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Jakub Lauko Scouting Report: 2018 NHL Draft #54

Jakub Lauko Scouting Report: 2018 NHL Draft #54

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 2018 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. Anytime a young prospect is playing in a top men's league and succeeding...
6 hours ago
How The Toronto Maple Leafs Can Afford To Sign John Tavares

How The Toronto Maple Leafs Can Afford To Sign John Tavares

The Toronto Maple Leafs will undoubtedly attempt to sign John Tavares this summer. They tried to sign Steven Stamkos two summers ago. He decided to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The incentive for Tavares to move on may be much greater than it was for Stamkos. But the Maple Leafs aren't the only suitor. And he may not even want to play under the Toronto spotlight. But if he does, the Maple Leafs could afford him. The Toronto Maple Leafs Can Sign John Tavares What Tavares Will Cost Some say the Maple Leafs laid it on too thick with Stamkos, although it seems more likely that he was...
18 hours ago
Tampa Bay Lightning Hold Off Washington Capitals to Win Game 5

Tampa Bay Lightning Hold Off Washington Capitals to Win Game 5

The Tampa Bay Lightning used fast starts at the beginning of the first and second periods to earn a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. They now lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two. Tampa Bay is one win away for its first trip to the Stanley Cup final since their 2015 loss to Chicago. Ryan Callahan led the way with a goal and an assist while Ondrej Palat and Cedric Paquette scored goals for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 of 30 shots in net. Washington was down 3-0, but goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin...
May 19, 2018
Report: New York Rangers to Hire David Quinn as Head Coach

Report: New York Rangers to Hire David Quinn as Head Coach

ESPN's John Buccigross is reporting that the New York Rangers will hire David Quinn to become their next head coach. With general manager Jeff Gorton currently in Denmark to observed the World Hockey Championships, an official announcement is not going to happen before next week. However, Buccigross reports that Quinn has told Boston University administration that he is taking the job. The deal is said to be for five-years and worth $12 million. https://twitter.com/Buccigross/status/997870204737785857 Report: David Quinn to be Named New York Rangers Head Coach The Rangers have hired David...
May 19, 2018
Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa Walks Away From NHL

Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa Walks Away From NHL

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is calling it a career in North America. The 39-year-old is moving back to Slovakia. He announced the decision in a tabloid newspaper in his home country. He won't sign his retirement papers until the end of the 2020-21 season to avoid cap recapture. https://twitter.com/CompleteHkyNews/status/997837872966393856 Marian Hossa Steps Away Hossa missed the 2017-18 season after suffering a progressive skin disorder and underwent treatment. He placed on long-term injured reserve on October 4. It's likely Hossa will stay on LTIR or have his contract traded to a...
May 19, 2018
Chicago Blackhawks Draft Targets – Part Three

Chicago Blackhawks Draft Targets – Part Three

The upcoming 2018 NHL Draft will give the Chicago Blackhawks some of their highest picks in years. What the Blackhawks choose as draft targets will be closely watched by their fans. They are all hoping that this off-season rebuild goes a lot better than last year. A good start would be for the Blackhawks to draft some prospects that will develop quickly. Draft Targets - Part Three In the third part of the series: Chicago Blackhawks Draft Targets, we will discuss the team's options with their third and fourth picks in the 2018 NHL Draft. In Part 1 of the series, we discussed how the Blackhawks...
May 19, 2018
Team Canada’s Jaden Schwartz Injured

Team Canada’s Jaden Schwartz Injured

Team Canada has been hit with some unfortunate news as Hockey Canada announced today that St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will miss the remainder of the IIHF World Championships with an upper-body injury. #UPDATE | Jaden Schwartz will miss remainder of #IIHFWorlds due to upper-body injury.https://t.co/xfB6BLNfld — Team Canada Men (@HC_Men) May 18, 2018 Jaden Schwartz Out for the Remainder of the World Championships Schwartz sustained the injury during Canada's quarterfinal matchup against team Russia. He was checked into the boards by Nikita Nesterov, who then fell on top of...
May 19, 2018
Kevin Bahl Scouting Report: 2018 NHL Draft #53

