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THN.com Blog: Constructing the best late-round teams

THN.com Blog: Constructing the best late-round teams

by Rory Boylen - November 17, 2009 1:10 PM EST

Taking a look at the bottom half of past drafts, we construct some of the best two-line teams.
Every once in a while I like going back and looking at old trades or draft orders because there are usually a few things that lift the brow and have me thinking “Really!?” I especially like browsing over the late rounds of past drafts to see who got through, who had impactful careers and which teams were able to find that needle in a haystack.


THN.com Blog: Moss grows into big role with Flames

THN.com Blog: Moss grows into big role with Flames

by Rory Boylen - November 14, 2009 10:55 PM EST

The power forward's development may have been a slow one, but good things come to those who wait.
When big-body players breakout after spending a few years in the development leagues, not only do they surprise commentators and fans, they give an unexpected boost and fortification of depth to the team.


THN.com Blog: More rules won't stop injuries

THN.com Blog: More rules won't stop injuries

by Rory Boylen - November 3, 2009 12:35 PM EST

Hockey is a physical game and injuries are going to happen. And a much-ballyhooed head-shot rule isn't going to change that.
For lack of a better, appropriate term, crap happens. It’s crude, harsh and to the point. And it’s also an explanation for a lot – not all, but the majority – of hits in hockey that lead to injury and ensuing outcry.


THN.com Blog: NHL's most underrated player

THN.com Blog: NHL's most underrated player

by Rory Boylen - October 27, 2009 11:45 AM EDT

Overshadowed by the talent around him, including his defense partner, Brent Seabrook deserves more recognition.
Who is the most underrated player in the NHL? It’s a tough question and one with many answers. In fact, everyone probably has their own favorite radar dodger and the variety of the type of player will span all spectrums and roles in hockey.


THN.com Blog: History proves Gonchar contract not so bad

THN.com Blog: History proves Gonchar contract not so bad

by Rory Boylen - October 13, 2009 12:00 PM EDT

In 2005, Sergei Gonchar's five-year contract seemed over the top, but time has proven it to be a wise investment.
It’s tough to have a contract in the NHL these days that doesn’t seem like an overpayment. Everyone knows the dangers that lie within the first few days of free agency, where Brian Campbell, a one-dimensional defenseman, once managed to squeeze a $7 million-plus per season contract out of Chicago for eight years.


THN.com Blog: Penguins must be favorites to begin 2009-10

THN.com Blog: Penguins must be favorites to begin 2009-10

by Rory Boylen - October 6, 2009 2:58 PM EDT

With a couple of the best players in the game, a strong goalie and excellent support pieces, the Penguins are easily the team to beat.
I’m not a big fan of making a Stanley Cup prediction in October – or November, December and January for that matter. So much can change and so much can happen that you’re just setting yourself up for failure and smarmy “I told ya so’s” from the peanut gallery.


THN.com Blog: Central Division preview

THN.com Blog: Central Division preview

by Rory Boylen - September 29, 2009 11:35 AM EDT

In the last of our look at the six NHL divisions, we examine the home of five teams with realistic playoff hopes.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS THN Prediction: Second in Western Conference Key additions: Marian Hossa, RW; Tomas Kopecky, LW; John Madden, C Key departures: Martin Havlat, RW; Nikolai Khabibulin, G; Sammy Pahlsson, C; Matt Walker, D Young teams that breakthrough generally take a step back the following season – even the Penguins were rough around the edges to start last year – so don’t expect the Hawks to smoothly sail through a season of only good stories and overall improvement.


THN.com Blog: Anisimov turning heads early in Calder debate

THN.com Blog: Anisimov turning heads early in Calder debate

by Rory Boylen - September 22, 2009 11:30 AM EDT

The flashy Rangers rookie has scored a couple highlight-reel goals in the pre-season, setting the tone for a run at rookie of the year honors.
John Tavares. Victor Hedman. Ville Leino. Semyon Varlamov. Artem Anisimov? The Calder race is the most difficult trophy chase to predict because out-of-nowhere stellar performances are common.


THN.com Blog: Rooting for some training camp underdogs

THN.com Blog: Rooting for some training camp underdogs

by Rory Boylen - September 15, 2009 12:43 PM EDT

For selfish reasons, there are five players on roster bubbles who it would be great to see get an NHL job this season.
A year ago I wrote a training camp blog about five players I was eager to watch try and make their teams. Not necessarily because there were great, untold stories behind any of them, but because my fantasy pool team needed at least one of them to graduate.


THN.com Blog: Let the on-ice product speak for the sport

THN.com Blog: Let the on-ice product speak for the sport

by Rory Boylen - September 1, 2009 12:47 PM EDT

Enough with the bankruptcy belly-aching and preposterous posturing, let's just get this season started.
“Versus’ numbers now are exceeding the numbers we were doing in the last few years on ESPN. Versus is getting traction, Versus is doing a great job, and we are doing absolutely fine.


THN.com Blog: Zach Bogosian, the forgotten rookie

THN.com Blog: Zach Bogosian, the forgotten rookie

by Rory Boylen - August 25, 2009 10:50 AM EDT

Because of an early injury, Zach Bogosian is often overlooked when discussing impressive rookie seasons, but his ranks up there with the rest.
There’s one impressive rookie performance last year that was completely glossed over. It’s not Derick Brassard, who bowed out of the Calder race early with a shoulder injury.


THN.com Blog: The perk of player access

THN.com Blog: The perk of player access

by Rory Boylen - August 18, 2009 12:15 PM EDT

Many players rely on cliches to deal with the media, but sometimes you find a player who's truly accommodating and happy to share his time.
There are a lot of neat perks that come with working at The Hockey News, but my favorite is the opportunity to talk to players. It’s been nearly two years since I was hired here, but it seems like just yesterday I was an inexperienced, yet-to-graduate journalist toiling at a school newspaper.


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