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  1. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Playoff Power Meter - Detroit Red Win...

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang has the April Playoff Power Meter, and the Detroit Red Wings finish the regular season ranked No. 1, six points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Story | Conversation | April 09, 2012
  2. Evaluating the Northwest GMs

    Alvin Chang

    Last week we looked at the Central Division, where a handful of long-time GMs are clawing at the Stanley Cup this season. But the Northwest Division is filled with new GMs. In fact, the most experienced GM is Calgary's Jay Feaster, but he took o...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  3. Evaluating Mike Gillis, Jay Feaster and the Northwest GMs - NHL

    Alvin Chang

    Alving Chang has been ranking the NHL's GMs based on their drafting prowess. Since too many GMs in the Northwest Division are too new to rank, we evaluate their work and the work of their predecessors.

    Blog | Conversation | April 04, 2012
  4. Evaluating the early 2009 draft returns

    Alvin Chang

    In 2009, the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Nazem Kadri No. 7 overall, and almost immediately there were signs the Leafs would get good early returns on their selection. He played well enough in training camp that some people said Kadri should join the ...

    Blog | February 01, 2012
  5. 2009 NHL Draft - Early Returns - Ranking early value of John Tava...

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang revisits the 2009 NHL draft class and evaluates the early return teams have gotten on their investments, ranking the 10 best players from the class so far.

    Blog | Conversation | February 01, 2012
  6. Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues top the Play...

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang has the latest Playoff Power Meter Rankings. Despite straddling the benchmarks for shots and shots allowed, the Vancouver Canucks are one point off a perfect score and top the rankings.

    Story | Conversation | January 24, 2012
  7. Why GMs should push D-men to the NHL

    Alvin Chang

    In 2002, the Colorado Avalanche selected defenseman Johnny Boychuk with the 61st overall pick. For six years, he lingered in the WHL and then AHL, until he finally made his NHL debut in 2008. But that summer, the Avs traded their slow-developing blue...

    Blog | March 09, 2011
  8. NHL Draft 2011: How to find fast-developing defensemen and when t...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines why teams hesitate to promote drafted defensemen early in their career and explains why the may want to re-think that practice and bring them to the NHL after just one year of seasoning.

    Blog | Conversation | March 09, 2011
  9. Dallas Stars are NHL's most patient team

    Alvin Chang

    It was a bit of surprise -- and perhaps a sign of change for the Dallas Stars. Last week, the Stars called up 20-year-old forward Tomas Vincour. And while most people noted that Vincour had been struggling in the minors, we noticed something differe...

    Blog | February 23, 2011
  10. NHL Draft: Ranking the league's most patient teams, including the...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang ranks the NHL's most patient teams, in terms of how long franchises wait before playing their draftees. The Dallas Stars top a list that also includes the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

    Blog | Conversation | February 23, 2011
  11. Why heavy NHL players are underrated

    Alvin Chang

    In early 2003, it seemed NHL scouts didn't know what to make of Dustin Byfuglien. On one hand, he had great size. But, on the other hand, he might've had too much size for his own good, tipping the scales at a reported 255 pounds. So the NHL Central ...

    Blog | February 16, 2011
  12. NHL Draft: Examining the value of heavy NHL players

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines heavy NHL players (over 250 pounds), where they are drafted and whether they are underrated.

    Blog | Conversation | February 16, 2011
  13. The value of European prospects

    Alvin Chang

    In the last four seasons, the Buffalo Sabres have drafted 20 Canadians, 11 Americans -- and that's it. They've avoided Europeans completely. It's because it's harder to keep track of international prospects. And because of that, it's a bigger risk ...

    Blog | December 22, 2010
  14. NHL: Why drafting foreign NHL draft prospects can be so valuable

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines the value of drafting international players across the Atlantic, finding that teams that don't scout enough in Western Europe and Russia miss out on solid prospects.

    Blog | Conversation | December 22, 2010
  15. NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, Antti Niemi starting trend of cheap goal...

    Alvin Chang

    After the Chicago Blackhawks won the Cup with Antti Niemi in net ($827,000 salary last year), a new trend may be emerging in NHL front offices -- as we just saw with Chris Mason and Dan Ellis -- of goalies seeing reduced paydays.

    Story | Conversation | July 14, 2010
  16. Lessons from Henrik Zetterberg

    Alvin Chang

    Prior to the 1999 NHL draft, only a few scouts saw a Swedish forward named Henrik Zetterberg -- and many didn't even notice him. But as Detroit Red Wings scout Hakan Andersson said, "this little Zetterberg guy" always had the puck. We know the rest: ...

    Blog | June 22, 2010