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Single-season assist leaders

Single-season assist leaders

by John Grigg - October 14, 2009 3:09 PM EDT

Last week was goal-scorers, this week we look at the top helpers of all-time.
With Joe Thornton, Nicklas Backstrom and even Matt Carle on early paces to crack the 100-assist mark for the first time in 21 years (only three players have ever done it), we thought it’d be fun to look back at some of the best seasons by set-up men in NHL history.


Single-season goal-scorers

Single-season goal-scorers

by John Grigg - October 7, 2009 4:00 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin is on pace for 137 goals after three games, which would put him well ahead of the all-time bests.
After Tuesday night’s games, at least one media outlet began running graphics about just what kind of numbers Alex Ovechkin is on pace to put up this year.


Pre-season performances

Pre-season performances

by John Grigg - September 30, 2009 12:25 PM EDT

As we prepare for the official first puck drop, we take one last look at the best players from the practice season.
The real deal begins Thursday, but the pre-season has offered some intriguing plot lines – and we’re not talking about NHL teams losing to European club squads.


Backup goalies

Backup goalies

by John Grigg - September 23, 2009 2:30 PM EDT

They don't get much playing time and they certainly don't get a lot of credit, but let's give some love to the second-stringers.
It’s the most unheralded position in hockey, but also one of the most important. There’s nothing worse for players than when they feel they can’t trust the man guarding the twine during the odd night their No.


Defensemen under 25

Defensemen under 25

by John Grigg - September 16, 2009 3:22 PM EDT

From a wide array to choose from, we countdown the game's best young blueliners.
It’s the hardest position for youngsters to play in the NHL; preternatural skill doesn’t necessarily translate to success. Why? Defensemen must be physically mature, able to fend off behemoths along the boards and in front of the net.


Training camp battles

Training camp battles

by John Grigg - September 9, 2009 2:35 PM EDT

Most roster spots and positions are determined heading into the pre-season, but a few jobs are still up for grabs.
With training camps opening this Saturday – Get. Excited. People! – we here at THN have been looking at, debating and covering the most hotly anticipated job battles.


Comeback campaigns

Comeback campaigns

by John Grigg - September 2, 2009 3:58 PM EDT

In this week's countdown: Players who have something extra to prove in the 2009-10 season.
With the passing of August and the knowledge that NHL training camps will soon be underway, we’re getting excited around the THN campus.


Canadian players

Canadian players

by John Grigg - August 26, 2009 3:22 PM EDT

All the other major hockey nations have been done, so now it's time to debate the best Canadian players.
We’ve done the Americans, the Russians, the Czechs, the Swedes and the Finns. Now we’ve come to the most difficult country to handicap.


2009-10 Calder candidates

2009-10 Calder candidates

by John Grigg - August 19, 2009 2:00 PM EDT

There'll be a new crop of fresh faces in the NHL this season. We count down the most likely to win rookie of the year.
August. Ugh. The dog days of the NHL summer. Next to nothing is happening, anywhere. There’s little to talk about, but it is a good time to make some early predictions.


KHLers we’d like to see in the NHL

KHLers we’d like to see in the NHL

by John Grigg - August 12, 2009 2:02 PM EDT

There's plenty of players in Russia we'd like to see more of.
Hello list lovers, welcome back. With ex-Red Wing Jiri Hudler’s summer move to Dynamo Moscow and Tuesday’s report that ex-Ranger Nikolai Zherdev is set to sign with last season’s Kontinental League champs Salavat Yuleav Ufa, we decided to scour the KHL’s player pages and stats pack to find the 10 players we’d most like to see in the NHL, whether that means a return or a maiden voyage across the professional pond.


Roenick quotes

Roenick quotes

by John Grigg - August 5, 2009 1:50 PM EDT

One of the most beloved mouthpieces to ever don an NHL sweater, Jeremy Roenick was known for his colorful remarks.
With the expected announcement Thursday of Jeremy Roenick’s retirement, the hockey world is lamenting the loss of one of the best players of his generation.


American-born players

American-born players

by John Grigg - July 29, 2009 2:42 PM EDT

With the recent induction of three NHL greats into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, we count down the best-ever Americans.
During last season, the Top 10 looked at the best Russians, Czechs, Finns and Swedes. This week, in deference to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame’s announcement Tuesday that Tony Amonte, Tom Barrasso and John LeClair were being inducted, we look at the Top 10 American-born players.


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