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  1. 2012 NHL Draft - Can 3 No. 1 picks earn Edmonton Oilers a Cup?

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang writes that the Edmonton Oilers got lucky getting the No. 1 overall pick for the third consecutive year, and should they draft Nail Yakupov, they could be a few complementary players away from Cup contention.

    Blog | Conversation | April 17, 2012
  2. 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
  3. NHL draft - How St. Louis Blues have created Stanley Cup contende...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang looks at how the St. Louis Blues have created a Stanley Cup contender. Unlike most teams that rebuild through top-10 picks, the Blues have rebuilt through mid-first-round and second-round picks.

    Blog | Conversation | January 24, 2012
  4. NHL draft - Scott Arniel not entirely to blame for Columbus Blue ...

    Alvin Chang

    Given the news of Scott Arniel's dismissal, Alvin Chang looks at the draft track record of the Columbus Blue Jackets to see how badly their top-end picks have underproduced. It turns out, all the Blue Jackets' perceived busts may not be busts at all.

    Blog | Conversation | January 09, 2012
  5. NHL draft - The biggest draft busts since 1990

    Alvin Chang

    Alexandre Daigle? Kyle Turris? Those are just two players who have fallen far short of their expected potential since their selections near the top of their draft classes. Using advanced metrics, here's a look at the 10 biggest draft busts since 1990.

    Blog | Conversation | December 27, 2011
  6. 2012 NHL draft - Windsor Spitfires D Nick Ebert is no stranger to...

    Alvin Chang

    Nick Ebert is a natural athlete whose baseball talents and late-development in hockey may signal vast untapped potential for the New Jersey native and potential first-round draft pick.

    Blog | Conversation | November 02, 2011
  7. NHL draft - Slots dictate pay well beyond entry-level contracts

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines the contracts signed by players over the course of their careers and notices that draft slot impacts salary well after the expiraction of their entry-level contract.

    Blog | Conversation | August 03, 2011
  8. NHL draft - Alex Ovechkin, Jaromir Jagr show hockey expertise by ...

    Alvin Chang

    Righties and lefties produce at roughly the same level in the NHL, so why is it so important for players to utilize their dominant hand at the top, rather than the bottom of the stick? And what does it all say about forwards who skate on their off wing?

    Blog | Conversation | July 27, 2011
  9. NHL draft - Trades for former first rounders are risky

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang looks at the success rate of teams that trade for former first-round picks. While swaps for stalled prospects are more common, they rarely pan out for the team acquiring the former first-rounder.

    Blog | Conversation | July 22, 2011
  10. 2011 NHL Draft: The top-10 biggest goalie steals from the past 20...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines the top 10 NHL draft goalie steals of the past 20 years.

    Blog | Conversation | June 22, 2011
  11. 2011 NHL Draft: Examining the value of the two-for-one NHL draft ...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang analyzes whether it's worth it for NHL teams to trade two late-first or early-second round picks for a high first-round pick in the draft and what each side should expect to receive from the drafted players.

    Blog | Conversation | June 15, 2011
  12. 2011 NHL draft: How the Boston Bruins have developed their franch...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines how the Boston Bruins have made the Stanley Cup finals with only four homegrown players on their current roster. Turns out the B's are extremely efficient at finding young talent, but also happy to trade it away.

    Blog | Conversation | June 08, 2011
  13. 2011 NHL draft: How to avoid being stuck in NHL purgatory

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang attempts to answer the question of when it's time to rebuild in the NHL. If you don't have a top-5 draft pick, the chances of successfully rebuilding diminish greatly

    Blog | Conversation | May 25, 2011
  14. 2011 NHL Draft: Ryan Murphy and other offensive defensemen are ne...

    Alvin Chang

    A slight frame may make Kitchener D Ryan Murphy a gamble in the eyes of some NHL scouts and GMs, but, as Alvin Chang writes, spending a draft pick on an elusive offensive defensemen is a risky proposition no matter what.

    Blog | Conversation | May 04, 2011
  15. 2011 NHL Draft: How risky is drafting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins No. 1 o...

    Alvin Chang

    Small sample size makes it tricky to predict how effective Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be in the NHL, but Alvin Chang puts the matter of size to the test, looking at some of the smallest players drafted in the past 20 years to see how RN-H may fare.

    Blog | Conversation | April 27, 2011
  16. 2011 NHL draft: For Edmonton Oilers, two No. 1 picks aren't guara...

    Alvin Chang

    While the Edmonton Oilers will get to add to a core featuring 2010 No. 1 Taylor Hall, they still have work to do before becoming Cup contenders. Even consecutive No. 1 picks are no guarantee of team success. Just ask the Thrashers.

    Blog | Conversation | April 20, 2011