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  1. Top 10 draft classes of the past 10 years

    Craig Custance

    There's a theory in hockey when it comes to the draft. Get two NHL players out of a draft class and you're doing pretty well. Hit on three and you're ahead of the game. Four? You could be building a dynasty if they're impact players. Teams that mi...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  2. Siblings Amanda and Phil Kessel will stage power play at Sochi Ol...

    Craig Custance

    In ESPN The Magazine's Interview Issue, Craig Custance writes that the medal hopes of two teams may hinge on one family as Amanda and Phil Kessel stage a sibling power play in Sochi.

    Story | Conversation | December 11, 2013
  3. Will Wild or Leafs halt skid first?

    Craig Custance

    Following Saturday's loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle made a comment that was quite telling for a team that has been a statistical anomaly this season. It was a comment that confirmed the argument of advanced st...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  4. NHL - Teams facing tough decisions on impending veteran UFAs

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance assesses the decisions that various teams must make this season on their impending UFAs, including Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist, Dion Phaneuf and Marian Gaborik.

    Blog | Conversation | October 03, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. NHL 2013 Free Agency - Top 35 Free Agents Rankings

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance evaluates the top 35 free agents in the 2013 class, with Vinny Lecavalier leading the way.

    Story | Conversation | July 02, 2013
  9. 2013 NHL free agency - Montreal Canadiens among five fits for Vin...

    Craig Custance

    With the Lightning buying out Vinny Lecavalier, Craig Custance takes a look at where he could land.

    Blog | Conversation | June 27, 2013
  10. 2013 NHL Draft - Patrick Roy, Avs acknowledge D woes, lean toward...

    Craig Custance

    Patrick Roy knows the NHL draft can be a bit of a crapshoot. He lived it. In 1984, 50 picks were made before the Canadiens selected him in the third round at No. 51. 22 years later, he was in the Hall of Fame. Armed with the No. 1 overall pick in h...

    Blog | Conversation | June 25, 2013
  11. Leafs face questions on Kessel contract

    Craig Custance

    Last year, Brian Burke told a story about one of his first interactions with Phil Kessel, long before Kessel was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Burke was interviewing Kessel in 2006, his draft year, and the answers he heard from the talented wi...

    Blog | May 17, 2013
  12. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Toronto Maple Leafs face questions on Phil Ke...

    Craig Custance

    With just one season remaining on Phil Kessel's contract in Toronto, the Leafs must decide how much they value their star sniper.

    Blog | Conversation | May 17, 2013
  13. Can Burke, Leafs find needed size?

    Craig Custance

    Brian Burke isn't a trade deadline GM. By now, you know that. Some of the worst mistakes general managers have made, he often says, have been done on deadline day. It's a theory growing in popularity among his colleagues. "I went back and...

    Blog | February 14, 2012
  14. NHL - Toronto Maple Leafs are reluctant deadline dealers

    Craig Custance

    Brian Burke isn't a trade deadline GM. By now, you know that. Some of the worst mistakes general managers have made, he often says, have been done on deadline day. It's a theory growing in popularity among his colleagues. "I went back and looked at...

    Blog | Conversation | February 14, 2012
  15. Six trades that shaped the NHL All-Star Game

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance looks at the six trades that helped shape this season's All-Star Game, including the deal that sent Phil Kessel from Boston to Toronto.

    Blog | Conversation | January 26, 2012
  16. Notes from the Hall of Fame red carpet - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance checks in with some notes from the Hall of Fame inductions red carpet, including updates on the Rangers, the All-Star game and the expected No. 1 pick in the draft.

    Blog | Conversation | November 15, 2011