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NHL Rumors: Bruins Injuries (Hall, Lysell), Malgin Deserves Roster Spot, Caufield Impresses, Joe Veleno

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: Injuries cost the Bruins Hall and Lysell.   The Boston Bruins have announced that Taylor Hall will be out week-to-week while 19-year-old Fabian Lysell left yesterday's contest and is out day-to-day. Both players are said to have suffered an upper-body injury and have missed practice today.   At this time, it is unknown if Taylor Hall will be ready to start the season, head coach Jim Montgomery added. Hall played on a line alongside David Krejci and Fabian Lysell yesterday.   The Bruins were thoroughly impressed by the offensive depth they saw throughout training camp, so the injuries should make life easier in the meantime. With Brad Marchand already out until midseason, Montgomery will look to shuffle the lineup.   For Fabian Lysell, the youngster left yesterday's game after

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 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

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

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

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: Jack Campbell, Kaiden Guhle, Nick Robertson, Felix Sandstrom

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: Campbell "The Missing Piece" from the Oilers Lineup The Edmonton Oilers went all out this offseason, acquiring all-star goaltender Jack Campbell from free agency. The 30-year-old Campbell and the team announced a five-year, $5,000,000 AAV contract this offseason.   Edmonton was a strong offensive team throughout the 2021-22 season, but lacked goaltending that could steal or keep them close in a game. The team rolled with Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen last season.   The Oilers hope that Campbell's past season wasn't a fluke in Toronto. The superstar goaltender had a .914 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against-average.   The Oilers are a team that has been destined for a deep playoff run, with the likes of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Darnell Nurse, to name a few

Players Likely to Breakout this Season - Dach, Merkley, Samsonov, Swayman, Zadina

The NHL season is just around the corner, with training camp starting up in a few weeks and preseason games scheduled for mid-September. Here are five NHL players that are likely to break out during the upcoming season: #5 Kirby Dach - Montreal Canadiens Dach was playing in a horrible situation with the Chicago Blackhawks. The team was basically tanking in the hopes of a high draft pick. With the Canadiens, it is likely that Dach will have a role on the top offensive lines of a stacked Habs offense.   For the Blackhawks last season, Dach played in 70 games, recording just nine goals and 17 assists for a total of 26 points. The former third-overall pick during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft struggled to produce offense throughout the season.   Dach is a player that plays with solid size, standing at 6-foot-4-inches. He plays a well-rounded game and uses his speed to beat defenders. He is a playmaker who protects the puck well.   Dach was acquired through a trade from Chicago to Montreal

Cole Caufield Anticipated to Have a Big Season - Season Projection, Martin St. Louis and More

There is no doubt that Martin St. Louis is the picture-perfect head coach for Cole Caufield. The two have similar playing styles and physical attributes. Both players possessed a small frame yet were capable scorers and offensive weapons for their teams. Caufield and St. Louis had instant chemistry last season. Truth be told, Cole Caufield was struggling during the first half of the past 2021-22 season, till the hiring of St. Louis occurred, magic hit. Prior to the St. Louis hiring Caufield lost the ability to put the puck into the back of the net. As a result, the youngster was demoted to the AHL by the Habs' management. In a brief six-game stint with the Laval Rockets, Caufield was successful, recording five points in six games. Rejoining the Habs and gaining key guidance from the newest Canadiens coach gave Caufield confidence. The winger ended the season back at the top of the Calder Trophy voting, while also putting up 43 points in 67 games. At 5-foot-7-inches, Caufield is poi

Jake Allen's Season Likely Decides his Fate for the Future

Jake Allen will be the starting goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens this season. The Habs will be without long-time franchise goaltender Carey Price due to injury. The Fredericton native, Allen, played in 35 games last season. Allen suffered from injuries that prevented him from playing even more games. The 32-year-old had a 3.30 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage this past season.   If the Canadiens were to contend this upcoming season (they have all the tools to do so). They will need Allen to be a big part of their success. Backing up Allen will be either Samuel Montembeault or rookie, Cayden Primeau. Both of which do not have much NHL experience.   It is a make-or-break year for the Fredericton netminder. Allen is entering his final year of a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. If Allen were to not be able to perform, or suffer major injuries, it is unlikely he would receive a new NHL contract next season. He would then join the likes of Braden Holtb

Juraj Slafkovský will be BETTER then Shane Wright - Season Projections, Game Breakdown, and more

Juraj Slafkovský was selected first-overall by the Montreal Canadiens, this past draft. The move shocked part of the hockey world, as projected first-overall pick Shane Wright, slipped to four overall. Like many highly projected players, Slafkovský will feel the pressure this season after being selected first-overall.  Did the Montreal Canadiens make the right selection, by passing on Shane Wright? After, a brief analysis of  Slafkovský's game, you can see why the Habs chose the Slovakian winger. Slafkovský is a big, power-forward standing at 6-foot-4-inches and weighing 218 pounds.   Slafkovský outperformed Shane Wright this past season. The Slovakian native, suited up TPS Turku of the Finnish Liiga, while also representing Team Slovakia at numerous international events. Slafkovský played well in the Liiga putting up 10 points in 31 games. Slafkovský fit in playing against much older, more mature competition. Slafkovský caught NHL scouts eyes mainly when he was playing with Team S

