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The Key Points from Toronto's Preseason Game vs OTT

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Ottawa Senators. The teams played at the CAA Centre, home of the Belleville Senators. Skaters: Aston-Reese, Aube-Kubel, Der-Arguchintsev, Holmberg, Kampf, Malgin, McMann, Robertson, Shaw, Simmonds, Steeves, Holl, Hollowell, Kral, Mete, Villeneuve. Goaltenders: Samsonov Depth Pieces Shine Again The Toronto Maple Leafs once again opted to not-play their star players, in the likes of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Yet they gave the opportunity to those in the process of hoping to crack the opening night lineup. Nick Robertson got the Leafs on the board once again. The youngster ripped a shot from distance, beating Sens' goaltender Anton Forsberg. Later in the game, Robertson would pick the puck up in the slot, and rip it by the netminder. The California native, now has three goals, in three preseason games. The rookie will look for all the confidence he can get as he looks to crack the opening night l

Reviewing Anton Stralman's First Game into PTO (Potential Key Asset for Boston)

The Boston Bruins signed Anton Stralman to a professional tryout earlier this week. The Bruins have opted to give the veteran defenseman a shot at a roster spot, and so far, Stralman has impressed. Stralman is a steady, reliable defenseman who plays a two-way, mainly defensive game. Yesterday, Stralman played alongside fellow Swede, Hampus Lindholm, on the first pair. Stralman logged a total of 25 shifts, along with a total ice-time of 18:30.   Stralman is a player that the Bruins can acquire for cheap and play with the Bruins' top-4 till the return of injured defenders Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk. while also fitting in nicely as a top-6 player once fully healthy.   The Bruins should utilize the Swede in many different areas of the game. Like stated, Stralman is a reliable player that can play alongside a top penalty kill unit. Last night, the vet logged just over two minutes of work.   Stralman may not be as offensively gifted as other candidates fighting for a spot on

The Key Points from Toronto's Preseason Win Against MTL

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to the game, both teams honoured the iconic 1972 Team Canada team.   Lineup : Skaters: Nick Robertson, Denis Malgin, Alex Kerfoot, Mark Giordano, Alex Steeves, Calle Jarnkrok, Victor Mete, Kyle Clifford, Bobby McMann, Curtis Douglas, Pontus Holmberg, Morgan Rielly, William Nylander, Joey Anderson, Nick Abruzzese, T.J. Brodie, Jordie Benn, Carl Dahlstrom Goaltenders: Matt Murray, Erik Kallgren Murray Looks Sharp in Preseason Debut The one concern heading into the upcoming NHL season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, would be how would their newly acquired goaltenders fair? So far both Ilya Samsonov and Matt Murray have looked sharp during each of their first preseason games. Matt Murray got the start for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. The Thunder Bay native turned away all 16 shots that were sent his way, before turning over the crease to Erik Kallgren.

NHL Rumors: The Juraj Slafkovsky Pressure, Petry Fine, Greer makes Roster Push, Grubauer

Yes, we are finally approaching the start of the 2022-23 season, a time when all 32 teams have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes prior to the NHL season: The Pressure Juraj Slafkovsky will Face There is no doubt in mind that Juraj Slafkovsky will face the pressure of being selected first-overall this season. The Slovakian forward will obviously be compared to other first-overall selections from the past few years. But how can the Habs, and Slafkovsky deal with the pressure? For one, it looks as if the Habs will give Slafkovsky every opportunity to play this preseason. The more games the Habs allow their prospect to play, the more experience, and level of comfortness will arise. Expect Slafkovsky to suit up for the majority of the remaining preseason games. Furthermore, Slafkovsky had a terrific 2021-22 season prior to the NHL Draft. Slafkovsky was fairly solid playing in the Liiga for TPS, and impressed playing at the WJC, U18's and World

The Key Notes, Analytics, from Boston's Preseason Game vs NYR

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Boston Bruins are back at TD Garden, to play game two of preseason. The Bruins lineup is highlighted by Hampus Lindholm, Charlie Coyle, and recently PTO signee Anton Stralman. Lines : Forwards: Trent Frederic, Charlie Coyle, Craig Smith, AJ Greer, Jack Studnicka, Marc McLaughlin, Samuel Asselin, Georgi Merkulov, Oskar Steen, Luke Toporowski, Joona Koppanen, Justin Brazeau Defensemen: Hampus Lindholm, Anton Stralman, Mike Reilly, Brandon Carlo, Michael Callahan, Connor Carrick Goaltenders: Jeremy Swayman, Kyle Keyser Pre-Game Notes : Swayman starts first preseason game of the year Anton Stralman in the midst of PTO (#36) Lindholm pairs with Stralman Lindholm, Coyle wear "A" 1st Period Notes : Good first shift of the game by Charlie Coyle line Lindholm rushes with the puck (transitions from neutral zone, to o-zone opportunity) Poor defensive coverage allows Adam Fox to walk in and score (Asselin line) Stralman strings Toporowski on a part

