Auston Matthews, the top rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, is likely staying in North America for the 2015-16 season.
According to Pete Judge of ISS, Matthews likely won’t be able to play in Switzerland due to work permit issues. Judge reported on Twitter Sunday that the 17-year-old is having troubles getting a visa because he’s never played professionally before.
Matthews was looking to sign in Europe with ZSC in Switzerland. ZSC is currently coached my former NHLer Marc Crawford.
The Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League own Matthews’ CHL rights. His agent Pat Brisson has hinted in the past that if Europe doesn’t work, his client would likely head to the WHL.
Matthews appeared in 24 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team during the 2014-15 season scoring 20 goals and 48 points.
Brandon Wheat Kings’ executive Kelly McCrimmon will remain with the Western Hockey League club. The 54-year-old had been in talks to join the Toronto Maple Leafs front office.
“I have made the decision to remain with the Wheat Kings,” McCrimmon said in a statement. “I was honored to have been considered for a position with the Maple Leafs. It would have been a tremendous opportunity.”
McCrimmon is the Wheat Kings’ owner, GM and head coach.
He had discussions with Toronto about joining its management team, which includes Kyle Dubas, Mark Hunter and Brandon Pridham.
“With our team expected to contend this season, I felt I owed it to the group to stay here and try to help us take the next step,” McCrimmon added.
Toronto filled out its coaching staff last week adding Jim Hiller, Andrew Brewer and D.J. Smith.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have already lost prospect goaltender Oscar Dansk who decided to sign in the Swedish Hockey League earlier this week.
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Jackets are now in danger of losing Peter Quenneville.
GM Jarmo Kekalainen tells Portzline the Jackets are still uncertain about signing the forward.
If Quenneville isn’t signed by June 1, he is eligible to go back into this year’s draft.
The 21-year-old has spent parts of two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League after leaving Quinnipiac University during the 2013-14 season. He had 27 goals and 75 points in 72 games this season.
Quenneville, who is the second cousin of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and nephew of Islanders’ defenseman Johnny Boychuk by marriage, was the seventh round selection of the Jackets (195th overall) in 2013.
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand is set to join Team Denmark in at the World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.
According to reports, Bjorkstrand could play in Denmark’s game against the Russians on Wednesday.
Bjorkstrand had 63 goals and 118 points in 59 Western Hockey League games with the Portland Winterhawks.
The 20-year-old added 13 goals and 12 assists in 17 playoff games. The Kelowna Rockets eliminated the Winterhawks on Sunday.
He represented Denmark at the World Junior Hockey Championship earlier this year registering four goals and an assist in five games.
Bjorkstrand was the Jackets third-round selection (89th overall) in 2013.
The Boston Bruins have reportedly signed free-agent forward Colby Cave to a three-year entry-level contract.
Cave’s fourth season in the Western Hockey League came to an end Wednesday when the Swift Current Broncos were swept in the first round of the playoffs.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound center had 35 goals and 75 points in 72 regular season games with the Broncos.
The undrafted 20-year-old attended NHL camps with both the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes previously.