April 15 2015 07:01AM
It's very easy to overlook Oliver Kylington based on his boxcar numbers but the resume is strong and the scouting report impressive. He arrived in the Swedish Hockey League at 16 and could be the best skating defender available at this summer's draft. Oliver Kylington is a significant talent.
April 14 2015 03:00PM
Once again, the venerable Elliotte Friedman has released his weekly 30 Thoughts column. This week's edition features Friedman's in-depth discussion of his NHL awards ballot, which he gets as a member of the PHWA.
As always: not voting for your favourite player or organization absolutely means I hate them…and you.
Elliotte is fantastic. He didn't disclose the order of most of his picks, but mostly noted which players he had present on his ballot.
April 14 2015 01:00PM
This is the first part of a two-part season review of the Adirondack Flames where I’ll let you know what went right in the team’s inaugural (and only) season.
Right off the bat, it’s important to keep in mind that just because the Baby Flames didn’t make the playoffs this season doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enormously successful year for an organization in rebuild mode. In fact, I’d argue that more went right for this team of youngsters than wrong.
Here are some of the reasons why the 2014-15 season was such a success in upstate New York:
April 14 2015 11:31AM
Weeks ago, Toronto Maple Leafs fans gave up on the idea that they'd get to enjoy any type of playoff success this season. Well, Leafs fans are silly people, they should've given up on that in October!
In all seriousness even sad sack Toronto sports fans can get in on the playoff fun this year with the Nations Draft Playoff Pool. It's way better than the actual real playoffs, and you can enter here at www.nationdrafts.com.
Read on for more details!
April 14 2015 10:39AM
Jay Feaster certainly took it in the teeth during his tenure as Calgary Flames General Manager. Maybe it was only my perception, but Feaster seemed to take more abuse than was warranted. Perhaps that was because he came from a law background as opposed to a strictly hockey one, or maybe it was because he won a Stanley Cup over the Flames while GM in Tampa. Now, this is not a blanket defence of the man or his time in Calgary, because he certainly made mistakes. However, as the Flames return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, I think it's pretty clear Feaster's tenure in Calgary did more good than it did bad.