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Ducks’ Prospects to Take First Pro Steps

Just like all NHL teams, the Anaheim Ducks are not entirely made up of players who are, or were once, highly-touted prospects. Ducks fans expect a lot from the new generation of players like Troy Terry, Max Jones and Sam Steel, but there are a couple of skaters, drafted around the same time, who are getting their first pro shifts without much fanfare. Brent Gates Jr. and Steven Ruggiero, both 2015 draft picks, signed amateur tryout contracts (ATOs) with the San Diego Gulls Friday and are experie...
Tags: Ducks Prospects, Brent Gates Jr, Steven Ruggiero


Pittsburgh Penguins’ 50-Goal Scorers

Players who score 50 goals in a season are considered elite scorers. Throughout the league’s 101-year history, 91 unique players have combined to reach the 50-goal plateau 194 different times. The Pittsburgh Penguins, while not joining the NHL until the expansion wave of 1967, have nine players who’ve combined to reach this plateau 16 times. Except for the two seasons they played in the 1960s, the franchise has had a 50-goal scorer in each full decade they’ve been around. Pictured are t...
Tags: Long Read, Penguins History, Evgeni Malkin, Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby


Blackhawks’ Playoff Hopes Are a Stretch

That wasn’t much fun. Well, until Sunday night. One more week of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2018-19 campaign is officially in the books. It was nice to get a win against the Colorado Avalanche, but taking only three of a possible eight points isn’t gonna cut it. If their wild-card opponents win only 50 percent of their remaining games, the Hawks would have to triumph in pretty much all seven of their matchups to finish out the season in a playoff spot. Have you seen the schedule for the last ...
Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Long Read


Ken Hitchcock Not Likely to Return as Oilers Coach

In a recent media scrum, Terry Jones asked of Edmonton Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock what he takes from this season and the experience? Citing that the organization will head a million different directions this summer, Jones suggested Hitchcock must have a lot on his mind. Hitchcock responded as many might have expected he would. Saying, “this has been the best experience of my life,” he was sincere in noting that getting to coach in a market like Edmonton, for a Canadian team where it rea...
Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Bob Nicholson, Ken Hitchcock, Top Story


Inevitable Hitchcock Out as Edmonton Oilers Coach

In a recent media scrum, Terry Jones asked of Edmonton Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock what he takes from this season and the experience? Citing that the organization will head a million different directions this summer, Jones suggested Hitchcock must have a lot on his mind. Hitchcock responded as many might have expected he would. Saying, “this has been the best experience of my life,” he was sincere in noting that getting to coach in a market like Edmonton, for a Canadian team where it rea...
Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Bob Nicholson, Ken Hitchcock, Top Story


Stanley Cup-winning Capitals visit White House

President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June.


NHL News & Notes: Fabbro, Oettinger, Farabee & More

In today’s NHL News & Notes, Dante Fabbro has signed with the Nashville Predators, Jake Oettinger has signed with the Dallas Stars, Joel Farabee has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers and Chad Krys has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. Fabbro Signs Entry-Level Contract Monday was a rough day for Boston University as they lost four high-profile players to the NHL. Still, the news is positive for the four NHL clubs who signed their draft picks to entry-level deals and even better for ...
Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Column, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, News, Philadelphia Flyers, Chad Krys, Dante Fabbro, Jake Oettinger, Joel Farabee, Top Story


Predators Sign Dante Fabbro

On Monday, March 25, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported that the Nashville Predators have signed prospect Dante Fabbro to an entry-level contract (ELC). This is great news for the team and its fans as Fabbro, Nashville’s top defense prospect, decided to forego his senior season with Boston University and turn pro. It means any risk of losing him to free agency after the 2019-20 season has gone away. Who is Dante Fabbro? The Predators drafted Fabbro 17th overall in the 2016 Entry Draft o...
Tags: Long Read, News, Predators Prospects, Dante Fabbro


Week Twenty-Five Newsletter

We kick off the Newsletter with a tie-breaking situation, where we had four players finish the week with 8 points, but two were goalies and it only really came down to two forwards, where Kyle Connor of the Jets took the title home, defeating Steven Stamkos of the Lightning by a 5-4 margin in the weekly goal total.  The two goalies in question, Connor Hellebuyck of the Jets and Carey Price [Author: opiatedsherpa]
Tags: Avalanche, Ducks, Flyers, Game Winning Goals, Injury, Newsletter, Pim Pool, Rangers, Rookie Pool, Shootout Goals, Wild, Opiatedsherpa


Fantasy NHL: Jordan Staal among week's top waiver wire picks

Searching for some waiver adds for your fantasy hockey roster? Victoria Matiash lists the best players still available in the majority of ESPN leagues.


