Skip to main content

Posts

Jordan Walker is a Player to LOOK OUT for in the Future

Jordan Walker is the top-rated prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Walker is a player that has excelled at every single level he has played at, and is just currently 20-years-old. What is there not to like about Jordan Walker? The Georgia native was drafted out of high school by the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft. Walker was selected 21st overall, and from Decatur High School.   Walker primarily plays third base, although he has transitioned a bit in the minor leagues to playing in the outfield also. Walker is described as a powerful hitter. He has phenomenal size, standing at 6-foot-5-inches and weighing 220 pounds.   Walker launches balls at an insane bat-speed and is described as a player that hits for power. Although it is noted that Walker often chases pitches, he makes up for it with insane contact and power. With AA Springfield this season, Walker has gained a lot of experience. Right now, he's batting .309 with 18 home runs and 60 R

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

Cam York is Poised for a Breakout Season

The University of Michigan defencemen is poised for a solid season on the backend. York is currently 21-years-old, and entering the 2022-23 season as a sophomore in the National Hockey League. York split time with Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley in the AHL. The Flyers selected the d-man with the 14th selection during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. York is described as a puck-moving defenseman, he makes strong passes and has an eye for offense. He is a smooth, quick skater. York creates turnovers with his speed and edge work, and is always in the middle of the play within the offensive and neutral zone.  The d-man plays a trustworthy style of game, he is accurate with his shots and passes, while breaking out the puck with ease. He is a true offensive defensemen that is and can be a power play quarterback. Although, York definitely lacks elite defensive play. “A mobile and calm defender with tremendous skating ability. Effective on the power play and owns the mobility needed to clean up any mi

Goaltending Will be a Critical Aspect for the Boston Bruins - Ullmark, Swayman

The Boston Bruins will look to rely on their goaltending tandem of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman to help position themselves into a playoff position. We all know the first few months of the NHL season will be hard on the Bruins. The team will be without superstar Brad Marchand, defensive quarterback Charlie McAvoy, and offensive d-man Matt Grzelcyk. Three essential key aspects of an elite Bruins squad. Last season, the tandem of Ullmark and Swayman would be best described as solid. By no means were they elite, but they weren't horrible either. Bruins management will look for strong starts from both of their goaltenders, as they are likely to share the starts and share somewhat equal ice time in the crease.   Veteran goaltender Linus Ullmark will look to bounce back from a poor playoff showing against the Carolina Hurricanes last season. Ullmark finished his season with two playoff losses. The Swedish goalkeeper finished his first season in Boston with a save percentage of .91

BoSox Sweep Texas - Casas Debut a Sense of Relief for Red Sox Fans

It has been a rough and disappointing second-half of the season for the Boston Red Sox. But today the Sox completed a four game sweep, of the Texas Rangers. Connor Wong's First HR : Connor Wong hit his first-career home run in game two against the Texas Rangers, helping Boston defeat Texas, by a score of 9-1. Wong was acquire part of the Mookie Betts trade to the LA Dodgers, and his been called up-and-down throughout the first-half of the season. Wong blasted a two-run dinger during the seventh inning. The former University of Houston native, launched a 439-foot home run, over the Green Monster. Furthermore, Nick Pivetta started the game off strong pitching three innings, before being pulled due to an injury. Tyler Danish, Matt Strahm, Ryan Braiser, and Kaleb Ort each had strong relief outings leading Boston to another victory. Brayan Bello's First Win : Brayan Bello is notched as one of the top pitching prospects in the Boston organization. Bello started game three against the

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

Fabian Lysell Likely to Start 2022-23 Season in Providence

Fabian Lysell is currently the top-rated prospect within the Boston Bruins organization. The Bruins, 21st overall selection, during the 2021 NHL Draft, left Sweden to play for the Vancouver Giants last season. With the Giants, Lysell showed similar play and talent to his time playing for Frolunda's J20 and J18 teams. With Vancouver of the WHL, Lysell put up 62 points in 53 games. Lysell played with pace for the Giants, he showed great speed and edge work. Lysell is a player that can be leithal on the rush, pushing the defencemen back and setting up a play for his teammates. Lysell is a player that plays with a lot of confidence, he is a competitor, that shows attitude and fight. The Bruins forward was one of the most dynamic players representing Team Sweden at the WJC. Team Sweden struggled to create offense, although Lysell finished the tournament with a bronze medal, and six points in seven games. With Team Sweden, Lysell smoothly transitioned out of his own zone and often skated

