The Journey: Prospects Who Could Join Their Clubs This Summer

Dave Hall


Welcome back, prospect enthusiasts. Before I go any further I just wanted to remind that you that the ever so popular Fantasy Prospect Report will be going on sale next week on June 12. Of course, the actual draft date remains unconfirmed. However, an updated version will be made available once the final draft order is set in stone. If you follow The Journey each week or take part in any fantasy leagues, this will be a must-have.

Over the past few weeks, I have spent some time going over various rising forwards, defencemen, and goaltenders prospects. So if you missed them, make sure to check them out. Moving on to this week, I wanted to take a look at a few prospects that hold a chance to join their respective NHL clubs.  With all but one leagues canceled for the season, many prospects who otherwise would not have been available, have become just that.

The NHL has already addressed that teams will NOT be able to use any player signed past March 12, with the impression that they could be considered "ringers". This ex-nays players such as Kirill Kaprizov, Ilya Sorokin, Ian Mitchell, and Grigori Denisenko, just to name a few. However, there are of course those who are already signed and chomping at the bit to get on the ice at the highest level. This could provide a rare but very welcomed opportunity for fantasy owners to take a nice early look at some of their stewing talent or potential grabs for next year's draft. 

I do want to stress that not all these players will in fact get ice time, and some may just skate as black aces. However, with such a condensed schedule after such a long time off, there very well could be some injuries that occur over the summer. Thus, it brings the opportunity for these young players. 

First, we will kick it off with the Pacif