Prospects News & Rumors: Canada Quarantine, Chinakhov & Kravtsov

Prospects News & Rumors: Canada Quarantine, Chinakhov & Kravtsov

November 26th, 2020 The second wave of the COVID-19 has been sweeping the globe and it is setting new record highs in positive cases in North America. It has reared its ugly head at Canada’s World Junior Championship selection camp is heading into quarantine after two players have tested positive. Meanwhile in...
Columbus Blue Jackets' Fantasy Sleepers for 2020-21

Columbus Blue Jackets' Fantasy Sleepers for 2020-21

November 25th, 2020 Here's my secret, my key to winning your fantasy hockey pool, if you promise not to tell anyone. Like in the NHL, it's not your high draft picks that matter most. Those players are well known and researched and there is a small margin of error in selecting them. It's the late-round steals where...
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November 16th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

It was an embarrassing loss. The Toronto Maple Leafs had the opportunity in front of them. They got to play in their home rink. They made an incredible comeback in Game 4 to force a deciding Game 5. But then thud. The Columbus Blue Jackets came back and shut the Maple Leafs out to end their season. Once again, all that top-end talent and absolutely nothing to show for it. Serious questions had to be asked about the direction of the Leafs. Could a setup like this even work? As bad and embarrassing as the loss was, it sometimes takes gut-wrenching losses to see the full picture and make necessary changes. For the Maple Leafs, losing to the Blue Jackets was actually for the best. It made the team realize they had to address certain aspects if they want to break through. Changes Were Necessary At the end of the day, the Maple Leafs were not hard enough to play against. The Blue Jackets had plenty of space to operate and dictated much of that series. When all the chips...
November 11th, 2020
Blue Jackets History

Minnesota is rich in hockey history and this date brought some big moments over the years. Also, there were plenty of big offensive performances including some from defenders on the back end. The first-ever empty-net goal in National Hockey League history and a new franchise revealing its name are among the other memories to occur on Nov. 11. State of Hockey Memories The Minnesota North Stars were part of the 1967 expansion that saw the NHL double in size from six teams to 12. They remained in the Twin Cities until they relocated to Texas and became the Dallas Stars in 1993. In their 26 seasons in Minnesota, the team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final twice, in 1981 and again in 1991. Nov. 11 was a pretty eventful date during the franchise’s time in Bloomington. On Nov. 11, 1976, the North Stars traded Bill Goldsworthy, their all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, and points to the New York Rangers, in exchange for veterans Bill Fairbairn and Nick Beverley....
November 9th, 2020
Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the 2020 offseason with one big question in their top-six. Thanks to Gus Nyquist's surgery, they now have two big questions. Is Alex Texier ready to be a full-time top-line player?Who will replace Nyquist in the top-six while he is recovering? It has been widely expected that Texier would get the first shot to the left of Pierre-Luc Dubois. With Nyquist out, Texier's role and performance step into the spotlight even more. Alex Texier's Importance Why is Texier's role so important? In a worst-case scenario where he struggles, the Blue Jackets would have to fill two top-six roles instead of one. Nyquist was a likely top-six candidate. Texier needs to come to camp ready to impress and earn the opportunity to play on the top line. The chance is there. He will have every opportunity to show he belongs. Texier is coming off a season where a lumbar injury limited him to 36 regular-season games. He recorded six goals and 13 points....
November 5th, 2020
Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Gustav Nyquist has undergone surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to need five to six months to recover. In addition to repairing a torn labrum, a cyst was surgically removed.  Gustav Nyquist, Columbus Blue Jackets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Interestingly, the surgery occurred just hours after your faithful Blue Jackets writers here at The Hockey Writers unanimously projected Nyquist as the second-line left wing to open the 2020-21 season. Since no start date has been announced for the coming season, we don’t know how many games he might miss. If the NHL resumes play in early February, he could be more than halfway through his recovery period. If the start is delayed further, he could even be just weeks away from rejoining the team. What To Do Until Nyquist Returns? Regardless of whether it’s two to three months or just a couple of weeks, someone will need to play in Nyquist’s slot to open the season....

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Two days after Wednesday's NHL Awards Ceremony and Las Vegas Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will commence. The now 31 NHL teams will gather inside the United Center in Chicago in efforts to rebuild, or build upon, their rosters by selecting teenagers they feel will help their team in the... June 23rd, 2017