What Happened to the Once Dynamic Boston Outfield?? - The Poor Trades, Moves and More

Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr., were the three outfielders that were loved and praised for their defensive plays during the 2018 World Series run with the Boston Red Sox. Ever since winning the World Series during the 2018 season, the Boston Red Sox have yet to return to eliteness and have lost many key players from their winning 2018 team. Including, JBJ, Betts and Benintendi. So where are they now, the dynamic dancing outfielders the Red Sox once had? Mookie Betts : Playing right field for the Red Sox was all-star, Mookie Betts. Unfortunately, for Boston they were unable to sign their young star to an extension and opted moving him to LA Dodgers, along with starting pitcher David Price. In return, Boston received a package including Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong and Jeter Downs. Alex Verdugo is the only piece Boston got in return that has made an impact so-far at the Major League level. Boston traded a young super star in Betts, in return for Verdugo, a fringe-pl

The Andrew Benintendi Trade is Looking like a Disaster for Boston

Andrew Benintendi was once prized as a top prospect within the Boston Red Sox organization. Benintendi also known as "Benny Bombs", was Boston's seventh overall selection during the 2015 MLB Draft. The Arkansas product was even named the #1 prospect during the 2017 MLB season, by Baseball America and the MLB. Benintendi broke into the league during the 2016 season, he would get off to a hot start in his 34 game stint. The rookie concluded his short season with a .295 batting average, two home runs and 14 runs-batted-in. The following season Benintendi would take massive strides within his development. Playing in 151 games, the still-rookie hit 20 home runs and batted in 90 runs. But why did the Red Sox trade Benintendi if he was looking like a future all-star? The answer is simple, Benintendi slumped during the 2020 season. The now veteran outfielder battled injuries and poor play during the shortened season. Benintendi hit for a career low .103, in 14 games. The followin

Pierre Engvall will Hope to Repeat 2021-22 Season Performence

Pierre Engvall isn't the most commonly named player on the Toronto Maple Leafs. But we do have to give credit when credit is due. And Engvall's play last season definitely deserves recommissioning. The lengthy, Swedish forward put up the best offensive numbers of his career last season. The winger scored 15 goals and 20 points for a total of 35 points. It is worthy to note that Engvall is a player that does not receive much power play time, making his totals even more impressive. Engvall is a player that can bring energy to the bench, after throwing a big hit. The Leafs need players like Engvall to play solid games in the bottom six. The Leafs, like many other teams, are working to stay under the cap while bringing in the best players possible. Engvall will have a cap hit of $2,250,000 during the 2022-23 season and become a UFA by the end of the season.   Engvall plays regularity on the Leafs penalty kill unit. He has a big body standing at 6-foot 5-inches and weighing in at

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

Either Matt Murray or Ilya Samsonov is Poised to have a Big Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a bold move this offseason. The team let go of all-star goaltender Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek (at the trade deadline) and picked up two high-risk, high-reward goaltenders. Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov are two similar goaltenders. Both goalies have had strong seasons before, but have had poor seasons leading up to this offseason.   Let's start with Matt Murray. Murray broke into the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he stole the show from Marc-Andre Fleury. Before being shipped out to Ottawa, Murray was able to win two Stanley Cups with the Pens.   Boy, oh boy, Murray's time in Ottawa was an absolute disaster! The Thunder Bay native only played in 47 games with his new team. Last season, Murray split time with the Sens, the AHL and on the injured list. Yes, Murray started the season off so poorly, the Sens optioned him off to the AHL, placing him on waivers. Although, Murray finished the season on a high note, with a .906 save percentag

Hyped Prospects that Turned into Busts: Alexander Khokhlachev

Drafting and prospecting are always gambles. NHL teams and executives have trust in their scouts to provide the most accurate information on up-and-coming prospects. Teams look for players that fit into their roster in the future. But we do have to remember that every player is different, and they may or may not ultimately end up playing in the NHL. Alexander Khokhlachev Khokhlachev was a former second-round pick of the Bruins back in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Coming out of the draft, many people saw the Russian prospect as a top-six forward, with elite, gifted offensive abilities.   The Moscow native wowed fans with his elite talent both in junior and in the AHL. In his final junior season, Khokhlachev scored 48 points in just 29 games with the Windsor Spitfires. Khokhlachev then continued his development in Providence (AHL). In his first pro season, he scored an impressive 57 points in 65 games. Khokhlachev gained popularity among hockey fans and was described as a sly, creative fo

