With the NHL season nearing its end, the draft and free agency are fast approaching. What’s generally a whirlwind to begin with will be imbued with the frenetic energy of a Doc Emrick goal call. It’ll be made all the more intriguing given the difficulty many teams will have adhering to the salary cap. More than any season since 2005-06 they’ll have to get creative moving forward. Some big names may be in new places before the puck drops on 2020-21. Embed from Getty Images   With that in mind, one team to watch is the Colorado Avalanche. A formidable group with a solid mixRead More →

The Blackhawks organization was stuck between a rock and a hard place selecting third overall in the 2019 Entry Draft. With a defensive logjam already in their pool, consisting of Ian Mitchell, Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin, Chad Krys, and, at the time, Henri Jokiharju, Bowen Byram already seemed like the selection for them not to make. This narrowed it down to players like Alex Turcotte, Kirby Dach, and Alex Newhook.  Alex Turcotte, C Turcotte, going into the draft, seemed to be the best possible option behind the obvious picks of Kaapo Kakko and Jack Hughes, and he looked to fit the role that the BlackhawksRead More →

With the NHL All Star weekend upon us, it’s fitting to look back and think of the All Star games that we watched growing up. With so many great players being in the games of yesteryear, we here at The 4th Line Podcast endeavoured to find the best All Star that a particular team had. The criteria: Which player had the best collection of years with that team? Sure, Wayne Gretzky was the best player to ever play on the St. Louis Blues, but with only 18 games with the team, he’s not their All Time All Star. So, without further ado…… Calgary Flames JaromeRead More →