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Boston BruinsBoston Bruins Bruins Hire Gru of Minions Fame to Coach Bruins-Chris 2022-12-09 16:06:41 18 What better a person to run the Bruins than a reformed super-villian named Gru. On Tuesday the team announced they had come to terms with Gru on a new 3 year deal. Gru joins the Bruins after fostering the Minions for the past several years. Its a role that was instrumental in preparing him for coaching the Bruins. "These little minions, are yellow so that's all i really cared about". Gru takes over a team ranked 2nd in the East in points percentage. How have the Bruins turned things around this year? It seems the team was just waiting for its former daddy to rejoin the team. The return of GM Ransom to the Bruins franchise had the fans breathing a collective sigh. Will it continue? "Why not, we have the midas touch with this team, banners galore, a cup ring and now that the clamidia is under control, we're unstoppable". The Bruins were using a tough November schedule as a gage on how real this roster was...the results were good: 1 Boston 4 at Pittsburgh 5 (OT) 2 Boston 3 at NY Rangers 1 WIN 6 Boston 6 at Toronto 2 WIN 7 St-Louis 6 at Boston 2 9 Calgary 4 at Boston 1 10 Boston 3 at Buffalo 2 WIN 13 Vancouver 5 at Boston 1 15 Philadelphia 0 at Boston 2 WIN 16 Chicago 1 at Boston 2 WIN 20 Boston 4 at Tampa Bay 3 (SO) WIN 21 Boston 5 at Florida 2 WIN 22 Carolina 1 at Boston 7 WIN 28 Tampa Bay 2 at Boston 1   With that the Bruins continue to add talent where they can, recently adding forwards Radek Faksa and Brock Nelson along with defensemen Brenden Dillon and Justin Holl. Its defeinitly generated some excitement in a fanbase that has been teabagged repeatedly the last several years. The Bruins lines current look like this:   Mark Scheifele Kyle Palmieri Jordan Eberle Brenden Dillon Brandon Carlo   Brock Nelson William Karlsson Mike Hoffman Haydn Fleury Justin Holl   Radek Faksa Erik Haula Kasperi Kapanen Jake Bean Henri Jokiharju   Nolan Patrick Zach Aston-Reese Chris Wagner Jake Bean Henri Jokiharju
Columbus Blue JacketsColumbus Blue Jackets Hartman Embracing Top Line Role Jackets-Blake 2022-12-09 15:11:45 4 Hartman has only been a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the past four games. But over those four games he is showcasing how much of an impact player he looks like he could be for the Blue Jackets.  In 4 games with the Blue Jackets, Hartman has put up 2 goals and 3 assists along with a +3 stat, 11 shots on goal, and 3 hits. He has been an impact player in every facet. It was an interesting decision to put Strome down to the 3C and having Hartman as the new 1st line right wing with Ritchie on the left side and Eichel down the middle, but the line has shown great chemistry so far. He also has found himself on the top powerplay unit with Eichel, Lee, Forsling, and fellow tade aquistion this season Weegar. The powerply has looked better and performed a bit better since Hartman has come to Columbus. The Jackets have also had a 3-1-0 record since Freddie Andersen and Hartman being brought into the lineup. It will be interesting to see how the Jackets do since they are a team that does like to overperform year in and year out it seems. If Hartman can keep up his level of play and keep building up the chemistry with Columbus's other top players, the Blue Jackets will be a pretty good team. 
Dallas StarsDallas Stars Prospect Update #3 : Tomas Hamara Stars-Sly 2022-12-07 23:21:33 12 Time for a little update on the stars 3rd pick in last years draft... Tomas Hamara Being that I am a Ottawa Senetors fan I was really happy to see Tomas Hamara get drafted in the third rd 87th overall by the Sens. The Ottawa Senators D prospect pool is pretty deep with the likes of Jacob Bernard-Docker, Lassi thompson, Filip Nordberg and others so it will probably be a few years before we get to see Hamara in a Ottawa uniform. Tomas is a 6 foot defenseman that comes in at 192lbs that plays for the kitchener Rangers in the OHL. He currently has 22gp with 2 goals and 8 assists for 10pts. Tomas Hamara has already impressed scouts on the big stage in the IIHF under 18 world Championships where he led the tournament in assists by a defenseman, picking up 8 assists in 6 games played. Tomas is a great skater that posseses a good two-way game. Hamara is known to walk the line with ease in the offensive zone which opens up passing and shooting lanes. His pivots are known to be crisp and has strong lateral movement. He is also known to be creative in the neutral zone by using his dangles to enter the zone. Hamara is a great passer who can help facilitate easy breakouts as well.  Hamara will most likely be a long term project as he will need to work on his consistency as a defender but his tools and transition game are things that made him great value in the 3rd round for the NEFHL Stars. I look forward to watching him grow as a player and hope to see him in a Sens Jersey in the future. Go Stars Go
Dallas StarsDallas Stars Prospect update #2 : Tristan Luneau Stars-Sly 2022-12-07 22:46:03 8 Time for a little update on the stars second pick in last years draft..... Tristan Luneau Tristan Luneau has always had lots of promise ever since he was drafted 1st overall in the 2020 QMJHL entry draft and has not disappointed scouts since. Luneau went in the second round ( 53rd overall) to the Anaheim Ducks in 2022 NHL draft.  He had the second most points in the QMJHL as a Defenseman for a draft eligible player last season just 4 pts behind the leader ( Jeremy Langlois ).  Luneau has a solid 6"2 frame that can probably use abit more muscle,but he hasnt let that hinder his physical play. His hockey IQ is what seperates him from the rest in regards to his defensive game. He's got great gap control and can take away passing lanes. Tristan is off to a great start this season recording 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 pts in 27 games played. His 27 pts rank him 3rd on his team in scoring, 3rd in defenseman league scoring  and he is currently sitting in 37th spot in league scoring. Most Scouts see Luneau ending up as a dependable second-pairing defenseman at the NHL level. He can potentially quarterback a power play with his great vision and excellent foot work.  His offensive tools are well rounded and posseses a heavy shot. His skating is outstanding which helps him in both ends. It might take a few more years to see Tristan in the NHL but I look forward to watching his progress. Overall, The NEFHL Stars are pleased to have drafed him in the second round and consider him a highly attractive prospect that will definitely without a doubt develop into a NHL regular. Go Stars Go
Dallas StarsDallas Stars Prospect update #1 : Matthew Savoie Stars-Sly 2022-12-07 22:06:38 10 Time for a little update on the Stars first pick in last years draft.... Matthew Savoie. So far, throught 23 games for the Winnipeg Ice in the WHL, Savoie has a bit of underwhelming stats. He has put up 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points , which ranks him 31st in league scoring ( 35pts behind Connor Bedard). I think most people were expecting better numbers after putting up 90 pts in 65 games last year as a 17 year old. Maybe his slower start to the season is the reason he wasnt even invited to hockey Canadas selection camp for the world juniors. I feel like for Savoie to not even be invited is a slap in face.With a player of his skill I am pretty sure he should of at least been invited to prove he can earn a spot on this years world junior team. Matthew is still undersized but he shows tremendous offensive ability despite beiing small. I would say he is probably one of fastest players in the WHL. His edgework and speed helps him burn guys wide entering the zone which helps him to create offensive chances. For a small guy Savoie is able to generate a pretty powerfull shot that is extremly accurate. Once Savoie is able to put on some size I can see him going to the front of the net more often agaist bigger guys to create different ways to score. Despite not being invite to Canadas world junior selection camp I am not one bit worried about the promise of Matthew Savoie. This Snub will probably light a fire under his ass so look for him to hit the scoresheet often for the rest of the WHL season. Go Stars Go!!!!
Columbus Blue JacketsColumbus Blue Jackets Jackets Bolster Core Jackets-Blake 2022-12-03 12:59:02 21 The Jackets came into this season with the understanding that this would be a retool year for them. With a core that didn't look like they could compete along with a deep draft, the Jackets were expected to sink to the bottom. However, the Jackets have once again played to their strength and have been playing as one cohesive unit. Everyone contributes and has responsibilites at both ends of the ice. They are currently only 2 points behind their dvision leader and hold 3 games in hand on them, and 2 points behind 2nd place in the divisionwith 2 games in hand on them. With that in mind the Jackets made the decision to add a couple of upgrades to their core.  Upgrade 1 Mackenzie Weegar was brought in by trading Connor Murphy, a 2nd, a 4th and 500k. The Jackets also got Tyler Pitlick in this deal. Weegar is an excellent two-way d-man who already has a pivotal role on the top powerplay and penalty killing units. He has helped take some of the pressure off of Forsling and Pulock and will look to continue to do so.   Upgrade 2  Varlamov's ratings were getting lower and lower as the season progressed, and it was hard to imagine he'd keep up the pace in the sim, so the Jacketstraded him, a 3rd and Talyn Boyko for Freddie Andersen. He has elite core ratings and is a definitive upgrade. His DU is cause for concern so his starts will be regulated, but he should be a strong backbone for the Jackets.   Upgrade 3 The Jackets offence and powerplay were starting to sputter, so by trading Max Jones, a 4th and 6th and Reese Johnson the Jackets brought in Ryan Hartman. He will be playing top 5v5 minutes and onthe top powerplay as the Jackets look to spark their offence. He shoudl fit nicely on a line with Jack Eichel. All of these trades have 1 thing in common, no big time assets now or in the future were given up. Some solid pieces fo sure, but the Jackets feel that none of them were critical pieces for the club. The best part of all this? Even with all the upgrades the Jackets still have 3 million dollars in cap space that will only continue to grow as the season progresses, so we may see further upgrades to the Blue Jackets core.  
Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators Ottawa makes two trades Sens-Mike 2022-11-30 23:29:40 40 The Ottawa Senators made a pair of moves on Tuesday. Brock Nelson and Justin Holl were sent to the Boston Bruins. In a separate deal, the Senators sent Ryan Hartman to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In total, the deals look like this: Going out:Brock NelsonRyan HartmanJustin Holl Coming in:Max JonesReese JohnsonTyler MyersCole Guttman (AHL)Ruslan Iskhakov (AHL)VAN 2023 Rnd 2VGK 2023 Rnd 3CBJ 2023 Rnd 4CBJ 2023 Rnd 6 Said Ottawa GM Mike McMahon: "These were difficult decisions, but when you take a step back and look at the lay of the land, we simply aren't in a position to contend for a playoff spot this season. The hole we've dug has been too deep. I think we can get good read on the season at the quarter pole, which is about where we are at now. There's no real need to wait for the trade deadline. If we can make a move that we believe will help us in the future, it made sense to explore those opportunities and make those deals." Jones, Johnson, and Myers will immediately report to the main roster. "We like Max Jones a lot. He's still young and has battled some injuries, which has hindered his development a bit, but we do believe he can be a very good top-9 player. He's a little behind the curve because of his injuries but if he can stay healthy we like the track that he's on. "Myers was included for salary purposes. Johnson brings a lot of energy and pace to his game. We believe he'll be a great fit for our room. "The picks are the picks. we'll see what we can do with those in the summer. Cole Guttman had a great year at Denver last year and he's played well to start the year in the AHL. I thought Guttman was the most important piece of that Denver roster last season. "Iskhakov will need AHL seasoning but you can't deny his skill. He's small, so he'll have challenges to overcome there, but if he were 3-4 inches taller he's a first-round level talent."
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken making moves Kraken-Scott 2022-11-30 20:56:20 37 Seattle Kraken general manager Scott Davies isn't messing around. The team's poor performance to start the inaugural season has led to many conversations with his fellow NEFHL general managers in recent days. After making two waiver claims in veteran offensive defenceman Justin Schultz and bottom-six winger Zach Sanford, Davies pulled a trigger today following discussions with GM Alex (Rangers). Davies shipped out two veteran players in forward Nick Cousins and defenceman Nicolas Meloche in exchange for three late round draft picks, including a sixth rounder in 2023. "We felt that we had to change the mix in our locker room a bit and focus on improving in the longer term. We thank both Nick and Nic for their contributions, but change is of the essence here." The Kraken now possess thirteen draft picks in the upcoming deep 2023 NEFHL entry draft, including multiple picks in rounds two, three, four and six. "Our scouts will be busy scouring to find talent to help push the Kraken forward in the future" Davies said. Rumours out of Seattle persist that forwards Victor Olofsson and Ilya Mikheyev are garnering lots of interest around the league. Both players are skilled and on affordable contracts. A new name has popped up in the rumour mill of late in goal scoring winger Reilly Smith. Davies wouldn't comment on those players specifically, instead saying simply that he is "open for business". It's no secret that Davies is hoping to add another 1st round pick in the 2023 draft, but it's unknown at this point whether he will be able to make that happen. The Kraken appear to be in a good position to again pick in the top five of the 2023 draft as things stand presently.  It is known that the Kraken do want to ice a better team for 2023-24, so it's unlikely more than one of the aformentioned forwards will be moved out this season. The Kraken do not want to perpetuate a losing culture.     
Calgary FlamesCalgary Flames Flames Fans Getting Used To Slow Starts Flames-JD 2022-11-29 12:08:09 36 The Calgary Flames have now played 22 games and sport a 11-10-1 record, good enough for 9th in the West. That includes a stretch where the team had a 9-1 record which was sandwiched by two slumps where the team sported a record of 2-9-1. In previous years, this might've raised a level of panic among Flames fans, asking for the coach to go, a trade to be made. But over the years, the leash has gotten longer.  The reason for this, the Flames have developed some consistency in their poor starts.  The hockey played after the trade deadline is usually amongst the best in the league as this team has had continuous playoff berths and many trips to the later rounds of the playoffs. Let's take a look back at the first 22 games of previous years. Last year, the team managed a 14-8-0 start to the season.  With a final standings record of 55-24-3, that in the final 58 games the team had a record of 41-16-3.  That's good for a .733 winning percentage.  If you go back to game 17, their record was only 9-8.  On game 18 the Flames took off and were the best team in the league for the remainder of the season. In 2020-21, the Flames just squeaked into the playoffs by 2 points.  They however made a push to the Stanley Cup finals with momentum that had been building since January.  The first 22 games that year were worse than they have been this season with a record of 9-10-3.  It took the team 10 games that year to get their 2nd win with a 2-6-2 start to the season.  With 42-33-7 record, the final 58 games were much better than the first 22 with the Flames producing a 33-23-4 record and .603 win percentage.   In 2019-20, the Flames won their division putting up a 49-30-1-2 record.  They'd lose to the 7th seeded Canucks in round 1 with Grubauer turning in a stellar series after a terrible game 1 start.  That year the team performed well in comparison with a 14-8 record after 22 games.  They did start the season with a 5-6 record but turned it around much quick and followed it up with a 9-2 record in their next 11 game.  Their final 58 games saw them go 35-22-1-2 for a .629 win %. In 2018-19, the Flames again finished 2nd overall in the league, behind the Canucks who took the President's trophy and the division title.  49-23-8-2 was the team's final record.  They'd go on to the finals that year and lose in game 7 to the 8th seeded Maple Leafs.  It took until game 8 that year to get going.  After an 0-4-2-1 start to the season, the Flames went 13-6-2-1 in their first 22 games. We have to go back to 2017-18 to find a season where the Flames started with a winning record.  That year the team finished with a respectable 99 points 4th seed in the West but were eliminated by the Kings in round 1. Is this just another one of those years?  How many games will it take for the wins to start coming with consistency?  Can the Flames endure another slump? The GM, the players and the fans are betting that it is.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Under the Radar #3 – Josh Filmon – W Wild-Peter 2022-11-22 19:14:24 46 NHL Draft: 2022 – round 6, 166 overall – New Jersey Devils NEFHL Draft: 2022 – round 3, 81 overall It seems like Josh Filmon has gone through all the emotions in recent months. He was projected to be a 3rd rounder in the 2022 NHL draft but as names came off the board, his was still there. Round three went by, then round four, then round five, but finally, in round six his name was called. What did Josh and his father have to say about that? "(As it turned out) I was just really happy to go where I ended up," said Filmon, adding that he's felt increasingly more comfortable having now participated in the Devils rookie camp immediately after the draft and then the prospect tournament last month in Buffalo. His father had some advice to give to his son. "It really doesn't matter where you're picked," said Gregg Filmon, after acknowledging his son was disappointed, annoyed even, to slip to the sixth round. Source: https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/josh-filmon-coming-into-his-own--prospect-watch/c-336539464 So why did Josh Filmon fall in the draft? For the same reason as so many others. Size. Filmon is a twig. Draft guides had him at 6’1” and 155lbs. Fast forward just a few months later he’s playing at 6’3” and 165lbs for WHL’s Swift Current Broncos. Still not at the level he needs to be for the NHL. The family says they are all late bloomers physically with some of the men in his family at 6’6”. The height is less of an issue than the weight and strength. But Peter, what makes him under the radar? Short answer: Speed and skill. Despite playing for one of the worst teams last year he still led the team in goals and scored at a higher clip than others drafted well ahead of him. He has speed to burn and can play a decent 2-way game for his age. So much so that the New Jersey Devils invited him to training camp and he impressed. Look at the New Jersey Devils today and the season they are having. Lots of skill, high tempo pace and strong forechecking. Teams that turn the puck over often find themselves down a goal. Filmon was part of that group for a bulk of training camp. A 6th rounder being one of the final cuts just a few months after being drafted on a team surprising many in the hockey world this year is extremely positive. But don’t take it from me. Here’s what people following the team have to say: “Josh Filmon Was an Unexpected Standout” Source: https://thehockeywriters.com/devils-takeaways-2022-buffalo-prospects-challenge/ “Filmon Looking Like A Late-Round Steal” Source: https://thehockeywriters.com/devils-prospect-report-casey-moynihan-nemec/ So far this season in the WHL, Filmon is on pace to destroy his stats from last year and is on pace for 40+ goals playing all situations as a go-to guy. The Broncos are a middling team so they aren’t padding their stats nightly against inferior opponents. https://twitter.com/TheWHL/status/1589076912059478016?s=20&t=zlPdBxUiYNaPcIfqoAajqA He already has some NHL ready skills and the speed required so if he can bulk up between now and training camp 2023-2024, he might get 9 games in the NHL to start off. He wasn’t that far off already this year. The obvious lack of strength is what set him back. Usually a 6th rounder, IF they even get there, takes a few years of development before making the show. This guy had the talent but not the strength to stick with the Devils. If he can bulk up there could be a lot of teams regretting not drafting him earlier than the 6th round.   ____________________________ Article: 26/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $5,250,000 / $10,000,000
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken prospect update Kraken-Scott 2022-11-22 17:14:32 44 The Seattle Kraken made it well-known as it joined the NEFHL that they would build its team slowly and surely. Kraken management has to date held true to that modus operandi, accumulating future assets through both the expansion draft and the NHL entry draft. The 2023 NEFHL entry draft will prove to be vital to the future success of the franchise. Currently, the Kraken hold twelve picks in the next entry draft, including three 2nd rounders and three 3rd rounders. As the trade deadline approaches, it's likely that the number of 2023 Kraken picks will increase. Below is a quick update on the Kraken's unsigned prospects: F Cutter Gauthier - 6 goals and 9 points in his first eight NCAA games as a freshman. This power forward appears to be on track. F Reid Schaefer - a gritty goal scorer with 14 goals in his first 16 games with Seattle of the WHL. Schaefer should be on the radar for Canada's world junior team. F Redmond Savage - 4 goals and 8 points in his sophomore season at Miami (Ohio). Savage is more known for his defensive prowess. F Dylan James - has accumulated 7 points in his first 11 games of NCAA play. F Cole Spicer - off to a slow start on an experience Minnesota-Duluth squad with 2 goals and 3 points in 11 games as a freshman. F Brady Stonehouse - on the red hot Ottawa 67's, has scored 11 goals in the first 20 games of his OHL season. F  Brennan Ali - 9 points in his first 10 games in the USHL. D Ryan Chesley - off to a slow start offensively at the University of Minnesota, with 2 assists in 14 games.  D Otto Salin - a right-shot defenceman with 6 points in 20 games in the finnish elite league. D Filip Nordberg - a defensive d-man with 1 assist in 14 games in the swedish hockey league (SHL). D Ryan Mast - 9 assists in 17 games in his final OHL season for Sarnia. G Tyler Muszelik - Has a 1-3-1 record and 0.860 GAA in his first 5 NCAA games as a freshman at New Hampshire.   Gauthier and Schaefer (the Kraken's two top prospects) are off to solid starts and management is excited to see them play against their top peers at the upcoming world junior championships. The future is bright in Seattle.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Under the Radar #2 – Marcus Bjork - D Wild-Peter 2022-11-21 19:15:43 51 Undrafted in NHL (Signed by Columbus Blue Jackets to a 1 year deal) Undrafted in NEFHL (Signed by Minnesota Wild to a 1 year deal) Marcus who? If you’re asking yourself who this is, you are not alone. Did I know who he was before signing him? Nope. I didn’t even know he was called up until I saw he scored a goal. Which actually was in his debut. The first Blue Jackets defenseman to do that and only 7th player in team history overall to score in their first game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PNEsxprFS4 Judging by that shot, he’ll get some games even after players come back from injury in Columbus. He’s also described as a smooth skating and hitting D. He has size at 6’4” 205 lb. So who is this guy? He’s older at 24 (soon to be 25) years and has played a few seasons in Sweden’s SHL. He found a bit of a groove with Brynas at age 23-24 but the fame and riches of the NHL made him cross the pond. Below are his stats from his draft year up until today. What does Bjork have to say? “I want to earn a spot with the NHL team,” Bjork said. “I’m not going to come here and just look around and be happy. I’m here to compete. It’s going to be hard. It’s good players here, but I’m going to put in a lot of hard work and be ready. ” Source: https://www.dispatch.com/story/sports/nhl/columbus-blue-jackets/2022/11/19/marcus-bjork-thrilled-to-be-columbus-blue-jackets-rookie-defenseman/69663144007/ He’s making earning a spot look easy so far. In 5 NHL games he has 1G 2A +1 rating and 7 hits and 8 blocked shots. He keeps that up and he’s a full timer. Injuries or not, 5 NHL career games and already averaging ~19min on the blue line playing all situations while holding up nicely is a surprise nobody expected. On game day lines he's listed as a top pairing D. When players come back from injury it looks like he will settle into a #4/5 role. His play would have to really stagnate or drop off to be sent down. But don’t take it from me. Here’s what the people following the team have to say: “Who can say what the future holds for Bjork. But as we detailed last week, the mounting injuries on the blue line should give players like Bjork ample opportunity to showcase themselves. In what is almost certainly a lost season, that really is a silver lining. Through two games, Bjork has played a simple, solid game. He's been able to shine a spotlight on his offensive traits, and it's hard to argue with a 6'4" right-handed defenseman who can skate.” Source: https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-analysis/2022/11/7379/defenseman-marcus-bjork-is-making-a-name-for-himself-for-the-columbus-blue-jackets After his 3rd career NHL game he had this to say in a post-game interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kECF-gTyaS0 "We're battling hard. We got pucks deep and we started to play a simple game." He already sounds like a veteran NHL player with such a cliche, generic answer. It looks like he’s already earning himself a contract for next year. Both for the black-and-blue jackets and for the Wild. ____________________________ Article: 25/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $5,000,000 / $10,000,000
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Under the Radar #1 : Hugo Ollas – G Wild-Peter 2022-11-19 21:42:34 73 More Minnesota articles. Just what you all wanted, right? In this brief five part series I will roll out over the next days I will take a look at five players in my organization that don’t get any of the hype that an early round drafted player would get, but have developed as well as or even better than some of those guys have. Does it guarantee NHL success? Nope. I’m not psychic. Does it make some of you want to do your own ‘under the radar’ articles? That would be sweet if it does. Does it mean they have any value? Doubtful. Most people wouldn’t know who they are and would refuse any offer with them included because they’re not a recent 1st or 2nd rounder.    The players are in no particular order. Just doing the five that I believe have played beyond their draft position or free agent prospect expectation.   Under the Radar #1 : Hugo Ollas – G NEFHL: 2021 draft round 7 – 202 overall NHL: 2020 draft round 7 – 197 overall New York Rangers Listed as 6’8” and 238 lb, this 20 year old goaltender is a giant. Beyond the obvious physical traits that make him ideal for the position, Ollas has time and time again proven over the years he is hard to beat. It is very rare for him to have above 2.5 GAA. 2017-2018 for U16 SM is one example. Taking the full year into account and it’s below 2.5. GAA. 1 game with Sweden u20 last year and it was a blowout. While I'd like for his save percentage to be a bit higher, it's hard to argue he's not helping his team win games. Since 2020 he has played in SHL and NCAA. If he was having an under the radar year last year with 18 games played and 2.24GAA and .920 sv% he’s having a breakout year this year so far with 8 games played and 1.64gaa and .930 sv% What do the people covering Ollas have to say? Let’s see what our NEFHL Ottawa Senators two-time stanley cup champion and sports journalist wrote less than 24h ago “Goaltender Hugo Ollas (21 saves) recorded his second straight shutout after he blanked Maine last Friday. The New York Rangers draft pick now has a 1.64 goals-against average and .930 save percentage on the season. Ollas ranks in the top 10 nationally in both categories.”   But hey, he’s not the only one. Let’s see what somebody who played in the NHL has to say.   Gordon (Gordie) Clark, former Boston Bruins player, and now former Director of Player Personnel for the New York Rangers, got to see Hugo play firsthand before he was drafted. Ollas ended up at Merrimack College after being scouted. Since then, he has been on the fast track to climbing the ranks of the Division 1 college hockey world. “My son was my New England scout and got his name out to college coaches,” said Clark, “he took over the # 1 spot last year.” Source: https://merrimacknewspaper.com/the-merrimack-ranger/   Ollas is a nice piece to let develop for as long as it takes. He is showing real potential. One of the reasons I was able to move another giant in Mads Sogaard for a temporary solution in net like Cam Talbot. There is no rush. Carter Hart is rebounding. Dustin Wolf and Daniil Tarasov are both ahead on the depth chart as well. Sebastian Cossa is years away just like Ollas.  ____________________________ Article: 24/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $4,750,000 / $10,000,000
New York IslandersNew York Islanders Islanders GM Manages 1395th Game Isles-Steve 2022-11-19 19:38:23 63 In somewhat of a departure from a new and oddly repetitive sequence, the New York Islanders will honor their one and only long-time General Manager Steve on Sunday, prior to the nightly simulated matchup against the radicalized Toronto Maple Leafs. Unlike numerous honorariums to imaginary players who do nothing but appear as competitive avatars created by a few highly controversial lines of well-constructed computer code, the Islanders will honor a real actual human being. Beginning in 2005, GM Steve has never missed a SIM and his cumulative strikes can be counted on the fingers of a single hand. Over the course of these long, frustrating 18 years of imaginary hockey, Steve has managed to compete with the best faux general managers that NEFHL has had to offer. Many have come and gone. Many teams are on their 5th and 6th replacements. From Vanny to Kristen, the roadkill just accumulates. It takes a special mentality to endure the constant punishment associated with running a franchise in the New Era Fantasy Hockey League. So with this in mind, when the games kick off on Sunday night, take a moment to pay tribute as Steve sends out his 1395th regular season lineup. In addition, Steve managed to set lines for 13 post season games, albeit has still never drank imaginary champagne from the imaginary Stanley Cup. All these articles honoring players who do absolutely nothing except interact in a computer simulation are clearly intended to elevate the bankrolls of the authors. In reality, Steve has not only managed the Islanders for the entire life of the league, but somewhere in the real world are 1395 empty vodka bottles that have been drained with great thirst and high regard. Good luck this season guys!!
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues A Return From the Basement - Blues Roster Projection 2023-24 and Beyond - The D Blues-Graham 2022-11-18 10:38:21 58 As promised here is the 2nd piece of a 3 -4 piece series on the Blues 2023-24 Roster. The only part of the team ready to compete next year will be the Blues Defense.  The only reason they aren't ready to compete this year is due to dynamic ratings, which I'm just fine with.   This is a defensive core that any NHL team would love to have.  Let's start by looking at the anchor. Dougie Hamilton:NHL Norris trophy contender Dougie Hamilton.  After a bit of a down year last year with only 30 points in 62 GP, Hamilton is now having a career year with 14points in 16GP.  He’s avgering over 20 minutes per game in New Jersey and plays in all situations.  He will be a UFA and will likely be the Blues loyalty this off season.  Yes, he’ll be expensive, but the Blues will be able to afford him.   Next up and Hamilton’s potential defensive partner is: Marcus Pettersson: Like Hamilton, Pettersson is on pace to have a career year at the NHL level.   Recently described by Mike Sullivan (Penguins head coach) as the Pens most reliable defensemen, he’s averaging about 21 minutes per game playing on Pittsburgh’s top pairing and has 7 assists through 16GP.  He’ll be on the last year of his contract next year paying him 850k per year.  Such value!    First up on the 2nd paring:  Sean Durzi: Like Petterson he is playing over 20 minutes per night and getting all kinds of power play time in LA.  Building upon a successful rookie season where he scored 27 points in 64 GP, Durzi already has 9 points in 18gp this year and will be locked up for 3 more years after this one at only 1.15 million.    He should reach his peak value starting next year.  Just in time for the Blues to start competing again.   Slightly behind him on the development curve is Maple Leaf top 4 defenceman: Timothy Liljegren: Like Durzi, Lijegren had his first full NHL season last year scoring 23 points in 61 GP.   He started off the season injured but has recently returned and already has 2 goals in 6 GP.  With only a 68DF rating this year, Liljgren isn’t quite ready for top 4 minutes, however, assuming he gets close to a full season under his belt this year, that DF rating should at least be respectful.   It’s rumored that if the Blues were ready to compete this year, Blues GM Thompson would have challenged that DF rating.    The others: As it stands now, the Blues bottom pairing will be made up of Nikita Zaitsev and Jakub Zboril.   At the NHL level, Zaitsev has currently been put on waivers and given permission to contact other teams to work out a trade. Unfortuntley with that contract he’s not likely to find many dance partners.  In the NEFHL he still has decent ratings and will likely continue to have decent ratings next year as well, if not a little expensive for what he offiers.  If the Blues run into cap trouble he’ll be one of the first to go.   Zboril on the other hand, is 25 year old former first round pick of the Bruins who hasn’t quite panned out but still seems to be a solid NHL’er.  He occasionally seems top 4 minutes but should fit in nicely as a bottom pairing guy.   Considering he will be on the final year making only 750k, he should slot in nicely on that last pairing.    The Farm:Looking down on the farm Vaakanainen, Alexyev and Juolevi should should provide decent depth /call up options if required.   Within the next couple years Kral maybe an option.  He got his first 2 NHL games in this year as a 21 year old but it’s clear he wasn’t ready. The Unsigned Prospects:Looking at the unsigned prospects is enough to bring a tear to any GM’s eye.   The list is deep and highly promising. Toping the list is current NHLer Brandt Clarke.  Only 19, he has #1 D potential at worst top pairing 1st PP. Other potential top pairing guys include Mailoux, Morrow and Casey. They are all 2-3 years away at best.  Most likely 3-4.   Guys like Drew Helleson currently with the Ducks (but yet to play a game) and Helge Grans are NHL ready and could make their debut anytime. Putting them a little closer to contributing sooner rather than later.  Honka is another interesting character that should probably make his NHL Debut next year.   Ahac, Duda, Grudinin, and Chayka are all guys who should be NHLers but are not likely to contribute in the NEFHL for 3-4 years at the earliest. As you can see, the D is strong and will be even stronger next  year.  The pipeline of talent will be there for years to come.  Next up will be the Blues goaltending situation.  
New York RangersNew York Rangers "We need guys that wanna be here" - GM Nellis Rangers-Alex 2022-11-18 01:43:47 59 It has been 2 weeks GM Nellis has been introduced to the NEFHL and after 10 trades, a few waiver pick ups and some buyouts, the Rangers depth chart has already taken on a whole new life. But no moves were more controversial than the 2 trades today , Nellis moved out disgruntled Russians Alexander Barabanov and unsigned RFA Dman Nikolai Knyzhov. "Look, I am not gonna sugar coat this - We don't need guys like that here - I made 2 offers to Knyzhov and both came back with a very negative attitude, the first offer was not enough money, the 2nd offer was too long... So they wanted alot of money for a short amount of time. Does he wanna play hockey or not?... " Nellis continued ... "The negocations were difficult enough, but then the agent (who also just so happens to represent Barabanov) said that he winger did not like playing in New York if his buddy Nikolai didn't.... well ya know what... See ya later" said an obviously annoyed Nellis. Barabanov was sent to LA for a 4th round draft pick in 2024 and Knyzhov was sent to Edmonton for cash considrations. That being said - seems like Nellis has brought in some great role players.Charlie Coyle , Brandon Duhaime and Wade Allison have all been great additions. Nellis continues to collect draft picks and is now with 12 picks in this summers 2023 draft - including 5 in the first 2 rounds.The Rangers are moving fast and should make for an entertaining lead up to the trade deadline. For the New York PostMark Bryan    
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues A Return From the Basement - Blues Roster Projection 2023-24 and Beyond - The Forwards Blues-Graham 2022-11-17 07:12:58 52 It's been awhile since I've posted any Blues news.  Most of my time has been spent doing the U23 articles (still one more left for the Knights).   However I think it's time to provide a bit of an update.  It's pretty clear the tank is on albliet not very successfully.  According to the plan, this is the last year and the hope is to get a top 4 pick and  start to compete for the playoffs again next year. I've been analysing my roster and as currently constructed a jump to the playoffs maybe a stretch.   With the exception of my defence (more on them in my next article), most of my prospects seem to be a few years from contributing.     Lets start with a look at the forwards.  There are probably 2-4 potential top 6 talents in that group.  McMichael and Krebs and maybe Zadina.  Arvidsson is a top 6 talent but considering he's a UFA, there is a good chance he won't be around next year.  Both Krebs and McMichael look to need another year or 2 (maybe 3) before becoming top 6 ready.  Zadina may never actually get there.  Steel, Jost, Balcers, Blais, Lindblom and Jonsson-Fjalby are all NHLers and should provide decent enough bottom 6 support.  Lets have a look at the rest of the forwards in the system: At the AHL level, only Tristen Robins (off to a great start by the way) projects as a top 6 talent and Ethan Cardwell is probably more of a 3rd liner if he makes it at all.   At  best Robins will be an NEFHL contributer in 2 years, if not 3.  The rest of thoes guys won't likely contribute or progress beyond fringe NHL'ers.   The prospect group looks much more promising - don't they always?  The best of the bunch is probably Lysell who will likley make his NHL debut this year.  Shane Wright of course is getting a few games in this year but won't have decent ratings for at least 2 years.  Others who could contribute to top 6 minutes in the next 2-3 years are Mesar and maybe Rashevsky and Dorofeyev.  I'm still wondering about Dorofeyev.  He had a great year last year but has been noticeably absent this year. There is some other top 6 talent there such as Khusnutdinov and Klimovich but they are probably 3-4 years off.   As you can see, the Blues will be void of any real top 6 talent next year.  The only hope is a trade or a top end Free Agent signing.  As it stands now, a FA signing is the most likley as the Blues intend to stick to the path of developing thier own talent from within.  There will be lots of cap space and a top 6 forward will be number 2 on the FA signing priority list. Stay tuned for the next installment - The defence.    
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins The Kid's Aight Pens-Brent 2022-11-16 18:19:03 61 A bold statement was made earlier this afternoon when the Buffalo Sabres GM claimed that Jason Robertson was the best young player in the league.   Alex Newhook, the pride of Newfoundland, couldn't help but feel otherwise.  "Has Fuhr even seen my stats? I am a FHL hero right now," said the young centremen.  If it weren't for the play of Newy, the Penguins would certainly be in the basement of the NEFHL.  "I'm not very good at math, but after punching it into my phone, I am pretty sure I have close to three times the amount of points that JR has," added the youngster.  Newhook's 15 points through the first 17 games has him tied with Vegas Knights stud, Tim Stutzle.  Close behind those two is fellow Penguin, Lucas Raymond, who has amassed 14 points in as many games as Newhook.  "Our young guys have been instrumental for us this season, especially while dealing with some tough injuries.  It is nice to know that we have young talent that can help carry the load now and hopefully in the future.  We are hopeful that this trend continues," stated head coach Craig Berube.  The Penguins currently have four players on the shelf.  Evgeni Malkin is still a long ways away from return after a successful surgery to repair his ruptured spleen.  The biggest issue is the hole on the right side of the ice.  Miles Wood and Seth Jarvis will be watching from the press box for at least another couple of weeks, with recent call up Kasper Bjorkvist out day-to-day.  Goaltender Eric Comrie will be starting his third game in a row tonight.  Starter Jordan Binnington is still recovering from fatigue after dropping to 96 two games ago.  Hurry the fuck up already.  ________________________ Obligatory Articles: 5/5 Bonus Articles: 8/40  =  $2,000,000 / $10,000,000  
Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres Sabres to Fire GM? Sabres-Kevin 2022-11-16 15:19:39 73 Reports out of Buffalo indicate the Sabres GN will be fired by Christmas if the club is currently below .500   The clubs moves have not paid over over the last two years and the club is amongs the worst defensive teams the NEFHL has ever seen… not just that but they can’t even score goals    23rd goals for  27th goals allowed  31st PK    The biggest gripe from ownership is Robertson lack of production after GM Fuhr dubbed Robertson the best young player in hockey    Jason Robertson  13-5-1-6 (NEFHL) 16-11-14-25 (NHL) (I don't even think Jason Robertson will have 25 points at the half way mark in the NEFHL/.. by then it will be something slike 55 points in real life vs 15 here)    The GMs in ability to get anything out of Robertson, certainly points to GM Fuhr being out of touch with todays game  GM Kevin Fuhr had these comments  “It’s true we’ve had discussions with ownership, they want results.. all this talent was hand picked by me.   Science does not care about feelings and if the club is not above .500 by Christmas, it’s best the organization goes in another direction.   A lack of success means I don’t know what I’m doing and a new GM should be in place before the deadline, to begin to shift the team in a new image.”   The club will begin its fight towards respectability tonight vs the Toronto Maple Leafs who are absolutely crushing the NEFHL... so expectations are not to high things will turn around tonight... it is what it is... Fuhrs days are numbered 
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken roster and 2023-24 re-rates Kraken-Scott 2022-11-12 15:27:18 53 Seattle Kraken general manager Scott Davies is having a hard time finding bright spots with how the team's inaugural season is going. It's undoubtedly been a rough introduction to the NEFHL. Through it's first 15 games in franchise history, here are some key numbers which indicate how rough a start it's been for the Seattle franchise: - Record of 4-11-0, or a 0.267 points percentage, worst in the league. - 28 goals for (1.9 per game) and 53 goals against (3.5 per game).  - A league-worst -25 goal differential. - An abhorent 1-7-0 record at Climate Pledge Arena. There are certainly no bright spots in any of the data listed above. At some point this season, the Kraken will start having to look more towards the future to give its fanbase hope. The general manager is pleased with the development of some of the team's prospects (more on that next article), but there are a few current Kraken roster players who figure to take a big step in the NEFHL next season: 1. Victor Olofsson - through 14 NHL games, Olofsson has already tallied 9 goals. A resurgent Sabres team should only help his production this season. 2. Alexandar Georgiev - through his first 9 NHL games in an Avalanche uniform, he is 7-1-1 with a 0.924 save percentage. Georgiev figures to take over the #1 goaltending job in Seattle for the foreseeable future. 3. Reilly Smith - if Smith can stay healthy, he may accumulate the most points he's had in an NHL season since 2019-20. Through 15 games, he has 7 goals and 5 assists. 4. Ilya Mikheyev - has 8 points through 11 games with his new squad.  5. Jacob Bryson - Bryson is playing top 4 NHL minutes on the backend, and has already put up 6 points in 14 games. A young defenseman with a bright future. While this season may prove to add many grey hairs to the teams' management, the future does look bright. The next article will focus on how the Kraken's prospects are doing season-to-date. 
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Näkemiin Donskoi Wild-Peter 2022-11-11 21:39:44 71 Sooner or later we will all have this happen. Except maybe Kyle and Anthony who seemingly win every trade. But for us normies, sometimes you make moves to push your team despite your better judgment. Sometimes it works out and you look like a genius. Other times you should have listened to your instinct and feel stupid after. This is one of those times. 2021-03-04 Los Angeles Kings trade Joonas Donskoi to Minnesota Wild for NYI 2021 Rnd 2 and LOS 2022 Rnd 3 At the time of the trade Minnesota was in the playoff hunt. Donskoi was scoring in the NHL at a pace he never had before. He had 63 PA, 60 PC, 78 DF, 64 SC. Ratings that would have given a nice punch to my team's 2nd or 3rd line gearing up for the playoffs. Going against the rule of buying high, I took the chance on Donskoi. Even though the leader of the good lads in Los Angeles made it seem like interest was high on Donkoi and wanted to wait before pulling the trigger, I knew nobody would offer a 2+3 and felt confident I'd get him. After some time passed, we finalized the deal. I paid a high price for an average player playing at his peak but I needed the offensive boost. In 24 games playing for Minny that season, Donskoi scored 6 goals and 10 points with an unsustainable 22% shooting percentage. As the team began to crumble down the stretch and limp to the playoffs, Donskoi contributed a whopping 0 points in 6 playoffs games.  Having RFA rights, he was re-signed to a 2 year deal at 1.6 million AAV.  The 21-22 season was a write-off with Minnesota terrible from beginning to end. He did contribute 19 goals and 42 points in a full 82 game season getting spoonfed lots of minutes as other players were traded away. As his offensive ratings continued to drop below 60, matching his NHL slide in offense, his value dissipated faster than a silent fart in a big room. But the smell lingered. He was demoted to a 4th line role to start the 22-23 season but as the Wild revamped their bottom 6 to include more physical players by signing Archibald and putting a claim on Caggiula, Donskoi didn't belong there either. And at 1.6 million the writing was on the wall. He went through waivers the first time around. But with recent management changes in the big apple, Donskoi had been claimed by the new guy. End result: Donskoi as a member of the Wild had been a failure and the GM learned to trust his instinct just a tad bit more. The two picks traded for Donskoi ended up being: NYI 2021 Rnd 2 = Josh Doan LOS 2022 Rnd 3 was eventually moved again to Florida = Michael Fisher The inspiration for this article came from a recent trade discussion where the asking price on a bottom 6 player gave me similar vibes to the Donskoi trade. You know who you are! ____________________________ Article: 23/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $4,500,000 / $10,000,000
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #1 - The Winner Blues-Graham 2022-11-08 11:34:14 80 Alright folks. This is long over due and not in as much detail as I’d like but we need to end this party at some point.. Otherwise you end up hungover, stoned and incoherent for about 3 days afterwards.  Usually with the shits and a headache on top of it.  No one wants that.. To call this a close race would be an understatement.   I actually went back and forth numerous times and if I wrote this tomorrow or even next week I just may pick the other team.  It’s that close.   It really just came down to me liking the top two prospects of one team just a touch more than the top two prospects of the other team.   In fact, to boil it down even further, it probably comes down to one teams number 2 prospect who’d I’d probably rate as my top prospect in the two prospect pools combined.   Enough on that.. The winner of the best prospect pool in the NEFHL is……………….. Drum roll………………….. The Minnesota Wild. Trevor Zegras (who I can’t stand and who I hope gets absolutely pounded by someone), Brady Tkachuk, Logan Cooley (off to a slow start) and Lukas Reichel are a top for to make any team jealous.  On top of that and another reason in favor of them over the Knights, they are all forwards.   The hardest commodity to come by in the NEFHL.   On top of those 4 the next guy up is 21 year old NHL’er Dylan Holloway.   He’s not exactly tearing it up for the Oil (he’s being spoon fed 4th line minutes), but he’s playing NHL games and projects as a top 6 forward.  No one is as deep in nets as the Knights in net but the Wild with Wolf and Cossa are about as close as it gets.  Wolf is slightly undersized at 6’ but has tore up every level he’s every played at including last year at the AHL level where he won goaltender of the year.  Cossa is highly regarded even if he’s been regulated to the ECHL to get some consistent playing time.  He was selected 15th overall last year in the NHL, was a WHL first team allstar and won a gold medal with the Canadian World Jr team.    Also worth keeping your eye on are defencemen Ryan Johnson (162 on Pronmans list) and 2020 draft pick Theodor Niederbach. Rank- PLAYER-POS 3-Trevor Zegras-C 5-Brady Tkachuk-LW 17-Logan Cooley-C 28-Lukas Reichel-LW 88-Dylan Holloway-C 101-Dustin Wolf-G 162-Ryan Johnson-D 165-Sebastian Cossa-G
New York RangersNew York Rangers NY Rangers Introduce new GM - Changes coming to Broadway Rangers-Alex 2022-11-06 17:03:01 81 The first change of many has finally been announced by the New York Rangers organization.Long time General Manager Alex Nellis was introduced and he was excited to say the least. "To be offered an original 6 team in this league is something I do not take lightly" GM Nellis said during his presser. He continued..."It is no surprise - changes are needed here - many changes, but I am looking forward to the challenge" "I have already met the players - they are aware that I will be changing the roster and moving from NYC will be a reality for most". Nellis is known for making numerous moves which is a welcomed change to the club.The past leadership group went somewhat quiet lately and this had an impact on the on ice performance with a 5-7 start to the season. The Rangers are against the cap and seem to be missing top tier talent.  Nellis has numerous draft picks to work with but rumours are , Nellis is out to get as many 2023 and 2024 draft picks as possible. When asked what is the most exciting thing about moving to NYC , Nellis smiled "Being a huge 90's music fan. I get to be in the hometown of bands who still put out great records to this day such as the Spin Doctors and Blues Traveler. Can't wait to go see some shows in the clubs". Hopefully Nellis has a pocket full of kryptonite - he will need it. For the New York PostChris Barron  
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild History lesson: Each team's 2nd round picks 2010-2021 Wild-Peter 2022-11-05 17:36:44 91 Took me a while to get this done, but still got it done faster than Graham and his #1 prospect pool article! I wouldn't expect an article for 3rd rounders for a while if I even get to that at all... I started with 2010 in this one because 12-13 seasons to make a name for yourself is more than enough time for these players drafted. Also it was very time consuming to check up a majority of these names one by one to see if they are still signed to an NHL/AHL deal and minimum NHL games played.  The Green background means they have played minimum required NHL games divided into the following categories. 2010-2014 : 1 complete season 82 games **Chart shows 2011-2014 in error** 2015-2017: 40+ NHL games played 2018-2019: 10+ NHL games played 2020-2021: Minimum 1 NHL game played The Strikethrough means they are not under NHL/AHL contract for 2022-2023. They are either retired, in Europe, or unrestricted free agents. 2018 onward there is no more strikethrough as the rights belong to the NHL organizations and the player may be in College/Europe Atlanta Thrashers draft picks are listed as Winnipeg Jets.   We apologize once more for the lack of Vegas Golden Knights and Seattle Kraken. We take full responsibility for the hurt caused by the lack of inclusion. Nobody should have to suffer like this.   Kuznetzov was easily the best pick for 2nd round in 2010 Kucherov was the best pick in the 2nd round 2011. LA Kings had a great 2nd round (Danault + Pageau) Stephenson is likely the most valuable player today to come out of the 2nd round 2012. 2013 2nd round had a few quality NHLers! Point looks like the best pick from 2014 2nd round Kaprizov and Hintz are miles ahead of the pack from 2015 2nd round.  A few are still establishing themselves from the 2016 2nd round. Fox is likely the most valuable. 2017 onward is getting harder to judge.  Texier could have been the best today had he not gone back to Europe. 2018 - 2021 is still kinda early to tell.   ____________________________ Article: 22/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $4,250,000 / $10,000,000    
Columbus Blue JacketsColumbus Blue Jackets Eichel Leading the Way Jackets-Blake 2022-11-04 16:44:22 60 The Blue Jackets looked like a squad that would be taking a huge step back this year. Trading away a key defenceman like Edmundson early on is never a promising sign for a teams win column. However, the Blue Jackets are doing fairly alright early on with a 6-5-0 record and have a positive goals differential. A big reason for this is likely Jack Eichel's contributions early on as he showcases why the Jackets traded for him last offseason and showing that he can be the franchise centrepiece that they need.  Eichel currently has 5 goals and 6 assists in 11 games for a ppg statline. With his recent linemates primarily being Adam Erne and Nick Ritchie, this is quite impressive. His +/- stat isn't great, but +/- is a very meh stat and the Jackets aren't too concerned with that. He is showcasing that he can be that long term, elite 1C that every team always craves to have, but struggle to find sometimes. With Eichels skill, speed, and size, he has the perfect combination of attributes to be a force in the offensive zone.  Despite Eichel's contributions, it is highly unlikely the Jackets make the playoffs this season with rumors circulating around players such as Anders Lee being potentially moved. However, this doesn't mean the Jackets don't have good pieces for the future on their roster. Eichel of course highlights the roster, but Dylan Strome looks like he is a good top 6 contributor who can bounce between the 1st and 2nd lines. Nick Ritchie is finding that juicy powerforward goal scoring touch. Gustav Forsling is getting top end minutes and performing well. Samuelsson looks like a great shutdown d-man. The Jackets will be looking to add to their prospect pool in the upcoming 2023 draft, which is super deep, and hopefully they can find another great piece to add to their roster. 
Boston BruinsBoston Bruins Bruins Winning but its Early Bruins-Chris 2022-11-03 14:46:54 61 Reclaiming the Bruins I looked deep into the roster and knew they were not going to compete for a high lottery pick. But I didn't think they would be able compete consistently. It is early still but with a nearly 600 winning percentage, the Bruins are definitly overplaying their roster. Part of that might be the fact the Bruins have been slow to deal talent. It's not from a lack of trying. I've had some decent talent available but teams are still trying to sort out where they sit this season and cap space as always is at a premium. Once teams start banking some cap and the contender and pretenders get sorted out, the trades will start rolling in. But where will the Bruins be by then? Can the Bruins keep winning games and end up chasing a playoff spot? Why not, we have seen underdog teams make runs and will potential cap space, there is definitly the chance the Bruins could add some talent as the season winds on. But that will depend on how the team plays from now until Christmas break. Other muisings as I look around the NEFHL, the Rangers are now GMless. Kris disapeared like a silent fart and the Rangers await a new GM. The Wild keep winning with a ton of injuries which speaks to their depth, well done. Preds and Leafs winning are not a big suprise but how well they are doing is definitly a big story so far. Caps and Kings look to be competative again while the Nucks, Hawks and Bolts suprise no one being at the top of standings. Disappointing starts from Flyers, Flames, Stars and Oilers have to be concerning to the respective GMs but its still early so too soon to pull the chute. The rest of the Bruins schedule this month will definitly determine whether we are buyers or sellers: 6 Boston at Toronto -- 7 St-Louis at Boston -- 9 Calgary at Boston -- 10 Boston at Buffalo -- 13 Vancouver at Boston -- 15 Philadelphia at Boston -- 16 Chicago at Boston -- 20 Boston at Tampa Bay -- 21 Boston at Florida -- 22 Carolina at Boston -- 28 Tampa Bay at Boston --
Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators Ottawa dealing with run of early injuries Sens-Mike 2022-11-02 17:37:44 59 OTTAWA — "I've never experienced anything like this." That's how Ottawa GM Mike McMahon has summed up the Senators first three weeks of the season, as the injuries have piled up on the Sens early. The Senators are currently down four players, and that's with Gustav Nyquist returning to the lineup tonight after missing time with an injury of his own. Ottawa's No. 1 center, Brock Nelson, is out for at least three weeks. With Nelson out, Anton Lundell moved up to the first line and Colin White moved up to the second. In White's first game with his new unit, he went down with an injury. In addition, top winger Taylor Hall? Yeah, he's hurt too. So is Austin Watson, who doesn't have a big scoring punch but packs a lot of defense and intensity and had been playing well for Ottawa to start the year. "It's really hard when you lose your top two forwards for long stretches," McMahon. "But, we've also had a tough schedule. Seven of our nine games have come against teams who are ranked 1-16 currently. So we're playing top teams, and we're playing them shorthanded. Right now it's about survival. We're just trying to survive out there and piece together a lineup day to day. Scott Reedy and Tyler Madden are both up from the AHL playing center along with Oskar Steen. James Neal is up from the AHL to play on the wing. "We have three centers in our lineup tonight who started the year in the AHL," McMahon said. "That's crazy, but it's our situation. "Scott Reedy was playing in the AHL three days ago, and he's going to center our second line tonight and play on the power play."    
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken sinking fast Kraken-Scott 2022-11-02 13:11:40 61 The expansion franchise Seattle Kraken started the season with a very respectable 3-3-0 record through its first six games in franchise history. Unfortunately, respectable is not a word to use with respect to the team's play over its last five games. With a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, the team has now lost five games in a row and now sits at a paltry 3-8-0. Head Coach Rick Tocchet is not pleased, to say the least: "Our last win came on October 20th vs Colorado in which we played a spirited game. Since then, we've lost to Chicago, Buffalo, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and now Calgary. Our effort and determination has been lacking these past few games. I don't know if these guys are just getting too comfortable being at the professional level, but the lack of effort is unacceptable. We're going to have to make some changes and take away playing time from certain guys to hopefully get them going. We're not good enough or talented enough to not outwork the other team." Some horrifying stats season to date: - #1 veteran centre Brian Boyle is a putrid -10 through his first 11 games. - Similarily, top wingers Connor Sheary and Victor Olofsson are -8 and -7 respectively on the year. - Veteran defencemen Nate Schmidt and Jake McCabe are also on the Masters Leaderboard at -9 and -8. - The squad has only scored 21 goals through 11 games (fewer than 2.0 goals per game). - Seattle has a league-worst negative 17 goal differential through eleven games.  - Starting netminder Braden Holtby has seen his save percentage dip to an awful 0.883. Next up for the Kraken are the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. The coach and GM are expecting a better effort from the team. If results don't start to change, it may be time for the GM to start shipping out a player or two to shake things up. Sources say that interest remains high in two Kraken forwards - Victor Olofsson and Ilya Mikheyev. 
New York IslandersNew York Islanders The State of the Islanders Rebuild Isles-Steve 2022-11-01 16:30:46 76 Today is formally designated as a New York Islander post-Halloween treat day. Not only will the league endure a game day review when the Islanders face off against the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks but today is the day we report on the status of the New York Islanders 2022 rebuild. A handful of trades have changed the franchise from a middling path to an organization 1000% focused on the future chemistry and inevitable glory. To date, the Isles have made six (6) trades that have remade the roster with youth, talent, futures, financial freedom and giving the fans an opportunity to appreciate the growth of young professionals. Beginning February 7, Jonathan Huberdeau was sent west to Calgary for the return of Mark Scheifele, Nils Hoglander, William Wallinder and Danila Zhuravlyov. Most readers will know about 22 year old winger Hoglander (2019 1st round Blues pick) and 20 year old elite defensive prospect Wallinder (2020 1st round Flames pick). 5th round pick defenseman Zhuravlyov finally made it across from Russia to show his potential at the NHL Avalanche training camp this summer. Just 14 days later, Mark Scheifele packed his bags again and was sent off to the city of brotherly love for a jumbo package in return. The deal brought in 6 new faces. Brandon Saad, David Perron, Gabriel Vilardi (4th overall pick in 2017 by the Flyers), Martin Chromiak (2nd Rounder Flyers pick in 2020), Noel Gunler (Jets 1st round pick in 2020) and Yegor Afanasyev (Flames 1st round pick in 2019). Saad was an Islander for exactly 24 hours before being shipped off to the Maple Leafs for Josef Korenar and Olivier Nadeau (Leafs 3rd round pick in 2021). Perron lasted slightly longer than Saad. Korenar was a late round Leaf goalie pick in 2016 who saw some NHL action last season. On March 13, the front office sent both David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo to Chicago for Jaden Schwartz, Cross Hanas (Chicago 3rd round pick in 2020) and two draft picks that became winger Viktor Neuchev and undrafted 6’4” Russian defenseman Daniil Ivanov. Ivanov was ranked highly in the pre-draft projections but was still on the floor when the draft concluded. A few months went by but as the summer ended, the team decided, with great sorrow, to move Ilya Sorokin in a deal that was impossible to ignore. The Islanders shipped Sorokin, Jaden Schwartz and two former 2nd round kids (Mitch VandeSompel and Ryan MacInnis) to Colorado in exchange for Dylan Garand, Linus Ullmark, Jonatan Bergren (Caps 1st round pick in 2018) and two first round picks in the upcoming 2023 draft. Garand led Team Canada to a gold medal and an undefeated record at the 2022 WJC with a 1.98 GAA. He followed that up by being named Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Goaltender of the Year while playing for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Ullmark has been lights out in the NHL this season for the Bruins. NHL hockey sources in Detroit say Berggren will be among the first call-ups this season. Finally, after resigning David Perron, the team decided to pay the fine and traded him a second time, this time garnering Florida’s 2023 1st round pick in the upcoming rich draft. So… after all was said and done, here’s the Full Monty in a nutshell: The team sent out Jonathan Huberdeau Alex Pietrangelo Ilya Sorokin The return was, in no particular order Nils Hoglander (1st) William Wallinder (1st) Danila Zhuravlyov (5th Round) Gabriel Vilardi (4th Overall) Martin Chromiak (2nd) Noel Gunler (1st) Yegor Afanasyev (1st) Josef Korenar (8th Round Goalie) Olivier Nadeau (3rd) Cross Hanas (3rd) Viktor Neuchev (2nd) Daniil Ivanov (Undrafted) Dylan Garand (4th) Jonatan Berggren (1st) Linus Ullmark COL 1st (2023) CHI 1st (2023) FLA 1st (2023) All in all, management is extremely pleased as the project progresses. Ullmark is reportedly available for those in need of a high-performing #1 goalie.  
New York IslandersNew York Islanders Isles Broken Toes Fall to Canes Isles-Steve 2022-10-28 13:54:44 71 Michael Stone's New York Islander heroics were not enough to achieve victory in Thursday evening's contest between the undefeated, league leading Carolina Hurricanes and the struggling Islanders who fell to a 3-3-2 record.  Adding injury to insult were 3 broken toes in this one game. After falling behind 2-1 in the first period, Stone beat Vanecek twice.  The first goal was an unusual game-tying shorthanded goal by a defenseman while Josh Mahura was serving an elbowing minor.  Stone beat Vitek Vanecek to the short side when the netminder slid out of position.  He was gifted the opportunity when Nicklas Backstrom  corralled the puck during a poor line change by the Hurricanes' top power play unit.  Backstrom led Beauvillier who found Stone all alone at center ice. After the Hurricanes regained the lead on a Vrana tally, Stone scored his second goal of the game at the 7 minute mark of the third period when he blasted a puck over the shoulder of a crouched Vanecek.  The game remained tied through overtime but the Islanders fell in the ensuing shootout when Backstrom, Galchenyuk and Bozak were all stopped while Logan Couture beat Linus Ullmark with the game winning shootout goal. Also in the results were the 3 Islander injuries.  Brett Connolly, Ian Cole and Janne Kuokkanen were all hurt in the game.  Oddly, all three sustained similar injuries with broken toes.  Kuokkanen and Connolly are slated as day to day while Cole is expected to miss at least a full week and possibly two. Next up for the Islanders will be Sunday night when they host the are the Colorado Avalanche.  The Avs are formidable afdter destroying the 4-3 New Jersey Devils on Thursday.        
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Minnesota mild becomes WILD Wild-Peter 2022-10-27 16:48:22 87 The GM was not kidding around when he said he wouldn't tolerate another terrible start to the season after a dismal pre-season. Defense was modified and Lauzon and Kulikov were brought in before the start of the regular season. Players took notice of that. The team is currently having their best start in years and sit at the top of the league with a 6-1-0 record in 7 games. There is no expectation to remain at the top of the league but the playoffs are definately the target.  Recent addition Kulikov is averaging 21 minutes a night and has 2G 5P in 7 games and is a +5. He is the team's MVP so far.  Rumor is he hasn't said a word in the locker room yet trying not to step on anybody's toes.  Lauzon has been a physical presence and defensive contributor with a +2 rating in the few games he has played. He is an offensive black hole but scoring is not his job. His 14 hits in 4 games makes him dangerous when other teams enter the zone.  Coghlan was claimed but wasn't able to stay with the team as he was claimed by San Jose shortly after. Colin Miller, a respectable 2nd pair Dman or 3rd pair on a stronger team, has been sitting out as the 7th D. The team is looking to trade him for a simple pick. Unfortunately there are a lot of sleeping GMs at the moment.   Earlier today the team announced they are placing Joonas Donskoi on waivers. His salary being the biggest reason why. He will be replaced by Drake Caggiula. Caggiula doesn't bring anywhere close to the shootout ability Donskoi is recognized for but the combination of IT, SP, DF at half the salary of Donskoi makes him a great 4th line option and adds more physicality to the bottom 6. There are a lot of positives this early into the season. Hopefully the team isn't peaking early. Hopefully no crash is ahead. But for now, sponsors are heading back to the team. The team is no longer on FOX Sports and will be part of Comcast Sportsnet. Reebok is back in the fold. Busch beer remains with the team but hopefully the drinking will not be to drown away the sorrows this year. There are rumors that Gatorade is in talks for the season. Nothing official yet but word should come out in a few days.  ____________________________ Article: 21/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $4,000,000 / $10,000,000
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Penguins Fans in Dismay after Horrid Start Pens-Brent 2022-10-27 13:02:00 72 The Pittsburgh Penguins faithful have begun to turn against their team after what has been an horrendous start to the season.  The Pens are 2-5-0 to start a season that was intended to be their turn around year.  With the additions of Alexander Ovechkin and Jordan Binnington this past off season, hockey pundits anticipated Pittsburgh's assention towards the top of the league standings.  Here we are, almost 10% of the way through the 2022/23 season, and the flightless birds find themselves grounded and in the basement of the NEFHL.  "It's safe to say that we are frusterated with our performance so far.  We believe in this group and know that they are capable of playing better hockey than we have seen so far," said head coach Craig Berube.  The Penguins took a massive blow to their player personel when assistant captain, Evgeni Malkin, fell ackwardly into the boards causing a ruptured spleen.  "There's nothing new to report on Geno.  He is going to be out for an extended period of time and could be back towards the end of the season," added the coach. Things have gotten so bad in Pittsburgh that many of the team's corporate sponsers have begun to renag on their endorsement of the team.  Those close to the team have suggested that NBCSN, Reebok, Busch, Geico, Enterprise, Ticket Master, Coca-Cola, and Toyota are looking towards pulling the plug.  "We are not looking to push the panic button yet as there is lots of hockey left to be played, but this trend is definitely concerning," Berube stated.  The Penguins have steep hill to climb if they hope to make it to the post-season this year.  They better act quickly, as that hill could possibly turn into a mountain very soon.  ________________________ Obligatory Articles: 5/5 Bonus Articles: 7/40  =  $1,750,000 / $10,000,000  
New York IslandersNew York Islanders Isles Squeak Past Rangers at UBS Isles-Steve 2022-10-27 03:14:10 74 In an unexpected turn of events, the depleted New York Islanders lineup executed a surprising late game victory over their crosstown rival New York Rangers despite being outshot 29-23. The first tally was a slick backhand from Anthony Beauvillier off a Frederick Andersen rebound after an attempted stuff shot by Janne Kuokkanen.  The primary assist was credited to 35 year old veteran Nicklas Backstrom who fed Kuokkanen in the slot.  This was Beauvillier's fourth goal of the young season. Exactly one minute later, Alex Galchenyuk banged in a rebound after a hard slapshot by Oliver Wahlstrom.  Underappreciated Nils Hoglander led the forwards into the offensive zone with a pass to himself that came off the boards and conveniently found his stick.  His cross ice pass to Wahlstrom left the Rangers shaking their heads after former first rounder Galchenyuk lifted the puck over Andersen's left shoulder. After potting the two goals in the first four minutes, the Isles played keep-away defense for the remainder of the game. The Rangers made things interesting with a 2nd period tally by Alex Biega.  Biega's slapshot from the point eluded Linus Ullmark in the 5th minute of the second period.  This was followed with 7 minutes remaining when right wing Cam Atkinson bounced a puck past Ullmark on a power play with Seth Jones serving a cross-checking minor.  Then, just 2 minutes later, young defenseman Josh Mahura broke the tie with less than 5 minutes to go on the clock when Johan Larsson back-passed to the blueline. The 3-2 final score was a welcome ending for jubilant Islander fans at UBS Arena in Elmont.  
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken Update Kraken-Scott 2022-10-26 12:44:26 63 The Seattle Kraken are quickly realizing that they are an expansion team. The Kraken have lost their last two games, and were humiliated on Tuesday in a 7-1 loss versus the Buffalo Sabres. The squad now sits at 3-5-0 in their inaugural NEFHL season. Head coach Rick Tocchet is not disappointed with the team's start, however. "The effort has been there most nights. We're a relatively young team who will go through some ups and downs through the season. We will have to rely on our veteran leadership group (Voracek, Smith, McCabe) to get us through some of the tough nights. At the end of the day, as long as the effort is there, we'll be fine." There have been a few bright spots for the Kraken so far this season: - Diminutive free agent signing Conor Sheary leads the team with 4 goals (and 5 points) through the first 8 games of the season; - Young defenceman Zach Whitecloud leads the backend in both ice time per game (24.2) and points (3). Whitecloud has an even +/- rating on the season. - Backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev to date has a 0.911 save percentage in his three appearances. The most glaring negative statistic for the team is its -10 goal differential through eight games. Coach Tocchet and his staff are certainly looking at ways to reduce goals against. Some positive news from the prospect front...Kraken 2nd round pick forward Reid Schaefer is off to a tremendous start in his WHL season, scoring 10 goals (and 12 points) in his first 7 games. There is hope that Schaefer can crack the mighty Canada WJC squad over the next few months. Top Kraken centre prospect Cutter Gauthier made his long-awaited season debut with Boston College in the NCAA. Through two games, freshman Gauthier has potted two goals and added an assist for the Golden Eagles.       
New York IslandersNew York Islanders The Value of Endorsements Isles-Steve 2022-10-25 20:57:40 87 Good day gentlemen! This whole finances thing has gotten a bit strange lately.  Consider that quite a few of the endorsements are no longer tied to attendance numbers but are instead tied to financial results. This change seems to have occurred in the NEFHL shadows (at least from my perspective) and the resulting value of endorsements has been significantly diminished. With the New York Islanders in flat out rebuild mode, the starting roster has been accordingly gutted, and it seemed only fair to lower ticket prices proportionately for our loyal fans.  Unfortunately, this has turned out to be not such a good idea since there are no longer any endorsement benefits to management when the arena is filled at a fair price. In fact, since articles are materially compensated, one could make an argument that the financial balance for league activity has been compromised.  Why should anyone care about the endorsements when they can pick up millions for publishing a few words each game day?  Is it worth struggling with attendance and finances when a few articles will earn much more than filling the arena seats? Consequently, you can all look forward to a flood of published articles by this former Elmer Ferguson Award winner.  As each day goes by, this GM will not be worried about endorsements tied to financial performance since the article route is both more lucrative and, frankly, more fun (for me at least). And these are the twelve words that will fatten the Isles bankroll.    
Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs Leafs Win Home Opener Leafs-Shane 2022-10-14 17:13:35 71 In what was a true team effort, the Buds get their first win of the season in the home opener. The best part is, the win comes against the defending cup champs in Washington.  The scoring started early and went all game long in a 6-3 drubbing. Jonathan Marchesault opened the scoring early int he first period and Olivier Kylington finished the scoring in the thitd period while also added an assist on his big game.  Victor Hedman had a monster game with a goal and an assist combined with a plus 2 rating. Tj Oshie has one of the most influencial games. He notched his first goal as a Leafs after signing a 3 year deal with the Leafs in the summer. Not only did he score, he had 12 penalty minutes, 6 shots of net and 2 hits. This all in seventeen minutes of ice time.  Goalie John Gibson got his first win of the year and first as a Leaf stopping 31 of 34 shots.  Newly aquired Anze Kopitar also pitched in with an assist and 3 shots on goal. Another newcomber Robby Fabbri had an assist to go with 4 shots on net and 2 hits with a plus 1 rating. Next up for the Leafs in the battle of Ontario sunday night in Ottawa. Expect goalie Martin Jones to get his first taste of action with the club. It is widely expected that theor will be no lineup changes over the course of the season immediatley following a win.  Look forward to reporting throughout the season after each game with game notes. 
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken KRAKEN WIN!!! Kraken-Scott 2022-10-14 13:25:28 93 The Kraken didn't have to wait too long for its first victory in franchise history. In its second ever game, the Kraken defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night. The GM, coach and all the players were absolutely elated in the dressing room after the game. Much of the victory goes to starting netminder Braden Holtby, who stopped 29/32 shots during the game and all three Kings shootout attempts (including from stars McDavid and Zibanejad). "Holtby has been really good to start the season, and I'm glad we could get him a win" head coach Tocchet said after the game. "From day one, he came into training camp with a great attitude and wanted to be a leader on this young team. He's worked his ass off and we're glad that the boys were able to put a strong effort in front of him tonight." Reilly Smith scored the only goal of the shootout for the Kraken. Nick Cousins, Jake Voracek and Zach Whitecloud all scored their first goals of the season in regulation time. The Kraken played a very disciplined game as well, only taking two minor penalties during the game. Due to injuries sustained in the season opener, both John Leonard and Jacob Bryson made their Kraken regular season debuts last night and both were even players on the night. In addition to scoring a goal, Zach Whitecloud led the team with five shots on goal and was named the game's 2nd star. He's a key piece to the Kraken's future moving forward. The Kraken now return to Seattle for their home opener next week versus the Vegas Golden Knights. Should be a blast!  
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Dominance Continues Knights-Derek 2022-10-14 01:52:26 79 The Las Vegas Golden Knights’ dominance of the pathetic Los Angeles Kings continues. After repeatedly destroying them last season, owning the season series after a dramatic finale, Vegas continued to expose the Kings’ true colours. As everyone who has been paying attention can attest, it was widely demonstrated that the Kings do not belong among the best in the league, and there are no trophies awarded for not winning the Stanley Cup.  Vegas outshot the Kings 28 - 25, and scored on 40% of their powerplay chances. The woeful Kings? They went scoreless on their seven chances, further justifying their label of overachieving failures. The Golden Knights fought back from three one-goal deficits to force overtime, where they claimed victory against the (former) Kings. Jack Hughes tied the scoring in the shootout, and Rocco Grimaldi scored the nail in the seventh round. Spencer Knight made his rookie debut (in relief), after Pavel Francouz went down with a foot injury in the second. Spencer stopped 14 of 15 shots, and six of seven in the shootout, earning his first (of many) career victories. Not to be outshone in his debut, another Golden Knights rookie, third-overall pick Tim Stutzle scored a primary assist on the game’s fourth goal, a powerplay snipe to knot the game up at two at the end of the second period.  The only concern for the Knights was that their top (forward) line was a combined -5, as was their top defense pairing of Rasmus Ristolainen and Justin Faulk. It’s definitely something their management will be keeping an eye on.  ________________________________________________________________________________________ Imagine spending every minute of the NEFHL entry draft writing articles non-stop, from beginning to end. Is 7 hours a reasonable amount of time? 8 hours? Seems like the last draft started at 9 pm, ended at 11, then continued the next day at 10 am and ended around 4 pm. Eight hours. Doubling the amount of time, that’s 16 hours, which is about 960 minutes. Divide that amount of time over 82 games, and you get approximately 12 minutes. 12 minutes per article, multiplied by 82 articles, is almost 1,000 minutes, which is more time than all teams spend drafting. That’s the limit I’ll spend for every article I write this year.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Minnesota Ready for Another Season Wild-Peter 2022-10-13 14:51:03 99 In the past week Minnesota added Jeremy Lauzon via trade with the Islanders. Then the team acquired Dmitry Kulikov on a 2 year deal via free agency. More recently, Dylan Coghlan was claimed from waivers and waived again to see if he makes it to the farm team. The plan is to bury him there the entire season and see if he develops into a useable depth player for next year. But the additions to the blue line make it a little bit crowded. According to some sources, GM Peter might be making a move to address this sooner rather than later.    Josh Morrissey - Filip Hronek Ryan Graves - Dmitry Kulikov Duncan Keith - Jeremy Lauzon Colin Miller - Kale Clague On the farm there is Kevin Connaughton and Jake Christiansen who can both fill in for injuries but won't be wowing you.    The GM was seen heading to the rink, still under repair from the summer riots peaceful protests, and had this to say. "We bolstered our blueline rapidly after the disaster of preseason. We do not want to be out of the mix before Christmas like last year. We don't want to miss the playoffs again. I feel our roster is a playoff team and I'm excited to see the season started" The Wild/mild/whatever who cares open the season against the New York Rangers. Will they be the second team to lose to a new GM in the big apple? Will the team bounce back from an awful preseason which was a continuation of an awful 2021-2022 season which was a continuation of an awful late season collapse in 2020-2021? Will the coach get fired if they don't bounce back? The GM?   Trevor Zegras gets his first nefhl season game 3rd line will be a traditional checking line to start the season.  Archibald, Kulikov, Lauzon, Talbot all get their first games with Minnesota.   Projected Lineup for the opener Tkachuk - Hintz - Pettersson Bailey - Zegras - DeBrusk Kunin - Pageau - Archibald Donskoi - Evans - Labanc   Josh Morrissey - Filip Hronek Ryan Graves - Dmitry Kulikov Duncan Keith - Jeremy Lauzon Talbot   ____________________________ Article: 20/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $3,750,000 / $10,000,000
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken fight hard but lose 1st game Kraken-Scott 2022-10-13 14:14:40 90 History was made on Wednesday night, with the Kraken playing their first game in franchise history versus the Ducks. Unfortunately, the result wasn't what the Kraken faithful were hoping for, as the squad fell to the Ducks 3-2 in regulation time. Head Coach Rick Tocchet was generally pleased with the team's opening effort of the season. "We're pleased with the boys effort tonight for sure" Tocchet said. "Overall, I think both teams played hard and the game was relatively even, with shots on goal being 34 each. We're just not a team at the moment that has a lot of natural goal scoring ability. Our goals will be created by hard work and by crashing the net...and I thought for the most part we did a good job at that tonight." Centreman Brian Boyle will be an answer to a trivia question for years to come, as he scored the first (and second) goal in Kraken history. His first goal was on the powerplay, assisted by veterans Jake Voracek and Jake McCabe. The Kraken led the game at both 1-0 and 2-1 but couldn't sustain either lead. Starting goaltender Braden Holtby made 31/34 saves between the pipes and was strong througout the game.  A couple of other quick game notes from the Kraken side: - Nathan Bastian was injured 1:33 into the game after a dirty hit from Quinn Hughes (who was ejected from the game for the hit).  - Defenseman Nick Holden was also injured in the first period after an even dirtier play from Alexander Romanov (who was suspended 3 games for the altercation) - Jake McCabe had 2 assists in his Kraken debut. - Nicolas Meloche's undisciplined play from the preseason carried over into his first Kraken outing.   Looking forward to the first Kraken win in franchise history!
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #3 Blues-Graham 2022-10-12 07:34:44 86 These last 3 prospect pools are stacked and definitely in a league of their own when it comes to both quality and depth.  Lets get it going with the next team in line.  #3 - The Pittsburgh Penguins Wow what a prospect pool.   I love the forward depth.  It's also worth noting, Pittsburgh had the most players of any other team on Pronmans list with 11.  Looking at Pittsburg they have a least 4 if not 5 tier one prospects.  Prospects that either are or have the potential to be perennial all-stars.  Lets start with Lucas Raymond.  The 4th pick in the 2020 NHL draft had an amazing rookie campaign poting 23 goals and 57 points in his first 82 game season.  You name it, he has it.  Speed, hockey IQ, shot, play making ability and an amazing motor.   I don't expect anything less then 30-35 goals and around 65 points per year for the next 8-10 years.  The 9th overall ranked prospect is followed up by the 12th ranked overall prospect - Seth Jarvis another tier 1 forward with a great first year under his belt. In only 68GP Jarvis potted 17 goals and 40 points. Similar to Raymond, this guy has it all.  He's quick and is both a gifted passer and shooter.  30 goals and 60 points per year should be expected.   The Pens also have the 14th overall ranked prospect in Matthew Beniers.  Unlike the 2 prospects above him, Beniers doesn't have any NHL experience just yet but by most accounts he is favored to win the Calder this year.  He's more of a 2 way player the guys above him but that's not code for no offence.  Think Patrice Bergeron or Sean Couturier.  To have 3 forwards like this at the top of your prospect list is pretty amazing.  Rounding out the forward group of prospects are Alexander Holtz and Alex Newhook. Particularly Holtz has the makings of another top line forward.  With 4 amazing high end forwards Pittsburgh's future is bright.   On the backend Even Bouchard leads the pack of promising young defencemen.   Bouchard managed 43 points in 81GP in his first full NHL season.  He owns legit size standing 6'3 and has great all around skating.  Zellweger is next on the list - he's a little undersized for a defencemen at least to my liking but there is no denying his offensive talent. In the most recent WJC he finished 2nd in team Canada scoring with 11 points in 7 games played. He's scored at every level he's ever played at and I don't expect the NHL to be any different. Time will tell how he will be able to defend against the bigger NHL players.  Rounding out Pittsburgh prospect list is plenty of middle 6 and top 4 talent.  Greif, Neighbours and Faber are just a few players to continue keeping an eye on. Rank-Player-Position 9-Lucas Raymond-RW 12-Seth Jarvis-RW 14-Matthew Beniers-C 19-Evan Bouchard-D 51-Olen Zellweger-D 56-Alexander Holtz-RW 57-Alex Newhook-C 74-Brock Faber-D 121-Isac Lundeström-C 127-Ridly Greig -C 163-Jake Neighbours-LW That's all for this one guys.  Breaking a bit from tradition, I'll be doing the 1st place team next.  Who will it be?  Only Minnesota and Vegas remain.
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #7, #6, #5 and #4 Blues-Graham 2022-10-11 12:38:49 112 Hello fellow NEFHL GMs.  This is your next installment of the U23 prospect rankings. I won't lie, this has been a massive undertaking and I’m happy to be closing in on the final few teams.    # 7 - The Ottawa Senators  As I said in the previous article, there wasn't allot of difference between teams 10-8. If I had actually ranked the teams by Tiers the 2nd tier from the top would have had teams 10-4.   Is there a big difference between the Senators and the Blues?  I don't think so.  However, I do appreciate prospects who've already played in the NHL such as Anton Lundell which is what probably pushed the Sens ahead.   Lundell is a top tier prospect who put up 44 points in 65 GP last year for the panthers.  He's a C and he's got good size and an extremely high hockey IQ.  Topping the list is last years 9th overall NHL pick Dylan Guenther.  Guenther seems to have made the Coyote's opening night roster.  Is he ready for primetime already?  Hard to say, but he's another top tier prospect who eventually shouldn't look out of place on any teams top line.   Some more highlights on this list?  I love Yurov.  Great pick up in this years draft.  Elmer Solderblom also made the wings out of training camp this year as well.  He's a mammoth of a man and looks to be a solid middle 6 option going forward.  On the down side, 21 year old Cam York got cut from a very weak Flyers team this year.  The 14th pick in the 2019 draft got 30 games in for the Flyers last year and should have given him the inside track on a position this year.  It clearly didn't work out.  That said, it should be only a minor setback from the young D man.  Rank/TIER PLAYER-POS 25/4 Dylan Guenther-RW  29/4 Anton Lundell-C 43/5 K'Andre Miller-D 71/5 Danila Yurov-RW 78/6 Cam York-D 91/6 Nils Lundkvist-D 96/6 Elmer Söderblom-LW 144/6 Mattias Havelid-D 148/6 Brandon Coe-RW   #6 -  The Chicago Blackhawks  One of, if not the best team in the NEFHL also has one of the top U23 prospect pipelines as well.  They are defintly jacked to the nuts.   The only thing holding the hawks back from a higher ranking is that both of their top prospects are D albiet elite.   They start with the #2 ranked prospect in all of hockey is Moritz Seider followed closly by Rasmus Dahlin the #7 ranked prospect.  Truth be told, I personally see Dahlin with more offensive updside than Seider, even if Seider projects as the more valuable D man overall.  However this is the NEFHL and offense rules the day.   Both players project as #1 all-star level defensemen.  The top forward on the team is Jack Quinn who at the team seemed to be a bit of a stretch pick by the Sabre's but probably not so much now.  Quinn followed up his amazing Junior career with a red hot season in the AHL scoring 26G  in 45 GP.  Not too shabby.  He's also made the Sabre's opening night roster.  There is a slight fall off in talent from there but I'm also very keen on Lekkerimaki and Jagger Firkus.  Lekkerimaki can shoot the puck and Firkus has arguably the best hands in this years draft.    Rank/TIER PLAYER-POS 2/1 Moritz Seider-D  7/2 Rasmus Dahlin-D 39/4 Jack Quinn-RW 107/6 Matthew Coronato-RW 109/6 Jonathan Lekkerimaki-RW 159/6 Jagger Firkus-RW 168/6 Oskar Olausson-LW   #5 - The Detroit Red Wings  I'll be honest, if this was my list the Wings maybe a couple positions lower.  Lets start with Slafkovsky, it's no secret I'm not a big fan.  Everyone says the Habs picked the player with the highest ceiling, lets see if that's the case.  I'm not convinced - obviously, otherwise I would have picked him myself.  Another one on this list I'm not convinced of is Kirby Dach.  At the time, I thought Dach was a great pick and I loved how he played.  However he hasn't developed the way I thought he would and his recent trade from the Hawks makes me wonder if there is more under the surface that we're not aware of.  That said, the tools are there.  Other than Boldy the majority of this prospect list are defensemen which in my books makes them less valuable.  Also although I do see some solid D prospects here, I don't see any allstar types on the list.  Maybe I'm wrong.   Harley is close and has some NHL experience but was just cut from the stars opening night roster.  He did have an ok camp.  I'm a little higher on Philip Broberg. He has made the Oilers roster and he was someone I was hoping would fall (to me) in the 2019 draft but didn't.  Enough of the negative lets have a look at the positive.  Matthew Boldy!  An absolute gem.  He's highly skilled, can shoot the puck and make a great pass.  His skating has always been the down side to his game but it's adequate.  He's a top 6 talent on any team if not a top 3.  He's still only 21.   Aside from Boldy, I do like Kornski as well but it's way too early to pass judgement.  It's also widely accepted that the Wings had a banger of a 2022 draft.   So they may rise up this list yet.   Rank/TIER PLAYER-POS 15/3 Juraj Slafkovsky-LW  21/4 Matthew Boldy-RW 41/4 Kirby Dach-C 55/5 Thomas Harley-D 76/6 Philip Broberg-D 82/6 Nathan Gaucher-C 125/6 Lian Bichsel-D 128/6 Kevin Kornski-D 145/6 Owen Pickering-D   # 4 - The Anaheim Mighty ducks The Ducks have a pretty good prospect list here.  At least one that I quite like.  It might even be on a tier of it's own between the top 3 teams and the next 5.  Yes, the Hughes brothers are both D but like the Hawks, they are elite and project as high offense type players. So that somewhat makes up for the position they play.  The #2 player on the list and #10 overall is Lafreniere.  He had a slow start but he is a player that I do believe in.  I do think he's a top line talent.  He just turned 21 and is starting his 3rd NHL season.  With 19 goals under his belt from last year, I expect you'll see the first of many 25-30 goal seasons from him.  I'm not quite as high on Farabee as Pronman but I do see him as a middle 6 option at some point.  I love Perfetti who by all accounts has had a great camp and will start on the Jets opening night roster.  I'm also a fan of Podkolzin but do think he has a bit of a lowish offensive ceiling - more of a middle 6 or top 6 energy player.   But a solid exciting player just the same.  Bourque also projects as a potential middle 6 guy as well.  Rank/TIER PLAYER-POS 4/1 Quinn Hughes-D  10/2 Alexis Lafrenière-RW 11/2 Luke Hughes-D 37/4 Joel Farabee-LW 38/4 Cole Perfetti-LW 53/5 Vasily Podkolzin-LW 73/5 Mavrik Bourque-C 106/6 Alexander Romanov-D 115/6 Ivan Morozov-C There you have it.  Next up we break into the top 3 teams.     
