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Leafs' Place Dryden Hunt on Waivers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have placed forward Dryden Hunt on waivers today. Hunt has played in nine games this season for the Maple Leafs after being traded from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Denis Malgin. Hunt has struggled to remain in the Leafs' lineup throughout his short stint. The British Columbia native has suited up for nine games for Toronto, recording a single goal. Last year, Hunt was a solid fourth-line energy player, scoring 17 points in 76 games.   Hunt has minimal effect on the cap hit as he is in the second year of a two-year deal with a $762,500 cap hit.

FOUR Prospects Who Have Impressed This Season: Fraser Minten, Dmitri Buchelnikov, Jani Nyman, Jean-Luc Foudy (TOR, PHI, SET, COL)

Drafting and developing are two key characteristics that are needed within each and every NHL organization, in order to achieve their goal of winning a Stanley Cup. Confidence is one of the most important aspects in a young hockey players game, here are four players that have impressed so far this season: Fraser Minten, Kamloops Blazers (Toronto Maple Leafs) There is no doubt in mind that Leafs' prospect Fraser Minten is one confident man. Minten has so far been one of the most impactful players on his stacked Kamloops' team. The Blazers sit third in the Western Conference, although are guaranteed a spot at the upcoming Memorial Cup, as they set to host the event in 2023. The Leafs first-pick during the 2022 NHL Entry Draft has gotten off to a terrific start in his third season of junior hockey. Previously, the Leafs' used the 38th overall selection to take Minten, who put up a very solid 20 goals and 35 assists last season. This is a player who has constantly improved thro

FOUR NHL Prospects that are Dominating the AHL This Season - (BOS, SEA, COL, PHI)

The American Hockey League is known as the second-tier professional hockey league in the entire world. The league filters some of the top prospects and the most elite hockey players on this planet. Here are five NHL prospects that have been dominating the AHL this season: Fabian Lysell - Providence Bruins (Boston) Do the Boston Bruins need more positivity? Well, there most recent first-round draft pick, Fabian Lysell is dominating the AHL. Lysell was touted as one of the premier prospects during the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, before dropping to the 21st overall selection. Sweden, pff! Ever since coming to North American, Lysell has refocused his game back to the elite, scoring abilities we saw when he was a teenager. For example, last season with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. Lysell was the team leader in points and assists, the Swede recorded 40 apples, along with 62 points in 53 games. The Boston Bruins are tremendously proud with the development of Lysell over the past few seasons. Bo

The Future: Plenty of Avs' Prospects Start the Season off Strong

The prospect system for the Colorado Avalanche can be characterized as limited. The defending NHL champions have exchanged some of their best prospects for seasoned players who have helped them win a championship. Despite this, there are still a lot of young players in the system who are dominating their respective leagues. The top Avalanche prospects who are making waves this season are listed below: Nikolai Kovalenko - Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) To start, American-Russian forward, Nikolai Kovalenko has been tearing up the KHL this season. Since his previous season, the 23-year-offensive old's production has increased, and in 15 games, he has six goals and nine points. Kovalenko, who was appointed assistant captain of his Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo team, is one of the team's leading point scorers. Kovalenko, a sixth-round selection in 2018, was never given an entry-level contract, but there is a good chance the winger will try to land an NHL job after his KHL contract expires

NHL Rumors: Jake Allen's Performance, Rantanen Starts off Strong, Soderblom's First Goal, Matty Beniers

We are in the midst of the NHL season, here are some of the top rumors and news coming from the start of the season: Jake Allen's Spectacular Performance Habs' goaltender, Jake Allen was spectacular yesterday, when the Habs took on the Detroit Red Wings. Although, the Habs ultimately lost to the Wings, Allen was one of the best players on the ice. He was even named the third-star of the game. Allen was bombarded with shots all-throughout the game. The Red Wings started the game strong, racking up 25 shots on goal during the first period. The New Brunswick native, stopped all shots in the first period, including some desperation saves. The Habs' netminder, ended the game with a .974 save percentage and a 1.03 goals-against-average. Allen turned away, 37-out-of-38 shots on goal. Allen is expected to suit up for the majority of the Habs regular season games, after the news of Carey Price being out and potentially retiring.  Mikko Rantanen Starts off Strong The elusive, Finnish

