The first round of the NHL Entry Draft is always interesting. It could be blockbuster trades, players falling or an off-the-board selection that no one saw coming that generates the excitement.
This year I would have to say the intrigue mainly surrounded one player in Russian enigma Matvei Michkov.
After Bedard, most
Jacob Fowler won a championship in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms. That’s a dream for a lot of players. The way this year has worked out for him so far has been magical.
“It was super special,” Fowler said. “We had good people. It’s something I’ll never forget. We did
Lenni Hameenaho is a center who is all the overboard as far as rankings go in the 2023 NHL Draft. He’s 6’1” and around 185 pounds and he plays a solid all-around game. What’s interesting is all the different rankings for this player.
Here are my thoughts about him having
Here are my June and final rankings. This Is not a Mock Draft.
1. Connor Bedard – C – WHL
2. Adam Fantilli – C – NCAA
3. Leo Carlsson – C/W – SHL
4. Matvei Michkov – RW – KHL
5. Zach Benson – C – WHL
6. Will Smith – C – NTDP
Kasper Halttunen is 6’3”, 207 pounds this right winger has some talent. I watched him battle in international tournaments including the U18s, where he captained Team Finland and scored six goals and four assists in five games.
Halttunen likes to lay the body. He wins a fair amount of puck battles.
I made this list to see if the Flyers or Rangers were going to surprise me with who they spoke to. I didn't ask many of the top picks for obvious reasons. I asked about Zach Benson to see if the Flyers were interested because of his size. I didn’t
As all Hockey Fans know, the Dallas Stars were bounced from the 3rd round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this past weekend. Last week, their AHL Affiliate was also led out of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.
The only team in the Dallas Organization left standing is their ECHL team,
Alec Martinez has won two Stanley Cups; both with the Los Angeles Kings. At 35, he has a visible scar on his face and some grey hair mixed in his facial hair. He has faced it all. He’s been through the wars, and he was holding court after the Game
There are questions that surround every prospect heading into a draft. When talking about the 2023 NHL Draft I had a few for Michigan star, Adam Fantilli. I interviewed him before his season began so it was fun to catch up with him during the Stanley Cup Final. Listen in.
Fan Expo Philly drove hundreds, if not thousands of people who identify as either “nerds” or “geeks” of different fandoms to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend. I had a blast walking around the con, taking in all the art on display, interacting with exhibitors and cosplayers, and sitting in