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  1. The Predators' unlikely draft model

    Alvin Chang

    Let's say you have to build a championship team through the draft. What do you do? You go with forwards. That's the conventional wisdom. Forwards develop faster, reach the NHL faster and make an impact faster -- which makes the GM look s...

    Blog | April 24, 2012
  2. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - The Nashville Predators' unlikely dra...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang dissects the Nashville Predators' draft model to see whether or not targeting elite defensemen is a good way to build a Stanley Cup Contender.

    Blog | Conversation | April 24, 2012
  3. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Playoff Power Meter - Detroit Red Win...

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang has the April Playoff Power Meter, and the Detroit Red Wings finish the regular season ranked No. 1, six points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Story | Conversation | April 09, 2012
  4. Ranking the Central GMs

    Alvin Chang

    It's one thing to build a contender from the ground up, which was the challenge for Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson. It requires that you have success high in Round 1, while finding a few pieces in the later rounds. But once you build a co...

    Blog | March 28, 2012
  5. Ken Holland, David Poile and the Central division GM rankings - N...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang continues his series of ranking the NHL's general managers by their drafting prowess. Today, the Central division is up, and Detroit's Ken Holland leads the way.

    Blog | Conversation | March 28, 2012
  6. Evaluating the early 2009 draft returns

    Alvin Chang

    In 2009, the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Nazem Kadri No. 7 overall, and almost immediately there were signs the Leafs would get good early returns on their selection. He played well enough in training camp that some people said Kadri should join the ...

    Blog | February 01, 2012
  7. 2009 NHL Draft - Early Returns - Ranking early value of John Tava...

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang revisits the 2009 NHL draft class and evaluates the early return teams have gotten on their investments, ranking the 10 best players from the class so far.

    Blog | Conversation | February 01, 2012
  8. 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
  9. Finding elite goalies in draft is rare feat

    Alvin Chang

    Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is slated to be a free agent next summer, which means NHL clubs may have a rare chance to land an elite goalie via the open market or a trade. The other way to land a top goalie is, of course, by drafting one ...

    Blog | September 09, 2011
  10. NHL draft - Finding the next Pekka Rinne

    Alvin Chang

    Pekka Rinne is proving to be a draft steal for the Nashville Predators, but finding him wasn't easy. That begs the question: Is it better to sign elite free-agent goaltenders or find them in the draft? Alvin Chang finds it's hard to draft gems like Rinne.

    Blog | Conversation | September 09, 2011
  11. Why it's hard to find elite defensemen

    Alvin Chang

    Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber fell to No. 49 overall in 2003 NHL draft. He was a late-bloomer, played a physical game and didn't look like a future Norris Trophy candidate. Scouts had a lot of questions about his game, and they just didn'...

    Blog | August 10, 2011
  12. NHL draft - Searching for the next Shea Weber - The difficulty of...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines why so many elite defensemen slip past the first round, a la Shea Weber. Is there something scouts are missing? In most cases, it appears to be a willingness to turn a weakness into a strength.

    Blog | Conversation | August 10, 2011
  13. Why GMs should push D-men to the NHL

    Alvin Chang

    In 2002, the Colorado Avalanche selected defenseman Johnny Boychuk with the 61st overall pick. For six years, he lingered in the WHL and then AHL, until he finally made his NHL debut in 2008. But that summer, the Avs traded their slow-developing blue...

    Blog | March 09, 2011
  14. NHL Draft 2011: How to find fast-developing defensemen and when t...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines why teams hesitate to promote drafted defensemen early in their career and explains why the may want to re-think that practice and bring them to the NHL after just one year of seasoning.

    Blog | Conversation | March 09, 2011
  15. Dallas Stars are NHL's most patient team

    Alvin Chang

    It was a bit of surprise -- and perhaps a sign of change for the Dallas Stars. Last week, the Stars called up 20-year-old forward Tomas Vincour. And while most people noted that Vincour had been struggling in the minors, we noticed something differe...

    Blog | February 23, 2011
  16. NHL Draft: Ranking the league's most patient teams, including the...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang ranks the NHL's most patient teams, in terms of how long franchises wait before playing their draftees. The Dallas Stars top a list that also includes the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

    Blog | Conversation | February 23, 2011