The Red Sox Need to Address Their Bullpen to Contend Next Year

It is pretty much safe to say that the Boston Red Sox are having a poor 2022 season. J.D. Martinez has only hit nine home runs, and Bogaerts is struggling to hit for power. But what really needs to change in order to contend next season? One need that the Red Sox have had since the 2021 season is their bullpen and relief pitching. The only bullpen acquisition the Sox made during the past offseason was picking up Jake Diekman. And guess where Diekman is now? You guessed it, he was traded after a miserable stint in Boston. The lefty had a 4.23 ERA after he allowed 22 runs in 38.1 innings. In exchange for Reese McGuire, Diekman was shipped to the White Sox. You need your bullpen to be able to keep you in a game. The Red Sox relievers simply aren't doing that. They are allowing teams to expand their leads, preventing a chance at a comeback. For example, yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox bullpen gave up seven runs and nine hits in just four innings of work.   There ar

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

Bobby Dalbec: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Bobby Dalbec is a player that has shown inconsistency all throughout the season and his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. Dalbec is a player known for crushing balls for home runs or consistently striking out. He is referred to as a traditional power hitter. During the season, the once-top prospect in the Red Sox organization has demonstrated the good, bad, and ugly sides of his game. Let's start off with the ugly. Dalbec started the season off-rough! I mean really bad. The power hitter started off the season by batting 4 for 39, or a.102 average. He was not much of a power hitter either! He wasn't making hard contact either, as it took the righty 37 games to hit two home runs. Another part of Dalbec's game that has been proven inconsistent has been his fielding. Dalbec is often used as a utility player, although he mainly plays first base. AHe currently has a .997 fielding percentage, although he also has a defensive run saved metric of -10 at first base. Now that we&

Trade Talk: The Bruins Should Look into Moving Mike Reilly

Mike Reilly seems like an outsider within the Bruins' roster. The Bruins' d-man figured within the top-six last year, until the Bruins brought in Hampus Lindholm, pushing Reilly outside the lineup. The Bruins acquired Reilly from the Ottawa Senators a few years ago. Reilly is currently entering his final year with Boston. He has an AAV of $3,000,000. Last season, the D-man played in 70 games, recording 17 points. Reilly plays an offensive role on the Bruins defensive core, he likes to rush the puck up and join the play. Due to his inconsistent defensive play, Reilly would be considered an offensive defenseman. Reilly is not a physical player, but he is a good skater, although he needs to improve his defensive metrics.   Why should the Bruins inquire into moving Reilly? The left-handed d-man doesn't fit into the lineup. As of right now, many sources have inferred that Reilly would not be in Bruins' top-six, even with the injury of Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk. Th

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

The Bruins Need Hampus Lindholm to Have a Strong Start this Season

The Bruins will look to Hampus Lindholm to hold the reins defensively while star Charlie McAvoy recovers from offseason surgery. Boston acquired Lindholm for a big price tag last season. The former Anaheim Duck was dealt in exchange for Urho Vaakanainen, John Moore, a first-round pick and two-second round picks. A hot start from Lindholm will be vital, as the Atlantic Division is as stacked as ever. Lindholm showed glimpses of strong play last season with Boston before he was ultimately injured during the playoffs. Lindholm was a former sixth overall pick and is currently training back home in Sweden with his former team, Rogle BK. What do the Bruins need in Lindholm? Defense. The Bruins need a consistent, puck-moving d-man that can kill time off the clock. Something Charlie McAvoy did really well. The Bruins will count on Lindholm in the dying parts of games. They need a player to be able to play 25 minutes a game, like McAvoy does. Last season with the Bruins, Lindholm suited up in

The Underrated Drafting by the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been serious Stanley Cup contenders for the last few years. Being contenders comes with the price of not having high-end draft picks. However, the Leafs have done a good job of drafting prospects in the latter rounds of the draft. Roni Hirvonen:   Hirvonen is a player that was selected 59th overall by the Maple Leafs during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Hirvonen is regarded as a high-end prospect that has excelled at every junior level he has played at.   Most recently, the forward represented Team Finland at the 2022 IIHF WJC, where he was named captain. The Leafs prospect played on the Finnish top line and recorded seven points in seven games. Hirvonen is currently playing for HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Liiga, although he is under contract with the Maple Leafs. Last season with the Finnish squad, Hirvonen put up a solid 26 points in 46 games.   The 59th overall pick is regarded as a high-end playmaker. He finds the seams to set up his teammates. He i

