On Feb 29, 1988, in the middle of a snowstorm, the Villegas family arrived in Canada. This was the first time we saw snow. The next day, without any say in the matter, I went to school and it was terrifying. I didn’t understand a word anyone was saying. I knew Chile, and I didn’t know the world that was to be my new home. Less did I know or care that 7 months later, Wayne Gretzky was leaving Edmonton. As a Chilean, it should go without saying that hockey was not a natural “thing” for us. Wayne Gretzky was not a common name asRead More →

2016/17 record: 50-24-8 Key additions: Ryan Strome, Jussi Jokinen, Yohann Auvitu Key losses: Jordan Eberle, Griffin Reinhart, Benoit Pouliot, Matt Hendricks 2017/18 prediction: 2nd in Pacific, Western Conference Finals Embed from Getty Images ​A​ ​lot​ ​has happened​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Oilers​ ​to​ ​go​ ​from​ ​perennial​ ​bottom​ ​feeders​ ​to​ ​Stanley​ ​Cup​ ​contenders,​ ​but​ ​if​ ​we think​ ​about​ ​it,​ ​doesn’t the transition feel a little quick? When​ ​people were​ ​talking​ ​predictions​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Oilers​ ​of​ ​2016/17​ many came​ ​to​ ​the consensus​ ​that​ ​the​ team might​ ​contend​ ​for​ ​a​ ​playoff​ ​spot​ ​and​ in the ​best​ ​case​ ​scenario​, bow​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​first​ ​round.​ ​But the ​Hart​ ​winning​ ​play​ ​of​Read More →

The NHL is less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over this period we’re diving into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at the Colorado Avalanche. Today head into the heart of Ohio and look at what the Blue Jackets have in store for us this season. 2016/17 record: 47-26-9 Key additions: Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, Key losses: Brandon Saad, William Karlsson, Sam Gagner, Anton Forsberg, Scott Hartnell 2017/18 prediction: 4th in Metro Embed from Getty ImagesRead More →