There’s always the case that as star players reach their final few years in the league, there’s a whole bunch more that are waiting in the wings. The 2023 NHLPA/Upper Deck Rookie Showcase is revealing that there may be quite the collection of budding stars getting ready to break onto the scene in the next few seasons.
Coyotes prospects Logan Cooley & Conor Geekie will be in attendance when the NHLPA and Upper Deck host the 13th annual NHLPA Rookie Showcase on Sept. 5 at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.
35 NHL prospects and rookies are scheduled to attend: pic.twitter.com/06igiSWpoF
— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) August 25, 2023
The timelines and paths to the NHL will vary, but there’s definitely an impressive collection of the those deemed the cream of the crop in the league. The top three picks of the 2023 Draft are all there along with many of the top ten picks in 2022, and 2021.
The Blackhawks have a pair of entries but again, Columbus stands out with three different players on the list as it continues to load up with young talent.
The rookie showcase will reveal more than just some good hockey now. It will reveal those who will carry the next generation of hockey into the future.
Blackhawks In Case You Missed It
- The NHLPA/Upper Deck Rookie Showcase featured some familiar entries from Chicago
- The Blackhawks Back in the Day remembers when Chicago tormented Vancouver in the playoffs and nearly upended them three postseasons in a row
Hockey Now Network
Boston: Jimmy Murphy writes that the Boston Bruins are worth some future NHL bets
Buffalo: It’s the 19th best prospect now in the Buffalo Sabres pool as the countdown continues.
Carolina: A pair of players get a professional tryout with the Carolina Hurricanes, including former Blackhawks forward Brendan Pirlini
Colorado: At a charity golf tournament, new Colorado Avalanche forward Jonathan Drouin talks about his move to the new squad
Detroit: The Detroit Red Wings may have the future KHL rookie of the year in its prospect pool
Los Angeles: A former second-round pick of the Los Angeles is still trying to find his niche with the Los Angeles Kings
Montreal: Who are the most frequent and infrequent trade partners for the Montreal Canadiens?
Philadelphia: It’s the influential role models that could help general manager Danny Briere succeed with the Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh: Did anyone notice long time Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang get snubbed?
Washington: Anthony Mantha hasn’t been able to become the big time force he was expected to be with the Washington Capitals. Could this be the year?
Vegas: A notable absence from the NHL Network’s top 10 goalie list was the guy who just backstopped the Vegas Golden Knights to a Stanley Cup