Each day in the month of August we'll be examining a different NHL team — from looking back at last season to discussing a player under pressure to identifying X-factors to asking questions about the future. Today we look at the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. 2018-19 45-28-9, 99 points (3rd in the Central Division, tied for fourth in the Western Conference) Playoffs: Won Stanley Cup IN: Nathan Walker Derrick Pouliot Jake Dotchin Andreas Borgman OUT: Jordan Schmaltz Adam Musil Nikita Soshnikov Jakub Jerabek Patrick Maroon RE-SIGNED : Jordan Binnington Joel Edmundson Jordan Nolan Samuel Blais Zach Sanford Robby Fabbri Oskar Sundqvist Carl Gunnarsson Nolan Stevens 2018-19 Summary
Jake Leschyshyn has been with the Golden Knights from the start. The fifth-ever NHL draftee selected by the team in 2017 has learned the ropes over the past three years and said he's ready to take on more leadership responsibilities with the team. Leschyshyn is part of a Vegas Born prospect pool and he wants to take the next step as a professional hockey player. "I remember being one of the first-year guys at camp and really looking up to older guys," said Leschyshyn at the Vegas Golden Knights 2019 development camp. "I think now that I'm in that position I've got to take advantage of it." Given the season he had last year, Leschyshyn is well-equipped to give advice to his younger teammates.
Hockey news has been dead for the last month. There haven't been a lot of signings or moves lately, so naturally, Derick Brassard being close to signing with a team was all the talk over the last week. It all started with a tweet from former Edmonton Oiler Georges Laraque, who “heard” that the Oilers would sign Brassard to a one-year deal. Of course, this was all hearsay, but it didn't stop Oilers fans from making mock lineups to see how he would fit on the team. To everyone's surprise the next day, Brassard signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million with the New York Islanders. Analysts and journalists have made the claims that Edmonton “missed out” and that they could have benefitted tremendously
Vancouver Canucks young forward Brock Boeser remains unsigned, and there doesn't seem to be much positive action towards a solution. However, that doesn't mean that Canucks' general manager Jim Benning is sitting on his hands. Quite the opposite: he's actively putting his team together piece by piece. This week, a number of different news items have emerged within the organization. In this post, I want to share some of them. Item One: Canucks Sign Goalie Arturs Silovs to an Entry-Level Contract On Aug. 23, the Canucks announced on the team website that it had signed goaltender Arturs Silovs, the team's sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, to an entry-level contract. These days, he's
The St. Louis Blues won a Stanley Cup in 2019, thanks in no small part to the steady work general manager Doug Armstrong did building the team through the draft. Along with assistant general manager Bill Armstrong (no relation), the Blues' front office has built a reputation of being strong drafters. In this series, we have looked back at Armstrong's drafts and evaluated how well he has done. Here are the other articles in the series: 2010: Two stars arrive 2011: Second round success 2012: A diamond in the rough 2013: A year to forget 2014: Success after success 2015: Dunn and done 2016: A lot of promise 2017: Stanley Cup foundation Though many of the picks from the 2017 Draft are still relative
New York Islanders' Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang, have both had slow-developing paths to the NHL. Dal Colle, a top-four pick in 2014, has faced issues when it comes to his skating and production in the years after his stint with the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Oshawa Generals and Kingston Frontenacs. Ho-Sang, on the other hand, has had different kinds of issues. Supremely skilled, especially in the stickhandling department, he has been chastised by multiple regimes of Islanders management, from the time he overslept and missed training camp to his number controversy back in the 2016-17 season. Both have shown promise of late, however, with Dal Colle getting 28 games in the NHL this past
Introducing The Hockey Writers' Countdown to Puck Drop series. From now until the puck drops on the 2019-20 NHL's regular season on Oct. 2 when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators, we'll be producing content that's connected to the number of days remaining on that particular day. Some posts may be associated with a player's number, while others will be connected to a year or length of time. We're really excited about this series as we take you through the remainder of summer in anticipation of the return of NHL hockey. When the Atlanta Thrashers moved from the Peachtree State to Manitoba in 2011, it became quite quickly and abundantly clear the team True North Sports & Entertainment
