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Oh, Canada: How A Nation’s Two Banner Franchises, On Opposite Ends of the Standings, Can BOTH Be In Trouble Already

On the eve of their first meeting of the 2017/2018 regular season, the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs are both in trouble. Period. That the trouble doesn’t make itself smack-you-in-the-lips apparent, does not mean that the trouble isn’t there.

Let’s start with Montreal, where the problem IS smack-you-in-the-lips apparent: the Habs can’t score. They’ve generated four goals (aside from a Jonathan Drouin shootout winner) in four games — good for last in the NHL. For a short time, they shared that mark with San Jose; perhaps the worst thing about that being that San Jose had only played two games at the time. They would have needed to be shut out in back-to-back games for those numbers to remain the way they were.

Carey Price — in seasons past, playing well enough to mostly mask the Canadiens’ offensive struggles — has played more than a few steps behind by the numbers. In facing around 27 shots per game, Price has allowed 11 goals, sporting a 3.30 GAA and a save percentage of sub-.900. A markedly slow start for an all-world goaltender with a career GAA nearly a full point below where it currently sits.

What is painfully clear to Habs fans is this: when Price doesn’t play perfect hockey, the offense has not only not been able to bail them out. The offensive output thusfar has DEMANDED that Price play perfect hockey, which he has not done. As a result, Montreal is off to a 1-3 start and sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

On the other side, there are the young, run-and-gun Toronto Maple Leafs: 3-1, out to the early Atlantic division lead, and scoring at an incredible pace.

How can this team also be in trouble?

“Run-and-gun” was not a randomly-chosen phrase; the Leafs are nearly atop the league in goal-scoring, having netted 22 in four games (four more than the nearest Eastern Conference opponent). They are also tied for fourth place in terms of most goals allowed. It adds up to an AVERAGE of four goals allowed per game; indeed, the Leafs have played only one game where they have allowed fewer than three. On an offense that has already generated games of 8- and 7-goals, this may seem like less of a problem than Montreal’s inability to score. But what happens when the goals *aren’t* there?

When they aren’t there, the New Jersey game happens: a 6-3 loss to a team that they should beat, where they allowed twice as many goals as they scored, despite nearly doubling their opponent in shots.

Since the lockout-shortened 2012/13 season, teams that lead the league in goal scoring have averaged 3.29 goals per game. The 16/17 Penguins were the outlier, having averaged 3.43 last season. Toronto is currently averaging a ridiculous 5.5 goals per game — a pace that we know from empirical evidence is not sustainable. Not since the 2009/10 Capitals has a team even topped 3.5 over an entire season, and even that team did not come close to even a full 4.

If we are overly-friendly to this year’s Leafs, and meet in the middle between their current pace of 5.5 and the 2009/10 Capitals pace of 3.87, the Leafs would average 4.69 goals per game. If we reduce that number to the scoring leader’s average since the Lockout, it still sits at 4.4. Those paces would meet or exceed the highest in modern history — again, paces which we know are not sustainable in the modern NHL. While that may put a smile on the faces of Leafs Nation, don’t forget: Toronto is ALLOWING four per game. Therein lies the problem: the Leafs can’t keep the puck out of their own net; a persistent problem dating back well beyond this season.

Freddie Andersen has been, in a word, awful this season. Facing 31 shots a game (therefore getting little help from the team in front of him), Andersen has allowed all 16 of Toronto’s goals against, sitting with a GAA just under 4 and a save percentage barely north of .870. While the offensive players have enjoyed a banner year to this point, the defense has at times looked completely lost and hung their goaltender out to dry. By the same token, at times, the defense has mostly done their job, and Andersen has simply not been able to come up with saves. The Leafs are allowing far too many shots on their goaltender, and their goaltender is allowing far too many to light the lamp behind him.

So, the question is begged: which problem would you rather have?
Would you rather struggle to score goals, or score plenty and struggle to keep other teams from scoring as well?
More to the point: would you rather be Montreal or Toronto, RIGHT NOW?

My answer came in digging a little deeper.