Breaking Down the Game of Detroit's Moritz Seider

The German superstar has established himself as one of the best defensemen in the entire NHL. Seider, the 2022 NHL Rookie of the Year.   First and foremost, the Detroit Red Wings acquired Seider, 6th overall, during the 2019 NHL Draft. Many saw this as a poor selection, as Seider was ranked to go in the late first round. But boy, were people wrong!   Ever since being selected by Detroit, Seider has been a superstar for every single team he has played with. The German native played the 2019-20 season in the AHL. He played solid minutes for a very poor Grand Rapids team. As an 18-year-old, Seider did not look outmatched, playing against other high-level talents.   The following season, the Red Wings would loan Seider out to play for Rogle BK of the SHL. Once again, the 19-year-old would dominate defensively, playing a big role. This brings us back to the 2021-22 season, when Seider entered his rookie year with the Detroit Red Wings. Seider played heavy minutes with the team; he aver

The Plans and Options for Nick Foligno

Nick Foligno is a polarising figure within the Boston Bruins fanbase. The Bruins brought Foligno in as an unrestricted free agent on July 28, 2021. The Bruins signed the veteran to a two-year contract worth $7,600,000. Foligno's completely underperformed for his Bruins team. The 34-year-old is likely declining due to his age and is likely to underperform next season too. Foligno was a fourth-liner for Boston last season, appearing in 64 games and scoring two goals. Yes, just two goals! Foligno did record 66 penalty minutes though, which some may say is positive. That's your call.   Let's be real: you don't sign a free agent an average of $3,800,000 to play eight minutes a night and score two goals in a season. So what are the potential options and plans for Nick Foligno and Boston? Let's start with the most unlikely option, which would be to completely buyout Foligno's contract. This option would save the Bruins $1,866,666 in cap this season, although they wo

Kasper Puutio SHINED at the 2022 IIHF World Juniors

Kasper Puutio may not be known as the most elite hockey prospect, but his game at the 2022 IIHF WJC showed otherwise. Puutio is a native of Vaasa, Finland and currently plays for KalPa in the Finnish Liiga. His NHL rights are owned by the Florida Panthers.  Puutio was selected by the Panthers during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in the fifth round, 153rd overall. He is a right-handed shooting defenseman with decent size, standing at six feet and weighing 185 pounds.   Puutio is a player that plays with a lot of emotion. He is a leader for the Finnish Junior Team. He was named assistant captain during the 2022 IIHF WJC Tournament. The Finnish defender ended the tournament by capturing a silver medal with his home country. He played a big role offensively and defensively. Puutio ended the tournament with four goals and three assists in seven games. He was also named the Best Defenseman of the Tournament.   Puutio played a big role in a good Finland squad. Puutio played regular minutes wi

Why Moving Erik Haula Made Sense for the Bruins

Let's recap the trade first. The Bruins and New Jersey Devils agreed to a one-for-one swap. The Bruins would send Finland native Erik Haula to the Devils in exchange for the RFA rights of Pavel Zacha. Haula was formerly signed to a two-year, $4,750,000 contract with the Bruins on July 28, 2021. 🚨 TRADE ALERT 🚨 We have acquired Erik Haula from Boston in exchange for Pavel Zacha. 📰: https://t.co/czLYXKiMhR pic.twitter.com/y2BvJmPfzU — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 13, 2022 Erik Haula was an essential figure, playing the highly touted role of second-line center for the Bruins. Even after coming off a fairly strong season offensively, what led to the Bruins moving Haula? Roles on the team factored into the decision to move Haula. With the news and acquisition of former Bruins center David Krejci, it seemed like Haula's services were no longer needed. When fully-healthy, the Bruins are stacked up the middle (Bergeron, Krejci, Coyle). If Haula wasn't moved, it would be

Jakub Zboril will be a KEY Player on B's Blue Line

Czech-mate! Jakub Zboril will play a key role for the Bruins, at least until Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk are back and ready. Zboril will factor in within the Bruins' top-six, if not play a solid top-four defenseman role. Zboril will have every opportunity early in the season to earn a full-roster spot. The Czech-born defender showed improvement last season when he played in ten games. Zboril looked stronger and played a more mature game before getting injured. During his short season, Zboril recorded three points, averaging just more than 15 minutes per night. He sustained a torn ACL mid-season. INJURY UPDATE: Boston Bruins defender Jakub Zboril has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of this season. #NHLBruins — NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) December 21, 2021  The Bruins need Zboril to step up, furthermore helping their financial cap. If Zboril is able to hold the fort as a bottom pair d-man, the Bruins will likely move Mike Rei