FLINT -- It might be hard to believe since high school and college football season haven't even begun yet but the Flint Firebirds are getting ready to report to training camp. Hockey season has arrived. The Firebirds open camp Monday morning at Flint Iceland Arenas with 48 players taking part in three practices. The players on the training camp roster will be divided into three groups. The camp will conclude with the annual Blue-White scrimmage beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The 48 players in camp will include 19 players who are back from last year's team. That includes four who are property of NHL teams -- captain Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver Canucks), Vladislav Kolyachonok
With the departure of Ludwig Bystrom, Jacob MacDonald, Matt Mangene and Julian Melchiori, the Springfield Thunderbirds will have distinctly different look on the blue line this season. Tommy Cross and 2019 AHL All-Star Ethan Prow each agreed to two-year, two-way contracts with the Florida Panthers to add a veteran presence to the Cats group of developing prospects. Let's take a look the players that will prowl the back end for the Thunderbirds this season. Tommy Cross The all-time games played leader in Providence Bruins franchise history (364), Cross joins the Panthers organization after skating in 73 games for the Cleveland Monsters last season, where he put up 34 points (7G/27A) and 71 penalty
The Detroit Red Wings' 2019-20 season will begin on Oct. 5 at Bridgestone Arena against the Nashville Predators, puck drop is at 8 p.m. Eastern. It will be the first game of what is sure to be a long and grueling season for the Red Wings. With bright stars already pushing to make the team, we can take time to recognize other young players that hope to join them soon. The 2020 NHL Entry Draft takes place June 26-27, 2020, at the Bell Centre in Montreal; a day the Red Wings front office has already marked on their calendar. If interviews and preseason predictions are any indication, Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Red Wings, will have a good chance at taking the number one pick. Having said
It didn't take more than a couple of minutes to feel the difference when playing NHL 20. The big point of emphasis of this year's edition of the annual game is powered by RPM Tech. While its main talking point are 45 new shot animations tailored after NHL superstars like Alex Ovechkin, Patrik Laine, cover athlete Auston Matthews, and more the new passing and puck pick-ups create faster, fluid gameplay at full speed. The differences are noticeable. The actual gameplay has not been sped up but because of the improved animations, it feels more authentic. Players are always a threat to shoot and no longer trapped by animations. The build of the game I played is the version that will be released in
It's that time of year again, when the summer cottage season is winding down and the churn of hockey skates is ramping up. As the Blue Jackets file back into town for pre-training camp workouts, let's take a peek at what has happened around them this offseason within the Metropolitan Division. Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our Blue Jackets Xtra newsletter First, the movers and shakers … New Jersey Additions: D P.K. Subban, C Jack Hughes, F Nikita Gusev, F Wayne Simmonds, F John Hayden Losses: D Steven Santini, D Ben Lovejoy, F Drew Stafford, F John Quenneville, F Kenny Agostino, F Stefan Noesen, D Jean-Sebastien Dea, D Egor Yakovlev Prospects: D Ty Smith, F Michael McLeod,
Mark Stone finished 12th in the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player last season. He finished second for the Selke as the league's top defensive forward and was recently named the 13th-best winger in the league by NHL Network. By all measures, the Golden Knights' trade deadline acquisition had a tremendous year. But it was still underrated. Stone was one of the best players in the NHL last season and should have gotten more MVP love. According to Evolving Hockey, Stone was worth 21.6 goals above replacement (GAR) and 3.8 wins above replacement (WAR), measures of his skill against a hypothetical replacement player who a team can throw into its lineup. Both of those were fourth in the
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights held a car show Saturday at Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston. The inaugural event also featured a public skate, door prizes, basket raffles and more. Proceeds benefited Northeast Youth Hockey, a nonprofit organization that promotes youth ice hockey participation to boys and girls.