As we have mentioned, Andersen (who has played every second of the Leafs season so far) has faced just over 31 shots per game, where Price has faced 27 (and if you add in the short amount of work for Montoya, the team allows 29 shots per game total so far). That’s not a big difference — but any good armchair GM would take the lesser of those two numbers.

Three of Toronto’s four games have seen them allow 30 shots — two of those, allowing at least 35. After allowing a ridiculous 45 shots in their opening game, Montreal has yet to allow another opponent to get to 26.

It may seem foolish to compare the two teams on any level offensively, but would it surprise you to learn that Toronto is only outshooting Montreal by less than three shots per game? While the Leafs average 41.5 shots per game, Montreal is within striking distance at 38.8. In this light, Montreal’s problem is less about generating offense, and more about finishing their opportunities. Montreal is shooting at a ridiculously-low 2.58% — lower than any roster player to score a goal for them last season aside from one (Alexei Emelin). Bringing their shooting percentage up to last season’s 9%, a pace of 38.8 shots/game results in 3.5 goals/game. Even halving that percentage would be an upgrade that could be worked with.

There are a few points to be made here. Neither team is as good or as bad as they seem, as we’ve traversed less than 5% of the regular season. The Leafs are not going to finish with 60 wins any more than the Habs will finish with 60 losses. And both teams have significant reason to be concerned, no matter what the early standings say.

As far as which problem I would rather have and which team I would rather be? I can say a few things for sure. Having a +6 goal differential after four games would be nice to have — except if it took me 22 goals to get there. I’d rather have to focus on finishing my own chances, than to worry about whether my goaltender is going to make the next save. I’d rather give up the fewest shots against that I possibly can, and I’d rather have nowhere but up to go, than nowhere but down.

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2016 NHL Entry Draft – Rounds Three to Seven

