With all the hype that swallows up the NHL’s Entry Draft, it’s easy to forget the player who wasn’t quite good enough, in the scouts’ eyes at least, to be chosen first overall. This short series will be looking that the other guy; the fella who went second. Yesterday we looked at Eric Staal, and as there’s 11 days to go until Christmas, here’s #11 in the 4th Line Podcast’s top 12 2nd Overall Picks. Embed from Getty Images 11. Tom Lysiak, C Drafted 1973, Atlanta Flames Games Played 919 Points 843 1973 was a tense time in the NHL; the rival World Hockey AssociationRead More →

With all the hype that swallows up the NHL’s Entry Draft, it’s easy to forget the player who wasn’t quite good enough, in the scouts’ eyes at least, to be chosen first overall. This short series will be looking that the other guy; the fella who went second. As there’s 12 days to go until Christmas, here’s #12 in the 4th Line Podcast’s top 12 2nd Overall Picks. Follow the series all the way to Christmas Eve when we’ll find out who the best #2 pick of all time is. Every player in this list is from the Entry Draft era starting in 1963. All statsRead More →

When an NHL team is in last place in goals for (64) and has Jack Eichel, then that team has serious problems. Players earning serious dollars are underperforming, to make an understatement. Secondary scoring is…well there is not any on the Buffalo Sabres. On Monday, December 4, after the team continued to be miserable during a losing streak that included 3 straight games of no goals, GM Jason Botterill dropped the first shoe as he waived Matt Moulson (0 points in 14 games for $5 million AAV). As an attempt to bolster the bottom-six, Botterill traded for two-time Stanley Cup winner, Scott Wilson, with hopesRead More →

While Buffalo Sabres’ top center, Jack Eichel, was out with a high-ankle sprain for 21 games during the 2016-17 season, he had the opportunity to watch tons of hockey. Not just up in a suite or press box, but on television as well. In an interview, the now 21-year old was asked about a current player he watches or would model after. Of the Crosby’s and Ovechkin’s of the world, the budding star named another: Nikita Kucherov. As an offensively creative player, Eichel was impressed by the skills on display by the Tampa Bay winger en route to an 85-point season. It is easy toRead More →

How many players would you do whatever you can to make sure they are a part of your team long term? For me it would be 4. Connor McDavid, Erik Karlsson, Sidney Crosby, and…. Wait for it… Auston Matthews. These four are just amazing, franchise changing players. You *should* do whatever you can to keep these guys on your team. This may include giving them a max contract, which is 20% of the current salary cap. The question then becomes ‘can you be competitive with a max contract?’ That is what I aim at finding out. With all the rumblings of Drew Doughty and KarlssonRead More →

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 →

We’re less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Today we continue to dive 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 Edmonton Oilers, today we head south to Florida and see what the Panthers’ season has in store for them. 2016/17 record: 35-36-11 Key additions: Radim Vrbata, Evgeni Dadonov Key losses: Jaromir Jagr, Jon Marchessault, Reilly Smith, Thomas Vanek, Jussi Jokinen 2017/18 prediction: 41-30-11= 93 points. Playoff bubble team Embed from Getty Images Heading into the 2016-17 NHLRead More →