With no Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews generation type talents coming into the 2017-18 season, the Calder Trophy race looks to be as wide open as ever before. This has lead to many surprise names being among the top rookie scorers like Will Butcher, Alexander Kerfoot and many more. Though it is tight with many of these surprise rookies throwing their hats into the mix, it appears to have shifted to a three-man race between Clayton Keller, Brock Boeser, and Mathew Barzal who sit top 3 in points thus far. These three have all had impressive starts to the season with similar point totals, but when weRead More →

Mark Stone is currently being criminally underpaid making a cap hit of $3,500,000. However, this is going to change. In the summer of 2018, the Ottawa Senator’s forward will be looking for a big raise as he becomes a restricted free agent. There have been hints at extension talks already, and while a lot can change between now and the summer, Stone’s extension is going to loom large enough over the Senator’s future that it’s important to get an early indication of what is to come. To do that, the negotiation is going to be broken down to see how much he is likely to make,Read More →

After Connor McDavid and Edmonton Oilers were eliminated in game 7 of the second round last year it only seemed reasonable that the young team would take another step forward this year. This lead to very high expectations coming into this 17-18 NHL season with previews suggesting they may have Stanley Cup aspirations. This has obviously not been the case thus far as they have struggled early and currently sit second last in the conference, back in that all too familiar draft lottery territory. This is a nightmare start for the Oilers, but signs suggest that if they keep playing the way they are, not onlyRead More →

As everyone knows on November 6th, 2017 the Ottawa Senators acquired Matt Duchene to improve at the center position. This leaves them with two veteran top six centers in Derick Brassard and Matt Duchene. On the surface these two are relatively comparable, so let’s take a deep dive on these two to find out which one should be relied on as the Senator’s number one center going forward. Embed from Getty Images First, I should note that all the data is from Corsica.hockey. From here the sample being used will compare these two over the past three seasons relative to the other 317 forwards whoRead More →