William Wallinder – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
William Wallinder 2019-20 Team: MODO (Allsvenskan)Date of Birth: July 28, 2002Place of Birth: Sollefteå, SwedenHt: 6-foot-4 Wt: 192 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 7th (Among EU Skaters) Bob McKenzie, TSN: 21st HockeyProspect.com: 19th Future Considerations: 49th EliteProspects.com: 23rd The Hockey Writers: 21st In a draft where most of […]
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Blues Best Defensemen in Team History
When looking at the best defensemen in NHL history, only a few donned the Blue Note. Not known as a defensive team in their 53-year history, the St. Louis Blues have produced few elite, notable D-men. The ‘Over 400-Point’ Club – MacInnis and Pietrangelo Only two defensive players have scored over 400 points in their […]
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 9.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 Mock 6.0 Mock 7.0 Mock 8.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes […]
Predators May Have Their Future Backup Goalie in Ingram
It has been known for a while now that Juuse Saros is the Nashville Predators’ future goalie. The young Finn has backed up long-time Predators’ great Pekka Rinne for the past three-plus seasons, waiting, learning and developing. But with a career spanning more than 10 seasons, Rinne is clearly on the tail end of his […]
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Blue Jackets’ Dubois: A Star in the Making
Every hockey fan has heard of them. They’re the very best, the all-time greats, and one of the reasons why we adore and are so very captivated by this truly beautiful sport we call hockey. The likes of Wayne Gretzky, Dale Hawerchuk, Adam Oates, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Ron Francis, Pavel […]
Hayden Fowler – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Hayden Fowler 2019-20 Team: Erie Otters (#14)Date of Birth: September 24, 2001Place of Birth: Kingston, Ontario, CanadaHt: 5-foot-10 Wt: 180 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: Wing/CenterNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 66th (Mid-Term Rankings, NA Skaters) Andrew Forbes’ Top-217 Rankings: 119th (March) Larry Fisher’s Top-300 Rankings: 138th (March) A new season. A new opportunity. […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Keefe, Barabanov, Marner & Shanahan
For the Toronto Maple Leafs, the 2019-20 season had its ups-and-downs. However, when new head coach Sheldon Keefe took over from the departed Mike Babcock, the team’s play drastically changed and the season improved for both players and for fans. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Dubas, Trade Thoughts, Domi & Loponen Although the regular […]
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Videos- Born On This Date In 1928
In Floral, Saskatchewan the great Gordie Howe. Below, an ESPN documentary on #9.
Edmonton Oilers Announce Temporary Staff Reductions
EDMONTON (March 30) – Due to the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) today implemented a temporary staff reduction of 139 employees, effective April 13, 2020, as well as a compensation rollback for all continuing staff working from home. These actions were made necessary by the pause of the NHL and AHL seasons, the cancellation of the WHL season, and the postponement of all Live Entertainment events at Rogers Place enacted to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and protect the safety of fans and employees.
Oilers News & Rumors: Draisaitl, Slepyshev, Kassian, More
In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, Zack Kassian has found himself on the receiving end of a few humorous shots from his teammates and both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid talk about what’s going on with their downtime and what they’d like to see going forward with the NHL season. In other news, […]
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Luke Evangelista – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Luke Evangelista 2019-20 Team: London Knights (OHL)Date of Birth: Feb. 21, 2002Place of Birth: Oakville, ON, CanadaHt: 5’11” Wt: 165 lbsShoots: RightPosition: RWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 58th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 66th HockeyProspect.com: 31st THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 63rd THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 79th THW Larry Fisher’s […]
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Flyers’ Best & Worst Trades
In the 53-year history of the Philadelphia Flyers franchise, nine different general managers have been responsible for an insane amount of trades. Although there have been plenty of trades involving low-level players or late draft picks, there have also been plenty of blockbuster deals that have drastically changed the franchise. Related: Revisiting the Brayden Schenn […]
Ottawa Senators: Revisiting the Zibanejad Trade
The Ottawa Senators have made mistakes in the past and mismanaged their assets. One of their biggest errors was the trade involving Derick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad. On July 18, 2016, the Senators traded Zibanejad to the New York Rangers, as well as a 2018 second-round pick for Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round pick. While […]
What NHL Players Are Doing During The Pause
