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  1. Ranking the top 10 forward groups

    Craig Custance

    The final opening-night rosters turned in by NHL teams Tuesday showed a continued evolution at forward. The notion of a top six and bottom six is starting to disappear. The best teams have three skilled lines that are almost interchangeable and a fou...

    Blog | October 08, 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. Better dynasty contender: Chicago or LA?

    Craig Custance

    It's natural when a team in this era wins its second Stanley Cup in three years that the question immediately becomes about the franchise's place in history. It happened last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to become the ...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  4. How the Blackhawks reload for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    If there was a team that could repeat, it was this one. Led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks are as good as any team in the league. They know how to win in the postseason. They're deep, experienced and everything else you'd ...

    Blog | June 01, 2014
  5. Gaborik on the brink of breakthrough?

    Craig Custance

    When the deal to Los Angeles was completed and Jarmo Kekalainen notified Marian Gaborik that his time with the Blue Jackets was over, the Columbus GM made an observation. "I told Marian, 'Maybe our team wasn't ready for him,'" Kekalainen said duri...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  6. Resetting the Western playoff race

    Craig Custance

    As typically happens after most borderline hits, the debate following Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews, one that knocked Toews out of the game, centered on the legality and the potential suspension of the offender. For Chicago Blackhawks fans,...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  7. Next steps for league expansion

    Craig Custance

    First, let me come clean. I wanted to touch on expansion in this mailbag, and as of Thursday afternoon, there wasn't a single question on it in the mailbag. So I turned to Twitter with my expansion request and you guys didn't disappoint. So, let's st...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  8. The success of Doughty and Muzzin

    Craig Custance

    There's a statistic that tracks the percentage of shot attempts taken at even strength while a player is on the ice, that helps identify which teams and players are the most effective at controlling play. The teams at the top of that list are not ...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  9. Sidney Crosby got Jonathan Toews OK to accept Canada captaincy

    Craig Custance

    Naming Sidney Crosby the captain of Team Canada for the Sochi Games, even with his strong resume, wasn't necessarily a no-brainer. Not according to coach Mike Babcock.

    Story | Conversation | January 22, 2014
  10. Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are NHL's Odd ...

    Craig Custance

    In ESPN The Magazine's Interview Issue, Chicago Blackhawks cornerstones Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews face off.

    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2013
  11. 5 reasons the Kessel deal works

    Craig Custance

    Phil Kessel didn't want to negotiate a contract extension during the regular season, so the two sides worked hard to get it in just under the bell. Colleague Pierre LeBrun reports that Kessel's new deal with the Maple Leafs is a healthy one...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  12. NHL - 5 reasons why the Phil Kessel contract works for the Toront...

    Craig Custance

    In the wake of the news of the eight-year deal for Phil Kessel, ESPN Insider Craig Custance writes that there are five reasons why it's a good move by Toronto.

    Blog | Conversation | October 01, 2013
  13. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance, Frank Provenzano, Neil Greenberg, Corey Pronman, Robert Vollman and Ryan Schwepfinger rank every NHL team based on how well they're set up for future success.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2013
  14. Will the Chicago Blackhawks repeat as champions? - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance provides his reasoning for whether or not the Blackhawks will repeat as champions. He believes it could happen thanks to the return of Corey Crawford and a relatively weak Central division.

    Blog | Conversation | September 03, 2013
  15. 2013-14 NHL - Ranking the top forward groups

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance identifies the NHL's Top 10 forward groups, and a league talent evaluator weighs in with his thoughts on the list.

    Blog | Conversation | August 20, 2013
  16. 2013 NHL offseason - Answering questions on Ilya Kovalchuk, Pitts...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance answers questions for his offseason mailbag, weighing in on Ilya Kovalchuk, the Blackhawks' health during the playoffs and possible moves for the Penguins.

    Blog | Conversation | July 15, 2013