Toronto Marlies
Lukas Weese - Nov 30, 2019

TORONTO– The 2019/2020 Toronto Marlies received a setting upgrade. In the team’s first of four games at Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Marlies fought valiantly, but it did not translate to a victory. Taking on the Utica Comets in the first game of a back to back, the Marlies would lose […]

Nikita Scherbak

Much to the delight of Trevor Timmins, the Montreal Canadiens selected Nikita Scherbak with the 26th pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Habs had Scherbak ranked a lot higher than 26th so as Scherbak fell into their laps, they jumped at the opportunity to select him. Late first round picks aren’t always shoe-ins to […]

Noah Juulsen

The Montreal Canadiens have been riddled with injuries this season. From Shea Weber getting shut down for the season after playing just 26 games, to Carey Price missing multiple stints, and most recently Max Pacioretty and Victor Mete going down for a possible six weeks, there has been no shortage of time lost for the […]

Zach Fucale
Tanner Ahola - Mar 8, 2018

Research assistance provided by Fotini Bizogias Zach Fucale is a 22-year-old Montreal Canadiens prospect and his hockey journey is as interesting as they come. The young goaltender is all too aware of the tumultuous process in which players are sent up and down between National Hockey League teams and their respective American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates. […]

Timothy Liljegren
Oscar Elieff - Mar 5, 2018

The Toronto Maple Leafs at the start of the 2016-17 season didn’t have high hopes. It was said to be another rebuilding year, hopefully, get another high draft pick to add to the lottery. It was okay though because the Leafs were hoping to tank for the smooth-skating defender from Sweden and hopefully get Timothy […]

Chris Bigras
Ben Kerr - Feb 26, 2018

Just prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche completed a swap of prospect defencemen. The Rangers acquire Chris Bigras, while the Avalanche acquire defender Ryan Graves. OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired defenseman Chris Bigras from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Ryan Graves. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 26, 2018 […]

Oskar Lindblom
Ariel Melendez - Feb 18, 2018

Oskar Lindblom is playing in his first pro season for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Coming over from the SHL, it was likely going to be an adjustment to the size of the ice and the pace of play. As of late, Lindblom looks like he has been able to make that adjustment.

Nikita Scherbak
Ben Kerr - Feb 2, 2018

Mired in a terrible season, and unable to score goals, the Montreal Canadiens look to their farm team for a boost. The club announced today that they are calling up forward Nikita Scherbak from the AHL’s Laval Rocket. It is Scherbak’s second call-up this season. He played three games earlier in the year, before hurting his knee […]

Martin Reway

The Montreal Canadiens place Martin Reway on unconditional waivers. Montreal has now placed two players on unconditional waivers in as many weeks. Reway, 22, had two assists in five games this season with Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket. Reway is expected to have his contract terminated by mutual agreement after clearing waivers. Montreal Canadiens Place Prospect Martin Reway […]

Kasperi Kapanen
Mike Conn - Oct 28, 2017

The Toronto Maple Leafs completed a pair of roster moves this morning. The Leafs have recalled speedy forward Kasperi Kapanen, subsequently sending veteran forward Eric Fehr to the Leafs AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.  Toronto Maple Leafs Recall Kasperi Kapanen, Send Eric Fehr to Marlies The @MapleLeafs have loaned forward Eric Fehr to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). Forward […]

Timothy Liljegren Maple Leafs Prospects
Ben Kerr - Aug 11, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 edition of “Top Shelf Prospects”.  During the summer, I will feature a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. I will follow the order of the first round of the NHL draft (as if there were no trades). You can find all the articles here. Since we had an extensive NHL […]

Last Word Staff - Jul 14, 2017

by Gabriel Foley The St. Louis Blues have spent a lot of draft picks in recent years acquiring big, strong forwards. Since losing their star power forward, David Backes, in 2016; the team has invested a lot into that playing style. Some of their top prospects, like Tage Thompson, are very well balanced power forwards. During […]

