Zach Benson 2023 NHL Draft Rankings
Ben Kerr - Jan 31, 2023

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. As we have now reached the end of January, we bring you our mid-season NHL Draft Rankings. Later in the year, we will bring you a daily column featuring a new player profile or topical article in […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 10: St. Louis Blues center Robert Thomas (18) scores the winning goal in overtime against Calgary goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) during a NHL game between the Calgary Flames and the St. Louis Blues on January 10, 2023, at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Trevor Neufeld - Jan 12, 2023

When you’re trying to get a sense of how a team has been playing lately, it’s a good idea to check the current streak the team is on. You can tell the Seattle Kraken are playing well — they’ve won their last six games. Likewise, you can see the Nashville Predators are gearing up for […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: A detailed view of the NHL logo on the net before the game between the Washington Capitals and the Dallas Stars at Capital One Arena on December 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Paul Hoogkamp - Jan 8, 2023

A new year is upon us; with it comes an opportunity to focus on changes to improve ourselves. Whether it’s getting more exercise, eating healthier or taking more time to enjoy life, we can all do something to try to feel better. The NHL should be no different, looking for ways to improve its product. […]

CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Vancouver Canucks Center Sheldon Dries (15) celebrates a goal with Vancouver Canucks Left Wing Conor Garland (8), Vancouver Canucks Defenceman Ethan Bear (74) and Vancouver Canucks Right Wing Brock Boeser (6) during the second period of an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks on December 31, 2022, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Erin Butler - Jan 2, 2023

Very soon, the Vancouver Canucks‘ future is going to be decided when the team plots out their new direction. Whether fans like that direction or not will be – SHOULD be – irrelevant. Of Proper Plans and Paper Trails The calendar has turned over and the team hasn’t. Yet. But looking at the moves made […]

Erin Butler - Dec 20, 2022

Before the season began, the common thought was that the Vancouver Canucks team had a talent pool up front that would win the day. The defence was shaky, but that forward corps and goaltending were enough to get them to the playoffs. Or challenging for a spot, anyway. That all could still happen, but not […]

Kyle Pereira - Nov 20, 2022

NHL player development seems to always result in more questions than answers. How likely is it for a top pick to pan out? What makes a player a “steal”? Last Word On Hockey will be starting a new series on how to properly develop prospects from all different spots throughout the draft. This week’s piece […]

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 10: Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau yells instruction during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames on November 10, 2022, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Erin Butler - Nov 14, 2022

A recurring theme on Vancouver sports radio – and online – is fixing the Vancouver Canucks. Well, bad news folks: “fixing the Vancouver Canucks” can’t be done. Building a coherent plan for them, on the other hand, can. It’s all a matter of whether will they or won’t they. There is No Fixing the Vancouver […]

TAMPA, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 05: Brandon Hagel #38 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena on November 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Kyle Pereira - Nov 6, 2022

The Tampa Bay Lightning went 7-4-1 through their first 12 games. Within those first 12 contests, it was a tale of two halves. In the first six games, the Lightning went 3-3-0. In the last six, they went 4-1-1. Clearly, a big difference. What’s going right? What hasn’t? Who has played well, and who has […]

Young NHL Players
Caleb Desjardins - Oct 9, 2022

Every year there are young players across the NHL who finally have their breakout seasons. Some players in this list you could argue have already experienced their breakout years. However, we will be taking a look at five young NHL players who are poised to not necessarily break out but explode and become stars during […]

2022-23 St. Louis Blues
Oscar Elieff - Oct 4, 2022

Last Word On Hockey’s Puck Drop Previews are back for the 2022-23 season! As the regular season approaches, Last Word will preview each team’s current outlook and stories to watch for the upcoming year. We’ll also do our best to project how things will go for each team over the course of the campaign. Today, […]

Justin Holl Trade
Alex Metzger, Editor - Sep 20, 2022

Justin Holl has become somewhat of a controversial topic when it comes to Toronto Maple Leaf fans. More often than not, it seems as if he is either considered a useful top-four player, or a guy who shouldn’t even be in an NHL lineup. In reality, it’s probably somewhere in the middle of that. Holl […]

Justin Caron - Sep 18, 2022

At 6’9 he is the tallest player to ever play in the NHL. Zdeno Chara‘s career has spanned 24 NHL seasons up to this point. While he hasn’t formally announced his retirement, he remains without a contract for the fast-approaching NHL season. Chara has been spotted this week at the Boston Bruins practice facility. No […]

