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  1. Bruins search for right mix at right wing

    Craig Custance

    It started with a conversation this summer between Patrice Bergeron and Simon Gagne. The two played in a charity game together, and Bergeron liked what he saw from Gagne. He saw the smarts and some of the speed that led to 288 regular-season goals in...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  2. What Connor McDavid sees on the ice

    Craig Custance

    His is a quiet game, but not quiet in production. Erie's Connor McDavid scored his first goal of the OHL season against Windsor on Friday night, then followed it with two more against Plymouth on Saturday. The consensus No. 1 overall prospect in t...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  3. Blackhawks keeping the pipeline full

    Craig Custance

    Like many of his colleagues, Blackhawks director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley traveled to Buffalo on Thursday to check out super-prospect Jack Eichel and his teammates at the All-American prospect game. The plan was to then drive over the Windsor ...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  4. Ten players worth reaching for in fantasy

    Craig Custance

    For whatever reason, there's typically a divide between traditional hockey writing and fantasy writing. The church-and-state attitude means fantasy writers get all the fun when it comes to making draft cheat sheets, Top 300 rankings and all the lists...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  5. How analytics are changing NHL coaching

    Craig Custance

    William Boll turned his laptop to the side to share what he was tracking. On the screen was a list of hockey players competing live on a rink a few feet away. A group of players would be highlighted green, and then the highlight would go away, moving...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  6. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  7. Hayes has opportunity in New York

    Craig Custance

    The prospect tournaments wrapping up this week can be a hard place for the untrained eye to do true talent evaluations. There's a wide range of skill and a wide range of ages. When a 6-foot-3, 22-year-old forward looks good out there -- like New Y...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  8. Johansen pact will have NHL-wide impact

    Craig Custance

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- For two years, the Columbus Blue Jackets have worked hard to build an identity. They're a four-line, everybody-works, blue-collar group where no one player is more important than the team. In 2013-14, the season started w...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  9. Tough decision ahead for Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN -- For now, Mike Babcock is still patiently answering questions about his future. He understands how the fact that he's entering the final year of his contract -- and is in no hurry to extend that contract -- is a fascinating ...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  10. Player poll: Who is top franchise player?

    Craig Custance

    Back in July, we conducted a poll of executives, coaches and a couple players to see which players they would build a franchise around if they were starting a team from scratch. It was an attempt to rank the league's franchise players, and it led to ...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  11. Players weigh in on advanced analytics

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK - When you get a parade of NHL stars coming through the office, like was the case at the NHL's annual media event in New York, it's good business to prepare questions to ask everyone, to get a cross section of the league on trending issues. ...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  12. Chasing the Kings: Metropolitan Division

    Craig Custance

    The Pacific may be the home of the defending champs, and the Central may be the league's deepest and strongest division. But no division comes with more intrigue than the Metropolitan, a division where nearly every team can make the playoffs. Or not....

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  13. Chasing the Kings: Central Division

    Craig Custance

    The champion may reside in the Pacific Division, but its biggest group of challengers is in the Central. While the Los Angeles Kings spent the summer just trying to retain their talent, on and off the ice, the clubs in the Central ramped up the aggre...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  14. Chasing the Kings: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings have become the gold standard. They've won two Stanley Cups in the past three seasons, and Dean Lombardi has built a roster that is nearly flawless. On Tuesday, we identified the five characteristics that make the Kings' rost...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  15. Chasing the Kings: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    In the parity-filled NHL, it's hard enough building a team that stands out from the rest. It's even harder in the Pacific Division, where the Los Angeles Kings overshadow their rivals. GM Dean Lombardi has constructed a team that is near perfect in t...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  16. Isles, Lightning youth can make impact

    Craig Custance

    In 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with an even-strength save percentage of .913. Only six teams were worse, and it was the major reason the Lightning finished better than just two other NHL teams in the standings. Then...

    Blog | August 14, 2014