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Nico Hischier 400, Looking Back and Ahead

Time sure flies. Can you believe Nico Hischier has now played in 400 regular-season NHL games? It feels like just yesterday he was being drafted Number One overall by the Devils in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Now, he’s 400 games into his career, and he’s The Captain of a

The Rise of Jake Oettinger

Jake Oettinger was the biggest unsung hero of the 2022 NHL Playoffs. He led his team, the Dallas Stars, to a Game 7 overtime and then took a gut-punch loss to the Calgary Flames. He will learn from this. The Dallas Stars will learn from this. I ranked the goalie 29th

Carolina’s Youth Served Them Well in Game 1 Victory

The Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game One of their Stanley Cup Qualifier. Two young players who stood out for them were Andrei Svechnikov (2nd overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft) and Martin Necas (12th overall in 2017). Necas was credited with the third goal

Owen Tippett Has Star Potential

Owen Tippett made his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers recently. He sat and waited. He watched from the press box before he got to play an NHL regular season game. This was a smart move and the youngster understands why the Florida Panthers did this. “Every game I was watching

Casey Mittelstadt – – Letting His Play Do the Talking

  Casey Mittelstadt was one of the most talented players in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Somehow, he dropped to 8th overall. Did he drop because teams didn’t think he was talented? Did teams bristle at his combine results, and they weren’t all bad as I had previously pointed out, or

Noah Cates Is Wise Beyond His Years

Some players stand out in development camps because of their play. Noah Cates certainly did that. I felt like it took him a day to get used to the talent level and by Day 2 I gave him this report: Noah Cates – 6-1, 165 – LW – Stillwater High School

Metropolitan Division NHL Draft Review

The Metropolitan Division was the NHL’s most competitive division last season and the movement leading up to and through the NHL’s two days in Chicago certainly proved that the arms race between those eight clubs as New Jersey and Philadelphia owned the top two selections and added major pieces, while

2017 NHL Draft Trades and Smart Strategies

There was expected to be a flurry of trades but nothing really materialized until the New York Islanders sent Travis Hamonic to the Calgary Flames for some future picks. On the draft floor, the San Jose Sharks appeared to be targeting American born players throughout the two days of the event.

2017 NHL Draft – – Day 1 Was Memorable

It was a busy day on the trade front in the NHL today with the host of the draft, the Chicago Blackhawks, making the most noise. Before teams even headed to the United Center to draft the future of the league, the Hawks pulled off two big trades sending Nicklas Hjalmarsson

2017 NHL Draft — Cody Glass a Prototypical Center

Cody Glass is expecting to hear his name called early today at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. It’s obviously a nerve wracking and stressful experience. Unfortunately, his trip to Chicago has already been a whirlwind. Coming from his hometown, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Glass was late to the media availability on Thursday afternoon