Robin Lehner: Out of the darkness and into the light
Robin Lehner faced his inner demons and shared his struggle with the hockey world, helping to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction issues.
Nikita Gusev benefits from Devils' long history of developing players from overseas
Three decades ago, the world was changing with the fall of the Berlin Wall and political upheaval in the old Eastern Bloc. For the NHL, it opened doors that had previously been slammed shut. The Devils had been planning for this day, and their forward-thinking ways continue 30 years later as they help another Russian star find his footing in North America.
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.
Can Hughes, Kakko and Barzal be hockey's version of Mays, Mantle and Snider?
In the mid-20th century, three young phenoms had New York abuzz with baseball. With Mathew Barzal, Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, the NHL has the pieces in place for a similar takeover of the New York City-area sports scene. Whether their talent becomes the next New York City miracle or fades in a New York minute remains to be seen. But this much is for sure: the region hasn’t seen this much hype about three young stars from the same league in more than 60 years.
Jonathan Huberdeau Vs. Gabriel Landeskog: Who's more valuable?
We asked longtime NHL exec and scout Tom Thompson to examine how two Calder-winners stacked up. Who comes out on top: the 2012 (Landeskog) or 2013 (Huberdeau) rookie of the year?
From Russia With Power: Global growth of the game a passion of Russia's Roman Rotenberg
From Red Machine to China, first vice president and GM of Russian Hockey Roman Rotenberg is obsessed with the game’s growth.
All or Nothing: Expectations the same as always for Canada at the World Junior Championship
Best or bust: Canada enters another WJC with a gold-or-go-home outlook, but the perennial favorites need to find a go-to goalie.
Picking the right battle has helped blueliner Broberg develop into key piece for Sweden's world junior side
The future Edmonton Oilers blueline staple chose to develop against men. It’s a decision he thinks will pay off at the WJC.
As he enters second world juniors, Vasily Podkolzin ready to rule for Russia
With a year of WJC experience under his belt, the Vancouver Canucks prospect is ready to lead.
Heinola's play will be integral to Finland's chances at the World Junior Championship
With a handful of NHL games already under his belt, the Jets’ Heiskanen-type will be key to the Finns’ repeat bid.
Host Czechs will get peskiness and production from Matej Pekar at World Junior Championship
Buffalo Sabres prospect brings a rare mix of offensive output and pest to the WJC host squad.
Reset the Expectations: Switzerland not a top contender, but could cause headaches at world juniors
The Swiss will be without a few of their top talents, but that doesn't mean they can't sneak up on the opposition.
Phoenix goalie needs to rise if Slovakia is to have a shot at World Junior Championship podium
The Slovaks have to hope Samuel Hlavaj's shoulders can be awfully broad at the World Junior Championship. Any chance the team has as making noise comes down to goaltending.
Germany can take teams by surprise if it all comes together at the right time
No one expecting Germany to finish atop the podium, but the world junior outfit might have enough talent to hang in games and even deliver a surprise or two along the way.
Does Kazakhstan have the talent to avoid going from darling to disaster at world juniors?
Kazakhstan was the talk of the tournament, the lovable underdog, at the 2018 World Junior Championship. But the good times might stop rolling when the 2019 tournament comes around.
2020 World Junior Watch: One prospect from each team to keep an eye on
With the World Junior Championship on the horizon, each of the league's 31 teams will be sending a prospect or two to the tournament. Here's who to watch.
Words of wisdom from the bench: The impact of coaching at the World Junior Championship
The teenaged stars on the ice are the ones in the spotlight, but don’t ignore the impact a coach has in determining a nation’s fate.
One Rung Down: Players to watch at the Div. 1-A World Junior Championship
If you can’t get enough WJC action, keep an eye on these prospects at the Div. I-A tourney.
Kovalchuk Drama: What comes next for the aging Russian star?
Will it have a KHL ending? It’s on high alert once again as the 36-year-old struggles to keep up in NHL.
The Decline of Bodychecking: Physical play still present, but falling off in modern era
A growing emphasis on stick-on-puck defense, faster players and new rules has resulted in 10-year low in body blows. Hitting isn’t dead, but it is experiencing shrinkage.
Hit the books, then the ice: The 'Josh Effect' made Jets' Morrissey a star pupil prior to his NHL days
For Josh Morrissey, what goes on between the ears has always been as important as what goes on between the boards.
A dog with many tricks: Bertuzzi's brains guide the way to on-ice success
Those who haven’t watched Tyler Bertuzzi closely sell him short. A 30-goal season should put a stop to that.
Countdown: Which team has the best logo in the NHL?
Even more than jerseys, crests represent what NHL teams stand for. That’s why we should hold them to a high standard.