August 18 2016 12:00PM
When Johnny Gaudreau burst onto the scene in the 2014-15 season, it was a pretty exciting time. Here was a kid, previously considered too small to play in the NHL, defying expectations by taking the lead in rookie scoring and ending up a Calder finalist. How was he going to live up to that?
Well, by being nearly a point-per-game player in his second season and finishing top 10 in league scoring.
And that was just his second year.
So as we wait for Gaudreau's next contract, let's take this moment to compare him to the other top 10 scorers from the 2015-16 season.
August 18 2016 10:38AM
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August is always the roughest month for hockey content. There is always extremely little going on and even the tiniest bit of news throws the hockey world into a frenzy. August is the opposite of Everything Is Happening.
With that being said, I’ve always been fond of August because it marks the beginning of fantasy hockey season. Some of the big fantasy hockey guides go on sale around this time and reading them has always been something I look forward to every summer.
Mostly it’s “hmmm, that’s a lot of points for _________ (insert random overhyped player here)” or “I can’t believe they think _________ (insert second overhyped player here) is going to score more points than _________ (insert underrated player who I consider my son here).” But still I do genuinely enjoy the content and perspective towards what certain players will likely do next season.
With this being a Leafs blog, I figured we should take a look at what’s being projected of the Leafs going into next season. I’ve built my own projection model based on a player’s last three seasons that we’ll use alongside the three fantasy guides I’ve bought – The Hockey News, Dobber, and The Sports Forecaster – in order to get an average projection for each player going into 2016-17.
August 18 2016 08:05AM
It's mid August and the Winnipeg Jets have a lone RFA that remains unsigned. Kevin Cheveldayoff and co have a big decision to make in regards to what they will do with Jacob Trouba. Will they retain the restricted free agent, or send him off to a club that can satisfy his contract requests?
It's been reported that the Jets are apart in negotiations on term, dollar and in usage and the role Trouba will be in. The last thing the Jets would want is for this to drag in to September and not have this settled before training camp.
What is Trouba worth?
August 17 2016 05:33PM
As the NHL offseason slowly draws to a close, several quality players are still jobless.
While most teams already have their 13 forwards and 7 defensemen set in stone, but that is not the case for all. For general managers that chose not to splurge on July 1st, there still may be some bargain-bin type players that could bolster their depth.
There's a common thread for most of these players, as happens every year: they've been quality players at one point in their career, but have mostly been cast aside for younger, fast, more attractive options.
However, there's often late signings with players brought in for depth, leadership, experience, or any other number of reasons.
Here is a quick breakdown of a handful of players that may be in line for another NHL contract:
August 17 2016 12:40PM
The Detroit Red Wings had a backlog of forwards last season. Twelve skaters up front on any given night, long term injuries to Pulkkinen, Miller and Franzen and a healthy Jurco watching from the press box.
This was also to the dismay of fans who only got to see Mantha for a few games and Athanasiou for less than forty. Further still, this was before they went out and signed three more forwards this offseason while letting no one walk and even extended Luke Glendenning, who still had a year left on his deal. Well, they did lose one forward and that void is going to prove harder to fill than I think even the most level-headed Wings fan or critic is projecting even now. This is all while putting themselves $4M over the cap.