NHL Top Prospects

2021 NHL Draft
Kyle Pereira - Feb 2, 2021

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 world junior championship
Jim Biringer - Dec 11, 2020

Team Canada has named their final 25-man roster for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship. The tournament begins on December 25th inside the bubble in Edmonton, Alberta. Canada opens the tournament on December 26th when they take on Germany. The defending gold medalists will be coached by André Tourigny. Canada’s final 25-man roster is here:https://t.co/pzljoXQjAK […]

Michigan Hockey Prospects
Kyle Pereira - Dec 4, 2020

The Michigan Hockey prospect pipeline continues to be bolstered. For those not familiar, we here at Last Word have been focusing on the 2021 Draft Class with several pieces introducing players to watch. There are three prominent 2021 prospects featured on the Michigan Wolverines hockey team. That said, of course, we watched them play against […]

Stanislav Svozil
Gabriel Foley - Nov 23, 2020

The 2021 NHL Draft has opted for a “quantity” approach when it comes to defencemen, instead of the “quality” approach that’s been featured in recent years. Some early rankings have double-digit defencemen going in the first round, with my own early rankings featuring eight. That’s a lot of blue-liners. And with the long list has […]

Kyle Pereira - Oct 26, 2020

The 2020 Draft class was a blast, and the 2021 NHL draft should be too. Alexis Lafreniere was the first overall pick for the New York Rangers in ‘20, but who will it be in ‘21? How about we here at Last Word do a 2021 Draft Class Introduction to two names to pay attention […]

NHL Draft

The NHL Draft is just around the corner and will be done a little differently this year as the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the entire 2020 year upside down. Because of this, the 2020 NHL Draft will be a virtual online draft. Today, we will take a look at the Metropolitan Division and their team […]

2020 NHL Draft

The NHL Draft is just around the corner and will be done a little differently this year as the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the entire 2020 year upside down. Because of this, the 2020 NHL Draft will be a virtual online draft. Today, we will take a look at the Atlantic Division and their team […]

Detroit Red Wings prospects
Last Word Staff - Aug 23, 2020

The Detroit Red Wings prospects are going to be key to their turnaround. Detroit finished with a league-worst 17-49-5 record and 39 points. The Red Wings had a mix of aging players and younger pros that lacked experience. There have been glimpses of hope with players like Filip Zadina scoring eight goals in 28 games […]

Daniil Gushchin
Gabriel Foley - Jul 6, 2020

Talk around the 2020 NHL Draft is continuing to pick up steam following the Draft Lottery. One of the most discussed players of the entire Draft pool is USHL star Daniil Gushchin. Gushchin’s abilities have created a very open dialogue, ultimately making Gushchin one of the hardest-to-rank players in this year’s Draft. Gushchin’s average ranking […]

Pavel Gogolev
Ben Kerr - Jul 6, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Ian Moore
Ben Kerr - Jul 1, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Maxim Groshev
Ben Kerr - Jun 30, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

NHL Mock Draft
Ben Kerr - Jun 28, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

2020 NHL Draft Lottery

Tonight’s 2020 NHL Draft Lottery has come and gone. A placeholder team has emerged as the lucky winners of this year’s first overall pick. As NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announced, The Detroit Red Wings were tonight’s biggest losers, as they slipped from #1 to #4 overall, missing out on a top-three pick. The Los Angeles Kings moved up into a top-three spot as they look to accelerate their rebuild.

Oskar Magnusson
Ben Kerr - Jun 24, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

gary bettman
Chace McCallum - Jun 23, 2020

As seen by the Buffalo Sabres never-ending rebuild, the ability to find future talent at the NHL Draft can affect a franchise for years. This is why teams should always be looking for future market inefficiencies. They should look to correct for past biases at the NHL Draft. Various kinds of biases have been shown […]



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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 - Feb 2, 2021

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 […]

nhl player development
Kyle Pereira - Feb 2, 2021

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 - Feb 2, 2021

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 - Feb 2, 2021

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 […]

Team USA Gold
Jim Biringer - Feb 2, 2021

It took some time for this 2001 age group for Team USA to capture gold, but it finally happened. Years of heartbreak led to the moment Tuesday night in Edmonton or early Wednesday morning on the East Coast. But Team USA defeated Canada by a score of 2-0 to capture the gold medal at the […]

NHL Prospects
Kyle Pereira - Feb 2, 2021

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 NHL prospects from all different spots throughout the draft.  How to Properly Develop NHL Prospects From […]

Travis McGrath - Feb 2, 2021

The Anaheim Ducks have signed forward Jacob Perreault. He is their first-round, 27th overall pick from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The Ducks have signed him to a 3-year entry-level deal. Jacob Perreault Signs The 5″11 192lb 18 old-year-old was born in Montreal, Quebec. He is the son of former NHL player Yanic Perreault. Jacob Perreault […]