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  1. NHL Draft - Why short players don't usually get drafted, but ofte...

    Alvin Chang

    With wee wunderkind Rocco Grimaldi named as a final candidate for the U.S. World Junior Championship squad Tuesday and largely considered a top draft prospect, Alvin Chang takes a look at why short players have been long on value in the NHL draft.

    Blog | Conversation | December 08, 2010
  2. Scrutinizing the Swiss star draft prospect

    Alvin Chang

    Nino Niederreiter (No. 14 North American skater) has had quite the meteoric rise up draft boards. In the Fall 2009 NHL Central Scouting rankings, "El Nino" was the No. 6 skater -- not in the entire draft, but just in the WHL. Then, in the midterm...

    Blog | March 01, 2010
  3. The case for Alex Galchenyuk, other centers to go No. 1 - NHL Dra...

    Alvin Chang

    Nail Yakupov may be the No. 1 prospect, but if teams are wavering about his ability, Alvin Chang suggests they turn to one of the draft's top-3 centermen as a strong alternative.

    Blog | Conversation | June 12, 2012
  4. 2012 NHL draft - How fast can young defensemen contribute?

    Alvin Chang

    With a number of talented defensemen ranked near the top of the 2012 NHL draft class, Alvin Chang looks at whether or not it's wise to expect immediate contributions from a highly-drafted D-man.

    Blog | Conversation | May 15, 2012
  5. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - The Nashville Predators' unlikely dra...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang dissects the Nashville Predators' draft model to see whether or not targeting elite defensemen is a good way to build a Stanley Cup Contender.

    Blog | Conversation | April 24, 2012
  6. Little impact for NHL draft age change

    Alvin Chang

    An NHL prospect recently told me that, as a 15-year-old, he felt he needed to show people that his entire life was about hockey -- because in three short years, judgment day would come. Judgment day is, of course, the NHL draft. And some people, inc...

    Blog | November 03, 2011
  7. 2012 NHL draft - Potential age limit would have little impact on ...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines the NHL draft to determine what impact a proposed age change would have on both the league and its young players. His findings? The impact would be fairly minimal.

    Blog | Conversation | November 03, 2011
  8. NHL - Sidney Crosby has already proven that there aren't many lik...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang breaks down Sidney Crosby's career and matches it up against other great players in NHL history to see just how rare a talent like Crosby is. The verdict? Crosby has already proved to be a once-in-a-generation player.

    Story | Conversation | October 06, 2011
  9. NHL draft - Steve Yzerman's draft-day gamble for Tampa Bay Lightn...

    Alvin Chang

    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.

    Blog | Conversation | September 01, 2011
  10. NHL Draft - Morgan Rielly could be next elite offensive blueliner...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang profiles Morgan Rielly, an offensively-gifted defenseman who is positioning himself as a top prospect for the 2012 NHL Draft.

    Blog | Conversation | August 17, 2011
  11. The link between the draft, free agency

    Alvin Chang

    Early in the 2010 draft cycle, one of the hottest prospects was a Russian winger named Kirill Kabanov. He had high first-round skill and a move to the QMJHL from Russia should've improved his stock. But, as has been well documented, Kabanov self-dest...

    Blog | August 03, 2011
  12. NHL draft - Slots dictate pay well beyond entry-level contracts

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines the contracts signed by players over the course of their careers and notices that draft slot impacts salary well after the expiraction of their entry-level contract.

    Blog | Conversation | August 03, 2011
  13. What characteristics affect NHL readiness?

    Alvin Chang

    Prior to the NHL draft, several top prospects were made available to the media for interviews. And one of the first things I noticed was the difference between two top prospects who sat near each other -- Gabriel Landeskog and Jonathan Huberdeau. La...

    Blog | July 06, 2011
  14. NHL Draft: Which characteristics portend readiness for prospects ...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang analyzes which characteristics of NHL prospects most determine their readiness to step in and contribute immediately. He also looks at which countries produce the most NHL-ready players.

    Blog | Conversation | July 06, 2011
  15. 2011 NHL Draft: Comparing the draft strategies of the Oilers and ...

    Alvin Chang

    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.

    Blog | Conversation | April 06, 2011
  16. 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