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NHL Draft

The NHL Draft is just around the corner and will be done a little differently this year as the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the entire 2020 year upside down. Because of this, the 2020 NHL Draft will be a virtual online draft. Today, we will take a look at the Metropolitan Division and their team […]


Detroit Red Wings prospects
Last Word Staff - Aug 23, 2020

The Detroit Red Wings prospects are going to be key to their turnaround. Detroit finished with a league-worst 17-49-5 record and 39 points. The Red Wings had a mix of aging players and younger pros that lacked experience. There have been glimpses of hope with players like Filip Zadina scoring eight goals in 28 games […]

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 […]

Daniil Gushchin
Gabriel Foley - Jul 6, 2020

Talk around the 2020 NHL Draft is continuing to pick up steam following the Draft Lottery. One of the most discussed players of the entire Draft pool is USHL star Daniil Gushchin. Gushchin’s abilities have created a very open dialogue, ultimately making Gushchin one of the hardest-to-rank players in this year’s Draft. Gushchin’s average ranking […]

Pavel Gogolev
Ben Kerr - Jul 6, 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 […]

st louis blues covid 19
Gabriel Foley - Jul 3, 2020

Late Friday evening, it was reported that the St. Louis Blues were forced to cancel their practices. This comes in the face of multiple positive tests according to The Athletic. The club is said to be expected to keep their training facilities closed for the weekend before reopening on Monday, obviously without those that tested […]

Ian Moore
Ben Kerr - Jul 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 […]

Buffalo Sabres drafting
Chace McCallum - Jun 30, 2020

Every sport has a few teams that can’t seem to get out of their own way. In hockey, the Ottawa Senators wear this crown, but the Buffalo Sabres are giving them a run for their money. All the negative press around the Sabres recently got me looking at their painful draft record and wondering, how […]

Maxim Groshev
Ben Kerr - Jun 30, 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 […]

Montreal Canadiens draft lottery

The NHL hosted Phase One of the NHL Draft Lottery on Friday, June 26th. This was to determine who would get the privilege to select top-ranked Alexis Lafreniere in this year’s upcoming NHL Entry Draft, which was originally supposed to be hosted in Montreal. It was also to see if they would require a Phase […]

NHL Mock Draft
Ben Kerr - Jun 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 […]

2020 NHL Draft Lottery

Tonight’s 2020 NHL Draft Lottery has come and gone. A placeholder team has emerged as the lucky winners of this year’s first overall pick. As NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announced, The Detroit Red Wings were tonight’s biggest losers, as they slipped from #1 to #4 overall, missing out on a top-three pick. The Los Angeles Kings moved up into a top-three spot as they look to accelerate their rebuild.

WHL player
Logan Rosengard - Jun 25, 2020

An unnamed former WHL player has filed an abuse complaint to the league. He alleges that during his time in the league he was a victim of sexual and physical abuse from teammates of his. This complaint comes shortly after Dan Carcillo filed a class-action lawsuit on the CHL and it’s 60 clubs for similar […]

Oskar Magnusson
Ben Kerr - Jun 24, 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 […]

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 […]



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Travis McGrath - Jun 20, 2020

The Anaheim Ducks have signed forward Jacob Perreault. He is their first-round, 27th overall pick from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The Ducks have signed him to a 3-year entry-level deal. Jacob Perreault Signs The 5″11 192lb 18 old-year-old was born in Montreal, Quebec. He is the son of former NHL player Yanic Perreault. Jacob Perreault […]

Last Word Staff - Jun 20, 2020

The NHL Settles In at Edmonton Hockey players from across North America are having a taste of camp life these days as they begin to settle in at Edmonton, Toronto. The circumstances are very much out of the ordinary: all games in the 2019-2020 season will be played there, with all teams – members and […]

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Chace McCallum - Jun 20, 2020

As seen by the Buffalo Sabres never-ending rebuild, the ability to find future talent at the NHL Draft can affect a franchise for years. This is why teams should always be looking for future market inefficiencies. They should look to correct for past biases at the NHL Draft. Various kinds of biases have been shown […]

2020 NHL draft
Erin Butler - Jun 20, 2020

The NHL has announced plans for returning to play this Summer, coronavirus-permitting. The regular season is now officially over and in the record books with the playoffs coming up. But there was also something for teams that aren’t invited to the second season: the format of the 2020 NHL draft was also announced. We, like […]

Joni Jurmo
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 […]

Adam Brooks
Doug Winkey - Jun 20, 2020

The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended forward Adam Brooks. The two-way new deal is for two years and will cost Toronto $725 thousand at the NHL level. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet broke the news Thursday morning. Adam Brooks signs a two-year, two-way extension with the #leafs. AAV is $725,000 at the NHL level. — Chris […]

Jack Dugan
Doug Winkey - Jun 20, 2020

The Vegas Golden Knights have signed forward Jack Dugan. The 22-year-old was one of the top players in U.S. college hockey this season before the NCAA cancelled the remainder of its season. The deal is for two years and will take the young forward through 2021-22. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, […]

Brendan Guhle
Josh Young - Jun 20, 2020

The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenceman Brendan Guhle and forward Sam Carrick to contact extensions. Guhle signed a two-year, one-way deal worth $1.6 million ($800,000 AAV) Carrick signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $700,000. NEWS: We have signed Brendan Guhle to a two-year extension and Sam Carrick to a one-year extension. https://t.co/cv52jExpsx — Anaheim Ducks […]