Craig Custance writes that, with the Washington Capitals unlikely to make major roster changes this offseason, the team's growth likely will be tied to coach Adam Oates' ability to get more out of his players.
Grant Sonier updates his NHL rookie rankings heading into the final week of the regular season. Montreal's Brendan Gallagher and Chicago's Brandon Saad retain the top two spots while Edmonton's Justin Schultz resurfaces on the list at No. 8.
Neil Greenberg examines the NHL's market inefficiencies, comparing the league's small-versus-large-market imbalance to that of MLB. Neil adds that a "Moneypuck" philosophy could work, and offers up five players who could aid small-market teams.
Grant Sonier breaks down the 2013 draft's top 50 prospects, topped by the trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Seth Jones. But the most intriguing prospect in the draft is Russian Valeri Nichushkin, who could be in the running for No. 1.
Grant Sonier updates his weekly NHL rookie rankings, noting the rise of St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko, who moves to No. 4 after a run of impressive games following his return from a concussion. Also, Minnesota's Jonas Brodin vaults to No. 6.
ESPN Insider scouting guru Grant Sonier examines five prospects with rising or falling NHL draft stocks. Everett's Mirco Mueller is among players gaining momentum while Medicine Hat's Hunter Shinkaruk is cooling off.