Why is Nail Yakupov the clear favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL draft? Probably because he would have gone No. 1 this year -- had he been eligible. Now the high-flying Russian phenom will be the mark of every NHL team with a lottery pick.
From the June 28th issue of ESPN The Magazine: NHL scouts often overlook proven performance when they draft goalies, opting instead for guys who are, quite frankly, just big. But so far, Davids are outperforming Goliaths.
In the March 8 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Gare Joyce profiles a 14-year-old from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia named Nathan MacKinnon. 14 year old? Profiled in a magazine? Yea. Thing is: he's the next Sidney Crosby. Dive in to this amazing story.