NHL Updates: Can Caufield Hit 50 Goals? Makar Dazzles Again + Elmer Soderblom to Debut (MTL, COL, DET)

The NHL season is underway! After the conclusion of the first day of the National Hockey League season, here are some of the top updates for around the league: Can Cole Caufield Hit 50 Goals? Cole Caufield was arguably the best player on the ice for the Montreal Canadiens, during their opening night victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Caufield tallied two goals, playing 18:18, along with five shots on goal. Firstly, the youngster got on the board early in the second period. Approximately, 33 seconds in Caufield joined teammate Nick Suzuki on a two-on-one. Suzuki threaded the needle to Caufield, who roofed the puck by the goaltender. Caufield's goal tied the game at one a piece. Secondly, Caufield's second goal came at the near end of the second period, when he straight out beat Leafs' goaltender Matt Murray. Caufield entered the offensive zone with full composure of the puck and roofed a wrist shot, above the glove of Murray. To sum up, there is definitely a good chanc

NHL Waivers: Bruins, Avalanche, Kraken, Maple Leafs (10/09/22)

As we continue to progress closer to the start of the NHL season, teams have cut down their lineups. Furthermore, in some cases, in order to demote a player to the minor leagues, the player has to be placed on waivers. Here are some of the top players that have been placed on waivers today: Boston Bruins - Chris Wagner, Nick Foligno, Mike Reilly The Bruins have now announced their full-roster for the start of the 2022-23 season. The Bruins opted to cut both forwards Nick Foligno and Chris Wagner, as they go for a younger approach to start the year.  Nick Foligno was described as a disappointment last season, after the Bruins signed him to an AAV of $3.8M. The former captain of the Columbus suited up for 64 games last season, playing in a minimal role on the fourth line. Furthermore, Chris Wagner spent the entire last season playing for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Last season, the Bruins opted to bury the wingers salary, as he failed to impress during training camp.  Lastly, Mike

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. — 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

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: 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

Game Preview: Game 2 - Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche

Offense. Offense. Offense. The word that best describes Game 1 of this Western Conference Series. Colorado ultimately defeated Edmonton 8-6, leading 1-0 in the series. The Avs ended the first period with a 3-2 lead after J.T. Compher, Nathan Mackinnon, and Cale Makar each scored. Both teams would combine to score another nine goals in the game. All four dressed goalies (Smith, Koskinen, Kuemper, Francouz) played during the game and had a combined save percentage of 83%. Pavel Francouz will start for the Avs during game one. Darcy Kuemper removed himself from game one; after feeling dizzy. Justus Annunen will serve as the backup. While Jay Woodcroft and Edmonton will stick with Mike Smith, he allowed six goals on 25 shots. Connor McDavid currently leads the league in playoff points with 29.  Followed by teammate Leon Draisaitl with 28 points. Colorado looks to contain the dynamic duo to limit Edmonton's chances. Who will take game two?

An Introduction All About Boston Bruins Forward Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner or Wags, is a gritty 4th line veteran of the Boston Bruins.  Wagner started his semi-pro hockey career with the South Shore Kings of the EJHL (Eastern Junior Hockey League). He played 82 games with the club and scored a total of 117 points. Wagner would earn the right to hear his name called at the 2010 NHL entry draft. The Anaheim Ducks would draft him in the 5th round, 122nd overall. The 18-year-old would then commit to Colgate University. He would play two seasons in the ECAC (division 1). In 79 games, Wagner tallied 70 points. The 12/13 season saw a change of scenery for the young prospect. Wagner would play for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. He spent three seasons with the club before being called up to the Ducks. Wags played a total of 26 games before being placed on waivers. The Colorado Avalanche would scoop him up. Wagner had a 26 game stint with the Avs. Before being placed on waivers again. And guess what? Wagner saw himself heading back to Anaheim! Wagner was