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  1. Ranking the GMs: Northeast Division

    Alvin Chang

    Last week we looked at the Atlantic GMs and this week we're focusing on the Northeast Division, which is an interesting case study on longtime GMs. Outside of Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, the other four guys have collectively participated i...

    Blog | March 13, 2012
  2. NHL - Ranking the general managers, Northeast Division

    Alvin Chang

    ESPN Insider Alvin Chang ranks the NHL's general managers by their ability to find value in the NHL draft. Today's the Northeast Division.

    Blog | Conversation | March 13, 2012
  3. Playoff Power Meter - Philadelphia Flyers' biggest problem comes ...

    Alvin Chang

    As the trade deadline nears, Alvin Chang examines every team's weaknesses in their Playoff Power Meter portfolio and sees which players mentioned in NHL Rumor Central could help make playoff teams into bona fide Cup contenders.

    Story | Conversation | February 07, 2012
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Playoff Power Meter - Boston Bruins look like Stanley Cup contend...

    Alvin Chang

    Despite a sluggish start, the Boston Bruins still strongly resemble past Stanley Cup winners according to Insider's Playoff Power Meter. As the Maple Leafs just discovered, you shouldn't sleep on the Bruins.

    Story | Conversation | November 07, 2011
  8. The two-for-one NHL draft trade

    Alvin Chang

    Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has made his intentions clear: He wants to trade a late-first and early-second round pick to move up in the draft. Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney is seeking the same trade, too. This "two-for-one" deal is a common...

    Blog | June 15, 2011
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Why heavy NHL players are underrated

    Alvin Chang

    In early 2003, it seemed NHL scouts didn't know what to make of Dustin Byfuglien. On one hand, he had great size. But, on the other hand, he might've had too much size for his own good, tipping the scales at a reported 255 pounds. So the NHL Central ...

    Blog | February 16, 2011
  15. NHL Draft: Examining the value of heavy NHL players

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines heavy NHL players (over 250 pounds), where they are drafted and whether they are underrated.

    Blog | Conversation | February 16, 2011
  16. The value of European prospects

    Alvin Chang

    In the last four seasons, the Buffalo Sabres have drafted 20 Canadians, 11 Americans -- and that's it. They've avoided Europeans completely. It's because it's harder to keep track of international prospects. And because of that, it's a bigger risk ...

    Blog | December 22, 2010