NHL Rumors: Järnkrok Expectations, Broberg Time, Edvinsson to AHL? + Carter Hart Update

Yes, we are finally approaching the start of the 2022-23 season, a time when all 32 teams have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes prior to the NHL season: Järnkrok's Season Expectations Calle Järnkrok was a pleasant surprise to many Leafs fans this weekend, playing in his first preseason game of the year. Järnkrok recorded two goals, on three shots, while playing just over 17 minutes during a 4-2 defeat to the Ottawa Senators. In that game, Järnkrok was seen paired playing with Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting. Will Calle see first-line minutes this season? Of course, preseason is a trial run and players can always breakout, but does Järnkrok bring first-line abilities to the table? A more suitable role for the 31-year-old Swedish forward would probably be to slot in on either the second or third line. Even though the Swedes played well, we must remember that hockey is a marathon, not a sprint.Järnkrok's best offensive statistics of

The Key Points from Montreal's Preseason Game vs NJ

Yes, at last Habs hockey is back! The Montreal Canadiens took on the New Jersey Devils for their first preseason game. Unfortunately, for the Habs they would give up a late third period goal, and eventually fall, 2-1. Lineup : Skaters: Caufield, Hoffman, Matheson, Dach, Slafkovsky, Beck, Pitlick, Pezzetta, Mesar, Harvey-Pinard, Fairbrother, Guhle, Barron, Roy, Richard, Harris, Mysak, Norlinder Goaltenders: Jake Allen, Cayden Primeau Caufield Shows off Electric Shot Yes, Cole Caufield is back! The former first-round pick, showed off his electric shot once again, one-timing a power play goal to give Montreal an early lead. Caufield will be one of the most important players on a fairly young, yet talented Montreal roster. The Wisconsin native, capped off his rookie season with 23 goals and 20 assists in 67 games. Down the stretch, the Habs will look to their shooting specialist to create offense and get them on the board. Jake Allen looks sharp Jake Allen will take the reigns as the start

Grading Red Sox Players by Season Performance (Only the Good)

Finally, The Boston Red Sox are now analytically eliminated from the postseason race. Boston didn't show much fight after a slow start to the second half of the 2022 season, but top-draft pick here we come! Now, let's put the negatives behind us and focus on some of the bright spots within the Red Sox organization. For example, Xander Bogaerts is competing for the BA Award! Now let's grade the Boston Red Sox players by season performance:   Xander Bogaerts (A)   There is no doubt that X-man is the heart and sole of the Boston Red Sox team. Bogaerts has been a staple within the Red Sox organization ever since his debut during the 2013 season.   Bogaerts has had a terrific yet interesting season to note. The Boston shortstop has put up the best on-base percentage and batting average to date in his career. Yet, Bogaerts' power numbers are significantly lower from previous seasons. Is this a bad thing? No.   Xander is hitting .314 with 14 home runs and 68 RBIs this

NHL Rumors: David Perron a 'difference maker', Mike Matheson, Stuart Skinner

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in which all 32 teams have a shot at winning the Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes prior to the NHL season:   David Perron sees himself as a "difference maker."   The 34-year-old veteran forward views himself as a difference-maker within the Detroit Red Wings organization. Perron is coming off of another solid season playing for the St. Louis Blues, where the winger was able to put up 57 points in 67 games.   To start, the Red Wings signed Perron to a two-year contract, worth a total value of $9,500,000, or an average of $4,750,000 per year.   What does Perron bring to the Red Wings' lineup? Perron will act as a veteran presence on a young Detroit team. The veteran will play in the top-six with the likes of Lucas Raymond and Dylan Larkin, among some names.   The Red Wings are in the midst of a rebuild but are at the stage where contending for a playoff spot will be highly

