I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the greatest talent in the league in particular situations. Skating has improved dramatically in the 23 years I’ve been covering the sport. Speed kills. Slow teams suffer in this league, and I’ve targeted three players who drive other teams
Suppose you’re going to tweet that your team passed on Cale Makar and should have drafted him. Why did you wait until he won a Hobey Baker Award, Calder Memorial Trophy, a gold medal in the World Juniors, a Frozen Four appearance and a Conn Smythe, a Norris, and now
Zach Bookman Remains Undiscovered by Many. If he’s not moving the needle for some, then look at the needle again. He’s currently playing in the Junior A National Championship playing for the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL. This talented blueliner has tools, and he’s itching to get into the round-robin
Dominik Kubalik (Chicago Blackhawks), Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche), and Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks). All of these players had fantastic seasons, and all are deserving of winning the award but only one can do it.
Kubalik’s brother, Thomas, played briefly in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is over the
These aren’t ranked. Right now, these are the players I’ve identified with the best chance to win the award. I may change this before the season starts.
Jack Hughes - Whether he plays center or wing, he should get time on the top power play. If he ends up on a
Nolan Patrick – 6-2, 199 - C – He plays a heavy game and gets better as the game goes on. Good on draws. Good stick on defense. Works hard in the corners. Excellent passer. Smooth skater gets in on the net quickly.
Nico Hischier – 6-1.5, 178 –
Nolan Patrick – 6-3, 198 - C – He plays a heavy game and gets better as the game goes on. Good on draws. Good stick on defense. Works hard in the corners. Excellent passer. Smooth skater gets in on the net quickly.
Nico Hischier – 6-0, 174 –