from J.J. Regan of NBCSports Washington, NHL players can often seem larger than life. They are celebrities in peak physical condition who get paid millions of dollars to play in arenas full of tens of thousands of screaming fans in games that are broadcast on television often nationally. And yet, none of that matters in a time like this. With the coronavirus spreading throughout the world, all sports just don't seem to matter. At this moment, the real superstars are the doctors and nurses on the frontlines battling against the virus while the hockey players we view as superstars remain at home, suddenly rendered remarkably ordinary in the face of a global pandemic. "It was just kind of weird to see the world kind of stop," New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban said.... "Lots of stuff to do at house," Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin said. "Play with the little one, we're expecting another one in a couple of months, I'm trying to do some more workout as well, but it's getting boring, obviously. First week was kind of good thing. We're relaxing, we chilling and right now it's kind of getting boring right now." "That first week, you're just excited to be around the family," Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno said. "We don't really get this time. Let's be honest, we don't really get at the end of March when you're gearing up for a playoff race, you're not really gearing up to be with the family. Your mind starts to stay with the team a little bit more. So I've enjoyed the past little while with my family and my kids. They definitely don't really understand why I'm home so much, but it's been nice. But it's getting to a point now where you just start to now feel like things aren't right." read on
Wild’s Kurvers Takes Pandemic Pause In Stride
“We’re pretty much locked down,” says Minnesota Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers. “We basically said, go home and ride this out until we give you more direction, and so I’m trying to abide by those same rules. But, you know, it pulls you out of your life habits and so, I’m going to take […]
The 1979 NHL – WHA Merger
The 2009-10 hockey season marks the 30th anniversary of the merger between the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association. It was the last time that such a unification has taken place in a major North American sport...
Dylan Larkin Participated In A Video Conference Call Today
via the NHL PR department, Click below to watch/download today’s video conference call featuring Zdeno Chara (BOS), Dylan Larkin (DET), John Tavares (TOR) and Brady Tkachuk (OTT): Shared screen with speaker view Shared screen with gallery view Audio only
Blues’ Sunshine Boys: Derek Sanderson, Chuck Lefley and Claude Larose
Every now and then, I find myself sharing a story with my kids about the St. Louis Blues. In my bedroom, I have a pair of hockey gloves from Robby Fabbri that we purchased at a Blues equipment sale. One of my kids has a hockey puck signed by Vladimir Tarasenko. In the corner of […]
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Chicago Steel’s Colangelo Takes the Next Step
Rattling off two separate 13-game winning streaks, the Chicago Steel ran through opponents in 2019-20, going 41-7-1 and outscoring their opponents 242-136. Sam Colangelo had a fantastic year himself and says that perhaps the biggest accomplishment he felt the team had was when they were without five of their top players. Related: Chicago Steel Set […]
Weekly Prospect Report: Robertson, Broberg, Bedard, Fantilli & More
Welcome to the Weekly Prospect Report. Here, we’ll take a look at some key names over the past week that are a big part of the next wave of NHL stars. This column will dive into both NHL-affiliated and draft-eligible prospects, focusing mainly on those outside the NHL. Related: Weekly Prospect Report: Francis, Caufield, NHL Draft, […]
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St. Louis Blues’ Top 20 Goal Scorers All-Time
In the history of the St. Louis Blues, we’ve seen many fantastic goal scorers. Some have spent their entire careers in St. Louis, and some are Hall of Famers who just stopped by. The rich history of the Blues is impressive for a 1967 expansion team. Here are the top 20. 1. Brett Hull: 527 […]
NHL Rumors: Wild, Lightning, Blackhawks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Tampa Bay Lightning likely unwillingness to re-sign Cory Conacher and where he’ll wind up as a result. The Minnesota Wild are interested in signing the KHL’s third-leading scorer, but they can’t do so quite yet. Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks are working on a deal with […]
The Latest Prospect Rankings
from TSN, Rimouski Oceanic left wing Alexis Lafreniere has strengthened his hold on the title of hockey’s best prospect, with his 112-point regular season further evidence that he belongs atop the latest edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft. With leagues around the globe cancelling the remainder of their seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button’s latest ranking serves as an end-of-the-season evaluation. There will be one more Craig’s List before the 2020 Draft, whenever that may be. The NHL has postponed the draft from its original June 26-27 dates in Montreal. The latest list is heavy on northern talent, with Canadians taking five of the top six spots and 18 of the 31 first-round slots. Lafreniere going first overall would end a drought for Canadian prospects that stretches back to 2015, when the Edmonton Oilers selected Connor McDavid with the first pick. The shortened season was a stellar one for Lafreniere, who averaged more than two points per game with 35 goals and 77 assists in 52 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) contests and overcame a knee injury to help Canada win gold at the World Juniors. continued with a top 103 list...
