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  1. Brian Griese

    Brian Griese



    • College football analyst for ESPN
    • 11-year NFL QB and had a 17-5 record as a starter at University of Michigan

    Career NFL Stats
  2. 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
  3. Can 3 No. 1 picks earn Edmonton a Cup?

    Alvin Chang

    The last two drafts, the Edmonton Oilers did what they are supposed to do with the No. 1 overall pick. They drafted a forward. At No. 1, it's almost a guarantee the player will be an All-Star. Of course, there are busts -- Alexandre Daigle comes...

    Blog | April 17, 2012
  4. 2012 NHL Draft - Can 3 No. 1 picks earn Edmonton Oilers a Cup?

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang writes that the Edmonton Oilers got lucky getting the No. 1 overall pick for the third consecutive year, and should they draft Nail Yakupov, they could be a few complementary players away from Cup contention.

    Blog | Conversation | April 17, 2012
  5. Evaluating the Northwest GMs

    Alvin Chang

    Last week we looked at the Central Division, where a handful of long-time GMs are clawing at the Stanley Cup this season. But the Northwest Division is filled with new GMs. In fact, the most experienced GM is Calgary's Jay Feaster, but he took o...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  6. Evaluating Mike Gillis, Jay Feaster and the Northwest GMs - NHL

    Alvin Chang

    Alving Chang has been ranking the NHL's GMs based on their drafting prowess. Since too many GMs in the Northwest Division are too new to rank, we evaluate their work and the work of their predecessors.

    Blog | Conversation | April 04, 2012
  7. Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues top the Play...

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang has the latest Playoff Power Meter Rankings. Despite straddling the benchmarks for shots and shots allowed, the Vancouver Canucks are one point off a perfect score and top the rankings.

    Story | Conversation | January 24, 2012
  8. Biggest draft busts since 1990

    Alvin Chang

    It doesn't take long before analysts begin throwing the B-word around: bust. Take the recently traded Kyle Turris, for example. He was drafted in 2007 and thus far he's severely underperformed on expectations as a No. 3 pick. So much so, in fact, tha...

    Blog | December 27, 2011
  9. NHL draft - The biggest draft busts since 1990

    Alvin Chang

    Alexandre Daigle? Kyle Turris? Those are just two players who have fallen far short of their expected potential since their selections near the top of their draft classes. Using advanced metrics, here's a look at the 10 biggest draft busts since 1990.

    Blog | Conversation | December 27, 2011
  10. Playoff Power Meter - Boston Bruins look like Stanley Cup contend...

    Alvin Chang

    Despite a sluggish start, the Boston Bruins still strongly resemble past Stanley Cup winners according to Insider's Playoff Power Meter. As the Maple Leafs just discovered, you shouldn't sleep on the Bruins.

    Story | Conversation | November 07, 2011
  11. When is it time to rebuild in the NHL?

    Alvin Chang

    It's the question facing every non-playoff team: Is it time to rebuild? This decision is tough on many levels. For one, it's hard to figure out whether your current team just needs more time to develop, or requires a slight tweak to the roster. In a...

    Blog | May 25, 2011
  12. 2011 NHL draft: How to avoid being stuck in NHL purgatory

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang attempts to answer the question of when it's time to rebuild in the NHL. If you don't have a top-5 draft pick, the chances of successfully rebuilding diminish greatly

    Blog | Conversation | May 25, 2011
  13. Edmonton Oilers will still have work to do

    Alvin Chang

    The Edmonton Oilers will have the No. 1 overall pick for the second straight year. And in the salary cap era, it can't be overstated how valuable that is. First off, picks Nos. 1 and 2 are almost twice as valuable as the No. 3. Players drafted in th...

    Blog | April 20, 2011
  14. 2011 NHL draft: For Edmonton Oilers, two No. 1 picks aren't guara...

    Alvin Chang

    While the Edmonton Oilers will get to add to a core featuring 2010 No. 1 Taylor Hall, they still have work to do before becoming Cup contenders. Even consecutive No. 1 picks are no guarantee of team success. Just ask the Thrashers.

    Blog | Conversation | April 20, 2011
  15. Capitals' risk-taking via draft has paid off

    Alvin Chang

    In 1996, a Russian winger named Alexandre Volchkov gave NHL GMs fits. On one hand, there was "no doubt" Volchkov was the most talented played in the draft, a scout told the Toronto Sun. But the scout added: "You don't hear a lot of good things about ...

    Blog | April 06, 2011
  16. 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
  17. The risk of drafting Adam Larsson

    Alvin Chang

    There's a good chance the Edmonton Oilers will draft No. 1 overall -- again. And after using their last four first-round picks on forwards, it might be time for a defenseman. Enter Adam Larsson. Scouts say the Swedish blueliner has the size (6-foo...

    Blog | March 23, 2011