An often forgotten part of the NHL Draft is that teams usually like to make their picks based on positional needs or continue their reputation of drafting players with similar traits. Montreal taking French-Canadians was one example of a reputation-based drafting style. More recently, Detroit selected Moritz Seider sixth overall in the 2019 draft, not because he was the best player available, but because he was arguably the best left-handed defenseman on the board. This happens every year with drafting, and often results in angered fans for ‘not picking the right player’. So as we move towards the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, which teams selectionsRead More →

With some time off over the holidays, it can be difficult to get back into the rhythm of things in 2020. For some, that means forgetting your pants on your way to work. Canada are World Junior Championship Gold Medalists! Outside of that, who were the standouts of the tournament? Was it the officials? Speaking of officiating, John Tortorella has some big issues with how the NHL timekeepers functioned as his Columbus Bluejackets lost out an a win and got Joonas Korpisalo injured thanks to them. Was his anger justified? The 2020 All Star Game selections are announced, and are highlighted more by those whoRead More →

The current state of hockey in the Motor City is bleak, the Detroit Red Wings have taken just 17 points from 32 games. The season is still early, but it feels like 2019-20 is shaping up to be one of Detroit’s worst. Which begs the question, what was the Red Wings’ worst NHL season? And how do you measure this? Embed from Getty Images The NHL has changed a lot in the time that the Wings have won their 11 Stanley Cups, but one thing is consistent; if you’re not winning games, you’re not winning cups. To that end, lets use win percentage as ourRead More →

The 2020 NHL Draft is one of the strongest we have seen in years, and of course, is topped off by Alexis Lafreniere. What those who don’t look in-depth into this class may not realize is how deep this draft is as well. Let’s take a look at some potential ‘under-the-radar’ players in the upcoming entry draft.   Marat Khusnutdinov, C 5’9” / 165 lbs. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg / MHL My December Rank: 10 (Crazy, I know) When I get asked about my favorite players in this draft, Marat Khusnutdinov is always one of the first names that comes to mind. Looking at the smallRead More →

Cherrygate may have dominated headlines and water-cooler talk across Canada (at least until some dude in Toronto also got fired for unrelated shortcomings), but the dust has mostly settled and watching all this from the sidelines has gifted Alex and Mike a different perspective on the whole kerfuffle. Alex: European; lives in Canada Now for all you kids out there who don’t know me- I was not born in the Great White North nor did I grow up playing the great game on ice with my buddies. Originally, I was born in the hockey free Winchester, England a town which didn’t celebrate legends such asRead More →

As the 2019-2020 season begins to unravel, we will be graced with our fair share of on ice events. We’ll see the All Star game in St. Louis, plenty of throwback and alternate jersey nights across the league, and the Winter Classic in Dallas, Texas. The latter has been rapidly growing in popularity over the years, and we get a taste of what this years outdoor excursion will look like.   Background The Nashville Predators will appear in their first NHL Winter Classic along side fellow first timer, the Dallas Stars. The Predators revealed their tarp that takes us back to a time where onlyRead More →