When Can Newly-Drafted Prospects Break Through Into The NHL?

When do or can prospects make the jump to the NHL/AHL level? Most NHL prospects take 3-5 years post-draft to reach the NHL, with less than a third of first-rounders making an NHL team. Factors like skill development and individual progression dictate the timeline. Additionally, a strict NHL-CHL agreement impacts where prospects can play, depending on age. Any player under the age of 20 is ineligible to play in the AHL. NHL Entry Draft intricacies, entry-level contracts, Russian political issues and AHL stints shape a prospect’s journey.

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Tom Fitzgerald, General Manager and President of Hockey Operations for the New Jersey Devils

Opinion: It’s Time to Hold Tom Fitzgerald Accountable for Devils’ Struggles

Going into the 2023 offseason, the New Jersey Devils went from a rebuilding team into a contending team. They now have championship aspirations and a core of young, talented players locked up for many years to come. There was a lot of excitement going into the 23/24 campaign that the Devils would take another step […]

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Philipp Grubauer clings to the post, waiting for the puck.

Kraken Goaltending Finally Finding Footing with Revitalized Grubauer, New Backup

A plethora of challenges have faced the Seattle Kraken in the opening weeks of their season. Offensive regression, depth issues, long-term injuries to core wingers in Brandon Tanev and Andre Burakovsky, concerns over effort and motivation– you name it. However, goaltending is one thing the team hasn’t had to worry about. Strangely enough, the aspect […]

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Opinion: Who Will Make Up the Blackhawks’ Goalie Tandem?

As more young talent gets signed and makes their way to the Blackhawks roster, the pace of the rebuild becomes unclear. The 2023-24 season looks promising for Chicago as the countdown to Oct. 10 continues, but some aspects of the roster are still up for speculation. With Alex Stalock signed to the Anaheim Ducks and […]

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OPINION: Filip Gustavsson’s Contract is Just Right

All summer, Minnesota Wild fans have been waiting for Filip Gustavsson to re-sign with the team. It seemed a sure thing that it would happen quickly, but as the weeks dragged on, worry started to set in. Bill Guerin did his best to calm the fans, using any media appearance to assure the hockey world […]

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Alex Nedeljkovic Signs & Tristan Jarry Re-Signs With Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins and goaltender Tristan Jarry have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth $5.375 million annually. Jarry has been a solid goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and this contract is a result of his play. Second for goaltending in Pittsburgh is Alex Nedeljkovic, Nedeljkovic has agreed to a one-year contract worth […]

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Is Dustin Schwartz Really The Problem?

As the Oilers have opened up the season with a goalie controversy only 16 games in, there has been quite a bit of finger-pointing at Dustin Schwartz. Mostly negative. Most are about how new Oiler Jack Campbell has started his season with abysmal numbers. Through 10 games this season, Jack Campbell has a record of […]

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Duncan Keith Has Called It A Career

Per Pierre LeBrun, Duncan Keith has told the Edmonton Oilers he is officially retiring. The Oilers previously gave Keith a deadline of July 1st to let them know his plans, but after two deadline extensions, Keith has decided to hang them up. He might not be the only one on the Oilers to have played […]

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Breaking: Red Wings Sign Goalie Jussi Olkinuora

On Tuesday night, it was reported that the Red Wings have signed Finnish goaltender Jussi Olkinuora to a one-year, two-way contract. According to CapFriendly, the deal is worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $375,000 at the AHL level. This signing is a bit of a surprise as Olkinuora is technically under contract with EHC […]

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Oilers To Terminate Goaltending Prospect Contract: What Happens Next?

The General Manager of the Dynamo Moscow (KHL) has stated in an interview that Ilya Konovalov will join his team at the end of the NHL season, as the Edmonton Oilers will terminate his contract. This news will surprise many, as Konovalov was being valued as the #1 goaltending prospect in the Oilers organization. Ilya […]

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