NHL’s Most Underrated: Aleksander Barkov

In July of 2016 I was at a charity golf tournament in Saskatoon. It was 2 months before the World Cup and 4 of Canada’s coaches were in attendance; Mike Babcock, Barry Trotz, Joel Quenneville, and Claude Julien….. not bad. To interact with the people in attendance, the coaches went from table to table and you could ask them any question you wanted. Mike Babcock … Continue reading NHL’s Most Underrated: Aleksander Barkov

The Flames Have Passed the Oilers

As soon as the Edmonton Oilers drafted Connor McDavid everyone presumed the battle of Alberta to be over, but thanks to poor drafting, signings and lack of execution…. The Calgary Flames have passed the Oilers. If you’re asking me if I’d take Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl over Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau that’s an easy answer, I’d be taking Connor McDavid and a player … Continue reading The Flames Have Passed the Oilers

Why John Tavares isn’t Leaving New York

John Tavares will meet with 5 teams at his agency this week in LA. Tavares is unable to sign anything (outside of Brooklyn) until July 1st. The teams are reported to be the Maple Leafs, Stars, Sharks, Bruins, and Lightning. The Islanders are obviously in the running still and GM Lou Lamoriello will reportedly be in LA this week just to ‘stay close’ to the … Continue reading Why John Tavares isn’t Leaving New York

NHL Mock Draft: 1-15

1. Buffalo- Rasmus Dahlin Best defensemen to come into the draft in the last 20 years. There’s a reason he is being compared to Nick Lidstrom. 2. Carolina- Andrei Svechnikov 40 goals in 44 games. An absolute sniper who can score many different ways. Is he closer to Vladimir Tarasenko or Nail Yakupov? 3. Montreal- Jesperi Kotkaniemi Biggest riser in a draft that seemed to … Continue reading NHL Mock Draft: 1-15

Why a Lucic Trade Makes Sense

How many misses has Peter Chiarelli had as the Oilers GM? He’s got rid of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and essentially Mat Barzal. He replaced Hall with a combination of Larsson and Milan Lucic, he replaced Eberle with Ryan Strome, and he replaced Mat Barzal with nobody because Griffin Reinhart was taken in the expansion draft. The NHL has clearly changed throughout the last few … Continue reading Why a Lucic Trade Makes Sense

Stanley Cup Finals Preview

Nobody predicted this. A Stanley Cup Finals between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals. At this point, many people thought Vegas would be excited about winning the draft lottery and selecting Rasmus Dahlin….. not being excited about playing in the Stanley Cup Final. For the Capitals, last year seemed to be ‘it’ for them. The Capitals lost Game 7 last year to Pittsburgh and … Continue reading Stanley Cup Finals Preview

Capitals and Lightning Preview

Capitals and Lightning #CapsYear?? Well actually this might be. The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning open up the Eastern Conference finals tonight in Tampa. Many people wrote off the Capitals this year, but maybe that is why they have a shot. For the first time in his career Braden Holtby posted a regular season save percentage below .910. For the first time in a … Continue reading Capitals and Lightning Preview

Ducks Need to Move On from Core Players

  The Anaheim Ducks had an injury filled regular season and seemed to be the ‘experienced’ pick to win the cup by many. Much like the Kings, the Ducks were swept. Although these were not one goal games, Anaheim was smoked in this series and their age showed. Ryan Getzlaf was -4 with 18 penalty minutes, after just 17 goals in the regular season, Corey … Continue reading Ducks Need to Move On from Core Players