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

NHL draft profile: Xavier Bouchard

Xavier Bouchard, Defense Baie-Comeau Drakkar 6’3 191 65GP 3G 18A 21P 52PIM -30   Played on a very average Baie-Comeau team. A big right shot defencemen is what lots of teams want in todays NHL so Bouchard will be drafted on that alone. Had a down year from last year and was a -30 but played a more defensive role on a better team. Still … Continue reading NHL draft profile: Xavier Bouchard