Rookies (or “first-year players” as captain Zdeno Chara prefers) figured to play an integral role this season for the Boston Bruins. Eschewing the big-name free agent signings of years past and opting instead to ride the youth wave, success was to be largely predicated on the readiness of several promising prospects within the pipeline. It
The 2018 Calder Memorial Trophy race has a much different feel to it compared to the last few seasons. In 2016 and 2017, there were generational players making their career debuts who dominated the Calder conversation. This season, however, there is a crop of high-talent rookies who can all make a serious case to win
It is time for everyone who associates themselves with hockey to truly appreciate that the NHL’s next superstar has revealed himself — Mathew Barzal has arrived. The New York Islanders’ forward just capped off his second five-point performance in his rookie season, joining Brian Trottier as the only rookies in Islanders history to do so.
Combine a gritty style of play with quick hands and fast feet, throw in a swagger that sat well with his movie-star good looks, mix well with his fair share of nastiness and you have the young Derek Sanderson, better known by his friends and teammates as “Turk”. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario,
A few seasons ago I am not sure there would be many Hockey fans who would believe this. Cursed with poor drafting over the years the New Jersey Devils seemed to not have a ton of youth depth. That is until general manager Ray Shero arrived in 2015. Through smart drafting and some great trading,
As the No. 1 ranked prospect in the National Hockey League, Charlie McAvoy has a lot of weight on his shoulders. The 19-year-old, whose only taste of NHL action came during last season’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, will likely be thrust right back into the thick of things from the start of the season, as the