Ryan Kennedy's Column

NCAA takes beating on '11-12 recruits

NCAA takes beating on '11-12 recruits

by Ryan Kennedy - July 29, 2011 11:37 AM EDT

Only one first-rounder from the 2011 draft will play college hockey after many top prospects chose to play junior instead. Anomaly or trend?
Call it “Black Wednesday.” Because earlier this week, the NCAA was dealt a double body-blow. There was Phoenix first-rounder and Miami commit Connor Murphy deciding to take his game to the Ontario League’s Sarnia Sting instead.


NCAA shakeup spells promise, not doom

NCAA shakeup spells promise, not doom

by Ryan Kennedy - July 15, 2011 12:35 PM EDT

Two new conferences has some suggesting small schools will struggle. But there's plenty of opportunity all around.
When we here at The Hockey News put together our annual People of Power issue this fall, I will strongly suggest a high standing for new Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.


Still waiting for the Jets' splash

Still waiting for the Jets' splash

by Ryan Kennedy - July 8, 2011 12:30 PM EDT

The Winnipeg Jets have a lot of excitement behind them, but since "arriving" the team has made some questionable decisions.
Let it first be established that this column is not directed at the fans of the new Winnipeg Jets, who scooped up so many season tickets and made up the second-largest cheering section at the draft in Minnesota.


NHL draft Day 2 full of Minnesota storylines

NHL draft Day 2 full of Minnesota storylines

by Ryan Kennedy - June 25, 2011 4:10 PM EDT

Minnesota players played a big role in the festivities on Day 2 after none were taken in the opening round Friday.
ST. PAUL - If there was a big picture story to the second day of the NHL draft, it was the role Minnesota played in its own backyard. Local high-schoolers were taken with great frequency, while the biggest slider of the draft also hailed from the State of Hockey.


NHL draft first round winners and losers

NHL draft first round winners and losers

by Ryan Kennedy - June 25, 2011 12:07 AM EDT

There were some surprising names that dropped and rose in the first round, so we take a look at which teams came out on top and who could have done better.
ST. PAUL - The draft never lacks for drama and the first round of 2011 lived up to that premise. While Ryan Nugent-Hopkins did indeed go first overall to the Edmonton Oilers, there were plenty of surprises after that to keep pundits on their toes.


NHL draft day predictions

NHL draft day predictions

by Ryan Kennedy - June 24, 2011 10:05 AM EDT

Today is the big day, so what can we expect? How about some surprises, trades and much, much more.
For the second straight year, I’m going to wade into the waters of draft prognostication. And while mock drafts are teeming out there, this will once again be more of a bullet point affair, based on observations and insider information about what is likely to occur.


Who I would pick at the NHL draft

Who I would pick at the NHL draft

by Ryan Kennedy - June 17, 2011 3:48 PM EDT

After randomly selecting a slot in the draft, our prospect guru picks a player in each of the seven rounds.
Everyone loves to guess their favorite team’s early picks, but I’m going a step further and mocking up an entire draft. That’s right, I’ve taken over a fictional team and we have one pick in each of the seven rounds in Minnesota.


Stanley Cup favorite Canucks take on villain role

Stanley Cup favorite Canucks take on villain role

by Ryan Kennedy - June 10, 2011 12:51 PM EDT

From charges of diving and embellishing to the fact they won the Presidents' Trophy, there are many reasons to root against the Canucks.
“You need people like me so you can point your finger and say ‘that’s the bad guy.’…Well say good night to the bad guy.


What impact does the NHL combine have on draft day?

What impact does the NHL combine have on draft day?

by Ryan Kennedy - June 4, 2011 10:44 AM EDT

Can a prospect's stock be hurt if his bench press is weak? How do the interviews play into the process? Ryan Kennedy shares some draft thoughts.
It’s an event that has grown largely in scope over the years, but how important is the draft combine to the most important decision-makers, the NHL teams themselves? While the pomp and circumstance would lead you to believe the fitness portion has a lot of bearing on matters, the reality is a little more subtle.


NHL prospects shine at Memorial Cup

NHL prospects shine at Memorial Cup

by Ryan Kennedy - May 30, 2011 7:25 AM EDT

Led by high-end 2011 NHL draft prospect Jonathan Huberdeau, a number of future stars came through at this year's junior tournament.
MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - The Saint John Sea Dogs brought the Memorial Cup back to the Quebec League and became the first Maritime franchise to do so in the process.


Saving pucks to saving lives

Saving pucks to saving lives

by Ryan Kennedy - May 27, 2011 11:38 AM EDT

Mike Polidor turned his focus from hockey to flying and became a decorated pilot for his work in Afghanistan.
Hockey and the military have a long history together, from the origins of the Memorial Cup as a tribute to the soldiers in the First World War to the NHLers and other pros who served in the Second World War and Vietnam.


Why the Sharks should keep playing Ben Eager

Why the Sharks should keep playing Ben Eager

by Ryan Kennedy - May 20, 2011 1:20 PM EDT

Ben Eager may not have had the most effective Game 2, but his style is exactly the type that can get Vancouver off its game.
Sometimes when life is at its darkest and fate seems to have turned against you, only the crazy survive. And true, the San Jose Sharks have yet to play a home game in the Western Conference final, but they are down 2-0 to Vancouver and the second match was worse than the first.


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