The Maple Leafs' 2006 draft class has been paying dividends at the NHL level, and not just for the Leafs. The success of those players has, in part, helped redefine the legacy of former Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr.
Grant Sonier evaluates some of the top prospects participating in the World Junior Hockey Championships. Among them, Washington Capitals' prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, who looks like the best 19-year-old player in the world right now.
The owners of the Atlanta Hawks have ended their exclusive talks with a prospective buyer, but there is no indication that change will affect efforts for the same group of owners to sell the NHL's Thrashers.
The Hurricanes promoted Ron Francis, already the team's director of player development, to assistant general manager. He replaces Jason Karmanos, the 33-year-old son of team owner Peter Karmanos Jr., who resigned last week because of personal reasons.