Nashville PredatorsNashville Predators The challenges of drafting in the NEFHL Preds-Sylvain 2022-10-10 15:05:09 109 The annual draft: some GMs totally love it while others would rather trade all their picks for assets that matter right now. Both types have thrived in the past, so there’s not only one way of approaching the draft. The approach to the draft can also be very hands-on or hands-off. It’s entirely possible to have a successful draft while just relying on the lists and draft guides out there. In that case, a minimum of effort and research can still yield very good results. For the more hardcore drafters, you can watch videos of prospects or even go full-blown scout by checking out a ton of junior hockey games. Regardless of your approach, there are several challenges that NEFHL GMs will face. The first challenge is the timing of the draft. Being ahead of the NHL draft, there is no strong list to fall back on, especially for the back half of the draft. The time to prepare is also sometimes short as draft guides and lists tend to be published early to mid-June. So, depending on when the NEFHL draft occurs and depending on your approach, there might be a lot of work to do right before it happens. The second challenge is about producing your own list of prospects. In the more hands-off approach, you can skip this challenge by just sticking with lists produced by one or the other draft publications. However, if you build your own list, using publications and your own scouting, then it’s a hard exercise. Sorting out players that play in different leagues and have different skill sets and positions is not an easy feat. It’s easier to rank them by tier, but then when your turn comes, who do you take in the tier? Choosing one or the other in the same tier could result in having a great player or a bust. Plus, later in the draft, tiers get so large that just picking a guy in the tier might be more of a crap shoot than anything else. Hence, later in the draft, you will have to decide if you prefer going with the prospect that has a higher number of likable attributes or with the one having one elite skill but more deficiencies. The third challenge is linked to the second one, but still of a different nature. Even if you have your list sorted, there are multiple reasons that could explain why you would want to stray from that list. The main reasons would be to either diversify your prospect list or to try and optimize your overall draft. In the case of diversification, it’s simply that you may want prospect depth at each different position or that you want a balanced approach in terms of well-rounded to high-skill/high-bust prospects. In terms of optimizing your draft, you may have a player ranked top 15 that hits most lists only in the third round, so you might want to draft your 20th-ranked prospect ahead of him, hoping you’ll get both in the end. In all cases, it’s always a very difficult case, since you could end up not picking up a guy that ends up as a star, even though you had him in high regard. The last challenge is about weighting quality versus quantity. Are you in a better position if you draft at higher ranks or do you have more chances of drafting a quality player by drafting a higher number of prospects? Considering all the other challenges, this makes it even harder to make such a choice. Are you better off with the 4th pick than with the 12th and the 28th? What about the 35th for the 45th and 71st? In the worst cases, the prospect you would have drafted turns out to be a very good player and the other picks bust. In the best cases, it’s the exact opposite, and the traded draft pick busts while you get a player from one or more of the acquired picks. Considering all those challenges and the fact that the top 100 list is pretty much set, even prior to the draft, most of the extra time spent on the draft mostly matters in the later rounds. Yet, gems are few in those rounds. On top of it, prospects that tend to stand out, even outside most top 100, usually make one of the lists amongst the various draft guides and are unavailable late in the draft. In that challenging environment, the reward of extensive scouting for the draft is more into knowing the different prospects and keeping up with them as they develop. It always gives you a leg up in trades that involve prospects and in signing prospects during the free agency period.
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken ready to go Kraken-Scott 2022-10-07 14:31:51 93 The games start for real now. The Seattle Kraken will play their first regular season game in NEFHL history on October 12th in California versus the Anaheim Ducks. Head coach Rick Tocchet and the Kraken players are very excited for the puck to drop that first night. The Kraken recently finalized their 22 man roster to start their inaugural season. GM Scott Davies sat down with Tocchet and the coaching staff to make the final cuts. The 22 player roster consists of: Forwards (13): Jake Voracek, Victor Olofsson, Reilly Smith, Brian Boyle, Jason Spezza, Conor Sheary, Michael McLeod, Ilya Mikheyev, Nathan Bastian, Tomas Tatar, Nick Cousins, Justin Danforth & Brandon Sutter. Defence (7): Jake McCabe, Nick Holden, Zach Whitecloud, Jacob Bryson, Nate Schmidt, Riley Stillman & Nicolas Meloche. Goaltenders (2): Braden Holtby & Alexandar Georgiev Among the final cuts at Kraken training camp, forwards Fredrik Gauthier & Matthew Peca were placed on waivers and will be sent to the minors once they clear. Here were the most recent practice lines for the Kraken, which should be a pretty indicator of their opening night lineup: Olofsson-Boyle-Smith Voracek-McLeod-Sheary Mikheyev-Spezza-Bastian Tatar-Cousins-Danforth  (Sutter extra forward)   Schmidt-McCabe Holden-Whitecloud Meloche-Stillman (Bryson extra defenceman)   Holtby Georgiev The Kraken do expect their lineup to remain fluid over the season, as coach Tocchet will mix and match combinations to see which lines/pairings can find some chemistry. We know that the coach liked what he saw during the preseason from the Olofsson-Boyle-Smith combination, so they figure to stay together for some time.  The Kraken are cap compliant with payroll exceeding just over $39 million. Word around the Kraken is that the general manager is willing to add another piece or two to the team over the season if it benefits the team moving forward beyond its first season. 
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Minnesota Acquires Help on Defense. Wild-Peter 2022-10-06 18:43:52 108 Jeremy Lauzon is now a member of the Minnesota Wild/mild/whatever who cares. He will hopefully make us a bit tougher on the back end while improving our defensive play. Pre-season is over and the team had a craptacular 1-4-1 record. The two highest rated D in Josh Morrissey and Ryan Graves have been brutal on the defensive side of things at -7 and -5 respectively. We touched a bit more on that in the last article. By adding Lauzon, GM Peter picked up another high DF player with 80. He has excellent IT at 88. He has decent wheels and skating at 75 and 77. Opponents will hopefully think twice before getting too close to him. What Lauzon doesn't have is much offense. That is to be expected being part of NHL Predators organization. It would be a pleasant surprise if his offense trends upwards. He comes in at a price tag of $1.75m for the next 4 seasons and will remain RFA at the end of his current deal. Minnesota gave up Alex Formenton and Noah Gregor in this deal. Just months ago Formenton was penciled in to be a top9 player. He has the offensive ratings now and he certainly has the speed. However with no NHL contract and probably not for the next while, he might not find a spot down the line for Minnesota. Gregor looks to be penciled in as a top9 player for the NHL Sharks. He's a good bottom 6 option right now in the NEFHL and offense ratings should be trending slightly upwards. "We felt with Holloway dominating training camp and other guys like Reichel, Heineman, Bemstrom, Karlstrom, N. Smith all knocking on the door and ready for primetime in various roles we could have made this kind of move to shore up a desperate need on defense. We definitely ackowledge this trade can look real bad for us in the future but we want to compete now. We may not be done with moves. We have a couple other things cooking around the league so we'll see." - GM Peter ____________________________ Article: 19/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $3,500,000 / $10,000,000
Boston BruinsBoston Bruins S1E2: Between 2 Buffalo - BRUINS PULL TRIGGER ON TWO DEALS Bruins-Chris 2022-10-04 18:48:34 103 The Boston Bruins and new/old GM Chris pulled off a couple of trades Tuesday afternoon saying good bye to Yanni Gourde and Tyson Jost. In the first deal, the Bruins sent Yanni Gourde to the Chicago Blackhawks for Jordan Eberle, BUF 2023 Rnd 3 and $500,000. GM Chris summarized the deal saying "we (da bruins) were without any 3rd round picks in the upcoming draft so adding a pick, one with potential to be early in the 3rd round, really appealed to us. Yanni also isn't a great locker room name so it was a win/win". The second consecutive deal involved another Western conference team with the Bruins sending Tyson Jost to the St-Louis Blues for Clark Bishop, VGK 2023 Rnd 3 and $500,000. Jost has been sulking since his NHL team traded him months before winning a cup. The fantasy Bruins didn't want any of that bad ju-ju hanging around so as GM Chris put it "better to have a hen in the chicken coup than a cock yodeling at 6am everyday". With those two deal the Bruins have shuffled their 'best rated lines' to now look like this: Kyle Palmieri (4.2m) - Mark Scheifele (4.7m) - Jordan Eberle (1.9m)Erik Haula (2m) - William Karlsson (2.1m) - Kasperi Kapanen (1m)Zach Aston-Reese (1.3m) - Nolan Patrick (0.8m) - Ryan Dzingel (1.1m)Ryan McLeod (0.9m) - Clark Bishop (0.7m) - Rasmus Asplund (0.8m)$21.5m Brandon Carlo (1.7m) - Tyler Myers (4.6m)Haydn Fleury (0.9m) - Travis Hamonic (2m)Henri Jokiharju (0.9m) - Jake Bean (1m)$11.1m Elvis Merzlikins (3.6m)Matt Murray (2.9m)$6.5m Total Cap: $39.1 + $1.7 farm = $40.8 million   Trade Rumors: The Bruins are said to be close on a deal for 2nd line center William 'Wild Bill' Karlsson. Stay tuned for the next instalment of between two buffalo.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Extra! Extra! Read all about it Wild-Peter 2022-10-04 15:35:08 125 The Minnesota Wild/mild/whatever who cares still suck. Here's the proof. 1-4-1 pre season record. Getting an 80+ goalie in the offseason didn't help so far. He got injured. Still missing a piece on D but UFAs are out there and I'm confident I'll get one. If not there D are available by trade and some teams have been contacted already. Colorado 4 at Minnesota 2 -  Outshot opponent 25-20 - 0/2 PP for and 1/3 PP against Minnesota 7 at Colorado 1 - Outshot opponent 33-19 - 1/5 PP for and 0/3 PP against - Talbot injured Minnesota 3 at Dallas 4 (SO) - Outshot opponent 36-30 - 1/6 PP for and 0/1 PP against Minnesota 3 at Chicago 5 - Outshot opponent 30-28 - 0/3 PP for and 1/2 PP against Chicago 5 at Minnesota 3 - Outshot by opponent first time 30-27 - 0/3 PP for and 0/3 PP against Dallas 3 at Minnesota 1 - Outshot opponent 36 - 27 - 1/5 PP for and 0/4 PP against - Talbot returns Overall: - Outshot opponents in 5/6 games. But we only scored 17 goals in 6 games and 7 of them came in one game. This is freakishly similar to last year and I don't like it. - Filip Hronek leads the team with 7 points in 6 games (1g 6a) - Josh Archibald leads forwards with 5 points in 6 games (2g 3a). He has been overall the best forward in preseason (WARNING WARNING). His 99 IT crushed Chicago especially. They got the last laugh by beating us both games convincingly.. - Defense is struggling mightily with Josh Morrissey (81 df) and Ryan Graves (80DF) at -7 and -5 respectively.  - Tkachuk leads the team with 19 hits in 5 games. As much as the team sucks, it is Kevin Connauton who sucks even more because he somehow has 37 games played despite only dressing for 1 game in the 6 game preseason and has 4 points and a -17 +/-rating. Clearly an error but it might as well be true. With the way things are looking it will be true. I won't have much patience with this crap for long in the regular season. I knew last year things were going wrong by how preseason looked. It was a continuation of the late season collapse the year before. Here we are again. Sadly.  ____________________________ Article: 18/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $3,250,000 / $10,000,000
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Preseason Finally Ends for the Canucks Canucks-Kyle 2022-10-03 13:12:03 83 The Vancouver Canucks preseason came to an end last night and I think every is happy that it is done.  The Canucks had one win in six games with two overtime losses and three outright losses. The bigger concern is the 21 goals allowed in 6 games (3.50 per game) and only 14 goals for (2.33 per game).  “Yeah, we aren’t happy about our play this preseason and that falls on me” said Coach Gerard Gallant.   There are some rumours within the organization that Gallant could be on the hotseat if the Canucks continue the presason play into the regular season. Not to mention, the playoff disappointments.  “Gerard is our coach, and we expect that he will right the ship. But it’s just the preseason, we were experimenting, giving guys some chances, they may not have. We brought in a lot of new players, so it takes time” said General Manager Allen.  The team as a whole, seems to be settled but there have been some preseason additions and subtractions and it can’t be ruled out that more additions/subtractions occur.  Goalie Robin Lehner was signed to a four-year contract to back up Connor Hellebuyck and late last night, it was announced that Dustin Brown will be signing a 4-year contract at 1.725 million per year. Though it is expected Brown will retire at years end.  “Adding two experienced guys like Lehner and Brown show our seriousness in wanting to win the Stanley Cup. We’ve undergone a massive change this summer bringing in Barkov, Pavelski, Brown, Kase, DeAngelo, Hellebuyck and Lehner. We feel like we a very strong team, physical, with one of the best defensive acumens in the league. Offensively, we have the fire power. That said, there will be more changes as the season goes along which is natural and everyone knows I don’t like to stand pat but moves should be minimal” said General Manager Allen.  After the signing of Dustin Brown, it sounds as if Robert Thomas will be loaned to the minors to start the season as he continues to improve on his skills. It is expected he will be called up mid to late season.   The opening night roster will be:  Landeskog, Barkov, TkachukSvechnikov, McCann, PavelskiKase, Fischer, BrownHelm, Glendening, Fast  Reilly, DeAngeloHeiskanen, LindgrenSanheim, Pysyk  HellebuyckLehner 
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #10, #9 and #8 Blues-Graham 2022-10-02 13:00:31 135 There is a reason I'm doing these 3 teams together.  That's because I've went back and forth a few times between the rankings of all 3.  Honestly, I don't think there is alot seperating any of these teams.     Coming in at number 10 on this list are the defending stanley cup champions - the Washington Capitals.   That's pretty amazing when you're not only the defending champs but top 10 in prospects as well.  I really like alot of the players the Caps have managed to accumulate.   Yes Drydale is tops on the list at 34 and he will be a solid top 4 D if not a top pairing guy.  Sandin is looking to be a top 4 guy with PP1 potential as well although I question (as a leaf fan) how well he actually plays defence.  What I really envy is the group of forwards the caps have managed to get - Eklund, Rossi, Foote, Raty and Robertson.  Will any of these guys be superstars?  I think in the truest sense, probably only Eklund and Rossi have that potential.  Guys like Raty and Robertson project to be more complementary players in the 25 goal , 50 point range.  Time will tell. Probably due to being the reigning champs in all, there isn't really anyone on the Caps team who's not on this list worth mentioning.    Rank/TIER PLAYER-POS 34/4 Jamie Drysdale-D 50/5 William Eklund-LW   70/5 Rasmus Sandin-D   72/5 Marco Rossi-C   83/6 Nolan Foote-LW   126/6 Aatu Räty-C   134/6 Nicholas Robertson-LW     At 9th on the list are the Nashville Predators.  Year in and year out the preds draft, draft and draft some more.  Some of my best prospects have come via the Preds.. lol   Who watches more video then Sylvain?  probably no one in the NEFHL.  First on the Preds list is Jake Sanderson.  Yes he's a D, but he's an awfully good one.  He's projecting as a true #1 D - not in the Cale Makar sense but still a true #1.  He plays a quiet game but he can skate, check and make a first play like it's nobodies business.   Lets start with the others that I really like on Sylvain's list.  Hayton who got in 60gp with the Yotes last year should be poised to have a big year.  Is he a true superstar?  No I dont' think so but he could be a solid first liner.  Next is Kakko.  Admittedly I'm really high on Kakko.  I saw him live at the worlds in Slovakia a few years ago and man could he play.   He was one of the best players at that tournament.  I'm not sure what's happened to him since then but the tools are there. I hope he breaks out this year.   Lets not forget, he's still only 21.  He's got it all and in my opinion probably the only player on this list that still has super start potential, although I'm thinking he probably doesn't reach that level.  Solid 1st liner isn't out of the question though.  Next is JJ Peterka.  My buddy's son played with him in Germany growing up.  Yes, Peterka is good - really good but has an attitude to go with it.  I haven't heard much about this attitude from NHL clubs but it's an interesting side note just the same.  By the way, he had nothing but good to say about Tim Stutzle.   The Preds have alot of depth here - I really like that Ivan Miroshnichenko pickup.  The guy was a projected top 5 pick in this years draft but fell due to health concerns(Cancer).   Willaim Dafour absolutely demolished the Q last year scoring at nearly 2 PPG.  He's got great size and a shot that scores.  He'll start out in the A this year.  Lets see how he does.    Others to keep an eye on?  Obviously the others on this list like Othmann, Mateychuk, Kurashev and Jenik.  But there are others buried in the 3km long prospect list such as Yan Kuznetsov, Sam Colangelo, Ronnie Attard, Bobby Brink, and Adam Raska.  The Preds are loaded.       Rank/TIER PLAYER-POS 27/4 Jake Sanderson-D 44/5 Barrett Hayton-C   48/5 Kaapo Kakko-RW   68/5 John-Jason Peterka-LW   77/6 William Dufour-RW   86/6 Ivan Miroshnichenko-LW   95/6 Denton Mateychuk-D   98/6 Brennan Othmann-LW   135/6 Philipp Kurashev-LW   141/6 Jan Jeník-C     At number 8 is none other then myself!  Yeah!  What makes me better than the two in front of me?  Mainly that my top prospect is a forward and ranked higher than either of their top prospects.  My top 3 prospects are also forwards.  What's interesting (for me anyway) is to look at Pronmans list vs my own.  Lets start with the Blues top rated prospect on Pronmans list, as well as my own, Shane Wright.  There is no way he should have went 4th overall in the NHL but he went 1st overall in the NEFHL and that's what matters.  Either way, if I'm honest, it's almost as if it was a gift.  Nothing is going to motivate someone like Wright more than being passed over.  He's going to be a top line player in the NHL.  Not right away, few are.  Give him 2-3 years and he should be scoring 30G and 60 points on a regular basis.  Next on the list is Peyton Krebs.  Krebs who came to me via the Preds FYI, should be an elite 2C.   He's got great playmaking abilities and at 21 has a year of NHL experience under his belt.  He scored at close to .5 PPG over 48GP last year.  This was mainly on the 3rd line and he saw very little PP time.  This will change.  His points will go up.  He should also settle in around the 60 point mark but will be lucky to score 20 goals. Next on Pronmans list is Zadina (14th on mine). He  has yet to live up to his draft position (6th overall) but his metrics have always been great.  He's shown some real promise in this years training camp as well. I hope this is the year he breaks out. Althought it seems like he's been in this league forever, he's still only 21. 4th on Pronmans list (2nd on mine)is Brandt Clarke.  Despite not making Team Canada, this guy has some of the highest offensive upside on this list.  He's tearing up LA's training camp and even has an outside shot at making the opening night roster.  His skating is atrocious but his hockey IQ is off the charts.  Others on this list - Connor McMichael who like Krebs played mostly 3rd line minutes last year.  He is auditioning for 2C duty in Washington this year but it's looking like another year at the 3C position.  The Blues have some promising prospects on this list such as Helleson and Morrw on D. I find it interesting that Pronman thinks so highly of Helleson.  He's a solid prospect but he's 23rd on my list. Mesar is having a hell of a training camp, by most eyes outperforming the 1st overall pick in this years draft. Other prospects not on this list worth noting - Pavel Dorofeyev, a 21 year old who lead the Silver Knights in scoring last year.  Rodion Amirov, the leafs first rounder who has been off with brain cancer.  He's about to resume playing once again. I also like Klimovich, Robins, Chayka, Portillo, Hirovonen and Mailoux.  For those who care, I'll probably update my own prospect list soon.  Helleson may move up from his 23rd spot ranking.    Rank/TIER PLAYER-POS 16/3 Shane Wright-C 42/4 Peyton Krebs-LW   80/6 Filip Zadina-RW   87/6 Brandt Clark-D   99/6 Connor McMichael-C   102/6 Drew Helleson-D   153/6 Scott Morrow-D   164/6 Filip Mesar-RW   169/6 Marat Khusnutdinov-C   170/6 Fabian Lysell-RW  
Boston BruinsBoston Bruins S1E1: BACK IN BEANTOWN Bruins-Chris 2022-10-01 15:06:19 108 You never forget your first (team). While the Jets were an opportunity to return to the NEFHL, the Bruins were the team I cut my teeth with. When a chance to return to the Bruins came up I jumped on it, forgoing the opportunity to see through the rebuilt Jets, a team ranked in the top 7 of the Hoover rankings. While I think the Jets are gonna improve this season, I do enjoy building rosters so taking on the Bruins in their current state is a challenge I enjoy. So let's chat about those Bruins. I'll avoid diving into the previous administration and focus on the current state and plans moving forward. First the positives, the Bruins have some strength in goal. Elvis has top 12 goalie ratings and a very reasonable cap hit at $3.6m for 2 years (lowest next to Shesterkin). His NHL status as number one in Columbus only strenghthens his value as the season winds on. Matt Murray is another intriguing asset. His $2.9m cap hit for the next two seasons are very reasonable and we'll be watching him in the NHL with the Leafs to see if he can rebound and stay healthy as the Leafs number one. Depending on demand, the Bruins might be interested in moving both before the NEFHL deadline. The backend of the Bruins is in decent shape as well. Void of high end talent but a handful of decent value dmen on good contracts should be of interest to some contenders. Pending UFA Tyler Myers has decent second/third dman ratings but his cap hit reduces his value until the trade deadline. Brandon Carlo, Haydn Fleury,  and Travis Hamonic provide nice second pair ratings at reasonable cap hits. These guys will probably be moved over the course of the season. Up front Mark Scheifele leads the way. Hes a top line center who is a pending UFA and will most likely be our loyalty. The next tier of forwards and all well priced, Erik Haula, William Karlsson, Yanni Gourde, Kasperi Kapanen and Tyson Jost all provide value with reasonable cap hits. Good chance many of those names get moved to contenders for futures. So while they is a chance this team could exceed expectations, especially with low goalie ratings league wide, the most likely scenario is trading assets for next year as my quest to return the Bruins to glory begins now.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild To be or not to be? Every team's 1st round picks 2018-2022 Wild-Peter 2022-09-30 15:15:37 147 I skipped on it yesterday but here we are today. Every team's 1st rounders from 2018-2022. As the title suggests there are still question marks on a lot of these prospects as it is still way too early to judge what they will become. Looking at this chart will be easier on the eyes than going through the archives. It did take me a lot less time than yesterday which I am happy about.  Before we look at the chart, we want to give a quick shout out to the Vegas Golden Knights. We here at the minnesota mild try to promote inclusion, diversity, equity in everything we do. We have failed you all.  I would like to acknowledge the violence caused by leaving out the organization that did not exist prior to 2018 in the article titled "History lesson: Each team's 1st round picks 2008-2017". By not including the team that didn't exist in the article focused for teams that did exist, we created trauma. This trauma will have ripple effects that will pass on to future generations. To say 'sorry' is not enough. We will actively engage with the best government resources to re-educate ourselves to be the best we can be. Seattle Kraken, there's not much for you in this article again. I apologize for the pain caused by such dangerous exclusionary acts of violence.  The green background means the player has played MINIMUM 10 NHL regular season games. Previous article was 20 nhl games played. There is no strikethrough this time as an overwhelming majority are still signed to NHL/AHL deals. Dominik Bokk is an example of a player who has returned to Europe. There are a number of players that are at the 9 game mark. Examples of this include Holtz, McTavish, Eklund, and more. The players in bold means they were top10 nefhl draft picks. I should have done this with yesterday's article too.   Some observations: - Obviously the 2022 picks have not played any games. - Very few 2021 have played in the NHL. Sillinger (12th ov nefhl) probably should have gone earlier. Oilers got fantastic value there so far. - Buffalo, NY Rangers continue to ignore the draft. - Tampa Bay has no picks here but they won a cup. Similar pattern with Philadelphia who also won the cup in recent years. - Capitals picking Caufield has turned out to be a better top10 (3rd ov nefhl) pick than some others drafted ahead of him in the real NHL draft. Was traded to win a cup. - Flames have had no drafted 1st rounder since 2018 play more than 10 NHL games. - Turcotte (San Jose 4th ov nefhl) is becoming worrisome. 8 nhl games played, 0 points. Still young, but probably doesn't go top5 in a redraft. ____________________________ Article: 17/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $3,000,000 / $10,000,000
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild History lesson: Each team's 1st round picks 2008-2017 Wild-Peter 2022-09-29 20:51:11 182 Had some time to kill at work and decided to make this article. I was curious to see what the former 1st round picks looked liked over the years and if they are still in the league. Excuse my shitty editing as always. If you are the General Manager of the Las Vegas Golden Knights or Seattle Kraken you might want to click 'back'. This thread is not for you! I started looking from 2008 for no reason other than it was the year I would have been drafted in the NHL. I wanted to see who was still in the league since then. I did not look at 2018 to present day because it would be too early to tell on some of the recently drafted players. Let's be honest here, if they didn't crack the NHL roster after 5 years of development then the odds are not in their favour.. The Green background means they have played MINIMUM 20 NHL regular season games. Red means they have not. The Strikethrough means they are not under NHL/AHL contract for 2022-2023. They are either retired, in Europe, or unrestricted free agents. Atlanta Thrashers draft picks are listed as Winnipeg Jets. If I had a better way of knowing which GMs made which picks I would include that. I started on this but gave up because it was taking too much time. Especially the years before I was even part of the league (before 2012). Some of my observations will be below the chart: Correction: JT Miller incorrectly marked as Canucks. Should be Montreal Canadiens.    - Arizona doesn't draft a lot, but they got impact players and are still a strong team today. Same with Philly. - Buffalo doesn't care about the draft clearly. They probably would have been better off trading their 1sts those years since they busted anyway. Their team is strong for 2022-2023 without 1sts. - Carolina changed their entire organization with the 2008/2009 draft. They tend to hit on their 1sts and keep those players. - Chicago has a ton of firsts, and usually hit on them. Pittsburgh as well. Same with Vancouver. Not surprised at all. These three teams always draft well. - minnesota (2009-2015) , Arizona (2008-2013) and St. Louis (2008 - 2013) have the biggest gaps between 1st round picks. Both were strong teams during that time. Blues were the best organization in the NEFHL. - Nashville was surprising to see. They got NHL games from players but nothing high end and aren't with the organization today. - NJ Devils in 2016 got incredible value with their picks. - We can kind of see the approach of the previous GM of the NY Rangers with his 1st round record.    ____________________________ Article: 16/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $2,750,000 / $10,000,000  
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Pens C+ Core is too Hot to Handle Pens-Brent 2022-09-29 17:54:07 101 The Hoover rankings are out and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been recognized 12th best team in the NEFHL.  According to "Jamie the Great", the Penguins boast one of the most impressive youth groups in the league, having earned a solid A.  Unfortunately for the flightless birds, that appears to be about it.  Despite having three of the greatest players to ever lace up a skate boot, the Penguins received an abysmal C+ Core score.  "Hoover realizes that Ovy is the most successful player in NEFHL history... right?" said two-way forward Brandon Hagel.  "I don't know what that lefty is smoking, but I am betting it is some good stuff," added the outspoken sparkplug, Ryan "The Lomberghini" Lomberg.  Despite the embarrassing core ranking, the Penguins appear to be too hot to handle in preseason.  With wins against the almighty Buffalo Sabres and the juggernaut Vancouver Canucks, hockey critics are beginning to question why the Pens are ranked so much lower than both squads?  "We sure showed them.  I think it is clear that we are a darkhorse team this year.  We are totally okay with that.  We have had some tough seasons lately, but we came on strong towards the end of last season.  Safe to say if we had Alex last year we would have made the playoffs," stated defender Evan Bouchard.  Pittsburgh has a second date with the Buffalo Sabres this evening in what should be an exciting matchup.  Ovy and Geno lit the Sabres up last time around and look to continue that trend.   The Russian duo skated this morning alongside youngster Seth Jarvis during the preskate flow.  Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby worked with youngsters Lucas Raymond and Brandon Hagel.  ________________________ Obligatory Articles: 5/5 Bonus Articles: 6/40  =  $1,500,000 / $10,000,000
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - full list + standings + other rankings Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-26 13:15:25 178 PREAMBLE POWER RANKINGS 1: Vancouver 2: Chicago 3: Philadelphia 4: Calgary 5: Arizona 6: Buffalo 7: Winnipeg 8: Los Angeles 9: Minnesota 10: Dallas 11: Washington 12: Colorado 13: Nashville 14: New Jersey 15: Pittsburgh 16: Florida 17: Toronto 18: Tampa Bay 19: Anaheim 20: Edmonton 21: Carolina 22: Montreal 23: Columbus 24: Vegas 25: Detroit 26: Ottawa 27: Boston 28: San Jose 29: NY Islanders 30: NY Rangers 31: Seattle 32: St. Louis STANDINGS BASED ON POWER RANKINGS: WESTERN Canucks*Hawks*FlamesCoyotesJetsKingsWildStars-----AvalanchePredatorsDucksOilersKnightsSharksKrakenBlues EASTERN Flyers*Sabres*CapitalsDevilsPenguinsPanthersLeafsLightning--------HurricanesCanadiensBlue JacketsRed WingsSenatorsBruinsIslandersRangers HOOVER RANKINGS 1: Vancouver 2: Chicago 3: Buffalo 4: Philadelphia 5: Calgary 6: Minnesota 7: Washington 8: Nashville 9: Winnipeg 10: Arizona 11: Los Angeles 12: Pittsburgh 13: Dallas 14: New Jersey 15: Tampa Bay 16: Colorado 17: Toronto 18: Edmonton 19: Anaheim 20: Florida 21: Montreal 22: Carolina 23: Columbus 24: Vegas 25: Detroit 26: Ottawa 27: Boston 28: San Jose 29: NY Islanders 30: NY Rangers 31: Seattle 32: St. Louis STANDINGS BASED ON HOOVER RANKINGS: WESTERN Canucks*Hawks*FlamesWildPredatorsJetsCoyotesKings----------StarsAvalancheOilersDucksKnightsRed WingsSharksKrakenBlues EASTERN Sabres*Flyers*CapitalsPenguinsDevilsLightningLeafsPanthers----------CanadiensHurricanesBlue JacketsSenatorsBruinsIslandersRangers TEAMS RANKED BY KEY RATING: 1 : Dallas 2 : Vancouver 3 : Arizona 4 : Calgary 5 : Colorado 6 : Chicago 7 : Los Angeles 8 : Florida 9 : Pittsburgh 10 : Washington 11 : New Jersey 12 : Winnipeg 13 : Anaheim 14 : Philadelphia 15 : Toronto 16 : Edmonton 17 : Carolina 18 : Tampa Bay 19 : Minnesota 20 : Buffalo 21 : Nashville 22 : Vegas 23 : Columbus 24 : Detroit 25 : Montreal 26 : San Jose 27 : NY Rangers 28 : Ottawa 29 : NY Islanders 30 : Boston 31 : St. Louis 32 : Seattle TEAMS RANKED BY GOALTENDING: 1 : Chicago 2 : Florida 3 : Vancouver 4 : Nashville 5 : Philadelphia 6 : Washington 7 : Arizona 8 : Minnesota 9 : NY Islanders 10 : Los Angeles 11 : Toronto 12 : Ottawa 13 : Boston 14 : Carolina 15 : Tampa Bay 16 : Montreal 17 : Calgary 18 : Edmonton 19 : Columbus 20 : Detroit 21 : Buffalo 22 : Colorado 23 : Winnipeg 24 : Pittsburgh 25 : New Jersey 26 : San Jose 27 : NY Rangers 28 : Anaheim 29 : Dallas 30 : Seattle 31 : Vegas 32 : St. Louis
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #1-2 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-26 12:51:58 125 POWER RANKINGS 2022 Now for your top two teams, Vancouver and Chicago. These two seem to be miles ahead of the competition. Anyway I sliced it, these two teams are your two best teams heading into this NEFHL season.  1: Vancouver Key: A+, Core: A+, Depth: A, Offense: A+, Defense: A-, Intangibles: B+, Goal: A, Cap: C, Prospects: B+, Hoover: A+. For a second straight season Vancouver leads the power rankings. Landeskog, Barkov, and Tkachuk is likely the best top line out there, if they're playing together. Canucks don't have the depth that the Hawks do, but their depth players do bring specific PK skills to the table. Not a lot of change from where they finished last season. Last year they couldn't seem to get the chemistry going, with or without trades, so looks like they're committing to their guys to get it done and build some chemistry. 2: Chicago Key: A-, Core: A+, Depth: A+, Offense: A+, Defense: C+, Intangibles: C+, Goal: A+, Cap: C+, Prospects: A-, Hoover: A+. I have a few calculations I use to guide some thoughts, and one I have called 'team points', Chicago finishes first, which doesn't include cap or prospects where they are in very comfortable positions for both. They have tons of depth, easily rolling four lines and don't have a liability on defense. They also have the best goaltending in the league. Hawks are primed to do some damage and a good bet to take the Central division again. They have no holes with cap space and assets to improve as they see fit. Canucks beat them out in the final rankings with their 3 star players compared to Chicago having just Makar, who is sure to take a run for the Norris, but these Hawks are right on their heals. The top two teams do have a decent gap on next highest.
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #12 - #11 Blues-Graham 2022-09-26 12:20:44 129 The last 2 teams outside the top 10   #12 - Boston Bruins A Perfect example of what happens to a team that has a plan but doesn't stick to it.  Ex-GM Bruins Jason was supposed to be in rebuild mode but instead of sticking to the plan decided to trade his first round picks.       2022-07-06 Vancouver Canucks trade Egor Sokolov, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and VAN 2023 Rnd 2 to Boston Bruins for Stefan Noesen and COL 2022 Rnd 1 2022-06-23 Washington Capitals trade Tyson Jost to Boston Bruins for BOS 2022 Rnd 3 2022-06-20 Philadelphia Flyers trade Mark Scheifele and NYR 2022 Rnd 7 to Boston Bruins for Jay Beagle, WSH 2023 Rnd 2 and BOS 2023 Rnd 2 2021-09-12 St-Louis Blues trade Kris Russell to Boston Bruins for BUF 2023 Rnd 4 2021-08-24 Boston Bruins trade COL 2022 Rnd 2 to New York Rangers for Alexandar Georgiev 2019-09-08 Boston Bruins trade Mathieu Perreault, Michael Raffl, Bode Wilde, BOS 2021 Rnd 1 and BOS 2022 Rnd 1 to Vancouver Canucks for Matt Duchene and Cole Guttman     Despite all these nonsense trades, the B's have managed to accumlate some decent talent.   Top of the list is Dawson Mercer.  He's looking like the real deal. 42 points, 17 of them goals.  I'm not sure where he fits into the Devils line up with Hughes and Hischier down the middle already.  My guess is he will slide to the wing rather than play 3C.  But time will tell. Next up is Jakob Pelletier. The undersized winger had a year for Calgary's AHL team scoring at nearly a point per game and 27 goals. He was named to the AHL's all rookie team and should push for a roster spot in Calgary this year.  I find the B's list drops off after that.  Not to say the rest of the guys on the list aren't solid NHL's but I think that's it for firsts line talent. Players like McLeod, Veleno and Sokolov should provide decent middle 6 options eventually.   I'm a big fan of Lapierre as well. His playmaking skills are superb.  Barron and Soderstrom both offer some home on the blue line.  Both should challenge for a roster spot this season with right hander Barron my favorite to be the more succesful player of the 2.  other prospects on the B's worth watching are 2022 late 1st rounder Sam Rinzel and Iolers 2nd round from 2019 Raphel Lavoie.    Rank/Tier PLAYER TEAM-POS 46/5 Dawson Mercer-RW 81/6 Jakob Pelletier-LW 116/6 Ryan McLeod-C 122/6 Joseph Veleno-C 130/6 Egor Sokolov-RW 131/6 Justin Barron-D 136/6 Victor Söderström-D 142/6 Hendrix Lapierre-C 156/6 Zach Dean-C       Coming in at 11 is the Canucks.  The most shallow prospect pool in the top half of this league but man is it lethel.  If you want know how they manage to have such a great team and a great prospect pool, have a look at those trades the Bruins made above.  This is in addition to Kyle's amazing drafting ability as well.    Tops on this list is Andrei Svechnikov, despite being KO'd by Ovi he's a top line player on any team in the NHL.  I suspect his 30 goal season from last year is the first of 5 or 6 more to come.   Next on the list is Kent Johnson. This kid has played alot of hockey over the last year - 5 different teams in total, representing Canada 3 times.  He's as skilled as they come.  I do think it will be at least 2 years before he is successful in the NHL though.  He's still a bit too slight for the NHL game.  He needs to put a bit more weight on.  Once he does, I'm sure he'll be a star.  3rd on the list is Wyatt Johnston.  He only scored 124 points in 68 GP in the O as an 18 year old. He's looked good in teh stars camp being involved in many skilled plays.  Probably a couple years from making his NHL debut. Bolduc is another potential 1st line talent or at least a top 6 option. He was actually drafted ahead of Johnston in the NHL but probably belongs just below him on this list.    Rounding out the list is Frank Nazar.  The undersized forward is commited to the University of Michigan this coming year. I expect him to do well but lets wait and see.    #11 - Vancouver Canucks    Rank/Tier PLAYER TEAM-POS 6/2 Andrei Svechnikov-LW 35/4 Kent Johnson-LW 62/5 Wyatt Johnston-C 90/6 Zachary Bolduc-LW 94/6 Frank Nazar-C   Up next the top 10!  Some amazing prospect pools coming up.   
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #3-4 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-26 03:44:44 124 3: Philadelphia Key: B-, Core: B+, Depth: A-, Offense: B+, Defense: A+, Intangibles: A+, Goal: A, Cap: B+, Prospects: F, Hoover: A. In hopes of winning back to back cups Philly sold many prospects to up their chances. This off-season saw them with many players set to be UFA after this season. Throw in some serious cap restraints and the looming expansion draft the Flyers sold many of their stars, all UFA next season, for draft picks. A couple picks were then moved for cheaper forwards. Patrice Bergeron was signed to upgrade on previously departed Scheifele. On defense Hamilton and Gudbranson have been replaced with Ruhwedel and Tinordi. The blueline isn't as good as the last couple seasons, but with Shesterkin still 2 more years at $2.3 million, you've got to take some swings at it. What they do have in their pocket is some cap space to add to said blueline at some point. Their forward depth is top notch and allow them some different line combos over the course of the season. 4: Calgary Key: A, Core: A-, Depth: A, Offense: A, Defense: C-, Intangibles: A-, Goal: B-, Cap: B, Prospects: C, Hoover: A. Flames consistently put out a major contender, year after year. Adding Pietrangelo through free agency was a major add and gives a good top pairing with Werenski. Rantanen and Huberdeau, who they added last February, up front, will give opposing bluelines a lot of problems. Financial management is important to Calgary and they have nearly $90 million in the bank and close to $3 million in cap space, which they will do their best to work to their advantage. Signing the cursed Getzlaf might have been a dangerous move though.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #5-6 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-26 03:38:43 127 5: Arizona Key: A, Core: A, Depth: B+, Offense: B+, Defense: B+, Intangibles: A, Goal: A-, Cap: F, Prospects: F, Hoover: B+. 3 super high end wingers with good strength and one of the best top six up front in the league: E Kane, Meier, Tarasenko, Reinhart, Nichuskin, and Copp. Carlson/Karlsson give two potent options from defense too. There is a lot to like in Arizona and look like a legit contender this season. One thing of concern is their cap situation while also having a few lower durability players. They're not loaded in prospects to make upgrades so mostly what you see is what you get from Arizona, which is pretty good! 6: Buffalo Key: C, Core: B, Depth: A+, Offense: A-, Defense: A-, Intangibles: A, Goal: C, Cap: C+, Prospects: D, Hoover: A. Every season Kev tells us how great his team is, and how they'll win the Division, etc., etc., and then looking at rankings, I say 'no, Sabres suck' and then ends up I'm right. This year, The Sabres actually look super good, and they've been able to accomplish that by showing something the franchise has never had before: Patience. They've targeted key players that they saw promise in, bought them up, and have hung onto them, only to see their scouting work pay off with many players ratings working their way up. Goaltending is pretty average, but at around ~$1.7 for both of them, it gives a lot of space to work with for rest of roster. Both have a good chance to see their ratings work up through the season too, so I don't even really see it as a negative. Their forward depth is a major strength and makes it easier to avoid cold stretches. Sabres are a team on the upswing and look like a true contender. My best bet to take the East, but I certainly hope the Flyers do beat them out there.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #7-8 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-25 16:57:40 152 7: Winnipeg Key: B, Core: A-, Depth: A-, Offense: B, Defense: A+, Intangibles: A-, Goal: C, Cap: C, Prospects: C+, Hoover: B+. Winnipeg has done a major revamp to get serious about contending and they are looking strong! The best defensive squad in the league; however, they do have average goaltending, which is their biggest question mark at this time. Grubauer is coming off a career worst season so would expect him better in NHL this season, but will still be stuck with last years stats in NEFHL. Kucherov and Horvat return as their deadly duo, but top 9 forwards are all great: Lindholm, Wilson, Kadri, Jeannot, Coleman, Palat and Goodrow. Defense group, bit more shaky, but still solid, led by some big shutdown types in Erik Jonson and Erik Cernak. 8: Los Angeles Key: A-, Core: B+, Depth: B, Offense: C, Defense: A, Intangibles: A+, Goal: B+, Cap: F, Prospects: B-, Hoover: B+. Toffoli out and Oleksiak is in, otherwise mostly the same roster as last season's president winner. They are tight to the cap, although have some prospect flexibility. Their strength this season appears to be their shutdown ability, having many players with 80+DF ratings, as well as some intensity, speed, and strength mixed in. Kings will hope to have their new top line gel like they did last year and run away with the West, but will be in tough to do so. They were not the top rated team in the West last season either and managed to shoot their way up the standings. 
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #15 - #13 Blues-Graham 2022-09-25 14:49:59 155 Alright boys, time to knock off 3 more teams.   #15 - The Flordia PanthersComing in the top 15 are the perenial contenders the Flordia panthers. Topping the list is Arthur Kaliyev. During his draft year he was one of the guys who anaylsts said wouldn't produce at the professional level. Well, here we are 3 years after being drafted and he already has a 14G season under his belt. The man can rip it and should pot 20G this season. 30G isnt out of the question for this guy. I'll be honest the next couple guys on the list aren't that familar to me but Pronman likes them. Merkley is an untra talented D man who can handle the puck like it's no one's business. He got nearly 40GP in the show last year and should be on the bottom pairing for the sharks. Lets hope he gets some time on the PP where he belongs. Lambos is more of the same. He's projecting as a top 4 guy for Minisota. Isaac Howard is an ultra talented buzz saw. I really liked him, he was on my draft list. Not on the list but worth mentioning is 21 year old C Ryan Suzuki. Rank/Tier PLAYER TEAM-POS33/4 Arthur Kaliyev-RW58/5 Kirill Marchenko-RW110/6 Dmitri Voronkov-LW117/6 Ryan Merkley-D132/6 Rutger McGroarty-LW138/6 Carson Lambos-D158/6 Isaac Howard-LW #14 - The Carolina Hurricanes. Now we're getting into the teams with fully stocked prospect cupboards. First on that list, mostly because 2 of thier 3 top players are D are the Carolina Hurricanes. The top player on this list is a 6'4 20 year old D man with 8 points in 10 GP for SKA St.Petersburg. Those are some serious point totals for the youngster in a serious league. I do believe this is the last year of his contract so we may see him in the NHL as early as next year. Next is snipper Connor Zary. He'll play again for the Flames AHL affiliate and is projecting as a middle 6 C with PP potential. Heinola made his NHL debut with the Jets last year and is looking to be a good player. In my opinion the guy with the most upside on this list is probably winger Brendan Brisson. He flat out scores. He's not super fast but owns a onetimer to make anyone jealous. He probably won't make the Knights this year but might get a cup of coffee. I fully expect this guy to be a 25-30 goal scorer year in and year out at the NHL level. Kupari honestly doesn't improess me much but C Conor Geekie is turning heads at the Sharks prospect camp. He's still a couple years away but the boy will play in the NHL. They got Clang in nets and Kirsanov on D as well. Not on the list but Foote is another prospect that's showing well in training camp. The Canes compete every year and they manage to do that year in and year out by drafting well. Rank/Tier PLAYER TEAM-POS75/5 Alexander Nikishin D93/6 Connor Zary C104/6 Ville Heinola D112/6 Brendan Brisson LW123/6 Rasmus Kupari C124/6 Conor Geekie C166/6 Calle Clang G167/6 Kirill Kirsanov D #13 - The New York Islanders The Isles are going in the right direction. They just pulled off a ripper of a trade with Colorado that included 2 (seriously) 2023 1st round picks as well as goalie prospect Dylan Garand. Not good enough to make this list but a solid tier 2 prospect. To the list - on top is slower to develop than expected, Quinton Byfield. He maybe developing slower than expected but he's still projecting as a number 1C. The Kings are doing right by him and not rushing him along too quickly. He got 40 games in last year and should make the team out of training camp this year. Look for him to improve on his modest 5G tally from last year. He's big and he can skate. He will be very good. Next is Jiricek. He's a legit top 4 guy going forward. More interesting is Leaf forward prospect Matthew Knies. A 2nd round steal. He won't be in the NHL this year but should make his debut in 2 years time. A power forward with some great speed and puck possesion skills. Next on the list are a couple middle 6 wingers in Wahlstrom. I don't feel either of these players will ever be top line talent but should fit in any great teams middle 6. Hoglander especially is a great 2 way winger who's got a high end motor and great hands. The final player on this list is Thomas Bordeleau. He's a bit undersized and likley ends up on the wing at the NHL but he's got wheels and should be another middle 6 options for the Isles in a year or 2's time. The depth doesn't stop there for the Islanders. They got uber talented (under performing) Noel Gunler who I would have drafted if I got the chance as well as fell 6'4 swede William Wallinder. Keep your eyes on Shai Buium and Martin Chromiak as well. Rank/Tier PLAYER TEAM-POS15/2 Quinton Byfield C 23/4 David Jiricek D65/5 Matthew Knies LW85/6 Oliver Wahlstrom RW92/6 Nils Höglander RW111/6 Thomas Bordeleau C
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #9-10 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-25 13:33:17 159 Into the top 10! 9: Minnesota Key: C+, Core: C+, Depth: B+, Offense: C+, Defense: B-, Intangibles: B, Goal: A-, Cap: B-, Prospects: A+, Hoover: A-. A+ in prospects and B- in cap show that Minny is a team that could shoot up the rankings if they make that the focus. Regardless, they will be a competitive team in the West, looking to make their mark after a rough season. There has been some controversy with the Wild, some feeling the team name and logo are far too aggressive and have considered using the new team name, 'Mild'. It seems it's unofficial at this time. Hopefully it doesn't become an on ice distraction. Brady Tkachuk and Hintz are the stars to this squad with nice complimentary players like Pettersson stepping into their own stardom. One of the biggest upward movers with the Hoover ranking. I did try and incorporate the mild idea into the image.  10: Dallas Key: A+, Core: A, Depth: C, Offense: B, Defense: C+, Intangibles: B-, Goal: D, Cap: A, Prospects: C-, Hoover: B. The cost of the Stars top 6  players hits around $30 million. This will obviously leave some challenges for the rest of the lineup, but it also means they have the top core in the league. Draisaitl, Marner, DeBrincat and Panarin up front, with Nurse and Letang leading the way on defense. Goaltending is currently their biggest failure, but both guys are cheap (to make up for their big 6), while Husso has an excellent opportunity to see his ratings improve over the course of the season. By the playoffs he is likely to be a worthy starter for a contender. Some of their low rating depth players do at least bring specific qualities, like high IT. I'd imagine they'll ride their stars for the first half of the season and might have opportunity to upgrade bottom six later in the season, banking some of their cap space.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #11-12 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-25 13:01:49 159 11: Washington Key: B+, Core: C+, Depth: C, Offense: C+, Defense: C, Intangibles: C, Goal: A-, Cap: B-, Prospects: B+, Hoover: A-. Last season they were able to upgrade, but this off-season they've had to do some work to make the cap work; never an easy repeat in NEFHL. They still have star Matthews who will have a major impact and Vas is still a top notch goalie. Wheeler did his job and has moved along. They have some room to add and have a good system built, so are easily a team that could make a run up the standings. As the defending champ they are still the team to beat and are in a good position to take another run. They are not currently a favourite like they were heading into last season though.  12: Colorado Key: A-, Core: A-, Depth: B-, Offense: A-, Defense: B+, Intangibles: C, Goal: C, Cap: C-, Prospects: C-, Hoover: B-. MacKinnon and Ekblad are still the core of this franchise. Suzuki and Caufield are two important building blocks and with their further emergence could help make Colorado a contender again. Ullmark continues to improve each year in NHL. On the flipside, their prospect rank is low and they are tight with the salary cap. For this season they'll need to see how they do and if they want to make a push, but right now they look to be well geared for next season if things continue to go well for their players in NHL. After writing this article the Avs have made a move to upgrade their goalie, to Sorokin,  and cut salary cap. They paid a hefty price in terms of assets, but the deal should help them even further this season. It will create new cap issues next off-season, but at least they'll still have their goalie in place. 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings #13-14 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-24 13:49:33 167 13: Nashville Key: A, Core: C, Depth: C+, Offense: C+, Defense: B-, Intangibles: B+, Goal: A, Cap: B-, Prospects: B+, Hoover: A-. Preds are a very practically ran team, focused on discount signings and adding players that fit well in their cap structure. They've drafted lots and are good at it, making them a top tier team in terms of prospects. They are a team to likely wait for the right opportunity and pickup a big addition or two mid-season. What they lack is top tier talent. They did add Wheeler for the low cost of a 4th, who they could afford due to good cap management. Ehlers will be expected to do a lot of scoring as the team sniper. Their defense is particularly deep. Adding a top tier center or two would move the Preds up the rankings in a hurry. 14: New Jersey Key: B, Core: B+, Depth: A-, Offense: A, Defense: C-, Intangibles: B, Goal: C-, Cap: C, Prospects: C-, Hoover: B. New GM duo has come in quietly and tightened up the Devils into a more lien and talented club. One of the best teams through this years free agency adding Quick, Perry and Henrique. Kyle Connor has emerged as one of the top snipers in the NEFHL. Two time Rocket winner, Lady Byng winner and 8 time all star Patrick Kane remains a top talent, although is unlikely to compete for the Rocket this season. In 1105 career games, all with the Devils, Kane has 1103 career points. The new GMs haven't been around too long to change the makeup of the Devils but they've made some good signings to keep them being competitive and build around the established core.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #15-16 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-24 13:32:24 152 15: Pittsburgh Key: B+, Core: C+, Depth: B-, Offense: B-, Defense: C, Intangibles: A, Goal: C-, Cap: C+, Prospects: A, Hoover: B. Adding Ovi is the biggest move of the offseason and absolutely epic for their franchise. Along with Crosby puts the two best generational talents onto the same team. Malkin can quietly do his thing behind those two hockey greats. The defense group is young and talented, but guys like Bouchard and Sergachev aren't exactly the best shutdown options yet. Free agent signing Deslaurier gives some needed grit and defensive depth. They also upgraded Murray to Binnington in net, even if not the shiniest of options, will help give solid goaltending. There is a lack of depth both up front and on defense, but Pittsburgh is in good cap situation and one of the better prospect groups in the league if they choose they want to give the Sid/Ovi combo a legit chance at the cup. 16: Florida Key: B+, Core: B, Depth: C+, Offense: A-, Defense: F, Intangibles: F, Goal: A+, Cap: D, Prospects: B-, Hoover: C+. Panthers have battled the cap for years and this year seems to be no different. They were able to find some cheap UFA signings, but not much else happened in Florida this offseason. They have the option to boast one of the top lines in the league with Kaprizov-Larkin-Pastrnak. Add to that one of the top goaltending duos in Markstrom and Cal Petersen. They have some plugs in the lineup, which makes it tough for a roster to stay consistent. A key injury or two and they don't have the depth to support the loss. They have assets to work with, so it may take a bit of work, but they do have a foundation there if they choose to make some moves.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #17-18 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-24 03:18:34 147 17: Toronto Key: B-, Core: B-, Depth: B+, Offense: B+, Defense: C-, Intangibles: B-, Goal: B+, Cap: D, Prospects: B-, Hoover: B-. Toronto has done an effective job of starting a rebuild, while maintaining a competitive roster. They also added some useful vets through trade this offseason with Kopitar, Rakell, Marchessault, Fabbri, Tanev up front and Zadorov on the blueline. Hedman remains the core of the roster and will try and lead them back into the playoffs. Leafs have a reputation for making extreme corrections if things don't go well, so depending on the first month of the season, Toronto could either be major sellers or buyers, and that might change again later in the season too. No one will ever give enough for Hedman though and he will continue to try and keep them going. They also signed Oshie as another useful vet to help their forwards, particularly with his defensive play, which is something the team is lacking at the moment. 18: Tampa Bay Key: C+, Core: B-, Depth: B, Offense: B-, Defense: C+, Intangibles: B, Goal: B-, Cap: C-, Prospects: D, Hoover: B-. Filip Forsberg was drafted 3rd overall by the Lightning and has spent his entire career in Tampa Bay. His first season, 2015-16, he won the cup, along with Calder and Lady Byng and no hardware since. He's continued to grow and is now one of the top forwards in the league. The Lightning went deep last season and have shown an ability to make a timely trade to get the team going. Last seasons UFA scoop MAF remains a top goalie and will hope to replicate the success they saw last season. This offseason, mostly quite, adding Orlov for a pair of picks being their biggest move. Not a ton of prospects at the moment and are tight on the cap, so they might need to be creative to move into the contender category, but I could see that as a possibility.
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Krakalacken! Kraken-Scott 2022-09-23 13:07:31 86 The first victory in Kraken franchise history finally came on Thursday night in a 4-2 preseason victory over the mighty Vancouver Canucks. Head coach Rick Tocchet was thrilled with the team getting a win under its belt, as it figures to be a long season. "Firstly, Daniel Vladar deserves much of the credit for our first victory tonight" Tocchet said to the Seattle media. "He stopped 30/32 shots on the night and was simply fantastic. Dan played great between the pipes. Secondly - I talked the other night about playing with more discipline. Tonight, we had 7 powerplays to Vancouver's zero. The guys played with tenacity but with smarts. I'm very pleased with the group." Vladar was certainly the star of the night for the Kraken. Chosen from St. Louis in the expansion draft, Vladar is slated to start the year in the minors as the third goalie, but he figures to play a key role with the organization moving forward in a tandem with fellow young goalie Alexandar Georgiev.  Nathan Bastian continued his hot preseason by scoring his 3rd goal - and his goal was the game winner. Young Kraken defenceman Jacob Bryson also contributed two assists. The Kraken fourth line played in a key role in the victory as well, with veteran Tomas Tatar scoring the first goal of the game. The Kraken plan to roll out their projected starting lineup to finish off its preseason schedule as coach Tocchet would like some lines and pairings to form chemistry before the regular season commences. Trade rumours continue to swirl around the Kraken, especially valuble wingers Victor Olofsson and Ilya Mikhayev who are on very team-friendly contracts. GM Scott Davies offered a "no comment" to Seattle media after Thursday nights' game regarding trade rumours, but stay tuned.  
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #19-20 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-23 12:52:24 167 19: Anaheim Key: B, Core: B, Depth: B, Offense: B, Defense: A, Intangibles: C+, Goal: D, Cap: B, Prospects: A, Hoover: C+. Kreider is a deadly power forward and will be leading the offense, but young stars like Thompson, Norris, and Hughes, are very nicely complimenting the vets, like Doughty and Seguin. There's a nice mix and lots more youth making their way up through their lineup. Ducks have set themselves up well, but are in a very tough Conference to make some noise. Their goaltending is below average and a major hole currently. That said, there duo are on discount deals and both, Mrazek and Raanta, have a legitimate shot at seeing their ratings improve over the course of the season. I think Anaheim, if they choose, is a team that can climb over the season and then have a ton of cap space and assets to do some adding if they choose. They'll probably take it slow and look to do more damage next year, but with a good start to the season we could see some direction change. Looking good for the quacks as a franchise. 20: Edmonton Key: C+, Core: B-, Depth: B-, Offense: B-, Defense: B, Intangibles: B-, Goal: C+, Cap: C-, Prospects: C, Hoover: C+. Oilers made four pretty significant signings to put them in a position to fight for a playoff spot. MaxPac, the biggest pickup, one of the best offensive weapons in the league, will hope to remain mostly healthy over the course of the season to best help Edmonton. Gritty vet, Nick Foligno, helps give them some edge in the lineup. Wedgwood gives a good backup to Bob with some chance of improvement. Meanwhile Bob will be dropping an off year for him and if he plays as well as last season, his rating will improve. Laine is still a good goal scorer and Giordano is elite rated NEFHL shutdown defenseman. They're going to be a tough team, game in and game out, and if Max stays healthy I think they can claw themselves into a playoff spot, and perhaps even be dangerous.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #21-22 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-23 03:16:10 159 21: Carolina Key: B-, Core: A, Depth: C-, Offense: C, Defense: B, Intangibles: C, Goal: B, Cap: B, Prospects: B, Hoover: C. It's pretty much the same writeup as it has been for Carolina the last several years. Little trades or signings and still relying on their 1st overall buddies, Stamkos and Tavares. It is fun to see those two go through all on the same team for their careers together. It's particularly cool that the majority of the Canes roster are players they've drafted and developed. Looking down through their best players it's not until I reach Marchment that wasn't home grown, who they added for $50k last Summer. A unique franchise in that regard. They are good in a lot of ways, but have holes. They have assets and cap space to fill those holes, but I don't see the Canes being a team making too many, or any, trades this season. 22: Montreal Key: C-, Core: C, Depth: C+, Offense: A, Defense: A-, Intangibles: A-, Goal: B-, Cap: C, Prospects: C+, Hoover: C. JT Miller will lead the offense in Montreal, but it's their shutdown game and strong goaltending that will make the biggest impact. They are 9 deep of useful dmen. There is grit, toughness, and lots of shutdown ability through the lineup. Blackwood and Reimer being 78OV each make it easy to rotate and ride the hot goalie. The team's GA should be low. They have some prospects and some cap room, but do need to deal with their Radulov issue. I'm surprised he hasn't found himself over to one of the true tankers. 4th liner at $6 million is tanker gold! Canadiens made a few big trades in Summer of 2020 and has rode the same roster since. The cap grade of C for Montreal was a guess, as calculations don't account for players like Radulov. That C is probably closer to a B-, but for now they have Radulov needing 20 games either Montreal or elsewhere, or pay $6 million. (I wrote these all for the most part when started posting, just been making an edit or two as I go along, so obviously Montreal addressed this - good move by both franchises)
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #23 - 24 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-22 16:29:58 166   23: Columbus Key: C, Core: C-, Depth: A, Offense: C-, Defense: A, Intangibles: D, Goal: C+, Cap: A-, Prospects: D, Hoover: C. Eichel is the team's star that they've invested in, but at this time, his 25DU and lack of complimentary forwards will probably  not be enough to find the playoffs. Anders Lee is the team's other big scorer. They do have good defensive players and Varlamov is an 80OV goalie so their shutdown game should be solid. Their depth is solid and they have cap room, so there are options for Columbus with which direction they'd like to go. I imagine there might be some focus on rebuilding, but it might also depend how the first couple months of the season go for them. 24: Vegas Key: C, Core: C, Depth: C, Offense: C-, Defense: B+, Intangibles: B+, Goal: F, Cap: B+, Prospects: A+, Hoover: C-. Hughes is developing nicely. Hakanpaa and Subban were solid signings to round out their defense nicely with Ristolainen and Faulk as their big two. Marchand, who they added last season, is the one big star in the lineup at the moment. There is some very talented youth coming up through the system and Vegas has some good things going for them. Their current goaltending duo of Francouz and Knight isn't the most inspiring, but they have lots of cap room and goalies are sometimes disposable if old and overpaid. Vegas is a team with a good move or two could see themselves fighting for a playoff spot.
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins A Kid in a Candy Store Pens-Brent 2022-09-22 16:29:14 70 Never in his wildest dreams did Seth Jarvis envision that he would be playing alongside two of the greatest hockey players in NEFHL history.  An opportunity any young hockey player would relish, yet ultimately be intimidate by.  However, that did not seem to be the case on Tuesday night.   "I don't think I slept Monday night.  I tried not to think about who I was playing with, but you obviously can't help it.  Those are two guys I looked up to as a youngster.  To be honest, I don't think I know who I like more as a player.  I am happy that we had some instant chemistry and hope that continues next game," said the young winger.  In an impressive 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks, the trio of Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and the aforementioned Jarvis combined for three of the four goals.   While nothing is set in stone, it appears as though this unit could be the Penguins first line to start the year.  "We've liked what we have seen so far from that trio.  The plan is to play around with lines and see what happens in preseason.  It's nice to have a few more weapons this year.  Variety is definitely the spice of life!" said head coach Craig Berube.  The Penguins square off against the Slugs on Sunday in what should be a barn burner of a match up.  Both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin left Tuesday's game  early due to injury.  While the latter appears good to go, the former is considered day to day.  "It's nothing serious. More precautionary than anything," said the tight lipped coach.  Winger Miles Wood will be on the shelf for the remainder of the preseason.  It is expected that he will be good to go for the first game of the regular season.  ________________________ Obligatory Articles: 5/5 Bonus Articles: 5/40  =  $1,250,000 / $10,000,000
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Barry Afraid Of Ducks Issues Strike Ducks-Ryan 2022-09-22 15:56:42 76 Breaking news out of Anaheim this morning, GM Ryan Clarey was given a strike over incomplete lines moments after boasting about "screwing with his lines". Anaheim would go on to win the game 4-0 against the Yotes and have not given up a goal in the last 7 and a half periods.  "I'm not sure what exactly Jd's problem is with me at the moment, maybe its because I have Josh Norris, maybe its because I'm more attractive then Handsome Kevin, or even perhaps its the fact Quinn Hughes learned what the defensive zone is. I really have no idea but to give me a strike over something like this is absurd, especially when I said Raanta was starting. I declared it, that counts ask Michael Scott", said a red hot Clarey.Anaheim's lawyers reached out to Calgary to find out exactly what had happened but they were met with JD hitting the ignore button. "Look, I am 35 I eat dinner at 4pm I go to bed at 7pm, ask Steve he gets it. JD can't seriously expect a man at my age to stay up like I used to anymore and monitor every minute detail. I would love to be able to go all night like I used to, probably why I am single but that's another story. I guess I'll have to be careful about my lines going forward", said Clarey. When asked about the strike young defenseman Alex Romanov said the following. "Jd hate russian machine. I block shot, but my defense low? I be top D on Flame. Why no like the Russian?" said Romanov who talks like a 6 year old. So far Anaheim is 3-0 this pre season giving zab a parting gift as he leaves for a new division. Next up for Anaheim on Sunday will be the San Jose Sharks and then will close out their pre season with a home and home vs LA. Vasily Podkolzin has stood head and shoulders above everyone and may make the team out of pre-season as he has 4 points in 3 games. Cole Perfetti has not played up to his standard is a very much looking like an AEFHL this season. *Editors note: This story is entirely Satire, except the Kevin part.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #25-26 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-22 11:12:03 147 Preamble: http://nefhl.com/index.php?view=article&id=4150 25: Detroit Key: C-, Core: C-, Depth: C-, Offense: C, Defense: D, Intangibles: C+, Goal: C+, Cap: B+, Prospects: A, Hoover: C-. Wings are in rebuild mode and have done an excellent job of building their prospect bank while still trying to find some vets with re-sale value. One such deal was adding Josi, one of the leagues top defenders, while also adding a 1st. Josi will be on the market all season, but with nearly a $6 million cap hit, there won't be many buyers. Wings will hope that there may be a few options to up his return come the trade deadline. In free agency they added a couple good vets with Krug and Silfverberg that are good bets to have some resell value next offseason. Veteran Carey Price, making $5.8, pairs with Samsonov to make a decent goaltending duo. 26: Ottawa Key: D, Core: C, Depth: C, Offense: C-, Defense: B-, Intangibles: F, Goal: B, Cap: F, Prospects: A-, Hoover: C-. After a couple cups the Sens went into full rebuild mode. They are now trying to pull out of rebuilding and back to making some playoff noise. Last year they signed free agent Brock Nelson to a big 4 year deal and he remains their key forward. On defense, Gudbranson was added to provide them a pretty solid defense group, led by the fragile Ryan Ellis. Demko is the big deal in Ottawa. One of the league’s top goalies. His salary jumped from $975k last year to $4.75 until he's 29 and another tough negotiation is to take place. He's Sen drafted talent, which they have a lot more to move if they wish, but chances are this isn't the year we see the Sens moving top prospects for short-term upgrades. 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #27-28 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-21 18:53:19 154 Preamble: https://nefhl.com/index.php?view=article&id=4150 27: Boston Key: F, Core: D, Depth: C-, Offense: C, Defense: C, Intangibles: C-, Goal: B, Cap: A-, Prospects: B, Hoover: D. The new Bruins GM has gone out and added some talent, like Scheifele up front and Myers on defense. Both are UFA to be, but one could make an excellent loyalty signing to use as longer term piece. The other will be moved at the deadline for the best deal that comes their way. Both have hefty salaries to meet the cap floor. They also added Palmeiri who will make over $4 million this season. This is a tank season for Boston, a franchise in need of a fresh start. They do have this coming 1st round pick fortunately, so great opportunity to start building upwards. There is a ton of work to do in Boston to bring them back to legitimacy.  28: San Jose Key: C-, Core: C-, Depth: D, Offense: D, Defense: B, Intangibles: C-, Goal: C-, Cap: A-, Prospects: C+, Hoover: D. Sharks dealt both Ovi and Barkov to spark their rebuild, adding two 2022 1sts, along with other assets, in the process. I'm assuming the assets they added in those deals, who are their new best players with Hartl and Benn coming in up front and Theodore on defense, will all be moved during the season as teams find cap space to be able to offer an interesting enough return for San Jose to consider. Oettinger is one of the best young goalies and Sharks will look to surround him with some young talent to build themselves back into a contender position. It might not take too long with how they've setup the franchise. 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Power Rankings - #29-30 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-21 12:31:38 146 Preamble: https://nefhl.com/index.php?view=article&id=4150 29: NY Islanders Key: D, Core: F, Depth: D, Offense: D, Defense: C, Intangibles: D, Goal: B+, Cap: A, Prospects: B, Hoover: D. Islanders, now enjoying their new carefree rebuilding phase, make sure they are icing a non-competitive roster. They did a great job turning over their useful vets before values depreciated and have brought in a ton of youth. Perron was offered big money on a one year deal to lead their offense through this lean year for the Isles. He helps them meet the salary floor, but he's also someone they can consider as a loyalty for next season. Seth Jones is a roster standout on defense and at over $4 mill for this season is likely to stay on the Island. Sorokin at 81OV for a million bucks is something many contenders will be interested in, especially if he starts the NHL season well. In the meantime, paired with Driedger, Isles have pretty decent goaltending. 30: NY Rangers Key: C, Core: D, Depth: F, Offense: F, Defense: D, Intangibles: C-, Goal: D, Cap: A+, Prospects: F, Hoover: F. For numerous seasons that looked like they should, the Rangers refused to rebuild, clinging onto their vets and trading away all futures, to try and get that 8th spot and lose in the 1st or 2nd round of the playoffs. The new GM looks determined to change their ways, trading several vets for futures to kick off the Summer. Currently they're scrambling to put together a valid roster. They weren't able to move Weegar during the offseason and will remain their top player for now, but I do imagine it's only a matter of time before a team builds some cap and makes a move for him. Bryan Rust returns to be their top forward, and another potential trade chip. Cam Atkinson was signed to a 3 year deal to provide secondary scoring, a potential future asset, and helps them meet the floor. His signing is in line with his ratings so does make good longer term bet.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 2022 Power Rankings - #31 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-20 18:14:15 169 Preamble: http://nefhl.com/index.php?view=article&id=4150 31: Seattle Key: F, Core: F, Depth: F, Offense: F, Defense: F, Intangibles: C, Goal: F, Cap: A, Prospects: C, Hoover: F. The expansion Kraken took a wise approach to drafting their lineup, focusing on future assets. They've signed a couple vets to overpayments to help reach the league floor. They will take a few seasons to be ready to turn the corner, but it appears they are taking the appropriate patient approach to team building. Some top picks will need to be part of how they build a winner. In the meantime, they have zero stars, with their top players being Voracek, Reilly Smith, Olofsson and Mikheyev, but they do have a lot more depth than the Blues and have pro rated players throughout the lineup. Holtby is the starter for now but Georgiev is a guy that be taking that role over before end of season. Sheary was a good offseason add and should be a valuable long term asset. Jason Spezza also helps to make them meet the cap floor.  What the Kraken have been doing is adding picks. They have a couple extra 2nds and 3rds next draft, plus bonus 4th to boot. It's going to take a lot of work and good management to build up the expansion franchise, but the GM is showing to make some wise moves so far and setting them up for long term success. How many years of losing can they handle until demand for a more competitive roster happens? 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 2022 Power Rankings - #32 Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-20 13:21:09 169 Preamble: http://nefhl.com/index.php?view=article&id=4150 32: St. Louis  Key: F, Core: F, Depth: F, Offense: F, Defense: F, Intangibles: F, Goal: F, Cap: A+, Prospects: A-, Hoover: F. Just like Graham started his articles with the Flyers at last overall, I'll return the favour and start with the Blues as last overall. Although in this case, it's probably something to be proud of. The Blues have put together one of the worst lineups we've seen in the NEFHL, showing they've really mastered the tank game. Dougie Hamilton is their big star player, but up front their 1st line could be some teams 4th lines, where the rest of them are barely worthy of a pro opportunity. They are not going to score many goals, nor stop many. Craig Anderson and Carter Hutton is a garbage tandem. Blues have done an exceptional job of putting together such a bad roster. Right now doing their best to secure a top pick, perhaps even the coveted 1st overall. To be the worst is a competitive battle in the NEFHL. It takes skill to lose games while still appeasing JD and his attempt to make every team fight for a playoff spot. Graham, no matter what, make sure you keep saying you are trying to be competitive and it's just not working well. ;) Although the Blues have the best shot at being last place, there is still the draft lotto, and luck that will be involved with standings. Lots at play, but doing their best to fail forward. The next article will tackle a few of their competitors for last place. 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 2022 Power Ranking Preamble Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-20 13:13:57 188 Power Rankings It’s time for the 2022 edition of the Hoover Power Rankings! I’m going to start here with the preamble, how the rankings are assembled, and then taking inspiration from Graham, I’m going to break the rankings up into smaller groups with slightly longer write-ups than in past years.   And speaking of Graham, I’d like to give a big thank you for sharing his prospect rankings with me before having finished putting them all up. His prospect rankings are the ones used for the purpose of these power rankings. I made no adjustments or put further consideration into a team’s prospects. Thank you, Graham! The ratings are set as of September 20, 2022. Trades/signings after that date will not impact the rankings, but likely will mention within the writeup.  Each category has each team ranked 1-32. The following calculation determined the final rankings: (Key*2) + Core + Depth + Offense + Defense + (Intangibles/2) + Goal + (Cap/2) + (Prospects/2) + (Hoover*3) = Final score I’ve come up with formulas for a players offensive rating, defensive rating, intangibles and a JHAOV rating from those categories. The JHAOV is close to the league’s AOV in many instances but has its own variances. I believe more accurate to a player’s usefulness. Players are sorted by that rating. Here is how each category is calculated: Key – the combined JHAOV of the team’s top 5 rated skaters. Core – the combined JHAOV of the team’s top 10 rated skaters. Depth – the combined JHAOV of the team’s top 20 rated skaters. Offense – the combined offense rating of the team’s top 15 rated skaters. SC*5+PA*4+PC*4+SP+ST+SK. Defense – the combined defense rating of the team’s top 15 rated skaters. DF*5+IT+SP+ST+PC. Intangibles – the combined intangibles rating of the team’s top 15 skaters. IT+EN+DU+DI+PC+LD. Goal – (starter rating*3) + backup rating + 3rd string*0.1 Cap – Salary of top 20 skaters plus top 2 goalies Prospects – Graham’s prospect rankings Hoover – I ranked the teams based on the ratings, then reviewed and made some adjustments to who I thought should get bumped up/down. Despite the *3, my opinion had little impact on the rankings as I did start with the stat based rankings as my base. This is entirely subjective, giving favour to things such as good balance between forward/defense/goal, players I think might see rating improvements over the year, or being in a good position to add players as needed. The grades are on a bell curve. For every category there is 2 A+ and 3 of every other grade.  None of this is perfect, and it slightly evolves each season, so please give feedback, positive or negative, and will try to take constructively to improve future editions. I also take questions. Thank you all and hope you enjoy 😊
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken First ever Kraken game...ends with a loss Kraken-Scott 2022-09-20 13:01:51 72 The Seattle Kraken hit the NEFHL ice as a team for the first time on Monday. The squad put forth a strong effort, but fell 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers. Head coach Rick Tocchet was pleased with the team's effort in its inaugural preseason game. "I thought the team busted their tails out there tonight" Tocchet said to the media post-game. "That's all I can ask as the team's coach this season. We realize that there are going to be many nights that we struggle to score with our lack of true top-six centremen. I thought the guys worked well together and showed commitment to our system." The Oilers outshot the Kraken 29-27 on the night - so a pretty even game overall (especially at even-strength). The Oilers scored its fourth goal in the last minute to ice the game. Kraken forwards Connor Sheary and Reilly Smith scored the Kraken's two goals, with defenceman Zach Whitecloud contributing two assists. Goaltender Braden Holtby had a decent outing in stopping 25/29 Oiler shots. The Kraken were rather undisciplined during the game, however, with the Oilers having 5 powerplays to the Kraken's one. If the Kraken hope to be competitive this season, they'll have to stay out of the penalty box. Reilly Smith figures to be one of the Kraken's best players this season. The experienced winger was the team's best player on Monday, scoring a goal and recording seven shots on goal.  The Kraken's General Manager continues to scour the free agency market to see if there's a player that could add some experience to the team's inaugural roster. No changes are imminent, but time will tell if a player or two is added. 
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #17 - #16 Blues-Graham 2022-09-16 15:50:24 146 2 more down and half way there.  Here we go, #17 and #16.    #17 - The Toronto Maple Leafs Very few teams, well only 1 really can give the leafs a run for thier money in the defence department.   Lets start with last years 1st overall NHL pick Owen Power.  A do it all defenceman.  He's the 7th best D on this list and projects as an allstar, #1D.    Him and Dalhen are going to terrorize teams for years to come in the NHL.  I think the Sabre's did the smart thing (take note Montreal) in allowing him to go back to the NCAA for an extra year.  No need to rush it.  Coming in 2nd on the leafs list is a bit of a surprise in Simon Edvinsson.   In his draft year he was touted as a D first defencemen who didn't have much of an offensive game.  With 19 points in 44gp last year in the defensive minded SHL, he kind of put that to rest.  Marco Kasper is next and the leafs only forward on the list.  He was a big riser in this years draft.  Personally from what I read, I'm not a huge fan (for the NEFHL).  He has a great motor but I'm not sure the point totals are going to be there to make him valuable in this league.   Next is Mukhamadullin.  He was a divisive pick in his draft year - with alot of scouts saying he just didn't have the hockey sense to do well in the NHL.   We'll see.  No matter how you cut it, he's a beautiful skater and a very big dude.   That will never change.  Will he have the hockey IQ to excel in the NHL?  The Devils hope so.   If this was my list both Guhle and Niemela would be above Mukhamadullin however it's not so...  Guhle is another point producing D man that can skate.  Finally my favorite prospect on the list Topi Niemela.  A 2nd round steal by the leafs.  Niemela is the #1 Dman in finland for his age.  He quarterbacks their powerplay and plays in all situations.  He's a bit undersized but his offensive output makes up for it.  Look for a NHL Debut in about 2 years from now.   The leafs have a few other players on thier roster worth watching like power forward Zack Ostapchuk and Akil Thomas - Thomas didn't have great numbers in the AHL but he's still only 22.  Finally too old for this list but 23 year olds like Abruzzese (who may make the leafs out of training camp this year) and Tippet should provide the leafs some cheap and playable youth.  Anyway you look at it, the Leafs have an amazing defence corps.  However with nothing more than middle 6 talent up front, the leafs should try and move some of that talent for a top end forward.  Player Rank/Tier   PLAYER-POS20/3     Owen Power  D 32/4     Simon Edvinsson  D67/5     Marco Kasper C105/6   Shakir Mukhamadullin D119/6   Kaiden Guhle  D140/6   Topi Niemelä  D   #16 - The Los Angeles Kings Tanking teams, take note!  This is how you go from build a competitor. The last 2 years before this, the kings barely qualified for the stanely cup playoffs.  This year they were in the cup final.  Despite being in the Stanley cup final, the kings still have a decent group of prospects. This list is lead by non other than Mason McTavish.   The leader of the most recent Team Canada World Jr Team.   He's a stud and at worst projects as a 2C and most likley ends up 1C.  I love his game.   Next on the list is Xavier Bourgault.  He can flat out score. I'd like to see how he plays against stronger peers at a high end tournament before I pass judgment.  He'll be playing for the AHL Condors (Edmontons farm team).  This should give us a better baseline.   At 22 years old, Kaut has 4 years of AHL experience playing against grown men. He's had a cup of coffee in the NHL but hasn't done much so far.  This is his year.   Moser has some NHL experience and should be a top 4 D in this league.  Then finally there is JOrdan Spence.   The good news is that Spence is a LA Kings prospect which seems to pump out quality top 4 defence like no other team in the NHL.  He's a bit undersized but after scoring at nearly a point per game in the AHL last year and getting 24 games in at the NHL level, Spence should challenge for full time duty with the kings.  The only problem is the Kings have too many NHL defencemen.  Being wavier exempt Spence may find himself back in the AHL. If he does it won't be because of his ability. The kings are in this position mainly because of Mason McTavish.  They do have a nice mix of talent at all positions but outside of this list, the cupboard are pretty bare.   That's ok, they're a win now team and have the best player in hockey - Connor McDavid.  They should have some help coming shortly with Mason McTavish.  Player Rank/Tier   PLAYER-POS 24/4 Mason McTavish LOS C  120/6 Xavier Bourgault LOS RW 129/6 Martin Kaut LOS RW 133/6 Janis Moser LOS D 160/6 Jordan Spence LOS D  
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #19 - #18 Blues-Graham 2022-09-15 16:48:39 163 Today we’ll look at teams 19 and 18.    Lets get to it.     #19  – The   Jose Sharks  Player Rank/Tier   PLAYER-POS 26/4                       Simon Nemec-D 61/5                       Joakim Kemell-RW   108/6                     Alex Turcotte-C   114/6                     Grigori Denisenko-RW   161/6                     Brad Lambert-RW   Interesting pair sitting atop of  Jose’s list. Two of the drafts biggest surprises.  The first one is Nemec going 2nd overall.  He’s going to be a top 4 D man in the NHL no doubt about it.  But if any team other than NJ was drafting 2nd he would have probably went 4 where he belonged.  I’m not going to go deep into his game.  It’s been dissected by numerous scouts 100 ways to Sunday.  I have nothing to add other than this is the NEFHL and D aren’t nearly as valuable as forwards in this league.  Would I have burned a #5 pick on him?  Not at all. Not with the likes of Lekkerimaki, Kemell and Savoie still on the board.  But I’ve been proven wrong before.    Next on the list is none other then the aforementioned Kemell.  He was another big surprise in the NHL draft, dropping all the way to #17.  I like the kid and honestly would have taken him between 5-7 if I had those picks in the NEFHL (The sharks did grab him at 7).  Listen, I don’t want to throw rocks, these are both very solid prospects and the Sharks did well in my opinion.  If anything I probably would have reversed the picks.  But who cares right?   Next on the list is Alex Turcotte. Remember him?  The shine has come off that turd ever so slightly but we’re still dealing with a very solid prospect.  Just not one that would be drafted 5th overall in the NHL Draft if there was a redo.  In my opinion he still projects as a 2 or 3 C.    For the record the sharks grabbed him at #4 in the NEFHL draft.   At the time it was a good pick!   I don’t know a lot about Denisenko other than he was drafted 15th overall by the sharks (NHL) a few years ago now.  His numbers don’t look promising (roughly .5ppg) in the AHL.  Pronman still seems to be a big fan though.  Finally, Brad Lambert.  He was my value pick and I would have picked him if I could but he was well gone before my 25th pick.    The sharks have some other really intriguing pieces such as Bystedt and L’Heureux.  Both project as middle 6’ers.  Bystedt more of a 3C but L’Heureux (touted as the next Marchand) could play top 6.  Lassi Thomson is another stud on the blueline that may see NHL action this year.   If I was rating the prospect pools from top to bottom the Sharks probably deserve to be a few spots higher.  I also like players such as Graham Clarke and Alexander Campbell.  Campbell probably has no future but Clarke might.  The future is pretty bright in shark land.  #18 – The Winnipeg Jets   PlayerRank/Tier  PLAYER-POS 13/3                          Dylan Cozens-C 69/5                          Lukas Cormier-D   113/6                        Devon Levi-G   139/6                        Samuel Fagemo-RW The Jets are probably here based on Cozens.  That’s not to say the Jets don’t have a decent prospect pool but Cozens is a somewhat proven entity even if he’s taken a bit longer to develop than expected.  He’s better at this point then anyone in  Jose’s prospect pool and he still has 1C potential.   Cormier was the 2nd PP quarterback for team Canada.  He has some serious potential but he’s a little undersized for the NHL.  He’ll have to maximize all of his offensive potential to be effective at the NHL level.  Pronmans list not mine.  I like Levi. He has legit starter potential.  Goalies are a whacky bunch so who knows – for a goalie he’s also undersized but Shestorkin is breaking the mold and giving guys like Levi a 2nd life.  Last on the list is Sameul Fagemo.  5’11, 200 pounds, he has the size to compete at the NHL level. Good hands, shot, and speed. He put up 27 goals in the AHL last year in only 60 some games.  He should make the Kings out of camp.  Lets see what he’s got.   That’s not all the Jets got – I really like Roby Jarventie.  The guy has wheels. I tried to draft him in 2020 but missed out.  Simontaival is also a pretty decent prospect in the NHL Kings system.   Interesting story – well to me.  The Jets also have Zion Nybeck on their roster.  Back in 2020, I had the 39th pick overall.   I had been looking at Grans as a potential first rounder but he had fallen – as defensemen often do in the NEFHL.  The other guy I was close to picking was Zion Nybeck.  He was just coming off an impressive 27 goals in 42 GP in the J20 (Swe Jr League).  I even contemplated trying to trade for him immediately after picking Grans.   I’m glad I didn’t.  His size scared me away, also the fact that he wasn’t a great skater according to scouting reports.  Grans has continued to develop and should be a top 4 D at some point in his career.  We’ll see.  Rounding out the Jets prospects are Evangelista (big year) and Zayne Wisdom (another guy I was close to drafting) who could end up being a middle 6 power forward. As you see, Even at positions 18 and 19, the quality of the prospect pools has went up expontentially.   I really like what both the Sharks and Jets are doing.  That's it for today.  My computer at my hotel room is dead and I didn't get an adapter for my plug so that's life.  I'll try and pump out 2-3 more rankings again tomrorow before I fly out tomorrow night. 
Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers Hall of Twins Oilers-Jason 2022-09-14 20:57:30 112   It was a crisp, gray autumn in 1980 when two boys were born in Sweden. The younger of the two boys would show an almost immediate aptitude for hockey, while the older boy, Henrik, would take a bit longer to develop. The two spent their early years together tearing up the Swedish leagues, so it was no surprise when both were drafted early in the 2005 NEFHL Dispersal Draft. From that day onward, the two would play as twins. The two boys would amass matching Hall of Fame-worthy stats over the course of their careers, collecting exactly 1,000 points each in just over 1,100 games. They would both deal out more than 700 hits, resulting in more than 700 penalty minutes. They would even shoot their way to matching 13% shooting percentages. They would rank first and third in assists among inactive players, with the older boy barely besting the younger. Though slower to develop, the younger boy would find more success in the playoffs, finishing his career ranked third among inactive players in playoff goals and assists, second in playoff shots and points, and fourth in playoff game winning goals. While the two boys did not amass much hardware, they would combine for fourteen All Star appearances, including three opportunities to share the same ice. When it was finally time to hang up the skates, they had each spent time with six different franchises, though they never laced them up for the same team. Unfortunately for the older boy's twin brother, Daniel, the other thing Henrik shared with his Hall of Fame classmate born that fateful Fall in 1980 was a first name. It is with great pleasure that the NEFHL Hall of Fame Committee welcomes Henriks Sedin and Zetterberg into hockey Valhalla. Twenty-one additional players would collect enough votes to remain on the ballot another year. Of those players, Rick Nash, from this year's nominees, was the most popular. Marian Hossa, Cam Ward, Jarmoir Jagr, and Paul Martin were among other 2019 nominees to remain on the ballot, though with less support than Nash. Brad Richards, Chris Pronger, and Martin Brodeur would see their support remain steady in their representation of the cream of the league's early years, but none have been able to find the upward movement necessary to secure induction. Among forwards from previous ballots, Daniel Alfredsson, Vincent Lecavalier, and Shane Doan all saw their support fall by more than half. Similarly, among defensemen, Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer, and Andrei Markov did not fare well in this round of voting. Unlike previous years, no player from a previous ballot saw a notable increase in support. This is likely the result of the size and quality of this year's class of nominees. Fan favorite, Dan Boyle, saw his support increase from two votes to three. In the Builder category, Drew Phillips barely missed being removed from the ballot, securing the support of just three general managers from across the entire league. Could 2023 be the year that Dan Boyle's support eclipses Drew's? The Hall of Fame Committee would like to once again thank all voters, even those who were a bit late. There was almost total engagement, with one rookie abstention and one rookie no-show. To the general manager who submitted his votes so late that we had to send the graphics back to the printer; we love you, but fuck off.
