was selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, NY on Friday June 24, 2016. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
    By McKeen's Hockey, July 6th, 2016
    Lucas Johansen was a welcome addition to a team that hadn’t drafted a defenceman in the top 50 since John Carlson’s selection in 2008.  He’ll compete for a top-four position in a few years once [...]
  • Boris Katchouk at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY on Saturday June 25, 2016. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
    By Grant McCagg, July 6th, 2016
    Tampa Bay did a solid job of replenishing their forward depth with three of McKeen’s top 44 prospects joining the fold including 6-2 center Brett Howden, who solidified his standing as a first-round prospect with [...]
  • Noah Gregor at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY on Saturday June 25, 2016. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
    By Grant McCagg, July 5th, 2016
    San Jose failed to pick a 1998-born in the top 100, instead taking a gamble on Dylan Gambrell at 60th overall with their only pick in the top three rounds.  Named to the NCHC All-Rookie [...]
  • June 24, 2016: Tage Thompson poses with St. Louis Blues management and coaches after he was selected as the 26th pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)
    By Grant McCagg, July 5th, 2016
    Seeing that Blues have not taken a forward over 6-0 Blues since 2007, the selection of 6-5 RW Tage Thompson is an indication that the club was looking to add size to a forward group [...]