Jacob de La Rose
Last Word Staff - Jun 29, 2017

by  Nick Lariviere On Wednesday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens re-signed forward Jacob de La Rose to a one-year contract worth $725,000.  The terms of the contract also state that it is one-way. Although, it is a one-way contract, it has no impact on where de La Rose will play next season. The implication is that De […]

Grand Rapids Griffins Win Calder Cup
Last Word Staff - Jun 13, 2017

by  Trevor Toczydlowski The Grand Rapids Griffins won their second championship in five seasons. They defeated the Syracuse Crunch 4-3 in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals at Van Andel Arena. The Griffins didn’t get their first, and subsequently only, lead in the game until the 12:41 mark of the third period. Winger Martin Frk […]

Last Word Staff - Jun 1, 2017

By Austin Urbach The Buffalo Sabres have made headlines today for news involving two of their young goalie prospects. Jonas Johansson, a 21-year-old Swede drafted in 2014, has been signed to a three-year entry-level-contract. Meanwhile, Cal Petersen, a 2013 fifth round draft pick, has decided to forgo his senior season at the University of Notre […]

Thomas Ebbing
Last Word Staff - May 27, 2017

by Connor Lapalme The Montreal Canadiens have announced the signing free agent forward Thomas Ebbing to a one-year two-way (AHL/ECHL) contract. The team announced the move on twitter, and on their website. Canadiens agree to terms with free agent forward Thomas Ebbing on one-year, two-way (AHL/ECHL) contract. READ -> https://t.co/XHr8FJQg4f. — Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) May 26, […]

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2021 nhl draft lottery

As the NHL gets set for a night of Second Round playoff action, the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery was held before the games tonight. The Seattle Kraken came away with the second overall pick, while the Buffalo Sabres won tonight’s grand prize. They’ll pick first overall at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The Draft will […]

simon robertsson
Kyle Pereira - May 27, 2017

Swedish hockey is taking a massive step forward this year. It has always been a powerhouse hockey country, but this season, it is on another level. In my rankings, there are seven Swedes projected to go in the first round. Of those seven, one forward by the name of Simon Robertsson sticks out. He has […]

2021 NHL Draft
Kyle Pereira - May 27, 2017

The 2021 NHL Draft does not pose the same excitement as the 2020 NHL Draft did. However, there are still plenty of players that teams can build around for the future. There’s another future star goaltender in this class, falling in line with goalies like Spencer Knight and Yaroslav Askarov before him. There are several […]

2021 NHL Draft
Kyle Pereira - May 27, 2017

The 2021 NHL Draft does not pose the same excitement as the 2020 NHL Draft did. However, there are still plenty of players that teams can build around for the future. There’s another future elite goaltender in this class, falling in line with goalies like Spencer Knight and Yaroslav Askarov before him. There are several […]

nhl player development
Kyle Pereira - May 27, 2017

Over the last several months, I have been crunching numbers, trying to solve the many questions of player development. With that, we here at Last Word On Hockey will be starting a new series on how to properly develop prospects from all different spots throughout the draft.  All advanced stats in this piece were taken […]

Bowen Byram
Doug Winkey - May 27, 2017

Everyone was excited when the Colorado Avalanche drafted Bowen Byram. He was the team’s first pick in the loaded 2019 Draft. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native immediately rewarded them with a very good season playing for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. Byram has joined Colorado’s training camp for the 2020-21 season and could start as soon […]

Marco Rossi
Luiza Vidal, Editor - May 27, 2017

The Minnesota Wild has announced via Twitter that forward Marco Rossi is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. The centreman represented Austria at the 2021 World Junior Championship in Edmonton. He underwent a seven-day quarantine before being able to take part in the training camp activities with the Wild this week. NEWS: #mnwild forward Marco Rossi […]

Carson Lambos
Gabriel Foley - May 27, 2017

Carson Lambos is one of many players in the 2021 NHL Draft class who could go first overall. But he’s far from earned the consensus. With so much talent from players like Owen Power, Brandt Clarke, and Matty Beniers, there’s no real favourite this year. And Lambos hasn’t really helped his case much. He managed […]