Jun 272015
 

There weren’t too many surprises in the first round of the draft. Sure, the Bruins made a big splash by giving up Dougie Hamilton for something a little better than what an offer sheet would’ve netted, but even the slight drops by Lawson Crouse, Travis Konecny and Oliver Kylington were expected.

Even with all the talk that the Coyotes were unsure of who to take third overall, and the Blue Jackets looking to move up, the top eight picks went as expected. Potential first-line center Dylan Strome was too hard to pass up for the Coyotes, a team that’s never really had a legitimate No. 1 center, and the BJ’s got Zach Werenski, arguably the third-best defenseman in the draft but certainly top ten material.

Still, there’s plenty of chew on in the aftermath of the draft, especially just days from free agency on July 1.

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May 202015
 

2015 Playoff Bracket

Eastern Conference

(M1) New York Rangers vs (A2) Tampa Bay Lightning

Throughout the playoffs I have been picking against the Rangers. First the Penguins fell and then the Capitals, both dispatched by the reigning President Trophy winners. Despite my somewhat suspect track record I am going to have to pick against them again. I am drinking the Lightning Kool-Aid.  Continue reading »

May 012015
 

2015 Playoff Bracket

Eastern Conference

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs (A2) Tampa Bay Lightning

In the first round Carey Price demonstrated why he is the prohibitive favourite to win both the Vezina and the Hart Trophy. He stood tall and dispatched the red hot Senators in 6 games despite his offence only posting a measly 12 goals. In the 2nd round he faces the Lightning, a team that struggled to make it through the opening round. The Red Wings put up a valiant fight but eventually succumbed to the Lightning’s depth. Tampa was the most prolific offensive club during the regular season and continue to be dangerous in the playoffs despite getting little production from Stamkos. Carey is going to have to be at 100% if the Canadiens hope to move on to the conference championships. While Price is the best goalie on the planet right now, the Lightning owned him throughout the 2014-2015 season. I don’t expect a lopsided series, but I also don’t expect to see the Canadiens advance to round three.

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Apr 132015
 

2015 Playoff Bracket

Eastern Conference

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs (W1) Ottawa Senators

No team is hotter entering the playoffs than the Ottawa Senators. They have gone an astounding 21-3-4 over the past 28 games and have essentially been playing playoff hockey since February. Even with all of that momentum the Senators are going to have a tough time taking four games off of Price the Canadiens. The Canadiens will go as far as their all-world netminder will take them. The team in front of Price has a few glaring flaws, chief among them being a lack of consistent offensive production, but he should be able to do just enough for the Canadiens to sneak past the red hot Senators.

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Mar 112015
 
The new faces of the Vancouver Canucks

The new faces of the Vancouver Canucks

Monday’s gutsy win over the NHL leading Anaheim Mighty Ducks was emblematic of the transformation that has taken place in Vancouver over the past twelve months. Last season, when faced with adversity, the Vancouver Canucks broke. Management broke, the coach broke and the roster broke. Last night, while being thoroughly outplayed by the best team in the league (at least in the standings) the Canucks did not break. They rose to the challenge and gutted out two points that they desperately needed.

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Feb 282015
 
Patrick Kane moments after crashing awkwardly into the boards.

Patrick Kane moments after crashing awkwardly into the boards.

I woke up on Wednesday morning to a very different NHL. On Tuesday night, in a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers, NHL points leader Patrick Kane was on the receiving end of a crosscheck to the back. It caused him to lose his edge, crash awkwardly into the boards and break his collarbone. For the next three months Kane will be watching his team compete for the Stanley Cup instead of competing for it himself. Continue reading »

Jul 152014
 

It's a Rant!

I have had a problem with no trade clauses (NTC) for some time. Basically ever since the Dany Heatley fiasco in the summer of 2009. Since then we have seen players hold their GMs hostage during trade negotiations. First they demand a trade and then they blow all of their team’s leverage by a.) going public and b.) providing laughably short lists of teams they are willing to go to. Now, I know what some of you are thinking. Why are you hating on the players? It is the GM that agrees to NTCs. Well, you are absolutely right. Continue reading »

Jun 242014
 
Sergei Bobrovsky being a class act.

Sergei Bobrovsky being a class act.

It is that time of year again. We just finished one of the most epic playoffs in recent memory and are gearing up for the draft and free agency. What a perfect time to dole out some hardware and revel in the awkwardness that is the NHL Awards. Before I begin, let me clarify that these aren’t “predictions.” This is who I think should win. That disclaimer will be important, especially when considering the Hart Trophy. Continue reading »

May 142014
 

After back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2008 and 2009 many predicted a decade of dominance for the Pittsburgh Penguins. How wrong we all were. With last night’s loss to the New York Rangers, the Penguins have now prematurely exited the playoffs five years in a row. With each subsequent loss the pressure mounted. Only Crosby had been immune to scrutiny. But no longer.

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers celebrate a game 7 win over the Penguins.

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers celebrate a game 7 win over the Penguins.

Following a dismal playoffs which saw him post only a single goal and nine points in 13 games, Sidney Crosby now must answer some tough questions. His disappearing act in the second round is one of the most surprising aspects of these playoffs and can be considered the reason the Penguins are not advancing. I do not want to take anything away from a superb performance by the Rangers, but if Crosby plays like he normally does the Penguins advance and the Rangers go home. Simple as that.

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Sep 302013
 

30 Players to Watch

Every year, before the official puck drop, I highlight one player from each team you should keep an eye on. It could be anything from a potential breakout season, a bounce back season or simply a season that is critical to a player’s development. (Click here for last year’s.)

Some names are obvious and some are not, but at the very least I hope there’s a little something for everyone.

But the purpose of this article is to really show off how much I know about everything. 

anaAnaheim Ducks – Hampus Lindholm, D

The Ducks have so many talented young players it was hard to pick just one. Peter Holland and Emerson Etem would’ve been in the mix as well, but both are coming off injuries. Lindholm, the sixth overall pick from 2012, played 44 games with Norfolk in the AHL last year.

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