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #21- #20 Blues-Graham 2022-09-14 15:39:46 158 Well how annoying is this?  I woke up early here today in the Sunny DRC (google it!) specifically to write this article.  It took me about 40 minutes or so.   The full article was done, I was only typing in the title and for some unknown reason my Government of Canada issued laptop decided to blue screen.   So, this is actually the 2nd version and 2nd time I’ve written this article today.  Lets see if I can knock it off in 20 minutes instead of 40 this time. Today we’ll look at teams 21 and 20.  It’s weird, in my final version of the original rankings I had the team who’s currently 21 sitting in 20.  However after a review sometime last week, I moved the team in 21st up three spots and dropped #20 down 1.  It probably reflects how I feel about team 21’s top 2 prospects. #21 – The Calgary Flames. Rank/Tier        Player 63/5      Logan Stankoven - C 137/6    Lane Hutson - D   143/6    Luca Del Bel Belluz - C   154/6    Joshua Roy - LW       The reason I originally had the Flames in 20th over MTL was that their top prospect was a forward whom I tend to value more than defencemen.  It is the NEFHL after all.  However, it’s hard for me to get behind the top 2 prospects on the Flames list.  Maybe that’s because I can’t see them behind towering 6’4 defenceman Noah Dobson.   There is no denying the talent of Stankoven and as a forward he has a decent chance of making the show eventually.  His shot mechanics are impeccable and he can score and create.  He also has a great motor but at 5’8 and only 170 pounds can he get to the area’s he needs to get to at the NHL level?  A definite maybe.    The next player on the list is Lane Hutson.  Another 5’8 giant.  The difference between Stankoven and Hutson is around 20 pounds according to Eliteprospects.  I shit bigger than that and I’m a small guy.  I could tolerate this small size in a forward, but I have less patience for it in a defencemen.    The physical demand on a defenceman is much higher than a forward plain and simple.   If I were Lane Hutson I’d be pulling a Wendel Clark and moving from D to FWD as quickly as possible.  He has no future in the NHL – Unless he grows. Which according to him, he will.  Lol.    My son think’s he’s going to be 6’ as well.   Personally I can’t say I’m enthralled with the other prospects on the Flames list either although Josh Roy just put up some monster numbers.  I’d be more comfortable if it wasn’t in the Q but even in the Q, those numbers are gawdy.    One guy not on the list but who I really like is Tyson Foerster.  The guy has a bullet, has good size and has produced at the AHL level.  All that said, the Flames are year in and year out one of the best run clubs in the NEFHL.  They have a constant supply of young talent and manage to compete for the cup.   They always end up with those NCAA late bloomers that they got in the later rounds of the draft… so who am I to question them. #20 – The Montreal Canadians   Rank/Tier        Player 31/4    Noah Dobson - D 36/4    Martin Fehérváry - D 45/5    Philip Tomasino - RW 89/6    Jiri Kulich - C/LW   A list full of players with NHL experience.  Not bad for 20th overall.  The list starts with a 6’4 dman that just put up 51 points in 80 GP.  Is it fair to even consider Dobson a prospect?  Not really. He’s clearly excelled beyond that point but he is under 23 so that makes him fair game.   Next on the list is another D Man with lots of experience although not quite the point totals that Dobson put up.  In fact not even close.  Fehervary projects as a top 4 Defensive defenceman which isn’t particularly valuable in the NEFHL.   If this was a pure NEFHL list, he probably wouldn’t have made it.  That said, he’s a legit NHL dman which is more than some of the players on this list will ever become.  Those are the facts.  Tomasino is another guy with a full season of NHL experience under his belt. How high is his ceiling?  His numbers from last year don’t exactly jump off the score sheet but I expect he does become at a minimum a 3C if not a 2C.  Rounding out Montreal’s list is one of my favorites from this years draft Jiri Kulich.  He’s a Czech which is awesome and he has a bullet of a shot and a great motor.   I’m cheering for him.  Perhaps at some point Montreal will trade him to me.   Speaking of Czech’s how about that Dostal.  He would have been on any list of mine for sure.  He put up some stellar numbers last year in the A – a .916 SV% over 40GP. He owns good NHL size at 6’2 and only 175 pounds.  He’s a projected NHL starter in my books.  Finally lets not forget about Stuart Skinner.  He’s already 23 and will turn 24 in November but he put up some good numbers over limited games in the NHL last season and projects as the backup this year and starter of the future in Edmonton.  Looks like goaltending is set for the Habs future. That’s all for now folks.  I do hope to pound out another article tonight at my hotel if my piece of shit laptop doesn’t blue screen again. 
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Zegras signs Entry Level Contract and GM dips into Free Agency Wild-Peter 2022-09-13 18:00:03 112 It finally happened. Weeks after being announced cover athlete for the upcoming NEFHL23 video game despite playing ZERO NEFHL games, Trevor "the trevor" Zegras is officially a member of the Minnesota mild. The announcement of the cover photo triggered a media shitstorm with 'fiery but peaceful' protests outside the arena, a netflix miniseries on the brink of collapse due to excessive costs and race-swapping backlash, and the GM battling white supremacists trash loser right wing domestic terrorist extremists on the internet. Things have gone quiet on that front for now. Although rumors keep persisting of a new 'jersey rebrand' in the works before the drop of the puck for the 2022-2023 season. There is nothing to report on that right now. In the meantime, Trevor "smokes" Zegras is donning the green and red WILD jersey. "I'm just really happy to finally get going. Meeting some of the guys I haven't met yet and just being around the boys and playing hockey." said the young center. "It's hard not to notice my name mixed in with the chaos that happened recently. I just want to focus on hockey." "We were always going to sign him for this season. Just a matter of when. We were looking to bring him on midway through the year but always had the possibility of signing him before the season started." replied the GM. "We tried to bring back Paul Stastny who had some success with us in the past as a mercenary, but just couldn't finalize a deal with him and the offseason is winding down. Trevor will be supported by Hintz, Pageau, Evans down the middle to start the year. Pettersson will move to the right side for now." The wild/mild also brought back veteran blue liner Duncan Keith on a one year, massively overpaid, $1,800,101 deal. "Duncan Keith is one of the best leaders on D in this entire league. Just look around. He is still extremely fast and his defensive reliability is very obvious. He may not be as offensively gifted as he was 10 years ago but we need him to be a stable defensive presence on the bottom pair and maybe some special teams." The GM created controversy last season when the team struggled out of the gate and there were no takers for the then even more overpaid Keith and his $2,800,000 salary. Before the deadline the GM waived the veteran so the player can make a post-season run. The Edmonton Oilers benefitted and saw Keith in the post-season. Critics said this was tanking and is ruining the league. But people not lacking in critical thinking saw this as legitimate move since he was available for less than the price of a Tim Hortons coffee, literally for months with no takers.  "I really hope we're not in the same position this time around." said the GM. "We want to compete this year. Forget about last season and burn it from memory. That is a place we don't ever want to be back to. The roster is starting to take shape. We're still active on free agency. We have about 4 million in cap to play with. We could have around 2 million more if we made some roster moves. We're a little forward heavy right now. The forward trios outside line one will be interesting. We see a lot of possibilities with the roster, cap, trade availabilities. We want the season to start." ____________________________ Article: 15/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $2,500,000 / $10,000,000
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Week 4 UFA recap Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-09 13:44:48 172 WINNERS Detroit Lars Eller - $1,450,000 - 4 years -Eller has nice ratings and has been consistent through career; $1.45 for 4 years is a good price and low risk even at 33 years of age.   Tampa Bay Arvid Holm - $500,000 - 2 years -Never heard of him before this signing, but he's 23, 6'5, did well in Sweden before doing rookie season in AHL and didn't do too bad. Goalies are lotto tickets and this guy seems worth the roster spot to try.   Edmonton Chris Wideman - $800,000 - 3 years -Wideman has some solid ratings and $800k is a good deal. Helps their blueline - smart signing.   Vegas Jani Hakanpaa - $1,000,000 - 2 years -Now that the SMASH era of the NEFHL has officially began, Vegas brings back their big bad bruiser. I know I couldn't sign him for less, so million seems pretty reasonable who can help make Vegas one of toughest Western teams to play.   Ottawa Austin Watson - $1,600,00 - 2 years -Watson was a hot item in free agency with his high IT, ST, and DF - he is rated great for that specific role. On the high end dollars wise, but what was needed for a coveted free agent.    LOSERS Philadelphia Pheonix Copley - $700,000 - 4 years -Flyers lack of dynamic ratings understanding saw Pheonix with a 69OV and only 11 career GP so could be 3rd string farm call up, but now is 53OV. Huge mistake by Flyers GM and shows their ineptness of running a franchise.   Winnipeg Wayne Simmonds - $944,444 - 1 year -Jets are  trying to toughen up and Simmonds brings some intensity, speed, and leadership. This awkward dollar amount is probably few more bucks than the guy deserves.   Tyler Toffoli -Toffoli was one of the top forwards heading into UFA and still remains available is pretty surprising. He's got top end scoring to go with top notch PC/DF. A true top liner that has been too picky with his multitude of offers, but teams are strapped to what can offer and can't go up, so he sits patiently. Will he be able to sign before the season starts?   Shea Weber -This will be his last season in the NEFHL, but thanks to dynamic ratings and/or no way for GMs to currently break 'too much demand', he has not inked a deal. My guess is he wants paid on what he is rated now, where GMs aren't wanting to pay 5+ later in the season when he's mid 70's.   Jeff Petry -I assume Petry is stuck in a world of 'too much demand'. He's still a solid player and won't see a sharp drop in ratings like Weber, but he's unlikely to retain or improve.   Dustin Brown -Retired from the NHL, Brown is looking for one last kick at the cup in NEFHL. He is the all time hit leader, by nearly 600 hits. 860 career points. He would bring a lot to a contender's lineup, but who has the space to add the gritty veteran.
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #25- #22 Blues-Graham 2022-09-07 05:51:48 170 *** I wrote this on Thursday but apparently forgot to hit save.  It was waiting for me at work when I arrived this morning. I woudln't say we've graduated to the teams with deep prospect pools just yet, but these next few teams at least have more than 1-2 prospects to choose from.  #25 - Dallas Stars Dallas has a couple intriging forwards to put them on the board at 25.  At the top of the list is the hillbilly out of Alberta, Matthew Savoie.  He was the 9th overall in the 2022 draft.  He's only 5'9 but can score in bunches.  His size puts me off a bit but I think he's going to be a top 6 in the NHL.  Chaz Lucius was the 18th pick in the 2021 draft.  He can shoot the puck and score goals.  Also projects as a top 6 forward in the NHL.  A couple other prospectts worth noting on the Stars roster include Ozzy Wiesblatt and Tristan Luneau.  Personally I like Wiesblatt more than Luneau.  Luneau has a much more interesting family though.  Check it out!   Back to Wiesblatt - he's on the small side and didn't have a particularly great year for Prince Albert last  year.       #24 - Colorado Avalanche  Probably the leaf fan in me but I can't stay Cole Caufield.  I was so happy when he started off the year like a bag of shit.   Unfortunatley that didn't last - once Martin St.Louis took over, Caufield exploded.  He doesn't have the greatest speed but he's deceptive and he'll be a scorer at the NHL level.   Admittedly I didn't know much about Jonatan Berggren before this excercise.  But I do now.  He had a great year for Detroits Farm team last year scoring at nearly a point per game. He probably tops at as a middle 6'er.  He's 22 and might challenge for a spot in the NHL next year.  That said, he's most likley 2 years away from playing any signifigant minutes. Colorado also has young goalie Dylan Garand.  He's only 20 but has alot of promise.   Is Owen Beck worth mentioning?  Maybe. He's a bit undersized but has a great motor but projects more as a 2 way center (read 3rd liner).  Time will tell.  #23 - Edmonton Oilers  Edmonton coming in heavy!  Not exactly deep - at all but I really like all 3 of these prospects.  Sillinger put up 16 goals in 79GP in the NHL as a 19 year old.  He's big, he can shoot and play both sides of the puck and plays C.   A stud.  A first line C?  Maybe.  Likely a good #2 for sure.  Boqvist is another guy with NHL experience.  In fact as a 22 year old he already has 3 seasons under his belt.   A great skater. The least known of the 3 is Ohgren, but he's a guy I really like.   Taken 19th in the NHL draft by the Wild, the kid can play.  against his peers in the J20 he scored at nearly a 2ppg pace.  He did get 25 games in at teh SHL level as well but he didn't see the ice much and his 2 points show as much.  At 18 he needs a couple more years to develop.  #22 - Seatle Kraken  Good on the Kraken for coming so high on this list.   What's the most impressive is that the Kraken have only had 1 season and managed to draft 3 guys on the top 170.   Lets start with the gem, Cutter Gauthier.  He was the best of the rest after the top 4 in this years draft.  A big guy at 6'2 201 pounds, he's a big C who can play both ends of the ice.  Probably projects as a 2C when it's all said and done.  The next guy on this list is Reid Schaefer. He managed to be the last pick in the NHL draft.  He popped 32 goals for the Thunderbirds of the WHL. I think he was a stretch pick at 32 in the NHL but the Kracken got him at 46.  Much better value.  Lastly on the list is the Kraken's number 32 pick Ryan Chesley.   I don't know alot about Chesley but Will Scouch was never a big fan and for that reason I didn't look at him much.   Anyone else worth mentioning?  Not really but the Kraken are only 1 year into this game.  Considering they got 3 on the list with just 1 draft.   
Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers Hall of Fame 2022: Another Year, Another Goalie... and Twins Oilers-Jason 2022-09-03 23:37:32 153 Last season's NEFHL Hall of Fame nominee, Kari Lehtonin, represented the first goalie nominee with more wins than losses since the initial class, which included Martin Brodeur and Evgeni Nabokov. The 2022 class of nominees includes the first goalie to amass more than 700 games, Cam Ward. Goalies have not fared well in voting, with Evegeni Nabokov, Nikolai Khabibulin, and Kari Lehtonen continuing to secure enough votes to hold on to a spot on the ballot, but only Martin Brodeur amassing more than fifty percent of affirmative votes on ballots cast. No goalie or blueliner has yet to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The 2022 ballot also includes the first identical twins to be nominated, Henrik and Daniel Sedin. They will be sharing the spotlight with other notable forwards such as Henrik Zetterberg, Rick Nash, Mike Fisher, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, and Jaromir Jagr. Defensive nominees include the likes of Paul Martin, Michal Rozsival, and Kevin Bieksa. Other candidates returning from last year’s ballot include Brad Richards (16 votes), Chris Pronger (13 votes), and Nicklas Lidstrom (11 votes). Nearly another dozen nominees garnered enough votes to stick around another year, including fan favorite Dan Boyle. Drew Philips, former general manager of the Kings, will return as the sole Builder on the ballot. This will be the fifth round of voting for the two-time Stanley Cup winning manager. Phillips received 11 votes in 2018, 12 votes in 2019, but his vote total plummeted to 6 in 2020 and 2021. General managers may vote for as many selections as they choose, but are requested to submit a blank ballot to the Committee to demonstrate their opinion that none of the nominees are deserving of election to the Hall of Fame. All ballots must be submitted to the Hall of Fame Committee Office, in the form of a PM addressed to Oilers-Jason, no later than 11:59PM ET on Sunday, September 11, 2022. The full ballot can be found by following this link. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is currently scheduled to take place prior to the opening of the regular season. Eligible players are those who retired following the 2018-2019 season, with a minimum of 600 games required for skaters, and a minimum of 500 games required for goalies, as well as those players who received two or more votes on last year’s ballot. Players or Builders who receive 70% of votes from voting general managers will be inducted into the NEFHL Hall of Fame. Players or builders receiving two or more votes during any selection period will remain on the ballot for the following selection period, for up to seven seasons. All are invited to visit the NEFHL Hall of Fame.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild The Goon-ies Wild-Peter 2022-09-03 18:38:26 158 Some talk on the forum lately about IT, goons, and a budding re-emergence of the Battle of Pennsylvania prompted this spur of the moment article. Let's take a look at the top 10 skaters in each organization in terms of IT (as of September 3rd, 2022). The chart will also show the AOV of each player. - Goalies are not included in this list. - Unsigned players are obviously not included in the list either. - The list includes pro and farm players.  Please excuse my amateur editing skills. - Philadelphia Flyers lead the pack with the most 99 IT players. However, beside Markus Foligno and Garnet Hathaway, none of the others should be playing regular minutes. - New York Rangers are softer than Charmin having nobody above 80 IT in the organization. Kyle Clifford and Tyler Pitlick would not be regulars on most teams in the league. - Florida Panthers have one 90+ IT player in Kyle Rau. He won't be a regular and they are perhaps the weakest organization overall. Or Charmin Ultra Soft. - Minnesota mild has the best IT:AOV ratio in Brady Tkachuk. 99 IT / 81 AOV - Minnesota mild, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Philadelphia Flyers have the best mix of 80+ IT and 70+ AOV players. - Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks have IT depth throughout their lineup.   There is still time in the offseason for trades and signings so things will look a bit different by season start. That's all for now folks. No satire, no woke bullshit, no attempts at comedy to be seen here. Just straight up NEFHL offseason stuff.  ____________________________ Article: 14/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $2,250,000 / $10,000,000
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Challenge Accepted Pens-Brent 2022-09-03 12:08:43 105 When news circulated that the Philadephia Flyers had assembled a "goon squad" for games against the Pittsburgh Penguins this season, it did not take long for Pens personale to bite back.   "Liam O'Brien? Who is that?" asked captain Sidney Crosby.  Recently signed Nicolas Deslaurier was all smiles when asked about the report.  "I relish those kinds of games.  I'll eat those fools for breakfast," the winger stated.  Ryan "the Lomberghini" Lomberg also had a strong message for the Flyers, "If anyone in orange and black touches Sid or Ovy or Geno, it'll be the last thing they do this season. That's a promise."  Head coach Craig Berube laughed at the prospects of competing against the "goon squad".  "I am pretty sure that particular squad has a combined SC rating of 23.  Not to mention an overall speed of approximately 67.  We would skate circles around that group.  So yeah, go ahead and dress that garbage heap of a lineup," said the coach.  The battle of Pennsylvania is destined to be a good one this year.  There's no secret that there has been some animosity between the two clubs over the years, from player personale all the way up to upper management.  When asked why there was so much hated towards the Flyers, Crosby had this to say, "Because I don't like them.  I don't like any guy on their team." Last season the Penguins built their team around heavy IT players.  With the emergence of some of the Pens younger spects, the expectation is that the team will be more skilled than thick.  "Our young guys will have to be ready for when we play Philly.  Our leadership group will make sure that they are more than prepared."  ________________________ Obligatory Articles: 5/5 Bonus Articles: 4/40  =  $1,000,000 / $10,000,000
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers The secret weapons Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-02 12:02:35 178 Quietly the Flyers have assembled a ton of SMASH players to introduce to the league; however, they are only intended for a handful of games. For games against a team in their division ahead of them in the standings only. Also Washington and Pittsburgh regardless, just to beat up on their star players. Tons of muscle to mix in. We'd have 8 players 90+IT and another 3 80+. Here is the goon squad when we want to be SMASH: Foligno-O'Brien-Hathaway -- Irwin-Geertsen Greenway-Dowd-Niederreiter -- Tinordi-Burroughs Greer-Bergeron-Robinson -- Niemelainen-Ruhwedel Vatrano-Stephenson-Mangiapane -- Tinordi-Geertsen RNH, Iaffalo, Fox and Burns all take the night off and take it easy. Vatrano/Stephenson/Mangiapane make the soft 4th line for some easy minutes. Washington and Pittsburgh, as a suggestion, it might make sense to rest your star players when playing Philly. You know, just to make sure they don't get hurt. That might be bad for your teams revenue. No one hopes for something like that to happen, but sometimes guys like Greer or Robinson just get a little too carried away, and they are okay with being suspended - we've talked about it. Anyhow, you're both smart GMs, I'm sure you'll do whatever is the best call for your organizations. Can you insure top players in this league? Crosby, Ovi and Matthews would be good ones to insure, considering their value, and I mean, who knows what would happen if Crosby has opening face off against that rowdy O'Brien. He's a smart player, he can make up his mind about what the best thing to do at that moment would be, but... he is a ginger. SUH-MASH!
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Player Rankings - Ranking 's 27-26 Blues-Graham 2022-09-01 13:58:45 153 These next 2 teams each have a pair of intreging prospects and for the most part consist of contenders.  #27 - Tampa Bay   It's not really hard to envision Tampa's future blue line.  It's staring at you right here.  Former first round pick Ty Smith had a break out rookie campaign with the Devils two years ago.  His progress slowed somewhat in his sophmore season and he was just traded to Pittsburgh.  He's a bit undersized and probably has 2nd pairing potential.  Calen Addision probably has a higher ceiling.  The same size as Smith at only 5'11 he's never going ot be a defensive specialist but has PP1 potential.  Not part of the list but worth noting as part of TB's prospect pool is the other Elias Pettersson.   He owns good size at 6'2 and makes a great first pass.  After this trio of Dmen, TB's prospect pool falls off considerably.  Jack Rathboone who is only 23 also holds some promise. #26 - New Jersey  The Devils highest ranked player is Shane Pinto.  He's a bit of a wild card as he missed most of the season last year with injuries.  However he does have 17GP of NHL experience and 8 points to show for it.  He has great size and great work ethic but isn't the greatest skater.  The good news is that he has lots of talent to play with in Ottawa so assuming he fits somewhere in thier top 6 or at least top 9, he should have some decent ratings.    Their 2nd ranked prospect is the 2022 #10 overall pick Pavel Mintyukov. This offensive defenseman scored at almost a point per game last year in the O and projects as a PP specialist.  He's probably 2-3 years from his NHL debut.  New Jersey has some other decent prospects in the system such as Tobias Bjornfot a 21 year old former first rounder fighing for ice time in LA.  Tyler Kleven who won't tear up the score sheet but should be a solid DF guy in a few years.   Finally in goal they have Topias Leinonen who was drafted in the 2nd round 41st overall by Buffalo.  He's a big guy over 6'5.   However goalies take forever to develop so we'll konw about him in a few years. This post was originally meant to have 4 teams but I ran out of time.. so today it's only 2.  Stay tuned for more updates this week.    
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Vezina Front Runners Flyers-Jamie 2022-09-01 12:40:23 142 Now a quick look at this season's Vezina frontrunners. Juuse Saros - CHI - 27 y/o Saros is arguably the best goalie, playing for what looks like it might be the best team in the league. When he starts, he's going to have a lot of support, get easy wins, and excellent defense. The only thing going against his chances is that the Chicago depth includes net, where they can easily lean on Lankinen for games as needed. Igor Shesterkin - PHI - Also 27, arguably the best goalie, and backing a defensive able squad is Shesterkin. He won't have as much support as Saros, and thinner defense group, but they'll play to make him look good. With Brossoit backing him, he'll get as many games as he can handle. Andrei Vasilevskiy - WSH - Caps are still a major contender, and Andrei is prime of his career with one Vezina and two cups already to his credit. He'll be given many games, and he can handle many games, with Logan Thompson backing him up. Would like to prove he's still top dawg.  Connor Hellebuyck - VAN - Canucks are looking to ramp things up this season and break through for a cup. Hellebuyck was a massive offseason add and they'll be leaning on him to try and be a top team in the West. Had a Vezina in 2019 and is consistently a top goalie. Jack Campbell - LA - Kings will be hoping to recreate the magic they had together last season and Campbell, previous waiver claim, fresh off a new loyalty deal, will hope to win back to back Vezina trophies. McDavid made things look easy in LA last season and that line dominated the league, which ultimately helped Campbell's job.
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Player Rankings - #31 - 28 - The Lone Rangers Blues-Graham 2022-08-31 17:23:22 162 The Lone Rangers Here we are folks places 31-28.  Not quite last place but might as well be.  None of these prospect pools are deep, consisting of only 1 player on Pronmans 170.  Not surprisingly 3 of the 4 teams on the list are well known as teams who never draft so their rankings shouldn't be much of a surprise. Without any further delay: #31 – Arizona Arizona is a team that goes for it every year and doesn’t draft a lot - clearly.  That said, they got a decent pick this last draft in Jimmy Snuggerud who was selected 23rd overall in the first round by the St.Louis Blues of the NHL.    The Yotes do have 2021 pick Jack Peart in their pipeline as well but, as I’ve stated previously, this exercise is based soley on the 170 and he didn’t make the cut.  Even with Jack Peart, the prospect pipeline in Arizona is pretty bare.  They still have their 1st round pick for next years draft.  Hopefully they will add to their talent pool with that. RANK TIER PLAYER TEAM POS. # OF PLAYERS 147 6 Jimmy Snuggerud ARI RW 1   #30 – the New York “we haven’t drafted in 10 years” RangersThe prior GM  was on record as saying he didn’t care much for the draft.  It cut into his sausage and sauerkraut eating time.  However, under new management, the Rangers finally made a pick and got young swede Noah Ostlund.   I’m a fan of the slightly undersized Ostlund.  He was on my draft list but didn’t fall to me unfortunately.    He was drafted in the 1st round 16th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL this year.  Aside from Ostlund, the Rags don't have alot going for them in the prospect department.   It will take some time under new leadership to build things back up.  RANK TIER PLAYER TEAM POS. # OF PLAYERS 155 6 Noah Ostlund NYR C 1   #.29 – Columbus The Jackets don't have a deep prospect pool but they do have Jack broke back Eichel .  So that's something.  Coming in at number 79 was Braden Schneider.  Schneider is a pretty good defenceman and projects to be a top 4 at a minimum.  Not in the 170 list but another great prospect is Ryan O'Rourke.  The NHL wild 2nd rounder sound help the Jackets sooner rather than later and team up with Schneider to form a pretty decent back end.   Another really fun prospect who didn't make the 170 cut in Columbus is Gleb Trikozov.  The Jackets took Trikozov with the 19th pick in the NEFHL draft which I thought was a bit high, especially with Miroshnichenko and Kulich still on the board.  That said, I really like him and would have took him at 25 if he fell.  RANK TIER PLAYER TEAM POS. # OF PLAYERS 79 6 Braden Schneider CBJ D 1   #28 - The Buffalo Sabres  RANK TIER PLAYER TEAM POS # OF PLAYERS 49 5 Jesperi Kotkaniemi BUF C 1   Based 100% on Pronmans 170 list gives the Sabre's a 28th ranking.  Not terrible for a team that never drafts.  I felt Kotkaniemi is more of a proven talent then any of the player below him in the standings which gave the Sabre's the upperhand.  The Sabre's have some other C level prospects that may crack the NHL in a bottom 6 role but none I feel are really worth mentioning here.  The difference between 28 and 31 isn't big and could really come down to a matter of preference.  Perhaps if I make this an annual thing, I will make some changes to my evaluation to include more than just Pronmans 170.  Truth be told if I had to pick the prospect pool of any of these teams it would be Columbus, but maybe that's my love for Gleb shining through.    Stay tuned, I hope to have the next batch out tomorrow. 
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Seattle lineup set for training camp Kraken-Scott 2022-08-31 14:46:04 111 The Kraken took a very conservative approach to its offseason, signing primarily depth players and veterans who can provide the young franchise with leadership. It appears that the Kraken have their lineup is now set for the start of its inaugural season. Going into training camp, the depth chart looks as follows: Olofsson-Boyle-R.Smith Voracek-McLeod-Sheary Mikheyev-Spezza-Bastian Tatar-Cousins-Danforth Anderson-Dolan-Sutter-Gauthier   McCabe-Schmidt Holden-Whitecloud Meloche-Stillman Bryson-Moverare   Georgiev Holtby Vladar First year head coach Rick Tocchet will of course have final say with the opening night roster, but these figure to be the players with the best chance to debut with the Kraken in October. While the lineup has some obvious holes, GM Davies is pleased with the direction of the new franchise. "We feel as though we're very strong on the wing with veterans like Reilly Smith, Jake Voracek, Victor Olofsson, Conor Sheary and Ilya Mikeyev. I think our biggest weakness is at centre, as there were really no top two-line centres made available through expansion. We went out and signed grizzled veterans Jason Spezza and Brian Boyle to one-year contracts to fill that void in our first year. We're hopeful Mike McLeod can take a step this year and show something in the offensive zone." Davies also seems pleased with the state of his defense heading into season one. "We've got some younger guys with potential like Riley Stillman, Zach Whitecloud and Jacob Bryson figuring to get some quality ice time this year. Veterans Jake McCabe, Nate Schmidt and Nick Holden should provide the group with stability." In nets, GM Davies seems confident that they've found a potential #1 in Alexandar Georgiev, with Dan Vladar seeming primed to be a solid backup for years to come. A minor trade was made earlier this week which saw F Ondrej Kase & D Niko Mikkola shipped to Vancouver in exchange for two prospects in Redmond Savage and Ryan Mast. "We must keep our eyes on the future in Seattle" Davies said over and over again to anyone who would listen.   
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild BREAKING: NETFLIX BUYS RIGHTS TO MINNESOTA SAGA Wild-Peter 2022-08-30 19:01:32 161 TMZ has learned the situation that unfolded in Saint Paul, Minnesota over the weekend has caught the attention of streaming giants Netflix, Amazon, Paramount+, Disney+ for a hollywood backed account of the story. TMZ sources place Netflix as the winner of the sweepstakes reportedly paying half a billion USD. Sources involved with the process, but anonymous to protect identities and employment of those involved, indicated the interest levels of the streaming giants. Netflix: 500 million USD for 3 part mini series. Amazon: 400 million USD and free prime shipping for the entire cast and crew for 6 months for a 2 part, 4 hour long documentary. Paramount+: 250 million USD and early sneak-peak of the Frasier reboot for a 6 part documentary. Disney+: 125 million USD for a colorful rainbow themed cartoon aimed for children ages 4-7. Despite the problems of recent subscriptions dropping, and attacking users for sharing passwords, as well as promoting ads for lower monthly fees, Netflix put forth the most attractive package. Rumblings out of Netflix HQ, according to well placed individuals inside the company, are saying this project will never make any money but the executives at netflix fought back hard with "In 2022 business is not about making money. It's about feelings." The three part mini series will focus on different aspects of the saga. Episode 1: untitled – Before the Zegras cover announcement incident Episode 2: untitled – After the protest: gofundme/change.org and internet drama Episode 3: untitled – After the dust settles. **PRE-PRODUCTION** ESTIMATED AIR DATE OCTOBER 2022 TMZ sources continue to reveal some more details such as the cast. Speculation is GM Peter, his girlfriend, team captain Brady Tkachuk, prospect Trevor Zegras, head coach Peter Laviolette will all be prominent in the mini series. We have exclusive first look at the actors chosen to bring this story to life.             Kit Harington of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame was reportedly furious. Sources close to the actor claim he gets mistaken for GM Peter on the streets ‘all the time’ and his friends introduce him as the Minnesota GM. Harington was not even considered as he didn’t pass Netflix casting requirements. Internet forums got wind of some of the casting decisions and are in heated debates. As is tradition, social media banned users under the "violation of hateful conduct policy" in which loser low life trolls claimed inaccuracies in the casting for checkbox quotas.    ____________________________ Article: 13/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $2,000,000 / $10,000,000
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings - #32 Blues-Graham 2022-08-30 14:40:29 159 Wow - only 1 year removed from the Stanley cup, this was a surprise to me. The last place team for U23 prospects is no other than the Philidelphia Flyers. Such a big surprise, they will likely be the only team who gets their own article.  Lets see if I can stretch this out to 250 words! This excercise was based 100 % off the 170 ranked prospects in Corey Pronmans list and none of the current flyer prospects made the cut. Although it does reflect poorly on the franchise the cupboards in Philly aren't as bare as they seem.  They do have some some decent prospects in the pipeline including the following quadruplet of 2nd rounders:  Drew Commesso G - 2020 2nd rounder 46th overall - Chicago Blackhawks In Pronmans own pipeline rankings, Pronman put Commesso as the hawks 14th ranked prospect and put him in the tier of "projected to play some NHL games".   He owns decent size at 6'2 and 181 pounds.  Commesso was one of the US olympic goalies in the most recent Olympics.  Ryker Evens - D - 2021 2nd Rounder 35th overall - Seatle Kraken  In Pronmans own pipleline rankings he's the Krakens #6 ranked prospect and in the tier of "projected to play some NHL games". I know of Evens but I can't say I know him.  Looking at his Elite Prospects profile I can see he's a bit undersized at only 6' but does come in at 192 pounds so he should be big enough.  The Eliteprospect draft guide said he was one of the 2021 drafts "best exit technicians".  He put up 61 points in 63gp for the Regina Pats last year so he's a solid point producer in the W.    Prokhor Poltapov - Fwd - 2021 2nd rounder 33rd overall - Buffalo Sabres In Pronmans own pipleline rankings he makes the Sabre's "has a chance to play" tier.  Basically the honroable mentions tier. Known as s strong skater Poltapov didn't have a great year last year with only 15 points in 13GP for the CSKA MHL team.  Looking at his game logs he averaged over 18/mpg so you'd hope he'd put up better numbers then 15 points in 13GP.    Maybe he'll improve with time.  Oliver Kapanen - C - 2021 2nd rounder 64th overall - Montreal Canadians In Pronmans own pipleline rankings he makes the Sabre's "has a chance to play" tier.   The cousin of former Leaf Kasperi Kapanen, Oliver doesn't have his cousins speed or skating ability although it is ok.   Like Poltapov, he had an ok year but struggled against adults in the Finish Elite league with only 4 points in 18gp.  He stands 6'0 but only weights 165 pounds.  He'll need to put some beef on his frame if wants to help the NEFHL flyers some day. As you can see, the Flyers cupboard isn't as bare as their 32nd rank might make them look but it's not exactly an garden of eden.  The Flyers didn't make a single pick in the 2022 entry draft  but do own 2 firsts and 2 2nds in next years draft.  But really, who cares, they won the cup 2 years ago and remain serious contenders this year and the forseeable future.   
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues NEFHL U23 Team Rankings Blues-Graham 2022-08-30 11:41:44 159 Team pipeline rankings based on Pronmans rankings of 170 NHL prospects under 23 will be posted soon.  Although I've kept his player rankings, I did adjust for NEFHL prefrences such as giving forwards more value than defencemen - this won't show in the indivudual player rankings but was a consideration during the team rankings.   There was value put on depth of players I.E number of players ranked but also more value put on quality of players ranked.  For example, a player in the top 10 was worth more than 2 players ranked in the 100's.   I think this goes without saying.   I struggled a bit with how to value goalies.  More valuable then defencemen but not as much as forwards?  Thankfully there weren't alot to consider.   Personally I'm not a huge fan of Pronman, he's made some big misses like picking Laine over Matthews.  Woops!  He did however get Slavkofsky over Wright.   Either way, his list provided a good basis to work from even if I dont' agree with the exact rankings.  Some interesting data from the rankings:  Every team except 1 had a player in the top 170.   I think that lone team will surprise some people.  There was a single team with 11 players in the top 100 and two teams with 10.  There were 5 with 9.  The top team who shall remain nameless only had 8 but obviously had some serious talent near the top of that list.   4 teams only had 1 player on that list. You can probably figure out who the majority of those are.   The full team rankings are all done.  Over the next week or so, I'll break it up and put some associated verbage with each team.  There are some surprising results.  Stay tuned!
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers NEFHL UFA, Week 3 Recap Flyers-Jamie 2022-08-29 19:23:10 153 12 signings in the 3rd wave of UFA. WINNERS New Jersey Adam Henrique - $2,600,000 - 4 years -Henrique is my top deal of the week! Another great signing for Jersey. Henrique will add some scoring to the lineup, with solid two-way play, and is a good candidate to see his ratings improve over that contract. Good price and a smart signing. Florida Jayson Megna - $500,000 - 4 years Kyle Rau - $500,000 - 1 year Michael Sgarbossa - $500,000 - 4 years -All very cheap depth players that Florida can use as necessary seems like a win. All 70+DF and some intensity found too. A win in wave 3 for Florida's depth.  Anaheim Chase Priskie - $375,000 - 4 years -I don't know who this is, but I love me a discount! If he can be even a filler at that price for a couple of seasons, this is gold! LA Jamie Oleksiak - $2,100,000 - 3 years -Big tough dman that can play an important part on the 2022 2nd place team. Good opportunity for both parties on this one. Edmonton Scott Wedgewood - $1,800,000 - 3 years Mattias Janmark - $850,000 - 4 years -Wedgewood is decent gamble with longer term deal, Oilers hoping to see him step up his game. Oilers did what needed to get him signed. Janmark is good depth option with some chance to see ratings increase if sticks 3rd line for NHL Oilers. LOSERS Senators Jon Merrill - $995,000 - 2 years -Pretty average dman for under a million. About as expected. Works for Sens. Toronto TJ Oshie - $3,333,333 - 3 years -Oshie is a player I've liked for some time, but do feel he's starting to slow down. Not a bad rate for now, but even by the end of the season I feel this is one that might be an overpay. Vegas PK Subban - $3,200,000 - 1 year -It's one season, and Subban should help the defending Elmer champs with their communications reach, but it is slightly inflated, dollars wise. Will the spin be worth the cash? Seattle Jason Spezza - $2,000,000 - 1 year -Spezza getting paid to help build and lead this new Kraken group. He's not good but will help them reach the cap floor and it's only one year. Positive for Seattle needs, but putting in loss column as not technically a good signing.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild GM Submits Name Change Application Wild-Peter 2022-08-29 18:37:08 130 Amongst the ruins that was once Kellogg Boulevard in Saint Paul, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Wild arena XCEL ENERGY CENTER, stands GM Peter. Clutched in his hands is a piece of paper that may forever change NEFHL history. Standing on a literal soap box due to the immense number of fecal cleaning detergents required from the 'gimps for equity' protests less than 72 hours ago, the proud and stunning general manager turned justice warrior revealed the document that could forever change Minnesota Sports for all. We have magnified the paperwork for easy to read access below.   Standing in front of the largest crowd seen in public since the 2016 inauguration of REDACTED, GM Peter addressed the hungry, passionate crowd of three individuals still stuck in dried concrete from the soy upcharge protest. "I come to you all today having heard your cries of oppression. Together our dream of being mild will come true! No more aggressive wording in our name. We will reject our harmful past and destroy all traditions, identities, and culture for a new tomorrow! A better tomorrow! A just tomorrow! An equitable tomorrow! We are better than those dinosaurs who reject the name change. This is progress! This is the spirit of the mild!" - GM Peter Feedback was immediate on twitter:   Some bigoted lowlife scum loser trash individuals on the internet are questioning why the team name needs to be changed based on the demands of a random blue-checkmark on twitter that got less than a handful of likes, 1300 retweets, and whose protest was attended by only 15 people and caused millions in damages. For the safety of everybody, and to ensure an unbiased platform remains, twitter in co-operation with facebook, instagram, tiktok, tumblr, pinterest and other social media platforms have begun banning those individuals for their hateful remarks trying to keep the name unchanged.  Rumors are starting to circulate that there is a proposed jersey rebrand in the works. Our sources will continue to work dilligently to get the scoop for you all. Stay tuned. ____________________________ Article: 12/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $1,750,000 / $10,000,000      
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Flyers GM Flubs Ratliff Vote Three Times Ducks-Ryan 2022-08-29 16:03:20 105 Breaking news out of NEFHL headquarters. It appears as though one GM has missed the boat when it comes to voting for GM of the year. An anonymous source in Calgary who wishes to remain anonymous has stated that not only did Jamie vote for a GM who is no longer here once, he did it twice, and voted for a GM who just came back. "That should be an instant firing. What the F*ck!" said Leafs-Shane fresh out of his anger management classes. "It was an accident, I couldn't vote for myself so I panicked. I'm a winner woooo!! Oh and F**k Quinn Hughes." said Jamie as tears rolled down his cheeks, knowing this is his last season of relevancy. Jean was asked to comment on the situation but was too busy playing with Winnie to even know a vote was taking place. Winnie has seen a lot more activity lately with Dach, and co heading to MTL in the NHL. "This guy called himself a winner on day one of free agency. The only thing he's won is an overpriced Center with falling ratings, honestly not surprised he did this", said another GM located in the state of Pennsylvania. "Look, I can barely color in the lines of a coloring book and even I didn't screw it up. That's all I can say for now. I have a movie shoot coming up!" Sabres-Kevin"This shit doesn't make sense to me, I hate this league, I hate the former Wild GM, I just wanna get paid, enough of this woke bullshit. I'm not signing Zegras." Wild-Peter"No comment. I'll answer it in my own article." Knights-Derek "Yeah but what did their plus minus look like?" Blues-Graham When asked if there will be any supplemental discipline the league decided being GM of the Flyers was punishment enough. 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Norris Front Runners Flyers-Jamie 2022-08-29 12:30:55 136 Here's a look at my top 5 Norris candidates heading into the season.  Cale Makar - CHI - Cale is quickly shooting into super stardom and is best bet for NEFHL Norris this year. He can handle the big minutes and is just going to become more and more dominant as the season progresses. If he was to win, there's a good chance it's just his first of many. Roman Josi - DET - Josi will be shopped all season. Detroit will be surprised there are no better offers, and keep thinking one is coming, and grind grind grind, but then, finally, after carrying the Wings all season and keeping them near a playoff spot single handily, just then, at the deadline, is when they will get a decent offer and say bye Josi! Good luck! Then Josi will play for a contender to finish the season. Victor Hedman - TOR - Hedman has something to prove and after a quick retool, so does Toronto. Hedman also knows that if he doesn't play well for two consecutive games, his GM will publicly call him out for being trash and put him on the trade block, where no teams will be able to make an adequate offer and he'll end up remaining in Toronto, slightly offended, but also slightly scared to make mistakes. He'll be okay he says. He's seeking his 3rd career Norris. John Carlson - ARI - Carlson will be key part to the Arizona offense this season. He is best passer on the team and will be setting up the talented forward group they have. A season removed from his first Norris he'd like to give another go at it. Aaron Ekblad - COL - If Ekblad can stay healthy all season, he is likely to put up a ton of offense with his skill and talented Avs lineup. The big hope is can stay healthy NHL and play well to be a force in the NEFHL playoffs without missing time. He's easily one of top threats on defense in the league.
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks Extend GM Clarey With 5 Year Deal Ducks-Ryan 2022-08-28 18:12:06 141 Breaking news out of Anaheim today, the Ducks have reached an extension with General Manager Ryan Clarey today which will keep him with the organization through the next six seasons. Clarey had one year remaining on his deal and the ownership group had been wanting to lock him in since Anaheim made the playoffs last season."He really put Anaheim back on the map in such a short time frame. The way he has drafted, the trades he has made, every little thing has had a huge impact for us, and we are trending in the right direction and plan on keeping it that way. His 2020 draft may go down in league history as one of the best ever. Prior to that he drafted Hughes and Romanov in the same draft and was able to snag Joel Farabee from a trade. We are ecstatic" said owner Henry Samueli. Clarey has been able to build a team that at one point had no prospects and an aging core. Many thought last season he was jumping the gun on pushing to compete for the NEFHL playoffs, but he clearly had a vision and belief in the guys he put out there that they would be able to compete every night."Being a GM is never an easy task. You're being watched all the time, your moves get questioned, the contracts you hand out are scrutinized. You have to have thick skin to survive in this league. We do it for the love of the game. We love to compete. It's a privilege and an honor to be a part of something so special. There are 31 other smart GMs in this league and if you're not bringing it every day you will get passed over. After leaving Minnesota the future wasn't so clear. Some will never know just how hard it was for me to walk away from the team, I loved that team, I built that team, I loved the locker room we had, but I had some growing up to do. The time away did me some good because I feel in Anaheim there's been a lot of similar moments that the prior experience helped with. We have elite prospects now, and for the future. We have cap space. Bad contracts are coming off the books every year but most importantly the guys are buying into the team first mentality. This is home for me, and hopefully one day we can add a championship banner to the rafters." Said Ryan Clarey. Anaheim is expected to reach out to a few free agents tonight to see if anything makes sense. If nothing comes from it, Anaheim feels comfortable going into next season."Our goaltending may give us trouble for a bit as we have two guys capable of being a starter, but just are not there yet. We feel Mrazek has the best chance at obtaining that role. After this upcoming season we feel we will regularly be competing for the playoffs. Making the playoffs and winning our first playoff series in Anaheim remains our goal for now." said Clarey.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers NEFHL Rumour Mill Flyers-Jamie 2022-08-28 14:06:41 131 A few hot rumours for the NEFHL: While media is digging hard to find out about signings and not many trades going down at the moment, sometimes the media has to work a little harder. This time they have discovered rumour of a massive offer that JD has turned down to buy the NEFHL. Sources say JD could never give up control of the NEFHL, not even for one million dollars apparently. Is this a done deal, or is JD playing hard ball? What would an NEFHL takeover look like? Would GMs be charged? Would fans be charged? Commercials on the site? Who knows, but for now, sources say most GMs are team JD. In other rumours, Handsome Kev apparently has significant offers from both Marvel and DC to play new villains, but he's unsure if the parts are the right fit. The hot scoop is that fellow NEFHL GM Jamie might have the inside track to cast him in a low budget indie film that lets him show off his comedic range. He's to play a brilliant scientist by day, evil mad scientist by night. It's expected they've been using NEFHL pm system to keep things on the hush. No one's totally sure how Handsome Kev is the hot item without acting experience, but everyone wants a piece right now.  Meanwhile, a secretive American operation is looking at a raid on Isles Steve for the offensive things he's been saying online. The American people feel like he has hurt too many people to continue on his maniacal tirades. If the operation is successful, we may suddenly see a neutered version of Steve on these boards without understanding why a change has happened. Most will just assume he's become lazy as that is the expected anti Steve spin. Carter of the Kings is connected to a massive yoga scam that is unwinding itself in a CSIS operation. If some of the alleged claims are true, Carter created an entire cult of yogi's that have been operating across Canada for ten years now. They use manipulative language and control their students by telling them how to think. They then tell them to buy specific products and make specific political actions and voting. Some are amazed that people just believe everything they say is true, but Buttyeah Yogi, led by charistmatic Yogi Buttyeah, knows that people are gullible and he uses that to his advantage. The deep diver conspiricy theorists believe Carter disguises himself to create Yogi Buttyeah.
Nashville PredatorsNashville Predators Ranking the 2022 draft based on the Predator's list Preds-Sylvain 2022-08-27 22:34:09 93 How did the different teams do on draft day? The most common measure used in the NEFHL is usually to compare the draft rank in NEFHL with the one in the NHL. The last article did just that, except those picks were weighted based on their relative value since moving up at the top of the draft is more valuable than going from the 7th to the 5th round. Such a measure is based on the idea that NHL teams know their stuff and draft the best players available. Yet, going back through the years, many good players fell through the ranks in their draft year. On this basis, the NHL draft result probably shouldn’t be taken so seriously. Even though the Predators measured well in the 2022 draft in terms of value when looking at the NHL draft, their overall draft list still looked quite different. As a fun exercise, every NEFHL team’s draft was measured on the same basis of weighted value for each pick. Of note that the “official” Predators draft list only included prospects available to NHL teams in this year’s draft and excluded the ones that were already drafted in the NEFHL. The team’s total drafted value and weighted value per pick were considered to create a ranking. Obviously, the Nashville brass could be totally wrong here, and teams ranked at the bottom could still end up with a great crop of prospects. Lastly, the Predators were excluded, because it would kind of be asinine to judge the team’s performance from its own list. God draft tier (A+) The top team in the ranking got a ton of value from their picks, earning the praise of GM Tremblay during the draft “it looks like Jean was drafting from my list”. In total, that team got more value from their picks than the Predators did, which is, frankly… surprising (unless they really got their list?). The Red Wings stand at the top of the rankings with a godly mention. All their picks from the top round from Juraj Slafkovsky to Fraser Minten were high on the Predators list (8 players in a row!). Nashville also really liked the Kyrou, Greene, Petrovsky, Savoie, and Davies picks besides those eight at the top. Great draft tier (A) Next, three teams fall into the great drafts category: Islanders, Sharks, and Kraken. Islanders were solid at the top of the draft with their Jiricek, Nyman, Kaplan, and Neuchev selections. Sharks only had four high picks but also got great value for each in Nemec, Kemell, Lambert, and Bystedt. The Kraken also made a good first splash, with their only miss in their first eight selections being Brennan Ali. On top of seven of their top eight selections, Seattle also sneaked in two favorites of Nashville in Nordberg and Spicer later. Good draft tier (B+) In the next tier, four teams ended up with good drafts: Wild, Blues, Blackhawks, and Flames. The Wild started the draft with a home run in Logan Cooley and added a good value pick later with Matikka. Also, despite not counting in terms of points, they drafted Josh Bloom as an overager that Nashville held in high regard. The Blues picked up the safest player at the top in Shane Wright. St Louis also added good value in Casey, Grudinin, and Plante later in the draft. The Blackhawks had an overall solid draft with Lekkerimaki and Firkus, plus they snatched up one of the Predators’ favorites in David Goyette. The Flames close off this tier with solid picks through round 5. Del Bel Belluz and Hutson were amongst the players that the Predators valued more than the consensus. A special mention for picking up Gannon Laroque who has done well in the WHL this year as an overrager. Above average draft tier (B-) The Stars, Devils, Canucks, Oilers, and Rangers also had slightly above-average drafts. The Stars selections were solid in the top three rounds with Savoie, Luneau, and Hamara, and they were able to select a great value pick later in the draft in Guindon. The Devils did likewise, with Mintyukov, Zhilkin, and Hayes. The Canucks only had two picks in the top 100 but they were able to get a favorite of the Predators in Frank Nazar and they added good value in Ty Nelson where he was picked. The Nazar selection alone pushed them above average. It was a similar story with the Oilers, who picked up Liam Ohgren in the first round, a player that was in the Predators’ top 10. Lastly, in this tier, the Rangers got good value with their four picks in the top 100 in Ostlund, Dumais, Ingram, and Delic. Below average draft tier (C) The next tier is made up of the teams that had slightly below-average drafts in terms of value. Included in this tier are the Blue Jackets, the Canadiens, the Hurricanes, the Panthers, the Leafs, the Coyotes, and the Senators. The Blue Jackets only had one pick worth mentioning, and even though the Predators like Trikozov, he was likely taken a bit high. Without other picks, Colombus’ haul still felt light in comparison to other teams. The same story applies to the Coyotes, who made a perfectly fine selection in the first round in Snuggerud but didn’t have any other picks. The Canadiens had more picks and did fine with their first and second-rounders with Kulich and Odelius, but none of their other selections were on Nashville’s draft list. The Hurricanes started the draft well with Geekie and added value later with Lisowsky. The Panthers took Howard a bit early but then compensated for that with the McGroarty selection. Florida’s selection of Lorenz and Lamoureux in the second also provided some value, although Nashville didn’t have them ranked that high on their own list. The Leafs made a solid selection in Kasper early in the first. The other players didn’t make the cut on the Predators’ top 100 list though, with Buchelnikov and Edmonds being honorable mentions. The Senators close off this tier. Ottawa got value in Yurov, Perevalov, and Havelid, although they were lower on Nashville’s list than where they were selected, with Engstrom being an honorable mention. Poor value draft tier (D+) The Kings, Lightning, Knights, Avalanche, Bruins, and Capitals make up the next tier that didn’t add much value in this draft. Those teams mostly lacked the high picks to bring home high value from the draft. The Kings had three players on the list in Salomonsson, Moldenhauer, and Ronni. Without a top selection, Los Angeles’ highest upside prospect from the draft is likely Moldenhauer. The Lightning’s highest pick was in the fifth round, and even though Pettersson was great value at that point, this draft is unlikely to have a great effect on Tampa Bay’s future. Vegas only started drafting late in the third round. The Knights picked up Haight, rated much higher by the Predators than his draft rank. The Avalanche selected Beck and Lucius with their two picks in the 2nd round, who were adequate selections in that range. The Bruins only had one selection and got Sam Rinzel who went higher in the NHL. While Nashville believes that Rinzel has a lot of upside, he is very raw and wasn’t valued as highly. Judging the high school players is hard and his value could rise tremendously in the future years (like Scott Morrow). Finally, the Capitals selected Rohrer late in the 2nd round who was adequate value for that pick. No value draft tier (F) The other teams close off the rankings: Penguins, Sabres, Ducks, and the Flyers. Other than the Penguins, who had two 7th rounders, all these other teams didn’t have any picks, so they didn’t bring anything home from the draft. FAIL.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Wild GM Denies Being “Woke” Wild-Peter 2022-08-27 19:17:39 141 Just days after blue-chip prospect turned cover athlete Trevor Zegras was announced as the face of the NEFHL23 video game, the GM of the Minnesota Wild found himself in hot water ...yet again. The latest incident was for the totally unprofessional conduct by describing Zegras as a ‘penis-holding’ individual and the other biological sex of humans as ‘uterus-holders’. Such language has been deemed unacceptable. “I was just trying to be inclusive. I was given training by Education Minnesota on how to think and speak. I thought I was doing it right. If four year olds are learning this in school then there’s no reason for me not to know it too. I’m not going woke. Woke doesn’t exist, just like cancel culture. It’s just another right wing conspiracy dogwhistle as I’ve learned in my Best Practices for Meaningful Community Engagement re-education seminar as well as my Engaging in Sensitive Conversations training from the Minnesota Department of Education. I’m being socially and culturally responsible and ackowleding the generations of trauma felt by the most marginalized in society by renaming dangerous and triggering terms we’ve all used in the past. I should have known the terms would change on the daily now for the most ultra progressive progressives among us. I will do better for my community. I apologize to all the penis-carriers and uterus-carriers for the violence I caused." By not acknowledging his faults enough, and there are many, the Wild GM opened himself to the culturally-approved, government backed, media endorsed, big tech enforced groupthink on social media. Here’s a quick screencap of the extreme violence the careless, insensitive, harmful, wicked Wild GM inflicted on the kind, caring, welcoming, inclusive group of diverse, stunning, brave progressive individuals.   The protest outside the arena was liked by 1300 online but attended by 15 of the most inclusive, equitable, diverse individuals. Four of them showed up in gimp suits barking like dogs and defecating on the sidewalk for equity. Three wearing the latest designer footwear from Prada, poured wet concrete over their shoes for lower soy milk prices at the coffee shops inside while filming on their iphone 13 pro max chanting 'Death to Peter. Make soy cheaper'. One brave individual tossed a gallon of red paint to protest for vegan hotdogs to replace the regular franks. The remaining chanted “we are mild!” as seen in this photo below. Only moments after this photo was taken, the protest really turned peaceful when nearby businesses had their windows shattered by bricks and their merchandise looted. Many cars were broken into and reported damage is in the millions but it’s the societal price to pay for the GM’s hurtful, archaic rhetoric . ____________________________ Article: 11/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $1,500,000 / $10,000,000
New York IslandersNew York Islanders NEFHL Headlines You Will Never See (And Others) Isles-Steve 2022-08-27 00:07:18 146 In a moment of odd creative vision, after 18 seasons, and in response to a non-existent demand, I think it’s time to release a list of the top 33 headlines we will never see here. 32. Panthers GM Eric Creates Post-Trev Strategy 31. Bruins GM Posts “I’m not THAT Jason!” 30. Flames Goaltender Loses Starter Ratings, JD Files For Bankruptcy!! 29. Hurricanes Attend NEFHL Draft! 28. Red Wings GM Meets All NEFHL Deadlines! 27. Avalanche GM Executes Undisputed Trade! 26. Montreal Hoists NEFHL Stanley Cup! (Hoist First Banner Too!) 25. Leafs GM Posts Complete Sentence on Forum Without Using “Trash”! 24. Sabres Draft Pick Makes NEFHL Debut! 23. Islanders Hoist Cup, GM Retires, Swears off Alcohol! 22. Lightning GM Misses Live Draft! 21. Predators GM Ignores Rule Change Discussion! 20. Oilers GM Decides to Rebuild! 19. Vegas GM Receives Strikes For Lack of Articles! 18. Wild GM Denies Being “Woke”! 17. Kings GM Receives Modesty Award! 16. Jets GM Turns Over Asset-Rich Team to New GM 15. Penguins GM Trades Sidney Crosby 14. BlackHawks GM Leaves NEFHL For Military Service! 13. Canucks GM Kyle Loses Trade! 12. Capitals GM Wins Mr. Nice Guy Award, Agrees With Something! 11. Seattle GM Admits Islander Fetish Still Exists! 10. Rangers Do More Than NEFHL Minimum! Swear off Donkey Nuts! 9. Blue Jackets Raise Second Banner to Rafters! 8. Stars GM Abstains From Beer During Live Draft! 7. Devils GM Fires AGM! 6. Sharks Fire Ken McBobzie! 5. Flyers GM – Perfection Achieved By Flyers Pre-Season Rankings 4. Blues Hoist First Banner Since Legendary GM Departs in 2017 3. Senators GM Drafts All Russians, Ignores NCAA! 2. Coyotes GM Nurses Team to NEFHL Stanley Cup! 1. Ducks Celebrate First Round Playoff Victory! And finally...   Insider Refuses To Post Results!
Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs Leaf UFA process Leafs-Shane 2022-08-25 16:23:06 91 The Leafs have made a few moves over the summer to make themslves more compeitive and hopefully push for the playoffs and possibly more.  At the starts of UFA the leafs had a few targets and will show below the processes and targets the Leafs had and have.  Targets - Patrice Bergeron. The goal was sign hin to a 4 year deal given he will retire next offseason and to a dollar amount of no more then 4.75.. Failed David Perron - Again the goal was to sign him to a 4 year deal as he still has some NHL life. The end goal was to go no higher then 3.5.. Failed Jakub Silfverberg - The highly capable df first forward was high on the Leaf want list. Goal was a short term deal to a dollar amount of 1.5 or less. Failed Jonathan Toews -  Again a highly capable defense first forward was a want for the Leafs. Goal was a 1 year deal to a dollar figure of 1.75 or less... Failed Justin Holl - A guy to round out the bottom pairing is osmething the Leafs could use. Holl was offered up to 1.1 over 2 years. Failed The still have 3 targets but will not overpay for any UFA. If they land one great, if they dont land one then the team will have ample cap space and could look at some trade options that will open once all the UFAS are signed. Rumour has it 1 target is a forward that played in west with another Dman who also played in the western conference as another target.   
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Breaking Barriers: Zegras makes cover of NEFHL23 Wild-Peter 2022-08-25 16:22:33 135 In a very weird development, Minnesota Wild prospect Trevor Zegras has made the cover of the upcoming NEFHL23 video game despite playing a total of 0 NEFHL regular season, playoff, or pre-season games. Zegras beat out multiple award nominees from the 'good lads' in Los Angeles, the cup champion captain Aston Matthews, beat out the Calder Trophy Winner Jack Hughes, and beat out all the major award winners in 2021-2022. Despite all this, the cover athlete still has not signed his Entry Level Contract in the NEFHL. "We had no idea Zegras was even in the conversation for cover athlete. It's obviously a great accomplishment for the young penis-holding individual. We're really exciting for him to be part of our locker room when the time is right." - GM Peter Sources say the GM of the Wild must sign Zegras now considering thousands of kids will be looking to play as the star prospect. The GM has repeatedly stated in the past he will not be influenced by outside pressure. The two sides have had discussions but it seems the Wild GM is more focused on Free Agency at the moment.  Our California correspondent indicated that elite, star, franchise, generational player Connor McDavid was spotted crying into crisp $100 bills on sunset boulevard while our Las Vegas correspondent took video of Auston Matthews alone at a UFC event, where the cup champion was seen slouched over his seat holding his head.  It is unsure if he was crying over seeing the last remaining hair fall or the news of Zegras's cover athlete announcement.  It is a new era in the hockey video game world, where players who haven't even played in the league are getting video game covers. What's next, having a uterus-holder on the cover despite no uterus-holders in the league? Madness to some. The logical next step to others. _______________________ Article: 10/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $1,250,000 / $10,000,000
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 5 Forwards to watch for Flyers-Jamie 2022-08-25 12:49:22 125 With some slow days of Summer upon us in the NEFHL, I thought I'd take a look at the top 5 forwards to watch out for this season. Looking at few factors, not just who I think are top 5 scorers. #1 Alex Ovechkin - Ovi is the NEFHL all time leader for goals,points, +/- and GWG, while sitting 2nd to only Dustin Brown for all time hits. Despite that, he has never won a cup and his playoff stats are far from the top of the leaders. He moves to Pittsburgh this off-season with both sides hoping that he can join poster boy Crosby and bring Pittsburgh a 2nd cup.  #2 Connor McDavid - He lead the league in points last season, but lost the Hart, Conn Smythe, and Stanley Cup to rival Auston Matthews. The elite young center will have even more to prove this season and will look to elevate his game. LA will hope to build off the success their franchise center got going last season with new found favourite line-mate Zibanajed. You know the good lad is looking for a cup.  #3 Auston Matthews - Will be tough to follow up the season he just had, but Caps haven't changed much and Matthews is also continuing to evolve. It's not too hard to imagine him taking Hart, Rocket, Conn Smythe, and Cup for a 2nd straight season. #4 Max Pacioretty - I put the Oilers on the losing end of this one regarding UFA signings, but he has the possibility of being a game changer for Edmonton. It's an exciting signing that could push the Oilers into the playoffs. It's 1 year, so if it doesn't work out, he'll move along, and if it does work out, might make a good loyalty. The big question mark is the durability - it's low and he'll be missing significant time in NHL to start the season. If he can stay healthy he'll have a huge impact.  #5 Patrice Bergeron - Philly started the off-season clearing out soon to be UFAs for picks and not expose them in the expansion draft. Post expansion, a push was made to Dallas for Draisaitl, but picks were not the asset they were looking to acquire, so Flyers put their eyes to free agency, specifically Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron is the ultimate #1 shut-down franchise center, even in the twilight of his career. His elite PC and DF just further elevates Philly's shut down game. These two seasons with Shesterkin at $2.3 mill are years Philly needs to go for it and Bergeron is the perfect use of cap space for them, and gives him chance to add to his cup totals.
Calgary FlamesCalgary Flames Long Island Friends Reunited in Cowtown Flames-JD 2022-08-23 18:48:07 91 In the NEFHL, you seldom see a player stick to the same team for 8+ seasons.  Some teams are better than others at sticking with their top players.  Steven Stamkos has played 12 seasons with the Hurricanes.  Patrick Kane leads the pack and has played 14 wih the Devils. In the grand scheme of things though, 8 seasons on the same team is not something most players in this league can claim to have to done.  Jonathan Huberdeau had played his entire career with the New York Islanders when team General Manager Steve Reisman decided it was time to retool the team and leverage his all-star winger to help move that process along. After some time on the block, the Isles found a suitor in Calgary where the Flames were looking at making another push for a deep playoff run.  Just short of 700 games played and 500 points, Hubie packed his bags and landed in Cowtown for the final 32 games of the season.  He made the most of those 32 games, producing 41 points and being a +17.  After finishing second overall in the league during the season, the Flames fell apart in round 1 of the playoffs, managing only a single win. The expansion draft forced Flames management to make a tough decision in moving star goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.  Hellebuyck had, himself, completed his 6th season with the Flames since being signed by them in 2013.  That transaction freed up a sizeable chunk of cap room for the Flames and while it's not possible to just replace a goalie like Hellebuyck, the team vowed use that cap room to improve the skaters on the team. Following the conclusion of round 1 of free agency, the Flames had added 3rd line center Ryan Getzlaf and sat just a hair over the cap floor.  Huberdeau had invited former teammate Alex Pietrangelo, who had played almost 11 seasons with the Islanders, to his summer cottage for the weekend.  Pietrangelo had himself been moved after being with the Islanders since 2008 to the Chicago Blackhawks for a chance at winning a Cup.  His postseason was longer than Huberdeau's but ultimately, the 6-time All-Star wasn't able to realize his childhood dream. They sat around the fire that night at the cottage and expected Pietrangelo's agent to call with an offer from a team that he could sign but the call never came.  After a few beers and a few tokes from a marijuana vape pen they passed around, Huberdeau joked: "Why don't you come to Calgary?".  Then Alex's semi closed eyes went wide open.  "That would be sick".  And suddenly, Huberdeau thought how cool it would be to get reunited with his old time buddy.  They spoke for hours about the team, the city, the organization and the facilities. The following Monday, it was Pietrangelo's agent reaching out to GM Barry.  To Barry's surprise, the agent was offering up his player at a friendly deal that made it impossible to pass up.  "It's not every day you have a player of Alex's calibre willing to take a paycut.  He wanted a chance to win a Cup, he wanted to be reunited with his Long Island buddy, so it was a no brainer to get this done" Barry explained. The Flames now stand at 41.3 million heading into the season.  Pietrangelo is expected to line up alongside Rasmus Andersson when camp opens in September.
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Who were the easiest and toughest GM's to deal with in expansion?? Kraken-Scott 2022-08-23 12:49:17 130 Just kidding.
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Pens WJC Recap Pens-Brent 2022-08-22 20:19:07 137 Here is a little recap of how the five Penguins prospects fared at the World Junior Championships.  Olen Zellweger: Nominated by the media as one of the best defenders in the tournament, Zellweger was the backbone of the Canadian defence core.  He demonstrated that he can perform at a high level at both ends of the ice.  There is a lot to be excited about with this one considering his skillset and potential upside at the next level.  Olen tallied 11 points (2+9) in 7 games and anchored the Canadian powerplay.  There's a good chance that he gets another year of seasoning and should lead Canada in a leadership role this winter if all works out.  Ridly Greig: Despite the unfortunate injury, Greig showcased his outstanding 200 foot game and high end compete level.  While active, he was instrumental at both end of the ice.  Team captain, Mason MacTavish, acknowledged that he was irreplaceable when news broke that he could no longer play.  Good things the boys stepped up in his absence.  Given the talent added to the Senators (NHL) roster this off season, there's a good chance Greig gets another year to fill out and develop his game before making the jump.   Brock Faber:  Logged plenty of minutes on the back end for the Americans.  Faber showcased tremendous poise and a good two-way game.  Furthermore, he displayed his exceptional leadership abilities as captain of the team.  Unfortunately for Brock and the US, they came up a little bit short this year.  Faber should head back to college where he will captain the prestigious Golden Gophers this season.  Brock gelled very well with Luke Hughes this tournament.  Could Faber + Zellweger be a good pair in the future?  Kalle Vaisanen: The 6'4, 180lb right winger showed that he has some promise to his game.  Vaisanen managed to record a goal and an assist through seven games while playing in more of a defensive role for the Finns.  He should see more time with TPS in the Liiga this year.  Hopefully Kalle shows that he can produce when given some more playing time at the professional level.  He is still very raw.  Jiri Tichacek:  In my initial WJC preview article, I did not even realize that Tichacek was playing.  Twice passed over in the NHL.  He managed an assist in seven games.  Hopefully he eventually finds his way.  ________________________ Obligatory Articles: 5/5 Bonus Articles: 3/40  =  $750,000 / $10,000,000
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 2022 UFA, Week 2, Winners and Losers Flyers-Jamie 2022-08-22 15:33:11 142 14 more signings in the 2nd wave of UFA! What a fun UFA experience we have in NEFHL :) All signings make a lot of sense for each team involved. Here's a team by team recap of wave 2, with some winners and losers. WINNERS Calgary Alex Pietrangelo - $3,600,000 - 4 years -Flames continue to add through free agency, bringing in top pairing Pietrangelo on a great deal. Important addition and at a great price for Calgary. Detroit Torey Krug - $2,550,550 - 4 years Jakob Silfverberg - $1,755,550 - 4 years -I really like both these pickups for Detroit. Both are good candidates to see upward ratings through their 4 year deals. They're not the cheapest of their groupings, but are good assets to add long term. NYR Cam Atkinson - $3,500,000 - 3 years -Excellent 2nd liner on a good contract. Gets a contract that matches his skills and should be a good trading chip for NYR next off season. Anaheim Petr Mrazek - $2,250,000 - 2 years -Decent ratings with chance to improve. With cap space for a guy like Mrazek, he's worth taking a chance on and might pay off. Smart signing for the Ducks. Philadelphia Jarred Tinordi - $750,000 - 4 years Chad Ruhwedel - $850,000 - 4 years -Flyers bit short on dmen at the moment. Tinordi and Ruhwedel will slide in as the new 2nd pairing, but Philly was hoping to add a bigger name or two to go with these two. Cheap contracts are nice. Arizona Jordan Martinook - $750,000 - 4 years -Good 4th liner with some intensity and solid defense, so at $750k is a deal! Good add for Yotes. LOSERS Edmonton Max Pacioretty - $6,500,000 - 1 year -Max is a great NEFHL sniper, but with low DU and quickly dropping, he might not play a ton of games. Might make an excellent loyalty though. Going to bring lots of skill and leadership to Edmonton. Not a 'loser' or negative in anyway, but on the high end for risky asset. Kudos to Edmonton for having the fortitude to make this deal. NYI David Perron - $5,500,000 - 1 year -Islanders overpaying for a UFA isn't necessarily a bad thing, when on a 1 year deal, given their tank mode (helps meet floor) and might make a good loyalty next year. This deal does make sense for them. Tampa Bay David Rittich - $925,000 - 4 years -Decent backup with potential for bounce back ratings. Nice pickup for Tbay. Just less of a win than those on the winner end. Ottawa Tomas Nosek - $900,000 - 2 years -Nosek could see his ratings improve over the course of the season. I don't think he's that great or likely to improve though, so on the high end for my liking. Nashville Sam Carrick - $800,000 - 2 years -Decent 6/7 dman on a cheap contract that has some chance to see ratings increase. Not a bad add, just one of the more minor additions. Seattle Matthew Peca - $750,000 - 2 years -Never heard of this fellow before, but cheap contract, free asset, maybe it'll work out for Seattle. Even if it does, minor enough that can stay on the loser side for another round :) If it doesn't work, also, no actual negative here.
Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres Sabres Straight Up Sabres-Kevin 2022-08-21 20:14:32 130 Sure I spam the roster but it’s unreal...  Incredible two-way Center depth… 60 minutes a night of very sound two-way play… I absolutely believe we have one of the best Center groups in the league… with multiple quality centers on the wing as well.  Robertson is an emerging 50G threat… his 85SC makes him dangerous every time he touches the ice… it’s not just Robertson though… every player has hands to drop 25… every player has hands to get hot To get the forwards the puck I wanted explosive Defensemen and I’ve systematically added Toews/Fowler/Dunn while adding fantastic stay at home bkueliners Gudas/McNabb/Ekholm to protect them as they run and gun  We’ve identified players with a physical edge throughout this process  We’ve identified players that excel in the defensive end throughout this process  In lieu of having a number one goalie we’ve gone with a cost effective combo with upside  Leadership sprinkled throughout    40.561 (23) Robertson 2.8x2 - (25) Eriksson EK 2.0x1 - (34) Okposo 1.8x3 (26) Bennett 1.18x1 - (30) Johansen 2.5x3 - (31) Schenn 3.7x3 (37) Carter 2.311x1 - (29) Trocheck 2.0x1 - (27) Duclair 2.2x3  (30) Namestnikov 1.3x4 - (34) Toews 2.5x4 - (26) Milano 0.7x4    (28) Toews 2.2x2 - (32) Gudas 1.8x2 (31) McNabb 2.3x3 - (31) Fowler 3.2x4 (32) Ekholm 2.75x3 - (26) Dunn 1.75x2   (26) Ned 0.73x1 (29) Forsberg 1.0x2   1.3 Farm (Bolded Have Played In the NHL)  F: Sanford, Caggiula, Kotikanemi, Crookshank, Cotter, Blumel, Angle, Cederqvist, Hardman, Rousek, Lopina, Walker, Harkins, Laczynski, Weatherby, McLaughlin, Walther  D: Kiersted, Day, Diliberatore, Berni, Laaksonen, Soloyvov G: Chrona, Tikkanen   _____   Per 82 2022/23 NHL Projections  Robertson: 45G 95Pts  Trocheck: 35G 75Pts  Schenn: 30G 65Pts Johansen: 25G 60Pts  Eriksson EK: 30G 55Pts  Bennett: 30G 55Pts  Toews: 25G 55Pts  Kotikanemi: 25G 55Pts  Carter: 15G 40Pts Duclair: 20G 40Pts (Injured till February)  Namestinkov: 15G 35Pts  Okposo: 15G 35Pts    Toews: 20G 65Pts Fowler: 15G 40Pts Dunn: 10G 40Pts Ekholm: 10G 35Pts  McNabb: 5G 25Pts  Gudas: 5G 25Pts    We are built to run and gun with a mean streak    Toews could have himself a MVP year… his ratings are ridiculous and he’s surrounded with talent.  Every minute of the sim the club should be dangerous 
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Early look at Minnesota NEFHL players in the NHL Wild-Peter 2022-08-21 18:54:11 130 Still the middle of summer but I want that article money so here's an article for you to read...or skip over. Whatever. Nefhl roster is not ready for the season but let's see where the roster would fit in an NHL organization.   Goalies Cam Talbot = Starter Ottawa Senators Carter Hart = Starter Philadelphia Flyers    Defense Josh Morrissey = Top Pair Winnipeg Jets Filip Hronek = Top Pair Detroit Red Wings Ryan Graves = Top 4 / PK specialist New Jersey Devils Colin Miller = #4 or 5, quiet unassuming all around defenseman now with the Dallas Stars   Forwards Roope Hintz = Top line Centre Dallas Stars Brady Tkachuk = Top Line LW Ottawa Senators Elias Pettersson = Top Line C/RW Vancouver Canucks Trevor Zegras = Top Line C Anaheim Ducks Jake Debrusk = Top 6 Winger Boston Bruins Josh Bailey = Top 6 Winger New York Islanders Kevin Labanc = Top 6 Winger San Jose Sharks JG Pageau = Middle 6 Centre New York Islanders Luke Kunin = Middle 6 Forward San Jose Sharks Jonas Donskoi = Middle 6 Winger Seattle Kraken Josh Archibald = Bottom 6 Winger Pittsburgh Penguins Noah Gregor = Bottom 6 Winger San Jose Sharks Jake Evans = Bottom 6 Forward Montreal Canadiens   Farm   Goalies Dustin Wolf = AHL Starter / NHL backup? / callup Calgary Flames Daniil Tarasov = AHL Starter / NHL backup? / callup Columbus BlueJackets Jared Moe = NCAA (rights belong to Winnipeg Jets)   Defensemen Kale Clague = Bottom Pair / 7th D   Buffalo Sabres Jake Christiansen = Bottom Pair / 7th D / callup  Columbus BlueJackets  Tarmo Reunanen = AHL Carolina Hurricans Josh Brook = AHL Calgary Flames Michael Callahan = AHL Boston Bruins Mason Millman = AHL Philadelphia Flyers  Marcus Bjork = AHL Columbus BlueJacket   Forwards Nathan Smith = Top 6 Centre Arizona Coyotes Alex Formenton = Middle 6 Winger Ottawa Senators Emil Bemstrom = Bottom 6 / Callup Columbus BlueJacket Nick Bjugstad = Bottom 6 / 13th Forward / Callup Arizona Coyotes Markus Nurmi = Bottom 6 Forward / 13th Forward / Callup Nashville Predators Fredrik Karlstrom = Bottom 6 Forward / 13th Forward / Callup Dallas Stars Jackson Cates = Bottom 6 Forward / 13th Forward / Callup Philadelphia Flyers Evan Barratt = AHL / Callup Chicago Blackhawks Lauri Pajuniemi = AHL / Callup New York Rangers Cole Schwindt = AHL / Callup Calgary Flames Jaydon Dureau = AHL / Callup Tampa Bay Lightning Corey Andonovski = AHL / Callup Pittsburgh Penguins Navrin Mutter = AHL / Callup Nashville Predators Lukas Vejdemo = UFA   Obviously it is still early so I will re-post this article after training camp and before opening night rosters are final just to see what changes and what sticks from this list. _______________________ Article: 9/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $1,000,000 / $10,000,000
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Canucks Top Prospects - #1 to #10 Canucks-Kyle 2022-08-17 17:15:45 93 The Vancouver Canucks have always been a team that usually has had an abundance of draft picks and utilization of the unsigned player process. However, the past couple of years, the Canucks didn’t have as many draft picks and were moving out numerous prospects in an effort to bolster their pro roster which led to a massive hit to the dept of the process pool. This year, the Canucks added to their prospect list by adding 30 new players through the draft and unsigned process. The Canucks now have 45 NHL drafted or signed prosects in their prospect pool. There are also 12 prospects who are unsigned or undrafted in the NHL.  The Vancouver Canucks prospect list from #1 through #10 with expectations: 1) Kent Johnson – C – University of Michigan/Columbus Blue Jackets-Johnson is viewed as top line player by the Canucks. The question is what position? Size being the biggest question mark which is he isn’t set in stone at center. One of the most skilled players in hockey, period.  2) Wyatt Johnston – C – Windsor Spitfires/Dallas Stars-Johnston was always highly thought of by the Canucks given their viewing of the Sptifres. However, no one expected Johnston to take off offensively like he did this past year while also improving defensively which he was top tier. Johnston has the potential to be top line, two waytype centerman. Needs to add some bulk but he will be a player.  3) Zach Bolduc – C – Rimouski Oceanic/St. Louis Blues-Highly skilled with great skating ability and a good shot. However, he needs to continue improving his consistency as this will determine his position at the next level. He could be a top center or winger but expected to be a top line or at least a top 6 forward.  4) Frank Nazar III - C - University of Michigan/Chicago Blackhawks-Undersized who makes up for it with his elite skating, creativity, and playmaking. He is also a fierce competitor with a high motor. Noted mostly for his edges and vision, he can also score when given the opportunity thanks to a quick release on his shot. He is the jewel in the Blackhawks forward prospect pool. 5) Nico Daws – G – Binghamton Devils/New Jersey Devils-Daws took a step forward after a tough COVID year. He played numerous NHL games as a young goalie and stood out most of the time considering the circumstances in which he was put. He is expected to be a starting goalie or 1A type in the next 2-3 years.  6) Joel Hofer – G – Springfield Thunderbirds/St. Louis Blues-Hofer is considered as a goalie in waiting for the NHL Blues. He is set to be their #3 and gain valuable experience in the AHL this season after bouncing around last year. He is expected to be a starting goalie or 1A type in the next 2-3 years. 7) Joey Keane – D – Charlotte Checkers/Carolina Hurricanes-Keane is an offensive type defenseman who is on the cusp of NHL time. He is expected to play some games this year and transition into a 3/4/5 type role with powerplay time.  8) William Cuylle – F – Windsor Spitfires/New York Rangers-Cuylle was a highly touted prospect coming into the OHL with his size, skill and shot. He improved significantly but was not a top scorer. Cuyllehas the ability to be a top 6 player but could also play a bottom 6 role with his size and skill. Expected to be a middle 6 forward in the NHL.  9) Ben Meyers - F - Colorado Avalanche-Highly coveted NCAA signing who played at the Olympics for the United States. Meyers is skilled but defensively aware. He is projected to fall into the middle 6 of the line up as early as this year.  10) Ty Nelson - D - North Bay Battalion/Seattle Kraken-Former first overall pick in the OHL who has some questions around what he will be. This year is a pivotal year for Nelson as he competes to try and crack the Canadian WJC team and eliminate some concerns as to what he projects in the NHL. He is expected to push for a top 4 role when he makes it to the NHL.
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Canucks Top Prospects - #11 to #45 Canucks-Kyle 2022-08-17 17:14:07 67 The Vancouver Canucks have always been a team that usually has had an abundance of draft picks and utilization of the unsigned player process. However, the past couple of years, the Canucks didn’t have as many draft picks and were moving out numerous prospects in an effort to bolster their pro roster which led to a massive hit to the dept of the process pool. This year, the Canucks added to their prospect list by adding 30 new players through the draft and unsigned process. The Canucks now have 45 NHL drafted or signed prosects in their prospect pool. There are also 12 prospects who are unsigned or undrafted in the NHL.  The Vancouver Canucks prospect list from #11 through #45 plus those undrafted:  11) Marc McLaughlin - F - Providence Bruins/Boston Bruins 12) Wyatt Kaiser – D – Minnesota-Duluth/Chicago Blackhawks 13) Aidan Thompson - F - Denver Pioneers/Chicago Blackhawks 14) Brandon Scanlin - D - Hartford Wolfpack/New York Rangers 15) Marc McLaughlin - F - Providence Bruins/Boston Bruins 16) Bobby Trivigno - F - Hartford Wolf Pack/New York Rangers 17) Pontus Andreasson - F - Grand Rapids Griffins/Detroit Red Wings 18) Marek Alscher - D - Portland Winterhawks/Florida Panthers 19) Ethan Edwards – D – University of Michigan/New Jersey Devils 20) ArseniiSergeev – G – Shreveport/Calgary Flames 21) Kirill Gerasimyuk – G – SKA/Florida Panthers 22) Amadeus Lombardi - F - Flint Firebirds/Detroit Red Wings 23) Oliver Johansson - F - Timra/Ottawa Senators 24) PavolRegenda - F - San Diego Gulls/Anaheim Ducks 25) Sergei Ivanov - G - SKA St. Petersburg/Columbus Blue Jackets 26) ArseniKoromyslov - D - SKA St. Petersburg/St. Louis Blues 27) Ryan Mast – D – Sarnia Sting/Boston Bruins 28) Ty Gallagher – D – Boston University/Boston Bruins 29) Taylor Ward - F - Ontario Reign/Los Angeles Kings 30) Andrei Buyaslsky – F - Vermont/Colorado Avalanche 31) Redmond Savage – C – Miami University/Detroit Red Wings 32) Cameron Whitehead - G - Northeastern/Vegas Golden Knights 33) Jakub Malek - G - Illves/New Jersey Devils 34) SanteriHatakka – D – San Jose Barracuda/San Jose Sharks 35) Connor Kurth - Univeristy of Minnesota/Tampa Bay Lightining 36) Joe Miller - Harvard/Toronto Maple Leafs 37) Justin Ertel - F - North Bay Battalion/Dallas Stars 38) Case McCarthy – D – Boston University/New Jersey Devils 39) Jakub Vondras - G - HC Pizen/Carolina Hurricanes 40) Reid Dyck - G - Swift Current Broncos/Boston Bruins 41) Max McCue – C – London Knights/San Jose Sharks 42) James Fisher - F - Northeastern/Columbus Blue Jackets 43) Josh Dunne – F – Cleveland Monster/Columbus Blue Jackets 44) AleksiMalinen – D – JYP/New York Islanders 45) Braden Doyle – D – Boston University/Los Angeles Kings Unsigned/Undrafted Prospects: Ryan Francis (F), Valeri Orekhov (D), Ryan SIedem (D), OndrejPsenicka (F), LudvigHedstrom (D), Jack Harvey (F), Pavel Cajan (G), Brayden Schuurman (F), Tyler Duke (D), David Morevac(D), Dominik Rymon (F), Nikita Buruyanov (F)
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Seattle lightly dips into free agency Kraken-Scott 2022-08-16 19:34:28 122 Seattle and its new general manager Scott Davies are being pretty fiscally conservative heading into its first season in the NEFHL. In order to meet the $38M salary cap floor requirements, the Kraken did however dip into the unrestricted free agency waters to fill out its roster. The main piece added by the Kraken is 30 year-old scoring winger Conor Sheary. Despite his small stature, Sheary should add some goal-scoring on the wing for Seattle in its inaugural season. Sheary signed a four year contract to come out west to the pacific. The Kraken also made three additional UFA signings during the first few days of free agency - mostly of the depth variety. Fellow right wingers Justin Danforth and Michael Carcone were signed to four and three-year contracts respectively, while young defenseman Cam Dineen was also signed for four years. All three players are likely to spend some time in the minors in the inaugural season, although Danforth does stand a reasonable chance to be on the opening night Kraken roster. GM Davies had the following comments about the four new Kraken players: "Sheary can score goals, and we're short on natural goal scorers on our team. Sheary should get a good amount of time on the powerplay and in the top 6." "Danforth is a very late bloomer who spent half a season at the NHL level last year. I expect him to make his NEFHL debut this season playing RW in the bottom six." "Carcone also made his NHL debut last year, but isn't expected to play games in the NEFHL this coming season. He's small but quick and can score goals at the minor-league level." "Dineen is a small but skilled 24 year-old defenseman who has put up good numbers in the minors. We're not sure it will translate at the NEFHL level, but he may get a chance down the road." It's interesting to note that all four players signed measure under six feet, something the Kraken GM wasn't planning. "Sheary is a proven NEFHL player, but the rest of the guys we signed are mostly depth players for our organization. Height isn't everything." 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 2022 UFA, Week 1, Winners and Losers Flyers-Jamie 2022-08-16 17:19:54 156 The first week of UFA signings is now behind us, and there were a few signings, including top free agent Patrice Bergeron signing in Philly. Most contracts dished out week one were totally reasonable, not something we're used to in NEFHL. Everyone's game has been evolving I guess. That said, it's still fun to pick some winners and losers and stir the pot :) It's more just a way to break it down by team than anything. Here's my take: WINNERS: Philadelphia Patrice Bergeron - $5.8 million - 4 years Markus Niemelainen - $850k - 4 years -Adding the top free agent, two time cup champ, franchise center, Patrice Bergeron, for under $6 million is a huge add for Philly after trading some of their veteran stars. They'll look to him to be their star player. Niemelainen is the GMs homer add, thinking he can stick as full time NHLer this coming season for Oilers. Either way, a young dman with decent ratings and waiver exempt is worth a shot for the organization.  New Jersey Jonathan Quick - $3 million - 3 years Corey Perry - $1.2 million - 2 years -Both deals are solid dollars for appropriate length. I think both are bang on for what they would accept and scooped the other teams needing these useful players but focusing on other shinier objects. Nice first round of free agency for the Devils management team.  Pittsburgh Nicolas Deslauriers - $975k - 3 years -Deslauriers for under a million brings some bite to the Pens lineup, which is also short on depth. Similar rated (AOV) forwards went for much more. Detroit Jason Zucker - $1.85 million - 4 years -Zucker is 30 and coming off a couple of down seasons for him. He's an excellent candidate for a nice rebound season and brings some offense to the table in the meantime. Arizona Max McCormick - $650k - 4 years Antoine Roussel - $700k - 4 years Stefan Matteau - $600k - 2 years -None of them are very good, but they needed to add some cheap depth and accomplished that with these random vets. Minnesota Josh Archibald - $955,101 - 3 years -Brings intensity, speed and some defense to the Wild's bottom six; for under a million, is a pretty reasonable deal. Columbus Cale Fleury - $810,000 - 2 years -Young dman with some upside still. Not a bad nab and see how he progresses. LOSERS: Seattle Conor Sheary - $2.3 million - 4 years Justin Danforth - $1.05 million - 4 years Michael Carcone - $900k - 3 years Cam Dineen - $900k - 4 years -Sheary provides the Kraken some good scoring without giving up assets. I don't know who the others are, but I get they're all free assets, but the dollar amounts are all probably about 20% higher than needed to pay so end up on the losing side. Buffalo Jonathan Toews - $2.5 million - 4 years Vladislav Namestikov - $1,300,000 - 4 years Both players got more than they deserved. Not bad gambles, but no deals found here. $2.5 million for a 4th line center is pretty hefty. Calgary Ryan Getzlaf - $1.5 million - 4 years Getzlaf is a team killer and will bring disaster to Calgary. Worst signing of UFA by miles. Ottawa Justin Holl - $1.4 million - 2 years -Overpayment but depth dman. Washington Derek Forbort - $1,600,000 - 4 years -Overpayment for pretty average dman. Edmonton Nick Foligno - $2 million - 2 years -Gritty veteran defensive center at $2 million is a little overpaid. It's only 2 years and is a good fit for Edmonton Anaheim Austin Czarkik - $600k - 4 years 63AOV Czarnik is probably not good enough to be a regular, and isn't waiver exempt. He does only make $600k, so NBD, but not a win. Vancouver Mark Pysyk - $820k - 3 years Pysyk brings some speed and defensive prowess to the Canucks bottom pairing on a pretty reasonable deal. Winnipeg Colton Sceviour - $700k - 1 year Thomas Hickey - $900k - 1 year -Couple random vets; neither are any good really.