Here are selections 62-211 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

PICK – TEAM – PLAYER DRAFTED – TEAM DRAFTED PLAYER PLAYED FOR

ROUND THREE
62 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Joseph Woll (USA U18, USHL)
63 – EDMONTON OILERS – Markus Niemelainen (Saginaw, OHL)
64 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – William Lockwood (USA U18, USHL)
65 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Vitali Abramov (Gatineau, QMJHL)
66 – CALGARY FLAMES – Adam Fox (USA U18, USHL)
67 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Matt Filipe (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
68 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Can Dineen (North Bay. OHL)
69 – BUFFALO SABRES – Cliff Pu (London, OHL)
70 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Will Bitten (Flint, OHL)
71 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Josh Anderson (Prince George, WHL)
72 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – J.D Greenway (US NDTP, USHL)
73 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Joey Anderson (USA U18, USHL)
74 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Hudson Elynuik (Spokane, WHL)
75 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Jack LaFontaine (Janesville, NAHL)
76 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Rem Pitlick (Muskegon, USHL)
77 – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Connor Hall (Kitchener, OHL)
78 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Frederic Allard (Chicoutimi, QMJHL)
79 – WINNIPEG JETS – Luke Green (Saint John, QMJHL)
80 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Brandon Gignac (Shawinigan, QMJHL)
81 – NEW YORK RANGERS – Sean Day (Mississauga, OHL)
82 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Carsen Twarynski (Calgary, WHL)
83 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Wouter Peeters (EC Salzburg, AUT U20)
84 – EDMONTON OILERS – Matthew Cairns (Georgetown, OJHL)
85 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Joshua Mahara (Red Deer, WHL)
86 – BUFFALO SABRES – Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, H-EAST)
87 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Garrett Pilon (Kamloops, WHL)
88 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Connor Ingram (Kamloops, WHL)
89 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Linus Naasen (Lulea, SWE-Jr)
90 – DALLAS STARS – Fredrik Karlstrom (AIK, SWE-Jr.)
91 – EDMONTON OILERS – Filip Berglund (Skelleftea, SWE-Jr.)
ROUND FOUR
92 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Adam Brooks (Regina, WHL)
93 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Jack Kopacka (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)
94 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Jonathan Ang (Peterborough, OHL)
95 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Anatoli Golyshev (Avtomobilist, KHL)
96 – CALGARY FLAMES – Linus Lindstrom (Skelleftea, SWE-Jr.)
97 – WINNIPEG JETS – Jacob Cederholm (HV71, SWE-Jr.)
98 – NEW YORK RANGERS – Tarmo Reunanen (TPS, FIN-Jr.)
99 – BUFFALO SABRES – Brett Murray (Carleton Place, CCHL)
100 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Victor Mete (London, OHL)
101 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Keaton Middleton (Saginaw, OHL)
102 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Mikhail Maltsev (Russia U18, Rus-Jr.)
103 – OTTAWA SENATORS – Todd Burgess (Fairbanks, NAHL)
104 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Max Zimmer (Chicago, USHL)
105 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Evan Cormier (Saginaw, OHL)
106 – MINNESOTA WILD – Brandon Duhaime (Tri-City, USHL)
107 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Alfons Malmstrom (Orebro, SWE-Jr.)
108 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Hardy Haman Aktell (Skelleftea, SWE U18)
109 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Connor Bunnaman (Kitchener, OHL)
110 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Lucas Carlsson (Brynas, SHL)
111 – SAN JOSE SHARKS – Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw, WHL)
112 – LOS ANGELES KINGS – Jacob Moverare (HV71, SWE-Jr.)
113 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Nathan Noel (Saint John, QMJHL)
114 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Riley Stillman (Oshawa, OHL)
115 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Alex Dostie (Gatineau, QMJHL)
116 – DALLAS STARS – Rhett Gardner (North Dakota, NCHC)
117 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Damien Riat (Geneve, NLA)
118 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Ross Colton (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
119 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Tanner Kaspick (Brandon, WHL)
120 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Otto Koivula (Ilves, FIN-Jr.)
121 – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Ryan Jones (Lincoln, USHL)
ROUND FIVE
122 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Vladimir Bobylev (Victoria, WHL)
123 – EDMONTON OILERS – Dylan Wells (Peterborough, OHL)
124 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Casey Staum (Hill-Murray, HIGH-MN)
125 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Nolan Stevens (Northeastern, NCAA H-East)
126 – CALGARY FLAMES – Mitchell Mattson (Grand Rapids, HIGH-MN)
127 – WINNIPEG JETS – Jordan Stallard (Calgary, WHL)
128 – DALLAS STARS – Colton Point (Carleton Place, CCHL)
129 – BUFFALO SABRES – Philip Nyberg (Linkoping, SHL)
130 – BUFFALO SABRES – Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert, WHL)
131 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Adam Werner (Farjestad, SWE-Jr.)
132 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Yegor Rykov (St. Petersburg, RUS-Jr.)
133 – OTTAWA SENATORS – Maxime Lajoie (Swift Current, WHL)
134 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Jeremy Helvig (Kingston, OHL)