NHL Rumors: Tippet, Sabres Pressure, Oilers Salary Issues

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is pressure on Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill to win a trade this summer, the Seattle franchise is looking for a new GM but could also lose one of their senior advisors, and there are some ideas floating around the Edmonton Oilers and how they might solve their salary cap issues for next season. Sabres Feeling the Heat GM of the Buffalo Sabres, Jason Botterill might be feeling the heat this offseason as his team looks to win a trade in an effort to...
Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, NHL Rumors, Andrej Sekera, Dave Tippett, Jason Botterill, Top Story


Trump hosts Stanley Cup champion Capitals at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June. Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The president called […]
Tags: Hockey, Nation, Sports


Flyers’ Playoff Dreams Dead So Morin & Talbot Deserve a Look

The playoff dream is officially dead. The Philadelphia Flyers have six games left and are eight points back of the Montreal Canadiens, the final wild card team. No matter what the players say in post-game interviews about things not being over, a mediocre two-week stretch (capped off with a pair of losses last weekend) completely doomed the long shot. With that out of the way, it’s time for the Flyers to try to fit in some of the late-season player evaluation that teams usually do once their...
Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Cam Talbot, Samuel Morin


Preds loan Watson to AHL after reinstatement

The Nashville Predators have put forward Austin Watson on a long-term injury loan to their American Hockey League affiliate, a week after he earned reinstatement from the NHL.


Penguins’ McCann Can Bring Unique Skills to His First Playoff Run

There are just two weeks left in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2018-19 regular season schedule, but their plans for the postseason are anything but set in stone. As of Mar. 23, a mere 10 points separate the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals from the first team outside the playoff picture, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Penguins are stuck in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings battle. The Eastern Conference standings with 2 weeks to play in the regular season. p...
Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Jared McCann


Flames Tying up Loose Ends as Playoffs Loom

It has been a roller coaster ride for the Calgary Flames in the second half of this 2018-19 NHL regular season. Coming in hot after the holidays to start off 2019, the Flames then faced a number of difficult losing slides down the stretch. Despite their troubles, however, this tenacious Flames club has found a way to bounce back every single time. Adversity has led to a series of winning streaks that includes a season-high seven-game run to close out February. While the Flames’ struggles...
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Playoff Watch Daily: Playoff chances, Lose for Hughes projections and more

Who has the best playoff chances? What teams are poised to land Jack Hughes in the draft? Projections for both, plus Bruins-Lightning and other important games today.


Revisiting Doug Armstrong’s Drafts — 2015

We have been traveling back in time to revisit St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong’s draft record, and evaluate the claim that he is a strong drafter. For other entries in our series, view the index below: 2010: Two stars arrive2011: Second round success2012: A diamond in the rough2013: A year to forget2014: Success after success2015: Dunn and done As we move closer to the present day, there will be less certainty about what prospects might become; however, in 2015, the Blues a...
Tags: Blues History, Long Read, 2015 NHL Draft, Doug Armstrong, Jack Roslovic, Vince Dunn


San Jose Sharks Troubling Trends

The San Jose Sharks losing streak has reached five games. Three of the five came against teams which won’t make the playoffs, only one of the five losses even reached overtime.  Coming just weeks before the playoffs, this worrisome development might seem a major concern for the team favored by some to win the Western Conference and grab a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. Fortunately, a late-season losing streak isn’t a major deal any more than a winning streak is. Last season, the Anaheim Ducks...
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Golden Knights Have No Shortage of Captain Choices

Last season when the Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Final without a captain, many people were wondering who would get the honor of lifting it first. Being a captain doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make a big speech before every game. It means your teammates and fans look up to you. You have to rally your team when they are in a rut and lead by example. As Vegas was an expansion team, they had no previous captain. This was an opportunity for many players to start...
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Penguins Pulpit: Late Leads, Murray & Guentzel

The Pittsburgh Penguins have provided plenty of scares along the way but will earn their 13th consecutive playoff berth in the coming days barring a complete collapse over the season’s final two weeks. In what was their first of an undetermined number of weeks without star center Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins managed to pick up five of a possible six points in their three-game slate despite blowing multiple late leads. Their week began on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes in Ra...
Tags: Long Read, Pittsburgh Penguins, Top Story