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Pens Bring Back Deslauriers Pens-Brent 2022-08-16 16:54:52 96 The Pittsburgh Penguins failed to make a big splash after day one of free agency, but they did bring back a big body.  Nicolas Deslauriers will be a Penguin for tentatively the next three seasons after agreeing to a deal that grosses $975k per year.  The rugged left winger played for the black and gold birds last season registering 20 points (8 goals) in 80 games.  The most impressive stat was the 202 hits he accumulated, which was good enough for second best on the team.  "He's a thick player who plays on the edge.  Nicky keeps the opposition on their toes.  He's the first guy to stand up for a teammate.  We are really happy to have him back," stated head coach Craig Berube.  It is uncertain where Deslauriers will be slotted in the Pens lineup.  Last season he demonstrated that he was capable of moving up and down the depth chart.  "Nick can play anywhere for us.  A lot will hinge on who we are playing.  If the other team is taking liberties on Alex or Sid or Geno, we know that we can send him out there to turn the tide back in our favour," added the coach.  "I try to play fast game.  I try to push puck deep and win important board battle down deep. I think I am responsible player in my own end as well.  I'd like to think that I can be relied on to chip in from time to time," the La Salle, Quebec native added through his noticeably French accent.    ________________________ Obligatory Articles: 5/5 Bonus Articles: 2/40  =  $500,000 / $10,000,000    
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Minnesota Wild UFA week 1 results Wild-Peter 2022-08-15 19:49:15 152 The first week of Unrestricted Free Agency is over. The Minnesota Wild are revealing they sent offers to seven players on the first go around. Out of those seven offers, the only player to sign was 30 year old Josh Archibald. He signed a 3 x 955,101$ deal. Is this article really going to be about signing a 69ov fourth liner? Yes. Yes it is.  So what does Archibald bring to the table as a 69 ov player? He'll bring some physicality to the lineup with 99 IT. He'll bring more speed to the lineup with 80 SP. He can hold his own defensively with 75 DF. His offensive ratings are in the mid-50s but that's not his role. Not the best durability either but not a real concern. Realistically, he will be on the 4th line or sitting out as a 13th forward. For 5-8 minutes a game, depending if he gets some PK2 time, can't go wrong at under a million for those ratings.  With the addition of Archibald (signed to a 1 year deal with NHL Pittsburgh), the Wild will look to have at least one high IT player on each line. Led by Brady Tkachuk (99 IT), Archibald (99 IT) will bring out the jam with fellow teammates Luke Kunin (98 IT), JG Pageau (78 IT) and then a few more guys in the 60s IT. On-the-cusp prospect Nathan Smith could be a factor as well with 84 IT but he'll have to get some points with NHL Arizona before he becomes a legit callup option. It could happen during the year. Archibald's 80 SP also fits in well with the higher SP makeup of the Wild, joining speed demons Hintz, Formenton, and perhaps even Bemstrom as 80+ SP players if Bemstrom can solidify a role with NHL Columbus and increase his offensive ratings over the course of the season. GM Peter is remaining tight lipped on the other six offers sent. Onto UFA week two.. _______________________ Article: 8/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $750,000 / $10,000,000    
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Canucks Prospects at the 2022 World Juniors Canucks-Kyle 2022-08-15 14:53:16 94 The original 2022 World Junior Championships were cancelled shortly after they started due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, the tournament was scheduled to be restarted and played in August of 2022 with those allowed to play in the cancelled tournament being eligible again. However, many rosters saw some turnover as players planned on skipping the tournament to be ready for the upcoming 2022/2023 NHL season. However, the Vancouver Canucks of the NEFHL, do have some players playing in the tournament and other prospects who just missed out or are likely to play on the 2023 tournament teams which will be held in December and January. “We felt we could have a few guys make the World Junior teams but we also had some either injured, chose to opt out or simply just didn’t make the team yet. We are pleased with our prospects and their development and congratulate those who made their countries teams” said General Manager Allen. Team Canada: F – Kent Johnson – top prospect in the Canucks system is playing a staring role. W – Will Cuylle – a highly touted prospect who can play with skill or grit depending on what is needed. Those who missed out for team Canada: C – Wyatt Johnston - injury but likely to be on 2023 team. C – Zach Bolduc - likely to be on 2023 team. D – Ty Nelson – will compete for a spot on the 2023 team. Team United States: C – Red Savage – bottom 6 type prospect who does all the little things. D – Wyatt Kaiser – skilled, puck moving defenseman. Those who missed out for team United States: C – Frank Nazar – one of the top prospects in the Canucks system. Will be a lock for the 2023 after being a final cut. Team Czechia: D – David Moravec – stay at home, shutdown type defenseman. G – Pavel Cajan – undrafted in the NHL, with play for AHL Lake Erie in 2023. Those who missed out for team Czechia: D – Marek Alscher – expected to be on the 2023 roster. G – Jakub Vondras – potential to be on the 2023 roster. Article: 4/5 Bonus: $0 / $10,000,000
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Canucks Go Crazy Part 3 - Juniors & Pro Signees Canucks-Kyle 2022-08-15 14:32:56 109 The Vancouver Canucks have been extremely busy this offseason and it was no different on the first date of unsigned NCAA, CHL or European players. The Canucks singed 14! Players to entry level contracts, far more than any other the team. It cost the team $24,791,827 in finances. “Yeah, we didn’t expect that many guys wanted to sign here but we did know we needed to add some free agent type prospects to strengthen our prospect pool. We pillaged it trying to make a playoff run last year. We picked up some guys we expect to contribute as early as this year and others are projects we can wait on,” said GM Allen. Second part of our series looking at these players will be those from the Canadian and United States Junior Leagues and those who have played North American pros. Aidan Thompson, F – (3rd Round Draft Pick of the Chicago Blackhawks) An overager for the draft, having turned 20 this past February, and spent the last two years in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars producing 115 points (34 G, 81 A) in 109 games. Skipped over for the last two drafts, the 5-foot-11 center doesn’t have a lot of scouting reports, but he’s billed as another high-motor, well-rounded player who broke some offensive records for the Stars and was praised for his leadership qualities this past season. Thompson is committed to the University of Denver for the ‘23-24 season. Cameron Whitehead, G – (4th Round Draft Pick of the Vegas Golden Knights) Cameron Whitehead is a tall goalie (6-foot-3) who was left undrafted following the 2021 Draft. He has shown how good he can be in the United States Hockey League (USHL) this season where he finished tied for eighth in wins among all goalies. He was also one of only three goalies to be invited to the 2022 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo this June. The only other goaltenders invited were Tyler Brennan (1st ranked NA Goalie) and Topias Leinonen (1st ranked EU Goalie), so he was in good company.  Amadeus Lombardi, F – (4th Round Draft Pick of the Detroit Red Wings) He’s a very competitive centerman, a guy we were able to see a lot being up in Flint and then had a real good playoff. He lost a year of development because of COVID-19. He didn’t play anywhere in 2020-21. The Red Wings took note that he improved as the season wore on. He worked hard at his craft. In the playoffs, Lombardi registered seven goals and 15 points in 19 games. “He’s a skater, he’s a worker and he’s very competitive and he plays center,” Draper said. “We like all those things about him.” Joe Miller, F – (6th Round Draft Pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs) “(Miller) is a really underdeveloped young man, with blazing speed, can score.” Former Leafs Director of Amateur Scouting John Lilley said. “Just has a lot of upside, a lot of growth his game. We just value the speed and the skill.” Miller is on the small side (5’9”, 146 lb.), but according to the HockeyProspect.com Black Book “can overcome some of his physical attributes with his willingness to go to and navigate in the high traffic areas. He has good hands and quick stickhandling ability, and he thinks the game quickly offensively (and) can expose gaps in coverages and thread passes through tight spaces to find teammates in the offensive zone and can beat defenders one on one with his skill.” Originally committed to the University of Minnesota, Miller is now bound for Harvard University, following in the footsteps of former Steel alum and current Leafs prospect Nick Abruzzese. Hayden Hodgson, F – (Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers) Grity forward who bounced around until making to the NHL at 25. Bottom 6 type player who wears his heart on his sleeve. Article: 4/5 Bonus: $0 / $10,000,000
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Canucks Go Crazy Part 2 - European Signings Canucks-Kyle 2022-08-15 14:12:29 153 The Vancouver Canucks have been extremely busy this offseason and it was no different on the first date of unsigned NCAA, CHL or European players. The Canucks singed 14! Players to entry level contracts, far more than any other the team. It cost the team $24,791,827 in finances. “Yeah, we didn’t expect that many guys wanted to sign here but we did know we needed to add some free agent type prospects to strengthen our prospect pool. We pillaged it trying to make a playoff run last year. We picked up some guys we expect to contribute as early as this year and others are projects we can wait on,” said GM Allen. Second part of our series looking at these players will be those from the European Leagues. Pontus Andreasson, F (Signed by Detroit in the NHL): At 23, Andreasson still has time to become an NHL contributor. He was second in SHL rookie of the year voting showcasing his skating skills and ability to finish around the net. Andreasson scored 18 goals with Lulua during the regular season and had 13 points in 13 playoff games. With Red Wings super-scout Hakan Andersson following Andreasson this season, the Wings certainly did their due diligence and feel Andreasson has NHL upside Pavol Regenda, F (Signed by Anaheim in the NHL): There’s much to like about Regenda’s upside. Identified as a player NEFHL teams would be watching before the Olympic Games, Regenda is 6-foot-4 and is only 22-years-old. He put together two strong international performances for Slovakia this year, scoring four points in seven games at the Olympics, and upping that with five goals and six points in eight games at the World Championship. He scored almost a point per game with HK Dukla Michalovce in Slovakia’s top league, and could earn games in Anaheim with a strong start with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Regenda plays with an edge, and could end up as a future bottom six option for Anaheim. Jakub Malek, G (4th Round Pick by the New Jersey Devils): The Devils like to take what seems a goalie per draft to build their pipeline. Malek had a fantastic 2020-21 season that saw him break through into professional hockey in the Czech 2nd division. As you can see from his stats below, he has been exceptional at the U20 and professional level in the Czech 2nd-tiers. Last season, Malek excelled as a 19-year-old posting a 22-9 record, 1.95 GAA, and .932 SV% which led all regular goaltenders. He posted a great 70.97 QS% and had a 20.89 Goals Saved Above Average (GSAA). His .932 SV% ranks 3rd all-time in the Czech 2nd division among U20 goaltenders (minimum 20 GP). He nearly helped his team to promotion to the top division by playing in 13 playoff games with a 7-4 record, 1.75 GAA, and .933 SV%. This success has led to Malek seeking out a higher level to play in so he could continue his development as he tries to progress to an NHL career. For this, he decided to make the move to Ilves in Finland’s top division, Liiga. He will compete with Marek Langenhammer and former Canucks (NEFHL) prospect in Vadim Zherenko, The Canucks seem to have cooled on another highly regarded prospect in Andrei Kuzmenko so we would expect this to be the final European signing of the offseason.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Flyers heading into UFA Flyers-Jamie 2022-08-07 14:22:13 163 Lots happening so far this off-season for the 2022-23 Flyers. The team plans to compete for a cup again this season, but appear to be light in talent as of now, particularly in what seems to be a much improved Eastern Conference. OFFSEASON SO FAR: The Flyers first off-season moves were dropping pending 2023 UFAs in Scheifele, Kadri, Marchessault, and Hamilton for picks. In addition to many pending UFAs, Philly was in a position to expose those players in expansion, so those four were moved to recoup some picks, versus losing for nothing, which made them the right moves to make, albeit tough ones. Good potential young dman Jacob Moverare was selected by the Kraken. Post-expansion, the Flyers opted out of the 2022 draft, having traded all their picks trying to give repeat cups a go. They then traded two of their recently acquired 2023 2nd round picks to add middle six forwards Frank Vatrano and Alex Iaffalo. Both bring defensive awareness, puck control, and some solid potential to see their ratings improve. Iaffalo, unsigned, the team wanted to sign for 4 years as a 29 y/o, which they did, at $1.8 per. Vejdemo and Chatfield both wanted too much money for Philly's preferences, so they moved to other teams, for cheap, in hopes they can get some use out of them. Flyers had 10 free agents to deal with, including some key players. The team chose to not bother qualifying either Jeff Malott or Stefan Matteau. Nobody else wanted them either. Philly was hoping for 4 years with Adam Fox, but signs the 2 year deal for less, at $2.8 per season. Spending a little extra per year, grabbing 3 of the 29 y/o old's UFA years, the team made sure to lock up organizational poster boy RNH for 4 years at $2.9 million. They see him as someone likely to see his ratings improve over the duration of the new deal and as an important part of the franchise. The Conn Smythe winning winger/center is excited to continue on in Philly. Young power forward Jordan Greenway wanted shorter term as well, but with Philly seeing great promise in him, opted to go for the bigger dollar 4 year deal, $2 million per, so they don't have to give huge dollars in 2 seasons. The team then added a couple of depth unsigned players with winger AJ Greer and dman Mason Geertsen. Both signed $650k deals and are waiver exempt so can be used for callups. Geertsen is one of only a few defensemen with his top end IT and ST, with decent defense. Some organizations would be hyping those ratings as exclusive and how they will dominate the league. Philly hopes they both can fill in for few minutes per game, for a few games this season. GOING INTO UFA: Philly sits with roughly $10 million in cap space. They do wish to leave some room for additions later in the season, but they are looking to fill a couple of holes, particularly two defensemen. They will be looking at options and likely active with their bids in UFA, until the roster is set. There appears to be some decent defensemen heading into UFA, but the team is being quiet with who specifically they might target. 
Nashville PredatorsNashville Predators Preds prospects at the WJC Preds-Sylvain 2022-08-04 20:03:06 149 The 2022 WJC, canceled back in December last year, are about to be played this month. Due to the current political context, Russia and Belarus will not participate this year. Also, due to the timing being right before the training camps, many prospects who would have been there last December have decided to opt out of the International competition. Based on these restrictions, the Predators expect these players to represent their countries: Latvia: Sandis Vilmanis Canada: Brennan Othmann, William Dufour Finland: Ruben Rafkin Slovakia: Jakub Demek USA: Sean Behrens, Jacob Truscott, Mackie Samoskevich Sweden: Oscar Magnusson Czech: Martin Rysavy For Sweden, Leo Loof was also announced back in June and was part of the team back in December, but it's unclear whether he will play this month. Other players that would have been selected if available are: Jake Sanderson, JJ Peterka, Raivis Ansons, Dmitri Zlodeyev, Pavel Novak, Yan Kuznetzov, Dmitri Kuzmin, and Nikolai Makarov. Nashville expects that Brennan Othmann, Mackie Samoskevich, and Sean Behrens will play the biggest roles on their own teams. William Dufour and Jakub Demek both stand to surprise with their big frames and soft hands. Expectations will be lower for the other participants and the Predator's management are looking ahead to see which players will surprise. Many of those players might see double duty this year at the International level. Othmann, Vilmanis, Demek, Behrens, and Rysavy could all play again at the end of the year in the 2023 WJC. 
Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs Leafs at the WJC Leafs-Shane 2022-08-04 14:25:08 119 Players at the WJC... The leafs have god damn 10. Thats right, 11 players baby. Lest dive in and take a look at who is attending and what they bring to the table for their respective countires.    Simon Edvidsson - Sweden Edvidsson will be the leader on his swedish team. He is expected to be a force and dominate play here.    Marco Kaspar - Austria  Kaspar will again like Edvidsson be counted on as a leader. Another Detroit prospect will show why he was picked 8th overall.    Samuel Helenius - Finland Helenius was a dominant force last year with his skill and size. I fully expect much of the same from him this time around.   Topi Niemela - Finland  Another leader and player who will be relied upon heavily.  Zack Osptachuk - Canada A new face for Canada. He absoluley distroyed the WHL playoffs and lets hope that continues through to the WJC Brett Berard - USA Lead his team in scoring for Providence. He had 5 points last WJC. Potentially a top forward for USA.  Michal Gut - Czech Gut had anotherbig WHL season. He will be expected to put up points for the Czechs.  Roman Faith - Slovakia Will be his second WJC showing having put up 2 points in 5 games last time.  Nils Fenenko - Latvia A big surprise not being drafted and will be used as motivation here. Had a big year in the Q as a 17 year old. Could really showcase himself here.  Luca Hauf - Germany A smart defesive minded C will be used to shut down other teams top players.  
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Penguins Prospects at the WJC Pens-Brent 2022-08-04 13:00:17 148 It is hard to believe that the World Junior Championships will be taking place during the summer this year, but c'est la vie.  When it was scheduled to be played this past winter, the Penguins had more representatives than they do this time around.  This can be accredited to the rapid development of some of the Penguins prospects over the past six months.   "We called a few of our guys and notified country representatives that they did not have permission to participate this time.  We know that it is disappointing to some of our player, but we feel it is best that they focus on training camp," said VP of hockey operation, Brian Burke.  "Any time you get a chance to represent your country, you wear your colours with honour.  That said, my focus at this time is making this team [The Penguins]," stated US born Matty Beniers.  "I mean yeah, it's tough.  But I hope that it is not the last time that Hockey Canada asks me to wear Red and Black," noted powerforward Jake Neighbours.  In addition to Neighbours and Beniers, Alexander Holtz won't be making the trip to Edmonton.  Three notable Penguins prospects are currently slotted to be representing their country with the hope of wearing a gold medal when they return home. Olen Zellweger - If you did a redo of the 2021 draft, Zellweger would likely be a top 15 pick.  One of the youngest players of in his draft year, the Calgary native absolutely obliterated the WHL this season.  In 55 regular season games, the smooth skating defender amassed 78 points (14+64) and continued his offensive success with 9 points in 7 playoff games.  The is no doubt that Zellweger will be running Canada's powerplay this time around.  Brock Faber - While Zellweger brings the flair, Faber brings a rock solid 2-way game.  Faber had an impressive campaign with the Unniversity of Minnesota.  While he does not possess elite offensive qualities, Faber can play in every situation.  A dependable defender who should one day log plenty of minutes at the pro level.  Faber helped to lead the States to a gold medal at the 2021 WJC.  He was recently named team captain for Golden Gophers for the 2022-23 season.  Ridly Greig - The young forward possesses many qualities that should see him succeed at the pro level.  Not only does he have a great skating stride and offensively abilities, Greig has a ton of sandpaper in his game.  Despite being limited to only 39 WHL games this season, Greig tallied 63 points (26+37) and had one of the highest points per game this season. The only thing that could hold this one back is his temper. Kalle Vaisanen will join Team Finland in likely a depth role.   _______________________________________ Obligatory Articles: 5/5 Bonus Articles: 1/40  =  $250,000 / $10,000,000  
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Minnesota Representation at Summer WJC Wild-Peter 2022-08-03 16:01:42 152 Summer world juniors is a bit odd compared to the usual winter event but given the global circumstances it's better than nothing. Unfortunately I'll most likely miss it by potentially being on a last minute vacation but in the meantime let's take a look at the Minnesota Wild's representation at this tournament. While we are not anywhere close to the 13 players sent back in 2017, potentially an NEFHL record, the wild representation this year is on a smaller scale and packed with a couple blue chip prospects. Team Austria No representation Team Canada G - Sebastian Cossa: Will he get the net? Will he get 50% of the net? With three goalies (Brochu, Cossa, Garand) and one crease the distribution of ice will be what I am interested in most. I'm thinking the disappointment of the Memorial Cup run will light a fire under him.  Teach Chechia No representation Team Finland G - Leevi Merilainen: Similar to the Cossa situation. Will Merilainen get the net? Looks like it might be split between Jatkola, Lampinen, Merilainen. My guy being the only one drafted to an NHL team. Is this his coming out party?  Team Germany No representation. Julian Lutz (2nd rounder 2022 draft) did not make the team due to injury. Team Latvia No representation Team Slovakia No representation Team Sweden C - Theodor Niederbach: Not the flashiest name on the squad next to other drafted guys like Lekkerimaki, Lysell, Edvinsson, Walstedt. If Niederbach can quietly play his game and support his teammates with quick passes and high IQ plays and continue developing his game into that top 6 forward he's projected to become I'll be happy. He put up 16 points in 51 SHL games with Frolunda playing in the bottom 6 and getting no PP/PK time. He will be moving to Rogle for the upcoming season at the recommendation of the Detroit Red Wings where he is expected to play 'big' minutes. Rogle is where the Red Wings kept their eyes on Seider. They will do the same for Niederbach. Is this the tournament the 2020 NHL 2nd rounder finally gets some respect put on his name? Team Switzerland No representation Team USA C - Logan Cooley: American team is stacked. Would be great for Cooley to establish himself as the cream of the crop here. He had a little incident a few days ago getting cut by a skate. All indications are he's ready to go. Expectations and the hype are both high. Will he take the big stage by storm? W - Landon Slaggert: While he's not expected to put up significant numbers, Slaggert does chip in offensively while maintaining  a rougher style of play and will keep opponents in check. Known for his work ethic, he is not a fun guy to play against. For all the shit I took for getting Slaggert (and Niederbach) in the Kadri trade, they both made their respective WJC team while other highly touted players like Tyler Boucher, Cutter Gauthier, Isaac Howard, Rutger McGroarty, and Jimmy Snuggerud couldn't find a role. When you can't 'thread the needle' you flatten everything, and Slaggert will do just that. Ask around the NHL Blackhawk development camp, where he was a standout. _______________________ Article: 7/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $500,000 / $10,000,000
Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs The Victor Hedman Saga Leafs-Shane 2022-07-28 14:21:38 120 It was said from day 1 that Hedman needs to be leading the leaf blueline for this upcoming season.    That was until he became a complete piece of shit during negotiations. Leaf management had a serious miscue when offering Hedman his initial deal. The miscue was in fact missing a 0 on the contract. Instead of getting close to 5 mill a seaosn he would be getting close to 500k. Clearly would never happen but Victor took that hard. He felt like management was toying with his emotions and he thought maybe he would sit out or become a UFA.  The leafs followed up with a much better offer and Victor realized the team was serious in keeping his services. The following offer was much closer but Victor wanted a little more then 5.1 Mill. Leaf management had set the bar at 6 mill and didnt want to go over that so when the Leafs offered 5.95 and Hedman still wanted more, Management had a quiock meeting.   Do we really want to pay Victor more then 6 mill a season? The short answer is YES. We will need to pay a fortune to aquire a legit number 1 guy who can be an absolute monster and game changer. Leaf management reached out to a few teams who maybe have some D available and became much more apparent that its Hedman or nobody.  Leafs locked up Hedman at $6.15 for 2 more seasons in hopes the Leafs can make another cup run with Hedman leading the way There is now a report he will be Captaining the Buds for the upcoming season. 
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Baby got back... Pens-Brent 2022-07-28 12:50:00 171 With Free Agent Frenzy soon approaching, the Pittsburgh Penguins have their sights set on bolstering their defence.  With Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin up front, the flightless birds will need players who can move the puck up the ice to them.  "Bringing in Sergachev last season was the first step in the right direction in terms of addressing a need on the back end.  We added DeHaan last offseason and recently acquired Brett Kulak.  Those two should be our shutdown pair.  It would be nice to grab a couple of strong two way guys," added the Pens GM.  Cap space could be a bit of an issue.  With roughly $1,500,000 in wiggle room, the team might only be able to afford one steady two way rearguard.  "Things are a little tight, but we should be able to make it work.  You bring in a player, you send one down.  We feel strongly that we can get it done," the GM added.  Here is a quick look at tentative pairings for next season at this time... Mikhail Sergachev - Calvin DeHaan Brett Kulak - Evan Bouchard Vlad Kolyachonok/Gustav Lindstrom - John Marino Some veteran leadership could go a long way for next year.  Time will tell as to who is available come the big day.  Teams still have a couple of days to work out some deals with their pending free agents.  Generally speaking, there historically tends to be no shortage of depth defensemen available during free agency given the fact that teams tend to prioritize spending money on forwards and goaltenders.  "I am sure we will be in on a couple of players. You'll be the first that I tell when the time comes," the GM stated with a wink.  ____________________________________ Article: 5/5      
Nashville PredatorsNashville Predators NEFHL vs NHL draft, which teams did better? Preds-Sylvain 2022-07-28 02:11:44 129 Annually, GMs like to watch where the NEFHL-drafted players fall in the NHL draft. As a sort of tradition, GMs compare the rank where a player was drafted in both leagues. However, is a difference of 10 ranks in the draft the same in the first round and in the fifth round? After all, a jump from 15 to 5 is huge while moving from 155 to 140 carries much less weight. In an attempt to bridge that gap, both drafts were compared but movements were weighted based on the value of each pick. Using a pick value curve, where the top picks are worth a lot and where the value curves down quickly, it is possible to calculate an aggregate difference per team that considers the selection rank in both leagues. There were still hiccups since many players aren't drafted during the same year. All players already drafted in the NHL in previous years were set at zero value since their performances between their draft year and this year could have affected their draft rank. For example, if a player was drafted in the 6th round in the NHL but performed extremely well, that player could be drafted higher in NEFHL due to his performance, and penalizing that team for their pick wouldn't necessarily be a good representation. On the other hand, players previously drafted in NEFHL that finally got picked in the NHL were added at full value, since if this exercise was done every year, at the time of their draft in NEFHL, their value would have been negative at the time (due to not getting picked the same year in the NHL). Anyhow, without further ado, here are the results of this exercise: Rank Teams Value Best   Worst   1 RedWings 32,1 13,4 Juraj Slafkovsky -6,8 Servac Petrovsky 2 Predators 19,4 9,9 Denton Mateychuk -6,2 Jake Karabela 3 Lightning 9,7 5,9 Elias Pettersson -0,1 Gustav Karlsson 4 Devils 7,5 7,7 Topias Leinonen -5,3 Danny Zhilkin 5 Hurricanes 6,4 7,3 Mason Beaupit -7,2 Brandon Lisowsky 6 Panthers 4,5 7,4 Maveric Lamoureux -8,9 Isaac Howard 7 Bruins 4,5 4,5 Sam Rinzel 4,5 Sam Rinzel 8 Canucks 4,3 8,2 Marek Alscher -3,0 James Fisher 9 MapleLeafs 2,7 4,0 Dmitri Buchelnikov -3,8 Rasmus Korhonen 10 Capitals 1,8 1,6 Joey Muldowney -1,2 Vinzenz Rohrer 11 Kraken 1,5 7,7 Filip Nordberg -8,1 Brennan Ali 12 Knights 0,0 6,3 Hunter Haight -6,9 Beau Jelsma 13 Coyotes 0,0 0,0 Jimmy Snuggerud 0,0 Jimmy Snuggerud 14 Penguins -0,2 0,0 James Hardie -0,2 Theo Jacobsson 15 Sharks -1,1 11,2 Simon Nemec -10,8 Joakim Kemell 16 Oilers -3,1 3,0 Connor Hvidston -6,7 Spencer Sova 17 Kings -5,4 2,8 Topi Ronni -4,8 Nicholas Moldenhauer 18 Senators -6,2 5,1 Ryan Healey -9,5 Danila Yurov 19 Canadiens -7,2 6,0 Daniil Orlov -6,4 Pano Fimis 20 Avalanche -9,2 7,4 Ben King -9,9 Cruz Lucius 21 BlueJacket -12,2 1,9 Theo Wallberg -14,0 Gleb Trikozov 22 Wild -15,6 9,4 Oskar Pettersson -8,8 Josh Filmon 23 Islanders -15,9 5,0 David Jiricek -6,2 Fabian Wagner 24 Stars -21,0 0,7 Cedrick Guindon -8,0 Jack Devine 25 Flames -23,9 0,0 Gannon Laroque -7,7 Matthew Seminoff 26 Blackhawks -30,5 1,6 Aleksanteri Kaskimaki -8,7 David Goyette 27 Rangers -30,5 5,0 Noah Ostlund -11,0 Jordan Dumais 28 Blues -39,7 13,3 Artyom Duda -16,9 Shane Wright   Using a weighted methodology to compare the picks made, the movement between both leagues' first rounds has a large effect on the results. The Wings get a huge boost from Slafkovsky going first in the NHL while the Blues get a large hit due to Shane Wright going 4th. In the end, based on the NHL results, the Red Wings pulverized every other team in terms of results. Will it end up that way after a couple of years? Who knows, as it wouldn't be that shocking to see some of the teams exceed their NHL counterparts.
New York IslandersNew York Islanders Off Season Islanders Drunken Press Conference Isles-Steve 2022-07-27 23:40:16 283 In a long-awaited, much anticipated and frequently requested moment of clarity, Islanders GM Steve, inebriated though he may be, decided to entertain the NEFHL press corps on Wednesday.   As usual, the inspiration had nothing whatsoever to do with hockey, the league, or even Kevin's misogynistic philosophy.  The seed of creativity came from Toronto GM Shane who posted an apparent video of Kate Upton that could not be viewed in the United States of America (4 words for those who count). For starters, please imagine that both Jimmy Fallon and the aforementioned Kate Upton are both wearing ice skates.  This was a post-skate picture, modeling show boots...  right?   snow boots! Upon viewing this Sports Illustrated cover, GM Steve thought of... of...  well...  not Kevin. "This Presser is hereby called to order!" Before taking questions, I have a short statement.  This marks the 18th season since the NEFHL inception, and the New York Islanders are proud to have sucked for most of those.  Despite countless rebuilds, inevitable post-season eliminations, high draft picks, guidance from some of the most astute hockey minds in the universe, the Islanders have maintained a level of mediocrity rivaled by very few teams.  In 18 years, the Isles have won 3 division titles, managed 7 playoff appearances, won 3 (!!) rounds, and, of course, zero Stanley Cups.  I have been the commander for each and every season, each and every failure, and still, after 18 years, will be embarking on yet another rebuild this coming season. Sorry for the interruption but there's just no ignoring talent on skates. Now then, make no mistake about it, the Islanders will remain non-competitive indefinitely into the future.  Despite the emergence of Ilya Sorokin, the Islanders will find a way to overcome his excellence. Although the pipeline seems promising, I can personally guarantee that we will work day and night, nose to the grindstone, foot to the pedal, balls to the wall, and sheets to the wind in an effort to overcome the potential growth of this young crop of prospects. Are there any questions? Q: In the team history section, St. Louis won 10 division titles, made the playoffs 12 times, won 16 rounds and hoisted 2 cups.  What has happened since the glory days?  A: Graham. Q: In 18 seasons, the Blackhawks have made the post season exactly once, in 2005 and the Ducks have never managed to get past the first round. What's up with that? A: Thank you for pointing out Islanders excellence through the years.  There is simply no reasonable explanation. Q: At the other end of the spectrum, just a dozen teams have lifted the cup in 18 years, do you have a prediction for this upcoming season? A: This may not surprise many but I truly believe that the LA Kings will be returned to post-Drew glory by GM Carter.  It almost happened this past post-season and I suspect there won't be a whole hell of a lot that can stop this juggernaut. Q: What do you find the most surprising NEFHL failures? A: Well, I wouldn't exactly call them failures because they are more like surprises.  For example, Nashville has made the post-season 11 times without lifting the cup.  Would you call an 11 time playoff participant a failure?  Take it from me, that isn't failure.  The Rangers have made the post-season 11 times and only won a pitiful 4 rounds.  Let me say it loud and clear, "Rangers Suck!"  Prove me wrong.  Q: Successes? A: Well, the Ottawa Senators are an extreme example of a very quiet successful franchise.  Just 1 division title but 9 playoff appearances, 16 rounds won, 2 Stanley Cups hoisted and you never hear a boastful word.  I'm always impressed by quiet confidence. Q: JD? A: Next question please. And now something from our sponsor. The season may be over but you can still score. Q: The Islanders and Devils seem to be living in parallel universes.  Both have won the division 3 times, made the playoffs 7 times and have never won a cup.  Do you feel slighted by the Devils having won one more playoff round? A: Mob influence had a hand in that.  It was right after the Danbury Trashers Galante fiasco. Q: Can you give us a record that may never be broken in this league? A: Well, the one that immediately comes to mind is for the fewest cups won per post.  It's easily the safest record in history.  Buffalo has secured a place in NEFHL folklore.  GM Kevin is a legend that surpasses even my own incompetence. Q: Biggest surprises? A: Given the difficulty in winning this league, it's not easy to call a winner surprising.  That said, Tampa winning the cup after so many years of frustration might have been the biggest surprise in memory.  Q: Final words? A: I guess I wasn't as drunk as I thought.                  
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Minnesota RFA signings Wild-Peter 2022-07-26 16:40:43 177 With the draft behind us, it is now time for RFA season. The Minnesota Wild had a number of signings to get done. After the usual five attempts not everybody signed but the possibility of a team swooping in and signing a player and forcing my hand did not occur this summer as it has in the past with Morrissey and Hronek. A number of teams around the league saw players take discounts. Did the Minnesota Wild have the same good fortune? Or did the players squeeze every nickle and dime out of GM Peter? Let us take a look at the signings:   Alex Formenton: I was trying to get a 4 year deal with him but he was focused on less term the entire way. Ultimately I signed him for 2x875k. Contract is already a steal and he should improve on his ratings. He will provide speed and PK and chip in on offense. Great 3rd liner that can fill in the top 6. Still very young at 23 years old. Brady Tkachuk: This was my first 80+ overall contract negotiation (not including goalies) my entire time in this league. I was hoping he'd sign for less than 5 million. At 2x4mil he wanted much more. I decided to go one year at a time after that. Signed for 1x4.5m. I am hoping I can try again for a longer term and less money next year. Probably won't happen. Elias Pettersson: With other guys with similar AOV signing around 2.5 around the league this year, I knew that was the price range. In discussions with other GMs prior to RFA signing season opening, we were looking at around 3mil for his AOV based on other signings in that AOV so I'm happy I saved a bit here. I tried to get 4 years out of him but he wanted less term each time. He signed for 2x2.6m. I probably could have saved 100k/year but who cares.   Fredrik Karlstrom: He got his feet wet playing with NHL Dallas last season (1 point 3 games) and I'm hoping he continues to take that next step to being a full timer. I signed him for 1x850k as a 'show me' deal. My depth on C didn't allow me to offer 4 years and I also have to start watching out for contract limits. Jackson Cates: Another guy with some NHL games under his belt. Signed him to a 'show me' deal 1x750k Jake Evans: I tried really hard to keep him as an RFA but he just simply would not sign 3 years or less. He will test free agency in 4 years after signing 4x750k. I really don't care because by then I should have some combination of Cooley, Zegras, Pettersson, Hintz + other prospects like Karlstrom, Barratt, Smith, etc playing down the middle. JG Pageau: My loyalty of the summer. Was thinking he'd go for 3mil based on his AOV and I really didn't want that amount. If negotiations weren't good I would have let him walk. Luckily he took my second offer. 2x2.5m. After he signed, I wondered if I could have squeezed him out a little lower. Probably would be playing with fire if I did though. I went 2 years because I don't believe he'll sustain his ratings for years 3 or 4 and the C depth of my team would be ok without him after 2 years. Josh Morrissey: If he told me he wanted 'more years' instead of 'a little more' for the first 3 rounds I would have signed him earlier. He will likely be my loyalty in 3 years time. Dude told me at 2.75m he wanted a little more. Then at 3.25 he finally wanted more years. He signed for 3x3.1m by surprise. I would have been ok with an offersheet for 1+2+3.  Lukas Vejdemo: Picked up recently for some cash, I went 1x800k as a 'show me' deal. He was a main guy in AHL Laval and had some NHL games. Let's see what he can do with one more year. Luke Kunin: I don't think he's as bad as his NHL season was last year. His point totals took an obvious dive playing with NHL Nashville as it does with so many players there. He definitely has attractive ratings for a bottom 6 role thanks to his physicality. I tried to go 4 years but he wanted less term. We settled for 2x950k. It's neither a steal nor a bad deal. It seems just right. Hopefully he rebounds in NHL San Jose to add a few more offensive ratings for me here. Ryan Graves: I overpaid him last time since I was rebuilding and had all the cap in the world and needed to reach the floor but this time I ended up getting him for cheaper. I was a little surprised. 4x2m. It takes him to UFA which wasn't my preference but he wanted more years and took a pay cut to get it. At 2mil it can still be a waivable contract without penalty if he tanks down the line. Low risk term. _____________________ Article: 6/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $250,000 / $10,000,000
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins A Lasting Impression Pens-Brent 2022-07-25 00:51:33 162 Tomorrow afternoon marks that last chance for Pittsburgh Penguin prospects to make their mark at the team's development camp.  The youngsters have been battling it out since earlier this week with the hope of turning heads prior to training camp.  "It's a great chance to show the coaching staff what you can bring to the table.  I've felt pretty good out there so far.  I gotta push it again tomorrow," said rearguard Nicolas Beaudin. "The pace is pretty quick out there.  Things have been very fiesty the last couple of days in particular.  Guys want to make an impression on the coaching staff.  Training camp is right around the corner and you want to be ready to go," stated forward Kasper Bjorkqvist.  A few notables have caught the eye of the Penguins coaching staff.  Looking at the team depth chart, it is looks as though there could be two forward spots up for grabs and one empty slot on the backend.  Three forwards who have separated themselves from the pack are Lucas Raymond, Seth Jarvis and Alex Newhook.    "Lucas just oozes offence.  He is incredibly deceptive with the puck and already possesses a pro stride and skating speed.  Jarv brings a little bit of everything and is clearly a treat to watch in terms of skill.  We like the way that he finishes his checks considering his slight stature.  Newy is a workhorse with a high motor and a great set of hands.  He is probably already a top 10 skater in the league," said head coach Craig Berube.  One the backend, Gustav Lindstrom and Vlad Kolyachonok appear to be close to making the next step.  "Both guys have been really steady and poised.  They are keeping it simple and playing the right way," Berube replied.  Here is a look at the scrimmage lineups for Monday afternoon. TEAM BLACK Lucas Raymond - Isac Lundestrom - Alexander Holtz Liam Foudy - Ridly Greig - Alexander Kisakov James Hardie - David Gustafsson - Kalle Vaisanen Olen Zellweger - Vlad Kolyachonok Axel Bergkvist - Brock Faber Strauss Mann Adam Scheel   TEAM GOLD Jake Neighbours - Matty Beniers - Seth Jarvis Tristan Broz - Alex Newhook - Ryder Korczak Theo Jacobsson - Blake Murray - Kasper Bjorkqvist Nicolas Beaudin - Gustav Lindstrom Albert Johansson - Domenick Fensore Arvid Soderblom Taylor Gauthier   ______________________ Article 4/5 
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Locked Up Pens-Brent 2022-07-24 03:05:34 226 The number one priority for the Pittsburgh Penguins heading into this offseason was to re-sign Evgeni Malkin to a new contract.  Rumours began to swirl out of the Steel City that the Pens brass and the Russian vet were miles apart early on in contract discussions.  Those closest to the organization suggested that Geno wanted "Much more".  Two words that no general manager ever wants to hear.  "I feel they don't think I good anymore.  They not want me," said the disenfranchised Magnitogorsk, Russia native.   Many Penguins players, both current and alum, voiced their disdain for the way that upper management was treating the franchise pivot.   "Geno is an elite talent who has paid his dues.  This could be his last contract.  He deserves to get paid," said Tyler Kennedy.  Having recently acquired Malkin for a 2nd and 3rd round pick at the trade deadline, NEFHL pundits were also scratching their heads as to the way things had been shaping up.  "Talks are awfully quiet out of Pittsburgh," said the Eastern Conference Insider.  Negotiations broke down after #71 turned down a multi-year pact worth slightly north of $3.5 Million AAV. And then the captain, Sidney Crosby entered the equation.  It is believed that Crosby vocalized his displeasure to the Penguins camp with regards to the way that Malkin was being treated.   "That's all hearsay," insisted the VP of hockey operations, Brian Burke.  With Free Agency looming, the two sides ultimately reached an agreement.  A three year deal worth $12,000,000 total ($4,000,000 AAV) When asked whether he left money on the table to stay in Pittsburgh, the Russian bull responded in saying, "I very rich man. Money not issue."  ___________________________________ Article: 3/5       
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Talbot to the Wild Wild-Peter 2022-07-20 15:21:48 190 After sending probably close to 50 PMs around the league looking for a 80+ goalie, Minnesota finally got one. Cam Talbot. At age 35 he is no spring chicken. In fact, he's probably on his last legs. This is a seemingly out of character move by the Wild GM. "We needed a goalie. There aren't that many out there. We had the list of the top goalies around the league and went down the list crossing them off one by one. Talbot was our guy in the end. He wasn't our first choice, nor was he our second or third, but in the end this might work out pretty well for us. Certainly will work out well for the Ducks. I have more confidence in that." While Talbot could see an increase in OV during the season as he gets starts with NHL Ottawa, it will be the giant Sogaard that will likely fill that crease in the future. A 'win now' move for the Wild. Talbot will likely take the loyalty spot next season, barring a collapse in goal during the season.  "There is risk for me. I like Sogaard. Evaluations on him are all over the place having talked to so many around the league. But again, we needed a goalie. There's only so many 80+ around the league. Half the league doesn't have a starter. I want to compete this year. Without a goalie you're going nowhere. People will say 'yea but Philly did it two years ago. To that I say, 'I had Hart at 77 and a stacked defense and look where I ended up last year'. I needed a goalie." Sources around the league named Dustin Wolf and Sebastian Cossa as trade chips to land a goalie, but in the end it was Sogaard who was dealt. "I definitely offered up those guys and picks for the upper echelon goalies. I had Cossa+2+3 sent to a few GMs. Wolf+2+3 to a couple others. Nobody wants to move a top goalie. They know how rare it is to have one for a good cap hit. I can understand those decisions by other GMs." And here is where value in Talbot emerges. At 81 ov and 2.5m he fits the bill between cap hit management and still getting the ratings Minnesota needs. He will need a loyalty spot and will be untradeable next season. But if things finally pick up in NHL Ottawa, Talbot could be the guy there for the next 2-4 years and that would set the Wild up pretty nicely with Talbot/Hart or Wolf, Tarasov. Cossa is a longer term projection but the pipeline is still extremely strong for the Wild. There were opportunities to acquire a higher rated goalie. Sources say Kuemper's name was in the mix. Ultimately it was the cap hit that was a major concern. "Kuemper was attractive but his salary would have crippled us in a year with loyalty and NMC. I just couldn't do it. We had a deal in place for something to get done. We talked about it before expansion and after." Other sources implicated Rangers goalie Freddy Andersen, but GM Peter was quick to dismiss those rumors, "I wouldn't say we talked much. I got the asking price and it was way more than I think anybody in this league would have paid. And then the cap hit wasn't friendly either." In the hunt for a goalie, Peter got replies from other GMs like "your firstborn child" or "Been a really long time since I've had a goalie that I don't think I can move him." As names got crossed off the list one after another, a contenter appeared...farther down the list, Merzlikins name was heavily tied to the Wild but a deal couldn't get done. Sources say the inclusion of Dustin Wolf was a sticking point for the Bruins and that was something GM Peter was not willing to do for Merzlikins. "Nobody was willing to budge here. I can respect that too." In the end, the Wild got their goalie for the season, potentially 2 or 3 more. It hurts giving up Sogaard but it needed to be done and the goalie depth made it easier to do. ______ Article: 5/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $0 / $10,000,000  
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins No longer one of the Broz Pens-Brent 2022-07-20 12:49:18 173 When the Pittsburgh Penguins brought in Jordan Binnington during expansion, the writing was on the wall.  One could say that a line was drawn in the sand when backup goalie Eric Comrie put pen to paper signing a team friendly three year deal earlier this week.  "I guess you could say I felt the heat coming.  I had a feeling my time here in Pittsburgh was over," said netminder Matt Murray before boarding a plane to Boston.  The Stanley Cup winning goaltender was shipped out of Pittsburgh to the Boston Bruins in exchange for shutdown defender Brett Kulak and promising young prospect Tristan Broz.  This move was thought to be inevitable with Murray being on the chopping block for well over a year now.  Since his Stanley Cup victory in 2018, Murray has not been the same goaltender.  Nagging injuries and a sudden loss of his father rattled the Thunder Bay native to his core, to the point when he did not appear to be the same player guading the Penguins net.  "I had a bad stretch there.  I am thankful that the Bruins believe in me," Murray continued.  The truth of the matter is that this deal had to be made to free up some much needed cap relief, $1,450,000 to be exact.  "We felt that it was important to start the year with some breathing room.  This deal allows us to pop the top button so to speak.  Loosen the tie," The Penguins GM stated while watching the Penguins prospects skate at the team's development camp.  A new Penguin was on the ice skating with his young peers.  Upon hearing the news late last even, Tristan Broz departed for Pittsburgh immediately to attend this morning's skate. "I am a little sluggish this morning, but I am excited to be here," Broz said with a smile.   In Broz, the Penguins are getting a young versatile forward who projects to be a future utility, up and down your roster type of guy.  The Penguins also shored up their blueline.  The smooth skating Brett Kulak should be a welcomed addition to a defence core that is continually evolving.  "Brett is a durable guy who is very underrated.  We think that his impressive skating and defensive play will really come in handy next season.  I like the fact that we have the option to extend him next year to a long term deal.  We will see how things play out," The Pens GM finished.  
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Who da Mann? Pens-Brent 2022-07-19 19:09:20 179 Despite a rather inactive draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins, the club managed to land a high end goalie prospect in Strauss Mann earlier this week.  The former starting goalie for the Michigan Wolves is now Pens property, a team that desparately needs long term goalie help.  With a Big Ten Goalie of the year award under his belt, the Greenwich, Connecticut native feels like he is ready to make the jump. "I have had the privilege of being a part of an amazing team led by world class coaches.  I am happy that I will be continuing my career alongside my good friend, Matty.  I am hoping that I can turn some heads this week at prospect camp.  I'll give it my all and see what the coaches have to say," stated the 23-year-old netminder.   "He's so strong positionally.  Having played with him the past couple of years, we always felt confident out there with him behind us.  I think he's going to be a great tender one day and I am glad that we can continue to grow together," added top prospect Matty Beniers. The knock on Mann is his lack of size being listed at only 6'0.  His strong positional play could counteract this area need.  Only time will tell.   Mann joins Arvid Soderblom and Adam Scheel as recent undrafted goalies to join the team.  The Penguins brass hopes that one of these goalies take over as "the guy" in Pittsburgh one day.  "We are happy with that trio for sure.  We will continue to systematically add goaltenders in the coming years.  You can never have too many," said the Pens GM. Pittsburgh added just one prospect at the draft this year, Theo Jacobsson.  Having loaded up the past few years, it was quite the change of pace from what Penguins fans have grown accustomed to.  The young centremen tallied 32 points in 24 games in the Swedish Junior league this year.  He also gained some professional experience recording 37 games played with MoDo this season. 
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken roster taking shape Kraken-Scott 2022-07-19 16:34:41 166 No rest for the wicked. The Kraken and GM Scott Davies have been busy finalizing the team’s inaugural roster over the past few weeks. The Kraken General Manager has been busy since the expansion and entry drafts took place earlier this summer. Davies has been primarily focused on signing his team’s restricted free agents, and so far, he’s been pretty successful. The Kraken have signed stalwarts forward Victor Olofsson and steady defensemen Jake McCabe and Zach Whitecloud all to four-year contracts. “We’re excited to have Victor, Jake and Zach all locked up long-term here in Seattle” Davies said to the Seattle media Monday evening. “Victor is someone we’re particularly excited to have under contract for a number of years. He will be a key cog in the Kraken powerplay for the next few years. His one-timer from his offside is lethal and he should be able to score lots of goals. McCabe and Whitecloud will bring much needed stability to the Kraken blueline. McCabe is a proven veteran while we feel strongly that Zach has lots more upside to uncover.” The Kraken have also been able to sign a few of its other key RFA’s – notably top prospect forwards Cody Glass and Jaret Anderson-Dolan to three-year contracts, as well as young forward Aidan McDonough to a two-year contract. They will all likely start on the farm in the Kraken’s inaugural season. Only one Kraken RFA currently remains unsigned in centerman Mark Kastelic. Sources say that the two sides are close to a short-term agreement which should be announced in the coming days. The Kraken have also dipped into the unrestricted free agency pool, signing grizzly veteran centre Brian Boyle to a 1-year deal, and also young stay-at-home defenseman Keaton Middleton to a 2-year entry-level contract. The Kraken figure to be active in free agency as the team has approximately $14 million in cap space – a very valuable commodity this time of year. The Kraken hope to bring in an impact player or two before training camp starts in the fall.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Wild sign 2 of 5 UFA prospects Wild-Peter 2022-07-18 20:15:13 190 When most teams are focused on re-signing their own RFAs, Minnesota included, a lot of teams tend to forget UFA prospects/players can be had around this time of year. Obviously Vancouver is not one of those teams that forgot as they splurged on the available players. Minnesota made offers on five players, with two accepting entry-level contracts. Marcus Bjork, 1 year 500k. signing bonus 250k: Swedish born figure skater who competed at the 2012 world junior championships and two-time silver national medalist....oh wait, it's not that Markus Bjork...this Markus Bjork is a 24 year old 6'3" 180lbs defenseman coming out of Sweden's HockeyEttan league...wait, no that's not it either...The real Marcus Bjork is a 25 year old 6'3" 205lbs defenseman coming out of the SHL where he's been patrolling blue lines since the 2018-2019 season. Looks like he wants to try his luck in the AHL this season.  On a 1 year deal and a 250k bonus it's easily worth a gamble on him. ...whoever he is   Markus Nurmi, 1 year 450k. signing bonus 250k: Finish born defensive winger with size at 6'5" and 195lbs. Former NEFHL Flyers pick in 2016 (4th round - 108 overall), the now 24 year old was 2nd on his team in goals last season playing for TPS in Liiga with 20 goals.  Just 1 goal behind the leading scorer of that team with 21 goals, Michael Pyyhtia, is also owned by NEFHL Wild. If the team name sounds familiar, that's because over the last 2 months or so all we've heard about TPS is about their defense-first style of play being the reason why 2022 NHL #1 overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky could not score more than 5 goals in league play.  Nurmi also led all Liiga players in post-season points last season before inking a contract with the NHL Predators. On a 1 year deal and a 250k bonus it's easily worth a gamble on him.   The Wild also recently acquired Lukas Vejdemo from the Flyers in exchange for 500k. Vejdemo has been a mainstay for AHL Laval and got called up as an injury fill in. The club is aiming to sign the qualified restricted free agent to a 1 year 'show me' deal to see if he can find a depth role anywhere in the organization.  _________ Article: 4/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $0 / $10,000,000  
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Canucks Go Crazy in Unsigned Player Pool Canucks-Kyle 2022-07-18 18:48:16 163 The Vancouver Canucks have been extremely busy this offseason and it was no different on the first date of unsigned NCAA, CHL or European players. The Canucks singed 14! Players to entry level contracts, far more than any other the team. It cost the team $24,791,827 in finances. “Yeah, we didn’t expect that many guys wanted to sign here but we did know we needed to add some free agent type prospects to strengthen our prospect pool. We pillaged it trying to make a playoff run last year. We picked up some guys we expect to contribute as early as this year and others are projects we can wait on” said GM Allen. First part of our series looking at these players will be those from the NCAA. 1. Ben Meyers, C, Minnesota: The most NEFHL-ready player among college free agents, Meyers has had a long list of suitors for the last two years. Teams had hoped he would agree to a deal after last season, but Meyers opted to return for his junior season and is one of Minnesota’s captains. On top of making Team USA and playing a key role at the Olympics, Meyers has been among the best two-way centers in college hockey. He plays the game with speed and is aggressive in all zones. His hockey sense is NHL-caliber and his motor allows him to make up for any shortcomings in the skill department. But make no mistake, he is skilled and has good creativity and vision. It has helped lead to a career-best 34 points in 29 games for Minnesota this year. Meyers is average-sized but strong on his skates and hard to knock off the puck. He also showed refined goal-scoring touch this season, with a quick release. While he can score from distance, a lot of Meyers’ goals come from closer to the net.  He is expected to be playing for the Canucks as the season progresses. 2. Bobby Trivigno, LW, UMass: The Frozen Four MVP from last year’s magical UMass run, Trivigno had suitors last season. He had his fair share of interested NEFHL teams, as he’s among the most skilled players available in this college free agent class. He also is one of seven players with 40 or more points in this NCAA season to date. Trivigno is fifth in the NCAA as of this writing with 42 points in 31 games. What will limit Trivigno’s suitors is probably his size at 5-foot-8, 152 pounds, but those that look closer will see a player with a high motor who routinely displaces pucks from the opposition and has excellent transitional scoring abilities off the turnovers he creates. He also has a good shot and has enough speed to get through defenses. 3. Brandon Scanlin, D, Omaha: A towering defenseman who contributes at both ends of the ice, Scanlin has put up a career-best 31 points for Omaha this season. The 22-year-old junior blueliner had more than 40 points in each of his last two seasons of junior hockey before embarking on his NCAA career, so there’s a track record of production. He has some good elements to his physical game and can be difficult to get around. I do have some concerns about his skating in terms of defending NEFHL speed, but I also think there are some appealing tools there that will entice a good number of offers. 4. Marc McLaughlin, C, Boston College: A tremendous two-way forward with good-enough speed, McLaughlin could be an ideal bottom-six forward down the road. He made the U.S. Olympic Team amid a career-best season as a senior. He has 19 goals, many coming from in tight to the net. McLaughlin was Hockey East’s top defensive forward award winner last season and has added a bit more offense to the table. He’s also a high-character player, having been a two-year captain at BC. 5. Taylor Ward, RW, Omaha: A right-shot winger with good size and strength, Ward is having a career year at Omaha. The 23-year-old senior has 35 points to lead the Mavericks including 17 goals. He has averaged 0.87 points per game over his four-year NCAA career and has been in double digits in goals in each of the last three seasons while playing in the toughest conference in U.S. college hockey. The son of former NHLer Dixon Ward, he’s the kind of guy you give a long look to as he could one day help provide some scoring depth for your team. Article: 2/5 Bonus: $0 / $10,000,000
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild 'Starter' Hart or Carter Shart? Wild-Peter 2022-07-16 21:30:01 186 This is the question on the minds of millions, if not billions, of NEFHL Minnesota Wild fans around the world. What version of Carter Hart will we see in 2022-2023? Will it be the return of the 'next great canadian goalie', who was once the top goalie prospect on the planet? Or will it be more of the same from the guy we saw these last two seasons behind NHL Philly's terrible defensive structure? In any case, GM Peter does not want to leave it to chance or luck. The GM explained, "As we saw last season, Hart's only time with starter ratings was that three week period he was injured. That's just the way it goes sometimes."  The ratings indicate we definately need a goalie to start the season. But there is also a glimmer of hope that Torts whips the NHL Flyers into shape. This is something most recently hired coaches do. Tortorella could easily do the same (before crashing and burning in year 2 or 3). If this is the case then Hart should see a steady increase in OV. He is already getting over 50% of starts for his team. How does a goalie who starts over 50% of games not have minimum starter ratings? Seems strange, but it's the way she goes. On the trade front, the prospect pool indicates we definately have what it takes to acquire a goalie. In fact, The Wild have arguably the deepest goalie prospect pool in the NEFHL. With two blue-chip goalie prospects in Cossa and Wolf, and Tarasov on the cusp of the big show with legit #1 potential, with Sogaard and Merilainen a little farther away but still have starter potential, there is a lot of depth in the pipeline. Sources say GM Peter has been working the phones, but the right deal is yet to be found with the right fit. Those same sources say Sebastian Cossa and Dustin Wolf have been offered in trade talks along with picks in some negotiations. The only thing certain about the Wild goaltending, is how uncertain it is to start the 2022-2023 season. _________ Article: 3/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $0 / $10,000,000
Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres This Clubs Rock and Roll Sabres-Kevin 2022-07-16 10:32:01 153 I wanted a hard nosed hockey club that can roll depth. That was the goal when I began my rebuild three years ago… we have two playoff appearances and one Division Banner during that stretch. The pieces are in place and the window to compete for the cup is here… Fowler/Robertson/Duclair/Gudas went a combined +19DF in rerates… the two-way infrastructure has become solidified.    EK-Okposo have the ability to be the best shutdown combo in the league… Gods in the defensive end and both have the hands to score goals… throw Robertson on the line with his elite offensive talent… hands for 50G… and this line has the ability to be one of the best in the game   Now the second line hits the ice… Bennett heavy on the forecheck… a battering ram goal scorer with the hands for 30+… Schenn is a more mellow (in comparison) more refined offensive Bennett, one of the best two-way players in the league… and Johansen who has bounced back into a 60 point two-way force with size and speed. It's a deadly trio    Trocheck is going to feast… 69PA/PC/SC and just signed a seven year deal with the Rangers in the nhl to play beside the BreadMan 75s across the board.. with his IT and DF that offensive boost over the season could position him to be the best player on the team… Carter and Duclair both with 80+ speed and the hands to score goals… it’s a line that’s a mismatch nightmare    Kotkanemi signed a n eight year extension to become the Canes second line center in the nhl… I think we are looking at a 30G 60 point breakout with the talent he will be playing with in Carolina… both Sanford and Milano are excellent rated 4th liners with 15G hands… quality depth.    Toews is one of the most electrifying two-way players in hockey… very few defensemen can skate like Toews and dominate at both ends.. can play 30 a night and has 70 point upside.. Every time he touches the ice he has weapons around him… Norris Potential … His partner should be a stay at home monster in Gudas… 300+ hit upside while he just leaches points.   McNabb-Fowler is just a less version of the above and that’s not a slight to them… Fowler can skate like Toews and is just as good defensively while eating the big minutes… his offensive upside is 50 points… A number 1D on most other hockey clubs … McNabb is more of a 150+ hit stay at home blueliner, he does not kill everyone.. But again like when Toews hits the ice… Fowler can architect the same way from the other side of the ice.    Ekholm is a top pair defenseman almost anywhere else… Dude can legitimately play 25 minutes a night and he’s elite in the defensive end 81DF… he’s going to play third pair with the Trocheck line in front of him while babysitting Dunn (73DF) and his 35-50 point upside… it’s not even fair    Toews - Fowler skating together on the 4th line is my gift to the nefhl fans across the league   The clubs Rock and Roll  Young  Elite Defensively  Elite Physically  Mobile  Combined for over 300 goals in the nhl last year  Cap Space    If you can’t see the absolute beauty in the construction, I don’t know what to tell you  39.761 Robertson PP1 - ErikssonEK PK2 - Okposo PK2 Bennett PP2 - Johansen PP2 - Schenn PP2 Carter PK1 - Trocheck PK1+PP1 - Duclair PP1 Sanford - Kotkanemi- Milano    Toews PP1 - Gudas PK1 McNabb PK2 - Fowler PP2+PK2 Ekholm PK1+PP2 - Dunn PP1 (Toews - Fowler)    Nedelijkovic  Anderson  78ovr Ned might be the only weakness .. I don't see how I could make the 12F 6D any better than it already is... it's literally flawless 
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues Blues Post 2022 NEFHL Draft Prospect Rankings Blues-Graham 2022-07-14 11:54:34 176 I can't say this years draft went as well as it should have.  I missed out on all my late 1st round picks and reached for a couple in the 2nd and 3rd rounds in fear that I would miss out on them as well (Adam Sykora, Tyler Brennan).  It was nice to get a couple I'd consider steals later on in both Duda and Grudinin.  Either way, the Blues prospect pool continues to grow and is quite deep.  It was nice to add Shane right to the top of the list.  We're currently sitting at 53 prospects who are 23 and under (DoB 1999).  You can see the last 4 rankings as well as the change in thier rankings. All new draftee's are highlighted in green and are easy to spot.   It's worth noting that due to his illness, Rodion Amirov was left out of this version of the rankings.  We'll resume ranking him once he returns to playing hockey.  
Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers The Price of a Line Oilers-Jason 2022-07-12 22:42:19 145 As news broke via Twitter that top line wingers Patrik Laine and Craig Smith would re-sign with Edmonton for a combined cap hit of just $5.5 million per season, Oilers general manager Jason Jarrett rushed to get the two together at Rogers Place for an official press conference to confirm the deals. Asked if he knew who the source of the leak was, Jarrett said that he knew neither who the source was or who The Insider was, "Look, it's definitely not me in either case. I have my suspicions about who The Insider is, but I'd never tell even if I knew. As for the source? It's probably Jordie Benn. That's the kind of shit that kid was pulling in the zero regular season games he was with the franchise." When asked if he was happy to be returning to the team for at least the next four years, Patrik Laine suggested that his flexibility was part of the reason the line would be able to stay together, "You know, I'm taking a million dollar pay cut to insure Smitty and I stay together for the foreseeable future. Last year was a year of growth for us as a tandem, and we're just starting to hit our stride. I see nothing but good things for us. And add Kempe to the mix for $900,000 and you have a first line for just over $6 million per season." For his part, Smith said he too was thrilled to take a pay cut to stay in Edmonton, "We've got a good thing going on. We made the playoffs last season when we were projected to finish in the bottom third of the league. We took the Western Conference Champs to game seven. I'm not saying we can beat any team, any day, but we can certainly beat most teams, most days. With the cap space we're freeing up, I expect the general manager to add some serious firepower and to shore up our defensive depth until our young guys get settled in to the league." Jarrett said that he expected negotiations to wrap up quickly with the remainder of the team's key assets, such as Pavel Zacha, Noah Hanifin, and Alex Wennberg. Grind-it-out forwards Sam Lafferty and Vinnie Hinostroza were also expected to end up back in Edmonton, while the jury was still out on John Hayden's future with the franchise. Defenceman-of-the-future Pierre-Olivier Joseph came close to putting pen (see what I did there) to paper, as well. Earlier in the off-season, Edmonton tendered entry level contracts to: forwards Cole Sillinger, expected to see immediate action, Justin Sourdif, and Jachym Kondelik; defenceman Gianni Fairbrother; and goalies Jakub Skarek and Akira Schmid. Recent draftees Liam Ohgren, Matyas Sapovaliv, Spencer Sova, Ludvig Jansson, and Connor Hvidston were all expected to make appearances in development camp later this summer.  
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues The Blues Grab 2 in the 1st Round and 2 in the 2nd.   Blues-Graham 2022-07-11 08:09:39 176 ** This was written after the first round on Wednesday night but not posted until now.  A recap of day 2 will come later.  Going into the draft, most of the conversation surrounding the Blues was who were they going to pick with their first overall pick.  However, the blues also owned pick 26 as well as pick 33 and were said to have scouted  a slew of young talented but flawed players.  The list included, Brad Lambert, Trikisov, Miroshinshenko, Frank Nazar, Adam Sykora and Jager Firkus.      The question about who would go first overall at this years NEFHL draft was settled early on when the Blues selected young C, Shane Wright out of Kingston.  “He’s a great player with great vision who missed his entire draft minus 1 year.  He’s going to do great things in the NEFHL and we’re glad to have him on board.”   There was some chatter heading into the draft that the Blues might move the pick.  Vancouver was rumored to be in the mix, but fortunate for both the Blues and Wright, nothing came to fruition. Wright is the top player in this draft and has a great all around game.  With almost all of the players on the Blues list gone by pick 26th , the Blues found another talented but flawed player in the form of Slovakian Filip Mesar.  Mesar is a speedster with a great motor and an incredibly high ceiling.  The knock on the young forward is that he often ends up on the peripheral of the offensive zone rather then in the dirty areas where the goals are scored.  He’s also slight at 5’10 and 170 pounds.  The Blues are hoping he ends up more boom than bust. With the first pick in the 2nd round, number 33 overall the Blues went back to Slovakia and nabbed young forward Adam Sykora.  Sykora is one of the younger players in the draft with an early September 2004 birthday, missing the 2023 draft cut off by only 8 days.  Another player with an extremely high motor, everyone says, it’s not a matter of if Sykora will play in the NHL but only about how high in the line up he will go.  Like his fellow countryman Mesar, Sykora is a bit undersized at 5’10 175 pounds but plays way bigger then his frame would dictate. With the 48th pick overall the Blues grabbed American NTDP defencemen, Seamus Casey. Once again, Casey is a bit under sized but poses potentially the best hands in the draft by any player, defenceman or forward. Extremely mobile, Casey projects as a power play quarterback. The knock against Casey as it has been with almost all of the blues top 60 picks in this years draft is his size.  Casey measures in at 5’10 , 172 pounds.  He’ll have to add some serious muscle to that frame if he wants to be able to push NHL forwards from out in front of the net.   The closest NHL comparable to Casey would be Torey Krug. Going into draft night (morning) the Blues also had pick 58 but managed top swing it to Ottawa for their 2nd round pick in the 2023 draft which is said to be very deep.  An astute move by GM Thompson.  The Blues now own 4 2nd round picks in 2023 plus their 1st rounder. Still to come, rounds 3-7.   The Blues own 13 more picks: #83, 88, 97, 104, 107, 118, 133, 138, 140, 161, 172, 193, 214
Nashville PredatorsNashville Predators Predators draft too many players... again! Preds-Sylvain 2022-07-10 22:21:07 145 Looking at the number of selections done by the Predators this year, you would never guess they’ve been having problems operating under the contract limits. You would understand if they did it once, even twice, but at this pace, it may be more of a disease than a cure for the team’s performance. The Predators made a total of 17 selections. This lengthens their prospect list to over 60. And with already 12 picks in 2023, this madness isn’t coming close to stopping. At least, Nashville had a lot to squeeze out of their scouting department. They saw over 200 full junior games across the different leagues and watched/listened to countless other sources that discussed prospects to compare their notes. With that kind of effort, the Predators GM might feel a compulsion to acquire an extra pick and use that knowledge efficiently. In the first round of 2022, this resulted in the selection of Ivan Miroshnichenko at 22 and Denton Mateychuk at 27. GM Tremblay commented: “We had those at 14 and 18 on our list. Miroshnichenko plays with a good mix of strength and skill. He has a great, accurate one-timer that will be an asset on the power-play. Mateychuk is a modern defenseman that plays a bit like a rover. He is extremely good at judging how the play evolves and despite going deep into the opponent’s zone, he rarely gets caught behind.” Rumors are that the Predators were trying to move up a bit in the draft to select one of Rutger McGroarty or Liam Ohgren. Then, in the second round, the Predators had the rug pulled under their feet for their first selection in the round, at 47. As the draft unfolded, they thought they would be able to secure one of Lian Bichsel, Filip Bystedt, or Reid Schaefer at 47. When these three were taken from 44 to 46, Nashville had to adjust its draft strategy on the fly. In the end, the Predators opted for a player that would have a four-year timeline to get signed and picked Cameron Lund. He’s a bit of a project, but he plays center, has size, and a very good shot. At the end of the 2nd round, Nashville selected one of the players that they really liked in Paul Ludwinski: “While I was initially looking at Shane Wright, Paul Ludwinski quickly caught my attention. With great motor and anticipation, he is extremely fun to watch. I feel he was a bit unlucky and playing mostly on the third line with little power-play time, his stats didn’t show his true skill level.” In the third round, Nashville made three more selections. When the 80th pick was coming up, Nashville had three names they were really looking at: Ryan Greene, Hunter Haight and Kirill Dolzhenkov. Since Greene and Haight were both chosen at 76 and 79, the Predators went with Dolzhenkov: “Other than playing in Russia and having to work on his skating, we feel that Dolzhenkov shares similarities with Slafkovsky. He has great hands, and he can play a physical game on the boards. He didn’t get much playtime on his MHL team, especially in the playoffs, or otherwise, I think he’d have put up a lot more points.” Then, for their two other picks, late in the third, Nashville saw their target get picked right before they were up, at 89, in Miko Matikka. In place of Matikka, the Predators went again with a player from the OHL they highly regarded in Jake Karabela: “I think that Karabela is underrated. He’s a good skater with excellent stickhandling. As he showed at the CHL Top Prospect game, he works well with skilled linemates. Unfortunately, he mostly played on a line with linemates that weren’t very skilled but still got them scoring above their skill level.” With their last pick of the round, Nashville opted for an overager in Jack Beck who had a short season due to injuries: “When he played, Jack Beck was the Ottawa 67’s best offensive player by far. He’s still thin but shows a lot of offensive potential. We’re looking forward to seeing how he does playing a full year in 2022-2023.” The fourth round was quiet compared to the others, with just one selection for the Predators. At 110, Nashville had long planned to select Mikey Milne: “We came into the draft thinking that we would draft him. We were confident he would be there at 110 and quite happy to be right about him. While watching Geekie and Savoie, Milne was the one consistently catching our eye. He’s older but he never had a real chance to show his game due to the shortened season last year where he only played 14 games. His motor never stops, and he is very useful both on the forecheck and in his zone. He also has sneaky good skills and given the chance he’ll put the puck in the back of the net or find a teammate to pass to. We see him in the mold of Zach Hyman or Brandon Hagel, playing a rugged style of play that’s well complemented with skills.” The fifth-round marks the place where Nashville’s draft list of “higher quality prospects” went dry. The Predators had hoped that one or several of Cole Spicer, Servac Petrovsky, Samuel Savoie, Filip Nordberg, Kocha Delic, Gannon Laroque, Zam Plante, Cedrick Guindon, Daimon Gardner, Daniil Ivanov or Adam Engstrom would still be available. Nashville held at some point, five picks in this round between 148 and 155. With their targets dropping like flies, two of the picks were dealt and the “B-list” came out. Even though the Predators have a huge prospect list, not many of them are defensemen. The “B-list” contained the names of more defensemen to try and add a couple of them to the mix. At 148, Nashville selected their second defenseman of the day by picking up Kirill Kudryavtsev: “At this point in the draft, we wanted a defenseman with offensive upside. I think his offensive game is already well-developed, but he’s still adjusting to the pace of playing on smaller ice. Defensively, he plays like you must in the MHL due to the larger ice and doesn’t deny the blueline. We believe that he can overcome this.” Then, with back-to-back picks at 151 and 152, Nashville selected Sandis Vilmanis and Jakub Demek: “With Vilmanis, we had to spend more time watching him on tape to really see what we are looking for in prospects. For some reason unknown to us, Lulea’s coach decided to lower his ice time, push him down in the bottom six and cut his powerplay time. As a result, Vilmanis only had 1 point in his last 12 games at the J20 level. Prior to that demotion, he had used his puck skills and his shot to be productive. Demek is a big two-way winger that skates well for his size and played a key role in the Edmonton Oil Kings playoffs run. He plays the game hard and has hands good enough to convert when he’s close to the net.” In the sixth round, the Predators kept picking names from that “B-list”. At 172, they selected an overager that they had seen play while scouting the Ohgren-Ostlund-Lekkerimaki trio with Djurgardens: “While we initially were more interested in Djurgarden’s top line, #51 on the team kept doing smart plays and creating scoring chances. It turns out that this was Oskar Jellvik and we had a chance to pick him up later in the draft. We were lucky enough for him to still be available at 172, so this was an easy pick at this stage. We look forward to watching his progression with Boston College next year.” Then, at 176, with the RedWings having selected one of GM’s Tremblay personal favorites in Josh Davies, the Predators went with a player from the QMJHL in Alexis Gendron: “Gendron is a skilled goal scorer that produces in spurts. He needs to improve his consistency and get better in his own end. After the Armada jettisoned their best players at mid-year, he showed he could increase his offensive production.” At 188, Nashville selected their third defenseman in the draft, when they selected Elmeri Laakso: “I think that this year, Laakso was a victim of being pushed too quickly at a higher level, in Liiga. Due to that, his play didn’t progress much and, in some ways, even regressed. He’s still very young and we believe he can turn it around next year after a hard summer’s work.” In the last round of the draft, at 194, the Predators went with another player they had planned to select during the draft, when they selected Parker Bell: “Just like other selections we made in this draft, we believe that Parker Bell would have been ranked higher if he had played with a better support cast. He’s an intelligent player with good size that can use his size. His skating could use some work, but he still gets to where he needs to be. Towards the end of the year, Bell showed marked improvements in his game.” With the last two selections, Nashville decided to add two other defensemen: “Based on an unappealing statistical profile, we were initially thinking about shortening the number of games we would scout from the Des Moines Buccaneers. Yet, Jackson Dorrington caught our eye with his game, and we spent some more time watching them play. Dorrington’s got size and showed interesting flashes that point to further development and upside to his game. It’s a bit of the same story with Dionicio, who we initially wrote off due to his skating. He does have other redeeming qualities, notably his passing game, and we have seen improvements throughout the year regarding his skating and stickhandling.”
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken Draft Haul: Cuts like a Knife Kraken-Scott 2022-07-09 20:31:32 170 The Seattle Kraken completed its first ever NEFHL entry draft this past week. GM Scott Davies met with the media on Saturday morning to give some quick quips about each of the team's 10 draft picks.  4th overall - C/LW Cutter Gauthier: "Power forward. Cutter scores goals, great size and skate really well. We're proud to have made Gauthier the first ever Kraken draft pick." Gauther was selected fifth overall in the NHL draft by the Flyers. 35th overall - D Ryan Chesley: "Well rounded d-man who needs to develop better puck skills. Physical." Chesley was chosen in the second round by the Capitals in the NHL draft. 46th overall - LW Reid Schaefer: "Big kid who can score goals. Really came on strong in the second half of the season." Schafer was chosen with the last pick of the first round by the Oilers in the NHL draft. 67th overall - LW Dylan James: "A very high IQ player who was a point-per-game in the USHL last season on a strong team. Good offensive potential." James was selected in the second round of the NHL draft by the Red Wings. 99th overall - D Otto Salin: "An offensive-minded defenseman who needs to round out his defensive game." Salin was chosen in the fifth round by the Kings in the NHL draft. 101st overall - C Brennan Ali: "A bit of the off-the-board pick admittedly, but we like his offensive potential and we hope he develops into a scoring force at Notre Dame." Ali was chosen in the seventh round by the Red Wings in the NHL entry draft. 120th overall - D Filip Nordberg: "A big, physical defenseman who can contribute in all zones. We feel that Nordberg will continue to develop his offensive game to match his d-zone abilities." Nordberg surprisingly was chosen in the second round by the Senators. 131st overall - RW Cole Spicer: "Spicer is a player we had starred on our draft list. Lots of scoring potential. He scored 20 goals on the USNDP program playing lower in the lineup." Spicer was chosen in the fourth round of the NHL draft by the Bruins. 163rd overall - G Tyler Muszelik: "We took a bit of a flyer here on Muszelik. He was primarily a backup goalie on the USNDP team last year. We will be patient with Tyler and see how he develops." Muszelik was chosen by the Panthers in the sixth round of the NHL draft. 195th overall - RW Brady Stonehouse: "A shift disturber who constantly works. Our Ottawa scouts were high on his competitiveness." Stonehouse wasn't selected in the NHL draft. Overall, GM Davies seemed quite content with the value obtained from his ten picks. Another step forward towards the Kraken being a competitive NEFHL team in the future.   
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Heeeeeeere's Logan Wild-Peter 2022-07-09 16:07:10 201 I'm just a guy with youtube videos and draft guides. My eyes told me to pick Cooley. My team structure could use a guy like Slafkovsky or Nemec. I made my choice, but what do the paid experts think? Logan Cooley Age 18 Height 5'10" / 179 cm Weight 181 lbs / 82 kg   Dobber: One of the most electrifying playmakers in this year’s crop, Cooley’s tremendous skating and creative passing makes him a threat almost every shift. He shows flashes of decent two-way play, as well, although there are also moments in his own zone where he could do a better job covering off passing lanes. His creativity can also get the better of him at times, as he’ll attempt plays that have slim odds of succeeding (but that would be spectacular successful). If Cooley adds further efficiency to his arsenal, watch out.   I don't like that they compared him with Trevor Zegras. It seems like any flashy young player will have to go through those comparisons for the next while though. I don't really see too many similarities in their games. But another Zegras on my team would be sweet...   McKeens: The 5’10 pivot, and University of Minnesota commit will undoubtedly draw comparisons to another former NTDP'er, Matty Beniers. Watching the two, their playing styles and strengths are similar, as are their NHL projections. This comparison should be seen as a compliment. Beniers was the second overall selection and Cooley has a chance to go in a similar spot.   The first thing you notice about Cooley is how dangerous he is in transition. He is a topflight skater who picks up speed quickly. The second thing you immediately notice about Cooley is his competitive nature at both ends. He is far from a one-dimensional center. Are there concerns? Slight ones. Cooley is not a terrific finisher and does not have a terrific shot. More of a playmaker and facilitator, he will likely never be a high-end goal scorer at the NHL level   I don't usually like McKeens but if this projection is accurate, I'd be extremely happy with a 2-way playmaking center. I don't think his shot is as bad as described here, but if that is his biggest weakness, then I have no doubt Cooley will be working on it over the next few years. He's a competitive guy that wants to be better.    EliteProspects: You won’t find a more singularly-gifted puckhandler in this year’s draft than Logan Cooley. He’s a human highlight-reel, swashbuckling his way through defenders like a hot knife cuts through butter. It all starts with the first touch, and Cooley has the best one in this class. The way he seamlessly blends pass receptions at speed into his first move without breaking stride is almost unfair. He’s one of the rare triple-threat scorers in this draft. All of those moves serve a purpose, whether it’s drawing in defenders to create space elsewhere, opening up passing lanes, or getting into better shooting positions. Our only real concern with Cooley’s projection is the absence of any high-end tools outside of his skill as a handler. Overall, though, there’s no disputing Cooley’s No. 1 centre upside.   Similar to McKeens in the sense that he's a 2-way playmaking forward. They are less concerned here about his shot, and a little more concern with trying to do too much out there. I think this ties in with other reviews linking him to Zegras and where I disagree with them on the similarity. Where Zegras was able to get those passes acrosses and wow you with his vision, Cooley seems to try and force it at times.     DraftPro Yearbook: Steady blend of talent and intelligence at the center position. Smooth and articulate skater with agility. Uses his edges and can turn up the heat. Consistent speed shift after shift is a slight adjustment he could make in his game. Speedy maneuvers threaten defenders on the rush. Transitions the play from one end of the ice to the other at a high level. Near top of the chart hands and puck skills. Strong composure with the puck on his stick. He is one of the better centermen in the faceoff department. Has the ability to pull off nifty dekes to avoid poke checks and reaches. He could improve beating a defender one on one with a dynamic deke. Top notch passing and playmaking vision. Finds backdoor plays when they do not look like a viable option. Intelligent player without the puck. Recognizes open areas where he gets open for a sneaky shot. Offers a nice scoring touch. Option for both even strength and special teams. Poised in tight areas. Smart anticipator and can adjust himself well to pressure. Positive attitude. Smart, alert, defensively responsible forward. Physicality is an area he could offer more. Does not necessarily shy away from physical play, but it is still a part of the game and could improve his impact. Covers the D-zone supporting his defensemen in scrums. Sneaky stick work. He is a workaholic. He can be used to solidify any top six forward group, bolstering the middle of the ice. Cooley is one of the more complete 200-foot players with offensive touch.   An 18 year old kid with questionable physical play? I haven't seen that one before...they don't seem to be concerned with his shot too much either. Their major comparison is Matthew Barzal so if that's the case I'm looking at 80+ SP, 75+ PA, 75+ DF, 60+ SC at a minimum in a few years. I can definitely be on board with that.   Blackbook: Since their write up is way too long to even get the tidbits here, I'll post some of the scout's quotes.   “I think there is a good player in there. I think he’s been more dynamic than Shane Wright.” - NHL Scout, November 2021 “He wants to make a difference.” - NHL Scout, December 2021“He makes other players better and he has some f****** bite in his game. I love him.” - NHL Scout, December 2021 “He doesn’t really play the right way but they don’t ask him to. Bottom line when I consider all his attributes, he has a lot going for him and he’s one of the best players in this draft even with those warts.” - NHL Scout, December 2021 “I like that you can see this kid cares and wants to win. He just doesn’t go about it the right way all the time. If he goes to the right team with the right coach I think he can be the best player in this draft when we look back in 5 years. A lot of if’s though.” - NHL Scout, January 2022 “Coaches are letting the guys on this team do whatever the F*** they want and it’s the only thing I don’t like about Cooley’s game. He is really good and when he gets around some structure in the NHL he’s going to be an amazing player.” - NHL Scout, February 2022 “The knock on him for our guys and I agree is that he’s not a natural goal scorer. I mean size and strength is an issue too I guess but he’s not a high end goal scorer. Now that said he’s the top USA based prospect by a mile.” - NHL Scout, March 2022 “I liked him a lot at the beginning of the year and even more by seasons end. He isn’t big, but he plays with some piss and vinegar in his game. He competes hard, has plenty of skill and is very creative. Like some scouts, I do agree that his goal scoring ability falls shy of many high end prospects in this draft and previous drafts.” - HP Scout, Mark Edwards, April 2022   Not much more to add here. They're the scouts. I'm the guy with draft guides and internet videos. __________ Article: 2/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $0 / $10,000,000    
Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs Leafs Draft review Leafs-Shane 2022-07-09 02:40:04 116 Leafs walked away very happy with their draft results. Heres a look at NEFHL VS NHL Results Marco Kasper: NEFHL 10 - NHL 8 Kasper's athleticism, skating and offensive ability stood out against older competition in the SHL. Kasper attacks with speed and skill, and while he can pull up to make a play or use his hard shot, his direct style of play will translate to the NHL. He projects as top line two-way line center." Dmitri Buchelnikov: NEFHL 72 - NHL 52 A high-octane offensive weapon, Buchelnikov was unquestionably one of very best players in Russia's MHL Jr. league this past season. He finished the year with 41 goals and 75 points in just 56 games. Buchelnikov is undersized at just 5-foot-10 and about 170 pounds, but he moves really well and is shifty. Lucas Edmonds: NEFHL 115 - NHL 86 Lucas Edmonds exploded offensively for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) during the 2021-22 season. As a rare 21-year-old rookie who was drafted into the junior league in 2017, he led the OHL in assists with 79 and earned the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the top-scoring right winger. Jon-Randall Avon: NEFHL 132 - NHL - SIGNED BY PHILADELPHIA TO AN ELC A monster OHL season after being invited to Flyers developmnent camp that landed him a contract. Was high on the Leafs list to drat this year knowing he was an option.  Rasmus Korhonen : NEFHL 144 - NHL 122 LAST YEAR Korhonen is 6-5, moves well for that size and is efficient in his net. His dad was a pro goalie himself and now is one of the most highly regarded goalie coaches in Finland. Korhonen was ranked 7th best goalie last year and was not selected in the NEFHL. He played a few pro games in the AHL and did very well. Could have some big potentiaql here. 
