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Albert Johansson Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #53

Albert Johansson Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #53

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the site that will bring you analytical and critical profiles and scouting reports! Last Word On Hockey Prospects is your new headquarters for everything “NHL Draft”! We have a complete listing of our draft articles here. Sweden has developed a number of young defencemen over the last several...
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NHL Rumours: Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals

NHL Rumours: Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals

It’s that time for another edition of NHL rumours. We look at some of the speculated moves that teams could be making in the off-season. Teams are looking to get deep into the post-season with these moves. Today we look at NHL rumours surrounding the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. NHL Rumours Philadelphia Flyers Rumour: Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News said the Flyers may be in the market to for a No. 2 centre to give Nolan Patrick a hand. The former second overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft has come under fire, but Carchidi thinks a...
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Ilya Nikolayev Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #52

Ilya Nikolayev Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #52

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the site that will bring you analytical and critical profiles and scouting reports! Last Word On Hockey Prospects is your new headquarters for everything “NHL Draft”! We have a complete listing of our draft articles here. Russian hockey has really begun to focus on turning the MHL into one of...
20 hours ago
NHL Rumours: Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks

NHL Rumours: Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks

Welcome back to another edition of NHL Rumours, where we provide you with a one-stop spot for all the biggest NHL rumours from the league's top sources. The season is coming to an end as the Boston Bruins have already punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final. They await the winner of the Western Conference battle between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues. As those teams still fight for Lord Stanley's Cup, the other 28 teams are trying to make their off-season plans in order to set themselves up to be in that position next season. Today we have rumours from the Toronto Maple Leafs,...
May 20, 2019
New York Rangers Sign Yegor Rykov To Entry-Level Contract

New York Rangers Sign Yegor Rykov To Entry-Level Contract

The New York Rangers announced that they have signed defenceman Yegor Rykov to an entry-level contract. The Russian defenceman has never played in the NHL before as he has spent four seasons in the KHL. Rykov is a part of a run of young defensive signings with the New York Rangers. OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with defenseman Yegor Rykov on an entry-level contract. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) 20. mája 2019 New York Rangers Sign Yegor Rykov Rykov has been selected as the 132nd overall player by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. In Feb. 2018,...
May 20, 2019
John Beecher Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #51

John Beecher Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #51

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the site that will bring you analytical and critical profiles and scouting reports! Last Word On Hockey Prospects is your new headquarters for everything “NHL Draft”! We have a complete listing of our draft articles here. Playing on one of the deepest US NTDP squads in the history of the...
May 20, 2019
NHL Playoff Officiating Under Fire

NHL Playoff Officiating Under Fire

NHL playoff officiating is under fire, and rightfully so. Bad calls have plagued the playoffs thus far and it's getting out of control. One such bad call cost the Vegas Golden Knights a series-deciding game. Another cost the St. Louis Blues a pivotal Game 3 in the Western Conference Final, in overtime, no less. NHL Playoff Officiating Needs to Improve In any professional sport when calls are missed it damages the reputation of the sport. The NHL is fully aware of this. When the hand pass wasn't called in the Blues/San Jose Sharks game the league felt they needed to comment on it. This was...
May 19, 2019
Jaden Schwartz Powers St. Louis Blues Over San Jose Sharks

Jaden Schwartz Powers St. Louis Blues Over San Jose Sharks

The St. Louis Blues are one game away from their first Stanley Cup Final in 49 years after routing the San Jose Sharks, 5-0, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. St. Louis leads the best-of-five series three games to two after Jaden Schwartz notched a hat trick. Jordan Binnington got the shutout with 21 saves and Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and added two assists for St. Louis. San Jose goalie Martin Jones was under siege most of the game after facing 40 shots. He made 35 saves for the Sharks. Jaden Schwartz Goes Off The 26-year-old got his second hat trick of the...
May 19, 2019
Kaedan Korczak Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #50

Kaedan Korczak Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #50

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the site that will bring you analytical and critical profiles and scouting reports! Last Word On Hockey Prospects is your new headquarters for everything “NHL Draft”! We have a complete listing of our draft articles here. Over the years the Kelowna Rockets have been a veritable factory when it...
May 19, 2019
NHL Rumours: Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes

NHL Rumours: Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes

It's time again for another set of NHL rumours as the Stanley Cup playoffs approach the final two teams. Will it be the Boston Bruins against the San Jose Sharks, or the St. Louis Blues? Many teams are jockeying for the pole position during the summer months as next season approaches. We will be there to report all the changes and surprises which may occur. This time we will take a glance at our NHL rumours related to the Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, and the Carolina Hurricanes. NHL Rumours Ottawa Senators Patrick Roy Patrick Roy expected to interview for Ottawa Senators coaching job...
May 19, 2019
Chicago Blackhawks 2019 Draft Outlook

Chicago Blackhawks 2019 Draft Outlook

The Chicago Blackhawks 2019 Draft Outlook improved dramatically after they were awarded the third overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery on April 9th. After another disappointing season without a playoff appearance, the Blackhawks 2019 Draft potential at number three brings some hope to a depressed and weary fan base. We are going to cover the teams previous top three draft picks for some perspective on the effect a successful high draft pick can do for a franchise. We are also going to feature the top prospects as ranked by Last Word's own draft guru Ben Kerr. Our Top Shelf Prospects rankings...
May 19, 2019
Albin Grewe Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #49

Albin Grewe Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #49

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the site that will bring you analytical and critical profiles and scouting reports! Last Word On Hockey Prospects is your new headquarters for everything “NHL Draft”! We have a complete listing of our draft articles here. Coming up through the Djurgardens system it has been tough for Albin...
May 18, 2019
Simon Holmstrom Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #48

Simon Holmstrom Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #48

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the site that will bring you analytical and critical profiles and scouting reports! Last Word On Hockey Prospects is your new headquarters for everything “NHL Draft”! We have a complete listing of our draft articles here. Many young Swedish players are brought up for full-time minutes in the...
May 18, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs Injuries Piling Up

Toronto Maple Leafs Injuries Piling Up

They haven't played in weeks but Toronto Maple Leafs injuries are still piling up. Enough so that they'll have to plan this off-season around more than Mitch Marner's contract. They'll have to plan around being short-handed, possibly until American Thanksgiving. Toronto Maple Leafs Injuries It started before the playoffs even began. Jake Gardiner missed time with a back injury. Then Travis Dermott was out with a separated shoulder. They were both back in time for the Maple Leafs' first-round series against the Boston Bruins, but they weren't the same players. It turns out Zack Hyman was...
May 18, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins Phil Kessel Trade Rumours and the Arizona Coyotes

Pittsburgh Penguins Phil Kessel Trade Rumours and the Arizona Coyotes

It seems that at about this time every year since he was acquired the Phil Kessel trade rumours stick their head through the ice surface of PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. This time around the rumours may have some validity. It seems that general manager Jim Rutherford is more open to trading his star 31-year-old right winger to seek new pastures. It has been reported that head coach Mike Sullivan is tiring of Kessel’s antics and did all he could to keep the team together. There was even speculation that Kessel and Evgeni Malkin were not seeing eye-to-eye. Phil Kessel Trade Rumours...