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  1. Top 10 draft classes of the past 10 years

    Craig Custance

    There's a theory in hockey when it comes to the draft. Get two NHL players out of a draft class and you're doing pretty well. Hit on three and you're ahead of the game. Four? You could be building a dynasty if they're impact players. Teams that mi...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  2. Better dynasty contender: Chicago or LA?

    Craig Custance

    It's natural when a team in this era wins its second Stanley Cup in three years that the question immediately becomes about the franchise's place in history. It happened last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to become the ...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  3. Stanley Cup favorites for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- It was an exhausting run. Three Game 7s and one double overtime were needed to clinch the Stanley Cup. Kings captain Dustin Brown was at a loss for words to describe the feeling. "I'm emotionally spent like I've never been before," ...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  4. If Kings win, Drew Doughty is the MVP

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was having a phone conversation with Bobby Orr when the conversation shifted to defensemen, and just how critical having a great one is to winning a championship. Championship teams need a goalie who makes save...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  5. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick ...

    Craig Custance

    Even greatness becomes ordinary when you watch Jonathan Quick make amazing saves every day, Craig Custance writes.

    Story | Conversation | June 09, 2014
  6. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lun...

    Craig Custance

    Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist says the crease-crashing goal by Dwight King shouldn't have counted, Craig Custance writes.

    Story | Conversation | June 07, 2014
  7. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew ...

    Craig Custance

    Kings defenseman Drew Doughty turned his anger for an early giveaway into motivation for redemption, and the win was a result, Craig Custance writes.

    Story | Conversation | June 04, 2014
  8. Rangers, Kings explain standout stats

    Craig Custance

    It may be the last time it happens this NHL season. Every single player from each of the two remaining teams, sitting and chatting, spirits high because the possibility of a Stanley Cup still lingers in the air for everyone. The NHL's annual Stanl...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  9. How the Conn Smythe will be won

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Before the Stanley Cup finals, last year's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane had already scored 67 percent of his playoff goals. The previous year, before stopping a single shot against the New Jersey Devils, Jonathan Quick had made 75 p...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  10. Futa a future GM, just not yet

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- This is how attached Mike Futa gets to the players he helps develop. When the Los Angeles Kings acquired Mike Richards, the veteran center who helped them win their first Stanley Cup, GM Dean Lombardi pulled Futa aside and broke the news. ...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  11. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Who is better: Kings' Drew Dough...

    Scott Burnside and Craig Custance

    Which star defenseman would you take to build a team around: Chicago's Duncan Keith or Los Angeles' Drew Doughty? ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance debate.

    Story | Conversation | May 20, 2014
  12. Toews' no-goal shows process needs work

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- We expect perfection. In this era of high-definition TV, replays as GIFs on Twitter moments after plays happen in real life and cameras from every angle, we know when a call is missed. Usually instantly. In the case of Jonathan Toews'...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  13. Patrick Roy's risks paying off, catching on

    Craig Custance

    When coach Alain Vigneault pulled Cam Talbot on Tuesday night with 4:38 remaining and the Rangers down three goals against the Flyers, analyst Pierre McGuire wondered on the broadcast if the tactic should now be called "The Patrick Roy," with the way...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  14. Breaking down the Conn Smythe race

    Craig Custance

    It must have seemed like an eternity, but the wait is almost over for Boston Bruins fans, who finally get to see their team make its 2014 postseason debut tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. It's the final first-round series to begin, and it has a...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  15. Ranking postseason goalies

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the postseason underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. On Tuesday, it was the defensemen's turn. Today, here's the ranking of the goalten...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  16. The secrets to the Blues' success

    Craig Custance

    ST. LOUIS -- Ken Hitchcock was told the topic that this post was going to examine: Have his St. Louis Blues closed the gap on their division rival, and defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks? He quickly interjected. "We think w...

    Blog | January 16, 2014