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild 2022 Minnesota Draft Review Wild-Peter 2022-07-08 22:10:42 184 Another year, another draft. How did Minnesota do? We probably won't know for a long while. First off, I would like to thank JD for all the work he puts into this league day in and day out. Next I'd like to thank Sylvain for taking care of the draft board. I'd also like to thank broadway bar and grill for hosting us. To the blonde waitress, thank you for staying late so we can finish rounds one and two, and also thank you for not telling me and Ant to fuck off with our questions about the beer selection. But seriously, Broadway needs to add some white beers to the menu. Very refreshing in the summer! Lastly, it's always nice to see you guys and catch up a bit, and to meet some new faces that recently joined the league!  Enough with the salad, let's get to the steak. Draft Results 1-2. Wild, Logan Cooley --- 1-3 Arizona Coyotes Cooley was my guy since about March/April. I didn't think I'd get him. After moving up in the lottery he was my target for sure. This is with the assumption Wright would go first. When BlackBook and McKenzie and a few others put Slafkovsky first I started to second guess myself. After reading up on the 'top3' more and watching video some more, Cooley was back on top. I even started to consider Nemec and Gauthier and looked at options of moving the pick down for one of them but in the end, I was focused on Cooley. I had a last minute trade offer that was really nice with an A+ prospect included but I stuck with Cooley.  2-37. Wild, Julian Lutz --- 2-43 Arizona Coyotes My intention with this pick was to go with an offensive defenseman that would likely go in the first round of the NHL draft but fall to the second round in ours before the only defensemen left were all of those 5'9" ones that will never make the show. At 37, my pick was not early enough to do that. Not only that, but the small list of forwards I had on my list for this pick also went. Next up was Lutz so I took him. An extremely good skater with size, he's been playing a power forward game against men in Germany since he was 16, but still has creativity and soft mits to be a playmaker. Very intriguing prospect. I didn't think he would last until my other 2nd rounder. 2-56. Wild, Josh Bloom --- 2021 3-95 Buffalo Sabres I moved down from 46 and got this pick and the next pick. Despite this I didn't want to chance it with Bloom at 81 so I grabbed him with this pick. Bloom is already signed to an entry level deal and scored 30 goals on the 2nd worst team in the OHL. Described as "a hidden gem" by some, and "a completely different player" by other scouts, Bloom is rising fast in the NHL Sabres prospect pool and will be interesting to follow.  3-81. Wild, Josh Filmon --- 6-166 New Jersey Devils He fell quite a bit. Not sure why. There has to be something that isn't public yet. Maybe he interviewed bad? He's tall and very light weight but he has offensive skills that exploded on the stat sheet from two years ago to last year. He wasn't my first pick but the two goalies I was interested in already went as well as a couple other players. 3-89. Wild, Miko Matikka --- 3-67 Arizona Coyotes Big winger with a heavy shot. Good down low. Production would be higher last season if not for injuries. Going to play in the NCAA instead of Liiga next year. Will be fun to follow his development.  4-114. Wild, Cole Knuble --- UNDRAFTED Very surprised he wasn't drafted. NHL organizations usually love bloodline players. He was projected to go in the 3rd round of a lot of lists. 2 way player with decent offensive skills, his weakness is skating. There's always next year or the college free agent route after he develops a little more. His father probably played with most guys now in management of NHL organizations. He'll get a contract eventually just through that.. 5-147. Wild, Evan Konyen --- UNDRAFTED All the players I wanted went before this pick. Took a chance on Konyen. I don't know much about him. I read he has good skills so I took a chance. 5-155. Wild, Oskar Pettersson --- 3-72 Ottawa Senators Another big winger.  Not sure if NHL Ottawa reached on him or not. I thought I was grabbing him early based on rankings that were out there. 6-165. Wild, Ben Hemmerling --- 6-177 Vegas Golden Knights 6th round pick swinging for the fences. If he turns out to be something, he probably won't be in the NHL Vegas organization long. 6-168. Wild, Kyle Jackson --- 7-196 Seattle Kraken I didn't realize another player was already drafted so Sylvain hooked me up with this dude. It pissed off JD so that must mean something. I'd love for this dude to become another late round Jake Evans type player for me in like 5 years. 7-197. Wild, Alexander Pelevin --- 7-205 Carolina Hurricanes To trade this pick or not trade this pick to the Islanders for a 7th next year? If my guy was available I would keep the pick. If my guy was off the board and Steve's guywas there we would have a trade. We both wanted the same guy it turned out. This guy was rated as a 2nd/3rd rounder on a lot of draft lists. Russian factor? Would be cool to have something here with this pick this late into the draft. 7-204. Wild, Bear Hughes --- REDRAFT Point per game as an older WHL player, he'll be joining the AHL. Curious to see how he does at the pro level and that was worth a redraft to me.    I wonder where these guys will be in 5 years time. We will find out in the "Five Years Out" series set to be released in June/July 2027. __________ Article: 1/5 'Show me the money' bonus: $0 / $10,000,000
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues Habs Took the Wrong Guy Blues-Graham 2022-07-08 08:10:50 175 I'm no fan of the Habs, so it's with great pleasure I present a case that the Habs absolutely took the wrong guy at 1st over all last night.   Check out that Liiga production.   10 points in 31 games.  This is Liiga, not a terrible league but not exactly the KHL, SHL or even the AHL.   It didn't get any better for Slafkovsky in th playoffs either with 2 goals in 18gp.   His main selling point is his NHL ready body.  He's 6'4 almost 230 pounds.  Playing against men shouldn't be an issue.  Especially men in a lower league such as Liiga.    Yes he did put up 9 points in 8GP at the WC in May.  If you look a little closer though, it was all against lower quality teams – Austria, Italy, Kasakhstan and France.    Zero points against Germany, Canada and Finland.   Yes the Habs traded for Dach (whom I'm a big fan of) but does Suzuki and Dach make them so deep at C that they passed on both Wright and Cooley?  Most prospects these days, even the top end ones take a few years to develop.   Slafkovsky isn't going to produce for at least 2-3 years.  They could have (and should have if you ask me)  picked the best player available.  In my opinion, that was Wright.   I would have selected Cooley over Slafkovsky as well.   Take the C and then stash him in the minors for one more year and then bring them on board as the 3C. In the end, they didn't draft a bad player, just not the Wright one.  He's still 6'4 230 pounds with great wheels.  I just don't think he has the hands to be much more then a middle 6 winger.   
Winnipeg JetsWinnipeg Jets JETS WITH ANOTHER WILD OFFSEASON Bruins-Chris 2022-07-07 18:12:40 124 After a disappointing season the Jets have recalibrated and vow to show last season was a blip and not a trend. Missing the playoffs was a bit of a shock after doing a ton of heavy lifting last offseason. The one element managment identified as the reason for last seasons debacle was a lack of offensive and organizational depth. The top six was solid but beyond that, the Jets were a one trick pony. In the NEFHL, more than any other fantasy leagues, injuries and cap space play a major role in a teams ability to be successful.  The first issue that needed to be address was cap space. With very little wiggle room the first domino to go was John Gibson. While Gibson is a bonified starter in NEFHL standards, his performance left a lot to be desired. So moving Gibson to Toronto was a deal the Jets felt comfortable with. Coming Winnipegs way - starter Jordan Binnington and prospects Kasper Simontaival and Roby Jarventie. The Leafs then improved their goaltending by aquiring Phillipe Grubauer from the Canucks for prospect Egor Sokolov. Grubauer comes with a $1.7 million cap hit, a big factor as he is expected to patrol the crease this upcoming season. Next the Jets pulled the trigger with the Flyers adding the unsinkable Nazem Kadri. Kadri is expected to slide seemlessly into the Jets top six along side Elias Lindholm and Nikita Kucherov. Moving Gibson for Grubauer made this possible and addresses a big offseason need. With the expansion draft welcoming the Seattle Kraken to the NEFHL, the Jets decided to protect newly aquired Kadri sending Ilya Mikeyhev to the Kraken and allowing Jordan Binnington to be selected. Those moves opened another chunk of cap space, part of the offseason plan. The next big move happened just before the draft in a trade that raised a few eyebrows. The Jets parted ways with all-star defenseman Roman Josi and sent their 1st and 2nd round picks to the Red Wings in exchange for tough winger Tanner Jeannot, and defensemen Erik Johnson and Kevin Shattenkirk. The deal added some more valuable cap space while giving the Jets a killer top 9 to compete this upcoming season in the West. Current lines look like this: N.Kadri - E.Lindholm - N.Kucherov - E.Johnson - E.Cernak T.Jeannot - B.Horvat - T.Wilson - K.Shattenkirk - M.Grzelcyk O.Palat - B.Goodrow - T.Motte - R.Bortuzzo - C.Clifton Depth: M.Comtois, C.Lazar, J.Dahlen, D.Cozens, R.Reeves, N.Cates Next steps for the offseason include adding some farmable D for injuries and seeking further upgrades to the roster.
Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators Ottawa Makes Three Selections on Day 1 of the NEFHL Draft Sens-Mike 2022-07-07 14:57:29 116 OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators made three selections on the first night of the NEFHL Draft.  With the No. 11 pick the Senators selected Russian forward Danila Yurov. With the No. 43 pick the Senators went back to Russia to select forward Alexander Perevalov. Later in the second round, the Senators traded a 2023 2nd round pick to the St. Louis Blues for the No. 55 pick in this year's draft, which the team used to select Swedish defenseman Mattias Havelid. Ottawa GM Mike McMahon shared his thoughts on the Senators' top three picks late Thursday. On Danila Yurov: "He scored a lot of goals in the MHL this season and has almost 50 games of KHL experience, although it's been in limited minutes. He had 11 points at last year's U18s in just 7 games. We feel, if you put all of the top prospects together and split them into two teams, Yurov would be one of the top scorers in this group." On Alexander Perevalov: "On our board, he fell. That said, I know we probably had him ranked a little higher than most other teams. We had him projected as a first-rounder. He expects to score on every shift. He has excellent offensive instincts and can turn on the jets in a heartbeat. He generates scoring opportunities every time he's on the ice and it feels like he has the potential to score on every shift. He needs to get a little better defensively, but not many scorers at the NHL level are also elite defenders. He just can't cheat too much offensively." On Mattias Havelid: "We made the trade here because we also had Havelid projected as a late first-rounder and we had the chance to get him at the end of the second round. I really love his first pass out of the zone and he can generate quick shots from the point. He is very composed and can read his way through a forecheck. He had 12 points in six games at the U18s. He's on the smaller side, but he's physical, will take a hit to make a play, and has the ability to be a defenseman who can play in all three situations."
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Canucks Making Moves After A Poor Playoff Showing Canucks-Kyle 2022-07-07 03:18:25 149 The NEFHL Draft has arrived and after a disappointing playoff, it wouldn’t have been a shocker to see the Vancouver Canucks being very active. To no one’s surprise, it was active. The Vancouver Canucks acquired superstar center Aleksander Barkov from the San Jose Sharks. The price wasn’t cheap as the Canucks sent Tomas Hertl, Shea Theodore, the 5th overall pick in this years draft and prospect Zachary L’Heureux. “We’ve been looking for a bonafide superstar centerman for a long time, well since Hall was moved. We paid a step price but we feel we had the assets to make the move. This makes our team better. We feel like we’ve shored up our centerman spot and in net. We want to win, we have a good mix and now its up to the team and Coach Gallant to get this thing past the first round” said General Manager Allen. Vancouver Canucks fans should be excited because as GM Allen alluded to, there have been previous deals leading up to the draft week. A starting goalie, a top 4 defenseman, a top 6 centerman and Barkov have all been added after the playoffs. The Canucks made a rare trade with the Calgary Flames and picked up star goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Canucks moved Martin Necas straight up for Hellebuyck. “We wanted to upgrade over Grubauer and moving Necas, while it hurt, was a reasonable price to shore up an area that was a weakness last year.” Joe Pavelski was another star who the Canucks picked up. Pavelski came from Nashville for Anaheim’s first round pick in 2022. “We brought him in to be a top 6 center or winger. He had a perfect contract and great ratings so we feel he is a very important add.” The Canucks picked up diminutive but offensive defenseman in Tony DeAngelo from the New York Rangers. “We feel the price for DeAngelo was something that we could handle and gave us some depth. This occurred prior to moving Theodore but he should fill in the role of Theodore. A great contract helps as well.” Finally, the Canucks made a big deal moving back into the first round of the 2022 draft after trading 3 first round picks out of it. UP Luukkonen, Egor Sokolov and a 2nd in 2023 was moved to Boston for the 14th overall pick. With the draft about to start, the Vancouver Canucks are expected to keep the pick and maybe make some other moves to pick up some more picks to back fill the prospect pool.
San Jose SharksSan Jose Sharks Release: Sharks GM makes statement Sharks-Curtis 2022-07-05 02:50:45 120 With the news tonight of the league needing to replace another GM who has stepped down my confidence in this situation and the league is much higher than it was just a few months ago. My confidence in the league has never wavered. My confidence in the leadership of the league and league structure has never wavered. What did waver was my confidence in some of my fellow GM's and their decisions to leave the league.  That is no longer the case. My confidence in my fellow GM's has never been higher. I believe the best thing for this league has been the new blood and the quality of the hires have been outstanding. New blood isn't a bad thing. Turnover is a good thing in everything in life including this league. Losing Phil sucks but what would have sucked more is having an inactive GM. The hiring process for GMs has always been strong and I have no doubt that the new person who is hired to run the Devils will fit right in and be a positive to the league. This is the best fantasy league ever created because of the work JD has put into it and the love and time he has put into it and the skill and leadership he has but also because of the strength of managers and people assembled to run the teams. Just because a few have left means more about them and their situations than the league. Things are better and stronger now than ever before.Let's have a great draft and free agency and let's make the 2022-23 season the best one yet. Everything is in place for it to be. 
New York RangersNew York Rangers Rangers Working the Phones Rangers-Alex 2022-07-04 13:55:55 190 New York Rangers Management Team heads intp draft week armed with a plethora of potential trade candidates which could be used to acquire more picks in this years draft.  This launches a summer show of wheeling a dealing with Swiatecki already on-record saying he'll be eyeing trades and signings to build their NHL squad for years to come.   The Rangers have had consistent playoff appearances but have been unable to break the through the ceiling which would make them a cup contender.  "I think, for me, it makes sense to replenish the draft picks and prospects if you are going to have any long-term sustained success in this league; especially in a cap era.  Thats was my pitch to ownership, and that's my pitch to the fans and the Rangers faithful." Trade rumours have been swirling since the new management team was announced, but credible sources have consistently linked DeAngelo with a west coast team.  The return should garner a 1st round pick, or possible a 2nd if combined with a prospect of note.  As Darren Dreger reports, "We know DeAngelo will be moved at some point, all indications point to the Rangers wanting to send him out of the division, and more than likely out of the conference." DeAngelo is not the only name swirling in the rumour mills.  Weegar will be highly sought after and sources have indicated managers have targeted Rust, Spurgeon, Tanev, Iafallo, Karlsson, Pearson, Sharangovich, as well as Andersen who could all be on the move in the coming weeks.  Management may wait until the market peaks after the free agency period, or even in-season, and as late as the trade deadline to move these assets.  "It's a matter of patience to try and garner as high a fair market value as possible.  Waiting for the market to become bullish, instead of bearish, can be the difference between a 1st and 2nd round pick.  The future rewards the patient."
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Seattle's inaugural entry draft Kraken-Scott 2022-07-03 21:10:59 162 The Kraken enter their first even NEFHL entry draft armed with eleven draft picks as they look to load the cupboards with prospects. Four of the Kraken's 11 picks come via trades stemming from the recently completed expansion draft. Seattle's 2022 draft picks are as follows entering into Wednesday's draft: Seattle 1st (4th overall) Seattle 2nd NY Rangers 2nd (acquired with Jakub Voracek in expansion draft) Seattle 3rd Edmonton 3rd (acquired with Nate Schmidt in expansion draft) Seattle 4th Minnesota 4th (acquired for Casey DeSmith post expansion draft) NY Rangers 4th (acquired with Brandon Sutter in expansion draft) Seattle 5th Seattle 6th Seattle 7th Kraken general manager Scott Davies expects to have some interesting options at pick #4 of the first round. The majority of mock drafts published on the internet have Shane Wright, Juraj Slavkovsky and Logan Cooley going in the top three of the draft (not always in that order). As such, Davies expects to be picking one of the following players with the fourth pick: defencemen Simon Nemec and David Jiricek, or a forward like Cutter Gauthier, Joakim Kemell, Matthew Savoie, Marco Kasper or Jonathan Lekkerimaki. "Assuming the top 3 players go off the board as expected, we will have a chance to draft a really skilled player at number 4" Davies recently said. "Nemec and Jiricek look like surefire top four defencemen to me. The forward group has some size and skill - I don't think the Kraken can go wrong with any one of those guys available at number four." The Kraken are on a long path to becoming a competitive franchise in the NEFHL. The expansion draft was the first step, but the 2022 NEFHL draft could prove to be the most important step. Stay tuned!
Detroit Red WingsDetroit Red Wings going into next year Wings-Jean 2022-07-01 03:52:50 134 Going into next year we are not sure what to expect..We are not good enough to contend for a playoff spot and i feel we are not shitty enough to have a top 3 pick next draft..We got decent pieces in place but we are clearly missing a starting goalie..Carey Price has missed the last season with a knee injury and off-ice issues..We are not confident he will be ready to start the NEFHL season and still uclear when he will be ready to come back into the action..We stand behind Carey and everything he's going through..Last season we traded for Ilya Samsonov hoping that he could become a starting goalie in the NEFHL since he's still young at only 24 years old in the next year or two..Outside of missing a starting goalie, we don't really have a first line center to play along side Jeannot and Kyrou..It's not like there's a lot of them available either up for trade..We might have to find one during free agency because you can't win games with Monahan has you're number 1 center..We just signed Boldy also who has sweet ratings for a first year NEFHL player and should only get better this season..Our defense is not that bad with EJ and Shattenkirk leading the way and Carrier comming into his own..We should have a lot of cap space available for trades or sign free agents to try and ice the most competetive team i can..you just trade everyone after a few drinks on draft day for picks haha
Carolina HurricanesCarolina Hurricanes Canes Sign 7 to Entry Level Deals Canes-Jeff 2022-06-30 05:10:35 115 The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that they have come to terms with 7 players on entry level deals. All 7 were drafted by the franchise and would have become free agents had they not been signed by the draft deadline. The lengths of the deals are between 2 and 3 years long and all players will be RFAs at the conclusion of their deals.  The Canes are pleased to welcome the following players: Rasmus Kupari - C - Drafted 2018 - 1st round - 21st overall Jacob Bernard-Docker - D - Drafted 2018 - 2nd round - 57th overall Emilio Pettersen - C - Drafted 2018 - 6th round - 178th overall ( Also known as Matthias apparently) Simon Johansson - D - Drafted 2018 - 6th round - 181st overall  Ivan Prosvetov - G - Drafted 2018 - 6th round - 186th overall  Connor Zary - C - Drafted 2020 - 1st round - 17th overall Jeremie Poirier - D - Drafted 2020 - 2nd round - 51st overall  The craziest signing of all was made by Poirier who inked his deal while still on the ice celebrating winning the Memorial Cup with the host Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. The deal was signed on the boards in front of the bench with the Memorial Cup trophy in his left hand at the time. The Canes welcome all 7 of these players to the organization and can't wait to see what sort of impact they can have to help push this team back to a consistent level. With the entry draft next week, the team will be looking to add more young players like these to the stable as they build up what is already a pretty solid looking farm system. 
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Wild sign Free Agent Prospects Wild-Peter 2022-06-29 19:07:00 180 Every year, a bunch of college-age players get signed around the league that either didn't get drafted, or didn't sign with the team that drafted them and sign elsewhere. For the 2022 crop of prospect free agent signings, the Minnesota Wild were able to put pen-to-paper on the following players:   Navrin Mutter: 21 years old. 6'4" and 193 lbs.  While he is not known for any type of offense, Mutter is best known for being a physical presence that provides leadership. Will he ever make the NHL? Probably not. If he does it will likely be in a 4th line 'try not to fuck up out there in limited minutes' role. Also you can not say this kid's name without thinking of this.   Jackson Cates: 24 years old. 6'0" and 183 lbs. Older brother of Noah Cates, Jackson got signed out of the University of Minnesota- Duluth and has played in parts for the 20-21 and 21-22 Philadelphia Flyers teams. While his offensive game is not what he is known for, he can be a serviceable depth player and likely will peak as such.   Billy Sweezey: 26 years old. 6'2" and 205 lbs A little bit older than most free agent prospects, Sweezey was originally on an AHL contract that was later upgraded to an NHL contract. Offense is not part of his game and it's all about the defense and brute strength with him. Reports out of AHL Cleveland indicate Sweezey as being one of their best on D (along with fellow NEFHL Wild prospect Jake Christiansen) and likely to get some NHL games this upcoming season if NHL Columbus does not get more physical on the backend. His peak is looking like a bottom pairing bruising defenseman if he makes it.   Corey Andonosvki: 23 years old. 6'1" 85 lbs. Considered by some to be one of the top NCAA free agents available at the time, Andonovoski signed with the NHL Penguins in March 2022. Described by Brian Burke as a power forward who plays 'angry', he has yet to make any kind of impact at the pro level having played only 5 AHL games and going scoreless. This upcoming season will be interesting to see where his development takes him. His peak is likely a bottom 6 role if he makes it.    With the $$$ made from this article, it will be put forth towards more free agent prospects none of us have ever heard of.
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Carolina HurricanesCarolina Hurricanes Canes set to Draft 13th overall Canes-Jeff 2022-06-29 04:39:33 107 The 2022 NEFHL Entry Draft is upon us next week and the Canes fell into the dead zone which will see them picking 13th overall. The 13th pick meaning they didn't make the playoffs but also find themselves sitting outside of the top 10 and unlikely to pick up an elite prospect that could help the team in the near future. With prospects at both forward and defense in the system, the team can just sit back and see who drops to them in the middle of the first round. Defense is likely more of a need, but the prospect cupboard isn't empty to the point where picking one is a necessity. In the previous 2 drafts the Canes have selected 3 forwards in the first round with Brendan Brisson and Connor Zary in 2020 followed by Isak Rosen in last years draft, however they took Ville Heinola  in the first round in 2019 and just recently signed 2018 2nd rounder Jacob Bernard-Docker to an entry level deal which may see him get minutes later in the season. An elite goaltender would definitely be a need in the system but there just doesn't appear to be any available in this years draft. The Canes only own 4 picks in this years draft at this point, but as well all have seen, GM McRae loves to add picks on draft day and usually ends up with a handful of later round picks looking to hit the rare home run and find a diamond in the rough. This years draft with take place on July 7th and 8th and should be fun as always. 
Detroit Red WingsDetroit Red Wings heading into the draft Wings-Jean 2022-06-29 01:19:57 113 Heading to the 2022 draft the Wings have a bunch of picks including the third overall pick...There's some years we don't even draft in the first round and some years we end up with 3 or 4 picks...This year we have 3 1st round pick but ended up being late picks with the Lads having a terrific year and Tb going on a run...We have a few targets in mind for those 2 late picks and we will settle for one of cooley or slaf 3rd overall...Either one of them is a big add for the Detroit organisation joining Kyrou, Boldy, Broberg,Harley,Perreault,Dach on the rebuild...we have so many picks this year it would be huge for us to land a few good prospects in the later rounds...We actually own 7 4th round picks we need to hit on some of those with steals..There are rumors that Jeannot might be on the way out for a top 10 pick on draft day depending on wich direction we are going next season and if he's part of our rebuild..We feel we have good pieces to add a few players or sign a few ufas and hope for some magic or to trade everyone good and just tank the fuck out...instead of thinking about tanking next season let's just focused on the ucoming draft for now and see what's the plan afterwards..We are always looking for trade partners and a few on my guys have good offers on them but we will most likely do all of our moves next week..   LOS 1, DET 1, TAM 1, PHI 2, ANA 2, DET 2, PHI 3, DET 3, WPG 3, CHI 3, WPG 4, ARI 4, PHI 4, SAN 4, LOS 4, TOR 4, NSH 4, that's a lot of picks hehe
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Expansion over. Wild look toward the draft Wild-Peter 2022-06-28 18:12:23 174 Seattle has made its selections and is officially part of the league. The Minnesota Wild ended up losing 26 year old forward Ondrej Kase. The GM has already made it known publically his approval of the selection. "I've had expansion on my mind the past two seasons. In the back of my mind I thought Labanc or Spurgeon would have been the selection. Then when I traded Spurgeon it was looking like Labanc or Kase. If I had to keep one of the two it was always going to be Labanc." The GM added, "Labanc at 27 years old, under a million dollars, RFA at the end of his term, and plays above his ratings making him a good 'swiss army knife'  versatile player on the right side." Referring to Kase, the GM explained, "Kase was always going to be the bait for expansion. I explored his trade value at the deadline and didn't get nearly enough value. I explored his trade value again not long ago and the offers were not worthwhile either. People around the league had the same concerns I had. He has good ratings but with a handful of concussions already, resulting in having under 40 DU since 2019-2020 season, and a 25DU rating last season and this upcoming season, the concussion history is scary. Every hit could be his last and that's not a comfortable thought." With expansion behind us, GM Peter is looking toward the draft. "If you would have asked me a couple of months ago, I knew who I wanted 100% but would I be in position to draft him? After moving up for the first time ever in the lottery, everything was shaping up nicely on the player I wanted. But now if you ask me today I have no idea where I'm going. Damn you Bob McKenzie!"  
Los Angeles KingsLos Angeles Kings Los Angeles Residents Puzzled by Mysterious Lights Kings-Carter 2022-06-28 17:29:44 149 The lights were seen glowing above the Pacific Ocean just before 8:00pm according to posts on Twitter. The excitement began building up as suddenly people began to spot hanging lights in the sky west of this coastal California city. Among the pictures and videos posted online, three lights are seen flashing in the night sky and are soon joined by several others. Social media users allegedly spotted the skylights over the Santa Monica Pier and some other users from Hermosa Beach area also reported the spotting the mysterious lights in the Monday night sky. Several theories have been doing the rounds on Facebook where Los Angeles residents are discussing the appearance of the lights and the possible reasons behind this incident. One of the comments read that these lights most likely were the drones practicing for the upcoming Fourth of July spectacle.  Another Facebook user wrote that had it been intelligent species visiting from another solar system, they certainly wouldn't have kept their spacecraft lights on for us to spot so easily. A Marina del Rey resident claimed that the lights were hovering in place and appeared to be extremely bright. Some said it was the craziest thing they had ever seen, while others felt they looked like balls of fire. Some commentators recalled that the lights have also been spotted earlier in April of this year and also as far back as 2018. The UFO theory was running strong on the social media for quite some time until authorities confirmed the source. The lights were from a series of flares which had been dropped from a Navy aircraft during a training exercise thirty miles off the coast.
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken The Kraken are born! Kraken-Scott 2022-06-28 13:40:04 174 The 2022 Expansion Draft came and went, and the Kraken now have a roster to manage and build. Inaugural Kraken General Manager Scott was generally pleased with how the expansion draft went. "Our strategy through this expansion draft was really to build for the future" Davies started his Tuesday morning press conference. "We of couse want to field a competitive team in the 2022-23 season, but we as an organization have to be realistic that we're not going to win the Stanley Cup for several years. As such, our focus was selecting primarily young players with upside along with some experience, quality veterans that our young players can learn from. To take on bigger contracts, we looked to accept draft picks and prospects as compensation for doing so. Veterans like Jakub Voracek, Reilly Smith, Victor Olofsson and Nate Schmidt will take on a lot of the leadership duties for this young group" Davies reiterated on several occasions. The Kraken roster looks like an expansion team roster after the franchise made its 30 expansion picks and completed nine separate trades. Following the trades of expansion selections Jordan Binnington, Casey DeSmith and Miles Wood, here is a look at the updated Kraken roster: Forwards - Jakub Voracek, Reilly Smith, Ondrej Kase, Brandon Sutter, Ilya Mikheyev, Victor Olofsson, Nick Cousins, Michael McLeod, Cody Glass, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Nathan Bastian, Fredrik Gauthier, Zach Gallant, Mark Kastelic, Trey Fix-Wolansky, John Leonard, Aidan McDonough Defencemen - Nate Schmidt, Nick Holden, Jake McCabe, Niko Mikkola, Riley Stillman, Zach Whitecloud, Nicolas Meloche, Jacob Bryson, Jacob Moverare, Matthew Kessel, Jack St. Ivany Goaltenders - Alexandar Georgiev, Braden Holtby, Dan Vladar, Amir Miftakhov The Kraken do have a few key RFA's to sign in the near future including McCabe, Olofsson & Whitecloud, but expect to have a significant amount of cap space to weaponize heading into next season as financial flexibility was paramount to the GM's strategy.  GM Davies was also excited about the extra draft picks acquired through this process. "Through trade we acquired three additional 2nd round picks, three additional 3rds and three extra 4ths which will come in very handy down the road. Kraken fans have lots to look forward to." 
Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators Smith Gone in Expansion, Sens Look Toward Draft Sens-Mike 2022-06-27 16:47:48 114 OTTAWA — The Seattle Krakken selected Reilly Smith from the Ottawa Senators in the 2022 NEFHL Expansion Draft. The league announced the pick on Monday. With Smith's departure, the Senators' offseason begins to come into focus. The Senators will likely need to target a top-six left winger with Smith's departure. On the left side the team will return Taylor Hall on the loyalty tag. Along with hall, returning left wingers include just Nico Sturm and Rem Pitlick. The right side is already fairly crowded with Ryan Hartman, Gustav Nyquist, Zack Kassian and Brendan Lemieux. Kyle Palmieri, who finished the season in the AHL, has the potential to return to the NEFHL roster if he finds his game. Up the middle Brock Nelson and Anton Lundell, who will be a rookie, will anchor the group. Colin White will try to find his game after missing time with an injury and the Senators are likely to target another center. "It's a process," said GM Mike McMahon. "We wanted to really improve this past season and we did that. We improved significantly. We weren't in contention for a playoff spot just yet but we were moving towards that goal. As I've said, we've replenished ourselves from a prospect and draft pick standpoint over the last couple of years after emptying those tanks while trying to contend. We finished the season 9-0-1 in our last 10. We really felt like we were hitting our stride at the end of the year. We peaked at the right time, it just wasn't enough." Ottawa holds the No. 11 pick in the upcoming draft as well. "I'm excited about at least 13 or 14 prospects, so picking at No. 11 should guarantee that we get someone we like a lot," McMahon said. "We like Anton Lundell a lot and we got him at No. 11 two years ago. "From where we were back in 2019 to now is night and day."
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild 5 years out – A look back at the 2017 draft Wild-Peter 2022-06-26 19:37:41 174 A continuation of the series since I began as GM in this league. You can find the 2014 and 2015 edition and the 2016 edition by clicking on the links. The point of these articles is to look back at the draft 5 years ago to see what impact those prospects have had on the current depth chart of the team. For a little bit of context, the 2017 NEFHL entry draft was the second year of the rebuild. The previous year I had two 1st round picks and seven 2nd round picks to kick start the rebuild. I ended up with the 3rd worst overall record for the season but I got screwed in the lottery and ended up dropping a few spots. Did that affect my rebuild? Let's take a look at that draft class and see. 6. Wild, Elias Pettersson 19. Wild, Ryan Poehling 33. Wild, Joni Ikonen 51. Wild, Aleksi Heponiemi 54. Wild, Evan Barratt 59. Kings , Josh Brook 62. Wild, Alex Formenton 86. Wild, Emil Bemstrom87. Wild, Bryce Misley 115. Wild, German Poddubniy 123. Wild, Marian Studenic124. Wild, Dylan Ferguson 146. Wild, Parker Kelly 186. Wild, Lauri Pajuniemi 208. Avalanche, Daniil Tarasov 227. Wild, Tarmo Reunanen 231. Wild, Dereck Baribeau 236. Wild, Daniel Bukac (REDRAFT) 239. Wild, Nicolas Guay (REDRAFT)   I was undecided on Pettersson or Necas for that draft, but ended up picking Pettersson because I figured the swedes had a better program. Necas would have been a nice fit with me right now but obviously no complaints on Pettersson. Looking at that top 10 of 2017 today, it is interesting how the earliest picks of the top10 weren't the best picks but hindsight is 20/20. I didn't even have Makar on my radar at all. I was going forward with that pick the whole time.  Poehling I remember liking and then being disappointed when he was chosen by the Habs in the NHL. Habs selecting him gave me McCaron vibes because the NHL Habs are pretty terrible at developing centers. I gave him a chance but ultimately, I ended up moving him as he got passed on my depth chart by guys like Hintz, Evans, Kunin. Ironically, Poehling was in a package with my next two picks in Ikonen (another habs prospect) and Heponiemi for a couple 3rds and a later pick a few years after being drafted. Not the best value there... Brook was not drafted by me but I acquired him along with a 1st and 2nd in the John Carlson trade. His offense in juniors has not translated to the AHL but he's been injured so much. There was a string of games where his game picked up and he was producing a bit more but then he got injured again.  Barratt is still developing and with the NHL BlackHawks in a rebuild he is likely going to get some NHL time this year. He is known for his offensive instincts but with some health issues and stoppages he didn't play much. The reports out of Rockford indicate he ended the year with his best play and it could be a sign he's ready for that next step. Formenton was the pick that was made when I was driving Sly to Tims. This completes the Hronek for Tim Horton's coffee trade. Formenton is a speed demon with a bit of a potty mouth. He was worthy of a protection slot in expansion and when his DF rating catches up to where it should be, he ought to be a mainstay on the PK. Bemstrom was putting the puck in the net for NHL BlueJackets a couple seasons back but they've been a bit of a mess lately and unfortunately Bemstrom suffered like so many other players because of it. He's still young, is extremely fast, has NHL experience, and can be a complimentary winger for me down the line. Probably a good trade chip if needed. The only thing I can say about Poddubniy is that I remember JD saying "who is that? He's not on my list." JD was right. Studenic was a guy I was pretty high on at one time. I thought he had the skating and skills to translate quickly. He ended up hitting a wall in his development and peaked early because he hasn't taken any step forward for a few seasons to the point I ended up packaging him with another prospect and moved him for Josh Bailey. Ferguson ended up playing an NHL game at 19 years old as an emergency callup. Hasn't been back in the NHL since. He has decent stats in the AHL today. I ended up moving him for Martin Jones a couple seasons back to strengthen the G depth chart for a playoff run. No regrets there. Kelly was a player I really liked. I got Jake Evans vibes from him. A smart kid who never gives up. Works harder than anybody else despite the obvious lack in offensive talent. I ended up moving him and a package of other prospects for some veteran help in defensive forward Louie Eriksson for a playoff run. I wish I had kept him. Now he's establishing himself as an NHLer with Ottawa. I think he'll be a solid depth player that steps up when others are injured. Tarasov I acquired in a trade with Colorado. I remember being surprised when his name was offered. I had to make sure it was the goalie and not the forward. Tarasov will start games in the NHL this year for sure. He might even be the #1 goalie in NHL Columbus by 2023-24.  Pajuniemi and Reunanen were both highly touted Fins. Pajuniemi was one of the best goal scorers in Liiga between 2019-2021 and came over to North America last season. Reunanen was moved to the NHL Hurricanes and my concern is lack of playing time. I see bottom 6 winger and bottom pair/7th D potential here.   Looking at the names it doesn't seem like the strongest draft. However, adding a core piece in Pettersson is always excellent. Adding some young up and coming talent in Formenton, Bemstrom, Tarasov is very solid. Adding some wildcards in Brook, Barratt, Pajuniemi, Reunanen is nice and I suspect one out of that group "makes it". And lastly, moving a few for established talents for playoff runs is great when you consider the abundance of prospects I still have today, so I can make those moves in season but still not give up too much of the future.  
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks Sign Mavrik Bourque Ducks-Ryan 2022-06-25 20:22:27 132 Breaking news out of Anaheim today as the Ducks signed first round draft pick from the 2020 draft Mavrik Bourque. Bourque who is currently playing in the Memorial Cup for the Shawinigan Cataracts has had quite the year culminating in winning the QMJHL playoff MVP as his team took home the championship. "It's just so surreal, this season was tough due to a couple injuries, but I am beyond happy with how it ended. It really is a dream come true. I can't wait to be a Duck," said Bourque. Shawinigan is currently two and zero in the round robin tournament in large part thanks to Mavrik's stellar play with five points in only two games. He will face another Ducks prospect in William Villeneuve today at 4pm.  "What stood out to me when we were going to draft him was his hockey sense, he has that ability to pick out a teammate is a mess of players. One of his most underrated areas is also his shot. When he lines up on the power play you have to respect his shot, and in doing so it allows other players to get open. We love his game, and we think he can be a very good play maker to someone like Lafreniere, or Josh Norris," said Clarey. Former Shawinigan player Vasili Ponomaryov had nothing but positive things to say about Bourque when they were together last year. When asked about Vasili, Bourque stated "he couldn't wait to be teammates again," as Ponomaryov is playing the Calder Cup in the AHL currently.Should Shawinigan get one point tonight they will move on to the finals and give Mavrik another chance to add some hardware before his junior career is done. It is also expected that he will play in the WJC in August. Anaheim is expected to announce more signings in the days to come.
Washington CapitalsWashington Capitals Building A Champion. PART 1 Draft Picks. Caps-Mike 2022-06-25 19:10:53 137 The Capitals becoming the Stanley Cup Champions was no easy feat. A lot of different strategies had to be in place for it all to come together. The most important first part of building a team is the draft.
Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens Canadiens Expansion List Canadiens-Mike 2022-06-25 02:50:06 136 For the second time in NEFHL history, there is going to be a new team added as we welcome the 32nd team to the league in the Seattle Kraken. The first order of business this off season is to get the Kraken a roster, and therefore all teams most submit their protection roster to the Commish. The Canadiens had a few no brainers to protect, and then a couple of tough decisions in Goal and at Defense. After much deliberation, the Canadiens went with the 7-3-1 option and protected the following players. Forward - JT Miller, Alex Killorn, Connor Brown, Carter Verhaeghe, Artturi Lehkonen, Michael Rasmussen, Patric HornqvistDefense - John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Vladislav GavrikovGoalie - Mackenzie Blackwood Goalie was one of the toughest decisions to make for the Canadiens. Blackwood has the most upside and is due for a new contract coming off of an injury plagued season. James Reimer is on the end of a great contract and rated as a great backup with some potential to move into a starter role. Finally, Stuart Skinner had a good rookie season and should be at least a backup in Edmonton this year and could see a big jump in his ratings.There were a couple more defense options to keep in Murray, Schmidt and Dillon but the club was sold on the 3 kept pretty much all summer.Forwards were pretty easy, and really only had 5 solid options. Wasn't much debate in this group.Based on this, the Canadiens and Kraken talked about a deal to allow us to keep all 3 goalies and give the club some financial flexibility come FA season. The deal will be announced this week when the Kraken announce their full roster.
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Expansion Draft 2022 Kraken-Scott 2022-06-22 18:41:17 221 Release the Kraken! Well, almost... As the 2022 expansion draft rapidly approaches, the Seattle Kraken fans are excited to find out what kind of team their new franchise will be icing in its inaugural season. General Manager ScottD has been working the phones aggressively to work with teams to see if deals can be made to help both teams. "Our focus through this process has been to improve the future outlook for the Kraken. Our focus has been to try to acquire draft picks and prospects to help us ice a competitive team in the longrun. We have had discussions with almost twenty other NEFHL GM's and have been able to find common ground with a few teams." Davies said to the media on Wednesday. The Kraken don't expect to be icing a team in 2022-23 that competes for a playoff spot due to its focus on acquiring future assets. It is expected that the Kraken will ice a team made up of a mix of veteran players as well as some young professionals who have spent recent seasons in the minors. That being said, the deadline for franchises to submit their protected lists is midnight on June 23rd, and therefore there remain lots of unknowns at this point in time. "We feel that we have a good idea on about ten players that will become Kraken on June 27th" Davies admitted. It sounds as though discussions remain ongoing with several GM's ahead of the protection list deadline. From there, Kraken staff will be focusing on the 2022 entry level draft. Davies wouldn't tip his hand on what his plans are with the 4th pick, but looking at various mock drafts released by reputable sources, drafting a European defenseman seems likely. 
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Ducks Look To Build Off Solid Season Ducks-Ryan 2022-06-22 15:43:49 129 First and foremost the Anaheim Ducks would like to congratulate Mike of the Washington Capitals for a job well done and winning the Cup.  Now that the season is in the books Anaheim can reflect on what some may call a successful season despite bowing out in the first round against the very talented Chicago Blackhawks. When coming into the season not many, if any other GM's thought Anaheim would even be close to making the playoffs. Anaheim shocked the world as they dug and clawed their way into the 7th seed, but that is where the fairy tale would end as the Blackhawks took them out in six games. "We have a lot to be proud of, the kids stepped up this season. Norris, Farabee, Lafreniere all had big roles as the season wore on. I think the sky truly is the limit, these guys are young men all under the age of 23. We also expect them to now be leaders for the new young guns coming in, such as Vasili Podkolzin, Cole Perfetti, and Mavrik Bourque. This season may hit some rough patches next year but we are loading up and going to give it another try. We just grabbed Hagelin because of his speed and tenacity, and because we will be losing someone in the expansion draft' said Clarey.   When asked what Lafreniere will be working on this off season, Clarey said, "Alexis really started to show his talent towards the end of the year with 10 points in 13 games, but in a few of those games he got himself ejected. He needs to keep his composure because he is far more valuable on the ice as opposed to the press box. We know what he is capable and we truly think he is one or two seasons away from being a 60-70 point player." Cole Perfetti will be the shiny new toy next season as Anaheim will be watching him closely in the minors and he should make it to the big club at some point next season. Anaheim has many goal scorers but not enough play makers, getting Perfetti and Bourque who himself is currently competing for the memorial cup should fill those roles.   Anaheim's projected lines in 2 years. Farabee-Norris-Perfetti Kreider-Tage-Seguin Podkolzin-Bourque-Lafreniere Anaheim is also expected to sign Luke Hughes within the next 2 season.   
San Jose SharksSan Jose Sharks Sharks expansion team news Sharks-Curtis 2022-06-22 04:01:27 138 The San Jose Sharks submitted their expansion protection list to the league for the expansion draft earlier this afternoon. With that news I can confirm that there will not be any trades out of San Jose between now and the end of the week and that the Sharks did not make any deals with Seattle prior to the draft. The Sharks have been talking trade over the last 7-10 days. They have been getting offers on Pesce and Barkov and have been sending out offers for a few of the names that have been floating around on the NEFHL trade. Nothing is close though and there will not be anything completed within the next week.  The Sharks are not expected to trade the 7th overall pick or the 16th overall pick in this years draft. They have been focusing hard on finishing there first round ranking as well as their draft list for their remaining picks, which includes three 3rd round picks and two 5th round picks on top of their two 1st rounders. I can also confirm that the Sharks will be re-signing forward Kevin Hayes as their loyalty signing and will be protecting him. Sharks protection list: 7/3/1 Alex BarkovJamie BennKevin HayesTrent FredericPierre EngvallJoel ArmiaChristian FischerBrett PesceTJ BrodieEthan BearJake Oettinger The perks of being a lottery team that has been selling means the expansion draft hasnt been a huge concern for the Sharks and with an inflated roster losing a body heading into the off-season isnt the worst thing for the franchise. More to come. For the San Jose Tribune I am Ken McBobzie  
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins The Great 23?!?! Pens-Brent 2022-06-21 18:09:48 178 The Greatest player to ever lace up the skates and NEFHL icon arrived in Pittsburgh anxious to meet his new teammates.  Thousands of die hard Penguins fans donning black and gold lined the streets in anticipation for Ovy's arrival.  To his disgust, he was flabbergasted by what he heard from the Pens faithful.  "The Great 23!, the Great 23!, the Great 23!" they shouted.  "Da Fuq?" repeated the limo drive.  "That's what He said." Since his arrival on the NEFHL scene in 2005, Ovechkin has long been known as, "The Great 8" "Who do I look like? Michael Jordan?" Alex grunted to the media as he made his way down the player's entrance into PPG Paints Arena.  Those closest to Penguins suggest that Ovechkin will not report to camp if the issue is not rectified soon.  "We made it clear when we sent the paperwork to the league that his number would be 8.  We honesty don't know what happened," The Penguins GM exclaimed. In a statement issued by Ovechkin's camp, the NEFHL's all time points and goal leader's agent had this to say to the hockey world: "This is outright blasphamy and a slap in the face to the greatest player to ever hold a hockey stick.  Alex should be entitled to wear any number he wants. He should be able to wear 100 if he heart desired.  To us, this is more controversial than the notion of nixing Roe vs. Wade or the banning of trans females from competing in women's swimming.  We are talking about the best player ever."  Brett Howden currently wears the much desired number 8 and has stated that he would willingly give up the digit to appease the Russian superstar.   "I'd like to say publicly that I am willing to give Ovy the number.  He deserves it without question,"  Howden stated.  Word on the street is that there could be a mass exodus of Russian players from the NEFHL because of the repulsive mishap.  "Ovechkin's voice weighs heavily on the minds of fellow Russian players.  He is a elder in the league and the best ever.  What he says is gospel.  Some say his words ring louded than even Putin."  Time will tell as to whether this atrocity will be resolved.  "Please, Mr. Barry and the powers that be, please grant us access to change jersey numbers."   
Washington CapitalsWashington Capitals CAPITALS ARE CHAMPIONS!!!! Caps-Mike 2022-06-20 23:02:52 196 June 19th 2022 - The Washington Capitals are officially Stanley Cup Champions of the NEFHL. The incredible dream season for Washington Capitals closed its chapter in game 5 against the Kings to win the Stanley Cup.
New York RangersNew York Rangers Rangers Make Changes to Front Office; More Adjustments To Follow Rangers-Alex 2022-06-16 14:41:14 203 New York Rangers GM Kristen Swiatecki, inexperienced and tenderfooted, has highlighted in recent days the need for a rebuild.  "Ownership isn't happy, Fans aren't happy, and our players aren't happy.  That's cause for conecern and something we need to correct in the coming years."   New York's success has been moderate at best, but as any Ranger fan understands: making playoffs has been historically easy, winning in the playoffs is not.  Specifics on what Swiatecki and his team are planning is anyone's guess, however, with a bare shelf of prospects, and the call for restructuring, it wouldn't surprise anyone to see a full scale rebuild at all levels of the organization happen in the next year or so.  The first domino has fallen...   "What fans are going to have to realize in the coming years, is that success doesn't happen over night.  There will be some difficult days ahead, we may sacrifice the tradition of Ranger playoffs, for a new tradition of playoff success.  If there's anything we want fans to understand, it's that we aren't in this for the money, we want that trophy, the glory." In the past 10 years, New York has only made it past the first round three times, and second round once, and as most fans remember, their sweep at the hands of the Florida Panthers in the 2015 Conference Finals. If there is anything we've learnt about the new management hires, they won't afraid to shake things up.  They have confidence from the ownership and a green light to do whatever is necessary to make this team formidable.  The question still remains if these neophytes can navigate the waters of the NEFHL and use their analytic skills to gain an edge. Time will tell...and so will fans loyalty.
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 21-22 Power Rankings - In Review Flyers-Jamie 2022-06-08 12:57:49 312 We're not far from seeing who wins it all this year. In the meantime, here's a power rankings in review.  There were more large swings in this year's power rankings, seeing a total of 10 teams either rise or fall by at least 10 spots from the rankings.  Stars and Wild each dropped 19 spots to be the biggest movers from the rankings, and the most unlucky of teams. Both will look to make some changes and come back next season.  Avalanche dropped 17 points with some new longer term vision added to the roster. Ducks were the biggest jumpers, finishing 15 spots above where predicted and earning themselves a playoff spot! Nice work! Pens jumped 14 spots, but not enough to find the playoffs, just devalue their draft pick, which they turned into the greatest goal scorer of all time, so I guess no big whoop in the end. They'll look to climb even more next season.  The next biggest jump was the Kings, jumping 11 spots to take the President's trophy. Some dominance by the McDavid/Zibanajed line leading them in the playoffs, along with some good pickups along the way.  Lightning made some big trades, finished 13 spots ahead of where ranked, and are making some serious noise in the playoffs!   Canucks - Pre Season rank -  1  - Final Standings -  7  - Difference -  -6 Avalanche - Pre Season rank -  2  - Final Standings -  19  - Difference -  -17 Flames - Pre Season rank -  3  - Final Standings -  2  - Difference -  1 Blackhawks - Pre Season rank -  4  - Final Standings -  4  - Difference -  0 Predators - Pre Season rank -  5  - Final Standings -  5  - Difference -  0 Flyers - Pre Season rank -  6  - Final Standings -  6  - Difference -  0 Capitals - Pre Season rank -  7  - Final Standings -  3  - Difference -  4 Stars - Pre Season rank -  8  - Final Standings -  27  - Difference -  -19 Wild - Pre Season rank -  9  - Final Standings -  28  - Difference -  -19 Rangers - Pre Season rank -  10  - Final Standings -  9  - Difference -  1 Jets - Pre Season rank -  11  - Final Standings -  21  - Difference -  -10 Kings - Pre Season rank -  12  - Final Standings -  1  - Difference -  11 Panthers - Pre Season rank -  13  - Final Standings -  12  - Difference -  1 Red Wings - Pre Season rank -  14  - Final Standings -  30  - Difference -  -16 Coyotes - Pre Season rank -  15  - Final Standings -  10  - Difference -  5 Devils - Pre Season rank -  16  - Final Standings -  15  - Difference -  1 Sharks - Pre Season rank -  17  - Final Standings -  26  - Difference -  -9 Canadiens - Pre Season rank -  18  - Final Standings -  13  - Difference -  5 Hurricanes - Pre Season rank -  19  - Final Standings -  20  - Difference -  -1 Maple Leafs - Pre Season rank -  20  - Final Standings -  23  - Difference -  -3 Lightning - Pre Season rank -  21  - Final Standings -  8  - Difference -  13 Sabres - Pre Season rank -  22  - Final Standings -  25  - Difference -  -3 Blue Jackets - Pre Season rank -  23  - Final Standings -  14  - Difference -  9 Islanders - Pre Season rank -  24  - Final Standings -  24  - Difference -  0 Oilers - Pre Season rank -  25  - Final Standings -  17  - Difference -  8 Ducks - Pre Season rank -  26  - Final Standings -  11  - Difference -  15 Senators - Pre Season rank -  27  - Final Standings -  22  - Difference -  5 Golden Knights - Pre Season rank -  28  - Final Standings -  18  - Difference -  10 Bruins - Pre Season rank -  29  - Final Standings -  29  - Difference -  0 Penguins - Pre Season rank -  30  - Final Standings -  16  - Difference -  14 Blues - Pre Season rank -  31  - Final Standings -  31  - Difference -  0
San Jose SharksSan Jose Sharks Report: Sharks/Penguins completing Ovechkin trade Sharks-Curtis 2022-06-06 12:56:08 244 Breaking news coming out of San Jose and Pittsburgh this morning: I can confirm with my sources that the Sharks and Penguins have a deal in place that will see Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby become teammates for the first time in NEFHL history.  The Sharks placed Ovechkin on the block a few weeks ago and the Penguins were interested right from the jump but the deal did it come together until sometime yesterday. The Sharks received quite a few offers and had quite a few more teams reach out but ultimately Pittsburgh became the team whose offer stood out.  Alex Ovechkin is the greatest player in NEFHL history and Sharks management wanted to afford him the opportunity to go to a team that will give him a shot at not only making the playoffs next season but also a team that is trying to win the Stanley Cup. It also came into play how special it would be for Ovechkin and Crosby to combine forces and try to set the league on the fire playing together at the end of their great NEFHL careers.   There were talks last season of Crosby and Ovechkin joining forces then but those talks stopped once San Jose tripped and fell out of the blocks to start the season and basically being eliminated before American Thanksgiving.  From what sources in San Jose and Pittsburgh are telling me here is how the deal will be submitted to the league once trading is permitted again after the playoffs and before the expansion and entry drafts.    To Pittsburgh: Alexander Ovechkin To San Jose: 16th overall selection in this years draft, Brayden Tracey, Arizona's 3rd round pick in this years draft and Jamie Benn.  Ovechkin was comfortable going back to the Eastern Conference and is excited about joining Sidney Crosby, the Penguins are happy to make the accomadations for Ovechkin as they try to become league contenders once again and the Sharks are very comfortable with their return and feel it's close to what they originally gave up for Ovechkin a few years ago and are really looking forward to the draft in a months time.  For the San Jose tribune I am Ken McBobzie. 
Washington CapitalsWashington Capitals The Capitals are in the Eastern Conf. Finals Caps-Mike 2022-06-04 22:02:21 286 All year the talk about the Capitals was Auston Matthews and boy did he deliver. Not only have the Capitals advanced past the first round this year, they also overcame a game 7 series with a massive OT win to also get them into the conference finals. Who scored that big goal? Mr Matthews.
Chicago BlackhawksChicago Blackhawks Chicago - Conference Final - Game 2 Hawks-Anthony 2022-06-03 14:17:20 406 [Los Angeles, CA] Tonight is game two in Los Angeles at the Crypto.com Arena as the Chicago Blackhawks attempt to tie up the series after a game one, 6-4, loss on Wednesday. Three of the four goals came from Chicago’s top line but it wasn’t enough to contain the Kings offense that managed to score four (4) goals in the third period.   Chicago has been great on the penalty kill but their power play is lacking. Many are questioning their ability to advance since they’ve only managed one (1) power play goal in these playoffs. During the regular season, they had the 9th best power play in the league but are currently sporting the worst PP percentage of all playoff teams except for the Flames who did not score any.   Blackhawks GM had this to say:   “We know how to score goals and we have depth throughout the lineup to do so but we let go of the defensive part of the game. You can’t do that against a team like the Kings. We are missing Chabot and Lindholm but it’s the playoffs and guys get hurt.. We have a locker room that sticks together and plays hard for each other so I’m expecting a more complete effort tonight. The team and the fans deserve it.”   The Blackhawks defeated the Ducks in six (6) and the Preds in four (4) to get to the Conference Final. Both great teams but the Kings are their toughest opponent yet. Can the Blackhawks find a way to contain the Kings offense? Will Saros come through and hold the fort like he did against the Preds? When will Chabot and Lindholm return to the lineup? Can McDavid continue his dominance? Stay tuned!
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild GM holds surprise press conference Wild-Peter 2022-05-29 18:58:48 435 The media was called on short notice to Xcel Energy Center early Sunday afternoon to hear what GM Peter of the Wild had to say regarding the leaked comments from top prospect Trevor Zegras just one day ago. The GM had this to say:   "Good afternoon. As you all know, Zegras made some comments yesterday that were leaked and made public. I would like to reiterate to everybody that decisions about who the Minnesota Wild sign are decisions made solely by the Minnesota Wild. What people outside of the organization think is irrelevent. They do not know the 'day to day' of the Wild. They do not know the 'ins and outs' of the Wild. They do not know the 1 year, 3 year, 5 year strategic vision put in place by the Wild. It's as simple as that. I don't think there is anything more to add here. I will take some questions now."   Why call this press conference on short notice? "I had some time to kill and making 200k for it. No brainer. You guys are lucky I don't go overboard like Vegas with these press conferences."   How do you feel about Zegras saying you suck as a manager? "He's a kid, he wants to play. He let his emotions out. So what? Based on the performance last season, I did suck."   What about him saying the team needs a new manager? "I'm not going anywhere. If one of us is leaving it will be him."   Is that something people should be expecting? Have there been talks? "Anything could happen in hockey. I'm not shopping him to teams. They contact me and I go from there."   Why don't you just sign him and avoid a Hughes-like situation? "There's a difference between Hughes and Zegras. Hughes was the best player on his team and Vegas didn't want to sign him. That makes no sense. If Zegras was the best player we had and we refused to sign him then the league should step in. Just like Hughes.  Right now, Zegras wouldn't be ahead of Hintz or Pettersson on the center depth chart. Pageau is better suited as a 3rd line C. 4th line is a waste for somebody like Zegras. The league was perfectly fine with a superstar like Kaprizov rotting on the farm for half the year. He would be a top line player on any team. The league was ok with Batherson sitting on the farm for most of the season. Where was the outrage over those?"   If you wait a year to sign him, he'll have a 2 year ELC instead of a 3 year ELC. "UFA is 30. Who cares about 2 or 3 year ELC if he might not be be in my top6 next season?"   If Zegras isn't your priority, then what is for this offseason? "If I don't get a goalie, I will be drafting top 5 again next season. Hart hasn't lived up to expectations and we need better support. Stacking the team with defensive players to compensate for goaltending doesn't work as we clearly saw."   Is the 2nd overall in play for a goalie? "2nd is available but for a goalie? It would have to be a hell of a goalie.  I already know who I will be drafting 2nd overall. It is up to other managers to convince me to trade the pick. It's on them to get the pick from me, if they want it. That's it, that's all."
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Zegras to GM: "Sign me or trade me" Wild-Peter 2022-05-27 21:31:37 291 BREAKING NEWS   Recently drafted prospect Trevor Zegras, the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NEFHL draft has delivered a stern message to the GM of the Minnesota Wild. In a leaked conversation with his agent over lunch, the young center blasted off on the organization that brought him into the league. The recent audio, acquired and already verified as real by many sports news outlets, is shocking because it does not hold back on the personal feelings between player and general manager.  "After the season Minny had, he has the balls to announce signing other guys but doesn't even give us a call? Not once? The fuck is he doing? That team needs a new manager. Peter sucks." *unintelligible background noise* "Call him and tell him to sign me or trade me. There are 31 other teams that would give the moon to have me. Maybe I belong in Pittsburgh. Maybe Washington. I hear the titty bars in Florida are sick. Anaheim seems like a great spot. Fucking loved those mighty ducks movies. Imagine me in in the middle of a flying V. I might have to grow my hair out for that. " News circulated quickly around the hockey world. Fans in Minnesota are tense. Fans in other markets are excited at the possibility of one of the world's best young players becoming available.   THIS JUST IN   GM Peter of the Wild had this to say, "I am aware of the leaked recording. The fact is Trevor's negotiation rights belong to the Wild. He does not decide where he goes, at least not for now.  My tip for you all, just chill out and watch the rest of the playoffs. Have a few beers, smoke a bowl or two.  And if there's a GM out there that feels bold enough to make an offer...good luck."
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights The Only Case Knights-Derek 2022-05-06 00:44:50 387 The Hart Trophy is an annual award, given to the player voted to be the most valuable to his team.    In the final game of the season, against the President Trophy winning Los Angeles Kings, in their fifth and final matchup of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights weren’t going to go down without a fight. Vegas lost the first two games of the season series, but stormed back to win two in three days against the Kings in January. Fitting that the last game of the year would be the climax and tie-breaker of the season series. Too bad Vegas was missing their top centre, Calder-favourite Jack Hughes, their All-Star, Hall-of-Fame team captain Shea Weber, starting goalie Pavel Francouz, as well as several other players, and being forced to start a 60 OV goalie. This was not the position they thought they would be in.    But this isn’t a story about that game; this is a story about Brad Marchand. The same Brad Marchand that finished the season with 41 goals, including 8 game-winners, totalling 92 points, in just 76 games, good enough for fifth in league scoring.    Although not all of those points were with the Knights, his impact and results cannot be understated. He finished with 44 points in 32 games (a 113-point pace), highlighted by 26 goals. Yes, you read that right; 26 goals in 32 games, which translates to a 66-goal pace.    Let’s talk about how it unfolded.    In his first game after being acquired, he had two assists, with one of them on the game-winning goal.  In his third game with the Knights, he had two goals and four points, including the game-winning goal.  In his fourth game, he scored a goal when his team was down, assisted on the game-tying goal, and was a large factor in his team’s win.  In his eleventh game he had an assist on the game-winning goal.  Going over his stats, in his first 13 games with the Golden Knights, he amassed 15 points, and every single one of them was in a game his team lost, was when his team was behind, or to tie or win the game. Not one of his 15 points were “extra,” happening when his team was piling on goals, or when his team won a blowout; he wasn’t scoring the seventh goal in a 7-0 win.  In his 14th game, he decided to begin piling them on. When his team was tied entering the third period, he scored three points, including an assist on the game-winner.  In his 15th game, he had a third period, game-winning goal to break a tie against Florida.  In his 16th game he had a hat trick, with game-winning and put-away goals in the third period.  In his 21st game he scored two goals and a season-high 6 points, including the game-winning goal.  In his 25th game he scored the game-tying goal, assisted on the game-winner, and then added the put-away goal.  In his 27th game he scored the winner against the Avalanche, which was significant because this marked the last time of the season that Colorado would be ahead of Vegas.  In his 28th game he scored the only goal of the third period, forcing overtime.  In his 32nd game, the aforementioned one against the Kings (the final game of the season), he scored two goals including the go-ahead goal in the third, AND later, the overtime winning goal.    And this is just the short-hand version of his impact. What’s lost in this is the impact he had on the players around him, his team’s record with him in the lineup, and how he’s transformed the franchise. Had the Vegas Golden Knights made the playoffs this season, Brad Marchand would undoubtedly have been the Hart Trophy Winner.    The Hart Trophy is an annual award, given to the player voted to be the most valuable to his team. Most valuable to his team. TO HIS TEAM. Not “the player who scores the most goals” - that’s the Rocket Richard; not “the player with the most points” - that’s the Art Ross. It’s the player who is most valuable to his team.    We know what Vegas was without Marchand in the lineup; we saw it for the first half of the season. Vegas was a middling team, guaranteed for a fourth-straight top ten draft pick. What about with him in the lineup? They were one point away from being in the playoffs, and among one of the better teams in the Western Conference (as evidenced by their winning record against Western Conference teams), and participated in some of the most exciting games in the year. Jack Hughes was seventh place in Calder voting before Marchand’s arrival, and was handed the trophy by season’s end. The Knights finished above .500 for the first time in franchise history.    While others might make their case based strictly on two or three stats, most of those numbers come without context. The timeline above contains some of the most convincing arguments for Marchand’s claim to the Hart Trophy. Too bad no other team will put together such a bulletproof argument about how important their second-place candidate’s season was.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights The Exclamation Point Knights-Derek 2022-04-29 15:23:30 335 While the Vegas Golden Knights were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night after their game against the Los Angeles Kings, there were so many positives to take away from that game, and from the season.    But one can’t help but wonder “what if....” Vegas missed the postseason, finishing in ninth place, just one point behind the Edmonton Oilers. With an overtime loss, two regulation losses, and a shootout win against the Oilers, Vegas have only themselves to blame. If any of those games were a regulation win instead of those outcomes, then the Golden Knights would be in the postseason ahead of the Oilers.    A 3 - 8 record in overtime also didn’t help, as there were far too many games where the Knights lost a game that they should’ve won. The backbreaking losses to the Coyotes, Oilers, Sharks, and Wild in the last two weeks of the schedule ended their season before the Knights’ last game.    With 9 everyday players injured for 10+ games this season, including captain and Hall of Fame defencemen Shea Weber multiple times for 33 total games, losing a total of 148 games to injuries, the second highest total in the league, Vegas couldn’t keep the right players in the right spots all season, and were constantly juggling lines, forced to call up, claim (and lose) players on waivers, it was really difficult to sustain any chemistry. Conversely, at just 58 games lost to injury all season, the fifth-lowest total in the league, the Oilers seemed to have more luck on their side. Vegas lost three of their core players for (at least) 57 games, and more; when the season ended, Jack Hughes (81 CD) had missed 10 games, Pavel Francouz (95 CD) had missed 14, and Shea Weber (33 CD) had missed 33 games.     But what happened in the last game of the season? After losing the first two games of their season series with the Los Angeles Kings, Vegas ended up winning the final three games against the Kings, outscoring them 11 - 6 in those last three games. Hardly the result one would expect from a President’s Trophy winning team, but Kings GM Carter has had himself a very fortunate season. There was tremendous anticipation for the fifth and final game of the season, but expectations were tampered when everyone realized that the Knights would be rolling with their third and fourth best goalies, and Jack Hughes and Shea Weber out long term. With a depleted roster, Vegas did what they do best: defy expectations.    Brad Marchand scored a go-ahead goal in the third period, which the Kings answered to tie it up and force overtime. Marchand answered the call again, scoring his 41st goal of the year on a beauty in overtime, ensuring that the Kings rolled into the playoffs as losers of their last four games, and a paltry 3-4-1-2 record in their last 10 games.    Vegas finished with the second-best penalty-kill and the fourth-best shot generation in the league. Jack Hughes should win the Calder trophy, marchand should garner Hart consideration, and Vegas set a season record with hits in a game (41). But the best part of their season will be discussed in a future article.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Bitch and Moan or Pay to Play? Wild-Peter 2022-04-29 14:33:22 341 While some individuals in the league are clutching their pearls picking fights over useless scrubs like Jordie Benn claiming the moral highground  'integrity' victimhood card, I would rather look at some of the moves that I got criticized for and the immediate results seen by the other team who acquired my guys. Try to spot the pattern that emerges. Here's a hint: Playoffs.   Minnesota Wild trade Nazem Kadri to Philadelphia Flyers for Landon Slaggert, Theodor Niederbach and TOR 2023 Rnd 4 Ahh yes. I remember having Kadri on the block for a while and had a few nibbles and a deal in place 'closer to the deadline'. But the GM who was aggressive most (by sending PMs...imagine that!) got the guy. Immediately after the move I got shit for doing it. "You should have waited". Yes I should have waited for the deadline where most teams had no cap whatsoever and everybody was thinking about expansion protection lists over making the move when most people didn't remember expansion was looming. All I gotta say here is, Flyers are in the playoffs and are a big threat. Good luck Jamie!   Minnesota Wild trade Jared Spurgeon and $500,000 to New York Rangers for Gregory Hofmann, COL 2022 Rnd 2 and WPG 2022 Rnd 7 Another team who was on the bubble for much of the season that is now in the playoffs. Is Spurgeon why they are in the playoffs? I don't know. But he's been a bigger help for them than he was for me. Available for a long time and not even for a high price and yet, crickets. Rangers are in after making this deal, hey, where are you that waited on the sidelines? Good luck Matt!   Duncan Keith claimed from waivers by Edmonton Oilers Boy oh boy did I get shit on for this one. Reaction was immediate. "Kind of a joker move by Pete".  Much of the same talk we are seeing now. When I defend my move by indicated he was available since November , I get Crybaby GMs who missed out on a free asset because they would rather bitch and moan than give up a late pick to improve their team when they had an entire season to do it.  Here's a gem of a quote "Funny you only comment like this when your moves are being questioned… lol" I would like to conclude this portion of the article with this: Oilers are in the playoffs. The teams that bitched the most are not. Kings who were interested and then looked elsewhere will now face Keith in the first round. To all those that are hating..read the article title again. kthxbye. Good luck Jason!   Nate Schmidt claimed from waivers by Montreal Canadiens Another guy that was on the block for a long time and crickets. Say what you want about his contract, I don't think Mike gives a shit seeing how he's in the playoffs right now and a few days ago it was 50/50. Habs are in, but to the most vocal critics...where are you? Good luck Mike!   New Jersey Devils trade Nick Bjugstad, NJD 2022 Rnd 4, NJD 2023 Rnd 5 and $500,000 to Minnesota Wild for Alex Stalock and Travis Zajac   I said it all along. I want Zajac to make a final push for the cup before retirement. I didn't care who had him, I just wanted him to get a last shot. Zajac has elite LD/EX ratings and one of the best DF in the entire league. But where was the interest? Nonexistent. And yet, the one team that did show interest made the playoffs at the last minute. The team that claimed Zajac off waivers also made the playoffs. Maybe it was having a veteran that pushed the Ducks in. Good luck Phil and Ryan!   To those GMs I dealt with, you're welcome and good luck in the playoffs. To those that bitched and moaned...   Have a nice day, everybody. Peace and love.  
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Nail In The Coffin Knights-Derek 2022-04-29 13:46:15 290 With the loss last night, the Vegas Golden Knights were officially eliminated from the 2022 NEFHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Edmonton Oilers officially punched their ticket to the postseason. Vegas lost five of their last six games down the stretch, and those losses ultimately spelled their doom.    Vegas F Brad Marchand did his part to try and keep his team in it, with another third-period goal, but it would unfortunately not be enough to help his team. Knights G Troy Grosenick is not the guy you want to have to count on between the pipes in a must-win game against a playoff team.     In the game, Vegas saw Cs Leo Komorov and Casey Cizikas leave the game with an injury, forcing their fifth and sixth centres to play most of the game. After all of the depth they lost to the waiver wire, Patrick Marleau and Glenn Gawdin are not the two guys you want on your roster trying to win you games.    The Vegas fans came out regardless of the team’s position, as their final home game of the season was another sellout. While numbers have not been officially verified across the league, Vegas was less than 350 people away (in average attendance) from averaging a sell-out every single night, and at 98.2% capacity, might be a top-five team in the league. The Knights’ management team plans to use a large portion of the funds generated by their PR team to add additional seats to the arena next year, approximately another 4,000 chairs.    While fans should expect a slight increase in the price of each ticket, the Golden Knights still plan to have the most affordable tickets in the league.
New York IslandersNew York Islanders ... Isles-Steve 2022-04-27 14:14:48 371 In a spectacular display of SIM non-cooperation, the New York Islanders have gone on a 5 game winning streak at the worst possible time, falling from a 4th or 5th overall pick to a 9th with a game left to play.  Beginning in Columbus on April 13th, high-scoring forward Jacob Larsson managed to put the puck past Semyon Varlamov to seal an overtime victory.  The winner followed improbable goals by two other offensive powerhouses, Jayson Megna and Jeremy Lauzon. The team then traveled to Winnipeg where another highly rated scorer, Janne Kuokkaonen (54SC) exploded for a hat trick, again proving that you cannot fool the SIM.  Not to be outdone, Marcus Johannson (another 54SC wunderkind) buried two goals against SuperKev and his Sabre-rattling squad.  Kuokkanen sealed the deal again, potting the game winner in overtime. After flying home to meet the Maple Leafs, the dynamic duo managed to keep the pick-killing streak rolling when Johannsen punched two power play goals past Jonathan Bernier and, not to be outdone, Kuokkanen broke free to pot a shorthanded goal as well.  Without a single player in the plus category, the Isles pushed past the Leafs further weakening the draft situation. Yet another night of silliness came to Florida on Monday evening, albeit a predictable one.  After a pre-game ceremonial book-burning at center ice, the Islanders scored the final 3 goals to overcome the Panthers, chasing Jacob Markstrom from the net early in the third period.  This time, defensemen Jeremy Lauzon and Noah Juulsen put the finishing touches on a 6-4 victory.  To cap things, all three stars of the game were Panthers!!  With one game remaining, the Islanders sit alongside the Maple Leafs with a possible 9th overall pick in the upcoming draft. O Tempora O Mores!!
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights End of the Road Knights-Derek 2022-04-25 18:21:28 272 With just two games remaining on the season, in the midst of a three-game losing streak, one point back of the Edmonton Oilers, and on the outside looking in, it would appear that this is how the season will end for the Vegas Golden Knights.    The losses, at this crucial moment of the season, has proven to be too much for them to overcome. Losing Shea Weber, Jack Hughes, and Pavel Francouz, coupled with their significant losses via the waiver wire,  would devastate any team, let alone the majestic Knights. And for over 97% of the season, they dealt with all of the adversity that they faced. It all came undone in game 80 of their 82 game season.    Against the Oilers last Thursday night, they had the chance to all but punch their ticket to the postseason. With a win, the Golden Knights would’ve been three points up on the Oilers, putting Edmonton in the position of needing to win two of their remaining three games which are against the Flames, Sharks, and Avalanche.    On Thursday night, when the Oilers scored the first goal of the game, in the first period - a period in which the Golden Knights only generated two (!) shots - it wasn’t looking pretty. Watching their second-line centre Casey Cizikas go down to injury in the first meant that the rest of the team, already shorthanded, would have an uphill battle to fight. At the end of the second period, the score was still 1 - 0, but the shots were a much more even-looking 14-13 in favour of the Oilers. Not to be overlooked however, was the loss of starting goaltender Pavel Francouz in the second period. That loss would mean that Vegas needs to play their remaining games with a 60 OV team of Troy Grosenick and Kasimir Kaskisuo - a highly unfavourable position.    When Brad Marchand scored his 38th goal of the year at 7:12 of the third, it made things interesting. Just five minutes later however, the Oilers regained their lead and kept it for the rest of the game. With the win, they leapt over the Knights in the rankings, essentially eliminating them from their potential first-ever playoff berth.   GAME NOTES: -Vegas has the second-best penalty-kill and shot generation in the league. Both are things they’ll look to build upon next year.
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Hughes Helps Ducks Fly Into Playoffs Ducks-Ryan 2022-04-23 00:32:24 418 Anaheim is finally headed back to the post season as they clinched the 7th seed in the western conference and look to play the Nashville Predators or the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs. Just a couple of months ago it looked as though Anaheim was going to fall short of the post season. "We had a meeting, we needed to figure out what our team was missing. It wasn't easy, everyone in the room stood up and promised something they would bring the rest of the season. When it came time for rookie Tage Thompson to speak, he was very brief but blunt. "I will finish the season with Anaheim, and I will work hard in whatever role it takes, and he excelled as our third line center." said Anaheim GM Ryan Clarey.  Since that moment Tage has not only kept his promise but helped Anaheim to a 23-11-6 record. What makes this even more impressive is that Anaheim had to run the Gauntlet against very good teams. Commissioner Barry released an article based on schedule strength noting that Anaheim's schedule was the hardest and had to beat playoff teams, and lots of them if they wanted to play for Lord Stanley.  "We don't make the playoffs without Quinn Hughes, we can't emphasize enough just what he brought to us. Last year he was on the ice for a lot of goals against and he worked his butt off in trying to get better defensively. We lost Doughty, Brodin, Ghost, Klefbom, and Quinn stepped up to the plate every single game. Sometimes with his ice time reaching almost 30 minutes a night. Whether it was even strength, the power play or penalty kill Hughes answered the call. We are extremely proud of him." said Clarey. Anaheim has two remaining games left this season, one against Calgary, and one against Los Angeles.  "We are going to shuffle guys in and out of the line up, Talbot is probably done for the rest of the regular season, as is Joel Farabee. We want our guys to get healthy and be ready to go. When healthy we feel we have the depth and chemistry to make a solid push, all we are doing now is waiting to see what team we end up facing." said head coach Travis Green. Anaheim returns to action on Monday night against Calgary.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Not All She Wrote...Yet. But It Might Be Knights-Derek 2022-04-20 11:32:30 264 Not All She Wrote… Yet   Well, it looks like Thursday’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vegas Golden Knights is going the be the one that it all comes down to. With a mere point advantage in the standings, Vegas has a tiny leg up on their opponent. The problem, however, is that the Oilers hold a precious game in hand, and    With just five wins in their last ten games, Vegas continues to miss their chances to punch their ticket to the postseason. With two losses to the Sharks ( pts.), a loss to the Blues ( pts.), overtime loss to the Wild ( pts.), and an unfortunate loss to the Flames ( pts.), the Golden Knights have only themselves to blame. Oh, and the Commissioner.    The unpunished injuries that the Commissioner has permitted to happen to Vegas are beginning to catch up with the team, and it’s proven very difficult to overcome. There aren’t many teams in the league that could overcome multiple losses to their #1 center, to their captain and #1 defender, AND declining play of their goaltending.    The Arizona Coyotes’ poaching of Martin Jones has left Vegas with absolutely no NEFHL-ready goaltending depth, a problem that the franchise knows is only temporary; it won’t be long before Spencer Knight and Justus Annunen are between the pipes every night, with Askarov and Wallstedt not far off. Knowing that, however, doesn’t help the team to win now.    Francouz’s (NHL) stats the last two seasons are: Year Wins Losses Ties Save % Goals Against Avg. Shutouts 2019-2020 21 7 4 .923 2.41 1 2021-2022* 15 3 1 .919 2.49 2 *He also started four games for the Colorado Eagles, going 3-1 with a .945 sv% and a 1.52 GAA   Somehow, that pathetic performance has caused his play and NEFHL ratings to plummet, and at 73 Overall, would not warrant a starting position on any team that’s not the league-worst (in GAA) New Jersey Devils.    For the second night in a row, the Vegas second-line has been lit up.  Against the Wild, Casey Cizikas, Sean Kuraly, Tyler Ennis, Jamie Oleksiak, and Bowen Byram were a combined -12 with no points. Against the Sharks, Cizikas, Kuraly, Brett Ritchie (in for Ennis), Oleksiak, and Jani Hakanpaa (in for Byram), were a combined -10, with a goal and three points. Clearly, that’s not going to get it done.    The Knights are going to spend the next two days attempting to try and address their lack of center depth, and do whatever they can to rush Jack Hughes back from injury. Kidding. The Commissioner wouldn’t allow the latter to happen. 
San Jose SharksSan Jose Sharks Ovechkin scores 50 for 11th time Sharks-Curtis 2022-04-20 04:07:23 228 Alex Ovechkin hit the 50 goal mark for the 11th time in his NEFHL career this evening in the Sharks 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, the second Sharks win over Vegas in thsee last two weeks.  Ovechkin entered the game with 49 goals and scored twice in the 3rd period to hit number 50 and 51 to bring his NEFHL career goals to 844 which is 287 more than Sidney Crosby who sits 2nd all time with 557 goals. Ovechkin is the greatest goal scorer and point getter in NEFHL history but he will miss the playoffs again this season which is leading to speculation that this will be his final year in San Jose and that he will be potentially traded this off-season to a playoff contender in hopes of winning his first NEFHL Stanley Cup, Sharks managment has been open with fans and the media that they will look to Ovechkin right and try to facilatate a trade since his NMC expires after this season and he plays the final year of his very reasonable $7,810,000 contract next season. Anything can happen and things can always change but I'd wager the chances of Ovechkin getting traded prior to or at the draft would be close to 75%. San Jose is currently on a two game win streak but are well out of the playoff race again and currently sit 4th from the bottom in the NEFHL standings with 4 games remaining in the season. The most interesting parts of their season will be where they finish in the standings and the draft lottery and how many goals Ovechkin can score to add to his goal totals.  For the San Jose Tribune I am Ken McBobzie. You might see a lot of moving forward, not as much as that writing maniac in Vegas but still quite a bit.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Hart Trophy: Slam Dunk Knights-Derek 2022-04-19 14:03:16 223 In a tight Western Conference playoff race, with just a couple of games remaining, a few things have become quite apparent. First of all, the Pacific Division is without a doubt, the toughest in the league. With six of its eight teams poised to make the playoffs, and the seventh narrowly missing out, it cannot be argued. The San Jose Sharks - the lowest ranked team in the Pacific division - is THE ONLY team from that division ranked in the bottom sixteen teams in the league. You read that right. Virtually every team in the Pacific Division is ranked in the top half of the league. And they play most of their games against each other, meaning they’re acquiring their points by beating up on all of the other divisions.    All of that should serve to further emphasize how incredibly important the Golden Knights’ acquisition of Brad Marchand has been, and is yet another reason he’s deserving of the Hart Trophy.    With 22 goals and 40 points in 28 games, including seven game-winning goals, Marchand has transformed the Golden Knights franchise into a constant threat to win games. His power play goal to tie up the game and force overtime against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night is just another example of the value he adds that doesn’t appear on the scoresheet. The point earned from that overtime defeat catapulted the Knights ahead of the now ninth-ranked Oilers, and back into the playoff picture. What shouldn’t be overlooked is the fact that Marchand ranks fourth in league scoring this season, without also considering the dearth of talent on the Golden Knights’ current roster.    Brad Marchand deserves the Hart Trophy because his presence transformed Vegas into a playoff team, he has significantly less talent around him than most of the other teams in the league, he plays in front of one of the worst-rated goalies in the league, he experienced an improvement in his scoring after being traded, and is unquestionably one of the top performers in the game.    A quick look around the league will tell the tale:    Team Name Top 3 Forwards (OV) Top 3 forwards (points) Starting Goalie (OV) Los Angeles Kings Connor McDavid (88) Mika Zibanejad (81) Jordan Staal (79) Connor McDavid (113) Mika Zibanejad (108) Tyler Toffoli (81) Jack Campbell (81) Washington Capitals Auston Matthews (86) Blake Wheeler (80) Jake Guentzel (78) Auston Matthews (102) Jake Guentzel (81) Zach Hyman (76) Andrei Vasilevskiy (84) Calgary Flames Miko Rantanen (84) Johnathan Huberdeau (81) Johnny Gaudreau (77) Miko Rantanen (82) Johnathan Huberdeau (71) Dominik Kubalik (68) Connor Hellebuyck (84) Philadelphia Flyers  (Last year’s champion) Mark Scheifele (79) Nazim Kadri (78) Marcus Foligno (77) Mark Scheifele (68) Nino Niederreiter (54) Nazim Kardi (53) Igor Shesterkin (85) Las Vegas Golden Knights Brad Marchand (82) Jack Hughes (74) Sean Kuraly (72) Brad Marchand (88) Jack Hughes (72) Evgeni Dadonov (51) Pavel Francouz (73)   Some things to consider:  1)The lowest rated goalie plays for Vegas, and is significantly lower rated than all the others  2)Vegas has the largest gap in scoring, highlighting how lacking scoring has been for their team, and how significant Marchand’s presence has been 3)Vegas’ roster has:      -the lowest average overall rating among players (on or off this list)      -the most significant drop-off from the highest- to second-highest rated players      -the lowest-rated top-three forward of all of the teams. Adding more names to this list will only emphasize this fact further 4)Vegas has lost more games to injury than any other team in the league, except for the Columbus Blue Jackets.   5)Vegas and Washington missed the playoffs last year, but ALL of the players listed on Washington’s table (above) were acquired last season OR in the off season, with the exception of Zach Hyman.  6)There is significant bias against the Vegas Golden Knights, because of the perception of their media team, and because the Commissioner allows it   -Philadelphia, who won the Cup last year, has the greatest defencemen in the league, without exception, and have the best goalie. It’s pretty easy to make saves when you’re playing behind those guys.  -Los Angeles has Connor McDavid to play alongside Mika Zibanejed and Tyler Toffoli, in front of Jack Campbell. That depth is virtually unrivaled. -Washington has Barzal, and Ryan O’Reilly beside Zach Hyman, and Matthews between Wheeler and Guentzel, in front of Vasilevsky.  -Calgary’s leading players are all from their second line, further highlighting the depth of the teams above the Golden Knights.    No team in the league is overperforming as greatly as the Golden Knights are, and they’re able to do so because of the acquisition of Brad Marchand. It’s as simple as that.    Give him the Hart already.
Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers The Ravings of a Mad King Oilers-Jason 2022-04-14 17:04:47 269 Recent rumblings out of Sin City would lead one to believe that the Vegas general manager and all of his men have targets on their backs. Are the king's claims legitimate? Are his Knights being targeted at an unholy rate, or is he simply mad; a victim of his own paranoia? In a recent missive, the Sultan of Stories implored his followers to rally 'round the narrative that his vassals were being poached more frequently than those of other realms. One look at the history books reveals quite another story; it is the king himself who is raiding the fiefdoms of his neighbors more than any other. In fact, at least one of his targeted Knights, Lord Grant of Vancouver, was himself poached from Florida by the king.   Waiver Claims by Team Vegas Golden Knights 9 Boston Bruins 7 Arizona Coyotes 6 Detroit Red Wings 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 6 Anaheim Ducks 5 Ottawa Senators 5 St-Louis Blues 5 Calgary Flames 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Carolina Hurricanes 3 Edmonton Oilers 3 Los Angeles Kings 3 San Jose Sharks 3 Vancouver Canucks 3 Washington Capitals 3 Buffalo Sabres 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 2 Montreal Canadiens 2 Nashville Predators 2 Philadelphia Flyers 2 Winnipeg Jets 2 Dallas Stars 1 Minnesota Wild 1 New Jersey Devils 1 New York Rangers 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 1   Yet the ravings of the Mad King continue to flow beyond the borders of his kingdom in a most unnatural fashion, carried far and wide by his band of demented bards. No fewer than seventy-nine epics have been penned in the king's name, and certainly the royalties will be great, but at what cost? What havoc may be wrought upon the laws of the land at season's end? Only time will tell. One thing is certain in these chaotic times; the potentate's potential playoff push has brought unwanted attention to his kingdom. Enemies have amassed on his border, and are targeting the throne on which he currently sits; the elusive Eighth Empire. Will his walls hold? Will he be burned alive in boiling Oil? Annihilated by an Avalanche? Decimated by Ducks? Jettisoned by a Jet? Only the soothsayer can see... Sam Lafferty records his 6th assistPatrik Laine records his 160th goalMark Giordano records his 952nd penalty minuteZach Parise played in his 1284th gameNick Foligno records his 2224th hitSergei Bobrovsky faced his 16753rd shotKnights-Derek is writing his 80th story
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Poaching Is Illegal Knights-Derek 2022-04-14 11:31:21 217 After a crucial win against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, the Vegas Golden Knights are one step closer to a playoff spot. Just five points behind the seventh place Anaheim Ducks, there is a small possibility that Vegas overtakes them before the season’s end. The victory puts the Golden Knights four points ahead of the tenth-place Avalanche, two points up on the ninth-place Oilers, and is doing their best to cope with the losses of Jack Hughes and Shea Weber.    With just five games remaining in the season, including a game against the Oilers, there’s still lots that can change before then. The Oilers are perhaps the team most in control of their destiny, as they have two of their five remaining games against the teams they’re competing with - the Golden Knights and the Avalanche. With games against Anaheim, Colorado and Vegas, next week is going to be an interesting one for Edmonton. In the nature of good sportsmanship, the Vegas Golden Knights management team wishes them the best of luck.    All of this success however, doesn’t come without a price. The league has been noticing the type of players that Vegas has targeted to vastly improve their team, and has quietly been poaching them off of waivers while the Commissioner turns a blind eye to the assaults on they Golden Knights’ star players. It would appear as though the league is conspiring to eliminate the depth of the Golden Knights roster in hopes that Vegas will run out of steam down the stretch and be an easier team to beat in the playoffs.    Over the last two months, Vegas has lost Martin Jones, Andy Welinski, Derek Grant, Andreas Johnsson, and Colton Sceviour. Those losses, coupled with the deliberately injured players on the Knights’ roster, have taxed the Golden Knights’ depth, but they’re not going to go away or be intimidated. That’s why they’re now the 14th best team in the league and five games over .500. So being down 1-0 after the first, and tied going into the third isn’t a big deal to them. Brad Marchand scores game winners with or without Jack Hughes, and continues to make his case for the HART trophy.