135 – BOSTON BRUINS – Joona Koppanen (Ilves, FIN-Jr.)
136 – BOSTON BRUINS – Cameron Clarke (Lone Star, NAHL)
137 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Jordan Sambrook (Erie, OHL)
138 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Patrick Harper (Avon Old Farms, HIGH-CT)
139 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Linus Hogberg (Vaxjo, SHL)
140 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Cole Candella (Hamilton, OHL)
141 – NEW YORK RANGERS – Tim Gettinger (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)
142 – LOS ANGELES KINGS – Mikey Eyssimont (Fargo, USHL)
143 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Mathias From (Rogle, SWE-Jr.)
144 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Connor Bleackley (Red Deer, WHL)
145 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Beck Malenstyn (Calgary, WHL)
146 – DALLAS STARS – Nicholas Caamano (Flint, OHL)
147 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Axel Jonsson Fjallby (Djurgardens, SHL)
148 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Christopher Paquette (Niagara, OHL)
149 – EDMONTON OILERS – Graham McPhee (USA U18, USHL)
150 – SAN JOSE SHARKS – Manuel Wiederer (Moncton, QMJHL)
151 – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Niclas Almari (Jokerit, FIN-Jr.)
ROUND SIX
152 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Jack Walker (Victoria, WHL)
153 – EDMONTON OILERS – Aapeli Rasanen (Tappara, FIN-Jr.)
154 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Jakob Stukel (Calgary, WHL)
155 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Peter Thome (Aberdeen Wings, NAHL)
156 – CALGARY FLAMES – Eetu Tuulola (HPK, FIN-Jr.)
157 – WINNIPEG JETS – Mikhail Berdin (RUS U18, RUS-Jr.)
158 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Patrick Kudla (Oakville, OJHL)
159 – BUFFALO SABRES – Brandon Hagel (Red Deer, WHL)
160 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Michael Pezzetta (Sudbury, OHL)
161 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Nathan Clurman (Culver Academt, HIGH-IN)
162 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Jesper Bratt (AIK, Allsvenska)
163 – OTTAWA SENATORS – Markus Nurmi (TPS, FIN-Jr.)
164 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Noah Carroll (Guelph, OHL)
165 – BOSTON BRUINS – Oskar Steen (Farjestad, SWE-Jr.)
166 – CALGARY FLAMES – Matthew Phillips (Victoria, WHL)
167 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Filip Larsson (Djurgarden, SWE-Jr.)
168 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Alexander Volkov (SKA St. Petersburg, RUS-Jr.)
169 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Tanner Laczynski (Lincoln, USHL)
170 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Collin Adams (Muskegon, USHL)
171 – NEW YORK RANGERS – Gabriel Fontaine (Sherbrooke, QMJHL)
172 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Anthony Salinitri (Sarnia, OHL)
173 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Blake Hillamn (Dubuque, USHL)
174 – NEW YORK RANGERS – Tyler Wall (Leamington, GOJHL)
175 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Maxim Mamin (CSKA, RUS-Jr.)
176 – DALLAS STARS – Jakob Stenqvist (Modo, SHL)
177 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Chase Priskie (Quinnipiac, ECAC)
178 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Oleg Sosunov (Yaroslavl, RUS-Jr.)
179 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Nicholas Mattinen (London, OHL)
180 – SAN JOSE SHARKS – Mark Shoemaker (North Bay, OHL)
181 – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Joseph Masonius (UCONN, NCAA H-East)
ROUND SEVEN
182 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Nikolai Chebykin (HK MVD Balashik., MHL)
183 – EDMONTON OILERS – Vincent Desharnais (Providence, NCAA H-East)
184 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Rodrigo Abols (Portland, WHL)
185 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Calvin Thurkauf (Kelowna, WHL)
186 – CALGARY FLAMES – Stepan Falkovsky (Ottawa, OHL)
187 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Arvid Henrikson (AIK U18, SWE-Jr.)
188 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Dean Stewart (Portage, MJHL)
189 – BUFFALO SABRES – Austin Osmanski (Mississauga, OHL)
190 – BUFFALO SABRES – Vasili Glotov (LVY St. Petersburg, RUS-Jr.)
191 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Travis Barron (Oshawa, OHL)
192 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Jeremy Davies (Bloomington, USHL)
193 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Nick Pastujov (USA U18, USHL)
194 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Brett McKenzie (North Bay, OHL)
195 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Benjamin Finkelstein (Kimball Union, USHS)
196 – MINNESOTA WILD – Dmitri Sokolov (Sudbury, OHL)
197 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Mattias Elfstrom (Malmo, SHL)
198 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Adam Smith (Bowling Green, NCAA WCHA)
199 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – David Bernhardt (Djurgarden, SWE-Jr.)
200 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – David Quennevile (Medicine Hat, WHL)
201 – NEW YORK RANGERS – Ty Ronning (Vancouver, WHL)
202 – LOS ANGELES KINGS – Jacob Friend (Owen Sound, WHL)
203 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Jake Ryczek (Waterloo, USHL)
204 – MINNESOTA WILD – Brayden Chizen (Kelowna, WHL)
205 – ANAHEIM DUCKS Tyler Soy (Victoria, WHL)
206 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Otto Somppi (Halifax, QMJHL)
207 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Dmitri Zaitsev (WB/Scranton, NAHL)
208 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Ryan Lohin (Waterloo, USHL)
209 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Nikolaj Krag Christensen (Rodovre, DEN)
210 – SAN JOSE SHARKS – Joachim Blichfeld (Malmo, SHL)
211 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Filip Helt (HC Litvinov U18, CZE-U18)

