Feature: Remembering the birth of the Sharks, Senators, Lightning, Mighty Ducks, and Panthers

Cam Lewis
June 20 2017 10:17AM


For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the National Hockey League will welcome the birth of a new franchise — The Vegas Golden Knights. Earlier this week, each team submitted a list of seven forwards, three defencemen, and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie to be protected from Vegas. On Wednesday, the team that the Golden Knights selected will be revealed.

What can we expect from this new franchise? In the 1990s, the NHL welcomed the birth of nine new teams, the San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Minnesota Wild, to the fold with varying degrees of success.

Though the circumstances are quite different, we can learn a lot from these nine teams on what works and what doesn’t when breaking into the league as a brand new franchise. Let’s start with what can be learned from San Jose, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida, and Anaheim, who joined the league between 1991 and 1993.

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Finland

Christian Roatis
June 19 2017 05:28PM


We continue along with the NHL Draft Scout Series with a look at a country that has turned in some sensational drafts in recent years, and doesn’t look to be slowing down much: Finland. Marco Bombino of McKeen’s and @FINjrhockey joins us to discuss an extremely strong Finnish contingent for the 2017 NHL Draft.

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Because It's The Cap: Pittsburgh Penguins Offseason Preview

Scott Maxwell
June 19 2017 02:27PM

For the first time in nearly 20 years, an NHL team has won back to back championships, as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their second Stanley Cup in as many years. Despite a barrage of injuries, the Penguins overcame and went all the way.

However, with every Cup championship, there's the party, and then there's the hangover that is the cap hell of the offseason. I'm sure Jim Rutherford will ignore it by plugging his two Cup rings in his ears, but if the Penguins want a chance at a threepeat, they'll have to play it smart.

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J.D. Burke’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

J.D. Burke
June 19 2017 11:13AM


As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, the Nation Network Prospect Profile countdown concluded on Friday with Nico Hischier checking in as second overall in favour of Nolan Patrick in first. That wraps up the consensus part of Canucks Army’s prospect ranking series.

This year, I wanted to make the process as transparent as possible. That means opening up my own list to the public and offering insight into my decisions concerning each player’s ranking.

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Because It's The Cap: Nashville Predators Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 19 2017 09:00AM


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Coming into the season, a lot of people expected the Nashville Predators to contend for the Stanley Cup. They didn't fit the bill of contenders in the regular season though, finishing 8th in the Western Conference. But they found their form in the playoffs and came within two wins of their first Cup in franchise history. 

But Nashville still has work to do. They came 11th in the league in goals for, which is good. They came 15th in the league in goals against, which is good. They had a 51.4% Corsi, which is good. But you need to be great to win the Stanley Cup.

Let's take a closer look at the Predators' roster and salary cap situation so we can get a clearer idea of what this team needs to do in the offseason in order to take the step from challengers to champions.

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