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THN at the NHL Draft: Saturday storylines

THN at the NHL Draft: Saturday storylines

by Ryan Kennedy - June 27, 2009 3:58 PM EDT

Day 2 of the draft provided plenty to talk about, including a heavy load of U.S.-born players... one giant goalie... and another Russian in Washington.
MONTREAL - Amidst the relative order of the first round, Saturday was much more unpredictable at the NHL draft in Montreal, with some players jumping up the rankings while others plunged.


THN at the NHL Draft: Round 1 surprises

THN at the NHL Draft: Round 1 surprises

by Ryan Kennedy - June 26, 2009 11:27 PM EDT

There were plenty of raised eyebrows during the first round of the draft in Montreal with players heading to strange locales and making big jumps up the board.
MONTREAL - If everything went according to plan on draft night, it wouldn’t be much fun to watch, would it? Thankfully, the NHL’s 30 GMs and their doggedly determined scouting teams all have different philosophies.


THN at the NHL Draft: Anticipation boils in Montreal

THN at the NHL Draft: Anticipation boils in Montreal

by Ryan Kennedy - June 25, 2009 4:03 PM EDT

With the day many prospects have waited their entire lives for only hours away, the nervous energy and excitement is nearing its peak.
MONTREAL – With their destinies now counting down by the hour, the top prospects for this year’s NHL draft are all trying to think about anything but.


THN.com Blog: Intrigue surrounds No. 5 pick

THN.com Blog: Intrigue surrounds No. 5 pick

by Ryan Kennedy - June 24, 2009 1:08 PM EDT

With the Leafs and Oilers looking to move up and the Kings in a good place to wheel and deal, a lot of action will take place after the first four selections Friday.
There may be a modicum of drama surrounding who will be the top selection in Friday’s draft in Montreal, but for all intents and purposes, it’s likely John Tavares.


THN.com Blog: Patience pays off at the draft table

THN.com Blog: Patience pays off at the draft table

by Ryan Kennedy - June 22, 2009 2:09 PM EDT

When picking a player at the draft, it's not always about what kind of a player they are now, but who they will be in five years.
Ever wonder why the New Jersey Devils have missed the playoffs just once since 1990, winning three Stanley Cups in the process? It’s not just the system they play; it’s also the hockey smarts of the organization’s brain trust.


THN.com Blog: Champion free agents should stick with winning formula

THN.com Blog: Champion free agents should stick with winning formula

by Ryan Kennedy - June 17, 2009 11:08 AM EDT

Rob Scuderi is an unrestricted free agent, but looking at past examples, he should take a little less money to stay in Pittsburgh rather than chasing the cash.
Based on his Yeoman-like work in the Stanley Cup final – particularly a goal-denying leg save at the end of Game 6 – a lot of teams are going to want to get into the Rob Scuderi business this summer.


THN.com Blog: Caps, Hawks next to ride Cup's youth movement

THN.com Blog: Caps, Hawks next to ride Cup's youth movement

by Ryan Kennedy - June 15, 2009 11:50 AM EDT

Many fresh-faced NHLers have put their paws on hockey's holy grail in recent years and next in line is Washington and Chicago.
On the heels of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup victory, young stars in the NHL may be getting the wrong idea. That is, play a couple seasons and hockey’s ultimate prize is yours.


THN at the Stanley Cup: Staal steps up when it matters most

THN at the Stanley Cup: Staal steps up when it matters most

by Ryan Kennedy - June 9, 2009 11:57 PM EDT

When Pittsburgh needed a big game, Jordan Staal met the challenge, scoring a crucial goal, while his linemate notched the winner.
PITTSBURGH - He may be the team’s ‘third center,’ but Jordan Staal proved his worth in more ways than one in a crucial series-extending 2-1 Pittsburgh victory in Game 6.


THN.com Blog: Kings, Yotes and Hawks should deal first round picks

THN.com Blog: Kings, Yotes and Hawks should deal first round picks

by Ryan Kennedy - June 8, 2009 11:28 AM EDT

Phoenix, L.A. and Chicago would benefit from trading their high draft picks for help now or down the road.
The 2009 draft promises to be one of the most intriguing in years, with a deep talent pool and some legitimate debate over who will emerge as the best NHLer.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Line matching showcases battle of the bench bosses

THN.com Playoff Blog: Line matching showcases battle of the bench bosses

by Ryan Kennedy - June 3, 2009 12:31 PM EDT

It's not only an on-ice battle in the final, but the two coaches are fighting for line matchups and it's making for interesting theater.
I’m not much of an X’s and O’s guy, but Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final provided a unique display of strategizing by coaches Dan Bylsma and Mike Babcock that I surprisingly got caught up in.


THN.com Blog: Hedman can't be head man in Tampa

THN.com Blog: Hedman can't be head man in Tampa

by Ryan Kennedy - June 1, 2009 1:40 PM EDT

If the Lightning land big Victor Hedman with the No. 2 pick in June's draft, they need to support him with vets instead of entering a youth movement.
Lost amidst the hubbub surrounding super-prospect John Tavares is the fact there’s a pretty good 6-foot-7 puck-moving defenseman also available in this year’s NHL draft.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Aggression will be key for Hawks in Game 5

THN.com Playoff Blog: Aggression will be key for Hawks in Game 5

by Ryan Kennedy - May 27, 2009 12:20 PM EDT

Down 3-1 in the series heading to Detroit, Chicago must win the physical battle if they hope to stay alive.
There may be 50,000 watts of goodwill coursing through the Chicago metropolitan area for the Blackhawks right now, but Game 5 is in Detroit and the Red Wings have their collective hands on the plug.


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