The All-Hipster Team v2.0, Part 1: Forwards

Dimitri Filipovic
October 05 2015 02:03PM

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Looking back at the first edition of the All-Hipster Team, which ran all the way back in the middle of the 2013-14 season, I’d say that it was objectively a success. Sure, there are a couple of players that haven’t necessarily progressed into the mainstream like I thought they would by now, but that’ll happen when you take a leap of faith on a medley of players that haven’t quite yet distinguished themselves as notable assets across the league. For the most part, players that have made their way onto this list in the past have not only gone on to do big things but have also cashed in rather handsomely with their following contracts.

With a new season looming, it’s time to update the list. When putting it together, I made a concerted effort to single out players that I thought generally haven’t been receiving the sort of widespread love that I think their play warrants (or in some cases, will in the very near future once they truly blow up). That can be an awfully tricky task, though, because for the most part fans these days are far more knowledgeable and attentive than they’ve ever been. Given the coverage of hockey online on a day-to-day basis - particularly thanks to Vines and GIFs being passed around on Twitter on a nightly basis - it’s pretty rare that a dynamic player will truly slip through the cracks. 

Which is why I recognize that even some of the guys discussed below will already have their diehard contingent of fans. Still, I hope that this list will contain some illuminating names, and draw attention to players that, prior to reading may not have been at the forefront of your mind. This isn't necessarily a list of "breakout candidates", as much as it a collection of guys that I think I’m generally higher on than most. Here they are in no particular order:

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Eyes on the Dollar: Los Angeles Kings

Cam Lewis
October 03 2015 02:16PM

There are a bunch of factors that could be blamed for the Los Angeles Kings' tremendously disappointing 2014-15 season. The sudden decline of Dustin Brown, the even steeper decline of Mike Richards, poor cap management by Dean Lombardi, the shootout being a poor way to determine points in the standings, the Calgary Flames being really lucky, and three consecutive years of deep playoff runs resulting in the team being completely burnt out. Whatever it was, the Kings certainly weren’t as bad their record showed, and despite having a really ugly short-term cap situation, should find themselves back in contention this year. That being said, the Kings are going to have a lot of work to do this summer in order to maintain a quality roster moving forward, and they don't want to make the same mistakes they have in the past with handing out mega-contracts like Halloween candy. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 02 2015 06:45AM

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Trade rumors of Zajac to Toronto swirl, Brandon Sutter's big expectations in Vancouver, Flames predicted to make playoffs, young core better positioned than Oilers, Maurice and Yeo clash in Winnipeg, Eberle out for a while in Edmonton, young kids making rosters, training camp cuts, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings

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Eyes on the Dollar: Florida Panthers

Cam Lewis
October 01 2015 09:00AM

This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey ReferenceWar on Ice, and NHLNumbers. 

After years in the league’s basement, it looks the Florida Panthers are finally headed in the right direction. They didn’t do much this offseason outside of minor housekeeping, but a promising young core of players makes them an interesting team to watch for in the Eastern Conference this season. Moving forward, such as it is with any team loaded with young players, the Panthers have a tremendous amount of cap flexibility, which could make them a good bet to be active at the trade deadline if the they appear to be in contention. That being said, management needs to be careful that the team has enough money to go around when their important players need new contracts. 

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Eyes on the Dollar: Edmonton Oilers

Cam Lewis
September 27 2015 09:00AM

This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference, War on Ice, and NHLNumbers. 

Here the Oilers were, strolling along leisurely with their endless rebuild that was going A-OK according to their braintrust, when they were blessed with the golden ticket. Much to the dismay of the entire league, the Oilers were gifted with their fourth first overall pick in six years at the best time imaginable. Connor McDavid is now an Oiler, and in a few short months, the franchise has completely flipped around for the better. They brought in a new coach and general manager, both of whom actually have experience and a history of success at the NHL level, they signed arguably the best defenceman on the free agency market, and they traded for a goalie that should certainly be an upgrade over what they had last year. 

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