NHL Positional Rankings – Defensemen

Many hockey publications post their positional rankings each year before the regular season starts and using, what I guess to be, some type of grading system to be objective. I wanted to get involved in making my own positional rankings but didn’t want to be subjective and make a list based on which players I…

NHL Positional Rankings – Right Wing Edition

Many hockey publications post their positional rankings each year before the regular season starts and using, what I guess to be, some type of grading system to be objective. I wanted to get involved in making my own positional rankings but didn’t want to be subjective and make a list based on which players I…

NHL Positional Rankings – Left Wing Edition

Many hockey publications post their positional rankings each year before the regular season starts and using, what I guess to be, some type of grading system to be objective. I wanted to get involved in making my own positional rankings but didn’t want to be subjective and make a list based on which players I…

NHL Positional Rankings – Centers Edition

Many hockey publications post their positional rankings each year before the regular season starts and using, what I guess to be, some type of grading system to be objective. I wanted to get involved in making my own positional rankings but didn’t want to be subjective and make a list based on which players I…

31 Somewhat Bold Predictions for the NHL Season

The Pittsburgh Penguins will not three-peat. Nashville will prove last season wasn’t a fluke. Vegas won’t finish last in the league. None of the New York City Metro teams (Islander, Rangers, and Devils) will be in the playoffs. John Tavares will be traded before the deadline. Jordan Eberle, Johnny Boychuk, and Nick Leddy will follow…

2017-18 NHL Preview

Division Predictions *Red = Playoff Team Atlantic Tampa Bay Lightning – President’s Trophy Winner Stamkos returning from injury, the veteran presence of Kunitz, and the potential of Sergachev making the roster, makes them the best team in the conference. Toronto Maple Leafs I don’t expect any sophomore slump from them, but think they’ll actually be…

NHL Transactions 7/24-29

LW Austin Watson re-signs with Nashville for 3 years with an AAV of $1.1 million. Previous Contract: 2 years, $1.15 million with an AAV of $575,000 signed with Nashville. Original Projection: I predicted that Watson would re-sign with Nashville for 6 years with an AAV of $2 million. Thoughts: I initially thought that Watson was…

NHL Transactions 7/17-23

D Brian Campbell retired C Jean-Gabriel Pageau re-signs with Ottawa for 3 years with an AAV of $3.1 million Previous Contract: 2 years, $1.8 million with an AAV of $900,000 signed with Ottawa. Original Projection: I predicted that Pageau would re-sign with Ottawa for 5 years with an AAV of $3.5 million. Thoughts: Pageau earned…

NHL Transactions 7/12-7/17

Carolina Hurricanes extended D Jaccob Slavin to a 7 year deal with an AAV of $5.3 million Previous Contract: 3 years, $2,497,500 with an AAV of $925,000 signed with Carolina. Thoughts: I think it was incredibly smart for the Hurricanes to sign Slavin to this extension.  They likely would have preferred to get an eighth…

NHL Transactions 7/8-7/12

C Tyler Johnson re-signs with Tampa Bay for 7 years with an AAV of $5 million Additional Details: Years 2-4 he has a full No Trade Clause; Years 5-7 it is a modified No Trade Clause where he has to submit a 20 team trade list. Previous Contract: 3 years, $10 million with an AAV…

NHL Transactions 7/7

F Jussi Jokinen signed with Edmonton for 1 year and $1.1 million Additional Details: Contract has a Modified NTC where he must submit a 3 team no trade list Previous Contract: 4 years, $16 million with an AAV of $4 million signed with Florida. Was bought out on 7/1. Thoughts: After Jokinen was bought out…

NHL Transactions 7/6

C Alex Galchenyuk re-signs with Montreal for 3 years with an AAV of $4.9 million Previous Contract: 2 years, $5.6 million with an AAV of $2.8 million signed with Montreal. Original Projection: I thought that Galchenyuk was going to be traded this offseason, and still may be, and then would re-sign with that for 2 years…