September 5, 2013

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Central Division - No. 5 Nashville Predators

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Central Division - No. 5 Nashville Predators

by The Hockey News - September 5, 2013 11:40 AM EDT

The Predators missed the playoffs for only the second time in the past nine seasons in 2013 and returns with most of the same major pieces in place for 2013-14. Nashville added Preds-like players in free agency and another blue chip defender through the draft. Will they be able to turn it around immediately, or will it happen gradually over time?
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 5 in Central Division 2013: 16-23-9. 14th in West. KEY DEPARTURES: Chris Mason, Brandon Yip, Jonathon Blum, Matt Halischuk, Sergei Kostitsyn, Bobby Butler.

September 4, 2013

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Metropolitan Division - No. 6 Washington Capitals

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Metropolitan Division - No. 6 Washington Capitals

by The Hockey News - September 4, 2013 11:10 AM EDT

The Capitals were last place in the East towards the end of February last season, but turned it around to win the last Southeast title once Alex Ovechkin took off on his Hart Trophy trajectory. How will the up-and-down team fare in the Metro, which has only one other team from their old division?
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 6 in Metropolitan Division 2013: 27-18-3. Third in East. KEY DEPARTURES: Mike Ribeiro, Joey Crabb, Jeff Schultz, Wojtek Wolski KEY ADDITIONS: Mikhail Grabovski, Tyson Strachan THN’s TOP PROJECTED SCORERS: Alex Ovechkin (92), Nicklas Backstrom (81), Martin Erat (61).

September 3, 2013

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Atlantic Division - No. 6 Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Atlantic Division - No. 6 Tampa Bay Lightning

by The Hockey News - September 3, 2013 11:20 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning score a lot of goals - the problem is, they let in a bunch, too. No. 3 overall pick Jonathan Drouin could be a tantalizing addition to Tampa's top line, but large questions remain on the blueline and even in goal. Will the Lightning be able to shoot their way out of the draft lottery and overcome depth and defense deficiencies?
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 6 in Atlantic Division 2013: 18-26-4. 14th in East. KEY DEPARTURES: Vincent Lecavalier, J.

September 2, 2013

VIDEO: Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning one-on-one

VIDEO: Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning one-on-one

by The Hockey News - September 2, 2013 11:33 AM EDT

Many pundits have Jonathan Drouin penciled in on Tampa Bay’s top line, playing alongside Steven Stamkos and Martin St-Louis this season. But Drouin isn’t taking anything for granted. The third overall selection at this year’s draft knows he will have to earn his ice if he hopes to share time with those two superstars.
Many pundits have Jonathan Drouin penciled in on Tampa Bay’s top line, playing alongside Steven Stamkos and Martin St-Louis this season.


NHL Pre-season Predictions: Pacific Division - No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Pacific Division - No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes

by The Hockey News - September 2, 2013 11:23 AM EDT

The team defense of the Phoenix Coyotes carried the team all the way to the West final in 2011-12, but fell off in the short year and didn't even make the playoffs. The addition of Mike Ribeiro was made with an eye on offense, but this team will go as far as Mike Smith takes them.
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 6 in Pacific Division 2013: 21-18-9. 10th in West. KEY DEPARTURES: Boyd Gordon, Jason Labarbera KEY ADDITIONS: Tim Kennedy, Thomas Greiss, Mike Ribeiro THE PROS: Keith Yandle and Oliver Eknan-Larsson make up a 1-2 defense tandem that most teams in the league would kill to have on their depth chart.

September 1, 2013

VIDEO: Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens one-on-one

VIDEO: Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens one-on-one

by The Hockey News - September 1, 2013 12:21 PM EDT

Brendan Gallagher was not expected to make the Montreal Canadiens in 2012-13. But not only did he crack the lineup, he was a spark for the Habs all season. It is just another example of the diminutive forward proving doubters wrong, something he has done throughout his hockey career.
Brendan Gallagher was not expected to make the Montreal Canadiens in 2012-13. But not only did he crack the lineup, he was a spark for the Habs all season.