The Key Notes, Analytics, from Boston's Preseason Game vs Philly

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Boston Bruins travel to Philadelphia, to play game one of preseason. The Bruins lineup is highlighted by free agent signees Vinni Lettieri and A.J. Greer, while Philly includes the likes of Cam York and Wade Allison. Lines: Forwards: John Beecher, Jake DeBrusk, Nick Foligno, A.J. Greer, Joona Koppanen, Jakub Lauko, Vinni Lettieri, Fabian Lysell, Tomas Nosek, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, Eduards Tralmaks, Chris Wagner Defensemen: Jack Ahcan, Connor Carrick, Josiah Didier, Dan Renouf, Kai Wissman, Nick Wolff, Jakub Zboril Goaltenders: Kyle Keyser, Keith Kinkaid Pre-Game Notes : Edward Tralmaks was scheduled to travel to Philly, but was pulled from the travelling squad after suffering a lower-body injury during morning skate Bruins name Keith Kinkaid as starter PP1: Lysell/Beecher/DeBrusk/Foligno/Zboril PP2: Ahcan/Steen/Studnicka/Lettieri/Nosek 1st Period Notes : A lot of scoring opportunities (2 open nets, 1 post) Notable improvement and confidence

The Key Points from Toronto's Preseason Win Against Ottawa

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Ottawa Senators earlier this afternoon for game one of a two-game set today. The Leafs controlled most of the play, ultimately defeating the Senators, 3-1.   Lineup : Forwards: Joey Anderson, Zach Aston-Reese, Joseph Blandisi, Adam Gaudette, Pontus Holmberg, David Kampf, Denis Malgin, Mitch Marner, Fraser Minten, William Nylander, Wayne Simmonds, Alex Steeves, John Tavares Defensemen: Carl Dahlstrom, Mark Giordano, Matthew Hellickson, Justin Holl, Mac Hollowell, Filip Kral, Marshall Rifai Goaltenders: Erik Kallgren, Dylan Ferguson Second Period Scoring Spree The Ottawa Senators entered the second period with a one-goal advantage. But that lead would quickly evaporate as Justin Holl got the Leafs on the board. Wayne Simmonds and Mark Giordano assisted Holl.   Just less than two minutes later, William Nylander found a driving Denis Malgin to give Toronto the lead. And finally, 18 seconds later, Alex Steev

Cajoled's Preseason 2023 NHL Entry Draft Rankings (1-10)

With the 2022–23 season just around the corner, here are our pre-season rankings of the upcoming 2022–2023 NHL Entry Draft: 1. Connor Bedard - Regina Pats (WHL) Bedard has dazzled at every single level that he has played at, and there is no doubt in my mind that the West Vancouver native will be selected first-overall. He was recently named captain of the Regina Pats and scored 51 goals and 49 assists last season in the WHL. while also winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the WJC. 2. Adam Fantilli - Chicago Steel (USHL) Fantilli's game is well-rounded and offensively structured.The soon-to-be Michigan Wolverines player spent the last two seasons playing for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. The Nobleton, Ontario native plays a hard, skilled, and intelligent game. Last season, in the USHL, the forward put up 37 goals and 37 assists in 54 games. 3. Matvei Michkov - St. Petersburg SKA (KHL) Michkov is an extremely high-end forward who can single-handedly turn a rebuilding team around

NHL Rumors: Bruins offer Stralman PTO, McLeod's Betting on Strong Season, Ryan Ellis, Alex Newhook

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Bruins offer PTO to Anton Stralman The Boston Bruins have reportedly offered a professional tryout to veteran defenseman Anton Stralman. The Swedish defenseman has yet to make a decision on his hockey career, and has yet to accept or decline the offer. Hearing player is Anton Stralman. https://t.co/v543LandYe — Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) September 22, 2022 Stralman is coming off a season with the Arizona Coyotes. The right-handed d-ma suited up for 74 games for the struggling, disastrous Coyotes team. Stralman was quite effective both offensively and defensively, recording eight goals and 15 assists while playing top-four minutes.   The Bruins are looking to add defensive depth to their lineup, as it is quite clear that both Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk will miss substantial time to star

Underrated Prospects within the National Hockey League - (MTL, OTT, TOR)

What is the definition of underrated? In terms of hockey, a player that is not highly regarded in the press, but should be valued as a top prospect. Today we will cover the most underrated prospects from the Atlantic Division, please note that we have not included any first-round draft picks on this list. Montreal Canadiens - Miguel Tourigny Tourigny is your description of an undersized, skillful defenseman that has put up excellent numbers at the junior level. Tourigny was a seventh round pick by the Montreal Canadiens during the 2022 NHL Entry Draft (drafted as an overager). The Quebec d-man is known for his dynamic ability to record points. Last year, playing in the QMJHL, Tourigny put up 80 points in 65 games. Tourigny is a player that has an electrifying amount of skill. He uses his speed to rush with the puck often and he likes to make plays for teammates. He is extremely mobile, and, standing at 5-foot-8-inches, he gets around the ice surface very well. The D-man lacks a cons

