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  1. The next generation of franchise players

    Craig Custance

    Last week, we shared the results of a poll asking people around hockey the five players they'd pick if they were starting from scratch. It was a fascinating exercise, with Jonathan Toews edging Sidney Crosby for the top spot. Naturally, not everyo...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  2. Choosing NHL's top franchise player

    Craig Custance

    The beauty of those working in hockey is that their passion for the sport runs just as high as those who cheer on the teams. It's the middle of the summer, and even while some were relaxing at a cottage or in the mountains, they took a moment to answ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Looking back at prediction hits and misses

    Craig Custance

    We do a lot of projecting at ESPN Insider. It's one of the fun parts of the job -- taking the information you know, projecting it forward and trying to predict the future. In the world of hockey, it's especially challenging because one bounce, and th...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  5. Rangers RFAs driving up price tags

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- There are some NHL players who barely watch hockey when they're not playing. There are some guys who couldn't tell you how teams or players in the other conference are performing. There are some players who haven't watched five min...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  6. Boost coming for NHL data collection

    Craig Custance

    The data is coming. The kind of data the hockey community has been yearning for after seeing other sports gather it. Motion-tracking cameras in every arena that record the movements and speed of every single player on the ice are on their way in t...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  7. GM changes make for uncertain offseason

    Craig Custance

    From a pure hockey fan's perspective, it was about as good as it gets. The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference final was two powerhouses exchanging punches until just one was left standing. It was great hockey that e...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  8. As Subban shines, his price tag increases

    Craig Custance

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has an appreciation for hockey history -- especially Montreal's. A recent playoff point streak put his name in the team record books next to Larry Robinson, and he was genuinely honored to hear their names me...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  9. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks' Ben Smith is...

    Craig Custance

    From a family of musicians, Blackhawks center Ben Smith has tuned up his game at exactly the right time, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 03, 2014
  10. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Colorado Avalanche's Patrick Roy...

    Craig Custance

    If we think Game 1's daring call to pull Semyon Varlamov with 3:01 remaining in the third period, trailing by a goal to the Wild, is going to be the most aggressive maneuver in Patrick Roy's first career NHL playoff series as a coach, we could be mistaken, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | April 18, 2014
  11. Improving the NHL playoff format

    Craig Custance

    When the question was first posed to fans, the response from many was natural: Why fix something that's perfect? NHL playoff hockey is as good a product as there is. A playoff hockey game is better than anything played in March on college basketba...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  12. Examining the college free agent chase

    Craig Custance

    This is one way the college hockey free agent chase was described: It's kind of like going to Las Vegas for a weekend, blacking out, spending a bunch of money you probably shouldn't on gambles you suspect won't pay off, making decisions you wouldn't ...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  13. The future of hockey's analytics movement

    Craig Custance

    There might be skepticism within the NHL on the role advanced stats and analytics should have in player evaluation, projections and roster construction. But there's definitely no shortage of those willing to try to prove their value. In January,...

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  14. Top 25 trade targets

    Craig Custance

    We can speculate. We can look at pending unrestricted free agents and make educated guesses. We can talk to those running teams and sense an appetite to make more "hockey trades" than usual. Still, until the NHL's trade deadline expires on March 5...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  15. Projecting Canada's 2018 Olympic roster

    Craig Custance

    Just when you think the world is catching up to the Canadians in hockey, they make a statement like they did in winning gold in Sochi. Dominating performances against Team USA and Sweden earned Team Canada its second consecutive Olympic men's hockey ...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  16. NHL trade deadline debates

    Craig Custance

    How much time left does Chris Stewart have in St. Louis? Should the Blue Jackets trade Marian Gaborik? Is there hope for New York Islanders fans? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, send...

    Blog | February 21, 2014