by The Hockey News - August 29, 2013 10:50 AM EDT
The long, difficult rebuild is in full swing and although Calgary's wingers aren't all bad, the team is razor thin. Gradual improvement is all you can ask from this team and its young players for this year and likely the next few. All eyes are fixed on the future now.
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 7 in Pacific Division 2013: 19-25-4. 13th in West. THN’s TOP PROJECTED SCORERS: Curtis Glencross (48), Mike Cammalleri (47), Sven Baertschi (43).
by The Hockey News - August 28, 2013 10:45 AM EDT
The Winnipeg Jets have sniffed the post-season two years in a row, but both times they melted away down the stretch. Will the young team of potential find itself in a new division alignment, or will rewarding a lineup that hasn't accomplished anything come back to bite Jets management?
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 7 in Central Division 2013: 24-21-3. 9th in East. THN’s TOP PROJECTED SCORERS: Evander Kane (69), Blake Wheeler (67), Andrew Ladd (60).
by Ryan Kennedy - August 27, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
Jon Merrill and Danny Kristo will try and crack an NHL squad this season after having difficult moments in the recent past.
Very few prospects glide to the NHL without some sort of adversity and it’s dealing with those pitfalls that turn boys into pros. Both Jon Merrill and Danny Kristo went to college, where book learning went hand in hand with lessons in life.
by The Hockey News - August 27, 2013 11:31 AM EDT
Stephen Weiss was drafted by and spent 10 seasons with the Florida Panthers. But when the opportunity came this summer to join a Cup contender in Detroit, Weiss jumped at it. THN's Ryan Kennedy caught up with Weiss to talk about his training, the move to Detroit and more.
When Stephen Weiss signed with the Detroit Red Wings it was one of the biggest stories of the summer. The 30-year old center spent the past 10 seasons with the Florida Panthers, but jumped at the chance to join the Red Wings when Ken Holland came calling.
by The Hockey News - August 27, 2013 11:13 AM EDT
Moving to the other Eastern Conference Division, we take a look at the Florida Panthers, who are once again going young and building through the draft. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov are providing a lot of hope that this time it will be different. Still, count on it being a long process, rather than an immediate turnaround.
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 8 in Atlantic Division 2013: 15-27-6. 15th in East. THN’s TOP PROJECTED SCORERS: Jonathan Huberdeau (63), Tomas Fleishmann (60), Aleksander Barkov (52).
by The Hockey News - August 26, 2013 1:44 PM EDT
We start rolling out our pre-season predictions for the 2013-14 NHL season by looking at the New Jersey Devils. Will they be able to overcome the losses of Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson after already losing Zach Parise a year ago?
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 8 in Metropolitan Division 2013: 19-19-10. 11th in the East. THN's TOP PROJECTED SCORERS: Patrik Elias (62), Michael Ryder (52), Ryane Clowe (47) KEY DEPARTURES: Ilya Kovalchuk, David Clarkson, Johan Hedberg, Henrik Tallinder KEY ADDITIONS: Ryane Clowe, Michael Ryder, Jaromir Jagr, Rostislav Olesz, Cory Schneider THE PROS: Even though they’ve lost Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk in successive off-seasons, you just can’t underestimate Devils magic.
by The Hockey News - August 26, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
The St. Louis Blues are THN’s favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season and one of the reasons why is their depth in goal. Whether it's Brian Elliot, Jaroslav Halak or Jake Allen, each has demonstrated an ability to play at an elite level and help the team win. THN's Ryan Kennedy talked with Elliott about his outlook for the Blues and more.
The St. Louis Blues are THN’s favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season and one of the reasons we have them pegged for the ultimate prize is their depth in goal.
by The Hockey News - August 23, 2013 12:36 PM EDT
Malcolm Subban wrapped up his junior career last season, so this fall he will get his first taste of professional hockey, likely in the American League with the Providence Bruins. THN’s Ryan Kennedy caught up with netminder to discuss going pro, facing his brothers P.K. and Jordan and more.
Malcolm Subban wrapped up his junior career last season, so this fall he will get his first taste of professional hockey. It’s likely he will spend the year in the American League with the Providence Bruins fine tuning his game and waiting for his opportunity in Boston.
by The Hockey News - August 22, 2013 1:18 PM EDT
THN’s Ryan Kennedy spoke with Mike Cammalleri at the 2013 BioSteel camp in Toronto about his off-season, getting married, the outlook for his Calgary Flames this year and more.
With the departure of Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay, the Calgary Flames will look to Mike Cammalleri for leadership in 2013-14. The veteran of 10 seasons will be counted on to ensure a smooth integration of the new crop of Flames.
by Ryan Kennedy - August 21, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
Checking in with some elite OHL prospects at Team Ontario's World U-17 Challenge camp.
A great player in the Ontario League may only skate in the circuit for two seasons before heading off to the NHL – think Sarnia’s Steven Stamkos or Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin – so it’s important to get off to a good start.
by The Hockey News - August 20, 2013 12:54 PM EDT
Michigan didn’t have the type of year it's accustomed to last season, posting a losing record for the first time since 1986-87. But an influx of freshmen has the team thinking a turnaround is in order for 2013-14.
The Michigan Wolverines hockey team didn’t have the type of season they are accustomed to in 2012-13. The Wolverines had a losing record for the first time since 1986-87 and their 18 victories was the lowest win total accumulated since the same campaign.
by The Hockey News - August 19, 2013 3:55 PM EDT
Brad May was best known for his proficiency as a pugilist during his 18-season career. THN’s Adam Proteau caught up with him at the NHL Alumni Association’s 2013 charity golf tournament in Toronto to discuss his involvement with the association, surprises from the summer and more.
Brad May was best known for his proficiency as a pugilist during his 18-season career. He accumulated 2,248 penalty minutes during his 1,041 NHL games, which puts him 36th on the all-time career penalty minute’s list.