1. Ranking the Best Penalty Killers Among 2014 NHL Free Agents

    The unrestricted free-agency period is a great opportunity for teams to quickly fill their holes. For those looking to repair and/or upgrade their penalty kill, who are the most ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 month ago 1,812 reads 15 comments

  2. NHL Teams That Will Be Most Affected by Retirements in 2014-15

    Every year there's at least one retirement of significant impact, whether it's Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom in 2012, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff last year, or Anaheim's Teemu Selanne right now...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 1 month ago 8,852 reads 27 comments

  3. Moneypuck Awards for NHL Goaltenders in 2013-14

    There are more ways to measure goalies than with wins, losses and goals-against average. Modern hockey analytics has produced many ways to find those who excel in various undervalued aspects of the game...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 2 months ago 3,176 reads 6 comments

  4. NHL Teams That Used Their Players Most Effectively in 2013-14

    Thanks to player usage charts there's finally a way to quickly see how coaches are using their players and how effective that deployment has been...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 2 months ago 30,380 reads 53 comments

  5. NHL Defensemen Ready to Become Top-Pairing Players in 2014-15

    Top pairing defensemen are arguably the most important skaters on any given team, and there's intense competition among teams for those few whose effectiveness have been proven...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 2 months ago 15,390 reads 68 comments

  6. Ranking the Best Playmakers Among 2014 NHL Free Agents

    A great playmaker can help unleash the scoring talents of those around him. They can make 20-goal scorers out of nothing, push an average player to the 30-40 goal range and help an elite sniper top 50 goals and contend for the Maurice Richard...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 2 months ago 30,201 reads 88 comments

  7. NHL Teams That Need a New Starting Goaltender for the 2014-15 Season

    Where might unrestricted free agent Ryan Miller wind up this summer, or Jonas Hiller ? The New York Islanders solved their goaltending woes by locking up Jaroslav Halak and St...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 23,674 reads 92 comments

  8. European League Veterans NHL Teams Should Be Monitoring

    The St. Louis Blues are bringing Joakim Lindstrom back to the NHL , the MVP of the Swedish league this year. Last summer, it was Carl Soderberg who made the leap, and he tallied 48 points in 73 games for the Bruins...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 6,501 reads 9 comments

  9. Goaltenders Ready to Become Starters in the 2014-15 NHL Season

    No single player has as much influence over a team's fate than the starting goalie, and no one's performance is more unpredictable either...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 28,480 reads 68 comments

  10. Ranking the Best Power-Play Specialists Among 2014 NHL Free Agents

    Although their services don't come cheap, signing the right free agent is the quickest way to address a team's major needs...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 3,390 reads 0 comments

  11. Impending Free Agents Whose Stock Has Soared in 2014 NHL Playoffs

    There's nothing like a strong Stanley Cup run to improve a free agent's bargaining position. Last year, for instance, Chicago's Bryan Bickell scored 17 points on his way to landing a rich four-year, $4...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 112,724 reads 63 comments

  12. Ranking the Biggest Conn Smythe Trophy Snubs in NHL History

    The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the playoffs, as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association ( PHWA )...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 25,235 reads 50 comments

  13. Moneypuck Awards for the First 2 Rounds of the 2014 NHL Playoffs

    Wins and goals are all that matters in the postseason, but they are created in many ways. Winning faceoffs , drawing penalties and driving possession are just a few of the less ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 1,792 reads 0 comments

  14. Players Who Drastically Exceeded Scoring Expectations in 2014 NHL Playoffs

    Some players have what it takes to put up big points in the postseason. Whether it's due to more ice time, great linemate chemistry, soft opponents, good luck or clutch play, some NHLers know how to light the lamp when the time is right...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 2,585 reads 18 comments

  15. Ranking the Top 10 Shutdown Players in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

    They say defense win championships. That means shutdown stars like Patrice Bergeron could be more critical than the scoring leaders they target...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 42,269 reads 94 comments

  16. Breaking Down the Necessary Qualities of a Conn Smythe Winner

    What does it take to win the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP? When looking back at the winners over the almost 50 years of the award's existence, certain patterns begin to emerge...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 3 months ago 3,639 reads 9 comments

  17. Ranking the Greatest Playoff Goaltenders in Modern NHL History

    In the playoffs, no position is more critical and yet more unpredictable than the goaltender. Even the briefest cold streak can be enough to knock a regular-season monster out of contention, ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 35,424 reads 119 comments

  18. The Most Important Midseason Addition on Each Remaining NHL Playoff Team

    While NHL teams make the bulk of their major roster decisions in the offseason, the right midseason adjustment can put a great team over the top...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 2,082 reads 11 comments

  19. Ranking the 10 Best Puck-Moving Defensemen in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

    A great puck-moving defenseman is one of the key ingredients to Stanley Cup success. How many championship teams can you name that didn't have at least one of the league's most dangerous ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 5,325 reads 22 comments

  20. The Biggest Reason to Fear Each Remaining Team in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

    Eight teams remain in the 2013-14 NHL playoffs, each with at least one terrifying weapon. There are many good reasons to fear each of the remaining teams and to respect their Stanley ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 16,757 reads 51 comments

  21. Bruins vs. Canadiens: Ranking the Top Playoff Clashes Between Historic Rivals

    Boston and Montreal are facing off this postseason for the 34th time in history. The bar for this series is set awfully high with the amazing contests these two great teams have had since their first playoff encounter back in 1929...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 4,629 reads 5 comments

  22. The 10 Riskiest Lineup Choices in the 2014 NHL Playoffs So Far

    Down three games to nothing last year, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella made the bold decision to scratch former Conn Smythe winner Brad Richards from the lineup...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 4,819 reads 19 comments

  23. Ranking the 10 Hottest Playmakers in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

    Nathan MacKinnon has been on fire for the Colorado Avalanche, setting up six goals in the first two games...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 8,161 reads 21 comments

  24. The 10 Longest Individual Stanley Cup Droughts with Potential to End in 2014

    The Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for every NHL player, and yet, so many greats have gone their entire careers without the opportunity to hoist it...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 8,506 reads 18 comments

  25. The Player on Each 2014 NHL Playoff Team with the Most Postseason Experience

    In the Stanley Cup playoffs, experience matters. It's a grueling schedule where players compete at maximum intensity every other night for up to two months, often playing through injuries and extreme fatigue...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about 4 months ago 22,216 reads 25 comments