Nashville PredatorsNashville Predators Tracking NEFHL SC vs NHL scoring Preds-Sylvain 2022-04-13 14:25:40 237 Is the NEFHL scoring chart representative of the NHL? How does NEFHL SC affect your team performance? Always wanted to know? Well, this is the time when you find out! In an attempt to quantify how accurate the current formula is compared to the production in the NHL, 1274 forwards/seasons from 2017 to 2021 (when ratings weren't dynamic so that totals match SC) were tracked. In total, the data represents performance in 96 616 games where 22 165 goals were scored. Data was compiled by SC rating for the period, creating a chart: [img]https://i.postimg.cc/2L8MXtTC/SC-Graph.jpg[/img] Linear regression was plotted on the chart, to measure how the SC ability was measured in terms of goals scored (Y-axis) compared to the player's SC (X-axis). It turns out the relationship is extremely strong with an R2 of 0,9656. The data points start zigzagging as the ratings go up, but this is due to a lower number of observations per SC. Since it's going both above and below the trendline, the variations are mostly due to the randomness of the sim and specific linemates/use of the player. Variations from the mean are usually contained within about +/- 15% on an SC average basis. The other note would be that players all players under 45 SC seem to have the same basic odds of scoring, regardless of their SC rating. Using the trendline's equation (y = 0,8052x - 31, 145), we can compare the expected scoring in the NEFHL with the conversion for goals using the NHL stats (ie: using the 0,0102 GPG): [img]https://i.postimg.cc/Yjp5947T/Expected-goals-vs-NHL.jpg[/img] It looks like the trendline (Expect G) based on NEFHL performance matches the NHL goal-scoring almost perfectly. The other test is to compare the trendline (Expect G) with the real result. To create this, and have a meaningful number to report, real output per SC rating used an average for the rating (ie: for 50, the average for ratings 49, 50 and 51 was used). The number of games considered to produce the averages in the table was also added to give an idea of how representative each result is. [img]https://i.postimg.cc/ygT2jKmf/Expected-goals-vs-NEFHL-goals.jpg[/img] From this chart's results, it seems that there is little difference in scoring between 40 and 45. This might be because, in the sim, the increase in odds of scoring under 45 is so low that the rating itself doesn't really matter. Then, the progression pretty much matches the trendline equation. Players with higher SC tend to surpass the trendline while players between 55 and 65 tend to provide results a bit under the trendline. This could be simply due to usage (ie: power-play). In general, the observation is that the current SC ratings in NEFHL constitute a very accurate match to the NHL. While it has been proposed that the scale be increased from the 40-99 of today to 25-99, the current findings wouldn't support it. This would result in players underperforming their NHL counterparts as the baseline. Worse, in all likeliness, considering that an SC stat under 45 seems to have a very mild effect on the scoring output, this would make the SC attribute for many players pointless. However, considering that NEFHL is slightly below NHL in scoring per game this year, an increase in scaling from 40-99 to 45-99 might be considered. This would make any SC change in rating relevant for all players and would bump up slightly more ratings at the bottom (55-65) where players tend to underperform their NHL counterparts (by 3-4 SC).
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Cheapshot = No Call Knights-Derek 2022-04-13 14:09:22 169 It’s almost as if the Commissioner is doing it on purpose. Telling the referees to turn a blind eye to any infraction committed against the Vegas Golden Knights so that their players will suffer, and he’ll reward them for their (blind) servitude. In the Commissioner’s mind, there is no difference between justice and revenge, so anything that happens to the Golden Knights is something they deserve. All of the attention the Vegas media teams attempts to bring to these issues is met by comments of propaganda, of “home page spam,” and petitions to silence their voice.    For evidence, look no further than what transpired on Tuesday night in St. Louis. In the midst of a league-disrupting playoff race, fighting tooth-and-nail, after losing their captain to a career-ending broken neck, the rookie leading scorer and Calder trophy favourite Jack Hughes separated his shoulder. No call was made on the play. No discipline handed out. He’s out for at least the next three weeks, and no one in the league is talking about it, not one shit is given. There have been no suspensions against any team who has injured a player on the Vegas roster, despite the fact that they’ve lost the second-most players to injuries this year.    That’s strange, no? Nope. Not in this league. The Commissioner has instead distracted the rest of the league with conversations about bringing back the “dead puck” era, and is trying to find ways to reduce scoring and player salaries, for reasons only he knows.     If everyone wasn’t so caught up with the discussion about ratings changes (which the Commissioner will implement if he chooses, not democratically), they might be more likely to pay attention to, and notice, the real issues around the league…
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Playoffs in Sight Knights-Derek 2022-04-12 13:57:44 181 What a game. This Golden Knights team is determined to make the playoffs. Right now, they hold a two point lead over the Oilers and the Avalanche, and are just five points back of sixth place, behind the Ducks and the Coyotes. With games remaining against three of those teams, you can bet that the scoreboard watching for the rest of the season will be entertaining. All five of the Golden Knights next games are against teams out of the playoffs, although two of those games are against the Avalanche and the Oilers. The last two games of the season are against the Coyotes, and the long-awaited matchup against the Los Angeles Kings. For those of you paying attention, you’ll remember that the Vegas / LA season series is knotted at two, after Vegas won two games in three nights against the first-place Kings.    Down 2 - 0 after the first period, on just six shots against, and 2 - 1 to start the third, knowing full well that their playoff hopes dwindle with every loss, the Golden Knights were determined to win this one.    How did they respond?    With force.    They outshoot the Red Wings 19 - 6 in the period, and scored five unanswered goals in eight minutes. Jack Hughes scored the game-winning goal and added three points to his rookie-leading total, and linemate Brad Marchand added two goals of his own, along with an assist on the game winner. Twelve seconds after Hughes scored the go-ahead (and eventual winning) goal, Marchand padded the Knights’ lead with his second of the game. Those two players were the games’ first and second stars.    Vegas is now ranked third in the league at generating shots, owns the fifth best penalty-killing unit, and are now in the top half of the league in goals scored per game.    Next up, Vegas is flying to St. Louis to face the Blues on Tuesday night.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Injuries Taking a Toll Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:35:39 176 If you had to guess who the most injured teams in the league this year were, you’d probably guess the Columbus Blue Jackets as number one, and you’d be right. They’ve lost a remarkable 179 games to injury, which is the same as the five least-injured teams combined.    The Vegas Golden Knights probably wouldn’t be your second guess, but they should be if you like being right. They’ve lost 120 games so far, which is three times as many games as the Flames and Oilers have lost, and it’s more games than the Stars, Canadiens, and Flyers combined.     Martin Jones, filling in for the injured Pavel Francouz, stopped thirty-four of thirty-five shots, earning him some respectability back after his atrocious run with the Knights in Francouz’s last absence.    Against the Jets, Vegas was up 2 - 1 after the first period, and that would be all of the goals they would need this game. Patrick Marleau, filling in for the injured Jack Hughes, had an assist on the first (Marchand) goal of the game, and scored the eventual game winner  with just 22 seconds left in the first, breaking the tie.    It looks like Marleau, who has been rapidly declining all year, is going to fall JUST short of 1,300 games for his career, which is unfortunate. On the bright side however, he needs just five more goals for 500 in his career, and the Golden Knights hope to help allow him to get there, but it won’t come at the expense of their playoff aspirations. Marleau currently sits fourth all-time in goal scoring, and isn’t likely to catch third-ranked Eric Staal.    Where Marleau could have an impact, and improve his standing, is in playoff points, where he is currently tied for tenth with Rick Nash at 100 career points. He’s tied for tenth with Sidney Crosby with 44 goals, and tied for 14th with Bobby Ryan with 56 playoff assists. His 12 playoff power play goals (7th all-time) could be exactly what the Golden Knights need if they make the postseason.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Flatter Than a Shark Fin Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:35:11 164 There’s no secret. The Sharks want to miss the playoffs. They want to miss the playoffs, and they want to get a high draft pick. They don’t want to finish outside of a top four draft position, so they’ll try to lose on purpose, right? This should be an easy game for the Golden Knights to win, right?    Wrong.    In one of their least productive games EVER, the Knights generated only fifteen shots in the game (4+5+6), and were shut out for the sixth time this season, and first time since December 12th, a span of forty-one games. I guess they were due.    With Jack Hughes out of the lineup, recovering from an eye injury, offense was hard to come by. The Sharks played an incredibly disciplined game, refusing to take a penalty, likely because of their puck possession. They generated double-digit shots every period, and had their way with the Knights' defense and goalie all night.    Poor response for a must-win, easy-win, game. In their defense, Vegas’ top two lines held their ground; it was the third and fourth lines that gave up the goals.    It’s looking more and more like the Golden Knights are fighting with the Oilers and the Avalanche for the eighth and final playoff spot. With one more game this season against each of those two teams, let’s hope that the Golden Knights keep their hopes alive.    GAME NOTES: -Golden Knights F Evgeni Dadonov was forced to leave the game, but isn’t expected to miss any time.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Oilers Reading the Flames Playbook Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:34:43 179     Everyone’s got a score to settle. The Edmonton Oilers, clearly intimidated by Jack Hughes’ career high six-point night against the Dallas Stars in his last game, didn’t want to be his next victim. So what should they do? It looks like they decided to take a page out of the Commissioner’s book, and made sure to get their sticks under the visor or the Knights’ superstar forward, injuring the rookie’s eye, forcing him to leave the game. But don’t think for a second there would be any disciplinary action by, or a response from, the league’s player safety committee, as Commissioner Barry won’t hear it. He’s too busy counting his eighty-five million dollars and turning a blind eye to the Knights’ season to care.  Despite all of the adversity they’ve faced this year, Vegas is determined to make the playoffs, and to show the league that you don’t need to “tank” for long to turn your franchise around.    In a crucial four point game vs the Oilers, the Knights knew they needed to walk away with a victory. Doing so would allow them to leapfrog the slumping Avalanche for the eighth and final playoff spot.    The Golden Knights scored a go-ahead goal twice, but allowed the Oilers to fight back each time, before finally putting it away in the shootout. The Knights are just 2 - 7 in overtime, and are never excited to play the fourth period. Where they shine however is in the shootout, as they’re 5 - 1, and have one of the league’s best shootout goalies in Pavel Francouz. While the win matters, allowing the team you’re competing with for the final playoff spot is the opposite of success. The Golden Knights, if they’re to make the postseason this year, will need to take advantage of these opportunities, and put more distance between them and their competitors.    With their effort against the Oilers, Vegas is now the second best team at generating shots, and are proud owners of the fifth-best penalty-kill.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Pure Magic Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:34:10 170 Knowing that it won’t help them to dwell on the past, and any calls for justice will fall upon deaf ears, the Golden Knights are moving on, and looking ahead. Putting the Commissioner’s shenanigans behind them in order to focus on preparing for their next game and getting back to winning is how they’re going to face the future. They will not be intimidated, nor give up on their goal; they want to make the playoffs, and they want to face the Calgary Flames.     And for the first time in what seems like forever, they scored a powerplay goal against the Dallas Stars. On their first attempt with the man advantage, they sent a message to the Commish that they’ve got unfinished business, and they’re able to play. That first goal was just the start. What followed next was pure magic.    Desperately wanting to give the Commissioner the finger, Jack Hughes had himself the game of his life. His previous career night was a two-goal, five-point effort against the Carolina Hurricanes back in February, but little did we know that the best was yet to come, and he would outdo himself just two months later. Against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, Jack Hughes scored four goals and six points, en route to an 8 - 4 victory, on a night that will be long-remembered by Golden Knights’ management and players. Linemate Brad Marchand was right there with Hughes, every step of the way, adding a two-goal, six point effort or his own (including the game-winner in the second). There is little debate to be had now that Jack Hughes is the best rookie of the season, and is more than worthy of HART consideration.    Hughes and Marchand were magic all night, combining on each other’s goals all night, and helping five other Vegas players to pick up points with them along the way. Even with the career-ending injury suffered at the hands (and high-stick) of the Calgary Flames, the Golden Knights are looking ahead. With just eleven games remaining in the season, the league is better off with more Golden Knights wins than losses.    Let’s keep the magic coming.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Because the Commissioner Wills It Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:33:46 203 What the Commissioner wants, the Commissioner gets. One has to wonder, at what point will the Vegas Golden Knights learn that whatever Mr. Barry wants to happen will happen. Everyone just needs to decide if they want to do it the hard way, or the easy way. One needs no more evidence than what transpired on Monday, March 28th, 2022.    Unhappy with their efforts to eradicate Golden Knights D Shea Weber from existence just six nights earlier, while also recognizing that he wouldn’t want to see Weber against his team in the playoffs, Commissioner Barry set to work, devising a plan to get exactly what he wanted. And boy did he get it. But of course he did; you knew he would. What the Commissioner wants, the Commissioner gets.    On a blatant intent-to-injure penalty, Commissioner Barry instructed Johnny Gaudreau to not hold back on his next scrum with the Golden Knights’ captain. Hoping that the tiny forward wouldn’t be noticed, in part because of his reputation for being a “clean” player, and in part because he’s the same size as the Commish, Mr. Gaudreau set out to make his boss proud. The result? A season-high mark for PIM, as the tiny forward earned a two-minute penalty for high-sticking, and a game misconduct. What happened to Weber? He suffered a catastrophic, (likely) career-ending injury - a broken neck.     You read that right: with his high-sticking penalty, Gaudreau broke Weber’s neck. Mysteriously, the Saddledome’s recording footage of the incident couldn’t be found. Consequently, the league’s disciplinary team, of which Commissioner Barry is chair, had “no evidence to review” of the incident, and Johnny Gaudreau escaped further punishment, while the Golden Knights suffered the worst blow of all. The NEFHL’s disciplinary team believes that the Johnny Gaudreau high-stick to Weber, and Weber’s subsequent broken neck, are “two separate incidents,” and “aren’t linked whatsoever,” despite the fact that both occurred within nanoseconds of one another.    Now, the Golden Knights’ captain, future Hall of Famer, and star defencemen’s career is likely over, and potentially with it, the Golden Knight’s playoff aspirations.    All because the Commissioner wills it.    **Details can get fuzzy, and records can be changed. Don’t let the Commissioner fool you
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights The Answer Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:33:18 177 After last game’s injustice, many of the league’s eyes were watching the Golden Knights’ final matchup of the season against the Vancouver Canucks; both team’s second meeting in six days. How would the Knights respond? What was their mental state? Would they be ready to play? The Commissioner likes to play mind games with his opponents, especially with the Golden Knights, so how would Vegas be affected after playing the Flames, knowing that they’re traveling to Calgary again, right after this game? Well, let me tell you how they responded.   They responded like the royalty they are. They responded like Knights, not like Flame(r)s. They responded with determination; they responded by winning.    Despite being heavily outshot (41 - 23), the Knights walked away from their season finale on the road against the Canucks with a massive win. Vegas gave up double digit shots in every period, and never mustered more than nine shots in a period, but they made their shots count. They were out shot almost 3x in the third period, but it didn't matter; they’re determined.    Andrei Svechnikov scored again, but that didn’t matter; Vegas has depth. The Canucks’ top line of Hertl, Landeskog, and Tkachuk were each -3, and the Golden Knights saw goals scored by each of their lines, as the whole team responded to the Commissioner and his shady conduct.    Knights G Pavel Francouz was steller, turning aside forty of forty-one shots, and was the game’s first star. And each and every Golden Knight stayed in the game, making sure no one was lost to injury, setting the stage for some fireworks tomorrow night in the Saddledome.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights The Flames Cheat Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:32:54 175 Commissioner Barry, upset that there were calls for him to take action earlier in the year for Connor McDavid’s assault on Golden Knights’ Shea Weber, decided to send a message to the future Hall of Fame defencemen, and to the rest of the league. And what was that message? He will not tolerate insubordination of any kind. Adding on to that, when the Golden Knights and Flames last played, his precious team was shut out in a loss to Vegas, and the Commissioner decided that now was the time to take action. He let his goon Jonathan Huberdeau take unpenalized cheapshots at Weber all night long, forcing the Knights D to leave the game. Somehow, Commissioner Barry has escaped the attention of the league’s disciplinary committee all year, and his team continues to benefit.    Along the way, Golden Knights forwards Evgeni Dadonov and Sean Kuraly tried to stick up for their captain, but nothing would stand in the way of Commissioner Barry’s vendetta; they were injured in the second period and needed to leave the game too. All of these    Something to be aware of moving forward: the Golden Knights are now the third best team in the league at generating shots, and the sixth best penalty-killing team in the league.    In just six (calendar) days from now, the Golden Knights and Flames can put it all on the line, and end their season series in a must-watch game. Weber needed only to leave the game, and will be back and ready to play against the Flames.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Home Ice (Dis)Advantage Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:32:28 169 For whatever reason, the Vegas Golden Knights cannot seem to win on home ice with any consistency. Desperate to make the playoffs, they need to win as many games as they can to help create some space between the Avalanche and Oilers, who are also fighting for the last playoff spot. Coming off a win against the Canucks in their last matchup, with two games left in the season series, the Golden Knights felt that a home-ice matchup was exactly what they needed. And then they got injured.    On just his second shift of the game, Knights D Justin Faulk went down with an injury, and will likely miss the next few games while he recovers. An even bigger blow came when Mathieu Perrault, one of the Knights best defensive players, suffered a scratched cornea, and will likely miss the next two dozen games or so attempting to recover. Perrault’s versatility, and ability to play up and down the lineup will be a difficult thing to try and replace.    The Golden Knights had no answer for the Canucks’ stellar second-line. Anze Kopitar (two assists), Andrei Svechnikov (three goals, five points), and Matthew Tkachuk (two goals) were simply too much for the depleted Knights to handle. Knights G Pavel Francouz did his best to try and keep his team in it, and the defense did their part to limit the shots against, but the Vancouver shooters were just too precise with their aim.    The Golden Knights did their best to try and generate offense, outshooting the Canucks in the second and third periods, and overall, but couldn’t help their chances find the back of the net.    Down two games to one in their season series, the Knights will look to tie the series just six days from now.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Flightless Ducks Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:32:02 162 In the midst of their first-ever potential playoff berth, the Vegas Golden Knights are determined to not let their opportunities pass them by. Although they still have ground to make up, against the Anaheim Ducks last night, they won a crucial game.    Despite splitting the season series with the Ducks, giving away points to them might come back to haunt the Golden Knights. One of the Knights victories was in overtime, and letting them secure five of a possible eight points is not a recipe for a winning season, especially when you consider that the Knights and Ducks are competing for some of the lone remaining seeds.    The win last night was well-deserved however, as Vegas outshot the Ducks, registering double-digit shots and scoring two goals in each of the three periods.    In a matchup of the league’s top rookies, Jack Hughes made a statement by outsourcing all other freshman players, with a goal and three points. Josh Norris and Joel Farabee, two of the other potential runner-ups for the Calder, combined for just three assists.   But the real player of the game was Golden Knights forward Brad Marchand, who took over the game and made an even stronger statement than Hughes’ three point night. Up 4 to 3 entering the third period, Mr. Marchand took over the game. After Jack Hughes lost the opening faceoff, the Ducks gained entry into the Knights’ zone, and fired a shot. G Pavel Frncouz turned it aside easily, passing it to F Evgeni Dadonov, who found a streaking Marchand. Just 1:16 into the third, Marchand fired the puck past Cam Talbot, chasing the Ducks netminder from the game.    Quinn Hughes, upset with the attention given to his better brother, tried to get some of the spotlight for himself by bringing the Ducks to back within one, but Bradley wasn’t having any of it. With almost six minutes left to play, he fired a perfect Jack Hughes pass over back-up goalie Antti Raanta’s blocker for the final dagger.    GAME NOTES: -power play was 0/2, but the penalty kill was a sparkling 5/5
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Making the Cats Pay Knights-Derek 2022-04-11 18:31:33 155 The Vegas Golden Knights wish they could play the Florida Panthers every game, especially after they stole their best player away from them. Vegas swept the season series this year, and much of that success is due to the acquisition of Brad Marchand, as the future Hall-of-Fame winger has made all the difference to the Vegas team that traded for him just two months ago. In last night’s game, he scored the third period’s lone goal, which ended up being the game-winner.    The Golden Knights came on strong in the first period, firing sixteen shots on net, while the Panthers mustered a paltry eight. The second period was much more tame, as both teams managed just five shots a piece. Despite being heavily outshot in the third, Vegas held on for the win.    A thorn in his former team’s side in all of their matchups, Marchand continued to make his former team regret the decision to trade him, as he buried the dagger with just under six minutes left to play in the game, and Knights goaltender Pavel Francouz held on for the win. The win came as somewhat of a relief, as the Knights had the lead twice in the game but allowed Florida to tie it up before Marchand’s goal.    Jack Hughes picked up to helpers, and continued his ascension up the rookie scoring chart, cementing his case for the Calder Trophy, as the league’s best rookie player in years.    GAME NOTES: Brett Ritchie left with an injury in the first period, but shouldn’t be out long-term. -The Knights power play went 0/3, but their penalty kill continued to be strong, blanking the ‘Cats in all four attempts. 
Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres Sabres crushing the nhl Sabres-Kevin 2022-04-10 14:10:42 177 It's hard to be disappointed given the amount of success at the nhl level and the corresponding cap projections into next season. I did not overreact and the club looks mint…    Three outstanding two-way centers and a young gun who signed an eight year extension in the nhl. The top three centers should all be at least 75aov into next season.   Young Franchise winger    Outstanding winger depth    Franchise defenseman who should see a sizeable DF jump this summer to go with the offense… his partner leads the nhl in hits on the best team in the league    Two more top pair defenseman behind that    An emerging power play quarterback behind those four    No bad contracts   GP-G-A-Pts-SOG  63-32-33-65-177 // 72-19-28-47-142 // 64-28-24-52-140 62-27-18-45-209 // 65-21-20-41-189 // 56-21-30-51-102  3-0-0-0-2 // 68-22-34-56-104 // 67-18-23-41-160  ?? // 63-11-15-26-79 // ??    GP-G-A-Pts-SOG-TOI  61-13-41-54-147 25:31 // 69-3-12-15-92 18:18 (332Hits)  69-9-30-39-114 24:18 // 66-5-20-25-124 23:29  67-7-22-29-111 20:27 // 26-0-7-7-42 15:15    2022/23 cap projections  (23) Robertson 3.5x3 - (29) Trocheck 2.0x1 - (27) Duclair 2.2x3  (26) Bennett 1.18x1 - (25) Eriksson EK 2.0x1 - (31) Schenn 3.7x3  (27) Wood 1.4x3 - (30) Johansen 2.5x3 - (34) Okposo 1.8x3 ?? - (22) Kotkaniemi 0.95x2 - ??   (28) Toews 2.2x2 - (32) Gudas 1.7x2 (31) Fowler 3.0x4 - (32) Ekholm 2.75x3 (26) Dunn 1.75x2 - (24) Dineen 0.8x2    (26) Ned 0.73x1    34.3 million    Kevin you don’t have a high end goalie or a PPG Center … fair enough  But it’s not like we don’t have the cap space  The talent level of the club is as such  If you don’t have 20G hands with plus skills in other areas, you are not worth my time… that’s the bare minimum standards to be a Sabre moving forward    I’m taking Ekholm over Dunn in expansion… hopefully Dunn is good enough to keep Okposo and Wood as Sabres  I’ll buy another Fowler / Ekholm this summer to replace Dunn   There is a tremendous amount of talent on the roster, the roster is controllable, the roster is cost effective 
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Pass me the keys to the Lomberghini! Pens-Brent 2022-04-07 16:06:50 224 With the Pittsburgh Penguins season on the line, the most unlikely hero emerged from the shadows in what was one of the most impressive individual performances in NEFHL history.  Two rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes, squared off in a must win game on Tuesday night. With the Penguins down 4-1 half way through the game, it looked as though the Pens were destined for a disappointing loss.  "We are neck in neck with the Canes in the standings. Dropping that game would have been devastating." said team captain Sidney Crosby. The Penguins lost a number of players due to injury, but nobody more important than two-way sparkplug, Brandon Hagel.  So far in 2022, Hagel has been riding shotgun with Crosby and with him out of the lineup, someone needed to step up. Enter Ryan Lomberg, referred to by his teammates as the "Lomberghini".  Known for his abrasive, sandpaper style of play, Lomberg is the last player you'd think to contribute offensively.  John Marino tickled the twine with a minute and a half left to play in the second period, bringing the score to 4-2.  And then the impossible happened. The natural hattrick heard around the world.  Flanking Crosby's right side, Lomberg scored three consecutive, highlight reel, goals to help the gold and black flightless birds win 5-4.  The first snipe was a reverse, backhand Michigan. The second saw Lomberg skate through at least 8 Hurricanes before putting a one handed backhander bar down. The hattrick goal came off a lacrosse style breakway dangle.  "That was easily the best game I have ever played in my life. I don't think I can top that performance. I told the boys after the game that I met my quota for the year," said the Lomberghini.  The Penguins match up against the Preds tonight.  With the Habs and Devils playing against two shit hole clubs tonight, the Penguins must win to stay in the hunt.  More to come... 
Winnipeg JetsWinnipeg Jets JETS BY THE NUMBERS Bruins-Chris 2022-04-06 19:26:43 203 So the Jets are poised to miss the playoffs after setting five year highs in wins and points last season. I guess perhaps trading a bunch of players didn't work out so well after all. While the Jets looked much improved, tougher, better defensively, alas the team just never figured it out. A good example of why the Jets will miss the post season, look no further than superstar Kucherov. He is on pace to hit his lowest goals scored since 2016 when he was a much lesser rated player. Why has he not be able to score this year? Is it the coach, Rod the Bod Brind'Amour and his tenatious defensive ways? Or is it a lack of a playmaker to feed him. Surley Lindholm, who came over from the BJs in the Eichel trade hasn't all of a sudden became less of a setup man? Other things to consider, Gibson started the season as a top 10 goalie only to slowly rate down. It doesn't explain his terrible play early on in the season but as things wind down, he hasn't been good enough. Rumors persist that the Jets will be adeu to the netminder in the offseason. It couldn't be Roman Josi, 51 points in 69 games is good enough and while his salary hurts the Jets depth, he has definitly earned his pay. What about Tom Wilson? 12 goals in 60+ games isn't enough even if he projects to amass 200+ hits this season. There is certainly enough dissapointment to go around, enough for everyone. All the way on down the line, this team is just broken. They need a fresh start and hopefully with some tweaks they can figure this shit out. Hope is a good thing and on the positve side, the Jets have their first and second round picks. They have youngsters like Cozens and Peterson, one of the best prospects in the juniors this season in Luke Evangelista and a saavy GM who will ensure this is just a blip on the Jets upward trajectory.
Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs What Is Going On? Leafs-Shane 2022-04-06 17:01:23 185 Is it something in water? The Leafs are all of a sudden in wild race for the final playoff spot Currently the buds sit 2 points back of New jersey and 1 point back of the Pens. Thats said, the leafs do have 1 game in hand with only 9 left in the season. Who will get in? If we rewind about 3 weeks the Leafs were selling every asset they had. Many of those sold to the team they are now 1 point behind in Pittsburgh. Ryan Getzlaf, Mikhail Sergachev and Andrew Cogliano were all dealt to the pens in exchange for Topi Niemela, 4 draft picks and Zach Osptachuk.  The Leafs became sellers when number 1 goalie Jonathan Bernier went down for a month long after pulling a groin and left the buds with Dustin Tokarski as the guy down the stretch. Turns out, Tokarski held the fort and played admirably.  So who gets in? Leafs remaining schedule: 6 Toronto at Buffalo -- 11 NY Rangers at Toronto -- 12 Florida at Toronto -- 13 Toronto at Philadelphia -- 18 Toronto at Ottawa -- 20 Toronto at NY Islanders -- 21 Carolina at Toronto -- 24 Tampa Bay at Toronto -- 25 Toronto at Montreal Pens remaining schedule: Pittsburgh at Nashville -- 11 Pittsburgh at Dallas -- 12 Pittsburgh at NY Rangers -- 17 Nashville at Pittsburgh -- 19 Carolina at Pittsburgh -- 21 Pittsburgh at Detroit -- 24 Detroit at Pittsburgh -- 25 NY Rangers at Pittsburgh -- Devils remaining Schedule: 7 Boston at New Jersey -- 11 Arizona at New Jersey -- 12 Buffalo at New Jersey -- 17 New Jersey at Detroit -- 18 St-Louis at New Jersey -- 20 NY Rangers at New Jersey -- 24 New Jersey at Carolina -- 25 New Jersey at Florida -- Lets go Leafs. 
NEFHLNEFHL Phil Kessel records his 500th assist Flames-JD 2022-04-01 21:52:16 183 Phil Kessel records his 500th assist
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks THN Top 100 Prospects NEFHL Style Canucks-Kyle 2022-03-30 20:15:13 209 Using The Hockey News Top 100 Prospect rankings, we have matched those to the players NEFHL teams. This year, the Florida Panthers led the pack with 8 prospects listed followed by 7 teams who had 6 prospects and 2 teams with 5 in the top 100. These 10 teams hold 60 (60%) of the top 100 prospects listed by THN. Interestingly, the top 4 teams who’ve won Stanley Cups in recent years and would be considered part of the top echelon of teams. No surprise but Vegas leads the way with the top goaltending prospects followed by Minnesota with 3 each. No other team had more than 1. Defensively, the Leafs have looked to have built their future top five. 5 out their 6 prospects were defenseman and all 5 were listed in the top 50. Offensively, there are numerous teams with good depth but teams with pure high end in the top 30 would be Pittsburgh and Washington followed by teams like Vancouver, Chicago and Nashville. Finally, teams with no prospects in the top 100: Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Below are the rankings in order by number of prospects and then lowest score if in a grouping with other teams: Florida (8) – 565 points Scott Perunovich (25), Vitali Kravstov (48), Kirill Marchenko (57), Carson Lambos (65), Ryan Merkley (85), Dmitri Voronkov (91), Ryan Suzuki (94), Cody Glass (100) Toronto (6) – 198 points Owen Power (1), Simon Edvinsson (7), Kaiden Guhle (16), Topi Niemela (35), Shakir Mukhamadullin (50), Josh Doan (89) Pittsburgh (6) – 201 points Matty Beniers (3), Alexander Holtz (13), Jake Neighbours (27), Brock Faber (41), Ridly Greig (43), Olen Zellweger (74) St. Louis (6) – 269 points Brandt Clarke (20), Peyton Krebs (23), Rodion Amirov (37), Scott Morrow (52), Fabian Lysell (54), Drew Helleson (83) Minnesota (6) – 304 points Lukas Reichel (15), Sebastian Cossa (28), Dylan Holloway (30), Daniil Tarasov (59), Dustin Wolf (73), Theo Neiderbach (99) Boston (6) – 315 points Hendrix Lapierre (31), Jakob Pelletier (36), Victor Soderstrom (38), Justin Barron (51), Samuel Poulin (71), Tyler Boucher (88) Vegas (6) – 343 points Jesper Wallstedt (14), Yaroslav Askorov (17), Zac Jones (62), Jack Drury (64), Ville Koivunen (90), Justus Annunen (96) Carolina (6) – 423 points Brendan Brisson (39), Ville Heinola (44), Jacob Bernard-Docker (72), Isak Rosen (78), Connor Zary (93), Nolan Foote (97) Vancouver (5) – 216 points Kent Johnson (6), Wyatt Johnston (26), U-P Luukkonen (47), Zach Bolduc (58), Zach L’Heureux (79) Nashville (5) – 219 points Jake Sanderson (5), Brennan Othman (24), JJ Peterka (29), Mackie Samoskevich (80), Ty Dellandrea (81) Washington (4) – 141 points William Eklund (8), Marco Rossi (9), Aatu Raty (61), Nick Robertson (63) New York Islanders (4) – 176 points Quinton Byfield (2), Matthew Knies (42), Thomas Bordeleau (56), Gabriel Vilardi (76) Detroit (4) – 210 points Thomas Harley (19), Philip Broberg (40), Hugo Alnefelt (75), Jacob Perrault (76) Los Angeles (4) – 215 points Mason McTavish (4), Xavier Bourgault (49), Dylan Samberg (67), Cayden Primeau (95) Calgary (4) – 308 points Logan Stankoven (66), Mattias Maccelli (68), Tyson Foerster (82), Corson Ceuelmans (92) Chicago (3) – 103 points Jack Quinn (12), Matt Coronato (21), Oskar Olausson (70) San Jose (3) – 149 points Alex Turcotte (18), Grigori Denisenko (45), Lassi Thomson (86) Dallas (3) – 240 points Chaz Lucius (55), Chase Stillman (87), Ozzy Weisblatt (98) Anaheim (2) – 44 points Luke Hughes (10), Mavrik Bourque (34) Ottawa (2) – 44 points Dylan Guenther (11), Cam York (33) Tampa Bay (2) – 144 points Calen Addison (60), Jack Rathbone (84) New Jersey (1) – 22 points Shane Pinto (22) Columbus (1) – 32 points Fedor Svechkov (32) Winnipeg (1) – 48 points Luke Evangelista (48) Colorado (1) – 53 points Jonatan Berggen (53) Montreal (1) – 69 points Lukas Dostal (69)
Calgary FlamesCalgary Flames Schedule Strengths Flames-JD 2022-03-28 20:02:21 259 With just over a dozen games left this year, which team has the hardest or weakest schedule in the league?  Find out by checking the official schedule strength ranking. The rankings are based on the average of points from remaining opponents per game left to play.  Rankings are from easiest to hardest.  Eastern teams have a inherent advantage given they play more games against their own weaker conference.   1.  Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres will be happy to know they have the easiest schedule to end the year.  Only 4 of their remaining games are against teams currently in the playoffs.  Buffalo still has quite a hill to climb having a 10 point deficit with 1 game in hand but having the easiest schedule in the league might make their race to 8th very interesting.  Nobody should be sleeping on Buffalo at the moment. 2. Detroit Red Wings: Having one of the easiest schedules in the league to end the year might actually be concerning to GM Jean as he hopes to maintain his 30th spot in the standings and improve his chances for the lottery. 3. New York Rangers: Only 5 of the remaining games are against playoff teams.  That's probably good enough to cement their #3 seed for the playoffs. 4. Columbus Blue Jackets: Columbus is fighting for the playoffs.  They've been the most injured team in the league this year.  This will be good news to them and should help them secure one of the bottom four spots in the Eastern conference playoffs. 5. Colorado Avalanche: The like Columbus, Colorado is currently in 8th in the West. The week of April 11th will be key as it is their toughest by far.  Shoudl they maintain their playoff spot after the 14th, they'll probably squeeze into the playoffs despite their degrading goaltending situation. 6. Vegas Golden Knights: One of the teams fightning Colorado for that last playoff spot has exactly the same schedule strength as them.  Only two points separating them with the Avs so the April 13th game against them is the one to circle on the calendar. 7. Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning are cruising to a divisional title.  Their first since the 2015-16 season.  The easy schedule will only help secure that.  They could even challenge for first seed in the conference. 8. Florida Panthers: The Panthers haven`t played well lately, showing a 1-8-0-1 record in their last 10. They are still hanging onto a playoff spot though and this should help turn that record around for the remaining games. 9. New York Islanders: The Islanders are headed for a rebuild and attempting to maximize their pick.  They probably wished they had a bit of a harder schedule  but this is about middle of the pack in the conference beign the 7th easiest of 16 teams. 10. Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens' schedule is probably easy enough to guarantee their appearance in the first round of the playoffs.  They are second in their division behind the Lightning but probably won't be able to close the gap to win their first division title, much to the chagrin of GM Mike. 11. Minnesota Wild: Pete never gets it his way.  And now he's got the 3rd easiest schedule in the West while hoping to lose as many games.  It's tough to win games in the West on any night but having a fairly easy schedule might mean the Wild move up the standings one or two spots before the year is out. 12. Boston Bruins: The Bruins are definitely not making the playoffs and find themselves with the 8th hardest schedule in the East.  They don't own their pick however so they'll still want to get as many Ws as possible in the 9 times they'll play against playoff teams to finish the year. 13. Pittsburgh Penguins: Are they tanking or competing.  The moves at the deadline would suggest they are competing.  They are 4 points behind 8th with a game in hand.  They are definitely in contention whether they want it or not.   14. Philadelphia Flyers: These standings are getting misleading.  Despite being 14 out of 31 in the league, the Flyers have the 5th hardest schedule in the East.  They are probably not super concerned though as they are essentially guaranteed of being able to defend their Cup title in round 1. 15. New Jersey Devils: Similar situation schedule-wise as the Flyers except they are the 8th ranked team in the East at the moment with 4th hardest schedule in the division.  Something teams like the Penguins and Sabres will hope is to their advantage down the stretch. 16. Nashville Predators: The Predators have a 7 point lead over the Blackhawks who have two games in hand.  The Predators have the 4th easiest schedule in the West and seem poised to win their second divisional banner. 17. St-Louis Blues: Dead last in the standings is where GM Graham wants to remain.  He's got the 5th easiest schedule in his conference but that still likely means plenty of losses to finish the year. 18. Washington Capitals: The Capitals are #1 in the East and hoping to keep that top seed for guaranteed home ice advantage through the first three rounds.  Their schedule is among the toughest in the conference being 3rd hardest.  They've got the Lightning with one of the easiest hoping to close the gap for #1 but they shouldn't have any issues winning their third divisional title. 19. Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes are just 4 points up on 9th and just ended a good win streak.  They might be 18th in the league in schedule strength but 6th easiest in the West.  That might be good enough to keep their spot in the playoffs unless Colorado and Vegas both go on a run with their easy schedules. 20. Dallas Stars: The season hasn't go the way they'd plan, that's for sure.  Their schedule strength is about mid pack in the West being 5 points back of 9th with a game in hand. They can still make a run for it but it's going to tough and every game matters.  A loss in their next game might be it for their playoff hopes. 21. Ottawa Senators: The Senators made some moves in the summer but that wasn't enough to put two time Cup champs back in the playoffs.  At this point they'll want to improve their draft lottery odds so having one of the toughest schedules in the East is good news for GM Mike. 22. Edmonton Oilers: Similar situation as the Stars are facing.  They have the toughest schedule of the teams ranked 7 to 11 competing for two playoff spots. The schedule won't be helpful to the Oilers. 23. Toronto Maple Leafs: GM Shane threw in the towel before the deadline but his team is 1 point from the last playoff spot with a game in hand.  That being said, having the 2nd hardest schedule in the East probably means that the Leafs are in tough to make the playoffs. Selling was probably the right call. 24. Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks are trailing the Predators for the divisional title.  It will not be easy to catch up but instead, they can focus on working towards home ice advantage against a likely Vancouver opponent in round 1. 25. Carolina Hurricanes: They have a chance at making the playoffs.  Only 3 points behind the Devils for 8th and have a game in hand.  They also have the hardest schedule in the entire Eastern Conference.  9 games against playoff opponents and a chunk against teams competing for the playoffs.  The only east game left for the Canes could be against the Wild.  Canes fans shouldn't get their hopes up. 26. Vancouver Canucks: Vancouver has a slightly hard schedule than the Blackhawks who they are hoping to fend off for home ice advantage.  They'll hope for a strong stretch of games and wish they can snatch the 3rd spot from the Flames to make for an easier round 1 opponent. 27. Winnipeg Jets: The Jets looked like they might still have a chance before their recent 6 game losing streak.  From this point forward, GM Chris will likely welcome the harder schedule as he was savvy enough to keep his first round pick. 28. Calgary Flames: The Flames are currently second in the league.  Their main goal is to maintain the 3rd seed in the West as the odds of them catching the Kings for the division (and the President's trophy) are extremely low.   29. San Jose Sharks: Just like the Jets, the Sharks still hold their first round pick.  Their season not having gone the way they'd hope means they'll be OK losing a few games now that their playoff hopes are gone. 30. Los Angeles: The Kings are #1 in the league so even having the second hardest schedule to close out the season probably won't phase them much.  They are looking at adding a President's trophy banner to their collection and that is likely to happen even though only 4 of their remaining opponents are non-playoff teams. 31. Anaheim Ducks: The Jets, Sharks and Oilers.  The three teams that the Ducks will face which aren't playoff teams at the moment.  The Kings and Flames.  The #1 and #2 teams in the league which the Ducks play twice.  Add the Predators and Canucks whom they each play once and even though the Ducks are 7 points clear of 9th and on a 5 game win streak, they have a tough road ahead before they can celebrate having returned to the playoffs. Eastern Conference1. Buffalo2. Detroit3. NY Rangers4. Columbus5. Tampa Bay6. Florida7. NY Islanders8. Montreal9. Boston10. Pittsburgh11. Philadelphia12. New Jersey13. Washington14. Ottawa15. Toronto16. Carolina Western Conference1. Colorado2. Vegas3. Minnesota4. Nashville5. St-Louis6. Arizona7. Dallas8. Edmonton9. Chicago10. Vancouver11. Winnipeg12. Calgary13. San Jose14. Los Angeles15. Anaheim  
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues Blues Prospect Progress Report - March Update Blues-Graham 2022-03-27 15:50:54 210 22-Mar 22-Jan 21-Nov Sept 21/Name/NHL Draft position Comments 1 1 1 1. Brandt Clark - RHD, 18 (Los Angeles Kings — 8th overall, 2021) Just leading the OHL in scoring by a defensemen.  No big deal.  A kings scout recently said Clark is the best powerplay specialist in the Kings organization including anything they have in the NHL.  True?  Hard to say.  But the guy is talented.  2 2 2 2. Peyton Krebs, C/LW, 20 (Vegas Golden Knights — 17th overall, 2019) I wouldn't say Krebs is tearing the league apart but he's doing well.  Since coming over the the sabre's he's scoring at about a .5ppg pace and is looking very much like the talented 1st line talent everyone thought he would be.   3 3 3 3. Connor McMichael C/LW, 20 (Washington Capitals — 25th overall, 2019) Has played in the NHL all season.  His icetime has been pretty steady at 10 minutes a night.  Some are questioning if his limited icetime is best for his development.   Either way, he's shown glimpes of top 6 talent. Hopefully next year he will have a bigger role.  4 4 4 5. Fabian Lysell -LW/RW, 18 (Boston Bruins — 21st overall, 2021) He's not quite putting up the points you'd hope but he's still doing pretty well.  51pts in 43gp.  His skating and skill level are clear. 5 7 11 14. Scott Morrow - RHD, Shattuck St. Mary’s-U.S. – (Carolina Hurricans - 40th overall, 2021) Probably my biggest riser.  There were doubts because he played highschool hockey last year.  Ended the year 4th in NCAA scoring with a .92 ppg just behind the .97 ppg by Luke Hughes.  Hughes of course played for a much better team than Morrow.   6 6 8 6. Marat Khusnutdinov - C, SKA-KHL (Minnesota Wild - 37th overall, 2020) Only 19 and playing for the best team in the KHL.  Only got to show in 2 games for Russia at the world Jr's.   Still projects as a top 6 two way C at the NHL level.  7 10 10 15. Pavel Dorofeyev- LW, Henderson-AHL (Vegas Golden Knights – 79th overall, 2019) Up 3 spots is Pavel Dorofeyev.  He's leading the Silver Knights in scoring with 23 goals in 51 games. If you account for U23 scoring (he's only 21) he's actually 2nd in goal scoring and 11th in overall points.  Definitly having himself a year and should challenge for a spot in Vegas next  year.  8 13 16 N.R Sean Durzi  - RHD,Ontario Reign-AHL (Toronto Maple Leafs - 52nd overall, 2018) One of my better trades - Durzi and TOR 2022 Rnd 5 for Austin Watson-- whaaaat?  Yep. Since being called up to LA Durzi has 19 points in 47 games and is playing 2nd pairing minutes.  He's already up to 64PA and is up for a new contract this summer.  Future PP1 and top 4 D will be locked up to a sub 1 million 4 year contract. 9 5 5 4. Rodion Amirov LW, Ufa-KHL (Toronto Maple Leafs – 15th overall, 2020) Sad to say but Amirov's career is in jeopardy after finding out he has a brain Tumor.  For that reason he's dropped slightly on this list.  We'll see where how things are next year.  10 8 N/A N/A Filip Zadina - RW/LW, Detroit Red Wings-NHL (Detroit Red Wings - 6th overall, 2018) 20 points in 61 games.  About the same pace as Nolan Patrick but a year younger.  This comparsion is fair since they were traded for one another.  There is still hope for Zadina.  But looking more like a 3rd liner everyday.  11 14 14 13. Erik Portillo, G, 20 (Buffalo Sabres — 67th overall, 2019 The Blues top goaltending prospect.  A succesful if not great year for Michigan.  When filtered for goalies who played 20 games or more, his .928 SV% puts him 8th in the league.  He played 39GP - the most of any goaltender in the NCAA.  12 15 13 16. Helge Grans - RHD, Malmo-SHL (Los Angeles Kings, 35th overall, 2020) Still only 19.  He's 2nd in D scoring on the Ontario Reign and AHL top 10 in D scoring for U23.  By all acounts Grans is having a great season. Still on track to become a top 4 D man in the NHL.   13 11 15 11. Drew Helleson -- LHD, CSKA-KHL (Colorado Avalanche - 47th overall, 2019) Traded from the Avs to the ducks and immiediatley signed to an NHL contract.  This  14 12 9 12. Danilia Klimovich - RW, Minsk Zubry-Belarus Jr. (Vancouver Canucks – 41st overall, 2021) I wouldn't consider this to be an overly successful year for Klimovich.  He has only 14 points in 47 games.  However he was only 18 for much of the season.  He does have 3 of his 7 goals in his last 10 games.  Hardly heating up but maybe a sign of things to come.  Hard to draw too many conclusions about an 18  year old playing N.A professional hockey for the first time.  15 9 6 10. Daniil Chayka - LHD, CSKA-KHL (Vegas Golden Knights - 38th overall, 2021) Currently injured.  Chayka has house a bit of a bounce back season.  He sits in the OHL top 20 in both PPG and actual points.  He's dropped a fair bit.  I think it really has to do with the others in front of him rather than his play.  16 16 7 17. Tristen Robins - RW, Saskatoon-WHL (San Jose Sharks, 56th overall, 2020) 72 points in 52 GP.  Overall a good season for Robbins.  However I've noticed he has a tendency to be hot and cold.  He has 4 in his last 5 gp and 10 in his last 10.  His scoring pace has slowed.  17 17 na N/A Roni Hirovonen - C, HIFK-Liiga (Toronto Maple Leafs - 59th overall, 2020) 26 points in 46 games.  He's not having a great season. He is only 19 in an adult league but we would have hoped to see more production.  He probably projects as a bottom 6'er perhaps top 9.   He's a bit undersized and lacks speed.  However he does have leadership and lots of skill.    18 18 18 18. Logan Mailloux - RHD, London-OHL (Montreal Canadians, 31st, 2021) After starting the season with 9 points in 9 gp, Mailoux has been in and out of the lineup with injuries.  We won't draw a lot from his limited play this season.  19 19 19 19. Timothy Liljegren RHD, Toronto-AHL (Toronto Maple Leafs, 17th, 2017) Lilly is having a bit of a season.  He's probably the leafs 7th D when everyone is healthy but he's played himself into full time NHL duty.  7 points in his last 10 GP. Tops out as a 4-5 guy.  Which is probably more than we would have thought at the start of the season.  Still needs to work on the defensive side of his game.  20 20 12 26. Dmitri Rashevsky -RW, Dynamo Moskva, KHL (Winnipeg Jets, 146th overall, 2021) Rashevsky finished the year with 35 points in 48 gp.  However he disappeared in the play offs with only 3 points in 11GP.  Overall he had a great year, especially for someone passed over in the draft 2 years straight.  21 21 17 7. Alexander Alexeyev - LHD, Hershey-AHL (Washington Capitals - #31st overall, 2018) Turning into a defence first prospect. 15 points in 55 games for Hershey of the AHL.  He did get his first NHL game this year.  Underwhelming to say the least.  22 22 24 20. Urho Vaakanainen - LHD, Boston-NHL (Boston Bruins, 18th overall, 2017) Vaakanainen is one year ahead of Alexeyev on the development spectrum and coming up with very similar results.  He will play in the NHL but doesn't seem to have much offensive punch to go with his above average skating.  Constantly fighting injuries, Vaak was recently traded to the Ducks.  23 23 27 21. Donovan Sebrango - LHD, Grand Rapids-AHL (Detroit Redwings, 63rd overall, 2020) 6 points in 55gp.  Not exactly great numbers but Sebrango just turned 20 and playing in an adult league.  He made the Canadian World Jr team but didn't see much ice due to the tournament being cancelled.  24 28 26 NR. Nick Malik Still undrafted but you have to think this is the year that changes.  19 and sitting 3rd in the Ligga with a .925 SV%.  He's played almost double the games of anyone in front of him.  25 37 36 34. Ethan Cardwell - C/RW, Barrie Colts ( San Jose Sharks, 121st overall, 2021) 49 points in 40 gp in the OHL as a 19 year old. He went undrafted for a couple years but that's not holding him back.  Should probably be a few spots hight on this list.  We'll see where he ends up on our final installment.  26 25 32 27. Pontus Holmberg, C, Vaxjo-SHL (Toronto Maple Leafs, 156th overall, 2018) He's doing well, especially for such a low pic.  Hope to see him in North America next year.  27 26 25 22. Robert Mastrosimone -LW, Boston Uni(Detroit Red Wings, 54th overall, 2019) Another guy that maybe should be a few spots higher.  He finished 2nd on BU in goals and 3rd in points. By all reports he had a great jr season.  28 32 28 31. Isaiah Saville G, Nebraska-Omaha-NCHC (Vegas Golden Knights,135th Overall, 2019) Just signed his first pro contract with the silver nights and played in his first game.  He had a good if not spectatular college career.  We'll see what he can do with the Silver Knights.  29 29 31 25. Lukas Parik – G, Ontario Reign – AHL (Los Angeles Kings, 87th overall,2019) Led the ECHL in SV% before being promoted to the Ontario Reign.  30 30 23 28. Anttoni Honka, RHD, JYP-Liiga (Carolina Hurricanes, overall, 2019) Currently the leading scorer for his Liiga team.  I have high hopes for him but I can't put him any higher on this list because of his size.  I can't picture him outside of sheltered minutes in the NHL.  31 24 22 9. Dominik Bokk- RW, Chicago-AHL (St.Louis Blues – 25th overall, 2018) He's actually went back to Germany and is playing for the Eisbarens.  He's putting up almost a point per game but it's doubtful, despite his skill level that he'll make it back to the NHL.  32 27 Na Na  Ilya Usov - C, Dynimo Minsk- KHL (Undrafted).    33 31 21 HM Jan Bednar,G,- Acadia Bathhurst, QMJHL (Detroit Redwings, 107th overall,2020)   34 33 29 23. Cole Huckins,- C, Acadie-Bathurst-QMJHL (Calgary Flames, 77th overall, 2021)   35 34 30 24. Daniil Chechelev – G, Stockton Heat – AHL (Calgary Flames 96th overall, 2020)   36 35 34 HM Filip Kral, D, Toronto Marlies, AHL (Toronto Maple Leafs, 149th overall, 2019)   37 36 39 33. Filip Johansson RHD, Frolunda-SHL: 2018   38 39 38 32. Layton Ahac LHD, Ohio State University-Big Ten 2019   39 40 43 HM Mac Hollowell,D – 22 – 2018 Draft   40 41 33 35. Vadim Zherenko, G, Ilves,Liiga(St.Louis Blues, 208th Overall,2020)   41 42 40 HM Dominic Basse , G , NCAA Colorado College (Chicago Blackhawks, 167th overall, 2019 )   42 43 35 HM Matej Pekar, LW, Rochester-AHL(Buffalo Sabres, 94th overall, 2018)   43 44 44 HM Kody Clark, RW, Hershey Bears – AHL (Washington Capitals, 47th overall, 2018)   44 45 42 29. Nikola Pasic - RW, Linkoping-SHL: (New Jersey Devils, 189th Overall 2020)   45 46 41 30. Jaromir Pytlik C, Litomerice-Czech-2 (New Jersey Devils, Overall, 2020)   46 38 37 NR. Liam Kirk - LW/C, Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes, 189th overall, 2018)  
Carolina HurricanesCarolina Hurricanes Most Points With a Single Franchise Canes-Jeff 2022-03-27 07:05:16 250 With the NEFHL nearing the end of its 17th season, this article will take a look at the top scorers in league history ranked by their total points with a single franchise.  The list includes players who were drafted by their current teams and have stayed in one place their entire careers as well as players who were traded or signed with new teams at some point in their career.  Remarkably, Alexander Ovechkin makes the list with 2 different franchises having put up 727 points in Washington as well as 562 points in New York.  Carolina and Calgary lead the list with 5 players, followed by New Jersey, Florida, Washington and Colorado with 3.  With 4 of the top 11 players on the list, the Canes clearly have a problem with fallng love with players....     Player Team Games Points 1 Patrick Kane NJ 1089 1078 2 Sidney Crosby Pit 932 1076 3 Steven Stamkos Car 891 878 4 John Tavares Car 849 862 5 Anze Kopitar Atl/Wpg 955 832 6 Marian Gaborik Min 803 742 7 Alexander Ovechkin Wsh 693 727 8 Jason Spezza Cgy 746 722 9 Dany Heatley Fla 771 718 10 Logan Couture Car 850 711 11 Loui Eriksson Car 947 669 12 David Backes NJ 956 665 13 Taylor Hall Van 699 645 14 Brad Richards Fla 597 612 15 Dustin Brown Atl/Wpg 939 593 16 Alexander Steen CBJ 758 583 17 Eric Staal Buf 549 582 18 Nathan Mackinnon Col 606 578 19 Nicklas Backstrom Min 588 577 20 Dustin Byfuglien Mtl 996 573 21 Joe Pavelski Mtl 637 563 22 Alexander Ovechkin NYR 400 562 23 Nikita Kucherov CBJ 470 553 24 Jarome Iginla Nsh 585 551 25 Henrik Sedin Car 580 544 26 Vladimir Tarasenko Ari 599 543 27 Tyler Seguin Wsh 550 541 28 Ryan O'Reilly Wsh 731 536 29 Alex Pietrangelo NYI 848 514 30 Olli Jokinen CBJ 602 512 31 Alexander Edler NJ 1002 509 32 Mikko Koivu Ott 622 506 33 Jakub Voracek Ott 664 502 34 Chris Kunitz Cgy 609 501 35 Johnny Gaudreau Cgy 553 491 36 Ryan Getzlaf Van 478 490 37 Zach Parise SJ 617 488 38 Martin Havlat Ari 586 487 39 Joffrey Lupul Cgy 687 487 40 Sean Monahan Det 536 484 41 Leon Draisaitl Dal 452 479 42 Alexander Barkov SJ 525 479 43 Michael Cammalleri Cgy 613 471 44 Simon Gagne Fla 531 469 45 Frans Nielsen CBJ 737 468 46 Jonathan Huberdeau NYI 677 465 47 Jonathan Toews STL 494 463 48 Blake Wheeler Col 470 456 49 Mika Zibanejad Col 623 456 50 Evgeni Malkin Pit 455 448
Boston BruinsBoston Bruins Bruins Recap - 2-1 over Sens Bruins-Jason 2022-03-25 14:16:16 199 Bruins Recap – 2-1 (SO) over the Sens   Boston, Mass – The Boston Bruins won their 2nd game in as many nights as they downed the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in an extended shootout Thursday evening. Elvis Merzlikins pushed aside 23 shots while Zach Aston-Reese scored his 10th goal of the season during a man-advantage. Cam Atkinson and Jason Zucker assisted on the goal. The Sens Lemieux scored for the visitors, with both goals coming in the first period.   From there, the goaltenders took over.   The Sens Thatcher Demko had himself a night, stopping 35 shots including quality chances from the Bruins power-play to keep things deadlocked throughout the remainder of regulation and overtime. The third period especially showed his brilliance, facing 16 shots.   “He was a brick wall for them, that’s for sure,” said the Bruins’ Yanni Gourde. “Seemed that we wouldn’t be able to get one past him for a while there. Thankfully Merz was equal to the task for us.” He also credited the fans for rallying behind them. 15,412 showed their support, far from a sellout, but the noise level was similar nonetheless. “They were loud, weren’t they? It’s a good feeling to have them cheer you on like that even if the result on the ice hasn’t been there for us this year.”   With nothing happening in the extra frame, the victory was decided in a shootout, and an extended one at that. Tomas Tatar gave Boston the early advantage but Ellis scored to send it to round 4. After Nyquist and Byron each tallied, Taylor Hall was stopped in the 5th round, leaving the puck, and the game, on the stick on James Neal. He did not disappoint, finally beating Demko and sealing the win. “A goal last night and shootout winner tonight? Feels good to get things going finally,” Neal said post-game.   Boston’s next game will be in Pittsburgh on Monday evening, the start of 4 games in 4 nights.   Meanwhile, Dylan Wells lead Providence to a 1-0 shutout victory over the Sens minor league affiliate. Jake Bean potted the lone goal, his 8th, assisted by Henri Jokiharju and Jakob Pelletier. The baby Bruins are currently in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, just a point behind the Bears for the final playoff spot.
Boston BruinsBoston Bruins Bruins Recap - victory over the Panthers Bruins-Jason 2022-03-24 19:47:34 210 Bruins Recap – 3-2 victory over the mighty Panthers   Boston, Mass – The Boston Bruins welcomed the Florida Panthers to TD Place on Wednesday evening, with the home team coming out on top in a close 3-2 final. Jason Zucker, fresh from the injured reserve, led the way with two assists, while Andrew Shaw scored his 5th of the season in the 2nd period. It was the eventual game-winner that sent the 17,740 in attendance home happy.   “Great effort all around, I thought,” Shaw said, flashing his toothless smile. “We kind of were on our heels a little in the first but we came back strong in the second. Nealsy scored early on and that set the pace for the rest of the period for us.” That was James Neal’s first goal of the season, skating in his 39th game of the year.   “Obviously it feels great to finally pot one, but Jesus Christ,” Neal said post-game. “I know I’m capable of much more than that, and I hope to prove it here through to the end of the season.” Neal signed a 2 year contract at the beginning of the year, paying him $2.8M annually.   Erik Haula and Andrew Shaw scored two goals in just over a minute at the half-way point of the second period, and the Bruins did not look back after that. Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins notched his 18th win of the season, stopping 27 of 29 shots he faced. “Defense played great. Maybe a few more shots against than we would’ve liked but they were mostly clear. I wasn’t screened much at all. Big props especially to Kris and Marco, they matched up with their big guns quite a bit throughout the game and made them pretty ineffective.”   Meanwhile in Providence, The Bruins took care of the Checkers 5-2. Joe Veleno and Thomas Novak each scored a goal and an assist, while Brandon Biro scored his 17th. Dylan Wells was stellar in goal, leading his team to victory.
Boston BruinsBoston Bruins Disappointing Trade Deadline for the Bruins Bruins-Jason 2022-03-22 13:20:05 242 The deadline has come and gone and were relatively quiet, largely in part due to injuries. GM Gallant spoke to the media and confirmed several talks had occurred in the days leading up to the March 17th deadline.   “I received several messages in the week before the deadline for certain players in particular, but nothing came of it. For various reasons, really. I won’t say much more than that and would prefer to keep the deliberations private.”   It is believed that both Jason Zucker and Kasperi Kapanen were shopped but injuries put a wrench in those plans. Zucker is a pending UFA and is expected to test free agency in the off-season, and would’ve been a particularly attractive asset to offload. Sources claim that it is Kapanen, however, who fetched the most interest despite some struggles.   “Kapanen would’ve complimented our 3rd line perfectly,” an anonymous GM stated. “He could’ve slid up into the 2nd line in case of injury, too. Would’ve been a great fit for us. Wayne Simmonds was another possibility but we couldn’t come up with an agreement on that unfortunately. Luckily we found an alternative.”   The Bruins did complete a 3 way trade prior to the deadline, however. They sent defenseman Erik Gudbranson and a 6th round pick in 2023 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for d-man John Marino. Marino was then flipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins and in return received Washington’s 2nd round pick in 2023.   The Bruins will have another long off-season ahead of them as they continue to navigate the waters and search for ways to both improve the team and reach the playoffs.
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks Canucks: After the Deadline Canucks-Kyle 2022-03-21 18:15:37 249 The Vancouver Canucks were one of the busiest teams over the past month and on Trade Deadline Day in the NEFHL. “We made some moves, well, quite a few moves in shuffling our roster, moving prospects, adding assets. Injuries have played a role this year and we were tight to the cap. Plus the new ranking system has changed our mindset a bit as NHL injuries can have a big affect on your team. We feel our team is better right now than it was as we improved our durability” said General Manager Allen. Couturier was an example of someone who likely wouldn’t have been traded but team injuries, his high contract and his injury in the NHL led to the Canucks begrudgingly moving him. A breakdown of the roster changes with those dealt in (brackets): Landeskog, Kopitar, Tkachuk Svechnikov, Hertl (Couturier), Rakell (Hyman) Herique (Bertuzzi), McCann, Fast Helm, Glendening, Necas Reilly, Mayfield (Lindholm) Theodore, Heiskanen Kulikov, Sanheim (Benn) “We are happy with the deals we made. We added in a cheaper, similar or slightly better rated Hertl after moving Couts, we flipped Hyman and Bertuzzi for Rakell, Henrique and a 1st slight downgrade skill wise but financially and futures, is beneficial. We were able to solidify our defense by bringing in Mayfield and Sanheim. The injuries to Bertuzzi and Lindholm affected our play so we are hoping further durability benefits the team” said GM Allen. The Canucks, even after moving a 1st round pick to Chicago, have 5 first round picks in the next two drafts. Further, the Canucks didn’t move any of their top 10 prospects though McDonough likely would have slid into that top 10. The Canucks have finalized their expansion plans as well now that the deadline has passed: Forwards: Kopitar, Hertl, Thomas, McCann, Tkachuk, Landeskog, Rakell Defenseman: Reilly, Theodore, Sanheim Goalie: Grubauer Vancouver moves trading key pieces: Tampa Bay Lightning trade Kevin Hayes, Ty Ronning, TAM 2023 Rnd 1, CHI 2022 Rnd 3 and TAM 2022 Rnd 5 to Vancouver Canucks for Brett Murray, Sean Couturier and Tristan Lennox Vancouver Canucks trade Zach Hyman to Washington Capitals for WSH 2023 Rnd 1 Vancouver moves to acquire key pieces: Vancouver Canucks trade Hampus Lindholm, Tyler Bertuzzi and VAN 2022 Rnd 1 to Chicago Blackhawks for Tomas Hertl Vancouver Canucks trade Jordie Benn, Joshua Lopina, Oskari Laaksonen and Samuel Walker to Buffalo Sabres for Adam Henrique and Scott Mayfield Vancouver Canucks trade Aidan McDonough, CHI 2022 Rnd 3 and SAN 2022 Rnd 4 to Detroit Red Wings for Rickard Rakell Vancouver Canucks trade Frederik Dichow, Ilya Fedotov and TOR 2022 Rnd 4 to Detroit Red Wings for Travis Sanheim Other Moves made: Vancouver Canucks trade Kevin Hayes and Maxim Groshev to San Jose Sharks for Mikael Backlund Vancouver Canucks trade Mikael Backlund to Columbus Blue Jackets for Denis Malgin and STL 2022 Rnd 3 Vancouver Canucks trade Lucas Mercuri to Ottawa Senators for Jordie Benn
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Post Trade Deadilne Power Rankings, 1-10 Flyers-Jamie 2022-03-20 14:55:25 265 Post trade deadline Power Rankings! I've added 'Deadline grade' (aka 'Trade Deadline Rank') which is a reflection of the team's trades and how those will help them or hurt them in the standings and NOT if the trade(s) were of good value or not.  The power ranking is ranking current standings, multiply that by 3, add pre-season rankings, add mid-season grade rank, and then add deadline rank multiplied by 2. Perfect science to determine the rankings. For the top 10, we have some movement, including a new team in the #1 spot for the first time this season, dethroaning the Canucks. I think any of the top ten has a legitimate chance to take home the cup.  Now for the 1-10 group:   10. Panthers. Pre-Season Rank: 13, Current Overall Standings: 10, Mid-Season Rank: 9, Trade Deadline Rank: 16 . New GM came in and moved out Marchand for futures to get them cap compliant and allow to replace with Kaprizov from their farm… Nothing's been done sincec to try and improve their chances. That said, they're already setup well yet again. They are the 2020 champ and hoping to get back there this season. 9. Lightning. Pre-Season Rank: 21 , Current Overall Standings: 7 , Mid-Season Rank: 12 , Trade Deadline Rank: 6 . Tampa has been fairly busy over the passed month, starting with moving Voracek and picks for Saad, then a big package to upgrade Hayes to Couturier and then finally adding Dvorak at the deadline for a 1st. The moves help set them up as one of Eastern contenders. The emergence of Duchene, up 4PA, 8PC, and 21SC from the beginning of the season, as well as several other forwards seeing rating bumps, help a lot as well, and go to show the GMs good work in building.  8. Rangers. Pre-Season Rank: 10 , Current Overall Standings: 8 , Mid-Season Rank: 10 , Trade Deadline Rank: 9 . Despite shopping their 1st, nothing major for NYR, but did add solid shutdown dman Forbort for a 4th which was a nice add. They have, however, seen a bit of decline in ratings overall as the season has progressed. They did also grab Smith to give them 2 80OV+ goalies, which is always a nice weapon to have in the playoffs.  7. Flyers. Pre-Season Rank: 6 , Current Overall Standings: 9 , Mid-Season Rank: 8 , Trade Deadline Rank: 4 . Philly got started in late February, adding Scheifele for a big package of prospects, along with UFAs Perron and Saad, to give them a true #1 center. They then upgraded Marino to Gudbranson and finally adding Jenner on deadline day for a package of futures. A lot went out for Philly, but they look like they have the talent and depth for another cup run. Four time cup champ Brent Burns will look to cement his name as NEFHL GOAT by notching his 5th cup and 3rd consecutive.  6. Predators. Pre-Season Rank: 5 , Current Overall Standings: 5 , Mid-Season Rank: 2 , Trade Deadline Rank: 10 . Preds connect with the Leafs to add top four dman Severson, giving them 6 top 4 dmen. Very impressive. Nashville was minimal with their moves this season, but strategic and have set them up to be a serious contender. They've collected a good group of players, seeing many rating improvements, including Pavelski seeing himself become a true star player. Terry's 22SC jump is impressive too.  5. Canucks. Pre-Season Rank: 1 , Current Overall Standings: 4 , Mid-Season Rank: 1 , Trade Deadline Rank: 12 . Vancouver's been the team to beat all season, currently 5th overall. They started March off in a big way adding a package of assets for Couturier and then moved Hyman for another 1st, only to follow that up at the deadline by adding Hertl, Sanheim and Rakell. Bertuzzi being the big name leaving, along with some other assets, for the Hertl upgrade. I think they moved ahead in terms of assets at the end of the day, but not so confident they're better for this season. WIth the Hertl add, their top six forwards do look ridiculously good.  4. Capitals. Pre-Season Rank: 7 , Current Overall Standings: 3 , Mid-Season Rank: 5 , Trade Deadline Rank: 8 . Capitals with the big grab at the beginning of the month, adding Hyman for a 1st. Zach is the ideal complimentary top six forward that can be used PP and PK. He makes the talented Capitals an even tougher matchup. Their team defense is questionable for a cup run - I'm surprised they didn't go for one of the many dmen that were available. That said, they're the best in the East at this time and with Matthews and Vasilevskiy leading the way you can afford a hole or two.  3. Flames. Pre-Season Rank: 3 , Current Overall Standings: 2 , Mid-Season Rank: 6 , Trade Deadline Rank: 7 . Calgary did their one big move in February, upgrading Scheifele to Huberdeau, upping their offensive prowess even more. I'm surprised they didn't add another forward, considering they have some cap space, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're watching waivers for an overpaid rental to slide into the lineup. Their bottom six is still to be desired, but have top end stars, dmen, and one of the best goaltender duos in the league.  2. Blackhawks. Pre-Season Rank: 4 , Current Overall Standings: 6 , Mid-Season Rank: 3 , Trade Deadline Rank: 1 . Hawks made a couple blockbusters for the trade deadline - first adding Pietrangelo and Perron from NYI for futures, then Hertl leaving for Bertuzzi, Hampus Lindholm and a 1st. Staal gone for a 4th in between the two biggies. All in all, an improved lineup, as Perron is similar to Hertl for this year and then the rest are upgrades. They are deep and have seen numerous rating upgrades over the season, including the emergence of Makar.  1. Kings. Pre-Season Rank: 12 , Current Overall Standings: 1 , Mid-Season Rank: 4 , Trade Deadline Rank: 2 . Kings been dominating all season - McDavid and Zibanajed being a two man wrecking crew. LA showed their fans they're serious by, first, adding additional sniper Toffoli in late February, and then two solid 2nd pairing dmen for a 4th each at the deadline. Some good value to upgrade the lineup. All in all, they look a lot more playoff ready than a couple months ago and are the team to beat at this point. 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Post Trade Deadilne Power Rankings, 11-19 Flyers-Jamie 2022-03-18 19:02:57 292   Post trade deadline Power Rankings! Added 'Deadline grade' which is reflection of the team's trades and how those will help them or hurt them in the standings and NOT if the trade(s) were of good value or not.  The power ranking is ranking current standings, multiply that by 3, add pre-season rankings, add mid-season grade rank, and then add deadline rank multiplied by 2. Perfect science to determine the rankings. Now for the 11-19 group:   POWER RANKING Team Pre-Season Rank Standings Mid-season grade Deadline grade WRITEUP 11 Coyotes 15 11 14 13 Not the most active trader, Yotes have been showing all season that they too are pretty good in the tough west! They've won 6 straight and look to be cementing their playoff spot - looking to ride that current chemistry.  12 Blue Jackets 23 12 16 11 Columbus had a fantastic start to the season and they've made a few minor adds along the way to keep themselves in the playoffs. Their deadline addition of Backlund will slide in as their 2nd line center and top PK guy. A nice add and I think there's a good chance CBJ finds themselves into the playoffs.  13 Avalanche 2 14 7 27 Avs one big deadline deal was moving Boone Jenner for a package of futures. An excellent return for Colorado, but also clearly a downgrade for the current season. They have set their future up nicely.  14 Devils 16 15 17 17 Not much happening for NJ this trade deadline. With the Leafs selling, it probably did cement their playoff chances. Pens or Hurricanes could heat up, but have ground to make up.  15 Canadiens 18 13 20 18 Canadiens have a lot of cap room and are in a playoff spot so I'm surprised to see no adds, but maybe they plan on watching the waiver wire and adding a piece or two for free.  16 Golden Knights 28 17 28 5 In February they had the huge add of Marchand to the lineup, after they helped chase one of the best GMs in the league out of Florida. They added Watson, who might help some too. They post a lot of articles.  17 Penguins 30 22 23 3 The Pens have had a busy 2022, bringing back Malkin to start, then adding Sergachev, Getzlaf, Cogliano and Marino for futures all in March. They're 6 points back with a significant injury to Malkin, but Crosby has been the one carrying them all season. It won't be easy, but they've got a shot, especially if Getzlaf can continue his season production 18 Stars 8 19 13 26 Stars are currently on the outside looking in what has been a dissapointing season for them. They dealt Smith early and Forbort at the deadline, both for picks, without bringing anyone else in.  19 Oilers 25 20 21 14 Picked up DeSmith and Derek Ryan through waivers in February as their key acquisitions. 
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Post Trade Deadilne Power Rankings, 20-31 Flyers-Jamie 2022-03-18 17:25:25 312 Post trade deadline Power Rankings! Added 'Deadline grade' which is reflection of the team's trades and how those will help them or hurt them in the standings and NOT if the trade(s) were of good value or not.  The power ranking is ranking current standings, multiply that by 3, add pre-season rankings, add mid-season grade rank, and then add deadline rank multiplied by 2. Perfect science to determine the rankings.   Breaking it up into three groups. First up, the non-playoff teams, POWER RANKING Team Pre-Season Rank Standings Mid-season grade Deadline grade   WRITEUP 20 Jets 11 21 25 20 Nothing from the Jets. They'll hope for some better luck next season.  21 Hurricanes 19 23 18 19 Nothing from the Hurricanes. Looking unlikely they will make the playoffs this year 22 Ducks 26 16 26 22 Ducks are one point out of a playoff spot with game in hand. Surprised not even a small add for Anaheim. 23 Maple Leafs 20 18 11 30 Leafs add a ton to their bank while selling off a ton of talent: Toffoli, Sergachev, Severson, Foote, Watson, Getzlaf and Cogliano. Toronto had already entered the first part of their rebuild, so these all make a lot of sense to set them up long term, but should knock them out of the playoff conversation (although sim does weird things sometimes).  24 Wild 9 25 15 24 Wild had some bad luck this year and fell down the standings to a point of no recovery, so in January they dealt away a few assets of value that they didn't need long term. That was about it. They've waived Keith who had interest, but little too pricey cap hit for most.  25 Sabres 22 26 27 23 They moved out Henrique, Mayfield, and Lyubishkin. Didn't really change their season or future's direction 26 Sharks 17 27 22 28 Tough luck for the Ovi/Barkov combo and Sharks fell out of it early and started selling in February, moving Saad and Holl for futures.  27 Red Wings 14 29 19 29 A few deadline deals from Detroit in order to properly lineup the rebuild. They got good value on their sales and have a ton of picks.  28 Blues 31 30 30 15 Blues add some cheap depth. Already worst team in the West.  29 Senators 27 28 29 21 Sens didn't have too much to sell and stay mostly unchanged. 30 Islanders 24 24 24 31 Isles have made 8 trades so far in 2022, significantly reshaping the franchise and setting up their future. They moved out a lot of talent, and are likely to drop down the standings, improving on the value of their 1st rounder.  31 Bruins 29 31 31 25 They brought in a 2nd for Gudbranson which is great value for Boston.   
Chicago BlackhawksChicago Blackhawks Chicago Trade Deadline 2022 Hawks-Anthony 2022-03-18 14:32:17 266 [Chicago, Illinois] Trade deadline was quieter than usual but it was also more productive than in previous years in Chi-Town. The first of two moves were made earlier in the week which sent forward Jaden Schwartz, prospect Cross Hanas, CHI 2nd round pick in 2022 & CHI 4th round pick in 2022 to the New York Islanders for Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron. Both players coming to Chicago will be here on a rental basis but gives Chicago a much-needed top pairing defenseman in Pietroangelo and a top six winger in Perron for their playoff push. GM Anthony had this to say:   “We are in win-mode. Our biggest need going into trade deadline was a top defenseman and we are always looking for ways of improving our team. Pietroangelo is a great fit and wants to win a Cup. Also, because of some great cap management during the season, we were able to fit in two-time NEFHL Stanley Cup champion David Perron in this deal. He’s a huge addition who brings offense, defense and much needed experience to our squad. We may have given up more than what we wanted but this makes us a lot more competitive going into the playoffs. We thank Jaden for his stay here and know that Cross will continue to improve and be a good fit in a rebuilding New York Islanders team.”   Chicago’s fans were shocked to see forward Tomas Hertl traded on deadline day. Hertl was drafted by Chicago in 2012, 19th overall, and went on to play eight (8) seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. A fundamental piece during the rebuilding years and a respected team member. Tomas Hertl was moved to the Vancouver Canucks for Hampus Lindholm, Tyler Bertuzzi and VAN 2022 Rnd 1. Anthony responded:   “Definitely a tough one. I still remember drafting Tomas. I remember them saying he wasn’t a good enough skater and that it would hurt him from making the NHL. We didn’t believe it at the time and we saw his true potential. I speak from all of us at management and for our fans when we say ‘Thank you and that you will be missed’. Hockey is a business though and we want to win. Bertuzzi will slide right into Tomas’s spot on the 2nd line. We also get to add another valuable defenseman in Lindholm. Our PK isn’t the best and we are looking for ways to improve and he’ll bring a lot of stability to our special teams and 5 on 5. We also added a 1st this year. Vancouver is a great team so it’ll be a late one but we’ll still be adding a quality prospect. These moves make us so much better. We’ve come a long way and losing in the first round for the past two years has left us disappointed. We are going for it and we are ready.”   Your Chicago Blackhawks line-up going into the final stretch and into the playoffs:   Pavel Buchnevich – Sebastian Aho – David Perron Kevin Fiala – Teuvo Teravainen – Tyler Bertuzzi Andre Burakovsky – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Brock Boeser Calle Jarnkrok – Cal Clutterbuck – Jordan Eberle   Cale Makar – Thomas Chabot Alex Pietroangelo – Rasmus Dahlin Hampus Lindholm – Brendan Smith   Juuse Saros Kevin Lankinen
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Vegas Will Reign Supreme Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:57:48 208 What is it about starting games down goals that seems to bring out the best in the Vegas Golden Knights? Two minutes in they gave one up to Connor Garland, and less than eight minutes later Artemi Panarin scored a powerplay goal. On just four shots against, Pavel Francouz, in his first start in over three weeks, looked just as bad as Martin Jones did.    But the Knights rebounded. They’re destined for greatness, and have been calling it for months now.    Shea Weber scored just two seconds after the Panarin goal, immediately cutting into the deficit. In the last minute of the first, Mikhail Grigorenko scored again, sending both teams into their dressing rooms knotted-up. Shots were sixteen to four for the Knights.    After a scoreless second period, shots for the Knights were twenty-eight to nine.    Destined to win.    The third period is when Jack Hughes and company would go HAM. Hughes scored the go-ahead goal with assists from Marchand and Weber, and later in the period Marchand would score with assists from Hughes and Weber. Evgeni Dadonov, not one to be left out of the action, joined his linemates with a goal, this one from Marchand and Bowen Byram, icing the cake, the comeback, and the Francouz victory.    Beating teams you’re in a playoff race with is always sweet, and this one feels fantastic. Any time you blank a top line of Leon Draisaitl, Mitch Marner, and Alex DeBrincat, chase Jonathan Quick from the game, and come back to win a game feels sweet.    The Knights are destined for greatness, and you’ve been reading it for months.    Watch out. The Knights are about to ascend into royalty.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights How Would Shane Describe Him... Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:57:18 201 I Wonder How Would Shane Describe Him...   Brutal. What playoff-hungry team surrenders seven goals on twenty-four shots?    Martin Jones, winner of his previous two starts, filling in for the injured Pavel Francouz, has made his last start for the Vegas Golden Knights. In less than half a game, he managed to save just five of the first ten shots he faced, leaving his team with an insurmountable deficit.    In the three weeks that Francouz was out, Martin Jones has two wins (against the Bruins and the once-mighty Avalanche), three losses, an overtime win, and an overtime loss. The win against the basement-living Boston Bruins included a surrendered short-handed goal, and failed save attempt when his team was down a man and needed his help, and on just twenty-one shots, he should’ve been better; there was no reason for that game to be as stressful as it was.    But this attempt-at-effort against the Jets was the worst of his games over that stretch, and proved just how unreliable the guy is. Letting five of ten shots past you is inexcusable. But if you reflect on his numbers over those seven games, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise; he allowed twenty-nine goals in seven games, on 185 shots. That means you can count on him to give up at least four goals a game, and he shouldn’t be counted on to save seventeen of twenty shots.    In an attempt to salvage their playoff aspirations, and to cut salary, Jones was deemed more than expendable, and found himself on waivers, for anyone willing to gamble on his track record improving their team.    But at least Jack Hughes scored twice.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights X Marks the Spot Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:56:36 225 Today is a special day; Mark your calendar.    The Vegas Golden Knights have now found themselves in a playoff spot, at the latest time in their history. Never before have they been this close to making it into the postseason, and certainly have they never been this close, this late in a season. Because of Vegas GM Derek’s superb drafting, watchful waiver eye, discipline with free-agent contracts, and shrewd trading, and uncanny ability to dress his lines, his team is still right in the thick of it.    Three players cast away by their previous teams, either through waivers or trading for a dollar - Casey Cizikas, Evgeni Dadonov, and Mathieu Perrault - made their impact known when they each scored goals in the first two periods against the Bruins. They also helped to keep Vegas’ ever-improving penalty-kill near-perfect in this last stretch of games, and helped them become a top-five team when shorthanded. All three players were the game’s three stars, and one can’t help but wonder how players like these are continually cast-away from their teams.    Things got a little scary when Martin Jones allowed two goals in the third period, one short-handed, to make it a one-goal contest, but what else can you expect when GM Shane’s thirty-third least-favourite goalie is in net.    With another injury-free game, a sold-out crowd, packed stadium, a two-game win streak, and the hope that Pavel Francouz will be back for their next tilt, the Golden Knights are sitting pretty.    GAME NOTES: -The Knights have now used every letter of the alphabet as the first letter of the first word of their articles.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Clutch Performance Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:56:01 209 What was in store for the Knights’ fans tonight?  Playing a meaningful game? Check.  Play against a team they’re competing with for a playoff spot? Check.  Play with a healthy lineup? Check. Buuut… Francouz is still out.  Hope that Martin Jones can get rid of his bad luck? Check.  See Jack Hughes add to his rookie scoring lead? Check.  Watch their team give up the first goal again, and need to play from behind? Hopefully not!    Ready for puck drop, aaand… nineteen seconds later, it’s one-nothing for the Avalanche. But it doesn’t have to be like this, is what Casey Cizikas thought to himself. So he tied the game up, on a powerplay goal less than four-hundred seconds later. Inspired by his performance, and eager to redeem himself, Jack Hughes fed a puck to Evgeni Dadonov who put the Golden Knights ahead before the first whistle.    Twenty-four seconds into the second, Leo Komrov, inspired by coach Lindy Ruff’s dressing room speech, came out to score again, giving the Knights a two-goal lead in a must-win, four point game. The Avs would score again before the end of the period, and set the stage for a dramatic third period.    Under four minutes left in the third, the Avs tied it up on a Scott Laughton goal, making Vegas fans nervous. No one has forgotten their awful two-and-seven overtime record, and they can’t afford to give points away, or have them taken away.    With just over a minute to play in a tied game, Jack Hughes shook off his recent struggle against the Predators, and continued to cement his case for the Calder. With a pass from Brad Marchand he fired a puck through Avs’ goalie Linus Ullmark’s pads to put his team ahead. Martin Jones, somehow, managed to stop a puck for the first time in five games, and with the help of a perfect penalty-kill and an injury-free game, managed to hang on and win the game.  