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2016 NHL Entry Draft – Round Two

Here are selections 31-61 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

PICK – TEAM – PLAYER DRAFTED – TEAM DRAFTED PLAYER PLAYED FOR

31 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Yegor Korshkov (Yaroslavl, KHL)
32 – EDMONTON OILERS – Tyler Benson (Vancouver, WHL)
33 – BUFFALO SABRES – Rasmus Asplund (Farjestad BK, SHL) (Traded Mark Pysyk, Pk 38 ’16, Pk 89 ’16 to FLA for Dmitry Kulikov, Pk 33 ’16)
34 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Andrew Peeke (Green Bay, USHL)
35 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia, OHL) (Traded Brian Elliott to CAL for Pk 35 ’16, cond. 3rd 2018)
36 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville, QMJHL) (Traded Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16 to WPG for Pk 22 ’16, Pk 36 ’16)
37 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Libor Hajek (Saksatoon, WHL) (Traded Anthony DeAngelo to ARZ for Pk 37 ’16)
38 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Adam Mascherin (Kitchener, OHL) (Traded Dmitry Kulikov, Pk 33 ’16 to BUF for Mark Pysyk, Pk 38 ’16, Pk 89 ’16)
39 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Alex DeBrincat (Erie, OHL) (Traded Andrew Shaw to MTL for Pk 39 ’16, Pk 45 ’16)
40 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Cameron Morrison (Youngstown, USHL) (Traded BUF 2nd Rd ’15 to SJ for 2nd Rd ’15, COL 6th Rd ’17. Pk 40 ’16)
41 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Nathan Bastian (Mississauga, OHL)
42 – OTTAWA SENATORS – Jonathan Dahlen (Timra IK, SWE-2)
43 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Janne Kuokkanen (Karpat, SM-Liiga)
44 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) (Traded Brett Connolly to BOS for 2nd Rd ’15. Pk 44 ’16)
45 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Chad Krys (US NTDP, USHL) (Traded Andrew Shaw to MTL for Pk 39 ’16, Pk 45 ’16)
46 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Givani Smith (Guelph, OHL)
47 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Samuel Girard (Shawinigan, QMJHL)
48 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Carter Hart (Everett, WHL)
49 – BOSTON BRUINS – Ryan Lindgren (US NTDP, USHL) (Traded PHI 2nd Rd ’15, cond. 3rd Rd ’15, Pk 49 ’16 to NYI for Johnny Boychuk)
50 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Artur Kayumov (Russia U18, MHL) (Traded Teuvo Teravainen, Bryan Bickell to CAR for CHI 3rd Rd ’17, Pk 50 ’16)
51 – LOS ANGELES KINGS – Kale Clague (Brandon, WHL)
52 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Wade Allison (Tri-City, WHL) (Traded 2nd Rd ’15, Pk 52 ’16 to PHI for Kimmo Timonen
53 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Filip Hronek (Mountfield HK, CZE) (Traded Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16 to ARZ for Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16)
54 – CALGARY FLAMES – Tyler Parsons (London, OHL) (Traded Jiri Hudler to FLA for 4th Rd ’18, Pk 54 ’16)
55 – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Filip Gustavsson (Lulea HF, SHL) (Traded cond. 3rd Rd pick ’16, Brandon Sutter to VAN for Nick Bonino, Adam Glendening, Pk 55 ’16)
56 – CALGARY FLAMES – Dillon Dube (Kelowna, WHL) (Traded Kris Russell to DAL for Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, Pk 56 ’16)
57 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Carl Grundstrom (Modo, SHL) (Traded Daniel Winnik, Pk 145 ’16 to WSH for Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick, Pk 57 ’16)
58 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Taylor Raddysh (Erie, OHL)
59 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke, QMJHL)
60 – SAN JOSE SHARKS – Dylan Gambrell (U. Denver, NCAA HCNC)
61 – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Kasper Bjorkqvist (Espoo, SM-Liiga) (Traded Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Pk 72 ’16, Pk 30 ’16 to TOR for Phil Kessel, Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon, Pk 61 ’16)

