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NHL News: Nick Robertson Deserves to be in the Lineup, Flyers Prospect Dominates KHL, Juraj Slafkovsky to AHL?

The NHL is in full-flight! Here are the top updates and notable information within the National Hockey League: Leafs' Nick Robertson Deserves to be in the Lineup For a long time within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, it was clear that many thought that Nick Robertson was a superstar in the making. Unlike Nick's brother Jason, the younger Robertson brother has yet to admit himself to a full-time roster spot. The Leafs' youngster has only played one single game since November 12th, despite being fully healthy. Leafs' coach Sheldon Keefe has announced that Robertson will slot in for Denis Malgin against the San Jose Sharks tomorrow. Robertson has been practicing on the fourth line along with David Kampf and Zach Aston-Reese. Robertson will look to add an  offensive threat to the Leafs' lineup. The 21-year-old's game revolves around his agility and skating ability, and Robertson has a knack for scoring goals. So far this season, the rookie has suited up for

FOUR NHL Prospects that Have Been Dominating the OHL this Season (TOR, DAL, MTL, NYR, EDM)

The Ontario Hockey League is one of the premier junior leagues in the entire world. The league has produced the mass of NHL talent seen today, such as Connor McDavid, John Tavares and Steven Stamkos. Here are five players having tremendous years in the OHL, this season: Ty Voit - Sarnia Sting (TOR) The Toronto Maple Leafs fifth-round selection during the 2021 NHL Entry Draft is currently the OHL leader in points. The just 19-year-old, is one of the premier playmakers in the entire league and has lead his Sarnia team to a positive 7-4-4 record. Voit is simply dominating the league in his D+2 season, and it is expected to increase his point totals with the recent Sarnia acquisition of goal-scorer Sasha Pastujov (ANA Prospect). Pastujov, a gifted winger was recently acquired from the Guelph Storm to play on a line alongside Voit. Currently this season, the Leafs' prospect has six goals and 30 assists in 21 games. Francesco Arcuri - Kingston Frontenacs (DAL)  The Dallas Stars may have

NHL Updates: Steeves Tears up AHL, Janmark Promotion, Gauthier Update, Dach Resurges (TOR, EDM, PHI, MTL)

Updates and rumors are flying around the NHL as it enters the thick of a long season. For instance, Alex Steeves, a prospect for the Leafs, has created an outstanding season in the American Hockey League. Will he soon be worthy of a call-up? Connor McDavid seems to have a new linemate up in Edmonton. The Oilers have announced the promotion of Mattias Janmark to the first-line. In addition, Cutter Gauthier, the top prospect for the Flyers, is off to a great start playing for Boston College. And lastly, was a trade all that Kirby Dach needed? The Montreal forward has seen a resurgence in offensive production. Steeves Tearing up the AHL Remember the name Alex Steeves (at least if you're a Leafs fan). After turning up to training camp in impressive shape, the underrated forward turned heads throughout the preseason. Although he will eventually be sent down to the minors, Steeves has yet to take his foot off the gas pedal.   Steeves has by far been the most impressive prospect playing

NHL Updates: Guhle Excelling in First Season, Swayman Back, Husso Dominate, Calder Trophy Update

During the first few months of the current National Hockey League season, numerous discoveries have been made. For starters, Kaiden Guhle and the newest group of rookies have been welcomed to the league. Guhle currently sits among the points leaders on his Montreal team. Furthermore,  The Boston Bruins, who are currently in first place, have had an outstanding start to the season. Their netminder Jeremy Swayman is back on ice at practice! Transitioning west to the Detroit Red Wings, who are also off to a solid start, led by dominate goaltender Ville Husso.  And finally, as the season etches its way closer to the midpoint, we receive our first update regarding the Calder Trophy Rookie race. Guhle Excelling in Rookie Campaign Guhle, a former first-round selection in the 2020 Entry Draft, has proven why he was one of the top fifteen players chosen that year. Guhle's performance in the NHL has been nothing less than consistent; at 6-foot-2 inches and 205 pounds, there was no question t

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

One of the greatest prospect pools in the National Hockey League belongs to the Montreal Canadiens. Many of the Habs' prospects have had strong starts to the season thus far. For a squad that is partially rebuilding or retooling, this is crucial. The following prospects have had promising starts in their respective leagues: Joshua Roy - Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL The standout Canadian from the 2021 World Juniors was chosen in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft. Roy is regarded as one of the National Hockey League's most underappreciated prospects. In the QMJHL, Roy ranks high in both points and assists. After a good WJC tournament and preceding season, the 19-year-old started his fourth junior campaign. The winger has six goals and 13 assists in 11 games this year. JOSHUA ROY PUTS CANADA ON THE BOARD! #WorldJuniors — TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 21, 2022 Riley Kidney - Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL Another QMJHL standout who plays for the Montreal Canadi

Sean Monahan is Thriving with the Montreal Canadiens (Kent Hughes W)

