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Early Look at the Top 10 Prospects for the 2017 Entry Draft

This year's draft crop has not yet established a clear top tier, mostly due to injuries and inconsistent performance. There is no generational talent—no Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews—but the top end should provide NHL teams withShow More Summary

NHL draft 2017: Uninspiring class is short on big names, lacking in depth

3 weeks agoSports / Hockey : USAToday: NHL

Where’s the sizzle? Halfway into the season, there’s not a single player this draft class can hang its hat on.        

How the New York Islanders Squandered Savings from Letting Kyle Okposo Walk

The salary cap forces terrible choices upon NHL teams. After all the work that goes into identifying, drafting and developing a player, a professional club can find itself losing him at the height of his career for want of cap space to keep him on the team. That isn't what happened with the New York Islanders and Kyle Okposo, though. Show More Summary

Former Nashville star David Legwand announces retirement

3 weeks agoSports / Hockey : USAToday: NHL

David Legwand announced his retirement Thursday, ending a 16-year NHL career that began as the Nashville Predators' first draft pick        

David Legwand Retires: Latest Comments and Reaction

Veteran center David Legwand announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday, via Craig Custance of ESPN: What a great ride this was, especially having the chance to play nearly 1,000 games for my drafting cub in Nashville, and seeing...Show More Summary

NHL Players Most Likely to Be Traded Due to the Expansion Draft

With the NHL's Las Vegas expansion franchise unveiled as the Vegas Golden Knights, it remains to be seen which current NHL players will make up their inaugural roster. Next June's expansion draft could force some teams to trade players they might otherwise retain. Show More Summary

NHL Prospects Running out of Time to Prove Themselves

Not every pick in an NHL draft pans out. While some become league superstars, others battle to adjust to the speed at the game's highest level. Many never make it at all, but some plug away in the hockey version of purgatory—bouncing...Show More Summary

Perseverance, patience pays off for Ducks' Noesen

If it had worked out like originally planned, Stefan Noesen would have slipped on a Ducks jersey and hat and posed for the cameras, on stage under bright lights. It was 2011, and Anaheim was set to take Noesen in the NHL draft. But the Ottawa Senators, positioned one spot ahead of the Ducks, nabbed...

NHL draft 2017: Active month in rankings, and more

Two months into the CHL schedule means that scouts have seen most of talent that will comprise draft.        

Looking at big story lines in the 2017 NHL draft

Two months into the CHL schedule means that scouts have seen most of talent that will comprise draft.        

NHL draft 2017: Active month in rankings; biggest surprises in Europe

Two months into the CHL schedule means that scouts have seen most of talent that will comprise draft.        

McPhee's Caps tenure no hint to NHL on Vegas expansion draft

2 months agoSports / Hockey : USAToday: NHL

As NHL general managers prepare for the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft, George McPhee's Capitals tenure provides no clues of how he'll put a new team together        

NHL Draft Busts Still Hanging on to Roster Spots

NHL general managers do all kinds of things to draw the ire of their respective fan bases, but few mistakes are considered more noxious than missing on a high draft pick. Scott Cullen of TSN has done exceptional work on the odds of missing out on a pick, and there is little risk at the top of the draft. Show More Summary

How the Defencemen of the 2010 NHL Draft Class Became a Cautionary Tale

When Dylan McIlrath was selected 10th overall in the 2010 NHL draft by the New York Rangers, it was with the belief that he was going to be a high-end shutdown defenceman and intimidating physical presence, the kind of player every team...Show More Summary

Flyers rookie scores remarkable breakway goal on Maple Leafs, who passed on drafting him

Travis Konecny’s revenge. Let’s go back to June 26, 2015. The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the board with the 24th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. Young center and Ontario native Travis Konecny is available. They pass. Flyers trade with Leafs to acquire No. Show More Summary

Stock Watch for the Top Sophomores in the NHL in 2016-17

The 2015 NHL draft was highly anticipated for two impact players—Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. With those two prospects and a large group of 2014 selections who took an extra year to arrive, the 2015-16 rookie crop has a lot of talent...Show More Summary

It's Been A While Since The NHL Had A Rookie Who Could Score Like This

2 months agoSports : Deadspin

If the 2015 NHL draft was a two-headed hype monster—McDavid and Eichel as a clear 1A and 1B—maybe it’s not to early to start thinking of 2016 not as merely the Auston Matthews draft, but as draft that brought us Matthews and Patrik Laine. The Winnipeg Jets rookie now leads the league in goals. Read more...

Panthers, Rangers swap defensemen McIlrath, Kampfer

2 months agoSports / Hockey : USAToday: NHL

The Florida Panthers acquired Dylan McIlrath from the New York Rangers on Tuesday, in exchange for Steven Kampfer and a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft        

How the St. Louis Blues Are Saving Nail Yakupov's NHL Career

Nail Yakupov entered the NHL just four years ago as the consensus best prospect available in the 2012 draft and a future franchise cornerstone. Now the question is whether the 23-year-old can salvage a major league career. The St. Louis...Show More Summary

Handful of American players have first-round potential

3 months agoSports / Hockey : USAToday: NHL

Five months ago a record 12 Americans were chosen in the first round of the NHL draft.        

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