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NHL Entry Draft: Why Reward Failure?

April 12th, 2016 1 Comment

With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft just a few weeks away, many fans and NHL executives have been dreading the possibility of the Edmonton Oilers landing the first overall pick for the third time in six years. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly recently stated that there will be more discussions within the NHL offices with regards to making additional changes to be implemented should Edmonton land the coveted first overall pick. While many fans will applaud the Leagues efforts to review the Draft process, it would seem to me that, unless the NHL is willing to make significant changes to the Draft, we run the risk of finding ourselves in the same situation sooner rather than later. In a recent episode of Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid show, Daly went on the record about Edmonton winning the lottery. “I think there’s

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Jimmy Vesey: Could Nashville’s Loss Be Toronto’s Gain???

March 10th, 2016 No Comments

When it comes to the NHL Entry Draft, most scouts will admit that, outside of a handful of kids, it really is a bit of a crap shoot. With most prospects getting drafted at 18 or 19 years of age, it is very difficult to project where those players will be in 3-5 years— which represents the typical timeline before a prospect is ready to be a contributing player at the NHL level. While most of the future NHL talent comes from the first two rounds of the Draft, there are occasions where prospects escape the eyes of the “experts”, finding themselves dropping into the later rounds where some lucky NHL club reaps the rewards of excellent scouting or plain old good fortune! Some of the biggest steals of the Draft in NHL history include, Pavel Datsyuk— 171st overall, Daniel

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Nikita Zaitsev: Who IS This Kid?

March 9th, 2016 No Comments

With news surfacing via TSN’s NHL insider, Bob Mckenzie, this week that the Toronto Maple Leafs look to be a sure fire bet to land defenseman Nikita Zaitsev via free agency out of the KHL, interest in the Russian defenseman has been peaked. A first round selection in the 2009 KHL junior draft, Zaitsev, 24, currently plays about 21:00 minutes a game with CSKA Moskva “A” of the KHL where he has put together a good season. Through 46 games played, Zaitsev has registered eight goals and 18 assists for a total of 26 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating. Zaitsev’s 26 points ranks him 15th among KHL defensemen. At 6’2” and 205 pounds, Zaitsev has the size needed to be an NHL defenseman, but there are reports that suggest he could improve his

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Dion Phaneuf: Were Expectations Set Too High In Toronto?

March 5th, 2016 No Comments

Originally drafted ninth overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Dion Phaneuf entered the NHL with extraordinary expectations. At 6’3” and around 200 pounds at the time he was drafted, Phaneuf was known as a physical defenseman that was savvy at both ends of the ice. Phaneuf was so well thought of that he drew comparisons to the likes of legendary NHL defenseman, Scott Stevens. After playing out his Junior years with the Red Deer Rebels, Phaneuf entered the NHL under a ton of hype and great expectations. To Dion’s credit, he did not disappoint in his first season with Calgary (2005-06), setting a Flames record for most goals by a first-year defenceman (20) and was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie. Phaneuf not only impressed with his 20 goal, 29

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2016 NHL Trade Deadline— Which Players Will be Traded from Toronto?

February 28th, 2016 No Comments

With our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs in full tank mode, we are beginning to see which players will be moving on from the Blue and White. Since January 3rd, 2016, former Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf, netminder James Reimer, forwards Shawn Matthias, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert, Jeremy Morin, Nick Spaling and defensemen Roman Polak and Cody Donaghey have all been shipped out of the organization, while many more players have the potential to be on the move by Monday’s Trade Deadline. Outside of Morgan Reilly, nobody is thought to be untouchable in Toronto. With that in mind, just about every player in Toronto has to be at least a little nervous about the deadline and, on a longer view, this summer. Realistically, Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello will not be able to pull off every trade he

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Top Five Destinations For P.A. Parenteau

February 25th, 2016 No Comments
Toronto Maple Leafs

With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline just a few days away (Monday, February 29th to be exact), rumors are circulating that Toronto Maple Leafs forward P.A. Parenteau will be on the move. A former ninth round selection (#264) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Parenteau (who has 15 goals and 15 assists through 58 games played with the Maple Leafs this season) has exceeded expectations, both in his career and in terms of his output this season, putting together a 405 game NHL career, tallying 96 goals and 161 assists for a total of 257 points. While Parenteau’s numbers will leave him on the outside looking in when it comes to making the NHL’s Hall of Fame, they are good for a former ninth round pick. The Maple Leafs will be seeking a draft pick/s or

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