Latest NHL Entry Draft News

Blackhawks, F Lukas Reichel agree to 3-year contract

Jun. 09, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday they had agreed to an entry-level contract with Lukas Reichel after selecting the forward in the first round of the 2020 NHL draft. Reichel's three-year deal runs through the 2023-24 season with a $925,000...

Last-place Sabres win draft lottery; Kraken get No. 2 pick

Jun. 02, 2021 22:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — If only for a brief moment, Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams could put aside concerns over captain Jack Eichel’s future, an ongoing coaching search and memories of a frustrating season, to celebrate an actual victory. That it came at the expense...

NHL postseason: Who's hot as the playoffs arrive?

May. 14, 2021 01:54 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Goalie Juuse Saros is the biggest reason the Nashville Predators went from a potential NHL draft lottery team to their seventh straight playoff appearance. How long they stick around will depend on how well Saros keeps playing in net. ...

Kraken still plan to hire coach before expansion draft

May. 13, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Now that the Seattle Kraken are full-fledged members of the NHL, general manager Ron Francis can start his wheeling and dealing. Signing players? That started this week with the addition of 21-year-old Luke Henman. Trades and some of those side deals...

U18 tournament means more for NHL scouts because of pandemic

Apr. 25, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

Two rinks in the outskirts of Dallas will be the center of the hockey universe the next week and a half for both NHL executives preparing for the draft and many of the top prospects they haven't gotten a chance yet to see in person. The International Ice Hockey...

Dent in the pipeline: NHL draft-eligible players take a hit

Apr. 21, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

A few years from now, Brandt Clarke might be able to brag he took the Auston Matthews path to the NHL by playing in Europe during his draft year. “He kind of went over voluntarily,” Clarke said. “I went over out of desperation.” Clarke and...

The Latest: Hurricanes, Ducks swap defensemen

Apr. 12, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

The Latest on the NHL trade deadline (all times Eastern): 5 p.m. The Carolina Hurricanes have traded defenseman Haydn Fleury to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Jani Hakanpaa and a sixth-round draft pick in 2022. ...

Avalanche acquire goaltender Devan Dubnyk from Sharks

Apr. 10, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

After injuries to their top two goaltenders derailed the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs last year, they're loading up on depth in net in hopes of making a deep run this season. Colorado acquired veteran goaltender Devan Dubynk from the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in...

NHL makes draft lottery changes, spots up for grabs cut to 2

Mar. 23, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is instituting changes to the draft lottery that make it more difficult for the last-place team to drop out of the top three in the selection order. Beginning with the 2021 draft, only the first two picks will be subject to the lottery instead...