1. Pros and Cons of the Top Prospects in the 2014 NHL Draft

    There is no such thing as a perfect prospect in hockey. Even Sidney Crosby had some black marks on his scouting sheet prior to being selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 9,107 reads 14 comments

  2. Power Ranking the Best Power-Play Units at the 2014 Winter Olympics

    The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will provide a ton of entertainment to NHL fans. The best players in the world will all gather in Russia for just over two weeks to find out who the ultimate hockey superpower is...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 5,776 reads 25 comments

  3. Ranking the 10 Best Fighters in the NHL

    Some folks will tell you that fighting is dead in the NHL these days, but we dare you to tell these top 10 fighters that to their faces...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 72,323 reads 183 comments

  4. Every NHL Team's All-Time Worst Moment

    Whether you're a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks (Est. 1926) or the Columbus Blue Jackets (Est. 2000), each and every team in the NHL has a dark moment. Every great shake in the league has a flip side...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 6,440 reads 35 comments

  5. Ranking the NHL Coaches with the Best Mustaches

    If the finalists for this year's Jack Adams Award were any indication, rocking a wicked mustache is a key component to being an excellent coach in the NHL . Both Joel Quenneville and Paul MacLean were finalists for the coach-of-the-year award...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 4,167 reads 20 comments

  6. 10 Young NHL Talents Who Will Blossom into Bonafide Superstars

    So you want to be a superstar in the NHL , do you? Well it takes more than a few Upper Deck trading cards and some promise to carve out that kind of space for yourself in what is ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 12,281 reads 77 comments

  7. Every NHL Team's Best-Case Scenario for the 2013-14 Season

    Every NHL season features winners and losers. Teams for which everything went right, and teams for which everything went wrong...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 45,730 reads 77 comments

  8. 10 Names to Learn for the 2014 NHL Draft

    The 2014 NHL draft isn't supposed to be quite as strong as the 2013 version, but that doesn't mean that there won't still be plenty of top-end players available to teams whose seasons don't go quite according to plan...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 6,695 reads 5 comments

  9. Ranking the NHL's Worst Expansion Clubs of the Modern Era

    Various sources, including Yahoo's Puck Daddy , have pounced on the story of Seattle possibly becoming home to an NHL franchise sooner rather than later...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 13,997 reads 30 comments

  10. 10 NHL Players Destined to Make the Transition to Coaching After Retirement

    Patrick Roy is the newest head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, but he's hardly the first player to become a bench boss once his playing days are over. The NHL 's history is littered with players-gone-coaches...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 4,514 reads 25 comments

  11. The Biggest Challenge Each New NHL Coach Will Face in 2013-14 Season

    It's a lot easier to turnover your coaching staff than it is to rollover an entire roster. At least that seems to be the prevailing logic around the NHL these days...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 4,792 reads 14 comments

  12. 10 NHL Players Who Will Outperform Their Current Contracts

    To be successful in the NHL , savvy general managers must lock up outstanding talent while not brutally overpaying. The squads that typically win the Stanley Cup aren't littered with bad contracts...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 4,967 reads 23 comments

  13. 10 NHL Players Whose Reputation Doesn't Match Reality

    In a way, perception is reality. Especially when it comes to NHL players and how we as fans view players on the ice. Sometimes guys see literally one incident tattoo and tarnish their reputations forever...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 12 months ago 5,739 reads 27 comments

  14. Is Detroit Red Wings' Jimmy Howard a Stanley Cup-Caliber Goaltender?

    Jimmy Howard has never won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings , and until he does so, questions about whether or not he's the man in net will continue to swell. And rightfully so...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 5,445 reads 23 comments

  15. Breaking Down Contenders for the No. 1 Overall Pick in the 2014 NHL Draft

    The 2013 NHL draft is firmly in the rear view now, with top draftees already inking their entry-level deals and heading out to development camps around North America. That leaves plenty of spotlight for the kids that are due to be drafted in 2014...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 1,967 reads 4 comments

  16. NHL Playoff Hopefuls Who Still Have Work to Do This Offseason

    At the start of each NHL season, the baseline goal is the same for every franchise: make the playoffs. Certain teams have internal goals such as making the conference finals, but that can't happen without being one of the top 16 teams in the league...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 1,101 reads 3 comments

  17. The NHL's 10 Most Exciting Goal-Scoring Prospects

    Since the implementation of the salary cap in 2005, there has been an increased importance placed on young players who are able to produce outstanding results within their first full year or two in the NHL ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 9,228 reads 28 comments

  18. Ranking the 10 Players with the Most Wicked Slap Shots in the NHL

    Today's NHL features some of the hardest shooting players to have ever taken to a sheet of ice. Since the early days of hockey, the slap shot has been one of the most tantalizing and effective tools in the scorer's tool belt...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 8,811 reads 25 comments

  19. Which 2014 Olympic Hockey Team Has the Best Projected Top Line?

    It only took a year to iron out, but it's finally official: the NHL will be sending its players to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi , Russia...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 11,572 reads 115 comments

  20. Columbus Blue Jackets: Can Bobrovsky End Line of Unsuccessful Goaltenders?

    You'll have to forgive the Columbus Blue Jackets for brandishing a more cautious brand of optimism when it comes to goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky . Playoff runs and 45-win seasons don't occur during the offseason...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 2,009 reads 6 comments

  21. Dustin Penner to Ducks: Will Return to Anaheim Lead to Left Wing's Revival?

    Dustin Penner is set to reunite with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry as a member of the Anaheim Ducks , per the team's official Twitter feed, giving fans flashbacks of the 2007 team that won the Stanley Cup...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 3,482 reads 6 comments

  22. Calling Bargain, Rip-off or Perfect Deal for Major 2013 NHL Free-Agency Signings

    Teams have few opportunities to really break the bank and do some damage against their cap like they can during NHL free agency...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 17,390 reads 76 comments

  23. Predicting Which NHL Teams Will Make the Biggest Improvement in 2013-14 Season

    It doesn't seem like too long ago that NHL fans and pundits alike were watching the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks battle for the Stanley Cup. Suddenly though, we all find ourselves in the dog days of the NHL offseason...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 25,246 reads 81 comments

  24. NHL Trade Rumors: Who's Moving and Who's Staying Put This Summer?

    There are some predictable components when it comes to the NHL offseason. The draft is on a set day, and there's usually at least a mild consensus about who the top 30 or 45 players ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 16,936 reads 7 comments

  25. 2013 NHL Free Agents We Are Shocked to See Still Available

    The 2013 NHL free-agency period is almost a week old now, and some of the biggest names are already off of the market. Mike Ribeiro found a home with the Phoenix Coyotes almost as soon as noon rolled around on July 5...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 1 year ago 19,798 reads 31 comments