Sanderson healthy, ready to challenge for role with Senators

BUFFALO — Jake Sanderson has the look of a player ready to challenge for a roster spot with the Ottawa Senators. The 20-year-old defenseman prospect confirmed that a nagging hand injury that prevented him from making his NHL debut last season will not deny him the same opportunity in 2022-23. Sanderson, the No. 5 pick … Read more

Oilers prospect Schaefer works toward reaching NHL with hometown team

EDMONTON — Reid Schaefer grew up a fan of the Edmonton Oilers, so to be drafted by his hometown team was a dream come true. The 18-year-old forward from Edmonton was chosen by the Oilers in the first round (No. 32) of the 2022 NHL Draft and attended his first development camp in July. “I’ve … Read more

Holtz gains muscle, hopes to be regular for Devils this season

NEWARK, NJ — Alexander Holtz realizes the importance of perfecting everyday rituals in his attempt to become the everyday player he yearns to be with the New Jersey Devils. The 20-year-old forward (6-foot, 205 pounds) gained a better understanding of that while skating with Devils forward Jesper Bratt and skills coaches in Sweden in early … Read more

Mateychuk in no rush to make Blue Jackets, NHL debut

COLUMBUS — As thrilled as Denton Mateychuk was to be the 12th pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2022 NHL Draft, he understands his journey to the NHL is in its early stages. He was five days shy of his 18th birthday when his name was called on July 7, so the defenseman … Read more

Josh Doan working to carve his own path with Coyotes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Josh Doan has a name and number that separates him from the Arizona Coyotes’ other top prospects, but that’s nothing new for him. No matter where the 20-year-old forward prospect has played hockey growing up in suburban Phoenix, he was accompanied by the anticipation and expectation that came with being the son … Read more

Blackhawks prospect Rinzel won’t rush his development

For Sam Rinzel, honing his game a little more before he heads to the University of Minnesota in 2023-24 is his main focus. So the defenseman, selected No. 25 by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2022 NHL Draft, will play this season with Waterloo of the USHL, where he played some last season. “Doing that, … Read more

Mesar ‘happy to be’ with friend, countryman Slafkovsky on Canadiens

MONTREAL — Philip Butcher has a personal incentive to make it to the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. After the 5-foot-10, 167-pound forward became the third Slovakia-born player selected in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft, when the Canadiens picked him at No. 26, the diminutive playmaker was lifted off his feet and … Read more

Benning is looking to continue his family’s NHL legacy with the Panthers

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Michael Benning’s quest to extend his family’s NHL legacy continues to move full speed ahead. The 20-year-old defenseman, who was selected by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round (No. 95) of the 2020 NHL Draft, is coming off an impressive sophomore season at the University of Denver that ended with … Read more

Savoie fueled by passion, ‘wants to be the guy’ in NHL for Sabres

BUFFALO — When it comes to hockey, there was no stopping Matthew Savoieeven as a child. Not even a significant gash on his leg that required him to go straight to the hospital to receive stitches and get his leg frozen after a bicycle pedal caught it while he was on a bike ramp outside … Read more