NHL Pre-season Predictions: Central Division - No. 6 Colorado Avalanche

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Central Division - No. 6 Colorado Avalanche

by The Hockey News - September 1, 2013 12:10 PM EDT

The Avalanche has so much potential up front - but so many holes and questions marks on defense and in net. New coach Patrick Roy was brought in to impart his wisdom on the young lineup and Joe Sakic was given a prominent front office role to whip this team into shape. But the franchise is a long way from its glory years.
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 6 in Central Division 2013: 16-25-7. 15th in West. KEY DEPARTURES: David Jones, Shane O’Brien, Aaron Palushaj KEY ADDITIONS: Alex Tanguay, Cory Sarich THE PROS: The last time a No.

August 31, 2013

VIDEO: Nicklas Jensen of the Vancouver Canucks one-on-one

VIDEO: Nicklas Jensen of the Vancouver Canucks one-on-one

by The Hockey News - August 31, 2013 11:20 AM EDT

Part of an emerging wave of Danish prospects, Nicklas Jensen is also one of the more promising players in the Vancouver Canucks system. After two seasons in the Ontario League with Oshawa, the big winger headed over to Sweden to play against men during the lockout before making his NHL debut in 2013. Now he’s shooting for a permanent NHL spot.
Part of an emerging wave of Danish prospects, Nicklas Jensen is also one of the more promising players in the Vancouver Canucks system. After two seasons in the Ontario League with Oshawa, the big winger headed over to Sweden to play against men during the lockout before making his NHL debut in 2013.


NHL Pre-season Predictions: Metropolitan Division - No. 7 Carolina Hurricanes

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Metropolitan Division - No. 7 Carolina Hurricanes

by The Hockey News - August 31, 2013 11:07 AM EDT

After Cam Ward went down last season, so did the Canes. Defense remains a concern for the team, but the emergence of the Eric Staal-Jiri Tlusty-Alexander Semin line as one of the league's most productive was the story of the Canes season. Whether or not they can keep it up will have a large impact on the team's fortunes in 2013-14.
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 7 in Metropolitan Division 2013: 19-25-4. 13th in East. KEY DEPARTURES: Andreas Nodl, Tim Brent, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Bobby Sanguinetti, Joe Corvo, Dan Ellis, Jamie McBain, Marc-Andre Gragnani.

August 30, 2013

VIDEO: Top prospect Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters one-on-one

VIDEO: Top prospect Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters one-on-one

by The Hockey News - August 30, 2013 12:10 PM EDT

Connor McDavid was granted exceptional status in 2012-13, which enabled him to join the Ontario League one year early. McDavid lived up to the hype, too, scoring 66 points in 63 games. THN's Ryan Kennedy caught up with McDavid to discuss the next steps in his career and more.
Connor McDavid was granted exceptional status in 2012-13, which enabled him to join the Ontario League one year early. He didn’t give OHL commissioner David Branch any reason to regret the decision.


NHL Pre-season Predictions: Atlantic Division - No. 7 Buffalo Sabres

NHL Pre-season Predictions: Atlantic Division - No. 7 Buffalo Sabres

by The Hockey News - August 30, 2013 11:48 AM EDT

The Buffalo Sabres are in transition to a new era, so expectations for the 2013-14 season are limited. Decisions need to be made on Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek, who are both entering the final year of their contracts. But at least there's a strong base of prospects and young players to rally around.
THN’s PRE-SEASON PREDICTION: No. 7 in Atlantic Division 2013: 21-21-6. 12th in East. KEY DEPARTURES: Nathan Gerbe, Adam Pardy, Andrej Sekera, Jochen Hecht.

August 29, 2013

VIDEO: Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche one-on-one

VIDEO: Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche one-on-one

by The Hockey News - August 29, 2013 2:10 PM EDT

Nathan MacKinnon, the top pick in this year's draft, is coming off a Memorial Cup season with the Halifax Mooseheads and while he still has major junior eligibility, it is likely he will be part of the Avs this season - and for many seasons to come. THN's Ryan Kennedy talked to MacKinnon about his training, learning from Matt Duchene and more.
Optimism abounds in Colorado. Not only do the Avalanche have a new coach in Patrick Roy, they also have the No. 1 pick from the 2013 draft, Nathan MacKinnon.

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