In Part 1 of his two-part series, EJ Hradek creates rebuilding plans for the non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference, looking at what went wrong for each this year and what their next steps should be.
E.J. Hradek takes to the stat sheet to break down and rank the performances of the NHL's best rookies over the past two months of the season. Standouts include Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.
E.J. Hradek dips into his mailbag to answer questions on the Phoenix Coyotes' playoff chances, the fate of the Buffalo Sabres' leadership, and the chances of Peter Forsberg returning to the NHL this season.
E.J. Hradek offers 10 thoughts on NHL All-Star weekend, including the draft format (with ways to improve), Raleigh's emergence as a hockey city, Shea Weber and Nicklas Lidstrom's dominance on the ice, and more.