Underrated Prospects within the National Hockey League - (BOS, BUF, DET, FLA)

What is the definition of underrated? In terms of hockey, a player that is not highly regarded in the press, but should be valued as a top prospect. Today we will cover the most underrated prospects from the Atlantic Division, please note that we have not included any first-round draft picks on this list. Boston Bruins - Ty Gallagher Starting off with the Boston Bruins, we have offensively minded defenseman, Ty Gallagher. Gallagher hails from the USDT Program, and has since moved on to play for the Boston University Terriers, after being selected 217th overall by the Bruins. Gallagher is your typical offensive d-man, with just average size, the Michigan native likes to use his speed, skill and smarts to beat defenders in the offensive zone. While stendy with the puck, Gallagher has solid defensive skills as well, he maintains a good gap, stick checks and reacts well in numerous situations. “Ty Gallagher will be one of the biggest trending players in the 2021 NHL Draft scene in the nex

NHL Rumors: Lambert finds game, Bruins Prospects Impress, Matt Boldy, Arber Xhekaj

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Lambert finds game at Prospects Tournament Brad Lambert is regarded as one of the prospects whose draft stock consistently dropped throughout his draft season. Lambert was ultimately selected 30th overall by the Winnipeg Jets at the conclusion of the first round.   Lambert struggled throughout his season in the Finnish Liiga, starting the season with JYP and then being moved mid-season to Pelicans. Lambert even struggled to find his game at the junior level, representing Finland at the World Juniors.   Lambert started the 2022 World Juniors, paired on the Finnish second-line, with second unit power play time. But by the end of the tournament, Lambert was regarded as the 13th forward, and he ended up being scratched for Finland's gold medal game. Lambert recorded just one goal in five g

NHL Rumors: Edmundson to play big role for Habs, Don't Count the Red Wings out, Alex Steeves, Justus Annunen

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Steeves Looks to make Leafs Roster Steeves, a 22-year-old undrafted player, hopes to build on his successful season last year and make a run for an NHL roster spot.Steeves returned to Toronto after a quick trip to Minnesota to see his family this summer in order to meet with the development team and work for the upcoming season.   Steeves was signed out of the University of Notre Dame by the Maple Leafs after spending three seasons in the NCAA. The New Hampshire native found immediate success playing in the AHL, recording 46 points in 58 games.   He’s a great skater, has incredible speed, and a lethal shot. Steeves played a brief stint with the Maple Leafs last season. In three games, the centerman recorded his first career assist.   The Leafs will once again look to younger, less expensi

NHL Rumors: Lysell Leads B's Prospects Defeat Sens, Demers PTO, Owen Beck, Tyson Foerster

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Lysell Leads B's Prospects Defeat Sens The 2022 Buffalo Sabres have finally started for the Bruins prospects. The B's started the tournament this afternoon against a stacked, highly rated Ottawa Senators team. Key pieces on the Sens prospect team include Tyler Boucher, Ridly Greig, and Jake Sanderson. B's Lines: F: Lauko-Merkulov-Lysell, Toporowski-Beecher-McLaughlin, Hardie-Hall-Poitras, Abate-Schuurman-Humphrey D: Callahan-Wissman, Brunet-Mast, Edward-Berglund G: Bussi, Dyck The Sens got off to an early lead as Shane Pinto snapped a power play goal by Bruins goaltender Brandon Bussi. Although just a bit later, Bruins college signee Marc McLaughlin tied the game up. Later on, Tyler Boucher, Dalyn Wakely, and a second Shane Pinto goal would score for the Senators. Boston responded

NHL Rumors: Kaprizov leads Wild, Kuzmenko Projections, Mackinnon Contract Updates, Jan Rutta

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Kaprizov Looks to Repeat Successful Season The 25-year-old Russian forward is coming off a 108-point season. Unfortunately, for the Wild, they weren't able to make any big splashes this offseason, besides re-signing important figures on their current team. With the loss of Kevin Fiala, it is now solely up to Kirill Kaprizov to lead Minnesota's offense.   The Wild selected Kaprizov with the 135th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Wild selected Kaprizov out of Novokuznetsk Metallurg of the KHL. After the draft, Kaprizov would play four more seasons in the KHL, then opt to make an impact on North American ice.   Ever since getting to Minnesota, Kaprizov has shown himself to be a star offensive player. Kaprizov's resume includes an all-star appearance and the Rookie of t