1. Which NHL Players Are the Best at Drawing Penalties?

    Dustin Brown, Patrick Kaleta, Darren Helm and Jeff Skinner are modern day versions of master penalty drawers from the past like Tony Granato, Esa Tikkanen and Claude Lemieux...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 11 months ago 3,311 reads 6 comments

  2. Every NHL Team's Best Shutdown Defenseman in 2013-14 Season

    Whether it's Shea Weber in Nashville, Zdeno Chara in Boston or Ryan Suter in Minnesota, a top shutdown defenseman can make all the difference in today's NHL ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 11 months ago 40,756 reads 86 comments

  3. Did Wayne Gretzky Retire Too Early?

    Wayne Gretzky , the greatest hockey player of all time, retired at age 38, right before the conclusion of the 1998-99 NHL season...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 12 months ago 6,897 reads 12 comments

  4. Ranking the Top Shootout Artists in the NHL

    Some may find it silly to decide an NHL game with a skills competition proven to have random results, but that's no reason to neglect that part of the game...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 12 months ago 6,521 reads 36 comments

  5. The Biggest Reason for Optimism for Every NHL Team

    It's a fresh new season, and the time of year that every team has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. San Jose and Colorado have star rookies, New Jersey and Florida have new goalies, and Vancouver and the Rangers are among those with new coaches...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 12 months ago 33,537 reads 39 comments

  6. Will Taylor Hall Ascend to Superstar Status in 2013-14 NHL Season?

    Taylor Hall is one of the more polarizing figures among today's hockey fans and analysts—you either love him or you hate him...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 12 months ago 3,328 reads 8 comments

  7. Ranking the Top Power-Play Specialists in the NHL

    Certain players are simply deadly on the power play, and can almost single-handedly generate the extra scoring that boosts lottery teams into the postseason and bubble teams into contention...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 12 months ago 5,003 reads 48 comments

  8. The Top Shutdown Forward on Every NHL Team's Roster for the 2013-14 Season

    While goalies and defensemen obviously have the greater responsibility in preventing scoring, the best defensive forwards can make all the difference...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 12 months ago 18,681 reads 20 comments

  9. The Most Exciting Prospect on Every NHL Team's Roster for the 2013-14 Season

    The right prospect can be an immediate game changer, helping thrust a bubble team into contention, or a lottery team into the post-season. Others take a little longer to develop, but can ultimately have an even greater impact...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 12 months ago 31,888 reads 50 comments

  10. Ranking the Top Playmakers in the NHL

    A great playmaker can make a 20-goal scorer out of a replacement-level player, can help a legitimate 20-goal scorer put up 35 or more and propel a top sniper to the Maurice Richard trophy...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 12 months ago 10,928 reads 108 comments

  11. Who Will Help Their New Team More in 2013-14: Tyler Seguin or Loui Eriksson?

    One of them is a still-maturing player of limitless offensive potential, and the other is an underrated two-way veteran. One is headed to a rebuilt underachiever, the other to Stanley Cup contender...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 year ago 3,142 reads 16 comments

  12. Who's the Better Bet for 2013-14 Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin?

    There are a number of ways to compare Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin to each other. You can evaluate who is the better player overall, who is more valuable to their team, who is the greater scorer or who is more likely to win the Hart Trophy...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 year ago 5,851 reads 33 comments

  13. The 10 Biggest Bargains in the NHL for the 2013-14 Season

    In the salary-cap era, it is no longer enough to acquire the league's best players, but now you have to get them for the right price. Pay too much, and even a quality player can actually hurt the team by using up too much cap space...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 year ago 8,613 reads 33 comments

  14. Predicting Every NHL Team's Points Total for the 2013-14 Season

    Journalists and magazines everywhere are publishing their NHL projections for the 2013-14 season, so what makes ours different? This year's projections come exclusively from a new system created in my latest book, Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 year ago 43,554 reads 387 comments

  15. Breaking Down the Different Types of Elite NHL Forwards

    Elite forwards can be complete game-changers, but since they come in different types and with different styles, the trick is in using them in the most effective way...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 year ago 7,599 reads 5 comments

  16. NHL's Most Underrated Teams for the 2013-14 Season

    Hockey's a game of tremendous skill but also a lot of luck. There are days when a team can fire all sorts of shots at the opposing net and run into nothing but hot goalies and goalposts...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 year ago 7,380 reads 68 comments

  17. The Best Trade in Every NHL Team's History

    Eric Lindros leaves Quebec, Wayne Gretzky goes to Los Angeles, Buffalo acquires Dominik Hasek and Boston deals for Phil Esposito...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 year ago 90,747 reads 101 comments