1. Twitter Reacts to Chicago Blackhawks Raising 2013 Stanley Cup Banner

    The 2012-13 Stanley Cup banner is hanging from the rafters of the United Center, and now the Chicago Blackhawks ' title defense is officially underway...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 5,370 reads 23 comments

  2. NHL Teams Facing a Grueling Start to the 2013-14 Season

    All 30 teams were forced into a sprint-like campaign because of the lockout in 2013. The 2013-14 NHL season won't be truncated due to a work stoppage, meaning that squads will be able to settle into the usual rhythm of a season...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 2,575 reads 14 comments

  3. Complete 2013-14 Season Preview for the Chicago Blackhawks

    It's tough to conceive of ways that the 2013-14 NHL season could go better for the Chicago Blackhawks than 2012-13...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 4,930 reads 5 comments

  4. Fantasy Hockey Team Names: Creative and Funny Monikers for the New Season

    Nothing gets an NHL fantasy draft and league chuckling like a string of hilarious and timely team names...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 43,062 reads 17 comments

  5. NHL Teams Having the Worst 2013-14 Training Camps

    Not everyone can have the same level of preseason success as the 5-1 Tampa Bay Lightning or the undefeated Dallas Stars. Both teams have cemented their place among the NHL 's elite by trucking through the season before the season like it was nothing...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 11,892 reads 32 comments

  6. 5 Bold Predictions for Chicago Blackhawks' 2013-14 Season

    Things couldn't have gone much better for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. They came away with at least a point in their first 24 contests —an NHL record —and ran away with the Presidents' Trophy by the halfway mark of the truncated year...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 5,495 reads 13 comments

  7. Grading the Chicago Blackhawks' 2013 Offseason

    The offseason between winning a Stanley Cup and defending it is usually a bittersweet time. While the celebration is ongoing, changes are almost inevitable...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 1,849 reads 2 comments

  8. Ranking the Top 50 Forwards in the NHL for the 2013-14 Season

    Picking the top-50 forwards in the NHL heading into the 2013-14 season turned out to be pretty tough. There are just so many different angles to consider...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 42,160 reads 140 comments

  9. Ranking the Top 25 Goaltenders in the NHL for the 2013-14 Season

    Teams aren't going to make it very far in the NHL without a solid goaltender. It's not rocket surgery —teams that win the Stanley Cup do it on the back of great netminding , not by scoring an average of five goals per game...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 39,511 reads 88 comments

  10. Breakout Stars at 2013-14 NHL Training Camps

    It's been a long while since an NHL preseason has been so entertaining and chock full of storylines. From P.K...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 6,073 reads 8 comments

  11. Ranking the Top 50 Defensemen in the NHL for the 2013-14 Season

    While goals put fans in the seats, preventing them puts Stanley Cup banners in the rafters. Last season the Chicago Blackhawks were the stingiest defensive team in the NHL , giving up only 2...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 84,707 reads 84 comments

  12. Predicting the 10 Highest-Scoring Defensemen for the 2013-14 NHL Season

    The race among NHL forwards for the Maurice "the Rocket" Richard Trophy and the Art Ross is usually down to just a few elite snipers by the three-quarter mark of the season. Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby , Martin St...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 8,212 reads 41 comments

  13. Predicting the Biggest X-Factors for the 2013-14 NHL Season

    The 2013-14 NHL season could be one of the most interesting in recent memory. While (thankfully) there's no lockout to concern ourselves with, there are several X-factors that will have massive impacts throughout the year...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 4,737 reads 2 comments

  14. Predicting the Strength and Weakness of Each Chicago Blackhawks Line in 2013-14

    The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions and almost all of their most important players are returning...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 5,980 reads 15 comments

  15. NHL Prospects Destined to Become Dynamic Duos

    We selected nine up-and-coming dynamic duos from the NHL 's top young players, and an odd thing happened when trying to find a cover photo—not a single one of the pairings had been caught on film together...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 3,969 reads 12 comments

  16. Glaring Flaws Top NHL Prospects Must Fix

    NHL players tend to enter their prime by their mid-20s. While it's very possible to see some spectacular performances before that age—Alex Ovechkin scoring 106 points at 20, ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 5,412 reads 7 comments

  17. Ranking the Top 50 Fantasy Players for the 2013-14 Season

    The funnest thing about compiling this list of the top 50 fantasy players in the NHL was trying to consider all the different angles people use to view players from. No two fantasy hockey enthusiasts value players the same way...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 41,084 reads 28 comments

  18. The Biggest NHL Storylines to Follow During Training Camp

    NHL training camps are underway, which means that the storyline machine is ready to kick itself into high gear...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 3,554 reads 1 comments

  19. Hockey Stars Who'll Benefit Most from Larger Ice Surface at 2014 Sochi Olympics

    When the Canadians won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics , they did so on a NHL -sized rink. When they head to Sochi to defend that medal for the 2014 Winter Games, they will be doing so on an international-sized rink...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 2,224 reads 9 comments

  20. Prospects with the Best Chance to Shine at 2013-14 Training Camps

    An often overlooked facet of NHL prospect development occurs before the regular season even begins. Talk to any youngster before playing their first game in the best pro hockey league in the world and you'll hear them say the same type of thing...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 5,753 reads 7 comments

  21. Hockey Matchups We Can't Wait to See at 2014 Sochi Olympics

    Patrick Kane vs Jonathan Toews. Nicklas Backstrom vs Alex Ovechkin. Anze Kopitar vs the world. These are just a few examples of matchups worth getting excited about as we inch closer toward the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 3,540 reads 2 comments

  22. NHL Prospects at Risk of Becoming Busts

    For every Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, there is a Patrik Stefan or Pavel Brendl . High draft picks going bust is a fact of life for general managers in the NHL , and it's always ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 8,072 reads 32 comments

  23. Predicting the 10 Most Penalized Players for the 2013-14 NHL Season

    You aren't going to hook and hold your way onto the NHL 's list of top 10 most penalized players. No way, no how...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 5,437 reads 7 comments

  24. Ranking Every NHL Team's Power-Play Unit

    Having a strong power play in the NHL isn't a necessity. The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks both had power plays that ranked in the bottom third of the league in 2013, but that didn't prevent them from reaching the Stanley Cup Final...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 18,084 reads 47 comments

  25. Most Intriguing Position Battles for 2014 Winter Olympics Hockey Rosters

    A lot of the pre -Olympic hoopla has been focused on Canada and who will be its starting netminder . The likes of Roberto Luongo, Carey Price and Mike Smith are set to do battle ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 10 months ago 2,935 reads 7 comments