Former Calgary Flames forward, Sean Monahan has been an intriguing player within the National Hockey League, over the course of the past few seasons. The once dominant 80 point scorer, saw a regression in points totals within the past three seasons.  The $6,375,000 man entered the 2022-23 season in his final year of a massive contract worth $44,625,000 over the course of seven years. Poor performance eventually led the Calgary Flames to trade Monahan, along with a conditional first-round pick, to Montreal for future considerations. With the Montreal Canadiens, Monahan has since seen a boost in offensive production and ice-time. The 28-year-old centermen has been one of the best forwards within the Habs' lineup this season.  Monahan has been paired on the top line, alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. The Brampton native, has suited up for all seven games this season, recording two goals and three assists over the span. Monahan also leads all Habs' forwards with a faceoff pe

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

The Key Positives from the Toronto-Montreal Game - 10/12/22

Game 1. The Leafs head over to Montreal, to battle a familiar fole, the Montreal Canadiens. Both teams are coming into the season with seasoned expectations, in the hopes of having a successful season. Leafs  Lines : F:  Michael Bunting - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner William Nylander - John Tavares - Denis Malgin Pierre Engvall - Alex Kerfoot - Calle Jarnkrok Zach Aston-Reese - David Kampf - Nicolas Aube-Kubel D: Rielly-Brodie Muzzin-Holl Giordano-Sandin G: Matt Murray Ilya Samsonov Habs  Lines : F:  Cole Caufield - Nick Suzuki - Josh Anderson Sean Monahan - Kirby Dach - Mike Hoffman Juraj Slafkovsky - Christian Dvorak - Brendan Gallagher Rem Pitlick - Jake Evans - Evgenii Dadonov D: Guhle - Savard Xhekaj - Wideman Harris - Kovacevic G: Jake Allen Samuel Montembeault Tavares to Play Captain, John Tavares is back! The Leafs have announced that it is extremely likely that the all-star forward will suit up for the season opener.  Originally, it was expected that Tavares would miss the b

NHL Rumors: Don't expect Slafkovsky to Excel + Detroit Looks to Turn Heads this Season (Habs, Red Wings)

The official start to the National Hockey League is tomorrow. With the upcoming season, here are some notes to know prior the start: Don't expect Slafkovsky to Excel It's plain and simple, Juraj Slafkovsky's preseason was kind of disappointing. " I thought his two exhibition games were a little underwhelming for him, but the two rookie games in Buffalo, he was great ", said GM Kent Hughes. But as fans we got to recognize that ever prospect has a different development plan. And for Slafkovsky he is set to start the season playing in Montreal. The Slovakian forward came off an impressive showing at the Buffalo Sabres Prospect Showcase, where Slafkovsky proved to the front office that he is well past the junior level. But at NHL training camp it was questionable if Slafkovsky would make the NHL roster. For example, the forward played in four preseason games and only recorded one lone assist. It is also worthy to note the role that the winger was playing was top-six m

NHL Rumors: Alex Kerfoot, Givani Smith, Morgan Frost, Sean Monahan

Expectations for many are always high going into a new NHL season. While they prepare for the upcoming season, players are expected to develop each summer. Here are some players that have something to prove this year: Alex Kerfoot, Toronto Maple Leafs Kerfoot is one of many talented forwards within the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. The Leafs will need to look for the Vancouver native to repeat similar offensive totals to the prior 2021-22 season. Last season, the center put up 13 goals along with 38 assists in all 82 games. The former fifth-round pick will play a productive role on the Leafs' third-line. It is essential for Kerfoot to have a good season if he wants to stay in Toronto. As mentioned numerous times, Toronto is on the brink of a cap hit, while Kerfoot possesses an AAV of $2,700,000. The Maple Leafs are once again contending for the Stanley Cup this season and have shown the true depth of their forwards this preseason. Kerfoot, a likely regular in the system, will bring a

The Key Positives from the Toronto-Montreal Preseason Game - 10/03/22

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Montreal Canadiens, at the Bell Centre. Both teams are in the midst of their preseason, and will look to make key cuts in-order to shape their rosters for opening night, later this month. Rosters : TOR: Nylander, Bunting, Marner, Robertson, Matthews, Rielly, Giordano, Holl, Brodie, Holmberg, Aston-Reese, Aube-Kubel, Kerfoot, Gaudette, Malgin, Steeves, Murray MTL: Barron, Monahan, Xhekaj, Matheson, Leskinen, Dvorak, Gallagher, Dadonov, Slafkovsky, Dach, Belzile, Gignac, Schueneman, Hoffman, Bowey, Allen Nylander gets Toronto on the board early The Leafs capitalized on an early first period power play, after rookie Nick Robertson drew a hooking penalty on Jonathan Drouin. The top Leafs power play got the call, and within a matter of minutes the puck was in the back of the net. We'll let you marvel at this @MapleLeafs passing play. 😍 — NHL (@NHL) October 3, 2022 Nylander was

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