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2016 NHL Entry Draft – First Round

Here are the first 30 selections in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

PICK – TEAM – PLAYER DRAFTED – TEAM DRAFTED PLAYER PLAYED FOR

1 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Auston Matthews (ZSC Lions, NLA)
2 – WINNIPEG JETS – Patrik Laine (Tappara, SM-Liiga)
3 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton, QMJHL)
4 – EDMONTON OILERS – Jesse Pulijujarvi (Karpat, SM-Liiga)
5 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Olli Juolevi (London, OHL)
6 – CALGARY FLAMES – Matthew Tkachuk (London, OHL)
7 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Clayton Keller (US NDTP, USHL)
8 – BUFFALO SABRES – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga, OHL)
9 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor, OHL)
10 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Tyson Jost (Pentiction, BCHL)
11 – OTTAWA SENATORS – Logan Brown (Windsor, OHL) – (from New Jersey) (Traded Pk 12 ’16 to NJ for Pk 11 ’16, Pk 80 ’16)
12 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Michael McLeod (Mississauga, OHL) – (from Ottawa) (Traded Pk 11 ’16, Pk 80 ’16 to OTT for Pk 12 ’16)
13 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Jake Bean (Calgary, WHL)
14 – BOSTON BRUINS – Charles McAvoy (Boston, NCAA H-East)
15 – MINNESOTA WILD – Luke Kunin (Wisconsin, NCAA Big 10)
16 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia, OHL) – (from Detroit) (Traded Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16 to DET for Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16)
17 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Dante Fabbro (Pentiction, BCHL)
18 – WINNIPEG JETS – Logan Stanley (Windsor, OHL) – (from Philadelphia) (Traded Pk 22 ’16 and Pk 36 ’16 to PHI for Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16)
19 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Kieffer Bellows (US NDTP, USHL)
20 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack, BCHL) (from Arizona) (Traded Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16 to ARZ for Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16)
21 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or, QMJHL)
22 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – German Rubtsov (RUS U18, MHL) – (from Winnipeg) (Traded Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16 to WPG for Pk 22 ’16, Pk 36 ’16)
23 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Henrik Borgstrom (HIFK Jr., FIN-Jr.)
24 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Max Jones (London, OHL)
25 – DALLAS STARS – Riley Tufte (Fargo Force, USHL)
26 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Tage Thompson (U-CONN, NCAA H-East) (from Washington) (Traded Pk 28 ’16 to STL for Pk 26 ’16, Pk 87 ’16)
27 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Brett Howden (Moosejaw, WHL)
28 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Lucas Johansen (Kelowna, WHL) (from St. Louis) (Traded Pk 26 ’16 to WSH for Pk 28 ’16, Pk 87 ’16)
29 – BOSTON BRUINS – Trent Frederic (USA U18, USHL)
30 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Sam Steel, (Regina, WHL)

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2016 NHL Awards

The 2016 NHL Awards took place in Las Vegas, on the 22nd June. Here are the list of nominees for each award, with the winners in bold.

CALDER TROPHY
Nominees: Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI), Connor McDavid (EDM), Artemi Panarin (CHI)

TED LINDSAY AWARD
Nominees: Jamie Benn (DAL), Patrick Kane (CHI), Braden Holtby (WSH)

KING CLANCY MEMORIAL TROPHY
Winner: Henrik Sedin (VAN)

EA SPORTS NHL 17 COVER ATHLETE
Nominees: Vladimir Tarasenko (STL), Joe Pavelski (SJ)

JACK ADAMS AWARD
Nominees: Gerard Gallant (FLA), Lindy Ruff (DAL), Barry Trotz (WSH)

LADY BYNG TROPHY
Nominees: Anze Kopitar (LAK), Loui Eriksson (BOS), Aleksander Barkov (FLA)

VEZINA TROPHY
Nominees: Ben Bishop, Braden Holtby (WSH), Jonathan Quick (LAK)

