Pavelka celebrates his third shutout of the season, a 2-0 blanking against London.  With the win, Windsor secured the eighth seed in the OHL's Western Conference and prepared to meet the same Knights in their first-round playoff series.  Photo courtesy of Tim Cornett/windsorspitfires.com

Pavelka Proving Puckstopping Prowess

If Jaroslav Pavelka were to choose a theme song for his rookie season in the OHL in 2011-12, a valid option would be Sheryl Crow’s “A Change Would Do You Good.” […]

by · March 21, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, National Juniors, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
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Henrik Samuelsson – The Next Ones: NHL 2012 Draft Prospect Profile – International Man of Mystery

Henrik Samuelsson THW Close-Up: Date of birth: 1994-02-07 Place of birth: Leksand, SWE Ht: 6’2  Wt: 192 Shoots: Right Position: Center/winger NHL Draft Eligibility: 2012 Please Click Here for “Notes Up Front” […]

by · March 20, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, National Juniors, Player Profiles, Prospects, WHL
Whether a crime was committed or not, it is unfair to vote against Semyon Varlamov strictly due to an alleged action (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

Andrei Vasilevski – The Next Ones: 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – KHL Hopper or NHL Backstopper?

Andrei Vasilevski THW Close-Up: Date of Birth: July 25, 1994 Place of Birth: Tyumen, Russia Height: 6’3″      Weight: 193 lbs. Shoots: Left Position: G NHL Draft Eligibility: 2012 For complete […]

by · March 19, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Player Profiles, Prospects
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Is David Booth Vancouver’s Tim Tebow?

The 22nd of October, 2011 may become an important date when the Canucks look back and reflect at the end of the season. This was the date Mike Gillis traded […]

by · March 18, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Florida Panthers, Player Profiles, The Business of Hockey, Vancouver Canucks
The Amazing Advancement of Brett Gustavsen

The Amazing Advancement of Brett Gustavsen

There are players on every hockey team who seem to overcome significant adversity in order to achieve their goals.  These players easily become fan favourites, mostly because of their fearless […]

by · March 18, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, National Juniors, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
Photo by Steve of thehockeynews.com

Remembering the Past: Adam Oates

The St. Louis Blues are enjoying their best season in a long time, having climbed to the number one rank in the National Hockey League.  Led by topflight goaltending, rock-solid […]

by · March 17, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey History, Player Profiles, St Louis Blues
James Neal suffered a broken foot on Saturday against New Jersey (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The magical fourth season: Myth or Reality?

In the era of in-depth analysis, sabermetrics and advanced statistics, more and more fantasy experts are talking about the magical fourth season for NHL players. Most of you would ask, […]

Tokarski won the Memorial Cup with the Sokane Chiefs in 2008, and the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship. (Sam Chan)

Test-Driving Tokarski in Tampa

A handful of games doesn’t a career make, but by standing tall in a 6-1 win over the Boston Bruins, 22-year-old netminder Dustin Tokarski suddenly finds himself in the spotlight […]

by · March 16, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Player Profiles, Prospects, Tampa Bay Lightning
Nic Kerdiles (Photo: Tom Sorensen)

Nic Kerdiles – The Next Ones: 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – From the Beaches to the “Bigs”

Nic Kerdiles THW Close-Up: Date of birth: January 11, 1994 Place of birth: Irvine, California Ht:  6’1″   Wt:  196 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Forward Draft eligibility: 2012 The 2012 […]

Ryan Kujawinski was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection but he found himself relegated to fourth-line duty.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHLImages

Kujawinski a Keeper in Kingston

When the Kingston Frontenacs started to go into a free fall in 2011-12, there was speculation that the team was going to completely dismantle their veteran corps.  A player expected […]

by · March 15, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, National Juniors, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
Ilya Kovalchuk (Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

Fantasy Hockey Chutes And Ladders: Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?

We have survived much this fantasy hockey season but now comes the first March edition of “Chutes And Ladders”. Riding the fortunes of a fantasy hockey team can be a […]

Radek Faksa is one of many players who could find themselves in a Leafs jersey on the draft stage this Friday (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Radek Faksa – The Next Ones: NHL 2012 Draft Prospect Profile – Ascending Up the Ranks

Radek Faksa THW Close-up: Date of Birth: January 9, 1994 Place of Birth: Opava, CZE Height: 6’3″ Weight: 203 lbs Shoots: Left Position: C NHL Draft Eligibility: 2012 Faksa [Fack-sah] […]