2022-23 Chicago Blackhawks
Noah Foster, Editor - Sep 15, 2022

Last Word On Hockey’s Puck Drop Previews are back for the 2022-23 season! As the regular season approaches, Last Word will preview each team’s current outlook and stories to watch for the upcoming year. We’ll also do our best to project how things will go for each team over the course of the campaign. Today, […]

Toronto Maple Leafs free agent signings
Oscar Elieff - Sep 10, 2022

Welcome to Last Word on Hockey’s 2022 summer series, exploring the best and worst free agent signings for each NHL team of the post-lockout, salary cap era. With this past offseason seeing some big splashes (and potential gambles) like Johnny Gaudreau, Claude Giroux, John Klingberg, and others, it’s time to take a look at how teams have boosted […]

Cayden Primeau re-signs
Connor Lapalme - Sep 8, 2022

The Montreal Canadiens have announced they have re-signed goalie Cayden Primeau. The deal is for three years and is worth $2.9 million dollars with an AAV of $850,000. The deal carries through the 2024-25 season. Cayden Primeau Re-Signs with Habs The Canadiens have agreed to terms on a three-year, one-way contract extension (2022-23 to 2024-25) […]

Vancouver Canucks goaltenders
Erin Butler - Sep 6, 2022

The NHL’s opening day closes in and most teams have settled their major roles. The Vancouver Canucks, on the other hand, still have a major issue to sort out in net. Unlike what happens on defence or with the forwards, the decision won’t say much about this season. It will, however, frame the future of […]

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Montreal Canadiens Games Postponed; Joel Edmundson Trade

It’s another edition of NHL rumours for you. We’re nearly a month away from the trade deadline and teams are getting into position. Some are in the position to go for it while others are selling off assets. Teams are going to have to decide which category they fall into. One team that will likely […]

2022-23 Nashville Predators; Mattias Ekholm trade

It’s another edition of NHL rumours for your Friday. We’ve got plenty of names that are garnering interest as we race to the March 3 deadline. Some teams have to make hard decisions when it comes to the deadline. A number of clubs are stuck in a kind of hockey purgatory. This means they’re not […]

Ottawa Senators Goaltending
Alex Metzger, Editor - Sep 6, 2022

Last Word on Hockey presents The Last Word on Sens Podcast. The latest addition to the stable of LWOH Hockey Podcast Content. Every week Alex Metzger will share his thoughts on the news of the week. This news will generally relate to the Ottawa Senators. He will also have a variety of guests from the world […]

WINNIPEG, CANADA - OCTOBER 29: Nate Danielson #29 of the Brandon Wheat Kings skates during second period action against the Winnipeg ICE at Wayne Fleming Arena on October 29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)
Kyle Pereira - Sep 6, 2022

The 2023 NHL draft class is a loaded one. From the top with Connor Bedard and Adam Fantilli, it is arguably one of the best classes in recent memory. Add to the fact that there are some intriguing names throughout the projected first round, and it’s clear this draft is also deep. One of the […]

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 4: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators acknowledges the fans as he leaves the ice on the day he signed a one day contract and then announced his retirement prior to an NHL game against the New York Islanders at Canadian Tire Centre on December 4, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
Levi Pike - Sep 6, 2022

It’s All-Star Game time and who doesn’t like a good top 10 list with some Ottawa Senators flavour? Here we take a look at the best Ottawa Senator All-Stars over the years. The list goes back to the 1993 game when their members were first selected. Over that period, 19 players have played in the […]

horvat trade
Erin Butler - Sep 6, 2022

With the Bo Horvat trade to Long Island complete, other moves are ready to go. From the Vancouver Canucks perspective, anyway. If they can get a couple trade partners lined up, then wholesale changes can come in rapid succession. Bo Horvat Swapped for Needed Pieces Vancouver is a team that needs everything. Moving Bo Horvat helped […]

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 27: Luke Schenn #2 of the Vancouver Canucks skates up ice during the first period of their NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena on January 27, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)
Tommy Bennett - Sep 6, 2022

The fire sale is looking to continue for the Vancouver Canucks. They are shopping young winger Brock Boeser, and goaltender Thatcher Demko is dangling from the tree. Today’s rumours focus on a Luke Schenn trade. A Luke Schenn Trade Could Be Next Rumour: Frank Seravelli discusses that many teams have checked in on Luke Schenn. […]

Jake McCabe Trade

It’s time for some more NHL rumours for your Thursday. We’re into the NHL All-Star Break and that means the trade deadline is coming soon. The aforementioned deadline will be March 3 and teams are making moves. One team making moves in the Chicago Blackhawks as they’re in the mix to draft Connor Bedard. General […]