Salary cap set at $79.5 million for 2018-19 season

As the 2018 National Hockey League entry draft approaches, the league is finishing off some business. A big piece of lingering business was setting the salary cap for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. The NHL and the NHLPA jointly announced this afternoon that the cap ceiling is set at $79.5 million, with a $58.8 million cap…


Flames fourth round targets: Egor Sokolov

The Calgary Flames, drafting-wise, are very much creatures of habit. There are two groups that they tap on draft weekend rather infrequently: Russians, and players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. It seems unlikely that the club would target a player who fits in an overlapping space: a Russian import playing in the QMJHL….


Flames fourth round targets: Xavier Bouchard

The Calgary Flames don’t draft from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League all that often. It’s probably not a result of anything except more familiarity with the Western and Ontario junior leagues – they’ve had success with their WHL and OHL draftees that hasn’t materialized with the QMJHL kids. A year ago, the Flames grabbed…


Flames fourth round targets: Nando Eggenberger

A lot of drafting in the mid-to-late rounds of the National Hockey League’s entry draft is about buying low. Some players are going to be undervalued for silly reasons – Johnny Gaudreau was overlooked despite amazing USHL scoring numbers because he was small – and smart teams can take advantage of these market inefficiencies. Well,…


NHL Draft Scout Series: Sleepers Part 2 (Europe)

After exploring possible sleeper picks from North America yesterday, we turn our attention to Europe today. From accessibility issues to deep-rooted (read: dumb) biases, European players often suffer much harsher consequences on draft day than their North American counterparts. Everything from their birth certificate to their appearance is judged. Russians have it the worst generally,…