Size, speed, strength, and skill. No that’s not an interesting piece of alliteration. Rather, these are just some of the adjectives which best describe draft-eligible centerman, and top prospect, Quinton Byfield. As draft day approaches, many NHL general managers are vigorously checking boxes and having their comprehensive data sheets ready to roll. With this being said, Byfield quite deservedly remains near the top of many pro scouts’ lists. So just how good is Quinton Byfield and what impact can we expect him to have at the NHL level?Continue reading →
To date, only eight players of Austrian descent have played in the National Hockey League. Superstar centerman, Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s will be the ninth. Born and raised in Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi is as raw a talent as they come and poised for greatness. A shoo-in top-10 pick, there’s lots to love about his approach to games and how he conducts himself. Let’s take a closer look at Marco Rossi, one of the most interesting talents at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Continue reading →
15 years ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins called “The Next One” to the draft floor first overall. That player was Sidney Crosby from the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (OHL). Need we say any more? Fast forward to 2020, and it looks as though yet another Oceanic player is poised for prime-time (and super-stardom). Enter Alexis Lafreniere, the consensus number one pick at the upcoming 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Lets’s dive in and examine just how special Lafreniere is and how he’s ready to take the NHL by storm.Continue reading →
Dominik Hasek, “the dominator” was a very special player and perhaps the best goalie to ever put on a pair of pads in, at least, the modern era. Hasek was a nightmare to play against in the 1990s and 2000s winning multiple trophies for best at his position and for the entire league for any position. Let’s take a closer look at one of the leagues’ most interesting and intriguing characters, Dominik Hasek. Continue reading →
Vancouver, British Columbia. Where the mountains meet the ocean, and breathtaking landscapes and scenery are in abundance. This beautiful city located in the heartland of Western Canada is also home to the Vancouver Canucks. Over the past few seasons, things have been anything but roses and unicorns in the city of Vancouver. Long departed are the Sedin brothers (Daniel and Henrik) who together spent the better part of 17 seasons in a Canucks uniform. The team has seen a fundamental shift in personnel both on and off the ice to a squad built around skill, speed, charisma, grit and youthful exuberance. Continue reading →
It’s the old adage when it comes to professional sports franchises, in that you’re either “selling wins, or selling hope”. This leaves no room for interpretation or grey area, it’s simply one or the other.
Happy New Year to all! With the new year and new decade here and the season just about halfway over, let’s take a look at what each team is wishing for in the new year as the second half of the season commences. Continue reading →
Welcome to Week 10 of our NHL Weekly Roundup! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and the short week of hockey we had. Even with three days off for the holidays, we were blessed with numerous exciting games this past week. Let’s jump right into things, here are our three stars of the week. Continue reading →
Over the course of his coaching career, there’s no doubt that John Tortorella’s experienced countless sleepless nights. Whether in charge of the Lightning, Rangers, Canucks, or Blue Jackets, the enigma surrounding John Tortorella never fades away. After last Saturday’s afternoon matinee in Ottawa, where his Columbus Blue Jackets fell to the Senators, I’m guessing “Torts” had some difficulty sleeping after Anthony Duclair’s hat trick performance. Continue reading →
This evenings’ slate of five games has been trimmed down to three. The ever-improving Chicago Blackhawks travel to Vegas to play the struggling Golden Knights. The Senators visit the New Jersey Devils in a game that has more appeal than it would a few weeks ago as both teams are making small strides to improve. Finally, in what could be the game of the night, the Washington Capitals will square off with divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Lace-em’up ladies and gents, time to make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
From a Round 3 appearance in 2017 to missing the playoffs two years in a row with less than 70 points (2017-2018 they had 67, 2018-2019 they had 64), the Ottawa Senators have fallen off quickly. A fire sale of players started midway through the season, and a full-on renovation is in play. Let’s take a gander at what has been done, and how they will fare this year, with hopes of avoiding another 60-point season in the Canadian Capital. Continue reading →
After a rough season for the Ottawa Senators, they have found the man that will lead their rebuild after firing Guy Boucher as the team announced yesterday that they have hired D.J. Smith as their new head coach. The deal is reportedly worth three years. Smith will become the fourteenth head coach in Senators history.
Only a few weeks left of regular season NHL DFS. Thursday brings us a decent helping of games to choose from. My leading target might come as a surprise, Florida at Ottawa, Florida has been trounced in some goal fests recently and the Sens have played better lately as their bevy of young talent has been producing. The other projected high event games are Chicago at San Jose, the Islanders at Winnipeg, and Washington looking for two in a row against the Hurricanes. Continue reading →
The month of February has passed and there are less than 20 games left to be played for each team in the NHL. In the Atlantic Division, once again, we have the three strongest teams in the Eastern Conference. Where do all the teams in the Atlantic Division stand following the NHL Trade Deadline? Continue reading →
Perhaps the biggest move of the day came just about an hour before the trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. ET. The trade resulted in the Las Vegas Golden Knights acquiring forward Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators.
The Blue Jackets continue to improve upon their trade deadline success as they announced yesterday that they have acquired center Ryan Dzingel, along with a seventh-round pick in 2019 from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for left winger Anthony Duclair, and two second-round picks in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been at the forefront of most trade rumors this deadline season due to them holding the hottest commodity on the market: Artemi Panarin.
It seemed to be a matter of when the Jackets traded the 27-year-old winger, not if. However, due to recent events, Columbus seems more content on keeping the pending free agent as their own rental player and going all out on a playoff push.
I always find small slates like Friday’s (three-game) much tougher than big slates because there is less room for error and if you don’t hit the nail on the head and other people do, you might lose everything.
The Atlantic Division has been nothing short of insanity in the first 28 games of the 2018-19 season. Each team is hovering around .500 in the standings and the storylines are laid out for an explosive finish. Can Buffalo shock the world and take the Atlantic title? Will Boston creep up towards the end? Will it be a race to the finish for Toronto and Tampa Bay for not only the Atlantic title but the Presidents’ Trophy? There isn’t another division in the National Hockey League that has as much potential for a storied season as the Atlantic.