Capitals Don’t Win 2018 Cup Without Ex-GM McPhee
Fewer people were cheering as much for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final as then-general manager George McPhee. Fewer still had as much riding on their opponents and eventual champions, the Washington Capitals, McPhee’s last team. Capitals vs. Golden Knights Obviously, McPhee, now the Golden Knights president of hockey operations, […]
Morse Re-Signs with Riveters for 5th Season
The Metropolitan Riveters re-signed another key player on March 30 when they announced that All-Star defender and four-year veteran Rebecca Morse would be returning for her fifth season with the NWHL and team. The 28-year-old New Jersey native set career-highs in every statistical category and in addition to being named an All-Star for the first […]
Devils and Gillis Are Made for Each Other
There’s not a lot going on when it comes to the New Jersey Devils, as the NHL remains on pause due to the coronavirus. But we did get a bit of an update on the team’s search for a new general manager: Slap Shots has learned that New Jersey ownership has in fact looked elsewhere. League sources […]
Today in Hockey History: March 30
March 30 is a very busy day in hockey history. There were various first in Stanley Cup playoff history that occurred on this date. The National Hockey added four new teams to the mix. Some Hall of Fame defensemen made their mark on history and an all-time great goaltender set the bar high. Stanley Cup […]
Video- A Real Slow Monday
Deflectins and tip-in goals slowed down from this season in the NHL. 4 1/2 minutes to watch.
A Sports Czar?
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, It could be a heckuva job for somebody. Or a few people. An absolutely enormous task, to be sure. But a necessary one, quite probably. As we imagine how North American sports are possibly going to get themselves back on track with their respective seasons, it seems abundantly clear that if they attempt to do so solely by following their own individual plans it’s going to create one spectacular logistical and scheduling nightmare. That means that instead of recouping lost dollars from the current suspension of play due to the coronavirus crisis, these teams could end up hurting each other even more by furiously competing for the same sports entertainment dollar in a severely compacted schedule. Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense for these sports to work together to ensure maximum profitability for one and all? And couldn’t they get together and nominate an individual or individuals to work as a central office to help North American sports get rolling again in a logical manner? continued
Are You A Fan Of These Virtual Games?
from Jack Harris of the LA Times, Play-by-play announcer Alex Faust set the table at the top of Sunday afternoon’s show, dropping nuggets of research into his opening lines. Analyst Jim Fox took over from there, serving up a scouting report for a game that wasn’t supposed to be. The two men weren’t previewing a real contest, the NHL season still suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, talking into cameras from the safety of their homes, they were trying their best to make a virtual substitute feel like the real thing. In this absence of live action, the Kings have turned to video game simulations to keep some semblance of routine. Every time a real Kings game is scheduled to take place, such as Sunday’s delayed meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team instead stages a virtual rendition viewed by thousands on an online stream. Laugh if you want. Three weeks ago, the idea of livestreaming video games to a sports-deprived fan base would have sounded comical. But with almost all real sports postponed for the foreseeable future, the industry has turned to virtual simulations to help fill the void. read on
Staying Connected To Our Game
NEW YORK / TORONTO (March 30, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) is launching two new fan engagement initiatives today as part of the League’s continued commitment to help hockey fans stay connected to players and the game. Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 NHL Season…So Far fan vote program and Live NHL Player Q&As will offer hockey fans daily interactive experiences via the NHL’s Twitter and Instagram social media channels. Watch the trailer here.
Avalanche-Nordiques Top 10 Goal Scorers All-Time
Have you ever wondered who the top goalscorers are in Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise history? Wonder no more. The franchise has had an interesting history that boasts some Hall of Fame names. Here are the top-10 goalscorers for the franchise. 1.Joe Sakic – 625 Goals Joe Sakic sits atop the franchise-best goalscorers list. With 625 […]
Golden Knights’ Free Agents: Who Stays & Who Goes
When the Vegas Golden Knights had their expansion draft, they were not expecting this much success early on. A number of players are still on the team three seasons later, and they have turned a number of their assets into core pieces. Related: Top 10 Nicest Current NHL Jerseys With their franchise players locked up […]
Blue Jackets’ Jarmo Kekalainen Finding Success Later in Drafts
On Feb. 13, 2013, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced Jarmo Kekalainen as their third general manager in franchise history. Since taking over the role, he and his drafting team have been responsible for a total of seven drafts, all of which have had their expected ups and downs. Aside from the obvious first-round selections, his […]
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2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 8.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 Mock 6.0 Mock 7.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes place to […]
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