Senators Weekly: Melnyk, Pageau, Norris & More

Welcome to Senators’ Weekly, where you can catch up on the past week of the Ottawa Senators throughout the 2018-19 season. From trending topics to surging prospects to news and notes, this is your weekly roundup on all things Sens. The Senators took part in their last Western trip of the season, facing off against an all-Canadian lineup. They were coming off of a two-game winning streak when they shut out the St. Louis Blues and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs. But they fell to the Vancouver...
Tags: Column, Ottawa Senators


Poulsbo resident, former defenseman Bert Marshall is keeping an eye on Seattle’s NHL decisions

Former longtime NHL defenseman Bert Marshall, now living in Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula, spent 15 seasons playing on some of the best and worst teams. He knows firsthand the importance of NHL Seattle hiring the right team-builders ahead of the expansion franchise taking the ice.
Tags: Hockey, Sports


Jamieson Rees – 2019 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Jamieson Rees 2017-18 Team: Sarnia Sting (#39)Date of Birth: February 26, 2001Place of Birth: Hamilton, OntarioHt: 5’10” Wt: 171 lbs.Position: CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2019 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 23rd (among North American Skaters)Future Considerations: 75thDobber Prospects: 41stBob McKenzie: 43rdCraig Button: 68th Size once played a much bigger role in the NHL, certainly more than it does today. That alone could benefit Sarnia Sting forward and NHL Draf...
Tags: NHL Entry Draft, Prospects, 2019 NHL Draft, Jamieson Rees


Devils’ Prospects Gained Valuable Experience

The New Jersey Devils have had many of their prospects play in the NHL this season. With injuries to multiple key players, specifically Taylor Hall, roster spots opened up for their young players to gain NHL experience. It may not mean much for this season, which has been a lost cause for some time, but it will have an impact on the Devils’ offseason, and as they head into training camp in September. Devils’ Forward Prospects Played Plenty Brett Seney Seney has played the most game...
Tags: Advanced Stats, Devils Prospects, Brett Seney, Joey Anderson, John Quenneville, Michael McLeod


Spitfires Return Home Down 2-0, Searching for Answers

Nobody expected this to be an easy series for the Windsor Spitfires. Facing the top-seeded London Knights is a tall order for any team. The Spitfires find themselves down two games and scrambling for answers. The Knights are a well-oiled mixture of NHL prospects and eager youth, while the Spitfires are a younger team that’s full of potential. Some might call it a David vs Goliath match-up; so far, Goliath hasn’t let up. Now, the Spitfires return home to the WFCU Centre and are searching f...
Tags: OHL, Windsor Spitfires


Islanders Blank Coyotes – Lehner Earns 5th Shutout

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored to back Robin Lehner’s fifth shutout of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 Sunday. Lehner stopped 31 shots to help the Islanders win for the second time in two days and keep pace with first place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals, who beat Philadelphia 3-1 earlier Sunday, lead New York by one point with six games remaining for both teams, including a matchup at Washington in the season f...
Tags: Arizona Coyotes, New York Islanders


Hurricanes Rally to Beat Canadiens – Svechnikov Scores in OT

RALEIGH, N.C. — Andrei Svechnikov scored with 1:45 left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Sunday night in a matchup with Eastern Conference playoff implications. Carolina’s Trevor van Riemsdyk scored the tying goal with 5:39 remaining, and Svechnikov ended it with a wrist shot in the extra session. Curtis McElhinney stopped 28 shots. With the win, Carolina remained alone in the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal squander...
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens


Blackhawks Survive Avalanche – Keith Scores in OT

CHICAGO — Duncan Keith scored 1:23 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night. The defenceman took a feed from Brandon Saad, bulled his way down left wing, shrugged off a check from Nathan MacKinnon and beat goaltender Phillipp Grubauer between the legs to snap the Blackhawks’ three-game losing streak. Chicago pulled within five points of Colorado for the second Western Conference wild card. Artem Anisimov had a power-play goal fo...
Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche


Blue Jackets Blank Canucks – Keep Pace for Playoffs

VANCOUVER — Pierre-Luc Dubois broke out of a slump with a goal and an assist while goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky returned from injury to stop 21 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets improved their NHL playoff chances with a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night. Josh Anderson, with two goals and an assist, Ryan Dzingel and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Blue Jackets (41-30-4), who moved to within two points of the Montreal Canadiens for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern C...
Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks