Diamonds in the Rough: Alex DeBrincat Edition

Megan Kim
December 11 2016 10:00AM

Here's a hot take for you: The best pure goal-scorer in the 2016 Draft not named Patrik Laine wasn't taken until the second round. For as much as we bemoan how the Chicago Blackhawks somehow always seem to find ways to win, maybe it's time to acknowledge the fact that the rest of the league seems to let them get away with things like: Drafting a first round-calibre player despite not having a first round pick because Alex DeBrincat got passed over 38 times before the Hawks finally had their first pick of the 2016 Draft. 

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Dylan Strome is Not a Bust

Megan Kim
November 21 2016 12:00PM


A word-for-word transcript of my conversation with NHLN's Managing Editor on Saturday night: 

Me: but um, hey, can i write about dylan strome?

Cam: Sure, what are you thinking?

Me: something like "a case for the 29th place Arizona Coyotes to keep Dylan Strome in the lineup for more than one game every week and a half" sort of deal + whether it'd be beneficial for him to be back in Erie after world juniors!

Cam: Yeah sure!

Well. 

There goes that.

As of Sunday afternoon, the Erie Otters are a heck of a lot stronger -- and they're already the best team in the OHL with a record of 16-5-2, and Strome's return will undoubtedly make them Memorial Cup favorites. This also clears up Canada's World Juniors roster picture and lends them some stability, as they're now certain to ice Strome and Seattle Thunderbirds center Mat Barzal down the middle.

But is this the best move for Strome and the Coyotes?

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WCOH: North America Wins a Thriller, Sweden Clinches with Loss

Megan Kim
September 21 2016 06:23PM

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Credit: Kevin Sousa of USA TODAY Sports

Exhale, everybody. That was undoubtedly the best game of the tournament so far, and if you were watching, count yourself lucky. It will probably end up being the best game of the tournament, period. With a semifinal berth at stake, Team Sweden and Team North America turned in a high-octane thriller that ended in a fitting fashion: An electrifying 3-on-3 OT with end-to-end rushes, dramatic saves, and a beauty of a game-winning goal. 

If you missed this one, you'll want to go ahead and watch a replay of the entire game, because this matchup was one for the ages. Sure, there's no history or bad blood between Sweden and this North America team, but there was a whole lot of skill and talent on the ice between the two teams, and we sure saw plenty of it.

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Shortening the Bench Isn't Necessary for Team North America

Megan Kim
September 21 2016 09:42AM

After a convincing 4-1 win against Finland to open the tournament, our favorite bunch of scrappy kids ran into a 4-3 loss to the Russians on Monday night. It's true that Russia got a few lucky bounces -- namely, the goal that Matt Murray knocked into his own net and the puck that came off the glass and landed right in front of Nikita Kucherov, who wasted no time burying it. However, that's not to take away from anything Russia did last night.

Russia played well. They especially took over the game in that second period where they scored four goals, and that three-goal lead proved to be too much for the young guns to overcome. 

Even if you're pulling hard for North America -- and many of us are, I'm sure -- it wasn't the sort of loss that left a bad taste in your mouth. The game was fast-paced, chock-full of exciting plays on both sides, and had spectators on the edge of their seats all the way to the final whistle. 

Of course, there's always going to be second-guessing in any loss, and in this particular game, questions from fans and media members seemed to be largely centered on Todd McLellan's decision to shorten his bench after going down 4-1 in the second period. 

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World Cup of Hockey Recap: Europeans Slam Door on Americans

Megan Kim
September 17 2016 05:12PM

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Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey officially kicked off today with an afternoon game between Team USA and Team Europe. Team Europe, you'll remember, is the hodge podge team with NHL players from 8 different nations competing under one strange logo. Team USA, on the other hand, is made up of players all from America, but somehow they missed the memo that this is a best-on-best tournament, because I don't see Tyler Johnson or Justin Faulk on the roster. They're also playing with the massive handicap of having John Tortorella at the helm. 

If you missed the opening game of this excellent tournament, fear not! We have a handy recap here just for you! 

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