1. Is Evgeni Malkin Close to Returning to Superstar Form?

    Evgeni Malkin had an October to forget for the Pittsburgh Penguins , but an incredible stretch of play in November seems to have the All-World forward sitting pretty for the remainder of the 2013-14 NHL season...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 3,869 reads 22 comments

  2. Projecting the Best Pittsburgh Penguins at Each Position in 5 Years

    Despite maintaining the third-longest current playoff streak in the NHL (seven seasons), the Pittsburgh Penguins have proven capable of finding cornerstone-type players in the ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 4,148 reads 13 comments

  3. Should Pittsburgh Penguins Consider Trading for Martin Erat?

    Martin Erat hasn't spent a whole season with the Washington Capitals yet, but he's already demanded to be traded according to various sources, such as The Washington Post ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 6,555 reads 13 comments

  4. NHL Teams Loaded with Offensively Gifted Prospects

    While signing free agents, adding the proper pieces and coming out on the right end of trades can help bolster an NHL team, nothing is more important than drafting these days. Whether a squad is looking for a future No...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 7,470 reads 12 comments

  5. Breaking Down Paul Martin's Importance to Pittsburgh Penguins' Blue Line

    What do P.K. Subban , Kris Letang and Duncan Keith all have in common? All three of them are world-class defensemen ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 1,575 reads 4 comments

  6. Projecting Top-End Potential for Pittsburgh Penguins' Best Prospects

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have the third-longest NHL playoff appearance streak in the league, having been to the show in each of the last seven seasons...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 2,128 reads 2 comments

  7. Players from the 2013 NHL Draft Class Whose Stock Is Soaring

    The 2013 NHL draft was considered one of the deepest in recent memory. What it possessed in depth, it has lacked in first-year game breakers...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 4,388 reads 8 comments

  8. Report Card for Marc-Andre Fleury at Quarter Mark of 2013-14 Season

    It isn't an exaggeration to call the 2013-14 season the most important of Marc-Andre Fleury 's career. After he let his team down in a big way during the 2012-13 Stanley Cup playoffs, there was suddenly a question mark hanging over his head...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 1,547 reads 3 comments

  9. Ranking the 10 Coolest Goalie Masks in the NHL in 2013-14

    Few things symbolize the unique culture of hockey like goalie masks. Even the most casual of casual observers know at least two things about the sport: Players are allowed to fight...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 19,318 reads 23 comments

  10. NHL Teams That Will Improve Drastically After Getting Healthy

    The 2013-14 NHL season has been riddled with injuries to players all over the league. While big guns like Sidney Crosby have managed to avoid the injury bug so far, entire teams have been unraveled by a few unlucky trips to the injured reserve...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 8,633 reads 29 comments

  11. How Stan Bowman Has Mastered the Art of Free Agency and Trades in the NHL

    Stan Bowman has been at the helm of the Chicago Blackhawks since July 14, 2009, and his track record of acquiring the proper pieces to round out Stanley Cup-caliber teams is nearly flawless...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 6,557 reads 46 comments

  12. Chicago Blackhawks' 5 Most Impressive Stats Early in 2013-14

    With a 12-2-4 record, the Chicago Blackhawks have quietly shaken any semblance of a Stanley Cup hangover...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 1,819 reads 0 comments

  13. How Re-Signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane Would Affect Chicago Blackhawks

    The end of the 2014-15 season will mark the end of the current contracts belonging to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews . It only takes a quick glance at the invaluable CapGeek ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 16,604 reads 17 comments

  14. Ranking the 10 Best NHL Seasons by a Player Over 40 Years Old

    The NHL has slowly been becoming a young man's league for quite some time now. It seems like every year we see a few kids leaving their mark on the game, slowly, but surely pushing the old guard out of the way in the process...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 4,682 reads 5 comments

  15. Ranking the 10 Flashiest Players in the NHL in the 2013-14 Season

    The NHL has more duality than just about any other league in the world. Hockey can be brutal and beautiful, often within seconds of the separate occurrences. A big body check in the neutral zone causes a streaking forward to cough up the puck...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 6,900 reads 20 comments

  16. Chicago Blackhawks' Best Options to Replace Struggling Nikolai Khabibulin

    Corey Crawford is on pace to play 74 games this season for the Chicago Blackhawks . That's a truly unsustainable number, and the top concern for the 'Hawks right now should be securing a strong backup to get Crawford some much-needed time off...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 5,898 reads 16 comments

  17. Grading Joel Quenneville's Performance with Chicago Blackhawks in 2013-14

    Joel Quenneville is every bit as important to the success of the Chicago Blackhawks as the play of Jonathan Toews in the neutral zone or Corey Crawford in net. The choices he makes behind the bench influence each shift of every game...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 2,332 reads 2 comments

  18. Breaking Down Chicago Blackhawks' Exceptional Ability to Manage Prospects

    The Chicago Blackhawks haven't randomly or accidentally won two of the last four Stanley Cups. They haven't gone out and bought up all the top free agents, praying to the hockey gods for chemistry and lightning in a bottle...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 1,815 reads 8 comments

  19. Breaking Down Brent Seabrook's Case to Make Team Canada at 2014 Olympics

    Brent Seabrook was part of the Canadian team that won gold in the 2010 Vancouver Games, and while the roster is likely to see plenty of turnover for the 2014 Winter Games, the Chicago ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 1,723 reads 3 comments

  20. Solutions to Chicago Blackhawks' Biggest Problems Early in 2013-14

    The Chicago Blackhawks are an outstanding 8-2-3 and are well on their way to defending their Stanley Cup title...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 4,425 reads 3 comments

  21. Are Elements There for Chicago Blackhawks to Go on Another Epic Winning Streak?

    Much to the chagrin of the rest of the NHL , the Chicago Blackhawks are heating up. The way we see things, the pieces are falling into place for this team to go on a tear of rather epic proportions...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 1,230 reads 1 comments

  22. Why Have Chicago Blackhawks Failed to Protect Leads in 2013-14 Season?

    On the surface, the Chicago Blackhawks appear to be rolling. After dropping their first two contests, they're currently 6-1-2 and in fourth place in the Western Conference...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 2,192 reads 14 comments

  23. Which 5 Chicago Blackhawks Will Have the Best Plus-Minus Stats in 2013-14?

    Based on the incredibly high expectations that they set for themselves after dominating the entire NHL in 2013, the Chicago Blackhawks are off to a sluggish start...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 2,159 reads 1 comments

  24. Tracing the Evolution of Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews

    The evolution of Jonathan Toews from smile-less teenager to cold-blooded, two-way No. 1 center has been fascinating to behold both on and off the ice...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 3,113 reads 3 comments

  25. Should Brandon Saad Replace Bryan Bickell on Chicago Blackhawks' Top Line?

    It isn't surprising that Bryan Bickell is struggling while Brandon Saad continues to do what he's always done: Produce, no matter what the situation or line combination...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 2,679 reads 15 comments