CHL

CHL in crisis
Steve Mclean - Jul 25, 2020

  A pandemic, closed rinks, closed borders, increasing costs, declining revenues, logistical nightmares, lawsuits, and no path forward. The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) was facing an unprecedented crises before Covid-19. There now may not be a way forward without major change and the loss of teams. The CHL is in crisis mode. This is the […]


Yevgeni Oksentyuk
Ben Kerr - Jun 22, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Zayde Wisdom
Ben Kerr - Jun 20, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Alex Cotton
Ben Kerr - Jun 19, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Dan Carcillo
Alex Metzger, Editor - Jun 18, 2020

It was announced on Thursday morning that former NHL player Dan Carcillo, along with Garrett Taylor, are spearheading a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League. The lawsuit against the league and its teams for alleged abuse while playing junior hockey. If anyone has any questions regarding the class action lawsuit against the @CHLHockey that […]

Ethan Cardwell
Ben Kerr - Jun 18, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

William Dufour
Ben Kerr - Jun 14, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Ryan Francis
Ben Kerr - Jun 13, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Ruben Rafkin
Ben Kerr - Jun 11, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Jack Thompson
Ben Kerr - Jun 7, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Luke Prokop
Ben Kerr - Jun 5, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Oliver Suni
Ben Kerr - Jun 3, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

James Hardie
Ben Kerr - Jun 2, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Tristen Robins
Ben Kerr - Jun 1, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Tyler Tullio
Ben Kerr - May 29, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Theo Rochette
Ben Kerr - May 28, 2020

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2020 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]



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2021 nhl draft lottery

As the NHL gets set for a night of Second Round playoff action, the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery was held before the games tonight. The Seattle Kraken came away with the second overall pick, while the Buffalo Sabres won tonight’s grand prize. They’ll pick first overall at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The Draft will […]

simon robertsson
Kyle Pereira - Jul 25, 2020

Swedish hockey is taking a massive step forward this year. It has always been a powerhouse hockey country, but this season, it is on another level. In my rankings, there are seven Swedes projected to go in the first round. Of those seven, one forward by the name of Simon Robertsson sticks out. He has […]

2021 NHL Draft
Kyle Pereira - Jul 25, 2020

The 2021 NHL Draft does not pose the same excitement as the 2020 NHL Draft did. However, there are still plenty of players that teams can build around for the future. There’s another future star goaltender in this class, falling in line with goalies like Spencer Knight and Yaroslav Askarov before him. There are several […]

2021 NHL Draft
Kyle Pereira - Jul 25, 2020

The 2021 NHL Draft does not pose the same excitement as the 2020 NHL Draft did. However, there are still plenty of players that teams can build around for the future. There’s another future elite goaltender in this class, falling in line with goalies like Spencer Knight and Yaroslav Askarov before him. There are several […]

nhl player development
Kyle Pereira - Jul 25, 2020

Over the last several months, I have been crunching numbers, trying to solve the many questions of player development. With that, we here at Last Word On Hockey will be starting a new series on how to properly develop prospects from all different spots throughout the draft.  All advanced stats in this piece were taken […]

Bowen Byram
Doug Winkey - Jul 25, 2020

Everyone was excited when the Colorado Avalanche drafted Bowen Byram. He was the team’s first pick in the loaded 2019 Draft. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native immediately rewarded them with a very good season playing for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. Byram has joined Colorado’s training camp for the 2020-21 season and could start as soon […]

Marco Rossi
Luiza Vidal, Editor - Jul 25, 2020

The Minnesota Wild has announced via Twitter that forward Marco Rossi is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. The centreman represented Austria at the 2021 World Junior Championship in Edmonton. He underwent a seven-day quarantine before being able to take part in the training camp activities with the Wild this week. NEWS: #mnwild forward Marco Rossi […]

Carson Lambos
Gabriel Foley - Jul 25, 2020

Carson Lambos is one of many players in the 2021 NHL Draft class who could go first overall. But he’s far from earned the consensus. With so much talent from players like Owen Power, Brandt Clarke, and Matty Beniers, there’s no real favourite this year. And Lambos hasn’t really helped his case much. He managed […]