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Insufferable Loss Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:55:32 178 Want to know the quickest way to see your team lose a playoff race? Start Martin Jones in your must-win games. In his first three games since the Vegas Golden Knights lost their starting goaltender Pavel Francouz, in one of the tightest playoff races in years, Martin Jones gave up fourteen goals. The hope was that his luck would change against the Nashville Predators. Nope. He gave up another five. With Francouz expected to miss another week or two of games, Mr. Jones had better figure out how to make a save if he has any hopes of keeping his job in Vegas.    The Predators top line was too much for the Golden Knights to handle in this game, as Joe Pavelski, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Jeff Carter combined for four goals, ten points and plus-ten rating, while the Knights top line of Jack Hughes, Brad Marchand, and Evgeni Dadonov has a goal and were a combined minus-five. Vegas’ second-pairing defense tandem of Rasmus Ristolainen and Justin Faulk were each minus-four, and had to suffer through the embarrassment of playing in front of a goalie who couldn’t make a save. Toronto Maple Leafs GM Shane’s thoughts on the play of Jones, said to the media in a separate press conference, articulated pretty clearly how the rest of the league feels about Martin and his deplorable attempt at puck-stopping.    On the bright(er) side, the Knights penalty-kill continues to improve, finding themselves in the top quarter of teams.    Let’s hope that the Knights’ next game against playoff-seed-rival Colorado Avalanche has a better ending than this one.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Xtra Crappy in the Xtra Frame Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:55:06 175 What a roller coaster. And Wow does Vegas suck in overtime. Against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas lost their league-leading SEVENTH game in overtime, with just two wins and seven losses in the fourth period. The Maple Leafs, a team who have been incredibly vocal about their desire to sell assets, is a team the Knights should be beating if they want to make the playoffs, and a five-to-four overtime loss is not the way to do it. That’s not how you earn respect or points in this league.    But the Knights seemed out of it before the game even got started. Missing their franchise goalie Pavel Francouz, still out while recovering from a lacerated hand, and handing the reins to Martin Jones has been exhausting, and the unpredictability of the team’s results while Jones is in net is beginning to wear on his team. That exhaustion showed in the game against the Leafs.    But still, the Knights fought. And fought. But they were constantly fighting back. They were down two-to nothing in the first, and four-to-one halfway through the game, and that constant chasing has begun to wear them out - you play a different kind of hockey when you play with the lead. You’re more confident, less stressed, more composed, less reckless. And still, the Knights fought. Three unassisted goals (one in the first, two in the second), had them trailing by one entering the third period, and Leo Komorov scored the lone goal of the third period to tie it. A win was still possible.    Losing two more players in overtime however, would prove to be their undoing, as the Maple Leafs would capitalize on the Knights’ exhaustion.    On to the next one…   GAME NOTES:  -The Knights had more goals than assists in this game, indicating just how difficult to get anything going because everyone was trying to do it on their own  -The top line was pointless, with Jack Hughes totalling a minus-three -The Knights power play went oh-for-four, and continues to be a hindrance on the season -Knights D Jamie Oleksiak was the first star, with one goal, two points, and three shots.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Underwhelming Win Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:54:37 209 In a game with their playoff-seed-competition Arizona Coyotes, The Vegas Golden Knights desperately wanted to make a statement, and gain some ground in this race. Giving up almost forty shots is probably not the best way to go about it.    Things looked good early, as Brad Marchand scored an unassisted goal on his first shift of the game to open the scoring, and Mathieu Perrault added another about six minutes later to give the Knights a two-goal lead to begin the game. Things changed quickly however, as the Yotes tallied two goals in twenty-seven seconds to knot it up. Vegas was outshot more than two-to-one, as Arizona generated fifteen shots in the first period to the Knights’ seven. Ending the first tied at one was as good of a spot as they could hope to be in.    The second started out the same as the first ended, with Arizona firing another thirteen shots on net, scoring again, this time to put themselves ahead by one. Brad Marchand, adding to his Hart Trophy consideration, took a pass from Jack Hughes and Bowen Byram and tied the game up, setting up for a dramatic third period.    The third period is where Vegas came alive, and, although they still game up double-digit shots, managed to outshoot and outscore the Coyotes. But barely. Max Pacioretty scored his twenty-seventh goal of the year to give Arizona the lead, but that would be all that they wrote. With under five minutes to play and down by a goal, Rasmus Ristolainen did what he likes to do, and scored a goal to tie it up.    With almost a minute to go in a tied game, and Leo Komorov out with an injury, Jack Hughes made another case for his Calder Case. Hughes stepped up to centre the third line, in addition to top line duties. In his short time there, he fed a pass to Brett Ritchie who dropped it to Andreas Johnson, who put the team ahead with a goal. “Miraculous” Martin Jones shut the door the rest of the way, and the Knights went on to win, keeping their stellar play of 2022 happening, and the playoffs within reach.    Watch out NEFHL
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Zamboni Driver Could Stop More Pucks Than Jones Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:54:07 179     In a game where he was counted on to take over for injured starter Pavel Francouz, Martin Jones had a chance to prove himself capable. His team is in the thick of one of the most interesting playoff races in recent memory, and needed him to step up and be present against the middling Columbus Blue Jackets. His team even gifted him the first goal of the game, AND allowed only twenty shots against. That would prove to be too much for Martin, as he somehow thought that fifteen saves would be enough for his team to win. A veteran of his ability should know better; you can’t expect to play like that and to win hockey games.    Casey Cizikas scored his tenth of the year to open the scoring, but then Jones allowed three more in the opening frame to dramatically reduce his team’s chances at winning. Although, in their last game and several times before, the Knights have proven they can win a game in the third despite being down, this hill might be too high to climb, again.    Brad Marchand cut the deficit to one with a beautiful pass from Jack Hughes, and, in the third, Leo Komorov tied the game up with a howitzer. That would be as close as Vegas would get, however, as the loss of Shea Weber, who had just six minutes of ice time, proved to be too taxing for the young squad.    With the game knotted at three, Dylan Cozens scored a power-play goal with less than nine minutes in the game and would prove to be enough to seal the deal.    The adversity the Knights are facing of late is a good test for their team, and a solid opportunity to prove to the still-tanking teams that you shouldn’t need to suck for five years before trying to get good.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Overtime Victory! Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:53:21 195 Another game, another bad start. TheVegas Golden Knights seem to enjoy making things difficult for themselves as of late. At a time of year when they should be digging in and getting it done, their collective inexperience with playing (and winning) meaningful games at this time of year is really starting to show. Allowing Jeff Skinner and the lowly Detroit Red Wings to score twice to open the game is not a recipe for success. Neither is allowing the Wings to score the only goal of the second period, allowing them to begin the third with a two-goal deficit.    After Skinner scored his two in the first, nearing the end of the period, Knights D Rasmus Ristolainen took matters into his own hands, with a little help from Brad Marchand and Jack Hughes, to begin to cut into the deficit his team was facing. But in the second period, Sean “Always on the block but never traded” Monahan restored the two-goal lead to enter the third, and it was not looking good for Vegas.    Knowing that they possess the most losses in the league in overtime, the Knights knew they had to get it done in the third if they wanted to have a chance at winning. After Andreas Johnsson and Mikhail Grigorienko tied the game up and forced overtime, there was a small possibility. But the Wings came out in overtime. In the first three minutes of the fourth period they had already mustered four shots, while Vegas had a mere quarter of that.    However, the Knights have something to prove this year. Some of the most significant players on your team can come from the waiver wire. Victor Rask is evidence of that. He scored his FOURTH game-winning goal of the year, to give the Knights just their second OT win of the season.    GAME NOTES:  -Knights G Francouz suffered an injury, and is out for the next three weeks with a lacerated hand - The Knights also lost D Bowen Byram, and F Derek Grant to injury, but both shouldn’t be out long term
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Yielding to the Bolts Knights-Derek 2022-03-16 16:52:46 156 There must be something in the air. Everyone knows that when negative charges gather near the base of the cloud, while positive charges build in the top of the cloud, it allows electric fields to form and grow between the cloud and the ground and within the cloud itself. This is a necessary condition for lightning to occur, and is exactly what happened when the Vegas Golden Knights played the Tampa Bay Lightning, who handed the former their first regulation loss in nine games.    After losing their first two games of 2022, Vegas went on a tear, picking up points in thirteen of their next fifteen games. They had ten wins and three overtime losses in that span, picking up twenty-three of a possible thirty points, which would put them on pace for an obscene 124 points, had they played like that all season. Those points have helped the Knights to make up ground in a tight playoff space, where it seems eight teams are fighting for the last three playoff seeds in the Western Conference. A mere five points separate teams seeded sixth through eleventh, and only three of them can make the playoffs.    In the loss to the Lightning, Jack Hughes scored again - his third game in a row - and has four goals and eight points in that same three-game scoring streak. He couldn’t do it all himself however, as most of the team was distracted by the loss (again!) of Captain Shea Weber, who was forced to leave the game with an undisclosed injury. Because the Bolts are one of the most disciplined teams in the league, there are growing rumours that GM Paul has helped to bribe officials to turn a blind eye to his team’s infractions, something that Leafs GM Shane wishes the NHL’s Department of Player Safety would do for his beloved Toronto team.
Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs Done and Done Leafs-Shane 2022-03-10 19:41:17 202 This season is toast. Leafs have once again been doomed by injuires. A team that was in first place not long ago is now out of the playoffs and in sell mode.. or retool some would say.    The Leafs have been wheeling and dealing. The team has traded Center Ryan Getzlaf who was signed this offseason and been incredibe along with Andrew Cogliano have been shipped to Pittsburgh in exchange for picks 3rd, 5th in 2022 and 5th in 2023 as well as Zach MacEwen.    It all started with a text message from GM Brent Bellio.. Getzlaf and Cogs for picks? Next thing we knew the deal was done. We have a great relationship with the Pens organization and have made numerous deals over the past. We wish the Pens sucess down the stetch and hope they get in the playoffs.    Leafs are now looking to trade Center Lars Eller. We beleive he has alot of value to a playoff team and could bring some futures back in return. Prior to these moves, the leafs had moved Saad out for 2nd and 4th rd picks this ocoming draft. Brought in Barabanov from the Caps for Cal Foote. Another deal with the Pens was struck when the Leafs traded Mikahil Sergacheb for top propsect Topi Niemela along with Zack Osptachuk.     The leafs are rimoured to be in the mix to acquire a forward as they have a spot to use in the expansion draft. Stay tuned and see what the Leafs can do prior to the deadline. 
Florida PanthersFlorida Panthers Fewest Games Played Panthers-Eric 2022-03-08 17:17:32 264 SUNRISE, FLORIDA -- "The fix is in", says Panthers-GM Eric. "Our team analysts took a close look at the league schedule and standings today, and it confirmed our theory: the NEFHL is actively working against us." Yes, as of March 8 every single team in the league has played more games than the Florida Panthers, raising doubt about the fairness and legitimacy of not just the league, but the Commissioner himself. "How are we expected to compete when are aren't even given a fair shake? This Commissioner has had it in for us since Day 1, but to schedule us for fewer games than everyone else? That's a new low", said Eric. Despite the league's best efforts at keeping the Panthers out of playoff contention, the team currently sits in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and is 6-3-0-1 in their last 10. "It doesn't matter if we are scheduled for 1 game or 58 games, we'll always find ways of getting points. The icing on the cake will be when we win the Cup this Spring." Backup goalie Marcus Hogberg made 24 saves for the Panthers in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres last night. Even though the Sabres are one of the perennial bottom feeders of the league, this win is sure to give GM-Eric more confidence in his backup netminder while starter Jacob Markstrom remains bedridden with what the team is calling "definitely not COVID". The Panthers' recent cap troubles seem to be a thing of the past, too. The team sits a comfortable 500k below their max spendable per game, meaning an acquisition or two might even be in the cards at the trade deadline.
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Penguins Move Rodrigues, Add Malkin and Sergachev Pens-Brent 2022-03-03 18:37:53 266 With the trade deadline appearing on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been busy on the trade front.  The team finds themselves at a crossroads, on the outside looking in yet in striking distance of 8th spot in the East.  Having won their last three games, the club seems to be heading in the right direction. "As much as we are in the midst of a rebuild, getting into the playoffs would be awesome for not only the franchise and our fans, but also for our youngsters who are still learning the ropes," said coach Craig Berube.   When the Penguins won the cup in 2018, the team was carried by their tremendous centre depth.  Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux and Bo Horvat led the charge as the team went 16-6 before hoisting their first Stanley Cup in team history.  In recognizing the significance of solid centre depth, the Penguins went out and acquired superstar middleman, Evgeni Malkin.  Heading back to the Blues was a second and third round pick. "Evgeni is a premier player in this league.  Don't let his age and stats fool you.  He's an outspoken guy who leads by example.  He's going to be a great mentor to our future core and is someone who the fans will appreciate watching," said the Penguins GM.  In a surprising move, the Penguins moved Evan Rodrigues to the Washington Capitals, recouping the picks they moved for Geno.  "Evan is definitely a solid player and we wish him the best in Washington.  At the end of the day, we felt that it was in our best interest to move him given the fact that his trade value was the highest than it had ever been," GM Brent added.   Finally, the Penguins shook hands with the Maple Leafs earlier this morning, sending prospects Zack Ostapchuk and Topi Neimela to Toronto  in exchange for Mikhail Sergachev. "We made it clear to the Leafs that we didn't want to move prospects, but rather picks.  The Leafs brass were insistent on bringing in youth further along in their development.  At this point, moving both Topi and Zack is definitely tough, but we ultimately felt that bringing in a known, 23 year old, who has played close to 300 career games was the smarter choice.  Giving up on youth is always a gamble, but we felt that bringing in Mikhail was worth the risk," stated the Penguins GM.  It appears as though defender Cam Fowler could be on the move.  However, a lack of cap space around the league may hamper a possible deal from being signed.   Additionally, it is public knowledge that Pens are on the hunt for expansion (keeper worthy) players.  It is rumoured that Penguins are looking to move picks to facilitate a trade.   More to come... 
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Most Impressive PK Performance Ever Knights-Derek 2022-02-23 21:02:01 314 Uh-oh. Things did not look good once this game started. Down two-to-nothing after the first period, three-to-nothing after the second, and outshot twenty-seven to fourteen after forty minutes.And to anyone watching the boxscore, it didn’t appear as though the Vegas Golden Knights got to play even a minute of the game at even-strength; they were short-handed at almost every refresh!    This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. Brad Marchand’s first match against his former squad was supposed to be something special. He and Jack Hughes had just combined for nine points in their last game and were showing such promising chemistry. The Knights’ playoff hopes were just within reach.    And then, with four seconds left in the second period, Colton Paryako took an unsportsmanlike penalty for boarding, and Marchand, in the dressing room between periods, dug deep. He decided that this wouldn’t be how this game ends. And so when he came out for the third period on the powerplay, decided that he was going to write another ending to this story. So he scored a beauty to cut the deficit to two goals.    Jack Hughes, inspired by his linemate’s efforts, responded with a goal of his own ten minutes later, closing the gap even more.    But then that seemed to be all the Knights could muster.    With the clock ticking down to the final minute, the Knights didn’t appear to be getting any closer. Fifty seconds left, still down. Justin Faulk keeps the puck in the Panthers’ zone. He fires a shot at Jacob Markstrom who turns it aside. Forty-five seconds left. Victor Rask picks up the rebound and passes it over to a pinching Rasmus Ristolainen. He shoots… and he scores!    Three third period goals to tie it up against the Florida Panthers was huge. But it’s not over yet; there’s still overtime. The Knights are destined to win. Despite not scoring in the extra frame, they still hung on, getting every shot for, and giving up none against. Brad Marchaned picked up a goal and two points against his former squad. Destined. To. Win.    The shootout is where Pavel Francouz would continue to shine. Although five of the first seven Knights’ players would miss the net on their shootout attempts, Francouz was perfect for all eight shots he faced. Then, as the Knights’ eighth shooter Jamie Oleksiak (what is coach Ruff thinking?!) skated down the ice, he pulled a Marek Malik and finished the game.    Destiny.   Let it be known that on February 17th, 2022, the Vegas Golden Knights penalty-killers were a perfect eleven-for-eleven while playing short-handed. They were destined to win this game. Yes. Eleven times short-handed, and eleven perfect kills. The Knights picked up twenty-six minutes in penalties that game, and didn’t give up anything. It’s historic. It’s unprecedented. It’s the Knight Train.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Quite The Showing! Knights-Derek 2022-02-23 20:31:03 227 The Vegas Golden Knights continued their winning ways, nearly doubling up the Carolina Hurricanes in a game that could’ve been over minutes after puck drop. Vegas won seven to four, which was their largest offensive output this season, and it helped to extend their point streak, as they continue to push for the playoffs.    Their powerplay has continued to breathe life into the offense, scoring on forty-percent of their five chances in the game. Jack Hughes had the game of his career, putting up a record five points on the night. His line scored the first two goals of the game, just eighteen seconds apart, before the period was six minutes old. Although Evgeni Dadonov was lost in the first period, the forward was still able to add a goal and two points to the scoresheet before he left. Brad Marchand had his best game in a Knights’ uniform, scoring two goals and four points on the night. Netting five goals in two periods on fifteen shots doesn’t feel or get any better than this.    The line of Hughes (two goals, three assists), centering Marchand (two goals, two assists), and Dadonov (one goal one assist), combined for eleven points against the Hurricanes, and is one of the best performances by the Knights this year. That five-point effort has catapulted Hughes back into the Calder conversation, and if he can keep this up, will surely earn the first of many awards in his career.    If it weren’t for the Dadonov injury, who knows how many more points they could’ve accumulated. In his absence however, Brett Ritchie stepped up, adding two assists.    Derek Grant dropped from his checking-line spot, in order to cover for Sean Kuraly, who missed his first game of the season. The Knights’ fourth-line forward looks to be out for the next four weeks while he recovers from a hip injury sustained in the overtime loss to the Predators last week.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild The trades that led to an unintentional tank job Wild-Peter 2022-02-20 19:13:20 282 Bored with some spare time to kill, I decided to look into some of the moves that got me into this situation and where some of the pieces I traded now are compared to the "assets" I got back. Maybe I should just go back to focusing on building the puzzle again organically through the draft over trying to cut some time trading for pieces. I've definitely slacked off over the last couple drafts in doing research. The last draft especially. Crazy thing is at the time of these trades I felt I was adding important pieces for a deep run.  Now, the results are clear that it failed. Let's take a look at some of these trades: 2019-12-22 Winnipeg Jets trade Nate Schmidt to Minnesota Wild for Erik Gudbranson, Jonathan Dahlen and MIN 2020 Rnd 3 - Schmidt was very succesful in NHL Vegas at the time. The guy is still a top 4 D today in the NHL today.  - Dahlen had a great season in Europe. His rights traded a few times between Ottawa, Vancouver, San Jose. Today he's a young NHLer. His PA/PC/SC is around 60 and trending up. - Schmidt had a decent nefhl playoff performance stats wise for the 2019-2020 playoffs with us. 8 pts in 11 games. - 3rd round pick 2020 to Winnipeg ended up being Oliver Suni. Undrafted in NHL. Playing in Liiga. - Schmidt waived after commanding a hefty raise, not performing for us since that decent playoff run, and having zero interest on the open market for even a late pick despite decent ratings. On the hook by the Habs for 3 years at 3.35m after their waiver claim. This is a trade I wouldn't do again.   2020-02-20 Minnesota Wild trade Ivan Morozov, LOS 2021 Rnd 2 and $2,000,000 to Anaheim Ducks for Jean-Gabriel Pageau and ANA 2021 Rnd 5 - Pageau had good scoring going on there for a while. Things cooled off on the Island in the NHL, but I acquired him knowing he'd be a 3rd C down the road for me and his top6 offensive ratings were a short time boost. He will be shopped. But most likely he will be my loyalty if nobody wants him at the deadline. I think he is a very good fit for 3C. Maybe even 4C. - Morozov is playing well in the KHL. NHL Vegas cap issues and Morozov's KHL contract ending in 2022 means we might see him in NHL/AHL soon enough. Projected to be a middle 6 F. - LA 2nd 2021 I moved was later moved again it seems to Nashville. William Stromgren was selected by them. - 2021 5th rounder I got back was used to select Mikael Pyyhtia. Drafted by NHL Blue Jackets and currently playing well in Liiga. I would do this trade again.   2020-09-10 Minnesota Wild trade Michael McLeod, Roman Polak and MIN 2021 Rnd 3 to Tampa Bay Lightning for Jared Spurgeon - Spurgeon was and is still a legit top pairing NHL Defenseman. His ratings in NEFHL reflect that. - Spurgeon was a shit show after his 19/20 season with us. Never played up to his ratings after that. Throw in some injuries. Add a few healthy scratches. He was pure trash for me for 1.5 seasons out of the 2.5 seasons I had him. Even sitting out playoff games with a 70+ SC. He was that bad. This was after he commanded more money as a loyalty designation..of course. - McLeod was a former 1st in the top half of the round. Great speed. Just never put it together. Serviceable player in the bottom 6. - 2021 3rd rounder I moved in this deal was later moved again to Dallas and Aiden Hreschuk was selected by them. I would do this move again just for the return I got from Spurgeon. (Colin Miller +  2nd + 7th)    2020-09-29 Minnesota Wild trade David Kampf and MIN 2021 Rnd 6 to Tampa Bay Lightning for Travis Zajac - Zajac had amazing DF and LD/EX which is why I targetted him. He provided some clutch goals for me along the way. Dude was exactly what I wanted on the 4th line, albeit at a higher salary than most 4th line C. - 6th rounder I moved was used by Tampa for Patrik Hamrla. - Kampf was waived by Tampa and now plays in LA on the 4th line. - Zajac (+ Stalock) moved earlier this year for 4th + 5th round picks - Zajac was waived after the trade and now plays for the Ducks organization. I would do this move again. Zajac provided what I needed and I got something out of it when I moved him.   2020-10-26 St-Louis Blues trade Danny DeKeyser to Minnesota Wild for Alexander Green and MIN 2022 Rnd 5 - Dekeyser was supposed to be my 7th D and he had 60PA/SC with 75 DF when I got him. My 7th D was better than some teams 4th D on paper. Dynamic ratings changed things dropping his offensive ratings downward. - Waived and claimed by San Jose. - Alex Green was a UFA prospect I signed in 2020. He was moved again by St. Louis for Nick Leddy after our trade. - 2022 MIN 5th is TBD I wouldn't do this trade over again.    2020-11-26 Minnesota Wild trade Givani Smith and Marian Studenic to Columbus Blue Jackets for Josh Bailey - Bailey was an added boost to my playmaking on the wings. Not flashy but contributes. Good DF raise as well. Signed him longterm and for a cheap. Good expansion bait as well. - Studenic I was a fan of. But he seems to have hit his wall a year or two back and never progressed more.  - Smith is a good physical, ginding type player but doesn't bring much else. I would do this trade again.   2021-03-04 Los Angeles Kings trade Joonas Donskoi to Minnesota Wild for NYI 2021 Rnd 2 and LOS 2022 Rnd 3 - Donskoi was playing on an offensively stacked NHL Avalanche team before being picked up by Seattle in expansion where his value took a dump.  - I took a gamble at the time knowing I was buying at his highest value. Something I knew I shouldn't do but I did to press my advantage with cap space and the hope of a deep run. - He did not end up moving the needle at all and acquiring him was when my team starting the nose dive last season. - Dynamic ratings murdered his offensive value very quickly. - 2021 2nd was used by the Kings to select Josh Doan. - 2022 3rd is TBD I should have stuck to my instict and not force this trade.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Finding Ways to Keep Picking Up Points Knights-Derek 2022-02-16 12:57:30 245 Another overtime loss, this time at the hands of the Western Conference Finalists Nashville Predators. Vegas has just one overtime win in seven tries this season, and currently sits just three points out of the playoffs.    With points in six straight games, just one regulation loss in their last ten games, and the acquisition of All-Star Brad Marchand, the Vegas Golden Knights are suddenly poised for a second-half surge. With fourteen of a possible twenty points over that ten game span, they’re currently playing at a 114 point pace, and are deserving of respectability.    With a 13 - 10 - 3 record against Western Conference opponents, it’s not a stretch to imagine that the playoffs are a very real, even if unlikely, possibility for the Knights.    Jack Hughes played twenty-six minutes against the Predators, the second-highest time-on-ice of his career, but failed to register a point. A second-period misconduct and twelve PIM to linemate Brad Marchand is likely part of the reason, as losing a player of that caliber in a close game messes with the chemistry they began to establish. Adding in a double-minor of his own further demonstrates the frustration felt by Hughes. These games matter. Losing a game in overtime after holding a lead going into the third period also compounds that feeling.    Adding on to that, the Knights lost a top-four defencemen (P.K. Subban) in the second, and their bottom two centremen (Leo Komorov in the first, and Sean Kuraly in the third). Kuraly badly injured his hip and is expected to be out for the next few weeks, while the other two players should be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Hurricanes. Taking Kuraly’s place in the lineup is third-line winger Derek Grant.     The Knights’ powerplay continued to demonstrate improvement, going one-for-five, and currently sits twenty-ninth in the league. Part of that growth is due to the play of D Rasmus Ristolainen, who picked up another two points, giving him five in his last pair of games.  
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Even The Wild Can't Stop Vegas Knights-Derek 2022-02-16 01:23:36 215 For the second game in a row, the Vegas Golden Knights generated double digit shots each period, en route to their dominating five-to-three victory against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. With their efforts, the Knights now find themselves in sole possession of fourth-place amongst shots generated, a sure sign that their lack of scoring cannot continue for much longer.    This game was a special one, and was widely watched around the league, as superstar Brad Marchand made his debut, on a line with Commissioner Barry’s Calder favourite, Jack Hughes. Hughes, centering a line between Marchand and Evgeni Dadonov, scored twice, with both wingers combining to assist on each of the goals, making quite the impression to the rest of the league. Now that Hughes has a superstar player to skate with, it’s time to see if he’ll live up to the hype that Commissioner Barry promised when he forced Hughes to be promoted to permanent top-line duties on the Knights.    Knights’ defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was also a huge contributor to the Knights’ victory, as he chipped in a goal, two assists, and four hits in the game. After being the Knights’ leading scorer last year, expectations were high for Rasmus entering the season. This year he has had to contend with injuries, an ejection, and playing behind rookie D Bowen Byram, the impact of which can be felt on his lack of (point) production. He’s still throwing the body as much as ever however, as his 196 hits in forty-seven games ranks second in the league among defencemen, and has him on pace for well over 300 by season’s end, shattering his previous career high of 257 with the Dallas Stars back in the 2018-2019 season.    When all was said and done, Hughes, Marchand, and Risto were the game’s three stars, a well-deserved result for the hardest-working and unluckiest team in the league.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Can't Be Beat Knights-Derek 2022-02-16 01:12:14 210 The Vegas Golden Knights continued their winning ways, and swept their season series against the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins. The energy in the Vegas dressing room was high before the game had even begun, as it was announced that they had successfully acquired the 2020 Conn Smythe winning, future Hall of Fame forward, Brad Marchand from the Florida Panthers, for nothing more than a first round pick and a defensive prospect. Although Marchand was acquired, he would be unable to make his debut until Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild.    As for the Penguins, well, they must’ve heard the news as well, as they looked worse than they do when an airplane flies overhead. The Pens mustered a lowly six shots in the first period, four in the second, and came on for a whopping nine in the third, adding another tally to games in which the Knights have held teams to single digit shots each period. Pittsburgh’s nineteen shots were barely half of Vegas’ thirty-seven, with the latter generating double digit shots every period.    The Knight’s powerplay also came to life, as they went two-for-six, and look to improve on their league-worse conversion rate.    The sold-out crowd came to T-Mobile arena to witness the return of Shea Weber to home ice, and the Knights’ captain did not disappoint, adding a goal and an assist in his home debut. His efforts did not go unnoticed, as they were instrumental in helping the team to stay strong in the absence of Jack Hughes and three other players, all of whom were lost to injury in Tuesday’s game.    It’s obvious to anyone that GM Brent’s gameplan, because his team sucks so badly, is to try to take out the stars of every team they play against, in an attempt to make themselves feel better. It was all for naught however, as the five-two victory crushed their spirits like a Coke can.
Calgary FlamesCalgary Flames Flames and Isles Swap Superstars Flames-JD 2022-02-15 15:37:58 220 The Calgary Flames and New York Islanders recently exchanged two superstars.  Mark Scheifele and Jonathan Huberdeau.  If you looked only at the ratings, ages and contracts you'd think those two could be swapped one for one.   Scheifele has slightly higher SC and much better DF.  Huberdeau has slightly higher PC and much better PA. Scheifele is a centermen.  Huberdeau makes 500k less for this and next season. However, when you look at what the Flames addtionally gave up, (Nils Hoglanger, Danila Zhuravlyov and William Wallinder) you have to wonder why make such an additional investment to acquire a player who probably won't really improve the team's overall performance.   Most of you know why though.  Mark Scheifele had a rough patch this NHL season.  He's rebounded nicely since, playing at his usual pace of slightly over a point per game.  But on the other hand Jonathan Huberdeau has been absolutely lights out, leading the league in points at times.  You could argue, the Flames bought high.  But when you're trying to win championships, sometimes, that's what you have to do.  The cap relief also will allow the Flames to add a top 6 winger.  Rumors are that there could be a deal in place for Adam Henrique to come to Calgary once the cap space is cleared up, as long as Henrique maintains a decent set of ratings.  The two big assets that came from St. Louis in the trade that sent Anders Lee, Nolan Patrick and Ryan Dzingel to the Blues have now left town.  Patrick's lack of development to date seems to have favored the Flames in this exchange.  Patrick was already sent packing to Nashville by the Blues and his upside is now considerably lower than it once was. Look for the Flames to be making more moves prior to the deadline in an effort to improve their playoff chances and navigate the upcoming expansion draft.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Changes continue leading up to the deadline Wild-Peter 2022-02-13 23:07:59 217 The league has awakened. Expansion isn't far off. Some GMs are now planning their moves with this in mind. Suddenly teams are trying to dump exposed assets and get exempt pieces and futures in return. It also seems some teams with open Forward or Defense slots to fill up are still asleep at the wheel but I won't get into that. Considering only Las Vegas is exempt from the expansion list, a lot of teams will not be able to trade away assets before the deadline and leave them exposed to the Kraken at expansion. In recent trade talks, asking for exempt pieces is trending and will continue until the deadline. The next round of Minnesota's shit season casualties include Taylor Raddysh, Danny Dekeyser, and Nate Schmidt. - Raddysh went for a 2nd in 2023 and 6th in 2022 in a highly controversial transaction. - Schmidt got claimed off waivers by the Canadiens (thanks Mike!) - Dekeyser on re-entry to the Sharks. A few other players on the Wild are expected to move before the deadline. Between Kadri, Spurgeon, Schmidt moving on from the Wild, GM Peter was able to open up about 10.5 million in cap space for the offseason in order to re-load for 2022-2023. In the short term, the league is still cap strapped for contenders. While the Wild don't have much to offer anymore to other teams in terms of players going to contenders, the Wild's finances project under 42 million committed to cap by the deadline and the team will be available to act as a third team to absorb contracts to facilitate other deals. It will be interesting who will jump on that chance.
Seattle KrakenSeattle Kraken Kraken hire inaugural GM Kraken-Scott 2022-02-13 15:33:18 221 Seattle Kraken ownership has hired its inaugural GM for its expansion franchise - they've hired former Penguins Assistant GM Scott Davies to serve as the organization's first general manager in franchise history.  "I'm very grateful and honoured to be the first General Manager in Kraken history" Davies said to the media this past week. "I'm really excited to get things started here in Seattle. Being the GM of an expansion franchise is a huge challenge that I'm excited to take on. I've always wanted to build a franchise from the bottom up and it should be exciting for all of our fans to witness the birth of the team. There is ton of work for our staff to do leading into the expansion draft and the 2022 entry level draft. I'm studying all the rosters across the league and trying to develop a strategy for long-term success." The Kraken's new GM is also very excited to see what happens as the NEFHL trade deadline approaches. "I have no doubt that teams are checking their projected lists of protected players and contemplating trades to minimize any losses to their franchises...once the trade deadline passes, we'll have a much better idea of what our team will look like in our first season" Davies said. "I don't expect that the Kraken will challenge for a Cup for several seasons, but we'll do everything we can to field a competitive team as soon as possible." It is anticipated that the Kraken plan to be active in free agency this summer to fill out the remainder of its roster. There are a number of very good players that will be unrestricted free agents after this season ends. "If players are looking for playing time, I can't imagine a better place to play than Seattle" Davies noted to the media. The Kraken have already started working on their list for the 2022 entry level draft. The Kraken have the 3rd seeding in the upcoming draft lottery and expect to pick in the top 5 at a minimum. "Getting that first draft pick right will be essential to getting the franchise off to a good start. This team will be primarily be built through the draft."
Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators Ottawa claims Hall on waivers Sens-Mike 2022-02-11 01:39:36 242 The Ottawa Senators announced today that they have claimed winger Taylor Hall off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres. The move was surprising to some, considering Hall's $7.2 million price tag. But GM Mike McMahon said the move was more about what his plans are moving forward rather than this year alone. In a corresponding move, McMahon said that the team will waive and send down winger Kyle Palmieri, who was signed this past summer but has been a disappointment. "I think Kyle needs to take some time to get his game back," McMahon said. "We liked him a lot this offseason but he has underperformed. He's a veteran, and he's a hard worker, so I'm sure he'll find his form again. "For us, this move was about next year more than it was about this year. Obviously Taylor will help us now. He'll become our Loyalty Tag player for this summer. We didn't have one before him. He's 30 years old but he still plays valuable minutes. He was leading Buffalo in scoring prior to being put on waivers." Hall was relieved after the move was made official. "I don't know, man," he said to reporters on a Zoom before boarding a flight to meet the Senators. "Two weeks ago, I was under the impression from management I would be Buffalo's loyalty tag and would be sticking around with the team. Then I found out that I was put on waivers. It's just kind of a confusing time for me, especially after I was just traded there a few months ago." Hall had 20 points in 24 games for the St. Louis Blues this season before he was traded to Buffalo on Dec. 9 in exchange for Evgeni Malkin. In 19 games with the Sabres, Hall had 5 goals and 10 assists with 40 shots on goal and he was a +3. "We still think he can be an impact player," McMahon said. "He's going to have several good opportunities. We believe he'll bring a lot to our organization not only this season, but in future years as well."
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Jets Grounded Knights-Derek 2022-02-07 11:54:00 234 The good times keep on rolling, as the Vegas Golden Knights have won their second game in a row, have five points in their last three games, and have accumulated points in six of their last seven games. After outshooting Winnipeg thirty-four to eighteen, Vegas is now fifth in the league at generating shots. It hasn’t translated to goals yet, but they’ll come.    Upon entering the dressing room down a goal after the opening frame, Vegas was determined to find their resolve, coming out for the second ready to play. They shut the Jets down, outshooting them ten-to-five, and established a new franchise record. Jack Hughes tied the game at 11:28, and just FOUR seconds later Casey Cizikas found the back of the net, putting the Knights ahead. Two goals in four seconds is impressive, and the first time this has ever happened.     Their powerplay keeps coming up empty however, and is back to being the worst in the league. It’s been five games since they scored their last goal with thee man advantage, going fourteen straight opportunities without a goal. At least their penalty-killing has improved - they haven’t given up a goal in four games, killing off fifteen straight penalties.    After playing twelve games this month, here’s the tale of the tape: 6 - 4 - 2 record 34 goals for, 35 against  3 for 31 with the man advantage 4 for 30 when killing penalties    The highlight of the month was beating the Los Angeles Kings twice in three days.    Looking ahead, Vegas has a three-game homestand before playing four on the road. Half of their eight games are against non-playoff teams, and there’s a good chance that they could make up some ground in the playoff race.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Blackhawks Slayed By Knights Knights-Derek 2022-02-07 11:53:10 251 The Answer.   Shea Weber, playing in his first game since “the-Connor-McDavid-Slaying-That-Was-Never-Penalized-So-It’s-Really-An-Injustice-That-The-Commissioner-Ignores” showed the Chicago Blackhawks, the Calgary Flames GM, the Los Angeles Kings, and the rest of the league, that he is still a force to be reckoned with. On just his third shift of the night, the Golden Knights Captain made a statement, blasting one of his record-setting slapshots past Chicago goaltender Juuse Saros, and into the back of the net. That goal would stand to be the game-winner, and, with his assist on in, Jack Hughes continued to demonstrate improvement since his career worst minus-four rating two games ago against the New York Rangers.    With their one-to-nothing shutout victory against the ‘Hawks, the Knights sealed the victory on their season series, at two games to one. In those two victories, Vegas held Chicago to just one goal, showing, along with their pair of victories against the Los Angeles Kings, just how dominant they can be against the league’s top teams.    Pavel Francouz turned aside thirty-nine Blackhawks pucks for his first shutout of the season, a sign that he’s shaken off his earlier injury from this season, and is ready to continue improving down the stretch. His perfect focus will be needed, as the blueline in front of him doesn’t seem to be doing enough to limit the opposition's chances. He was instrumental in killing off two double-minor high-sticking penalties, one by Casey Cizikas in the second period, and another by P.K. Subban in the third.    The Knights’ power play continues to struggle, going oh-for-one, with no goals in their last four games, scoring powerplay goals in just two of their eleven games so far this month.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild The Winds of Change Wild-Peter 2022-02-04 19:56:28 253 In case you've been living under a rock this past week you probably noticed a whole bunch of GM changes. First off, welcome to the new guys Scott and Bill. Also welcome back Jean. Even though you 'left' you were still more active than some and I didn't have a doubt you'd return. Eric is probably the happiest not having to look at those contracts and an inevitable retool/rebuild. It's also sad to see Trev and Alex go and I hope they come back when they feel the time is right.  So what's the point of this article? Was it just to congratulate the new guys? Was it to say it's a bummer seeing some others leave? Not really sure. But I'm getting closer to 250 words everytime I click the space bar and that means cha-ching for the finance page.  Do you know what hasn't changed? Minnesota sucking balls in 2022 just like in 2021. It's still fucked up to me seeing how bad we are this season. Never would have predicted that. Even after selling Kadri, Spurgeon, Zajac, Stalock I should still be leagues ahead of Boston but nope. At least I have my 1st... I gotta say though, if a suck job like this was going to happen, I'm happy it was this season. Delayed Dynamic ratings is still something I'm trying to figure out. I don't fully get it but I do see value in it just for the fact it makes things more challenging. On top of that, my team was going to look different next year anyway as I had to divert money from defense to forwards for Tkachuk and Pettersson's raises so getting a start on clearing salary helps me prepare for that and have a better shot at a top pick. I'll be updating my trade block soon as more changes are planned for my roster. - Hintz is constantly on the radar for teams, but he's not going anywhere. - Kunin's name pops up every now and then. He's not going anywhere. - Pageau is another popular name. He might go if the offer is good enough for me to pass on giving him the loyalty tag. - Kase seems to be on the radar for a few GMs now.  - What to do with Carter Hart? Couple intriguing offers as of late but he's still my goalie. We'll see if that changes with more development from Wolf, Cossa, Tarasov in a year...   Kevin is probably loving that delayed remark in the article a little too much right now. ...let's see if anybody catches this secret message. 
Florida PanthersFlorida Panthers Cleanup On Aisle Wings™ Panthers-Eric 2022-02-04 05:25:16 291 Goodbye Wings, I Hardly Knew Ye™. With the Red Wings franchise now in order, the NEFHL head office reached out to GM-Eric and asked him to go work his magic on another of the league's distressed teams: the Florida Panthers. So with his bags still packed, Eric left Motor City and headed to his new adventure in the Armpit of America™. "I haven't even looked at the roster yet, but can already tell by the distinct lack of 2020-2021 banners that this is yet another pathetic organization in dire needs of a helping hand. And with my Mission in Detroit now Accomplished™, I accepted the league's request to Unfuckify the Panthers™." Yes, it is the League's Worst Kept Secret™ that the Florida Panthers have a cap problem on their hands. If a significant salary dump isn't made soon, the team would end up exceeding the salary limit and falling into NEFHL Conservatorship™. "Yeah, that shit Ain't Happening On My Watch™", said GM-Eric. "Once someone hands me the goddamn team roster to look at, I'll be able to formulate a gameplan and get this pathetic team back in order... something that should have been done weeks ago", he added. Complaints echoed throughout the league earlier in the day as bitter GMs felt that recent Panthers moves were Inconsistent With the Norms and Values of the League™. "If anyone thought the Marchand trade was bad, They Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet™", said Eric. "I will dump salary faster than a prom baby gets dumped in a dumpster. My moves will come faster than 911 in a white neighbourhood . My cap will drop lower than a hot chick's panties when she sees Kev walk into the gym."
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Ducks Working On Kreider Extension Ducks-Ryan 2022-02-03 23:42:35 293 Anaheim has had a lot of positive moments this season to celebrate and perhaps the biggest so far is Chris Kreider's NHL production. Kreider has never scored 30 goals in a single season before until this year and he has a whopping 33 goals in only 47 games played. When asked what is happening differently this year as opposed to the others Kreider cracked a smile and said, "they are going in more for me." Kreider continued, "When I was in Florida, I had to sit out a full year and almost another one after that. It gets your mind wondering, am I going to get another shot? Anaheim took a chance on me and now its my turn to continue to stick by them. We have a lot of young guys in the pipeline and I look forward to playing with (Cole) Perfetti, and (Alexei) Lafreniere the most." "We feel Chris has really earned his spot, and he's done extremely well in whatever roles we have given him. He's so versatile in that he can go torch you on the power play, or block shots and help kill of penalties. There's not many guys out there that can do what he has." said Ducks GM Ryan Clarey When asked if he could be potentially moved to help push the rebuild into overdrive Clarey responded, "Anything is certainly possible, I have seen Crosby traded, Malkin, Ovechkin, Seguin. No one is untouchable in this league and if it came down to the Ducks getting a good offer it would be entertained but we fully expect Chris to be with us next year, and help players like Vasili Podkolzin and Alexei Lafreniere get adjusted. Kreider is certainly captain material." Things are certainly looking up in Anaheim and it is only a matter of time before the Ducks are back and getting into the playoff picture.
Tampa Bay LightningTampa Bay Lightning Oh yeah, the article thing Lightning-Paul 2022-02-03 21:40:27 238 Well I guess if I don't want to start off next year with 3 strikes and at risk of being fired I should write some more articles. I won't be able to go on the forums, reply to PM's, negotiate trades or any of those other active things a GM does to make this league what it is for the next little while because the time I had to take to write this article will dry up all my available time.  Now I have to figure out how to best use my available time for the rest of the season and off-season. I still have two articles to write, and I at the very least have to send a list of players to draft for the next entry draft. I can save quite a bit of time by just sending in a list rather than going to the draft so I guess live draft needs to be sacrificed. Posting on forums and engaging in talks about the betterment of the league seems to be less valuable than articles, so I guess if I have to choose one, the articles are more important. Responding to PM's  or even reading them doesn't seem to be an important thing so I guess that can buy me some time to do a little bit of scouting for my team.  In reality, I don't understand for the life of me why some things are valued so highly and some things aren't. I absolutely love this league and think I'm a good participant yet I absolutely hate writing articles and because of it an amazing hobby is met with homework, deadlines and the threat of dismissal.    On a side note, as predicted the lightning have been outscored 12-3 in the last two games and it looks like the tease of a playoff team is beginning it's annual return to the bubble team mediocrity.  Ode to the new NEFHL, a rebuild can happen simply with cap space. Established players go for pennies on the dollar, heck you sometimes don't even have to participate in an auction, you just get them without any competition! 
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Lost Our Bite Knights-Derek 2022-02-03 14:33:44 222 Well, it finally happened. We lost our first game in a shootout. After three previous perfect shootouts, Aleksander Barkov and the division-rival San Jose Sharks handed the Vegas Golden Knights their first shootout loss of the season. Despite having the lead twice in the game the Knights let it slip away both times. Making matters worse, Vegas failed to register a shot on goal in overtime, whereas the Sharks had three in five minutes.    Although Vegas tallied double-digit shots in every period, forty-three in the game, even outshooting San Jose eighteen to nine in the second period, they still couldn’t win. Jack Hughes (missed the net in his shootout attempt) fired five pucks at the net in the game, and his line had fifteen total - more than a third of his team’s total. Tuukka Rask cast them all aside. Rask wasn’t able to keep Hughes completely off the scoreboard however, and both he and Andreas Johnsson picked up assists on Rasmus Ristolainen’s third-period goal. “Risto” for the record, finished with a goal, four shots, four hits, and continues to be a force on the Knights’ back end.    In one of the more strange outcomes of a game, the entire Vegas roster finished without one player registering a plus or negative rating. That’s right - every player was a “zero.”   Adding to Vegas’ woes, their powerplay went oh-for-four, as coach Lindy Ruff has yet to find a sustainable combination of players that will lead to consistent results.    Both of Vegas’ two games against the Sharks have gone to shootouts this year, and won’t have a chance to settle their season series until April.    Up next is the Golden Knights’ final game against the Blackhawks this season.
Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres Season of Sorrow Sabres-Kevin 2022-01-31 16:12:51 258 Absolute trash season and it’s karma for acquiring Malkin… I said to myself no cap hit above 4 and even for the year the karma fucked with the team. Just going to call the season a write off and move on to the next.   I would have liked to see my 1st be much later than it’s going to be… but only for selfish reasons as Bennett is blossoming into an absolute menace with 27G 159sog in his last 45GP… plays C in the nhl and currently is eligible for all three forward positions. A superstar in the making ... the later the 1st is, the better that would look.    Expansion Projection  34.41 Robertson 2.2- Eriksson EK 2.0- Duclair 2.2 Bennett 1.13 - Trocheck 2.0 - Schenn 3.7 Kotkanemi 0.95 (excempt) - Johansem 2.5 - Okposo 1.8 Grimaldi 0.8 - Weatherby 0.8 - Wood 1.4   Mayfield 1.5 - Toews 2.2  Ekholm 2.75 - Dunn 1.725  McNabb 2.3 - Gudas 1.7    Nedeljkovic 0.73  ??   I think Ekholm makes the most sense since his deal has three years and he has excellent ratings.  Would put the Sabres at 31.66 with the need for a defenseman and a backup goalie    I think there is a significant amount of available cap space to attract the necessary depth to quickly give it another go.  Every top six forward is currently tracking to be (or already is) 70+ SC next season along with Toews who will be coming off a top five D in the nhl type season… Ned a number one from day one … some very nice depth pieces on good deals behind that… and then you add the cash to buy another 80-100 goals    Things can get better quickly, especially if players start putting up comparable nhl numbers, that's the dream right there to be honest. 
Dallas StarsDallas Stars Mike Smith Stars-Sly 2022-01-28 19:15:37 259 Looks like the Dallas Stars are ready to part ways with goaltender Mike Smith. With an 82OV and  a great contract of 2.2 Mil the stars are confident they can get a great draft pic in return from a team who wants to add depth in that position for a great playoff run. The Stars currently sit in 9th in the western conference and are in tough to make a push for the playoffs. But the Stars feel confident that waiver pickup Jonathan Quick can step in and take on the starter role and hopefully string some wins together to make the playoffs. With the outstanding play of Ville Husso of the Blues in the NHL the Stars feel like he can take on the backup role to Quick and still have a chance to make the playoffs. Ville Husso has had a great run in St. Louis as of late. In 14 games played ( 13 starts) he has only allowed 24 goals against to hold a 1.81Gaa with impressive .945 sv%. At this point the Stars are hopefull that Husso will eventually become a number one goalntender in the NHL as well as for the Stars in the NEFHL. Trading Mike Smith will help the Stars save some cap space as we currently have 3 d-men out with suspensions or injuries.  The Dallas Stars are not pulling the plug on the 2021-2022 season just yet and want to let the loyal fans know that they are not planning on becoming sellers at the deadline. We will just have to wait and see what the next month of hockey will bring in regards to the standings. Just to be clear that Stars are looking for the best possible 2022 draft pic for Smith and cant take on any salary. Go Stars Go
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Worse Than Rags Knights-Derek 2022-01-26 01:07:23 238 What a bummer. Just when things started looking like they were going to trend upwards, the Vegas Golden Knights playoff aspirations hit another speed bump, this time at the hands of the New York Rangers. Even though this was just the first regulation loss Vegas suffered in their last four games, their chances of squeezing in are beginning to fade away. Despite being just seven points back (!!) of seventh place, no team in the league has played more games, so all of the teams ahead of the Knights have games in hand. The only positive of that is that many of them are against each other, and still provide an opportunity for a higher finish.    On their first shift of the game, the Knights' second line did a beautiful job cycling the puck down low in the offensive zone and controlling the play. Vegas F Casey Cizikas opened the scoring with his first of the game, just over a minute after the puck dropped, and things were looking good for his team from there. Although his line would finish with five points and plus-four, everything else was downhill after that opening goal. Even if the penalty kill is perfect, even chipping in a goal (thank you Nathan Beaulieu!) when the powerplay is more of a power outage, you’re not going to win many games. The Knights continue to own the worst conversation rate with the man advantage, and any progress made does not seem to last for long.    On top of all of that, Jack Hughes (-4) and his linemates were pointless, combining for a minus-eight rating, and were the Golden Knights’ biggest liability out on the ice against the Rags on Wednesday.    Here’s hoping they can turn it around on Monday night against the Sharks, their final game of a three-at-home set before heading to Chicago for an eagerly-awaited rematch with the Hawks.
Minnesota WildMinnesota Wild Still NOT picking up points Wild-Peter 2022-01-25 17:24:48 228 With just one regulation win in their last six games, picking up two points over that span, the Minnesota Wild find themselves, at the halfway mark of a season, dead last and completely out of it moreso than they’ve ever been. Just twenty points out of the eighth seed, and several of the teams above them keeping pace in the race, Minnesota is NOT within striking distance.    With their dropping ratings in last week’s Power Rankings, the Wild are more irrelevant than ever. They just need to figure out how to win. The hope is Wild GM Peter can figure out how to make the most of those opportunities of failure, and right the Minny ship in the offseason.    The Wild host the Red Wings on Wednesday night, and then fly to Philly for their final game of the week on Thursday in a contest against former player Nazen Kadri.  GAME NOTES: -Minnesota sucks -GM should be fired -Injuries are destroying the back end right now. -Hart's best OV delta rerate happened while he was injured. Figure that one out. He was fatigued every few games when we needed him at the start of the season. Now 100 CD playing every game since we're out of it. -Minnesota really sucks Other notes: - Kadri got dealt for a couple prospects and a pick. - Spurgeon got dealt for 2nd and then claimed Colin Miller off waivers - Stalock and Zajac moved for some mid/late picks - Those moves cleared 8 million in cap to reload again this offseason.  - Pageau getting a lot of attention. Loyalty is the intention, but will gauge the market first. - The futures of Schmidt, Donskoi, Keith, Labanc, DeBrusk remain unknown, but unlikely to be with Minnesota much longer.
New York RangersNew York Rangers Brandon, who? Rangers-Matt 2022-01-25 16:58:55 228 What a statline for Brandon Tanev in yesterdays NEFHL game vs the Islanders. The tough Rangers winger had a night, he will not forget soon. in 19 minutes of icetime, he scored twice, added an assist, had 6 shots on goal and was delivering 11 hits. "Just wow", commented GM Kaminski, "he ís doing great all year, a key player for us. His presence on and off the ice is just impressive", Kaminski added.In 40 games Tanev scored 23 points (12 goals and 11 assists) while averaging 17.8 minutes/game in the Rangers top-6. "We like his physical contributions a lot, thats why he is playing in our top-6, he creates a lot of space for our more finesse players. And sure, he is intimidating too. His 11 hits yesterday is a season high for him. He is now at 180 hits in 40 games", Kaminski explained.Tanev was a deadline acquisition last year. For a 2nd round pick he came from Colorado with the intention to resign him as a loyality. "I love NY and the glamour here. Its really a nice place for me to work and to live. And sure hitting is what i always liked", Tanev said after the game. His career high of 272 hits last campaign, he will probably improve easily, as he is already at 180 at half of the games. So he will be no longer unknown, especially not for the players caught by his hits.Sidenote: Tanev is so scary that even Vanda dont trust nearing him. So he got no reward from her for his performance yesterday. Maybe at home, but thats only a rumour.  
New York RangersNew York Rangers Shangos first Rangers-Matt 2022-01-25 15:16:33 213 It took six games for Yegor Sharangovich to score his first goal in the NEFHL. In the real world he is already at 24 goals. "We tried to get him in slowly to adjust the best possible way"; GM Kaminski explained.After 4 pointless games in 2021 with varying icetime from 6 to 17 minutes, he started to produce in his 5th game and 18 minutes icetime on the topline. Two assists vs the Ducks have been his first NEFHL points. Yesterday he got again 18 minutes on the topline, caused by the injury to Alex Iafallo.12.39 into the 2nd period of yesterdays game vs the Islanders he scored his first after a nice passing sequence of Tanner Pearson and Jared Spurgeon. It was the go ahead goal for a final 5-2 win against the archrival."I have to thank my teammates. Spurge passed the puck hard to Tango and he directed it straight to me. So it was easy to put the puck behind Binnington. Iam happy and hope many goals will come in the future", Sharangovich said after the game.The goal puck was collected by TJ Oshie. "I hope it will be a good memory for him the whole life", Oshie said.But it looks like Sharangovich will be send down again when Iafallo returns. "Well he will be in from time to time and as long as it works out like the last two games, he is very welcomed to stay with us", Kaminski added.Sidenote: "You know what even was the best after my first goal", Sharangovich asked retorically. "Vandas treatment", he smiled.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Still Picking Up Points Knights-Derek 2022-01-19 12:55:25 228   With just one regulation loss in their last six games, picking up nine points over that span, the Vegas Golden Knights find themselves, at the halfway mark of a season, closer to the playoffs than they’ve ever been. Just five points out of the eighth seed, and several of the teams above them on a downward trend, Vegas is within striking distance.    With their fifth place finish in last week’s Power Rankings, the Knights are more relevant than ever. They just need to figure out how to win in overtime. Although they own a perfect record in overtime (with three wins), they’re won just once in six overtime periods. Those five missed points are currently the difference between being in the playoffs and being on the outside of them looking in, and the hope is Vegas AGM Derek can figure out how to make the most of those opportunities, and right the Vegas ship.    Against the New Jersey Devils and their new GM Phil, Vegas was hoping to continue their winning ways. In the first period, Bowen Byram made that a possibility by opening up the scoring with his fourth of the year, a lead which Vegas held going into the third period. But with less than seven minutes left in the game, things began to fall apart for the Knights, as the Devils tied the game up with a Charlie Coyle snapshot that found the back of the net. Four minutes later, Vegas F Brett Ritchie took a high-sticking penalty, giving the Devils their fourth powerplay opportunity of the game. Two seconds into their man-advantage, Coyle struck again, giving his team the lead with less than three minutes to go in the game.    With the goalie pulled, Lindy Ruff, recognizing the forward wanted a chance to redeem himself, sent Ritchie back onto the ice as an extra attacker. After winning the faceoff in their end, Knights D Justin Faulk took the puck and dished it up the ice to Casey Cizikas, who carried it into the Devils’ zone and fired the puck at the net. A streaking Ritchie was there, crashing into the net, to bang in the massive Chris Dreidger rebound, tying the game up at two.    The Knights were dominated in the fourth frame, outshot five-nothing, and, with just thirty-seven seconds away from a shootout, Jakob Chychurn scored his sixth of the year, ending the game, and the Knights winning streak.    The Knights host the Rangers on Wednesday night, their final game of the week.    GAME NOTES: -In one of the more unusual box scores of the season, not one player on the Knights had a plus or minus rating. -Jack Hughes was also all zeroes across the board, somewhat of a disappointment given the incredible week he just had. -Leo Komorov took a hooking penalty in the third which resulted in Jamie Oleksiak injuring his thigh. No one understands what happened on the play.  -Mathieu Perrault fractured his cheekbone on an errant puck that hit him in the face on a line change after his first shift of the game. He should be back within a week. 
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Hughes Line Dominates Again Knights-Derek 2022-01-17 23:25:00 273 Jack Hughes is putting the league on notice.    Playing his year with spare parts hasn’t affected Jack Hughes much, as he now sits second in league scoring amongst rookies, and has his eyes set on the Calder. Not only that, but after picking up a goal and two assists against the Anaheim Ducks he’s now leading his team in assists, and is just one point back of the team lead in points. The feather in his cap from the night however was his incredible Rick Nash-esque goal (https://i.makeagif.com/media/5-25-2015/QHw3SY.gif).    With Hughes leading the charge, the Knights top line finished with three goals, eight points, a combined plus-six, and have been dominating top-level talent in the league since we changed calendars. Vegas has won four of their last five games, all against Western Conference teams, with three of those wins coming against opponents within their division.    This wasn’t as easy of a game as it should have been, however. Vegas entered the dressing room after two periods with a comfortable two-goal lead, and almost let it slip away. Anaheim, after being dominated in the first period with a mere four shots, came on strong in the second and scored a goal, before adding two more to start the third period and tie the game up. The Hughes line turned it on, with all three forwards contributing to score a power play goal and pull their team ahead.    Unfortunately, that lead was short lived, as an ill-timed Tyler Ennis charging penalty allowed the Ducks to even the game for third time, but it would prove to be not enough, as the Knights survived being outshoot sixteen-to-five to earn a point and a shot at one more. Both teams fired two biscuits at their opposing goaltender before it went to a shootout.    Victor Rask, as the third shooter, scored on his attempt, his second time this week he’s done so. Patrice Bergeron quickly answered for Anaheim before Hughes got the chance to show his magic mitts, which left Chris Kreider without any idea how to respond. Knights G Pavel Francouz easily turned aside Kreider’s slapshot, and Vegas left the Honda Centre on a high note.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Season Series Is All Tied Up Knights-Derek 2022-01-16 15:29:30 213 Well, this turned around rather quickly. With division-rival Los Angeles Kings running away with the President’s Trophy and Pacific Division, while the Vegas Golden Knights struggle to keep the puck out of their net and play .500 hockey, no one could’ve predicted this. After a shutout loss in their first matchup of the season, Vegas began the new year with three games in seven days against the Kings, and, if game one was any indication, this was not going to be easy. Game two was even worse; they lost that one 5-1, falling behind two-to-none in their five-game series this season, without much hope for the future.   Boy were they wrong.    Game three saw Knights F Jack Hughes pick up two assists and score the shootout winner, setting the table for game four. With a victory here, Vagas could tie the season series, and continue their uphill climb to respectability.    After their fourth line’s abysmal game against the Arizona Coyotes the night before, Vegas made some changes to their lineup: F Colton Sceviour was scratched and F Logan O’Connor took his spot, while also being added to the power play, and the move paid off. LOC picked up a primary assist on the game’s winning goal, and the Knights tied-up their season-series with the Kings at two apiece.    Vegas power play also benefited from the changes, as they scored two goals (one in each of the first two periods) to open the scoring, which marked their best performance of the season. F Sean Kuraly had his best game of the year, scoring the first goal of the game, while assisting on the next two, and was instrumental in turning his team’s worst-ranked power play around.    While they weren’t perfect, giving up a single goal in a five-minute penalty- kill in the third period, Vegas gave up just one goal for the first time in almost a month, going back to a 3-1 victory against Dallas on December thirteenth.    The fifth and final match of this season-series won’t come until the last game of the season, making for a climatic finish to the year. Mark your calendar for April twenty-fifth!     GAME NOTES -Knights D Rasmus Ristolainen picked up an assist, had four shots, and five hits, and continues to be a force on the blueline, especially while captain Shea Weber recovers from the McDavid Mugging -Although Jack Hughes didn’t have a point, he played solid defence and even threw his body around, picking up his ninth hit of the season
Winnipeg JetsWinnipeg Jets Jets Still Adjusting Bruins-Chris 2022-01-14 21:38:33 230 A busy offseason has left the Jets in between not quite good enough and not quite bad enough although the latter is true more nights than not. It wasn't supposed to be like this. All signs pointed to an upward trajectory and while there have been some bright spots, its been a fail of semi-epic proportions. Kucherov has been ok but not the superstar he should be, 30 points in 35 games is pedestrian and his linemate Lindholm has not been much better. You'll recal both came over to the Jets in the offseason for Jack Eichel after they carried the Blue Jackets last season. That was the hope, the two of them could do some of that magic but thus far it's been a silent fart. Speaking of silent farts, the team is in discussions on the trade front but nothing is imminent. The Jets are open to all options including the Kuch and Lindholm but they don't want to restart the rebuild. Lateral moves are welcome so it'll be interesting to see what happens in the great white north. One of the pleasant suprises this season has been Barclay Goodrow. 28 points in 40 games with strong defensive play and versitility to play all three forward positions. When asked by reporters whether the Jets would consider moving Goodrow management responded with "everyone is in play". On the disapointing end again, John Gibson (even though rated in the top end of tenders) has a save percentage below 900. So much for fixing goalie ratings. Or maybe its just cause my teams sucks, tough to say. 
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights No Answer For Meier, But Don’t Overlook Jack Knights-Derek 2022-01-14 12:17:59 227 The Vegas Golden Knights had no answer for Timo Meier, the Arizona Coyotes forward who scored a hat trick against them on Monday night. Their fourth line, who dominated play against the Colorado Avalanche, got torched against the ‘Yotes; they were scored on twice while playing barely four minutes of the game.    What we can highlight after this game however, is the play of Knights F Jack Hughes. After scoring just four points in the month of October to begin his career, he seems to be turning it around. Hughes had a goal and an assist, and woke up on Tuesday morning to see that he was third in rookie scoring. Yep, you read that right. Despite all of the hatred, the scoreless games, his injury, and playing his career with waiver fodder and salary-cap castoffs, the diminutive forward has put together quite the streak recently. Against Arizona, he picked up another goal and an assist, giving him eight points (!!) in his last three games. What that means is that he’s put up in three games what it took him nineteen games before to do.    Perhaps turning his back on the Commissioner’s sweet talk and promises of greatness, and committing to playing hockey with the Knights is the reason for the sudden turnaround. The Knights are (unfortunately) owners of one of the worst goal differentials in the league, but over his last six games, Hughes has been a minus player just once (-1 vs LA on Jan 4th), and has accumulated a plus-five rating during that span. In fact, the Knights top line were all plus players in the 5 - 3 loss to the Coyotes.    Hughes is also helping those around him get better too, as Evgeni Dadonov scored again, his third game in a row with a goal.   This could be the start of something good. Watch for the Knights to bring it against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.    GAME NOTES: -Coyotes F Vladimir Tarasenko, while on the bench between shifts, took an errant puck off his face and is expected to miss the next few games while he recovers from a broken nose.   -Knights F Leo Komorov scored a short-handed goal, and continues to be a force on Vegas’ penalty kill.
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues Blues Prospect Progress Report - Jan Edition. Blues-Graham 2022-01-11 18:10:13 266 Time for another prospect update.  We seem to be doing these roughly bi-monthly.   I'm currently up to ranking 46 prospects.  Which I would say roughly 40-42 still have NHL potential.  There are some interesting risers and fallers in this addition.  Keep an eye on Durzi.  The guy has come out of no where to establish himself as a top 4 D in LA.   Scott Morrow has answered any questions about his game.   Who is Pavel Dorofeyev?  He's only leading the Silver Knights in scoring.   Also look for additions since the last update - Hirovonen, Usov and Zadina.   He hasn't moved at all in these rankings but Logan Mailoux is back playing for London and already has 4 points in 2gp.  He's going to be one to watch.   The Blues prospect cubbard is full but we're still looking at add more.  Especially at the top end.  Until next time....      22-Jan 21-Nov Sept 21/Name/NHL Draft position Comments 1 1 1. Brandt Clark - RHD, 18 (Los Angeles Kings — 8th overall, 2021) Snubbed from Team Canada WJC team but nothing to do with his play or talent.  28 points in 23GP.  2nd in OHL defenceman scoring with 2 less points and 4 less games played than the leader.  An all situations type defender who needs to continue working on his skating stride.  2 2 2. Peyton Krebs, C/LW, 20 (Vegas Golden Knights — 17th overall, 2019) Krebs has first line playmaker written all over him.  He's getting a little show time with a weak and injury riddled Buffalo team right now.  His assist an Tuch's goal was on all the sports channel highlights.  He should have a full time gig next year.  3 3 3. Connor McMichael C/LW, 20 (Washington Capitals — 25th overall, 2019) Has played in the NHL all season.  His icetime has been pretty steady at 10 minutes a night.  Some are questioning if his limited icetime is best for his development.   Either way, he's shown glimpes of top 6 talent. Hopefully next year he will have a bigger role.  4 4 5. Fabian Lysell -LW/RW, 18 (Boston Bruins — 21st overall, 2021) Up a spot in the rankings.  His move the N.America had a bit of a rough start but he's got 15 points in his last 10 games and is really playing well. 5 5 4. Rodion Amirov LW, Ufa-KHL (Toronto Maple Leafs – 15th overall, 2020) He hasn't been playing much in the KHL.  Most likely due to his contract being up and his impending move to the leafs farm team.  Still he hasn't been producing and even though he's shown flashes, they are just that - flashes.   6 8 6. Marat Khusnutdinov - C, SKA-KHL (Minnesota Wild - 37th overall, 2020) Slow and steady wins the race.  He's only 19 and playing for the best team in the KHL. Avging about 12-14 minutes of icetime a night.  He's got 11 points in 30GP.  He's doing ok.  He wore the C for Team Russia at the WJC. 7 11 14. Scott Morrow - RHD, Shattuck St. Mary’s-U.S. – (Carolina Hurricans - 40th overall, 2021) 18 points in 18GP.  He's answering any doubts about his play.  8 N/A N/A Filip Zadina - RW/LW, Detroit Red Wings-NHL (Detroit Red Wings - 6th overall, 2018) Acquired in a trade for Nolan Patrick.  The 6th overall pick has only 10 points in 34GP.  All Zadina's underlying stats show him as someone who can drive a line.  Expected goals for, corsi etc etc.. However with a shooting percentage under 6% he's not scoring and its affecting his overall game.  Likley a player who could use a change of scenery.   With his positive underlying stats, the Blues are hoping Zadina rediscovers himself soon.  He's still only 22 but time is starting to run out for him to get his game together. 9 6 10. Daniil Chayka - LHD, CSKA-KHL (Vegas Golden Knights - 38th overall, 2021) The second WJC snub on this list.  Also a top defensive scorer in the OHL with 22 points in 27gp. At 6'3 he has great size.  He's also a great skater.  He probably needs a year or 2 in the AHL before making the jump to the NHL.  Projects as a top 4 D.  10 10 15. Pavel Dorofeyev- LW, Henderson-AHL (Vegas Golden Knights – 79th overall, 2019) Dorofeyev is a bit of a sleeper on this list.  Not a super high draft pick (3rd round) and not a very well known name.  However as a 21 year old in the AHL, he's been playing really well.  He leads the Sliver knights in scoring and has 10 points in his last 10 games.  11 goals in 26 GP on the year.  He also got his first NHL game in this year.   He likley projects as a middle 6 scoring winger and should challenge for a roster spot next year with the Knights.  11 15 11. Drew Helleson -- LHD, CSKA-KHL (Colorado Avalanche - 47th overall, 2019) Once considered a defensive defensman, Helleson has put up some impressive numbers 2 years straight at Boston College.   He currently has 14 points in 18 GP.  The avalanche D is deep so it'll a few years before he his the NHL.   12 9 12. Danilia Klimovich - RW, Minsk Zubry-Belarus Jr. (Vancouver Canucks – 41st overall, 2021) Klimovich the 18 year old AHLer.  Sure that's right, but I can't say he's having a super successful year there either.  He's doing as well as an 18 year old can be expected to do.  He's recently been a healthy scratch. 13 16 N.R Sean Durzi  - RHD,Ontario Reign-AHL (Toronto Maple Leafs - 52nd overall, 2018) Durzi has come out of no where and is up to 13th on the list. He's avging nearly 18 minutes a game and has solidified himself as a top 4 D for LA since coming up from the AHL.  14 14 13. Erik Portillo, G, 20 (Buffalo Sabres — 67th overall, 2019 Portillo is the Blues top ranked goalie.  He's currently the starter for power house Michagan.  He's putting up decent enough numbers.   15 13 16. Helge Grans - RHD, Malmo-SHL (Los Angeles Kings, 35th overall, 2020) Pretty much as expceted for the smooth skating Grans.  He was on the top pairing for Sweden at the WJC and is having a pretty good season for the Ontario Reign.  We're hoping he follows in the footsteps of fellow top Blues prospect Sean Durzi.   16 7 17. Tristen Robins - RW, Saskatoon-WHL (San Jose Sharks, 56th overall, 2020) Has slowed down quite a bit after a hot hot start. He now has 12 points in his last 10 games.   17 na N/A Roni Hirovonen - C, HIFK-Liiga (Toronto Maple Leafs - 59th overall, 2020) Recently acquired in exchange for Matt Dumba.  He had a slow start to the season but has 9 points in his last 10GP and 6 in his last 5GP playing Finlands top league.  He wore the C for team Finland at the WJC.   18 18 18. Logan Mailloux - RHD, London-OHL (Montreal Canadians, 31st, 2021) 4 points over 2 gp since his return.  A very small sample size.  He'll like move up in the next revision of these rankings.  19 19 19. Timothy Liljegren RHD, Toronto-AHL (Toronto Maple Leafs, 17th, 2017) He's solidified himself as an NHLer - finally.  Now the question remains, is he a top 4 D or a bottom pairing guy.  His play before his recent injury was pointing towards top 4.   20 12 26. Dmitri Rashevsky -RW, Dynamo Moskva, KHL (Winnipeg Jets, 146th overall, 2021) Having a great season in the KHL.  However he has cooled off considerably with only 5 points in his last 10gp.  21 17 7. Alexander Alexeyev - LHD, Hershey-AHL (Washington Capitals - #31st overall, 2018) One of my biggest fallers.  He did get his first NHL game recently.  Not performing well at any level. . 22 24 20. Urho Vaakanainen - LHD, Boston-NHL (Boston Bruins, 18th overall, 2017) He's got 2 NHL games in this year.  He's an NHL'er but at this point we're starting to wonder if he's only a bottom pairing kind of guy.  23 27 21. Donovan Sebrango - LHD, Grand Rapids-AHL (Detroit Redwings, 63rd overall, 2020) Solid D with great skating.   Had a spot on Team Canada WJC.   Having  24 22 9. Dominik Bokk- RW, Chicago-AHL (St.Louis Blues – 25th overall, 2018) Another big faller.  I'm starting to wonder if he will ever put it together.  Not having a great year whatsoever.  25 32 27. Pontus Holmberg, C, Vaxjo-SHL (Toronto Maple Leafs, 156th overall, 2018) Moving up a bit.  Holmberg is having a great season in the SHL and should come to N. America next year.  26 25 22. Robert Mastrosimone -LW, Boston Uni(Detroit Red Wings, 54th overall, 2019)   27 Na Na  Ilya Usov - C, Dynimo Minsk- KHL (Undrafted).  One of my prospects I almost forgot about.  He's undrafted but he's only 20, has good size and has put up 26 points in 40 gp in the KHL.  Including 7 in the last 10.  These are good numbers.    He may continue to move up this list.  28 26 NR. Nick Malik Recently added to the list.  Although not drafted, he's still only 19 and leads the Liiga in SV% with a .920.   29 31 25. Lukas Parik – G, Ontario Reign – AHL (Los Angeles Kings, 87th overall,2019) Led the ECHL in SV% before being promoted to the Ontario Reign.  30 23 28. Anttoni Honka, RHD, JYP-Liiga (Carolina Hurricanes, overall, 2019)   31 21 HM Jan Bednar,G,- Acadia Bathhurst, QMJHL (Detroit Redwings, 107th overall,2020) Having a decent season.  The wings 4th round pick represented Czech at this years WJC.  32 28 31. Isaiah Saville G, Nebraska-Omaha-NCHC (Vegas Golden Knights,135th Overall, 2019)   33 29 23. Cole Huckins,- C, Acadie-Bathurst-QMJHL (Calgary Flames, 77th overall, 2021)   34 30 24. Daniil Chechelev – G, Stockton Heat – AHL (Calgary Flames 96th overall, 2020) Recently promoted from the ECHL to the AHL.  Yet to play a game.   35 34 HM Filip Kral, D, Toronto Marlies, AHL (Toronto Maple Leafs, 149th overall, 2019) On fire lately.  He's in Toronto's plans.  36 39 33. Filip Johansson RHD, Frolunda-SHL: 2018 Won't live up to his draft position but is playing decent hockey lately and will likely play in the NHL someday.  37 36 34. Ethan Cardwell - C/RW, Barrie Colts ( San Jose Sharks, 121st overall, 2021)   38 37 NR. Liam Kirk - LW/C, Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes, 189th overall, 2018) 22 and injured.  Still the best real Brit to ever play the game.  39 38 32. Layton Ahac LHD, Ohio State University-Big Ten 2019 Injured all year.  40 43 HM Mac Hollowell,D – 22 – 2018 Draft   41 33 35. Vadim Zherenko, G, Ilves,Liiga(St.Louis Blues, 208th Overall,2020) 20 year old starter in the Liiga for Ilves.   Putting up ok numbers but not great.  .894 SV% in 20GP. 42 40 HM Dominic Basse , G , NCAA Colorado College (Chicago Blackhawks, 167th overall, 2019 ) Playing well enough but well enough to hit he AHL next year?   43 35 HM Matej Pekar, LW, Rochester-AHL(Buffalo Sabres, 94th overall, 2018) 4th line NHL material.  44 44 HM Kody Clark, RW, Hershey Bears – AHL (Washington Capitals, 47th overall, 2018) Wendel's son…  45 42 29. Nikola Pasic - RW, Linkoping-SHL: (New Jersey Devils, 189th Overall 2020) A late round pick who's playing like a late round pick.   46 41 30. Jaromir Pytlik C, Litomerice-Czech-2 (New Jersey Devils, Overall, 2020) Really disappointing season.  Started in Liiga and now he's  finally back in Czech plyaing for Kladno and not exactly doing well. 
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Dadonov Scores Two Knights-Derek 2022-01-11 11:47:14 203 After suffering a loss against the Los Angeles Kings just five days earlier, their second loss to the Kings this season, the Vegas Golden Knights fought hard on Sunday night, and came away with a shootout victory. This latest win by the Knights opens up the possibility of winning the season series against the division-rival Kings, with two more games to play, one tonight, and the other in the last game of the season.    With Connor McDavid absent from the Kings’ lineup, his team struggled to generate much offence on the night. Outshot thirteen-to-ten and down one-nothing after the first period, outshot fourteen-to-seven and down two-one after the second, things looked bleak for Los Angeles.    Knights F Evgeni Dadonov scored the game's first two goals, both coming as a result of stellar plays by F Jack Hughes, who earned primary assists on both tallies. Those two forwards have some chemistry of late for the Knights, and were the game’s first two stars. Dadonov has four goals in his last four games, and six points in his last five, while Hughes accumulated six points in his last two games. He’s quickly climbing the rookie scoring charts, and is suddenly a threat to win the Calder.    Given the Knights’ dominance on the ice, Kings defencemen Dennis Cholowski, recognizing that his team’s chances of winning were slim, decided to pull a McDavid, and take out a superstar. His hooking penalty, if you can even call it that, sent Hughes off the ice, and forced him to miss the rest of the game. Knights’ D Bowen Byram, who picked up an assist on the game’s first goal, wasn’t going to let that happen, and clobbered Cholowski with an elbow, and served two for his minor infraction.    Vegas doubled down, and committed to avenging the King’s cheapshot. After not giving G Pavel Francouz a puck to stop in overtime, they outshot L.A. 36-26, and scored twice in the shootout, en route to one of their sweetest victories of the season.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights A Game With Too Many Firsts Knights-Derek 2022-01-07 16:45:19 211 There were so many firsts in Wednesday night’s tilt where the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the (struggling) Colorado Avalanche. The Avs came into the game having won just one of their past five games, and three of their last eleven, so Vegas felt good about their odds of pulling out a win. If they were Evander Kane, they might’ve even placed a parlay bet, and with the amount of things that happened, their winnings would’ve been virtually incalculable.    In their first matchup of the season, Jack Hughes scored his first goal of 2022, and it was the first time the Knights scored more than five against the Avs. This was the first time the Knights beat the Avs by more than one goal, and the first time they had forty-four shots, and the first time they outshot Colorado by more than eight (shots were forty-four to thirty-five, beating Vegas’ previous best of thirty-six to twenty-eight on April 18th, 2021). This was the first game of his career where Jack Hughes had more than five shots (seven), first time he had three assists, first time he was more than plus-two (plus-three), and first time he had a four-point game. This was also the first time that Hughes and D Bowen Byram scored in the same game, and the first time that each/both of them had a goal and assist in the same game. This was also the first time in his career that Vegas D Rasmus Ristolainen was a +5, and he had himself quite the game. In addition to his impressive plus-minus total for the night, “Risto” finished with a goal, two points, three shots, and six hits. Wow.    But enough of the “firsts” you say; were there any other notable achievements in this game? Well, of course! This was the second game in a row that Vegas stayed out of the penalty box, and the second time this year they had double-digit shot totals in every period.    Impressive, yes. However, that’s not all. The Knights’ top line absolutely dominated the game, with a combined two goals, seven points, plus-nine, thirteen shots, one hit (hard to hit the opponent when you’re controlling the puck so much), in about twenty minutes of ice time each. With an average of just over eight minutes of ice time for each of Sean Kuraly, Colton Sceviour, and Tyler Ennis, they managed to thoroughly influence the outcome of the game as well. Those three combined for two goals, five points, plus-six, four shots, and seven hits.    Because these two teams don’t face off again until March, Vegas can’t wait for the chance to redeem themselves against the rival Los Angeles Kings in two of their next three games. 
New York IslandersNew York Islanders On Turning 75 In The NEFHL Isles-Steve 2022-01-07 03:43:39 289 Well, here we are… It’s 2022 and I’m just a day or two shy of turning 75. It’s been a long ride since the league’s inception back in 2005. Yes, the original dispersal was held in 2005 and, incredibly, I was 17 years younger than today. 58 is a fond memory and there’s the rub. Every GM in this league is 17 years older than they were when this all came together. I’ve seen many if not most of my fellow travelers become husbands and parents. The league has been a source of both tremendous pride, enduring friendship, amicable rivalries, and intense frustration. Over the past 17 years, I’ve shared some of my unique life experiences and tried to make people laugh and also make them think. The fact that GMs have come, gone, and come back again is a testament to the skills and commitment of JD and the relationships that have been forged here, flourished and endured as we’ve all matured into adulthood. For me, I’m feeling very grateful to have played a role in the NEFHL project. I’m not sure at all how much longer I’ll be at the helm of the Islander ship but it’s a certainty that when the time comes to give it up, I’ll fight it for as long as I can. There have been times over the past couple of seasons that I’ve struggled to stay committed. My articles have mostly been about anything but hockey. I’ve never been up to the skillset or analysis that most all of you have as second nature, religiously watching the youth, following all the development leagues and international prospects. My drafts have mostly relied on information and insight that came from others. Drew, Jeff, Mike, JJ, Ryan Yessie, etc. all steered the team-building in this corner of the Metro Division. I been to a few live drafts and they’ve all been great. Covid has slowed us all down but I truly regret missing last year’s Montreal plan. Living in South Carolina is not anything like all those New York years. Driving up with Mike was fun and taking the road trip alone was a throwback to times I’ve discussed in one of the forum threads that most of you have enjoyed. I miss that now and, sadly, with my eye issues, long road trips won’t be happening for me going forward. So I am both glad and sad. Watching 830,000 Americans die from a stupid virus over the past 3 years is something I never dreamed I’d see. Staying healthy during this scourge is a blessing. It’s also a lesson. Nothing in life is guaranteed and whatever you have, whatever you’re doing, and whatever you’ve done can just turn around in an instant. The lesson is to appreciate everything, take nothing for granted and keep your important relationships close, solid and responsible. When we’re gone, we live on in the memories that people have of us. Gone can mean leaving the league or leaving this life. Stay the course people… This league is a rare and beautiful place.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Wheels Came Off In The Third Knights-Derek 2022-01-06 10:47:17 204 And the bad times continue. In their first matchup with the Los Angeles Kings since Connor McDavid mercilessly obliterated Vegas Golden Knights captain Shea Weber’s hip nearly a month ago, the Knights let this one get away from them.    Despite holding the Kings to just eleven shots through the first two periods (to their seventeen), the Knights allowed the Kings to storm back with less than five minutes in the final frame of a tied game, and left T-Mobile Arena with their heads hanging lower than a (certain someone’s) seventy-five year old scrotum.    In a tied game (one that the Knights led), giving up four goals with less than five minutes to go is amateur, and all fingers should be pointed at the cornerstone of the Knights’ offence, Jack Hughes. Hughes has just one goal in his last ten games, and a mere five on the season, even though he’s been given every opportunity to succeed.    The Knights scored first, when Brett Ritchie banged home a rebound on a Jack Cambell save. The goals extended Ritchie’s point streak to five games, over which time he’s amassed two goals, three assists, and twenty (!!) hits. The move to the third line, and being reunited with Leo Komorov has unleashed the six-foot-four-inch forward’s offensive capabilities. He’s now halfway to equalling his career-high in goals (eighteen), and still has plenty of time to set a new personal best.     McDavid was generously awarded the game’s third star, for not injuring anyone this time out, while the Knights’ second pairing of P.K. Subban and Justin Faulk got torched one the ice, as each were minus-three.    The Knights have one more game on their current homestand - Tuesday night’s tilt against the Avalanche, before leaving to battle it out with the Kings in L.A. on Sunday. Wish them luck.    GAME NOTES:  -Martin Jones has struggled in almost all of his appearances this season. Most of the goals he has surrendered have come in the latter half of periods.  -Victor Rask continues to generate offence for the Knights, with three goals and sixteen shots in his last four games.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights No Longevity Knights-Derek 2022-01-05 21:08:28 202 Well, it was fun while it lasted. Winning games against the Islanders after the shade they threw our way will always be our first highlight of 2022. Unfortunately, that enjoyment was short lived, as GM Mike and his Montreal Canadiens made short work of the Vegas Golden Knights, en route to a 4 - 2 victory.    The Habs scored two goals in each of the first two periods, and entered the third with a comfortable four goal lead. Frustrated with his team’s offensive absence, and the lack of effort from his linemate Jack Hughes, Vegas F Evgeni Dadonov scored eighteen seconds into the final period, ending Mackenzie Blackwood’s bid at a shutout. Hughes, for the record, finished the game with a lone shot, a pathetic dump-in that somehow counted as a SOG. Dadonov, recognizing that his team was happy to take the night off, faked an injury and walked off the ice with less than eight minutes in a game that was quickly getting out of reach, trailing by three goals. The Knights had no answer for the Habs top line, who had a combined two goals, five points, +6 rating, and eight shots.    The powerplay finished oh-for-four, and has scored just nine times in one-hundred and twenty-five attempts. The Knights were hoping that the return of powerplay quarterback Bowen Byram would help to spark some goals with the man advantage, but all he could muster was a hit and an even rating in seventeen minutes of ice time. It’s far more likely that the rookie defender is missing his wingman, team captain, and future (knights) Hall of Famer Shea Weber who’s still recovering from the hip injury he suffered at the Commissioner’s mercenary, Kings forward Connor McDavid.    GAME NOTES: -Vegas F Brett Ritchie had a goal, three shots, and four hits in twelve minutes of ice time -Vegas F Sean Kuraly had five hits and a shot in nine minutes of ice time  
Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers Mid-season Power Rankings Flyers-Jamie 2022-01-03 17:26:45 300 Mid season power rankings! Very simplified, with quick writeup. I took the current standings, multiplied that by 3; made a new Hoover rank, partially looking at current and pre-rankings, but also luck, trades, and cap space, and multiplied that by 2; then added the pre season rank to create the new Power Rankings.    Canucks - Pre Season rank - 1 - current standings - 3 - new Hoover rank - 1 - Current power ranking - 1 - An already good team, Vancouver has been doing some tweaking, including upgrading Bergeron to Kopitar, as the season has progressed and lead the league in goals for. Their top two lines are playing steady with balanced scoring. A well balanced roster and still my pick for cup favourite at this time. Predators - Pre Season rank - 5 - current standings - 2 - new Hoover rank - 2 - Current power ranking - 2 - Preds have done some minor upgrading as the season has progressed and are near the top of the standings, as projected. Kuemper is having a fantastic season and the team is finding balanced scoring, as expected. A solid team with depth Blackhawks - Pre Season rank - 4 - current standings - 4 - new Hoover rank - 3 - Current power ranking - 3 - The only move Chicago has done this year is moving their backup for a potential lotto pick, but they are playing about as expected so far. They are on a ten game win streak, shooting them up the standings where they belong. Their defense has chipped in a lot, led by Makar. Tervainen is their offensive hero so far, leading the way. They have cap space and assets to spare and are looking to be a serious contender. Kings - Pre Season rank - 12 - current standings - 1 - new Hoover rank - 4 - Current power ranking - 4 - The best player in hockey has clicked with talented off-season acquisition Mika Zibanajad to make the most dynamic combo in the NEFHL. These two are lighting teams up night after night, making the best line going. Jordan Staal has carried the 2nd line and the Kings are looking legit! They still lack 4 pro level dmen and have some of the worst 3rd and 4th lines of playoff teams, but Connor can do it on his own it seems. They also have roughly $3 million in cap space. Capitals - Pre Season rank - 7 - current standings - 5 - new Hoover rank - 5 - Current power ranking - 5 - Caps made some significant changes to their roster in the off-season to become a playoff team, and their work is paying off. Matthews has 24 goals and 44 points, making the big trade pay off. Flames - Pre Season rank - 3 - current standings - 10 - new Hoover rank - 6 - Current power ranking - 6 - Flames are doing well, but their 3rd and 4th lines have been letting them down so far. Barrie leads the team in points so far, whereas I'm sure they'd like to see Rantanen pick up his production. Depth has hurt the Flames, but they are still a legit contender. Rangers - Pre Season rank - 10 - current standings - 7 - new Hoover rank - 10 - Current power ranking - 7 - DeAngelo currently leads the Rangers in points, playing over 22 minutes per game. Beyond that, they are getting some balance production throughout the lineup. Avalanche - Pre Season rank - 2 - current standings - 13 - new Hoover rank - 7 - Current power ranking - 8 - Avs have a good roster, but being forced to have someone like Ferland in their roster has certainly hurt their league standing. Their cap situation has hurt their ability to add. They've added some nice assets, but not as confident in their chances to compete as I was to start the season. Panthers - Pre Season rank - 13 - current standings - 11 - new Hoover rank - 9 - Current power ranking - 9 - Panthers are struggling with the cap again this year, but have Kaprizov on the farm waiting for some shedding to happen to get into the lineup. Flyers - Pre Season rank - 6 - current standings - 14 - new Hoover rank - 8 - Current power ranking - 10 - No team has scored fewer goals than the Flyers this season, with only one player, RNH, in double digits for goals. Many players are underperforming and Philly will need to do something to get the offense going. They do have a few million in cap space, but are mostly hoping players like Marchessault (7 points), Stephenson (9 points) and Hamilton (11 points) can pick up their play. Lightning - Pre Season rank - 21 - current standings - 9 - new Hoover rank - 12 - Current power ranking - 11 - Somehow Voracek's 52SC and 72OV has resulted in 15 goals and 44 points to lead the Lightning. Their big free agent signing of MAF, has provided them the goaltending they need to succeed. They have flexibility to move players around in their lineup and although I'd say they are over performing so far, this is a good Tampa roster that could continue to surprise. Maple Leafs - Pre Season rank - 20 - current standings - 12 - new Hoover rank - 11 - Current power ranking - 12 - Leafs top line of Konecny, Mantha and Getzlaf have clicked and playing great two way hockey. Toronto entered a bit of a re-tool, but still boast perhaps the top blue lines in the league. Bernier and Tokarski have been solid in net, and Leafs are looking like they will be playoff bound. Blue Jackets - Pre Season rank - 23 - current standings - 8 - new Hoover rank - 16 - Current power ranking - 13 - Newcomer Eichel is leading the team's offense as hoped. Blue Jackets started the season exceptionally hot, and although they've cooled off a bit, still find themselves in the top ten of the league's standings. They're finding ways to win games and have tons of cap space to add if they choose. Columbus could be a legit contender, depending which direction they decide to go. Stars - Pre Season rank - 8 - current standings - 16 - new Hoover rank - 13 - Current power ranking - 14 - The Stars depth is killing them this season. Their top 6 has been pretty good, led by Panarin, Draisaitl, DeBrincat, Marner and Garland, but the bottom half of their lineup is doing nothing, which isn't a surprise given their ratings. They are chasing the Yotes for last playoff spot in the West, but will be tough to grab as it is currently sits Oilers - Pre Season rank - 25 - current standings - 6 - new Hoover rank - 21 - Current power ranking - 15 - The Oilers are only +1 in goal differential, but have managed to find themselves as a top 5 team half way through the season. They don't have a good lineup, but are managing to find ways to win games. Luck is on their side at the moment and will be interesting to see if they can keep it going and steal a playoff spot they don't deserve. Coyotes - Pre Season rank - 15 - current standings - 15 - new Hoover rank - 14 - Current power ranking - 16 - Yotes have plugged along this season, led by MaxPac. They are currently in a playoff spot, but are in tough to hold onto it, and likely not looking to shoot up with their current roster. Devils - Pre Season rank - 16 - current standings - 17 - new Hoover rank - 17 - Current power ranking - 17 - Devils former GM Alex has left NJ in a good position for a newcomer. What the new GM does upon their arrival could have major impacts. They have a top blue line and some star forwards that are underperforming. A new GM could either gut and look to the future, or look to make this team a legit contender with a few key trades. Hurricanes - Pre Season rank - 19 - current standings - 19 - new Hoover rank - 18 - Current power ranking - 18 - A few million in cap space, and have performed well, but not getting as many wins as they'd like. Their lack of depth appears to be holding them back, but are in a position to potentially add, if they want to find their way into the playoffs. Red Wings - Pre Season rank - 14 - current standings - 22 - new Hoover rank - 19 - Current power ranking - 19 - Jean has stepped down, and former BJ GM Eric has stepped in to try and get the Red Wings back on track. They are still in the playoff hunt and they've fired their coach and looking to alter the bottom half of their lineup to find their way back up the standings. Canadiens - Pre Season rank - 18 - current standings - 21 - new Hoover rank - 20 - Current power ranking - 20 - A solid roster, but no one has stepped up to lead the team. Miller has been average and goaltending hasn't been as good as it should be. A crossroads for Montreal if they are a playoff team, or look to retool. Islanders - Pre Season rank - 24 - current standings - 18 - new Hoover rank - 24 - Current power ranking - 21 - Isles lack a lot of things to be a playoff team, and probably need to star seeing off assets to rebuild the franchise. Wild - Pre Season rank - 9 - current standings - 31 - new Hoover rank - 15 - Current power ranking - 22 - No team has underperformed this season as much as the Wild. Projected to be a top 10 team, the Wild have bled goals all season. Their average goaltending has been bad, and the team has suffered. Worst GAA in the league at the moment. Minny is in a crappy position having a talented roster, but bottom of the standings. Do they make some adds and hope to catch up, or start looking to next season? Penguins - Pre Season rank - 30 - current standings - 20 - new Hoover rank - 23 - Current power ranking - 23 - Pens have managed to stay in the playoff race, but are a team rebuilding. Crosby continues to be a star, and Evan Rodrigues has surprised, leading the team in points. Sharks - Pre Season rank - 17 - current standings - 25 - new Hoover rank - 22 - Current power ranking - 24 - The Ovi/Barkov combo has been great, but San Jose has struggled for others to produce, with some serious +/- black holes. They're still in the hunt, but if they don't put together a string of wins, some selling is likely to happen. Jets - Pre Season rank - 11 - current standings - 26 - new Hoover rank - 25 - Current power ranking - 25 - Jets have made some adds, but have not necessarily paid off. Wilson is struggling, with just 12 points so far. Kucherov is below his usual pace with 25 points in 30 games. They're up against the cap, and this might not be their year to make the playoffs. Sabres - Pre Season rank - 22 - current standings - 23 - new Hoover rank - 27 - Current power ranking - 26 - Kev's ego might be too big to fail, but he seems to be the only one that thinks his team is amazing, versus the 23rd overall team in the standings. They moved another 1st, for a potential starting goalie, but without any star players, playoffs are unlikely this season. Ducks - Pre Season rank - 26 - current standings - 24 - new Hoover rank - 26 - Current power ranking - 27 - Ducks added 36 y/o Bergeron to help push them into the playoffs, but will be a tough battle to find their way in. I like the roster they've put together and perhaps if they were in the East, they'd have a better shot. Golden Knights - Pre Season rank - 28 - current standings - 27 - new Hoover rank - 28 - Current power ranking - 28 - Vegas is doing okay, based on their roster. Doing about what was expected. Senators - Pre Season rank - 27 - current standings - 29 - new Hoover rank - 29 - Current power ranking - 29 - They've added some assets to build the franchise up, but still lots of work to do before competing for a playoff spot. Blues - Pre Season rank - 31 - current standings - 28 - new Hoover rank - 30 - Current power ranking - 30 - Focused on the future, the Blues are failing as planned. Bruins - Pre Season rank - 29 - current standings - 30 - new Hoover rank - 31 - Current power ranking - 31 - Bruins have been bad as expected. Tough spot with terrible lineup, but also missing their 1st rounder. It's going to take some time to pull themselves out of the basement.   These power rankings would result in these conference standings: WEST: Canucks*Predators*BlackhawksKingsFlamesAvalancheStarsOilers-----------CoyotesWildSharksJetsDucksGolden KnightsBlues   EAST: Capitals*Panthers*RangersFlyersLightningMaple LeafsBlue JacketsDevils-----------HurricanesRed WingsCanadiensIslandersPenguinsSabresSenatorsBruins  
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights How Sweet It Is Knights-Derek 2022-01-03 16:12:55 201 For the second time this year, and second time in five games, the Vegas Golden Knights reminded The New York Islanders of their place in the league: beneath them. Despite falling behind twice in the game, the resilient Knights fought back and easily defeated the downward-spiraling Islanders, a few short days before their beloved General Manager’s birthday.    Isles GM Steve, upset with all of the publicity the Knights have been generating this year, had their goon-line out to start the game. Isles F Antoine Roussel was on the ice for the opening faceoff, and quickly did what GM Steve asked him to do: take out a player. In an uncalled play, as he skated behind the Knights net, Roussel hacked G Pavel Frankouz’s arm, injuring the goalie’s elbow, forcing him to leave the game, just forty-one seconds after the puck dropped.    After fighting hard through the first period, the Knights were down by a goal, and had yet to score. An inspiring speech by coach Lindy Ruff lifted the Golden Knights spirits, and somehow managed to encourage Jack Hughes to get involved in the game. As a result, the underachieving-yet-capable forward quickly scored his fifth goal of the year, to start the second period and tie the game up. The Islanders would re-take the lead just thirty-three seconds later, but their celebration struck a chord with the Knights, and would mark the beginning of the end of GM Steve and his lowly Islanders.    Casey Cizikas, a victim of abuse, abandonment, and mismanagement by the Isles GM, continued to terrorize his former team, chalking up three assists, two shots, and four hits en route to a five-to-three victory for Vegas. Waiver pickup Victor Rask chipped in two goals, including the game winner, and Vegas had another statement win. In fact, their second line of Victor Rask, Casey Cizikas, and Logan O’Connor combined for three goals, seven points, +3, ten shots, and five hits, and were a force on the ice all night long. In contrast, the Islanders top line of Niklas Backstrom, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nino Niederreiter, with Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Matheson on the back end, despite scoring the first goal of the game, were a combined -10 with just two hits between the five of them.    With the Knights having swept the season series against the Islanders, they now look ahead to hosting the Montreal Canadiens later tonight.
