Ryan Kennedy

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.

Josh Harding gets special hockey cards to benefit Multiple Sclerosis charity

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Minnesota's Josh Harding (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has not been taking his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis lying down since his affliction was announced in late 2012. He won the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2013 for perseverance and played stellar last season in 29 appearances before complications kept him on the sidelines. Now, he’s getting special hockey cards to help others battling MS.

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Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are great, but don’t sleep on Noah Hanifin

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Noah Hanifin is heading to Boston College (Tom Sorensen/USA Hockey)

You’ve heard of top 2015 draft prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel already and while there’s little doubt those two phenomenal centers will be the first names called at the podium in Florida next summer, the prizes for poor teams don’t end there. The 2015 draft is looking incredibly stacked and the next name that needs to be stamped in your memory is defenseman Noah Hanifin.

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Calgary prospects Gaudreau and Bennett dream about the future

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Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau on the move (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Not a lot of wins have come out of Alberta in recent years, but at least there is hope in both markets. Edmonton has toiled for years and had the more high-profile rebuild, but Calgary is quickly putting together a nice coterie of players as well.

Sean Monahan has already made a dent in the NHL and two other names are poised to join him up front on the Flames sooner than later: Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett.

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In defense of Scott Gomez

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Why hate on him when he wants to come home?  (Photo by: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils have been a haven for veterans in the past few years and GM Lou Lamoriello has been very good about giving older players one last chance at NHL glory. Petr Sykora landed himself a spot on the 2011-12 squad after a tryout and ended up sixth in team scoring. Martin Havlat was brought in this summer to reboot a career that had stalled in San Jose, while news is trickling out that Tomas Kaberle, who played last season in the Czech Republic with Kladno, has been offered a tryout.

Oh, and Scott Gomez is getting a tryout too.

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