The Depthed Forward Group of the Montreal Canadiens

Although the Montreal Canadiens came in last place last season and were awarded the first-overall pick, you shouldn't count them out of contending in the stacked Atlantic Division. Ever since the firing of Mark Bergevin, new Habs GM Kent Hughes has been at the helm, making bold moves. Forward Depth : The Montreal Canadiens will enter the 2022–23 season as a very deep team. Hughes had a big offseason, bringing in Kirby Dach, Sean Monahan, Evgeni Dadonov, and even Juraj Slafkovský! Montreal is extremely deep up-the middle with the likes of Nick Suzuki, Christian Dvorak, Jonathan Drouin, Sean Monahan, and potentially even Kirby Dach. Currently Montreal's forward group consists of: Brendan Gallagher ($6,500,000)  Josh Anderson ($5,500,000)  Evgeni Dadonov ($5,000,000) Joel Armia ($3,400,000) Nick Suzuki ($7,875,000) Christian Dvorak ($4,450,000)  Jake Evans ($1,700,000) Kirby Dach ($3,000,000) Mike Hoffman ($4,500,000)  Paul Byron ($3,400,000)  Rem Pitlick ($1,100,000)  Juraj Slafk

It's Cayden Primeau's Time to Shine in Montreal

Cayden Primeau is regarded as the top goaltending prospect in the Montreal Canadiens organization. The American netminder spent most of the past season playing in the AHL for the Laval Rocket. But, due to the fact that Carey Price will not return this season, The Habs' net is destined for the young netminder Primeau. After making his NHL debut during the 2019-2020 season, Primeau was once regarded as the next netminder for the Montreal Canadiens. Although he has struggled at the NHL level ever since, Montreal management has been impressed by the youngster's development in the AHL.   Last season, Primeau spent the majority of the season playing in the AHL. He suited up for 33 AHL games, recording a 2.94 goals-against-average and a.909 save percentage. But, what caught most eyes was Primeau's stellar postseason performance. The Michigan native had a.936 save percentage and a 2.17 goals-against-average in 14 playoff games. Primeau will battle for playing time with fellow ne

All About Habs' Underrated Prospect: Oliver Kapanen

When thinking about top prospects in the Montreal Canadiens organization, Oliver Kapanen isn't a name you normally hear. However, Kapanen is a prospect that will likely make an impact at the NHL level. Who is Oliver Kapanen? Oliver is the nephew of former NHL veteran Sami Kapanen and is the cousin of Kasperi Kapanen. Oliver plays a defensive-minded game and is a player that has recognizable skills offensively.   The Montreal Canadiens originally drafted the Finnish forward during the 2021 NHL Draft. The Habs used the 64th overall selection in the second round to select Kapanen.  Kapanen is a player that can play a big role on any team. He is a defensively minded forward who plays well in his own zone. He is reliable at the faceoff dot and is a penalty kill specialist. For example, while playing for Team Finland at the 2022 IIHF WJC, he led Finnish forwards in ice-time on the PK. "Kapanen’s game is all about off-puck instincts and good scoring touch in tight places", EP

Prospect Previews: Lian Bichsel, Filip Mešár

Lian Bichsel - Leksand IF Bichsel is a Swiss defenseman currently playing for Leksand IF of the SHL. Standing at a whopping 6'5'' and weighing 225 pounds, Bichsel is one of the physically mature players in the entire draft. In 29 SHL games, he recorded three points this season. Bichsel plays a defensive game, playing physical and winning puck battles. “Uses size and reach effectively to defend. Puck skills and playmaking ability are improving, but there’s still a rawness in these areas.”  Sam Cosentino, Sportsnet Draft Projection: Late-First Round Filip Mešár - HK Poprad Filip Mešár is a Slovakian winger playing for HK Poprad in Slovakia. Mešár plays in the top Slovakian League as an 18-year-old, playing against men. The Slovak is gifted offensively. In 37 games, he scored eight goals and eight assists this season. Mešár also represented Team Slovakia at the U18 playing in seven games and scoring 12 points. “Mešár has the potential to be a steal at the NHL Draft. His transi

News Around the NHL: Rangers Win, Boston Injury Issues, Price wins Masterson

The New York Rangers take a 2-0 lead after defeating Tampa Bay 3-2 yesterday. The Rangers received tallies from Kaapo Kakko, K'Andre Miller, and Mika Zibanejad. Goaltender Igor Shesterkin was phenomenal again; he stopped 29 of 31 shots. The Boston Bruins are in trouble! A trio of Bruins defencemen has undergone surgeries and to miss an extensive amount of time. Charlie McAvoy, Boston's top d-man, will miss at least six months after completing shoulder surgery. Partner Matt Grzelyck will be out until early November after completing a successful surgery. Mike Reilly will also be out three months after ankle surgery. Also, keep in mind that forward Brad Marchand will miss six months after completing surgery on both hips.  Carey Price wins The Masterson Trophy. The award is given to the player that best represents qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game. Perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication are three words that describe Montreal Canadiens goalie