Kevin Bahl Scouting Report: 2018 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 2018 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. NHL teams are always looking for the next big, powerful defenceman. In...
May 18, 2018
Vegas Golden Knights One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

Vegas Golden Knights One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

The Vegas Golden Knights win game four 3-2 over the Winnipeg Jets. They now lead the series three games to one. After an unparalleled expansion season, the Golden Knights now find themselves in position in which a single win finds them playing for the Stanley Cup. It is a story that if a Hollywood writer were to pitch it would see them laughed out of the room. Yet, here they are one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Vegas Gets Off to a Quick Start Once again the Golden Knights get off to a quick start as William Karlsson scored at the 2: 25-minute mark in the game. It follows a strategy...
May 18, 2018
Report: A Top NHL Prospect’s Career in Jeopardy Due to Video Game Addiction

Report: A Top NHL Prospect’s Career in Jeopardy Due to Video Game Addiction

Sportsnet's Jeff Marek dropped a major bomb during the most recent edition of the 31 Thoughts Podcast that he co-hosts with Elliotte Freidman. The pair discussed Fortnite, and other popular video games, and the effect that they can have on some young hockey players. Marek relayed a disturbing story about a top NHL prospect. Jeff Marek Says That A Top NHL Prospect's Career in Jeopardy Due to Video Game Addiction “On video games — and I’m not going to say the player’s name. I really doubt he’s going to make it to the NHL and it’s because of a video-game addiction,” Marek stated...
May 18, 2018
New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist Returns To The Ice

New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist Returns To The Ice

New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist posted a picture of himself back on the ice on his Instagram page earlier today. This is the first time he has skated since receiving platelet-rich treatment on his knee. He was sidelined for three weeks. https://twitter.com/HLundqvist30/status/997451223770025985 Henrik Lundqvist Back On the Ice Lundqvist said that the injury bothered him throughout the entire year. He also missed time earlier this year with a muscle strain in his hip. This season Lundqvist went 26-26-7 with a 2.98 GAA and .915 SV percentage. He also added two shutouts. This was a...
May 18, 2018
Edmonton Oilers Sign Joel Persson

Edmonton Oilers Sign Joel Persson

The Edmonton Oilers have dipped their toes into the European free agent market. The team announced that they have signed 24-year-old defenceman Joel Persson. In an intriguing part of the announcement, the Oilers also announced that Persson will be loaned back to his SHL club, the Vaxjo Lakers, for next season. While it might seem strange to sign a free agent to a one-year deal, and then allow him to play that entire season with a European club, Persson's rights will remain with the Oilers following the completion of the contract. He will be a restricted free agent next summer. The #Oilers...
May 18, 2018
Winnipeg Jets Nikolaj Ehlers Sick, Not Injured; Available for Game 4

Winnipeg Jets Nikolaj Ehlers Sick, Not Injured; Available for Game 4

Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers has been an enigma the past several days. The 22-year-old forward did not play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, and also has not skated for the past three days. Many questions surrounded Ehlers and his condition, and many speculated he was injured. It has been revealed, however, that Ehlers has been in fact ill and that he is available for Game 4. https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/997540945154396160 Nikolaj Ehlers Sick, Not Injured; Available for Game 4 The Jets are currently down two games to one against...
May 18, 2018
Rewriting the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Format

Rewriting the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Format

For the 2013-14 season, the NHL implemented a drastic change to the playoff picture. Instead of taking the top eight teams in the conference, they split up into two divisions within each conference. Rewriting the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Format The system allows for each team to earn the right as best in their division, excluding the Wild Card spots. The only flaw of it, and it is a big one, is that it doesn’t reward the teams that outplayed their opponents in the conference. For the most recent example, we’ll look at how this year’s matchups could have gone. What It Actually Looked...
May 18, 2018
Jay O’Brien Scouting Report: 2018 NHL Draft #52

Jay O’Brien Scouting Report: 2018 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 2018 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. Jay O'Brien is a prospect that has not gotten a lot of exposure. He spent...