SELKE TROPHY
Nominees: Ryan Kesler (ANA), Patrice Bergeron (BOS), Anze Kopitar (LAK)

NORRIS TROPHY
Nominees: Drew Doughty (LAK), Erik Karlsson (OTT), Brent Burns (SJ)

NHL FOUNDATION PLAYER AWARD
Nominees: Matt Martin (NYI), P.K. Subban (MTL), Mark Giordano (CGY)

MARK MESSIER NHL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Nominees: Alex Ovechkin (WSH), Shea Weber (NSH), John Tavares (NYI)

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Nominees: Jim Nill (DAL), Brian MacLellan (WSH), Jim Rutherford (PIT)

MASTERTON TROPHY
Nominees: Jaromir Jagr (FLA), Mats Zuccarello (NYR), Pascal Dupuis (PIT)

HART TROPHY
Nominees: Sidney Crosby (PIT), Jamie Benn (DAL), Patrick Kane (CHI)

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We Have A Franchise To Announce

In 1967, the NHL expanded from 6 teams to 12, adding franchises in California, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

In 1979, the National Hockey League merged with the World Hockey Association, with WHA franchises Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Minnesota North Stars joining the NHL for the 79-80 season.

On June 22, 2016, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced, that starting from the 2017-18 season, there would be 31 teams in the National Hockey League, with the addition of a franchise in Las Vegas. This will be the first expansion draft in the NHL since the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets entered the league in the 2000-01 season.

The expansion draft will occur in 2017, whère Vegas will select 30 players, one from each existing franchise, including at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. The existimg teams have the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie.

Any current player with a no-move clause in their contract, at the end of the 2017 season, must be included in their franchises list of protected players.

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Follow The Draft Pick Road

Draft picks get traded every single NHL season. In the 2015 draft alone, 78 of the 211 picks moved from their original team. Draft picks are usually traded, in order to spice up a deal to obtain players, to move their position in the draft or to have more picks in the draft, allowing them to have more draft picks.

However, there are some draft picks that get traded more, than the player that was drafted with the pick, with some of those draft picks being in some of the biggest and well-known trades in hockey.

One such pick, is Pick 32 of the 2010 Entry Draft.

The Toronto Maple Leafs originally held the #32 pick, the second pick of the second round, by finishing 29th in the 09-10 season, only better than the Edmonton Oilers. However, on the 3rd of July 2008, Toronto traded the pick, along with defensemen Greg Pateryn, to the Montreal Canadiens, for forward Mikhail Grabovski.

Pick 32’s travels didn’t end there. Montreal moved the pick on September 12, 2008, to the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for forward Robert Lang.

Chicago, on the 5th September, 2009, moved pick 32, back to the franchise that originally held the pick, Toronto. In return, the Blackhawks received picks 43 and 69 in the 2010 draft, which were used to draft Brandon Saad (43), and
Michael Paliotta (69).

With the Maple Leafs regaining the pick, it would be moved one more time before reaching its final destination. On the 18th of September, 2009, Toronto sent the pick, as well as their first round pick in 2010, and their first round pick in 2011, to the Boston Bruins, in exchange for Phil Kessel. Boston would use the picks to draft Tyler Seguin (Pick 2, 2010), Dougie Hamilton (Pick 9, 2011) and with pick 32 of the NHL draft, Jared Knight.

Knight would spend time in Boston, before being traded to the Minnesota Wild, on March 2, 2015, in exchange for Zack Phillips, where he remains on the roster. Thus ends this draft pick road. Four franchises and seven players were all affected in some way shape or form, by pick 32, with another player and franchise affected after Jared Knight was drafted. As for the franchises and players affected?

Greg Pateryn remains in Montreal, under contract until 2018. Mikhail Grabovski was bought out by the Leafs, spent one season in Washington, before signing for the New York Islanders, where he currently plays.
Robert Lang would spend the remainder of the 08-09 season in Montreal, before signing as a Free Agent for his final season, the 09-10 season, in Arizona.

Brandon Saad and Michael Paliotta, would both remain members of the Chicago Blackhawks, before both were traded in the same deal, along with Alex Broadhurst, to the Columbus Blue Jackets, in exchange for Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Trapp, Marko Dano and a 2016 4th Rd pick.

