Portland Winterhawks’ Carter Sotheran a “rare talent”

PORTLAND, OR – Sanford, Manitoba’s Carter Sotheran began the season as a relative unknown, but the towering 17-year-old is aiming to change all that.

He was a standout in his first two starts with a Portland Winterhawks, a showing that seems certain to generate interest from NHL scouts.

The raw tools, however, have been there for sometime.

He’s big – a 6’4”, 200 pounder, and still growing – with a good motor, aggressive tendencies and plenty of scoring touch to go with his right-handed shot, a much sought-after attribute.

 

Beecher’s promise as Bruins prospect goes beyond offensive numbers

BOSTON, MA – To find John Beecher’s name on the list of leading scorers from a stacked University of Michigan hockey team last season, one needs to scroll down. Way down. From Matty Beniers (43 points) and Brendan Brisson (42) and Luke Hughes (39) to Owen Power (32), all of them fellow first-round NHL Draft picks, to where Beecher and his 15 points can be found tied for 12th.

But that doesn’t mean the 21-year-old forward has fallen in the estimation of the Boston Bruins, who selected him with the No. 30 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Seattle Signs Its Top 2022 Draft Pick Shane Wright to Entry Level Contract

SEATTLE, WA – Shane Wright signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old forward was the No. 4 pick in the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft.

“It was the overall fit and what the organization is building to,” Wright said on Day Two of Kraken development camp Tuesday. “They are a new team, so they don’t have as many prospects in the system as some other teams do. I feel it’ll just give me a lot more opportunities, stepping in to make a difference right away. The potential ability to be part of a situation and be a building block and a huge piece in their team and the organization for the future was something that really excited me. Now that it finally worked out this way, I couldn’t be happier.”

Bruins Sign Johnny Beecher To Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, May 16, that the team has signed forward Johnny Beecher to a three-year entry-level contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $925,000.

Beecher, 21, appeared in nine games for the Providence Bruins on an ATO in 2021-22, recording three goals and two assists for five points.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound center spent the past three seasons at the University of Michigan, recording 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points and a plus-14 rating in 81 games for the Wolverines.

Wild’s Dakota Mermis named winner of Yanick Dupré Memorial Award

DES MOINES, IA – The American Hockey League announced today that Iowa Wild defenseman Dakota Mermis has been selected as the winner of the Yanick Dupré Memorial Award for 2021-22.

Over his six seasons as a player in the American Hockey League, Mermis has placed an emphasis on making positive contributions to his community. In 2021-22, his first season in Des Moines, Mermis stepped into and embraced a leadership role both on and off the ice. With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the birth of his first child in December – altering his approach, Mermis, along with his wife, Sarah, remained steadfast in believing in the importance of community work.

Wild Signs Simon Johansson to a Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Simon Johansson to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2022-23 season.

Johansson, 22 (6/14/99), recorded 32 points (8-24=32) including two power-play goals, a plus-6 rating, 177 shots on goal and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 58 games with Ilves Tampere in his first season in Finland’s Elite League. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, became the youngest defensemen in Ilves history to score 32 points in a season. He ranked fourth on the team in assists and shots on goal and sixth in scoring. Johansson ranked T-6th among League defensemen in assists and T-8th in scoring. He collected six points (1-5=6) and 48 shots on goal in 10 playoff games, ranking T-2nd on the team in assists, third in shots on goal and T-3rd in scoring. Johansson ranked T-2nd among League defensemen in assists, third in shots on goal and T-3rd in playoff scoring.

Josh Lopina Signs Three Year NHL Contract with Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, CA – The Ducks have signed center Josh Lopina to a three-year entry-level contract beginning in the 2022-23 NHL season. Lopina will report to the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL) on an amateur tryout (ATO) for the remainder of this season.

Lopina, 21 (2/16/01), scored 21-29=50 points with a +43 rating and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 56 career games with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass) from 2020-22. Lopina helped the Minutemen to a national championship in 2020-21 and to a NCAA Tournament appearance this season.

Solid Foundation Has Cal Burke On Road To Success

FT. COLLINS, CO – Having a solid supporting foundation is important for everybody and Callahan Burke, a center for the Colorado Eagles, is no different. For many hockey players, traveling across the globe to chase their dreams often involves a struggle to find those to rely on through the ups and downs. That’s not the case for Burke, who uses his family, teammates, and coaches to help him be successful on a day-to-day basis.

Shane Wright’s success is equal parts talent and work ethic

KINGSTON, ONT – Hockey fans love highlight-reel goals. Those kinds of plays get a lot of attention but that doesn’t make them better than complete players.

Kingston Frontenacs star, Shane Wright has been the consensus top pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft for some time now and yet some in the media are looking for reasons to knock him out of the top spot. Maybe his point production isn’t overtly dominant or maybe his unselfish play can be boring to some. The fact is every NHL team wants players like Wright who understand the little things as much as scoring points.