Rochester Americans left winger Jean Dupuy had the game on his stick the other night – and he made sure things ended right then and there. Check out the moves the rookie pro makes as he drops some science on the Syracuse Crunch:
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.
When it rains, it pours in Edmonton. Or, more accurately, when it snows it comes down in heaps. The Oilers were already the worst team in the NHL again and playing without the services of hot rookie Connor McDavid. Now, thanks to a gruesome accident, Edmonton has lost Nail Yakupov.
It’s the hottest and most controversial argument buzzing around college hockey right now: the Big Ten proposal to bring down the age limit of incoming freshmen, something pundits and opposing coaches believe would hurt them, while helping that one power conference. Simply put, the legislation put forth to the NCAA could change the college hockey world and will certainly confront the community to examine what it wants to be.
The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau released its latest Watch List today for the 2016 draft and there have been a bunch of movers. This is not surprising, since the early September edition was largely speculative and now the prospects actually have a good sample size of games under their belts, but it is interesting to monitor nonetheless. Also, as I first reported the other day, top 2016 prospect Auston Matthews will return to the ice for Zurich tomorrow in a Swiss Cup game against Ambri-Piotta. Here’s a look at what else is going on in the prospect world:
The Boston Bruins usually have some pretty good luck against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but last night Brad Marchand combined skill with good fortune. Check out the left winger’s ‘home run’ goal against the Buds:
Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat made a beautiful move against New Jersey last night, but Devils goaltender Cory Schneider played spoiler with some magic of his own:
It’s actually been a couple of weeks now that the Washington Capitals have been dealing with questions about Alex Ovechkin breaking Sergei Fedorov’s record for goals by a Russian-born NHLer (geez, Alex, what took you so long?). Ovie finally did it last night against Dallas, so his teammates are now off the hook.
And to be fair, there’s only so many ways Evgeny Kuznetsov can say that he’s excited for Ovechkin and that the young Russian center had also watched Fedorov when he was growing up. But dutifully, the pivot did it one more time when I was in Washington recently and asked him what it’s like to actually play on a line with Ovechkin.
Back in 2011, the Boston Bruins won a hugely entertaining Stanley Cup final over Vancouver. There were face-punchings, there were blowouts, there was an annotated lack of tire-pumping…it was good times, unless you lived in Vancouver and in particular, suffer from an aversion to broken glass and open flames.
The Bruins were a nasty, heavy team that relied on superb goaltending from Tim Thomas, excellent two-way play up front and a no-go zone in their own end thanks to Zdeno Chara.
Five seasons later, much of that has changed – but have the Bruins? Opponents think the B’s may be living in the past, much to the team’s detriment.