Tyler Seguin would win a Stanley Cup in Boston, before being traded with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button, to the Dallas Stars. In return, the Bruins received Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow.
Dougie Hamilton would also be traded out of Boston. Moved to the Calgary Flames organization, in exchange for a 2015 1st Rd pick (Zach Senshyn, 15), and two 2nd Rd picks (Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, 45), (Jeremy Lauzon, 52).

Phil Kessel would lead scoring for the Maple Leafs in every season he was a member of the roster, before the Pittsburgh Penguins came calling. Kessel, Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon, and a 2nd Rd pick in 2016 (61), would head to Pittsburgh, with Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling, a 2016 1st Rd pick (30), and a 2016 3rd Rd pick (72).

Zack Phillips would be traded to the St. Louis Blues on March 4, 2016 for future considerations, and on July 1, after his NHL contract expired, Phillips agreed to a one-year deal with Swedish Allsvenskan franchise, Tingsryds AIF.

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RIP Gordie Howe 1928-2016

On June 10 2016, Hockey has lost its greatest. Gordie Howe has passed away, aged 88, leaving behind a legacy that will never be matched. Howe started his career with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring his first of 2358 goals throughout his illustrious career, which spanned 34 years, franchises and two leagues, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the World Hockey Association (WHA). The latter of which, saw him play for the Houston Aeros in 1973, alongside his sons, Marty and fellow NHL Hall of Famer, Mark.

Mr. Hockey was the best player in the toughest era. The combo of a goal, an assist and a fight, within the same game, is dubbed the ‘Gordie Howe hat-trick’. Howe though, only had two in his entire career, Rick Tocchet has the most in NHL history, with 18.

Gordie Howe started in 1946, and fully retired in 1980, only returning for a one-off game for the IHL’s Detroit Vipers during the 97-98 season. His last all-star game was in 1980, which also just happened to be the first NHL all-star game of the game’s future greatest, then 19-year old Wayne Gretzky. Howe earned 23 all-star appearances, won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings and two Avco World Trophiesin the WHA with the Hartford Whalers.

There may be a debate, as to who the greatest player of all-time is, but there will only ever be one Mr. Hockey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Howe family, and all of his family, friends and fans.

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Bored Hockey Fan congratulates..

Bored Hockey Fan congratulates the Manchester Monarchs and the Chicago Blackhawks, for winning the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup and NHL’s Stanley Cup respectively.

Manchester, the AHL affiliate team of the Los Angeles Kings, defeated the Utica Comets (Vancouver’s AHL affiliate) in best of seven series, 4 games to 1, after a 2-1 victory in Game 5. The goals were scored by Kings prospect Adrian Kempe, and defensemen Vincent LaVorde. This is the final season on the Monarchs in the AHL, before they move to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), starting in the 2015-16 season.

Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane scored to earn the Chicago Blackhawks their third Stanley Cup in six years. They defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games, securing the Cup for the first time at home, since 1938. With their third Cup victory in six seasons, the Blackhawks could have just become this generation’s version of a dynasty team.

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2015 Draft Lottery: Who Wins the Connor McEichel Sweepstakes?

I know the most important draft lottery in the history of draft lotteries isn’t until the end of the season, where not one, but two, potentially franchise changing players in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are both available, but thanks to an awesome website made by Rob Zaenglein, now you can find out just whose franchises will change forever come June 26 in Florida.

How this simulation will work, is that we will simulate 100 draft lotteries, and whomever wins the most lotteries out of that 100, will earn the number one pick in the 2015 entry draft.

If you want to do your own simulation, and check out Rob Zaenglein‘s fine work in the process, check right HERE!

The following shows the 14 teams that would currently be involved in the draft lottery (as of 2nd February 2015), and their odds of winning the #1 overall pick.

Draft Lottery sim 1

The first simulation in, and the Buffalo Sabres win the lottery! Connor McDavid would be playing in Buffalo, making Tim Murray and all Sabres fans very happy! Will this be the same result after 100 simulations? Continue on, as 99 simulations are still to come!

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