Lightning GM Steve Yzerman took a risk by selecting three Russians in the 2011 draft despite the lack of a transfer agreement. So what would such an agreement do for the draft stock of Russian prospects? Alvin Chang examines the question.
Alvin Chang analyzes whether it's worth it for NHL teams to trade two late-first or early-second round picks for a high first-round pick in the draft and what each side should expect to receive from the drafted players.
Alvin Chang examines how the Boston Bruins have made the Stanley Cup finals with only four homegrown players on their current roster. Turns out the B's are extremely efficient at finding young talent, but also happy to trade it away.
A slight frame may make Kitchener D Ryan Murphy a gamble in the eyes of some NHL scouts and GMs, but, as Alvin Chang writes, spending a draft pick on an elusive offensive defensemen is a risky proposition no matter what.
Small sample size makes it tricky to predict how effective Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be in the NHL, but Alvin Chang puts the matter of size to the test, looking at some of the smallest players drafted in the past 20 years to see how RN-H may fare.
While the Edmonton Oilers will get to add to a core featuring 2010 No. 1 Taylor Hall, they still have work to do before becoming Cup contenders. Even consecutive No. 1 picks are no guarantee of team success. Just ask the Thrashers.
Due to a significant drop in talent among the top picks and a predictable draft order -- despite the lottery -- there is a huge incentive for teams out of the playoffs to throw games late. To that end, Alvin Chang says the lotto needs fixing.
Alvin Chang examines the draft strategies of the Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers. Whereas the Oilers have played it safe with their first-round picks, the Capitals' willingness to take high-risk, high-reward prospects has paid off.