Coming out of the NHL All-Star break we can see the teams with a realistic shot at winning the Stanley Cup. Any list of Cup contenders starts with the consensus Cup favorite Tampa Bay Lightning. Then there are trendy picks like the scorching-hot Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights. After that, the field appears to be more wide open than ever before. Sadly for the rest of the league, I dug a little deeper and realized something inevitable. The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to win their 3rd straight Stanley Cup. They currently sit 5th in the east, with a 51.7% Corsi and +1 goal differential.Read More →

Just past halfway through the 2017-18 season, it’s that time of year again where we begin to see midseason awards voting. The award that generally generates the most conversation is the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s most valuable player. It’s easy to make a case for plenty of players. Nathan MacKinnon is probably the frontrunner, with John Tavares, Nikita Kucherov, and some of the league’s other top scorers trailing just behind. However, I think there is one sleeper pick for the Hart Trophy: Artemi Panarin. There are 3 main reasons for this, so let’s dive into Panarin’s results and you will see what I mean.Read More →

About halfway through the 2017-18 season, rookie sensation Brock Boeser has been setting the NHL on fire. The 20-year-old is burning a new goalie every night, scoring 22 goals in 41 games so far. Over a full season, this would put him on pace for 44 goals. As a result, Boeser has rightfully earned plenty of media coverage, all-star recognition and is the current Calder Trophy favorite. All of this is awesome for Boeser and Canucks fans as the hype around him grows, but I think there is one major flaw in his game which he needs he needs to fix or his future results areRead More →

If I was to build an NHL team from scratch, I would start by looking at centers. It’s a tough position play and maybe the hardest to acquire. So today let’s dive into my top 10 centers in the NHL which I ranked using 3 main variables. The first is power-play prowess, which is how well players produce weighted points and shots on the power-play. The second is their offence which considers their ability to drive play offensively, produce points, and draw penalties. The final is their defense, which is a mix of their shot and expected goal suppression, ability to not take penalties, winRead More →

The Toronto Maple Leafs shocked the world by making the playoffs last year. As a result they entered the 2017-18 season with high expectations. Alex even wrote about how they are one of the teams that should be in the hunt for the Stanley Cup. And right off the bat they lived up to those expectations, posting dominant shot and expected goals metrics as a team, but were held back by mediocre goaltending. Since then the Leafs skating numbers have gone in a weird direction. They have been out shot but Fredrick Anderson has gone scorched earth to mask the flaws. To get an ideaRead More →

Now that we are around the halfway point of the NHL season, teams are about to begin looking forward to their trade deadline moves so they can load up for the playoffs. This means we are about to hear that nearly every competitive team is looking for “A top 6 scoring forward” and a “Top 4 puck moving defenseman”. The best GMs don’t wait until the final minute of the trade deadline to make their moves, which means teams should be getting to work pretty soon. For once it is a great time to be looking for that coveted top 6 forward as there areRead More →

Just a few months ago the Ottawa Senators were the NHL’s Cinderella story. They defied the odds to even make the playoffs, then they pushed the Pittsburgh Penguins to a game 7 overtime which put them within 1 goal of playing for the Stanley Cup. This run raised expectations among Senator’s fans and ownership coming into this season as they decided to go all in and hopefully get that one step further. Sadly for Sens fans this year has been the exact opposite of that because the team currently sits 3rd last in the entire NHL with 25 points and a -21 goal differential. ToRead More →

Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk is currently being underpaid on a contract that pays him an Average Anual Value (AAV) of $4,250,000 until the end of this 2017-18 NHL season when he will become an unrestricted free agent (UFA). Reports indicate that the extension JVR is going to sign will be similar to the 8 Year, $5,750,000 per year extension T.J Oshie signed this summer. This theoretical deal would put JVR being paid as a solid first line winger for the next 8 years, leaving the Leafs in a very tough situation as they will be forced to choose whether or not they want toRead More →

The Vegas Golden Knights came into their inaugural season with absolutely no expectations. Seemingly everyone, including myself, thought they would have no business being close to the playoff picture. This was because they were supposed to have a weak forward core and be a complete wasteland up the middle en route to a lottery pick. But now, two months into the season they are an above 50% shot share team with an estimated 59% chance of making the playoffs. If this was going to be possible coming into the year I would have guessed it would be on the back of great goaltending and James Neal. WhileRead More →