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Why COVID-19 Made the 2021 Draft Class the Toughest to Scout in Years
Some prospects could only be scouted on video. Others didn't get to play organized hockey at all this past season. The 2021 draft class thus projects to have far more variance than others in recent memory.
Revisiting the 2017 Vegas Expansion Draft With Then-GM George McPhee
The key to the Golden Knights acing Night 1: a year of studying made the final exam relatively easy.
Why the Seattle Kraken Shape up to be an Instant Smash Hit
Their expansion predecessors left them with an extremely high bar to clear. But the Kraken should be easy to root for right away – because of their on-ice product but also their off-ice culture.
Ray Bourque on his Iconic Stanley Cup Lift – 20 Years Later
Two decades ago, the legendary defenseman ended a 22-year wait and won his first championship. He recently caught up with The Hockey News to look back on his Hall of Fame career…and the famous Stanley Cup handoff that concluded it.
Future Watch 2021: The NHL's Top 10 Falling Prospects
Which NHL-affiliated prospects took the biggest tumbles in our scouting panel's rankings? The unorthodox hockey calendar had a major influence on the list this year, and that's why you shouldn't panic.
Future Watch 2021: The NHL's Top 10 Rising Prospects
It's been a strange and difficult year for player development, but some youngsters have improved significantly year over year regardless. Which NHL-affiliated prospects caught our scouts' eyes the most?
2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: Eastern Conference Round-Robin
The Eastern Conference Round-Robin features many of the league's elite Stanley Cup threats. Will the Lightning find redemption after last year's choke?
2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild
The speedy Canucks clash with the stingy underdog Wild. Who will prevail: the youth or the wily vets?
2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
It's offense versus defense and finesse versus grit when Toronto and Columbus meet for what should be a close play-in matchup.
2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes
Can the Coyotes recover from their GM's shocking departure and pull an upset over a Predators team with a foggy forecast in net?
2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets
Two talented Canadian squads meet in an 8-versus-9 matchup. Can the Flames solve the wall in Winnipeg's crease that is Connor Hellebuyck?
2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers
The Isles hope for a fresh start after entering the break with seven straight losses. Meanwhile, Sergei Bobrovsky aims to rebound after a rocky debut season tending the Panthers' net. Which team will prevail?
2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers
The Rangers had serious underdog momentum before the NHL paused in March. Can they recapture it and pull an upset over the Hurricanes?
2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens
The fifth-seeded Penguins get what is supposed to be the easiest draw of the play-in round against the Habs. But will goaltending be the great equalizer in this series?
John Carlson wants the Norris Trophy. But he doesn't need the Norris Trophy
Not since the early 1990s has the NHL seen a 90-point defenseman. John Carlson had a real shot to be the ninth member of that club. While the Norris would be nice, he steps outside the game and sees the big picture. Some things are bigger than hockey, and he knows how lucky he is.
From childhood trauma to triumph: how Jake Newton saved his hockey career
He was sexually abused as a child. The demons followed him to the edge of the NHL and all through the pro ranks before he finally faced them head-on. Now, he's past the pain and living his best life on the European circuit.
Don't call him Draisaitl: meet Tim Stutzle, Germany's new star prospect
Not long ago, playing in the NHL would’ve been a pipe dream for Tim Stutzle. But after ruling the rink in his home country, he’s ready for the next challenge.
Scouting Nightmares: inside the scariest road trips, craziest prospect interviews and more
Treacherous travel. Bad food. Dangerous locales. Liars, cheaters and unwelcome surprises. Go down the road with an NHL scout and you never know what you might come across.
Part Panarin, Part Tarasenko: can Kirill Kaprizov arrive in the NHL as an instant star?
The experts struggle to find a single flaw when assessing Kaprizov's game. Will the Best Player Outside The NHL be a ready-made beast for the Wild? Maybe, but the supporting cast could hold him back.
Ovechkin on Ovechkin: why goals are his passion and where he stands on the hunt for Gretzky's record
He just keeps scoring and scoring and scoring. At the rate he’s going, Ovechkin has Gretzky’s all-time goal record – which until recently was considered to be unfathomably unbreakable – within shooting range.
Max Potential: How Pacioretty revived his career
A tumultuous year in Montreal followed by a trepidatious season in Vegas led to back-to-back underwhelming campaigns for Max Pacioretty. But now, having fully adjusted to life both on and off the ice with his new team, he’s once again become one of the game’s premier goal-scorers.
Future Watch 2020: The NHL's top 10 rising prospects
Which NHL-affiliated prospects made the biggest developmental gains over the past year in the eyes of our scouts?
The Hockey News Podcast: Does anyone win the Neal-for-Lucic trade?
Will James Neal and Milan Lucic make useful impacts on their new teams? Is Jacob Trouba worth $8 million a year? And more.
Future Watch 2019: the NHL's top 10 rising prospects
Which NHL-affiliated prospects made the biggest jumps in The Hockey News' top 100 rankings over the past calendar year?