The whole hockey world from GM’s to the fans of the NHL have been waiting and hearing about the 2015 NHL Draft. The upcoming draft has been praised with the amount of top talent available especially at the top of the draft. The two names being highlighted in this potential mega draft are Centers Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Both players are vying for the #1 spot in the draft and both are considered potential franchise players.
However the NHL has changed many things to the draft process starting with the upcoming 2015 draft that will greatly impact teams that are rebuilding and do not make the playoffs this year. First off of the 14 non playoff teams whoever wins the lottery will slide up all the way up to the #1 pick overall. So a team that just misses the playoffs has a chance albeit a small chance to wind up with the first pick overall. Here are the odds for the lottery for the 2015 draft and the odds prior to that per slot. Continue reading
Being a Canadian living abroad, it’s inevitable that certain things will come up. Maple syrup, snow, the overuse of the word ‘sorry’ and – of course – hockey. And the rules of hockey. And why there’s so many teams (and so few are Canadian). And why are there so many refs. And…well, just about everything, really.
Over the last 6 years, I’ve tried my best to do the great sport justice in my explanations. For those of you that may be facing the same kind of dilemma, I’ve compiled a list of the basic hockey rules – useful for any quick introduction to the NHL and hockey.
Who’s Who In the League
First off, there are 30 teams in the National Hockey League. The thirty teams are divided into two sub-categories: the Eastern Conference, where there are16 teams; and the Western Conference, where there’s 14 teams. The teams are divided up further into divisions.
In the Eastern Conference, the teams are divided into the Atlantic Division and the Metropolitan Division. Each one of these divisions is made up of eight hockey teams. Continue reading
We are only 4 days into the NHL 2014-15 season but I have a number of observations for everyone to keep an eye for this year.
– Johnny Boychuk agent has to be thrilled with the trade and his expanded role with the New York Islanders. Boychuk getting more minutes with the Isles and playing on the first power play unit with his thunderous shot. Boychuk already has 5 Points in his first 2 games with the Islanders. Boychuk is a unrestricted free agent after the season. Don’t be surprised if Boychuk finds a home with the Islanders.
– Another Islander point is watch out for Brock Nelson in terms of break out candidates for the 14-15 NHL season. Butch Goring the Islanders analyst and former Islander great from those 4 Stanley Cup Team was blown away by Nelson’s training camp saying he was by far the Islanders best player in camp. Nelson is centering the second line and is on the first power play unit as well. After the Islanders first 2 games Brock Nelson is tied with Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in points with 6. Continue reading
The NHL season is here again. The puck drops tonight for the first time in the 2014/15 season. It is not a big deal or anything; it just gets every hockey lovers’ heart to skip a beat as their favorite team has a chance to make another run at the precious Stanley Cup. It’s a new year, a new team, and another opportunity for your team to be the team on top at the end of the season. Whether you watch hockey for Chara to lay the wood on his opponents, Datsyuk’s dangles, Ovi’s snipes, or to see the sick cellys from NHL stars well goods for you, the action starts tonight. Or maybe you just watch because you are a die-hard fan that doesn’t want to miss a minute of your team’s action, the NHL season is here for you to enjoy. Like Averman said from the classic hockey movie the Mighty Ducks, “ Great day for hockey, ain’t it?”
There are so many reasons to love the game of hockey, the storylines, the teams, the players, the fans, the atmosphere, and all the excitement that comes with it. Opening day is the one-day where everyone is even. Every fan has the confidence that this is their team’s year to shine.
Storylines that caught my eye coming into the 2014/2015 NHL season:
The sunshine state is producing cup contenders.
The state of California wouldn’t really be known for its hockey with temps in the 80’s most of the year but damn they have some good hockey teams brewing over there in the west. Continue reading
The internet is getting a little crazy again boys, and with good reason. The first game of the 2014 season and slated for 7:30pm est tomorrow and this year it features the Montreal Canadiens and their historic arch rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is the rivalry your grandparents told your stories about. Red vs Blue, Ontario vs Quebec, English vs French.This is rivalry is iconic throughout all of sports, and its no surprise it splits the nation apart every time these two teams meet and. This year is no different.
Now, hockey fans have a history of turning the internet into a war zone from time to time and this year things have been particularly ugly. However, there’s a new group stealing the pre-game show, and they’re not even Canadian.
They call themselves “The Massholes” and swear faith to the Boston Bruins, well..kinda. With their team hated by both Toronto and Montreal players and fans alike, these rogue members of the #BruinsFam have gone out of their way to temporarily fight (or tweet) on behalf of Toronto and Montreal. Met with abnormally open arms on both sides, these fans could be considered hockey’s extremists; swallowing their pride to launch a colourfully worded war of sorts. Continue reading