Detroit Red WingsDetroit Red Wings "You're a Bunch of Inbred Misfits" Panthers-Eric 2022-01-03 01:47:44 263 "You're a Bunch of Inbred Misfits". Those were the first words uttered by new Wings GM Eric as he addressed the team in a highly public, televised meeting this weekend at Little Caesars Arena. Sources say the players were shocked by the harsh tone and were embarrassed by the comments made from their new boss, especially as the team is coming off their best three-game stretch in over a decade. "I mean, he's not wrong, but couldn't he have said those things behind closed doors?", said newly appointed team captain Frans Nielsen.   Nielsen was given the "C" at the same time GM Eric was being handed the keys to the franchise. In fact, Nielsen was still in the minors at the time. One anonymous source even confirmed that Nielsen's captaincy was a condition of Eric taking the role of GM. "The reason I took over this shitty organization was because of Fransy, I couldn't handle seeing that guy end his career on the farm", said Eric. "The Franz" is currently performing at a point-per-game pace since his call up. "This will be the last team that Frans Nielsen ever plays on; he won't be traded, he won't be sent down; and when he hangs them up for good then his number will be retired by all organizations in the league."   When asked to elaborate on his plans for turning around the Wings' fortunes, Eric outlined a clear path: "Most of the current players will not be wearing a Wings jersey come June 30. When I look up and down this pathetic roster, I see a team with no identity, no vision, and no potential for success. It's like inheriting a random selection of guys that wouldn't even make it on the Unassigned Players farm team", said Eric.   True, the team has little in the way of quality and even less in the way of potential, but the next draft could be a turning point given the number of picks that the previous GM has accumulated. Hopefully a solid draft will allow the new Wings leadership to set the building blocks that will finally bring a Cup to Detroit.
Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres Sabres NHL Stats Sabres-Kevin 2022-01-01 03:00:32 265 Sabres NHL Stats    Having a look at the players preforming in the nhl at the end of 21   Games Played - Goaks - Assists - Points - Shots On Goal  Hall 26-5-9-14-65 / Eriksson EK 30-11-9-20-89 / Okposo 32-7-14-21-81 Robertson 23-10-15-25-59 / Johansen 29-9-16-25-45 / Schenn 19-4-6-10-29 Henrique 24-6-10-16-68 / Trocheck 30-7-12-19-53 / Bennett 25-9-6-15-88 Wood Injured / Kotkanemi 30-7-7-14-37 / Duclair 23-12-9-21-48   Mayfield 27-1-4-5-36 / Toews 16-4-16-20-33 McNabb 34-2-5-7 / Ekholm 31-1-5-6 53 Dunn 28-3-9-12-37 / Gudas 29-0-8-8-43 Lyubushkin 29-0-6-6    Think Hall puts close to sixty points and a ton of shots. EK is an absolute beast… love the way his offensive game has developed  Okposo looks to have rebounded into an outstanding two-way vet. I think he will have tremendous value moving forward with his fantastic contract    Robertson is a young game breaking offensive stud  Johansen is rebounding into the number one center he has bee. Most of his career Schenn has been injured some but is a hot streak away from his 60 point life    Henrique is looking at a 60 point, 200 sog year  Trocheck is a beast with his physical play… 50-60 points  Bennett looks to be a 30G 300sog menace    Wood has been injured :(  Kotkanemi has 10Pts in his last 12… finding his game back at C Duclair is pretty nice for a 4th liner    Toews is becoming Keith    It’s hard to make a trade when the players have been collectively crushing the nhl.  All the club really needs to do is continue to play well at the nefhl level.. the way the players have been developing there would be no need to make any moves outside of getting a goalie before expansion. Duclair as a 4th liner is a rich flex of depth. I think we can push 30 wins with the remaining games from here on out 
Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens Canadiens End of 2021 Top 20 Prospects Canadiens-Mike 2021-12-31 22:51:01 207 As the season continues to be mediocre, the Canadiens brass will be deciding soon whether to sell some assets and look towards next year or if they want to make a push for the bottom end of the East playoff race. The top 20 prospect list is not as deep with top end talent right now, but there is some middle of the lineup and roll player talent on the list. As of right now, the top 20 Canadiens prospect list looks like this. 1. Noah Dobson2. Philip Tomasino3. Stuart Skinner4. Martin Fehervary5. Andrew Peeke6. Michael Rasmussen7. Keegan Kolesar8. Lukas Dostal9. Sean Tschigerl10. Riley Damiani11. MacKenzie Entwistle12. Simon Holmstrom13. Joel Nystrom14. Jared McIsaac15. Kaedan Korczak16. Dmitri Samorukov17. Eemil Viro18. Joe Vrbetic19. Filip Hallander20. Jesper Sellgren 8 players on this list are currently in the NHL and on target for useful rerates next year. Noah Dobson is slowly looking more comfortable in the NHL and getting over 20 minutes a game on the Islanders backend. Joining him on the defensive end are Fehervary and Peeke who both are getting 2nd pair minutes and putting up decent stats. All 3 of these players should see lots of minutes on the Canadiens back end next seasonOn the offensive end, Rasmussen, Tomasino and Entwistle are getting about 11-15 minutes a game on the bottom 6 and looking like they could move up the lineups next year. The surprise of the NHL list is Kolesar who looked like a 4th line checking player at his max but is on pace for about 30 points this year and should be a solid 3rd liner next year for the Canadiens.In net, Skinner has made great strides this year and has good numbers in the NHL. He could be a backup NEFHL goalie as early as next year.The rest of this list is in the minors or juniors and are all having seasons that lead the Canadiens to believe they could be regulars in a few years.
Florida PanthersFlorida Panthers Panthers Ratings Delta Analysis Panthers-Trev 2021-12-31 20:15:59 1220 (SUNRISE, FLORIDA)The Florida Panthers, like all other NEFHL teams, has some players who are trending up and some players who are trending down. Generally speaking, players who are trending up are having good NHL seasons while players who are trending down are having poor NHL seasons.  Some players are having average seasons and therefore, their ratings delta is not trending up or down significantly. But there remains a lot of season to be played and so these results will continue to evolve over the remainder of the season. This article has been written by the Panthers head of analytics, and goes into pretty extensive depth about how the ratings have been impacted so far in this season.Arthur Kaliyev and Dylan Larkin both have a positive SC rating delta of plus nine. This is very good. On the flipside, David Pastrnak's ratings delta is minus twelve. This is actually bad.Somehow, Scotty Perunovich has a positive EN rating delta of +25 endurance. Clearly, his team provided Peloton is helping in this regard.However, his intensity has dropped by minus fourteen. Perhaps reflective of the 15 minute low intensity Peloton classes he routinely completes.AnywayA few players have been injured and there ratings delta in the injury category has dropped, this includes Erik Brannstrom, Nathan Gerbe, and Matthew Highmore. Fortunately, none of this proneness to injuries has caught up to the players from an NEFHL perspective, as they remain for the most part healthy. Next, let's spend some time analyzing the  
Los Angeles KingsLos Angeles Kings Kings Dominant in First Half of Season Kings-Carter 2021-12-31 17:02:02 246 The Los Angeles Kings were treated to an enthusiastic standing ovation in the final moments of their 4-0 win in front of just over 22,000 fans at the Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday night. With Jack Campbell earning his fifth shutout of the season, the Kings put the final touches on one of the most dominant starts to a season in league history. Sitting atop the Western conference, the Kings have a four point lead with three games in hand over their divisional foes, the Vancouver Canucks.  The Kings have been led by a trio of superstars all year long. Mike Zibanejad leads the league with 55 points, five ahead of his linemate Connor McDavid, who despite missing three games earlier this year due to injury, heads up the league's goal scoring race with 28. Between the pipes, Campbell leads the league in wins with 20, shutouts with 5, save percentage with 0.924, and goals against with a sparkling 1.94 GAA. The Kings have the league's most wins, most points, best goal differential (by 21 goals), the lowest shots against, the most goals for, and the fewest goals against. Kings players hold the top five highest +/- differentials in the league. While the Kings obviously owe a lot of their incredible start to the trio of Ziba, McDaddy, and Jack, their supporting cast has been just as important. Jordan Staal has 14 goals and 31 points, JVR has 11 goals and 31 points, and offseason free agent signings Jake Muzzin and Ben Chiarot have both chipped in impressively from the back end. Even the young lad, rookie stay at home defenseman Logan Stanley, has been fabulous in his role, potting 4 goals and adding 5 assists while logging 12 and a half minutes of ice time a night against the league's biggest names."Pure dominance. You absolutely love to see it. Every night it's a treat to watch these boys go out there and ragdoll the opponent," said GM Toni.
Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres Trade value of Sabres at nefhl level Sabres-Kevin 2021-12-31 03:57:08 311 Trade Valuation on Sabres Eriksson EK: Four First Round Picks…  Kotkanemi: Three First Round Picks  Trocheck: Two First Round Picks  Johanson: One First Pick and One Third Round Pick   Robertson: Four First Round Pucks  Hall: One First Round Pick and One Second Round Pick  Henrique: One First Round Pick  Grimaldi One Third Round Pick    Bennett: One First Round Pick and One Second Round Pick  Duclair: One First Round Pick and One Second Round Pick  Schenn: One First Round Pick and One Second Round Pick  Wood: One First Round Pick and One Second Round Pick  Okposo: One Second Round Pick and One Third Round Pick    Toews: Three First Round Picks Dunn: One First Round Pick and One Second Round Pick  Ekholm: One First Pick and One Third Round Pick Gudas: One Second Round Pick and One Third Round Pick  McNabb: One Second Round Pick and One Third Round Pick  Mayfield: One Second Round Pick and One Third Round Pick  Lyubushkin: One Second Round Pick and One Third Round Pick    The collection of players statically are crushing it at the nhl level.. I mean Duclair has 45 goals over 132 games his last three seasons and he’s a 4th line player here… granted those stats say he’s a 73SC player but in the nefhl way of make believe ratings he has a 62SC… that means games from last decade are contributing to Duclair current SC rating.  We are literally about to enter 2022 and games from 2019 are holding Duclair back    That’s absolutely insane and a humongous flaw in the way ratings are determined.., no way should games from last decade be pulling a player down today.
Florida PanthersFlorida Panthers Panthers Trade Rumblings Panthers-Trev 2021-12-31 02:20:46 241 Panthers Trade Rumblings(SUNRISE, FLORIDA) With the Panthers finding themselves on the wrong side of the 45 million dollar salary cap, once again, rumours are swirling around the team about potential moves and which players may be on the trade clock. Although GM Trev has been quiet lately, some say his office has been vacant for much of the past two seasons, this article will identify a few possible trade candidates.The first and perhaps most obvious is Brad Marchand, who  carries the second highest cap hit on the team at nearly 6 million, just shy of Davis Pastrnak. But is Trev willing to part with the guy who has been his best and most consistent performer since being acquired from Dallas a few years ago? Maybe, but a salary dump type trade involving the recent Conne Smythe trophy winner should be considered off the table. Other candidates include centres Dylan Larkin or Brayden Point. But both are held in high esteem by tge GM and moving either doesn’t allow the team to call up Kaprizov, nor does the team have much in the way of centre depth behind these two guys. With all that being said, nothing is completely off the tablew, but these aren’t likely to be all that high on the list of players available for a trade. Who does that leave up front as potential players to be moved? Bratt, Pastrnak and Stone. Pasta as the teams best player is unlikely to move, and Bratt makes pennies so moving him doesn't benefit the cap situation. So could Stone really be on the block? Perhaps we will explore this further in a future article (maybe even tomorrow...)
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Ducks Cole Perfetti Shines At WJC Ducks-Ryan 2021-12-31 00:12:46 247 Cole Perfetti knew he had something to prove this year in the World Junior Hockey tournament. Not only did he want to personally do well, he wanted to put Canada back on top of the hockey world. In the first game of the tournament Cole had his hands full playing against the Czechs but was able to come out with 3 assists in a big 6-3 win for Canada. The second game against Austria was even better. "We loved his game and how he played, he had high expectations for himself, and he certainly delivered. We thought he was even better against Austria, and we are very excited to have Cole make the jump to Anaheim in the next couple years. He just needs to continue adjusting to the talent he's playing against and work on his skating and we have no doubt he will be a star." said GM Ryan Clarey. Perfetti was able to snatch up three more points against an overmatched Austrian squad. Interestingly enough, fellow Ducks prospects Mavrik Bourque was able to make an impact after being me to the top line playing with Perfetti. Bourque himself had a goal and an assist, giving him three points in two games as well. "That was something that honestly never even crossed our minds here in Anaheim when we got asked if those two could be linemates in the future. After watching their magic together against Austria, it is something we have to think about going forward. Mavrik is just so cerebral and such a smooth skater, then you factor in Coles high IQ and that's when you start getting the results you want and expect." said Clarey. As luck would unfortunately have it, the tournament ended up being called off due to Covid. Players were starting to test positive, so they shut it down for now, however there is talks of potentially having this tournament finish in the summer.  Cole Perfetti: 2 Games played. 1 Goal and 5 assists. Mavrik Bourque: 2 Games played. 1 Goal 2 assists.
New York RangersNew York Rangers 666 to end the year Rangers-Matt 2021-12-30 11:08:47 1139 With a spectacular 6-3 win against the Ducks the NEFHL Rangers closed the year. It was the final game for the squad of coach Blashill in 2021. And it was really exciting:- Outshot the Ducks 37-17- Outhit the Ducks 33-11- Only 2 penalty minutes after a hard conversation from GM Kaminski with the team- 5 different goalscorers (only TJ Oshie striked twice)- Only six players withiut a point- Anton Stralman with his sixth goal of the year- Brandon Tanev with six hits- After scoring six Wanda Vuck had to suck six cocks after the game in the dressing room- David Backes had six minutes of ice time All in all the Rangers year 2021 ended terrific. "Scoring six goals is always great, but until late in the 2nd period it was a close game. We didnt allow the Ducks to come back into the game and Tyler Pitlick closed out the game in the 3rd period. We also enjoyed that Yegor Sharangovich got his first 2 points in the NEFHL. That was a good answer after we called him out a bit. Now he is happy and goes down for a couple of games, because Dustin Brown is back from injury for the next game against the Leafs", so GM Kaminski after the game.Now the players have 2 free days to celebrate the end of the year and hopefully the end of the pandemy. "We will be 0back at practice on sunday and prepare for the Leafs game. Another scary challenge, as they are a good team. But for now we arent thinking of tomorrow and of the next year. Tonight we celebrate the win, the six goals and the six cumshots", added Kaminski.  
Arizona CoyotesArizona Coyotes A Non-Hockey Post: Random Musings Coyotes-Mark 2021-12-30 01:16:44 220 I figured for the last article I needed to pump out before the new year, I'd go a different route and just say some things on my mind. The idea just came to me as I went to the box scores page from my laptop at home, a place that I haven't even visited the site from in a while as I usually just go on my phone. I gotta say, it's pretty amazing the recent changes JD put into place. Like I'm literally watching the timer count down and seeing goals pop up as they're scored and watching shots tick up as they come. So lets start this article off by talking about JD... Props to you for everything you've put into this league over the years. I remember a few years back as I started getting older and with my daughter being young at the time, wondering when life was going to take over and you'd wind the league down. I figured with your work and family you wouldn't be able to keep this hobby up. It's pretty cool to see I was wrong, and that this is more than just a hobby to you; it's a major passion of yours. You not only don't let up, but you've been mashing the peddle to the floor for a few years now constantly making upgrades and trying to make your league better, for you and us. I personally havent watched a full game of hockey in 4 or 5 years, and havent even tuned into one in about 2-3, but this league keeps me somewhat in tune to the NHL just from hearing all the names you all talk about. I think that's why dynamic ratings worried me. I'm honestly not so into hockey anymore, and with the static system, that didn't matter much. Ratings were set for a year and I could work that way. I can se myself becoming irrelevant soon and not being able to keep up, but I'll do my best in the meantime. Anyway, I think it's really cool what you've done to keep this all going for so long. I think this is like year 14 or 15 for me and Ive never committed to something in my life that long, lol. Hell, I dont even think I have a group of friends that Ive been close with for that many years. I wouldnt say you fuckers are "friends" in the traditional sense, but youre pretty awesome people I chat with somewhat regularly, and it's nice being able to come to the forums and getting a laugh or two. Kevin, never change. Carter, same for you bro. Ok, I should have made this two articles, but screw it, lol. Wishing all of you guys a Happy New Year. :) PS. The article had nothing to do with Bobby Lou. It just made me lol. ;)
New York IslandersNew York Islanders The Ultimate Golden Shower aka Pissing Into The Wind Isles-Steve 2021-12-29 19:36:01 231 Tick Tock Tick Tock...  With the clock and calendar counting down, and the article deadline fast approaching, the Islanders front office decided to pay homage to a time-honored ('honoured' for those who read Canadian) tradition of pissing in the garbage mouth of the one who shall not be mentioned by name. If anyone objects to this characterization, feel free to open your mouth.  I dare you! It's difficult to imagine a more weird season than the one in progress but when you consider that last season, games were played in bubbles with placards simulating fans, one can only wonder what will come next. Will referees carry spare masks?  oxygen tanks?  Clorox injections?  Will Minnesota Wild fans march outside arenas chanting "Blues Will Not Replace Us?" Will concession stands offer monoclonal antibodies as a between period pick-me-up? Will Islander fans forgive the timeless ineptitude of GM Steve?  Time is running out on this management team and there is definitely some question about the longevity of the General Manager's patience and fortitude.  Time does march on...  not only on the Article Clock, but in the timeline of life.  In about a week, the Islanders GM will be turning 75...  And while Lou Lamoriello has remained in his role at 80, Lou does have a cup or two in his trophy case. This next season may not be the last one for the current management but rumors ('rumours' for those who read Canadian) have been circulating all season about a search for a replacement GM on Long Island.  As Vitas Gerulaitis once said, "Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis seventeen times in a row!" So we'll see y'all at the local urinal boys.  Zipper up and zipper down. Happy New Year!
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Everybody Loves Raymond Pens-Brent 2021-12-29 14:11:53 249 When the Penguins selected Lucas Raymond with the 5th overall selection in the 2020 draft, they knew they had selected a good one.  Suffice it to say, the Pens brass didn't realize that he was this good.  "At the moment, we can't help but feel as though we selected the best player from that draft.  Obviously these kids are still young and have lots to prove, so much could change. However, we are very hopeful with Lucas and believe that he could be a franchise talent for us one day," said the Penguins GM, Ron Hextall.  While it is clear that Raymond is offensively gifted, his most standout traits are his overall hockey IQ and ability to read and anticipate plays.  While the young winger demonstrates the ability to put the puck in the net, his playmaking skills are impressive to watch.  "When watching him in training camp, we were amazed by his relentless puck pursuit game - like a dog on a bone. When the puck is on his stick, it almost feels as though the biscuit is on a string. He is that good!" said Penguins President of Hockey Operations, Brian Burke.  In a small sample size, Raymond has out produced (point per game) both Alexis Lafreniere and Tim Stutzle, both of whom were selected ahead of the young Swede. In 31 NHL games, the 19-year old Gothenburg native has amassed 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 career points and 0.903 points per game.  For context, Alexis Lafreniere has just one more career point despite playing 55 more games, 0.337 points per game. Tim Stutzle has fared better than Laffy, tallying 44 points in 81 games, 0.543 point per game.  Raymond > Stutzle > Lafreniere Imagine being in a position to draft Raymond twice and  passing on him both times? That's gotta sting... 
Tampa Bay LightningTampa Bay Lightning Almost a Guaranteed Bet Lightning-Paul 2021-12-29 00:13:44 1294 It's sad to say but it's pretty much a guaranty that the lightning will finish just outside the playoffs. It's the 17th NEFHL season and they have only made the playoffs twice. They did win the Cup so there's that but this team has been extremely mediocre it's exhausting. They are currently tied with the leafs for 1st in the division. When it comes to team stats from the team page, the lightning rank 11th, 10th, 13th, 7th, 7th and 2nd with a PDO of 998. All of this with the fact that we are already in game 34 of the regular season would definitely lead you to believe that their current place in the standings is not a fluke and that this team is bound for the playoffs.    So why am I not buying what all the stats are telling us? Well for one, I've come devastatingly close many years in the past. Secondly, there are only 4 other teams with fewer man games lost so far this season. To give you an idea, the first place leafs have lost 68 man games so far this season compared to the miniscule 17 man games lost by the lightning.    All to say, if there was a way to bet that the lightning wouldn't make the playoffs, I would probably lay down the house! Who knows, in the past when I've talked up the lightning, they would crumble so maybe saying they'll suck, the reverse jinx will come into play!    I guess since the title of this article is a little bit misleading, I may as well give you an almost guaranteed bet that you can make money on.   Tonight in the NBA, the New York Knicks are -5 favourites on the road against the timberwolves. In the NBA, having home court adavantage is a big deal but almost more of a big deal is playing back to back games which the TWolves are playing the second half of one. The reason this spread is only -5 in favour of the knicks is because the wolves actually have a better record than the knicks and are playing at home.  The reason the knicks become virtually a lock for a win and likely to cover is the fact that the Twolves will be missing D'Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Between those 3 players, they are averaging 65.3 ppg, 13.9 apg and 18.9 rpg. That's a ton of production and role players could get hot and the knicks could get cold but this is a huge misstep by vegas on only making this a -5 spread. I'll definitely be taking my shot at profiting off of this miscue.    From Isolation, I bid you good day!
Arizona CoyotesArizona Coyotes Nichushkin finally coming into his own? Coyotes-Mark 2021-12-28 21:01:49 198 The Coyotes brass have held many a young player in high regard, but none as high as Valerie Nichushkin. The club drafted Val 5th overall in the first round. Clearly it was a high risk, high reward type of pick. In the early stages Nichushkin wound up leaving the NHL for the KHL, but found his way back to NA hockey a bit later. His overall expectations tempered over the years and it looked like the surpise of Val being a decent defensive 3rd liner would be the end result. It wasn't until last year did it look like some of his promise as a rookie might be starting to come back. Over the past 2 seasons, prior to this one, Val put up 10 and 13 goals in 55 and 65 games. Not great, even for a 3rd liner with decent defensive abilities. However, it seems the 26 year old might finally be finding some of that missing offensive touch this year. Currently, in just 18 games, Val already has 10 goals and a total of 16 points. He's clearly off to the best start of his career, and his ice time is almost double what it has been over his career at around 21.2 minutes per game. This likely isn't a pace that should be expected to continue, but it does give the Coyotes an unexpected surprise for a potential future top 6 winger that they had all but written off. We'll keep our eyes on Val to see what he can do with the rest of his season, but dont be surprised to see him take Yamomoto's slot in the top 6 before seasons end.
Chicago BlackhawksChicago Blackhawks Blackhawks 2021 Prospect Review Hawks-Anthony 2021-12-28 18:04:22 195 With the World Juniors starting and our continued effort to draft, we figured it would be a great time to review our prospects. We will be reviewing the Top 5 prospects on our NEFHL Prospects List. Moritz Seider – Unchanged from last year, Seider continues to be our most dominate prospect and keeps his top spot. He not only offers great defensive abilities but is showing offensive potential at the NHL level. The 20-year-old, six-foot-four defenseman, is third (3) in NHL scoring among all rookies with twenty-one (21) points in thirty-one (31) game while logging just over twenty-two (22) minutes per night. We’ll see him suiting up for Chicago as early as next season. Jack Quinn – Quinn holds onto his number two spot after an underwhelming WJC last year. Quinn had a season-ending surgery in April to fix a lingering lower-body injury that first started in training camp. Quinn was ready to start the 2021-2022 year in the AHL where he has accumulated eleven (11) goals and twenty-four (24) points in just seventeen (17) games. Despite playing a handful less games than others, due to mono, Quinn is still top ten in AHL points. Quinn is starting to show his offensive-prowess and we can see him cracking an NHL lineup within the next two years with a focus on improving his strength and conditioning. Matt Coronato – The Bisson makes his Top 5 debut! This spitfire skates hard, scores goals and plays a responsible 200 foot game. His relentless pace is what sets him apart and is having a good freshman year in the NCAA, accumulating twelve (12) points in eleven (11) games however four (4) of those points came in the first game of the season. He will need to adjust to playing against stronger players but he has the talent, drive and mindset to succeed. We will be closely watching him at the WJC. Oskar Olausson – What a shot! Olausson has many similarities to winger Andre Burakovsky. Both can absolutely rip it. Olausson joined the Barrie Colts of the OHL and is leading the way offensively for them with defenseman Brandt Clark. So far, he has accumulated one (1) goal, one (1) assist in two (2) games for Sweden. Rory Kerins – Not one that many expected to be on this list but Kerins has earned a Top 5 spot with his play for the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL. His fourty-four (44) points in twenty-six (26) games are good for fifth best in the OHL scoring race. This five-foot-eleven centerman is also better than average on faceoffs and has shown that he has potential to make it to the NHL despite missing an entire development year last season due to COVID. Honorable mention goes to Jackson LaCombe. Not having the best of years but we still see top4 potential in this soon-to-be 21 year-old defenseman playing at the University of Minnesota. He boasts a nice mix of size, skating and offense. He has continued to get better and have no doubt he will have a better 2022 than 2021.
Florida PanthersFlorida Panthers Panthers Season Update Panthers-Trev 2021-12-28 16:20:03 206 (Sunrise, Florida) “There’s a lot to like, but definitely some things to clean up…” said Panthers GM Trev opening up his first press conference in some time, while he wiped the dust off his microphone. “I mean, we are leading the Eastern Conference in goal differential which is a good indicator that the team is playing some good hockey overall, but… the win and loss column doesn’t fully reflect that... yet.”    Asked who his standouts are, Trev was effusive in his praise for the Panthers goaltender “Markstrom is keeping us in every game, he’s our early season MVP for sure. We need to tighten up defensively to take some weight off of his shoulders, expecting him to continue this level of performance while starting every game for us and facing 29 shots per game.. that just isn’t realistic.”. “Our top line continues to carry us offensively as well, as expected, but we want to see more out of our second line. As Larkin’s ratings continue to heat up, we expect that they will come around” What about the dreaded Salary Cap? “Well, we are still figuring that out” shrugged Trev. “Cap management hasn’t been our strong point over these past two seasons, but we are looking at a few options that will allow us some more flexibility for the remainder of the season, and we of course believe Krill is pretty close to earning his spot on one of our top two lines and so if we can find a way to make room for him, we will. But he understands he needs to be patient and continue to earn his stripes in the AHL - really the last thing we want is to put a young offensive player in a position to fail, you see what’s happening with Hughes out in Vegas and you just want to avoid that type of situation for sure”
Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks The Canucks Swing 3 Large Trades in December Canucks-Kyle 2021-12-28 14:56:30 202 The past month has been busy in Vancouver which is no surprise as General Manager Allen is known to make moves whether the team is winning or losing. In the first significant deal, Patrice Bergeron was moved to Anaheim for two 2nd round picks, a 6th round pick and some contracts in Ryan Miller, Zack Smith and Evgeni Dadanov (all of which were later moved). GM Allen stated “Look, it’s easy to say we lost the deal as we essentially gave up Owen Power (Boston 1st that was traded to Toronto) and longtime face of the franchise, Taylor Hall last year to pick up Bergeron. However, Bergeron was a move we made to try and win the cup. It didn’t work out and we move on.” Moving Bergeron meant the top centerman spot was open and that wouldn’t last considering the Canucks are in the top 5 of the league. Shortly after, the Canucks swung a large deal to Detroit (All the best in retirement Jean) to pick up top centerman, Anze Kopitar. The full deal was: Vancouver Canucks trade Christian Dvorak, Mathieu Olivier, Ryan Miller, Taige Harding, Zack Smith, Jayden Struble, Matthew Stienburg, Michal Teply, Ryder Donovan, VAN 2022 Rnd 6 and $500,000 to Detroit Red Wings for Anze Kopitar “We basically replaced Bergeron with Kopitar. Kopitar was 1.1 million cheaper compared to Bergeron’s salary and is similar in skill and abilities. We also solidified our top six C’s moving forward which means we don't need to go shopping for a top 6 C this offseason like we would have since Bergeron was going to UFA. We felt it was fair price to pay using our glut of prospects and we broke it down as Bergeron = Kopitar. Dvorak + prospects = Two 2nd round picks” said GM Allen. Finally, the Canucks looked to the Red Wings once again for a top 4 defenseman, namely Hampus Lindholm. Lindholm was acquired for a 2nd round pick that was acquired in the Bergeron trade and prospect Jakub Konecny. Lindholm fit a need giving the Canucks a strong two way, top four defenseman. These moves were made with consideration towards the upcoming expansion draft. The Canucks are expected to protect the following players: F: Kopitar, Couturier, McCann, Landeskog, Bertuzzi, Tkachuk, Thomas D: Reilly, Theodore, Lindholm G: Grubauer The expected line up moving forward is: Landeskog, Kopitar, Tkachuk Svechnikov, Couturier, Hyman Bertuzzi, McCann, Fast Helm, Glendening, Lindholm (upgrade later) Necas Reilly, Heiskanen Theodore, Lindholm Demers, Kulikov Lindgren Grubauer Holtby UPL
Carolina HurricanesCarolina Hurricanes Stamkos Moves into Top 25 in NEFHL Scoring History Canes-Jeff 2021-12-27 22:40:21 201 On December 14th, in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Steven Stamkos did what he has done so often in his Canes career.  His power play goal 7:45 into the first period opened the scoring, giving the Canes the 1-0 lead with his 19th of the season.  It was his 436th career goal which moved him into a tie for 9th in league history with Rick Nash (he has since tallied twice more to move into sole possession of 9th with 438 goals).  The significance of this specific goal though was that it moved Stamkos into 25th in NEFHL history in scoring with 856 goals as he passed NEFHL Hall of Famer Martin St Loius.  Stamkos has been flat out dominant the last few seasons, coming off back to back 100 point seasons to rocket himself up the record books.  Coming off a Hart Trophy season in 2020/21, he has continued to light up scoreboards around the league with 37 points in just 30 games to open this season.  He has spent his entire 12 year career with the Canes franchise since being drafted 1st overall in 2008 and was already the franchise's all time scoring leader.  This will likely be a battle with teammate John Tavares who is currently 19 points behind Stamkos all time with 837 points.  With Stamkos signed for 4 more seasons in Raleigh, he is well positioned to blow by the 1000 point and higher in coming seasons should he stay healthy (he is currently out with a broken toe but will be back this week).   Side note - The picture on this article is intentionally mis sized to annoy the fuck out of Jason
Arizona CoyotesArizona Coyotes Coyotes finding their footing... Coyotes-Mark 2021-12-27 17:33:22 202 It's been an up and down year for the Coyotes who sit 17-13-2 and in the 9th spot in the west, just outside the playoffs. The team started out extremely bad heading out the gate, but have had a great December to crawl back up into the fight. Up until their two most recent loses, they were a perfect 7-0 in the holiday month. Players like Tarasenko and Pacioretty had woken up a bit with the help of Meier and Yamamoto. On the back end, players like Karlsson and Krug have been helping out where they can. And Jarry has been doing his best while overworked. The team was dealt a bad hand last week when they lost their backup in Hutton to a serious groin injury. A trade was made with VAN to bring in a stop gap, and the team will hope he can man the net while Jarry gets some much needed rest heading into the new year. In a year when the team thought they'd be even better than last, things havent really been going how mgmt has liked. Something is off and the coach will do his best to evaluate some moves here and there. This is the first time in years that the double-shift has been absent in AZ, so if things don't turn out the way everyone hope they will, some changes will be made for next year. We'll keep an eye on the team and the waiver lines as well to see if something helpful can fall into our laps.
Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres Sabres future at a glance Sabres-Kevin 2021-12-25 09:19:48 240 Projecting around 6-8 available... Hall loyalty 4x4 but could be more since he makes a lot right now... Hopefully 4 though    July 2022  Hall (31) - Eriksson EK (25) - Bennett (26)  Robertson (23) - Johansen (30) - Schenn (31)  Duclair (27) - Trocheck (29) - Okposo (34)  Weatherby (24) - Kotkanemi (22) - Wood (27)   Dunn (25) - Toews (28)  McNabb (31) - Ekholm (31)  Gudas (32) - Lyubushkin (28)   ?? Lankinen (26)    Hall: He’s a phenomenal two-way player with his speed and defensive… I think he has the ratings to be a sustainable 60-70 point talent    Eriksson EK: Is emerging as one of the best two-way centers in hockey… just beginning to enter his prime… has the hands for 30-35 goals    Bennett: Looks to have found his game in Florida… lots of shots,hits, and goals. 30G 300sog 200Hits with strong defense… He’s foundation and the exact type of player we want to bring in    Robertson: Emerging as a franchise winger, similar to Mark Stone… 30G 90-95 point upside for the clubs best offensive talent.    Johansen: Took his off season seriously and has bounced back into the 60-70 point playmaking two-way center he has always been throughout his career. I think he has an outstanding deal at 2.5x3 remaining this summer.    Schenn: Has been injured this year in the nefhl… but he is another outstanding two-way forward who brings 60 point hands. Has a 3.7x3 deal this summer… great value    Trocheck: Has been our best player in the nefhl… I think he’s a fantastic two-way 60-70 point center… He’s going to be our 2023 loyalty… five more years of Trocheck control    Duclair: His SC is currently getting jobbed but he’s a fantastic depth goal scorer…. Ideally he’s playing in the bottom six and has the hands to drop 20-25 in a depth role… game breaking speed .. if he’s the clubs 8th-9th best offensive player, doing well    Kotkanemi: Had come alive prior to the covid shutdown with 9Pts in his last 11… I see him becoming a bigger Trocheck. I think he’s the most valuable asset in the entire organization… is the evolved version of Trocheck a Olli Jokinen, that was one hell of a player in his prime… I can’t help but think Kotkanemi will be of the same cloth.   Okposo: Looks to be over the injuries and is a great two-way winger with 50-60 point hands… His 1.8x3 deal is going to look fantastic… he’s a great player. Weatherby: Admittedly does not have the offensive upside of any other players mentioned but has broke into the nhl out of college on the San Jose Sharks… Is an absolute monster at 225lbs, plays physical, is mobile, good defensive awareness… the impact Pat Maroon has had in the playoffs in the nhl… I think Weatherby can be that type of impact… type of guy you want to round out the roster.    Wood: Has been injured in the NHL… he had blossomed into a 20-25 goal agitating, two-way winger with game breaking speed… he’s at the bottom on the list because of the injury, but the truth is his value is just behind Bennett with his ratings,    — Toews: Has blossomed into Duncan Keith… just entering the prime age for defensemen (28-34)… Has the ability to play 25-30 minutes a night in all situations with game breaking speed… has the hands for 20G and 60 points… He’s a franchise defenseman… if the nhl opens back up he can score goals and his overall can shoot up more… in 15 games he went from 73aov to 76aov    Dunn: He’s not quite at Toews level but he’s going to be pretty damn good. I think we are looking at a 15G 40-50 point defenseman with two-way ability and plus skating.    Ekholm: Signed a pretty solid deal and is locked up for three more…I think he profiles as a great 2D with his 80DF and 35-45 point hands. He’s a solid rated defenseman… take ufas like him all day.    McNabb: Solid defensive defenseman playing 20 a night in the NHL Gudas: Solid defensive defenseman playing 20 a night in the NHL Lyubushkin: Solid defensive defenseman playing 18 a night in the nhl  —- Lankinen profiles as a solid backup and the club has coin to pursue a 1G option  — I may not have the prospect or pick capital but it’s absolutely undeniable that my group of controlled talent in the nefhl is exceptional… there is no delusion in the write ups    And for sure I waste money with absolutely no regard but on the kind of real side of things that matter… the cap situation is phenomenal prior to expansion… Do I have a bad contract in the entire organization? Doubtful    And here’s the fundamental truth  UFA is 30  My club has been built that we can sustain with no moves short term (why we have made no deals during the start of season slump) Patience and Time moves us back into the draft pick capital  Patience and Time moves us to after expansion where we can add again  My handle of the cap with draft pick capital in 24/25/26 will allow us to continue to add talent around Robertson, Kotkanemi, Bennett, EK, etc while we continue hunting the Ekholm, Okposo, McNabb type vets    That’s a sustainable model 
New York IslandersNew York Islanders The Obligatory Islanders Prospect Story Isles-Steve 2021-12-24 16:56:14 245 First things first... Merry Christmas to all who bother to read these articles!  (The New Year's greeting will be in an article next week...  can't shoot the entire load in a single journalistic ejaculation) Okay then, the Islanders have been spreading the wealth over the past few seasons in an effort to remain cap-compliant.  Among the departures have been Viktor Arvidsson, Nikolaj Ehlers, Jacob Markstrom, Nikita Zadorov, Casey Cizikas and Oliver Bjorkstrand.  It was with great sadness that these fine talented players were shipped out but the future remains bright on Long Island. Over the next few seasons, the Islander starting roster will be augmented by the arrival of Quinton Byfield, Thomas Bordeleau, Ilya Sorokin, Boris Katchouk, and, (lest we forget), hopefully, Joshua Ho-Sang.  Other talented youngsters include Brennan Othmann and Matthew Knies, both 2021 draftees.  Joni Jurmo is making a nice splash overseas as well as the diminutive but gifted Trey Fix-Wolansky who has made a productive return from injury for the Cleveland Monsters. The nucleus is in place but the salary cap continues to plague attempts to field a cup-winning team without a total tank.  The front office is always on the lookout for opportunities but there is a dearth of prospect knowledge and a plethora of homer mentality. While it is likely that the new arrivals will have the talent and guidance to keep the Islanders competitive, more veterans will have to be moved in light of the inevitable contract and other financial constraints.  Several veterans are at the tail end of great careers and Jordan Binnington will be an unaffordable luxury within the next season or two. Y'all come see us now, ya hear?  The door is always open.              
Tampa Bay LightningTampa Bay Lightning Christmas time! Lightning-Paul 2021-12-24 16:51:19 222 Well it's Christmas time which is a crazy time, there's no hockey in the NHL and no hockey in the NEFHL which leaves time for family time! I don't think I'm allowed to use a word four times (no pun intended) in a sentence but I did and I'm ok with it.  How about them lightning, 2nd in the division, 4th in the conference, 12th in the league and doing it all without one star rated player. I honestly couldn't tell you year to year what makes middle of the pack rated team do succeed or fail. To be fair I've mostly failed so I guess I know what to do to be a bubble team. I assume that's where we are headed, this is just a tease to seem like a playoff team and we'll drop to 9th in the division by the end of it.   I guess I should talk about some highlights? Jakub voracek is a stud, over a point a game playing on our second line. Who would've thunk it, grabbed him in a deal to save cap space when we traded Malkin, got him a some very low end assets and it turns out it's looking like actually won that deal. Go figure!  Then there's the resurgence of Matt Duchene, again on our second line. Not quite having the same year as Voracek but he's doing awesome in the NHL. Hes over a point a game and has more goals than assist. it sucked losing Guentzle for him but I also got Keller who I like a lot and a young D in Minnesota who seems like a power house developing team at the moment so another trade that was worked out pretty well I guess. Goalie situation is decent. Got fleury on a very reasonable 2 year deal that looked like it might be a dud the way he started in the nHL this year but he's been playing great lately. Kinda disappointed about the bishop news but he's still got playable ratings and I think he'll be retired at years end?  Anyway, it's Christmas Eve, I've got a mile long list of things to do and my girlfriend just got out of the shower and is yelling at me to get in the shower to get ready. Yes I sacrificed showering with her to write this but it was worth it to talk about the bolts!    Merry Christmas everyone, love you all and hope you have an amazing safe holidays!      
Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers Home for the Holidays Oilers-Jason 2021-12-23 20:50:17 229 With virtual hockey players across the league testing positive for the π variant of NEFHL-19, it was no surprise when Supreme Leader Barry ordered the league shut down for the holidays. His elven henchmen were seen chaining doors at stadiums across North America prior to the Wednesday evening puck drop. While studies have shown the variant to be even more transmissible than incelibacy, it is with some relief that the only symptom appears to be a complete loss of self-awareness. The Oilers, who were set to begin a five game homestand, are in the process of procuring the new Woke Vaccine recently approved by the Biden administration and awaiting similar approval by Liberals in Canada. General Manager Jarrett says that he will also be offering his team access to free boosters; confidence boosters, "These kids, and most of them are kids, a slap on the back and a 'Good job!' or a participation trophy are all they really need to stay healthy and happy." Despite the layoff, Jarrett says his team is looking forward to getting back to action next week, "At the beginning of the season, absolutely no one would have predicted we'd have the fourth best record in the league and the second ranked defense, but here we are. We've been fortunate in terms of injuries and our offense is atrocious, but our goalies have kept us in every game." Edmonton, who is 11-3-1 at home, will also have five rest days over the five game stretch. The days off will be much appreciated, as the team is on a cap pace of approximately $44.8 million, barring any significant injuries in the second half of the season. Games against the Blues, Sharks and Jets will afford rising stars Eeli Tolvanen and Adam Boqvist an opportunity to spread their wings on the power play, while matchups against the Canucks and Lightning could push the team's defense to the limit. The only question remaining is who will be at the helm of Tampa Bay come the game on January 3rd. Happy Holidays from our home to yours!
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Knights Exercise Discipline Knights-Derek 2021-12-23 19:50:57 187 After Monday night’s undisciplined meltdown against the New York Rangers, the Vegas Golden Knights regained their composure, kept themselves in line, and did not find themselves short handed for one second against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.   Their powerplay, however, blew its opportunity to score for a third game in a row, as Vegas went oh-for-two with the man advantage. As a result, those missed opportunities came back to haunt them, and, despite outshooting their opponent 27 - 21, they lost six-to-two against the Jackets. This was their first loss by more than three goals in over a month, as the last time it happened was November 16th against the division-rival Anaheim Ducks.    Casey Cizikas opened the scoring in the first period, and the Knights outshot the Jackets nine-to-seven in the opening frame, and all signs pointed to a stellar night ahead for the much-maligned Golden Knights. Their lead was short-lived however, as the Jackets stormed back with four straight goals in the middle period, effectively ending the Knights’ chance at coming back at all; they’ve scored just eighteen goals in ten games this month, and are desperately missing their threats from the blueline. Captain Shea Weber is still out long-term, recovering from the nasty injury suffered at the hands of Los Angeles F Connor McDavid back on December 12th.    On the bright side however, Vegas did not lose a single player to injury or ejection in the game, a huge positive when you consider how overworked so many of their players are right now. D Rasmus Ristolainen and D Justin Faulk are showing signs of wearing out, as both were pointless on the night, and each were minus-three. Jack Hughes and his linemates were also outgunned, as the three of them were also pointless and a combined minus-six on the night.    Another positive for the Knights is the progress shown by waiver pickup Victor Rask, who had two points and an even rating on the night, as well as D Jacob MIddleton, who had four shots and five hits against the Jackets.    Next up for the Knights are the lowly New York Islanders, a team they owned just a few short nights ago.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Powerplay Shows Signs of Life Knights-Derek 2021-12-23 02:57:28 204   For the first time in a long time, the Vegas Golden Knights scored a power play goal in back-to-back games. The Knights opened the scoring against the Rangers when defencemen Justin Faulk, back in the lineup after recovering from an injury, wired a perfect feed from F Mathieu Perrault for the first goal of the game.    Franchise centreman Jack Hughes picked up a secondary assist on the play, and added another on the Knights’ next goal of the game. His two points were his first points in his last five games, his first multi-point effort since November 3rd against the Predators, and just his third game of the season with a crooked number of points.   The Knights ended the first and second periods each with one-goal leads, however they couldn’t hold on to win, as an uncharacteristically undisciplined third period would be their undoing. The Knights, having lost D Andy Wellinski (broken toe) to a Tanner Pearson charge in the first period, and F Mathieu Perrault (bruised shoulder) in the second, were beginning to feel the weight of the losses they’ve suffered this past month, and began to break down. Add in the ejections to D Jacob Middleton and D Rasmus Ristolainen, and it’s easy to understand why. Playing with a depleted roster, especially on defence, is a recipe for disaster.    The pressure, and weight of responsibility, put onto Knights D Ristolainen began to show, as the team’s best player last year had himself a career night. Despite scoring in the second period to help his team retake the lead, the Finnish defenceman established a new career-high in penalty minutes. He was disciplined in the first period, before he picked up a two-minute minor for roughing in the second period. The third period would be his undoing, as he added a double-minor for high-sticking, a minor for elbowing, a major for high-sticking, and a (has this ever happened?) minor for hooking along with a game misconduct. When all was said and done, he ended his night with a goal, +1 rating, 25 PIM, three shots, four hits, and twenty-six minutes of ice time.   
Chicago BlackhawksChicago Blackhawks Hawks winning going into Christmas Break Hawks-Anthony 2021-12-22 22:31:36 213 [Chicago, Il] December has been a good month for the Chicago Blackhawks. They currently sit 4th in the league, and 4th in the Western Conference, with an active seven (7) game winning streak and fourty-three (43) points in thirty-five (35) games. Prior to this, the Blackhawks were struggling to find consistency and were fighting for a playoff spot. With a week off and the team so hot, Chicago fans and management are asking themselves if they can continue this to 2022 and beyond? What changed this past month and does this team need more to compete for the mighty NEFHL Stanley Cup? GM Anthony had this to say before departing home to Montreal. "To start the year, our offense was inconsistent and we were allowing too many quality scoring chances from the back-end. Saros struggled early which we expected since this is his first year as a starter in this league but has been great as of late. We managed to fix a lot of issues interally too. We have a tremendous amount of depth so we have the luxuery of shuffling lines without going to the market and making a trade. We are also seeing consistent scoring from all lines and guys like Turbo have certainly showed us that he's more than capable of leading this team offensively at center. Our defense is young and what they've done to get better so quickly is impressive. Ramus Dahlin came in as a rookie but is showing true star power. He plays hard, top four minutes and is not only 3rd in rookie scoring but 7th among all NEFHL defensemen. We are already hearing Rookie of the Year talks. Is there more to do? We are always looking to improve and do have options. We have the cap space but would like to continue to add to that so we aren't so handcuffed going into trade deadline. One thing at a time. I wanted to end by wishing the press and all other GM's Merry Christmas. Stay safe, take care and be good."    
New York RangersNew York Rangers Rangers GBU Rangers-Matt 2021-12-22 22:18:28 234 Despite a solid first 3rd of the 2021/22 NEFHL season, the New York Rangers have a lot of room to improve: "Well, 19 wins out of 32 is a solid start for us and we have done things pretty good, but still we have a lot issues we can solve better", GM Kaminski said in a statement just hours before the christmas break.The goods:39 points out of 32 games is tied for the best point percentage in the eastern conferenceScoring 106 goals in 32 games (3.31 per game) is the most in the eastern conferenceTony D. is playing tremendous hockey. With 32 points (10g/22a) in 32 games he is the leading scorerThe Rangers depth players have helped to overcome a lot of shortterm injuries (27 goals from players like Chiasson, Pitlick, Sanford, Backes, Sheahan and Ryan have won some important games) 110 hits from Brandon Tanev are impressive Also the +19 from Nick JensenThe bads:The Rangers have a solid tandem in Andersen/Rinne but the save percentages of both (89.9 and 89.6) arent really greatWith only 27 shots/game the Rangers are in the lower 3rd of the league. PK with 79.8% is 5th worst in the leaguePP with 16.8% isnt much betterYegor Sharangovich isnt readyThe ugly:The most anger for Coach Blashill and GM Kaminski is the discipline. With 11.0 penalty minutes/game the Rangers are one the most penalised teams in the league. "Thats unacceptable, we have to talk about it during the break", added Kaminski. Its also questionable why Tony D. with a 86 di rating garners 58 penalty minutes, while Weegar with a 87 di rating has only 8 penalty minutes. " We really dont have an answer for this"
New York IslandersNew York Islanders The Vegas Golden Knights Suck Donkey Nuts Isles-Steve 2021-12-22 21:10:50 273 Hello again NEFHL hockey fans!!  It's that time of year when we all sit back and smile as a dozen or more NEFHL GMs try to make their minimum article quotas. So it seems logical that, since 36 stupid Golden Knights articles were posted with total disregard for anyone's sensitivities, I'd take this opportunity to deliver a league-wide message:  The Vegas Golden Knights Suck Donkey Nuts! Now, having said that, let's examine some reasons: 1. They are in 25th place overall.  Is that something to be posting articles about on a daily basis?  No! 2. They are dead last in the Pacific Division.  Even the tanking San Jose Sharks have two games in hand on them.  Would you post daily if your team was locked in the basement?  No way! 3. With 20 prospects on their list since 2018, it's hard to find one that they can build a team around.  Not one!  Zip!  Zilch!  Nada! 4. They don't even have a 2nd round pick in the upcoming!  Now that's worth bragging about, right?   Nope! 5. The farm team is chock full of nobodys.  The level of futility on this roster is only matched by the level of obstinate article posting all season long. Another thing, the coveted annual Elmer Ferguson award for outstanding NEFHL journalism is not decided on quantity.  Quality is the basis for NEFHL ballots and I'm here to tell you, that I stopped reading the Vegas bullshit about 34 articles ago.  The Vegas Golden Knight reporter seems more like the Vegas Golden Shower reporter.  Stay tuned for another takedown in the waning days of the year.
Washington CapitalsWashington Capitals Best Christmas Present Ever. Caps-Mike 2021-12-22 15:52:28 215 Well...the Capitals didn't acquire Auston Matthews on Christmas or anywhere close to it.  That doesn't mean they have nothing to be thankful for this Christmas and are reaping the rewards from this magnificant player.
Calgary FlamesCalgary Flames Tyson Barrie Leading Flames and NHL Defensemen in Scoring Flames-JD 2021-12-21 21:55:15 203 Tyson Barrie only has 1 point in his last 6 games and hasn't recorded an assist in almost a month.  Despite that, he still leads all NEFHL defensemen in scoring as well as his own teammates, including players such as Mark Scheifele, Mikko Rantanen, Claude Giroux and Johnny Gaudreau. That lead is due in part to a point streak that started on game 1 of the season and ended on game 11.  During that point streak, Barrie recorded a 5 point game and a total of 17 points.  His last stretch of games, which also included two games missed to an injury, hasn't been as impressive.  Despite that, he has now matched his point total from the previous year, needing only 30 games to get to 33 points.  Last year was the first time in six seasons where Barrie did not produce double digit goal totals.  His shooting percentage dropped to below 3% that year. But he's back in double digits again this year with his luck turning and a 22% shooting percentage. His current career high is 56 points.  A personal record that Barrie aims to break at the ripe age of 30.  The Flames third round pick in 2009 has taken on the offensive load from the back end despite the team carrying other well versed scoring defensemen with Jeff Petry and Zach Werenski in the lineup.  But with Werenski now expected to miss about 10 games to injury, Barrie will take on even more ice time.  He will now see 4th line and PK duty on top of his normal assignments. Will that added ice time prove too much?  Or will Barrie continue his dominance.  An all-star appearance is almost all but confirmed at this point but Barrie's objectives now go beyond being just an All-Star this year. Something he's already achieved twice. "After making the finals twice in the past 3 seasons, the goal is definitely a Cup." he explained.  "From a personal standpoint, a Norris would definitely be a highlight in my career."
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights The Losses Keep Coming Knights-Derek 2021-12-20 16:41:53 187   Entering a game missing four of your top five defencemen is not the situation any team would like to find themselves in, however that’s exactly where the Vegas Golden Knights were before Thursday night’s action against the New Jersey Devils. Defencemen Shea Weber, Bowen Byram, P.K. Subban, and Justin Faulk were all scratched because of injuries they sustained as a result of questionable actions from the league’s mercenaries. And after the game against the Devils, the losses would continue to pile up.    For the second time in his career, something that had previously never happened for him at any level of hockey, Jack Hughes was ejected from the game in the first period. In a bad look for Hughes, it’s alleged that he charged Devils F Nicholas Aube-Kubel, who was forced to leave the game. It’s expected that Aube-Kubel will need the next few games to try and heal his injured groin. How Hughes’ injured the invincible forward’s groin on the play is a matter of controversy, for another day.    Vegas also lost F Andreas Johnsson in the game, as the versatile forward injured his elbow absorbing an errant puck shot by Devils D Mike Reilly, who found himself on the Devils’ powerplay, despite being his team’s worst scorer.    On the bright side however, Vegas will get D Justin Faulk back for their next game, Monday against the Rangers.  Additionally, the Golden Knights managed to score their first powerplay goal in thirteen games, ending the longest streak of futility in the franchise’s history.   In a curious situation, Devils F Dennis Gurianov was dressed for the game, did not get injured, yet didn’t see a single minute of ice time. Was he too scared to go on the ice?    GAME NOTES: -Knights F Casey Cizikas had seven shots and five hits in the game, however his line was the most unsuccessful of the night, as they were on the ice for all three of the Devils’ even-strength goals.
Carolina HurricanesCarolina Hurricanes Raleigh Rollercoaster Canes-Jeff 2021-12-20 07:36:48 191 The 2021/22 season this far has been a roller coaster ride for Canes fans as the team has been hot and cold all year long.  After starting the season 1-4-2, the team decided they wanted to actually play some hockey and rattled of 12 wins in the next 15 games to vault themselves into the top 4 in the Eastern Conference.  Obviously proving they were a playoff contender got into their heads and they stopped skating and playing hockey and went 3-11 over the next 14 games to plummet to 11th in the conference before having a slight bounce back and winning 2 of 3 games last week to find the team with a 15-14-2 record, 2 points out of the 8th spot.  The Stamkos-Tavares-Vrana line has literally carried this team on its back thus far and the team goes as they go.  With a combined 47 goals and 104 points in 31 games, they are one of the top lines in the NEFHL.  The problem is, that the entire rest of the roster has only managed 49 goals, and that is buoyed by Logan Couture's 12 and Lawson Crouse's 10.  5 players have accounted for 69 of the teams 96 goals and no team is going to be a consistent winner with 72% of their goals coming from 28% of their roster.  The Canes will need the supporting cast to step up if they want to have any chance to stay in this race.  The D could also try and chip a few in as well as they have currently only managed 6 goals combined in 31 games.  The Canes will look to get it rolling again as they have a favourable schedule for the rest of this 5 game homestand starting with the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow night.
Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens Dynamic Rating Impact on Canadiens Canadiens-Mike 2021-12-18 20:44:07 206 We are a couple of months into dynamic ratings and starting to see some drastic changes, some good and some bad. There were a few guys like Carter Verhaeghe that were expected to see some increase right away and a big drop from Alexander Radulov was expected as well. There has been more good and bad that we will discuss here. For the good side, the biggest surprise has been Stuart Skinner in net. While he is not a reliable goalie yet, he has played way more than expected and is over 70 OV at this point. He is good enough to be a call up goalie in case of injury, and he has potential to be a solid backup as soon as next year. On the backend, Vladislav Gavrikov has turned into a solid 2nd pair guy in the NHL and working his way up to that in the NEFHL. His PA is now over 60 and his EN is over 80 as well. Within a couple of seasons his DF should get to 80, which along with his great size and speed will make him a borderline top pair guy soon. As stated earlier, Carter Verhaeghe continues to improve and is has his SC over 70 and his PA heading that direction. The last breakout player is rookie Philip Tomasino, but he has a way to go to become someone who can be called upon as an injury replacement. On the negative side, there have been more than we hoped but not surprised at some of the names on the list. Radulov is the biggest faller, and at this point it would not be a surprise to see him sent down soon to save 6M in cap space and use that elsewhere. Patrick Hornqvist and Ryan Murray are the other two that have seen some offense drops, but both are still capable of helping out. Murray is probably going to be forced out this next off season with the number of young D on this roster. There is still plenty of time for some of these negative guys to turn it around. But with the way the Canadiens have been playing, they might not have a long leash to make that happen.
Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Penguins at the WJC Pens-Brent 2021-12-17 14:10:57 217 The Penguins have an impressive group of prospects participating at the World Junior Championships this year.  Despite the fact that top propsects Lucas Raymond, Seth Jarvis and Alex Newhook will likely be sticking with their pro teams, the Penguins have seven promising players who will don their nations colours this winter.  Team Canada Jake Neighbours - the Alberta native had a cup of coffee with the St. Louis Blues this season, notching his first NHL goal.  Neighbours has destroyed the WHL in his return to the Oil Kings amassing 18 points in only 10 games.  Ridly Greig - after scoring a highlight reel goal in an exhibition game with Sens and being suspending for a sus cross check, Greig has manhandled the WHL competition this year.  The young centermen has 14+14 in only 19 games with Brandon Wheat Kings.  Olen Zellweger - an offensive minded rearguard who was 5 days too old for the upcoming entry draft. With 27 points in 20 games, an impressive feat for a defender, Zellweger would have easily been a top ten pick this year. Team USA Matty Beniers - After getting off to a slow start, Matty Beniers has been absolutely lights out for the University of Michigan as of late.  With 11+11 in 20 games, Beniers looks to be one of the goto guys for the red, blue and white this year.  Brock Faber - The Rock has been a steady for the University of Minnesota this season.  Faber looks to be a minute eating defender who is capable of chipping in offensively from time to time.  Team Sweden Alexander Holtz - The young sniper got off to a hot start with the Utica Comets, but has lost some of his sizzle as of late.  Holtz has seen some time with the Devils this year, but looks to be more of a work in progress in comparsion to his fellow terror twin, Lucas Raymond. Holtz will be the guy for the Swedes and hopes to have a better performance than he did last year.  Team Finland Topi Niemela - The right handed, offensive defender looks to be a steal at this point in his development. Niemela has destroyed the Liiga from an offensive standpoint. He could be a future top PP quarterback one day and should be a high minute player for the Finns this year.  Kalle Vaisanen - Vaisanen is getting his first taste of Liiga action this season and has proved that he can kick it with the old guys, despite being played sparingly. He will likely suit up for the Finns in a bottom six role.     
Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks Ducks Draft Luke Hughes Ducks-Ryan 2021-12-17 12:54:40 247 While the NEFHL entry draft was months ago, Anaheim was able to draft stellar two way defenseman Luke Hughes sixth overall. "I couldn't believe he was still available. I practically ran to the podium to make the selection. Hughes had a couple questions going into the draft, most notable was his foot injury and how it would affect him. We actually had talks with a couple GM's to move up and draft Hughes but the ask was too much for us so we sat back and hoped it would work out. If and when he gets to the NEFHL he will be paired with Quinn. It's going to be a special moment for the family, and then of course brother Jack plays for Vegas so it will be a lot of fun to see the family all together on the ice." Said Ducks GM Ryan Clarey."We spoke with the doctors who treated the injury and they were confident Luke would make a full recovery. We have been to a few of his game this year for the University of Michigan and we have been blown away. A lot of people don't realize Luke is almost a full year younger than his draft eligible counterparts."  said Clarey.  Luke's play on the ice has been special so far in his first year at Michigan. He has 7 goals and 11 assists so far eclipsing Owen Powers freshman year. He's also been very responsible defensively with a +13 rating. One thing Luke has that Quinn does not is size. Luke comes in at 6'2 and his size will help him handle the rigors of everyday life in the NEFHL. "Everyday I go out on the ice, or in the gym I just continue to work hard and round out my game. When I heard my name called by the Ducks, knowing I will get to play with Quinn in a couple years, it's going to be special. I feel fortunate and blessed to play this great game and look forward to the future." said Hughes. While Anaheim has no intentions to rush Luke, they are optimistic he could be a full time NEFHLER by the 24-25 season at the latest. One thing is for certain, this kid is someone to keep an eye on. Stylistic Comparison: Quinn Hughes.Potential : Number One D-man with All-Star upside.
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues Blues News - 3rd Annual WJC edition Blues-Graham 2021-12-17 09:26:15 220   The Blues will be sending 7 players to the WJC this year. Not as many as last year (9!!) but still a solid 7 players, most of which will be playing leading roles for their team.   Leading the way with 2 players, is Team Sweden. Returnee Helge Grans will be expected to slot in on Sweden’s top paring. The 35th pick in the 2020 NHL draft is having a great season for the AHLs Ontario Reign with 8 points in 16GP and will be an all situations type player for Sweden. Also playing for team Sweden is 2021 Blues first rounder Fabian Lysell. With players like Holtz and Eklund leading the way, Lysell won't be depended on to be the main scorer. However he will be expected to provide secondary scoring on the 2nd line and see a regular spot on the power play.   Next up is Scott Morrow for Team USA. Team USA is always in the hunt for gold and for them to be successful Scott Morrow will play a big part. Morrow has had a great year playing for UMass in the NCAA playing at a ppg pace. Morrow will slot in on team USA's first pairing and will likely anchor their PP.     Marat Khusnutdinov will be the 1C for team Russia and will be counted on to provide a good chunk of Team Russia's offence. He's a returnee who's currently playing for SKA in the KHL. Khusnutdinov is known for his 2-way play and will likely see time on both the #1PP as well as Russia's PK and should be one of the top players in the tournament.   Newly acquired Roni Hirvonen will play a top 6 role for Team Finland. He's very similar to Khusnutdinov in both stature and style of play. Hirvonen will likely slot in as the 2C on Team Finland and will be an all situations type of player.   One of the final cuts for Team Canada last year was smooth skating Donovan Sebrango. Of all the players the Blues are sending to the WJC’s Sebrango maybe the one who plays the smallest role. With Canada’s depth Sebrango is at best slotted in to play on Canada’s 3rd pairing.  Never known for his offence, Sebrango has played 20 games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and has 3 assists.  He may see some time on Canada’s PK.  Rounding out the Blues players at this years WJC is the Czech Republic's Jan Bednar. Bednar is a returnee and will likely fill the starting role for the Czech Republic. One of the middling teams in this years tournament, the redwings 4th round draft pick from the 2021 draft will need to be at the top of his game in order for them to have a chance. In 19GP for the QMJHL's Accadia Bathurst, Bednar has a .902 save percentage, good for 12th in the league.    Here is a list of the Blues players represented at the last 3 WJC's. 2021 Scott Morrow - Team USA Fabian Lysell - Team Sweden Helga Grans - Team Sweden Marat Khusnutdinov - team Russia Roni Hirvonen - team Finland Jan Bednar - Team Czech 2020 Peyton Krebs-  Team Canada  Connor McMichael - Team Canada Lukas Parik - Team Czech  Jan Bednar - Team Czech  Nick Malik - Team Czech  Jaromir Pytlik - Team Czech  Rodion Amirov - Team Russia Drew Helleson - Team USA Helga Grans - Team Sweden 2019 Anttoni Honka - Team Finland Isaiah Saville - Team USA Nikola Pasic - Team Sweden Erik Portillo - Team Czech  Lukas Parik - Team Czech 
Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators Sens acquire Dumba from St. Louis Sens-Mike 2021-12-16 23:44:53 199 OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators completed their second trade with the St. Louis Blues within the last week, acquiring 27-year-old defenseman Matt Dumba in exchange for prospect Roni Hirvonen and a draft pick. Dumba is expected to slot into the Senators' top pairing immediately. "We needed a top-pair D with Ryan Ellis out for the next several months," said GM Mike McMahon. "We're excited to bring in someone like Dumba, who is still only 27 years old, he's under contract for the next several years, and he has seen his offensive tick up this season as well. "We liked Roni Hirvonen. He's probably one of Finland's top-two centers at this year's World Juniors, but we've been able to accumulate a lot of forward prospect depth the last several years. We felt we had the depth and the capital to make a move like this at this time. We wouldn't have moved Roni if the defenseman in return was over 30. Matt is still young. And like I said, I think his offense is only going to grow, especially with he opportunity in front of him. He was a top-10 pick for a reason." In a corresponding move, the Senators assigned Christian Djoos to their AHL affiliate and they have bought out the contract of Justin Richards to make room for Dumba on the active roster.  "Obviously we want Ryan back as soon as possible," McMahon said, "but his placement on long-term IR made available to us the opportunity to add someone like Matt for not only this season, but future seasons as well."
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Two Wins And Two Losses Knights-Derek 2021-12-16 18:38:52 184   What a comeback! After being down 2 - 0 in the first first period, despite outshooting the New York Islanders ten to six, the Vegas Golden Knights fought back hard, shutting down the Isles the rest of the way. They scored one in the second, and two more in the third, en route to their second win in their last two games.    Isles GM “Weed Man” Steve must’ve been happy to see his former love Casey Cizikas score two primary assists in the third period, one of which was on the game-winning goal. He finished the night with an impressive stat line: two assists, +1, two PIM, two shots, and two hits.    Jack Hughes was pointless in the game, and one of only two minus players on the Knights’ roster. Waiver pickup and Hughes’ linemate Evgeni Dadonov also had himself a night, scoring the game-typing goal, adding in an assist, plus one rating, and six shots on goal.     Vegas lost two more defencemen last night, meaning that four of their top five regular blueliners are out of the roster for at least the next few games, forcing them to call up their ninth and tenth best depth players. Justin Faulk was injured on his first shift of the game, and barely had a chance to build on his incredible performances the last few games. He bruised his shoulder when he absorbed a flagrant cross-check by Isles F (and former Knight expansion pick) Antoine Roussel. Of course, there was no call on the play. Continuing the madness, Isles F Dominic Simon was ejected on his first shift of the second period, for another dangerously savage cross-check. His offence was directly to the face of P.K. Subban, causing the latter to badly injure his eye.    With Shea Weber, Bowen Byram, P.K. Subban, and Justin Faulk all missing  the next few games at least, the Knights will be in for a tough next few games, against the  Devils, Rangers, and Blue Jackets, before  returning home for a rematch with the Isles.
St-Louis BluesSt-Louis Blues Looking to the Future - Blues 2022 Projected Lineup Blues-Graham 2021-12-15 10:39:26 206   As you all know the Blues are in the middle of a rebuild. Yet this year's version of the blues still had a very solid veteran presence. Provided by the likes of leading scorer Jason Spezza and others like Jeff Skinner, Evgeni Malkin (Preiovusly Granlund), Patrick Brown, Nick Leddy, Dumba and even Lehner. This is likely to change significantly next year as roster space will need to be made to sign up to 7 to 9 incoming prospects. UFAs Spezza, Skinner, Malkin and Brown will either be traded at the deadline or not re-signed. #1 defenseman Matt Dumba is also on the block. More spots will be open due to the retirement, players like Nilsson, Richard,Lehtonen. Dubnyk and Slepets are prime candidates for buyout. That covers off who's leaving. Who's left? The group of center's like the rest of next year's projected lineup is a little underwhelming but should come into their own in the next couple years. Leading the group will be youngster Connor McMichael. He will be followed in the lineup by a group of young C's who all project to be solid 4th liners, such as Gambrell and Clarke Bishop. Fringe NHL'er Kevin Stenlund should round out the top 4. Possibly at some point next year you may see youngster Peyton Krebs play his way into the lineup. One the left side, we have a couple promising youngsters in Joseph and Balcers. Both project to be middle 6 kind of guys. They will be followed by Lindholm and Benson. Lindholm hasn't had the kind of bounce back year we were hoping he'd have but there is still time. Benson hasn't seen a lot of ice time this year in Edmonton but we hope he solidifies himself as an NHLer next year and could play himself into a middle 6 position over the next couple years. The right side will be anchored by veteran Viktor Arvdisson. Although not yet reflected in his stats, he's having a great year and assuming it's followed by another good year next year, he'll likely be dealt at next year's trade deadline. Zadina will likely slot in as the #2 Rw in the organization. He's got NHL ratings and top line potential and we can only hope he starts to play into that position. Blais is a solid 3rd or 4th RW who adds toughness and a little bit of scoring. That's if he can stay healthy. Merkley is still young but he seems to be a bit of a tweener/fringe NHLer and probably won't turn into much more than that. Next is the backend. If any position shows promise, it's the Blues D. Both Leddy and Dumba will be dealt as soon as they can be. With the exception of the replacement level Koekkoek,the group left behind will all be 26 years or younger with varying levels of promise. Durzi, Liljgren, Zboril all have top 4 potential. Juolevi, Vaakanainen and Lajoie all project to be solid bottom pairing D and the rest should provide solid injury relief. Finally on the backend, we have the Veteran Lehner who will likely be loyaltied   and signed to a 2 year contract. He'll be backed up by Vladar. The Blues also have Anton Forsberg for another 2 years but due to his age, he'll likely be dealt in the offseason to a team looking for a cheap backup. Looking a year or two further out, the Blues have some promising young players that should also challenge for roster spots in the sooner rather than later such as Helga Grans, Brandt Clarke, Rodion Amirov, Dorofeyev and Khusnutdinov. The lights are bright in St.Louis. Projected Lineup - 2022 Blues CentersMcMichaelGambrell*StendlundBishop LWJosephBalcersLindholmBenson RW*ArviddsonZadinaBlaisMerkley D*Leddy*DumbaDurziLiljgrenKoekekoekZborilLajoieJuoleviVaakanainen G*Lehner*ForsbergVladar ** indicates players not part of the Blues long term plans.
Nashville PredatorsNashville Predators Predators yesterday, today and tomorrow Preds-Sylvain 2021-12-14 14:56:26 232 In 2017, the Nashville Predators went to the conference finals before taking a dip the year after and missing the playoffs three years in a row. At the time, the Predators leaned on many players who were at the end of the road. Amongst the scoring leaders in the playoffs were Shane Doan, Benoit Pouliot, Jarome Iginla, James Wisniewski, Cody Franson, Marian Gaborik and Jonathan Ericsson. Cam Talbot was leading the charge between the pipes, about to become a UFA. There were a couple of younger players too scattered in, the most prominent being Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Otherwise, the other better players that are still around today were Craig Smith, Oscar Klefbom, Jaden Schwartz, Joel Edmundson and Brian Dumoulin. With a limited pool of talent upcoming as well, the Predators were due for a rebuild after making the playoffs for ten years in a row. Fast forward to last year, when Nashville surprised by squeezing into the playoffs, ending a three-year drought. Not only did the Predators get into the playoffs, but they were also able to go back to the conference finals, losing there in seven games, after taking out the arguably two top teams in the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche. Nashville was able to achieve that by adding key pieces in the previous off-season, both upcoming players and veterans in Nik Ehlers, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Tomas Tatar, Joe Pavelski, Milan Lucic and Darcy Kuemper. The Predators were also able to grab key pieces during the year through grabbing players from waivers in Ryan Suter and Erik Johnson. This year, the Predators took another step forward. During the summer, while many players left, some others did step forward. The team was also active on the trade front to make sure the team would improve from last year. Returning key pieces were Nik Ehlers, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Joe Pavelski, Jeff Carter, Anthony Cirelli, Milan Lucic and Darcy Kuemper. Ryan Suter was also resigned before he hit the free agent market. The Predators also sacrificed youth and picks to add Tyler Toffoli, Brandon Montour, Mikael Granlund and Dmitry Orlov. To round out the lineup, Alex Goligoski was signed on the UFA market and Anthony Stolarz was grabbed from waivers. So far, the strategy has paid off since the Predators are third overall in the standings with 41 points after 30 games. In a tough Western Conference, things could change quickly. The Predators like where they are sitting right now. What about the future? Nashville is fully aware that some of its players only have a couple of years left. While they are looking close to their best in years, Joe Pavelski and Jeff Carter are likely on their last contracts with the Predators. On defense, the same can likely be said about Alex Goligoski and Ryan Suter. There are also two pending UFAs on the team this year, where a choice will need to be made: Tyler Toffoli or Mikael Granlund? Then, in 2023-24, the team will need to choose between Darcy Kuemper and Dmitry Orlov. On the flipside of these players leaving, the Predators do have a nice pipeline of young players coming up. Troy Terry is already blossoming, likely to fill in next year and replace Toffoli or Granlund. Oliver Wahlstrom already displays at 21 his great shooting skills and should become a regular player sooner than later. Sonny Milano is finally past his concussions and looking good for next year. Jeremy Swayman had looked pretty good and might eventually challenge for the starter spot. The Predators are also hoping that Nolan Patrick can finally get healthy and become a top-9 center for the team. Also, while they may take more time before they make an impact on the big-league roster, the Predators also have plenty of talent in their prospect pool. Barrett Hayton, Ty Dellandrea, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Kaapo Kakko should all eventually find their way up. The team’s top two picks of 2020 are looking stellar as well, with Jake Sanderson having a strong year in the NCAA and JJ Peterka being a top player in the AHL despite his young age. Reilly Walsh has also taken off this year with the Utica Comets. Arseni Gritsyuk in the KHL is blowing up as well, matching the production of highly touted prospects like Kirill Marchenko despite being a year younger. Leo Loof has been a surprise with high strong two-way game and earned a regular spot in the Liiga. Bobby Brink is resurging after a bit of a down year with Denver in the NCAA, with his new teammate Sean Behrens posting almost a point per game there as well. Mackie Samoskevich has done admirably well considering the depth and talent of the Univ of Michigan. Brent Harrison and Dmitri Kuzmin are having good start to their seasons in the OHL. William Dufour is within the top fiver scorers in the QMJHL. Pavel Novak is top 20 in PPG in the WHL. The top two scorers of the USHL also belong to the Predators: Stephen Halliday and Jackson Blake. That’s just a sample as many others in the prospect pool are also performing well: Morgan Barron, Jan Jenik, Jakub Lauko, Martin Pospisil, William Stromgren, Ronnie Attard, Andre Lee, Nikita Nesterenko, Brett Stapley, Jacob Truscott, Raivis Ansons, Jakub Brabenec, Tyson Hinds, Yevgeni Kashnikov, Filip Cederqvist, Owen Pederson and Aatu Jamsen. Lastly, the Predators also have plenty of picks for the next draft, with a first, three 2nd rounders, a 3rd rounder and then six picks from round 5+. The Predators should be able to keep contending for quite a few years with the assets they have. The biggest challenge will be to do that all around the current cap.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Knights End Losing Streak Knights-Derek 2021-12-14 12:47:12 185   You wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t point it out to you, but after last night’s domination of the Dallas Stars, the Vegas Golden Knights are currently generating the eighth most shots per game in the entire league. Since GM Derek changed his lineup, there has been a steady increase in the teams’ offensive chances.   The Knights scored two goals on their eighteen first-period shots, en route to a 3 - 1 victory against the conference rival Stars. Dallas answered with a paltry four shots of their own, followed by half as many in the second period. Six shots against through two periods is a new record for the ever-improving Golden Knights.    Jack Hughes set a new career high as well against the Stars, spending almost half of the game on the ice. Twenty-nine minutes of ice time destroyed his previous career-high of twenty-two, set November 22nd against the Edmonton Oilers. Knights third-line centre Leo Komorov injured himself on his first shift of the game, nearly suffering a heart attack when he saw a highlight of Connor McDavid’s four-goal performance against the Red Wings. While he missed the rest of the game, it’s not expected that he’ll miss any time.    The extra ice time Hughes was given didn’t amount to much, as the powerplay went oh-for-six, including two five-on-three opportunities. Hopefully the Knights can find a solution for their inability to score with the man advantage.    GAME NOTES:  -The Knights blueline had nineteen shots and twelve hits in the game, while the entire Stars’ roster had only seventeen shots and fourteen hits.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Knights End Losing Streak Knights-Derek 2021-12-14 12:46:48 177   You wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t point it out to you, but after last night’s domination of the Dallas Stars, the Vegas Golden Knights are currently generating the eighth most shots per game in the entire league. Since GM Derek changed his lineup, there has been a steady increase in the teams’ offensive chances.   The Knights scored two goals on their eighteen first-period shots, en route to a 3 - 1 victory against the conference rival Stars. Dallas answered with a paltry four shots of their own, followed by half as many in the second period. Six shots against through two periods is a new record for the ever-improving Golden Knights.    Jack Hughes set a new career high as well against the Stars, spending almost half of the game on the ice. Twenty-nine minutes of ice time destroyed his previous career-high of twenty-two, set November 22nd against the Edmonton Oilers. Knights third-line centre Leo Komorov injured himself on his first shift of the game, nearly suffering a heart attack when he saw a highlight of Connor McDavid’s four-goal performance against the Red Wings. While he missed the rest of the game, it’s not expected that he’ll miss any time.    The extra ice time Hughes was given didn’t amount to much, as the powerplay went oh-for-six, including two five-on-three opportunities. Hopefully the Knights can find a solution for their inability to score with the man advantage.    GAME NOTES:  -The Knights blueline had nineteen shots and twelve hits in the game, while the entire Stars’ roster had only seventeen shots and fourteen hits.
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights VEGAS DEMANDS JUSTICE Knights-Derek 2021-12-13 11:06:22 212 Suspend him. Immediately.   In an absolutely disgusting display of immaturity, or perhaps because he knows the Commissioner has his back, Kings F Connor McDavid committed one of the most obscene cross-checks in the history of the game. Midway through the second period, frustrated by his opponent’s suffocating defense, McDavid cross-checked Knights D Shea Weber with an executioner-like chop, shattering the bones of the All-Star defencemen’s hip. It’s optimistic if Weber will be back in time for the trade-deadline, an absolute crippling blow to his playoff aspirations.    Action such as McDavid’s should warrant automatic suspension, however, since it was action taken against the Knights, the Commissioner’s office is (typically) slow to investigate, and did not respond when asked to justify their progress or lack of automatic response. The Kings got on a plane to Detroit immediately after their attempted assasination of the Knights’ captain, and plan to have McDavid in the lineup Monday night against the Wings. If that happens, you’d better believe that it’s because the Commissioner is turning a blind eye to the misdeeds of every team in the league that isn’t one he’s arbitrarily determined to be taking.   Vegas deserves justice. Will the Commissioner heed their call?    GAME NOTES: -Despite out-shooting their opponents again, the Knights were shut out for their XX time this year. Not only did Vegas’ Hughes-led top line come up empty tonight, they were on the ice for each of the King’s goals scored. With ten shots since he was promoted to double-shifting on the powerplay three games ago, it appears as though he’s at least generating more opportunities; it took him ten games prior to those three, in order for him to amass ten shots on goal. 
Vegas Golden KnightsVegas Golden Knights Hughes Makes It Three Knights-Derek 2021-12-13 01:53:14 309 Unconcerned with his team’s three-game losing streak, Jack Hughes is exceptionally proud of establishing a new career high: a three game point streak. That’s right; Hughes had a goal against Edmonton, a goal against Washington, and an assist against Chicago. Before that, it took him eleven games to accrue three-points. Perhaps this marks the start of something good for him.    Despite scoring first, outshooting the Chicago Blackhawks 21 - 8 in the first period, and 37 - 29 overall, the Knights failed to put this one away when they had the chance. Jusse Saros had the game of his life, and the Knights’ power play came up empty once again.    Vegas D Justin Faulk opened the scoring with his first goal of the year, firing a career-high ten pucks at the net, but it wasn’t enough. Vegas had no answer for Hawks F Calle Jarkrok, who scored twice in just seven minutes of ice time.    Vegas G Pavel Francouz has struggled recently, but has received a public vote of confidence from the Commissioner, joining fellow sycophants Jack Hughes and Colton Sceviour. Given the uncertainty of the futures of leadership pillars D Shea Weber, D P.K. Subban, and F Tyler Ennis, and the divisive persona of the pretentious, self-entitled aura Jack Hughes carries with him, and the unpredictable moods of, and subjective rules-enforced by the Commissioner, one has to wonder how long can this go on.  Vegas will play their first game against division-leading and rival Los Angeles on Sunday Night.
New York IslandersNew York Islanders The Small View of Everything aka The Meaning of Life Isles-Steve 2021-1