Author Archives: George McMahon

Free Agent Profile: Derek Forbort, Former Los Angeles Kings’ Defenseman

Introduction Derek Forbort is a 28-year old defenseman from Duluth, Minnesota. He has played five years in the NHL since being selected 15th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2010 NHL entry draft. This past season, Forbort was traded to the Calgary Flames, who needed to fill the absence of Travis Hamonic. This

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Free Agent Profile: Justin Schultz, Veteran Right-Handed Defenseman

Introduction Justin Schultz is a 30-year-old free agent defenseman coming off of the last year of his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Drafted in the second-round of the 2008 entry draft, Schultz has been in the NHL for nine years. He played nearly four seasons for the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to Pittsburgh in

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Previewing The NHL’s Qualifying Round Playoffs: Western Conference

You can find the Eastern Conference preview, that was posted yesterday, here. (5) Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9) vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8) Season series: 2-1 Blackhawks As you read this, Gary Bettman is probably salivating at the thought of Connor McDavid taking on a 30-win Chicago Blackhawks team in the ultimate five-game qualifying series. In all

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Preview The NHL’s Qualifying Round Playoffs: The Eastern Conference

Introduction The most important tournament in sports, featuring potentially forty hockey game over eight days, begins August 1st. So, I took it upon myself to break it down series-by-series, offering the best statistical analysis hockey has to offer. Additionally, I picked a winner for each series and also included picks made by our Editorial Staff.

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Why the NHL’s Round-Robin is Must-Watch TV

Introduction This past week, the NHL released a finalized schedule for qualifying and round-robin play. This ultimately has created a buzz around the hockey community unlike ever before.  The Eastern Conference But, seeing as we have time before the play begins. I wanted to draw attention to the round-robin tournament that features the league’s eight

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What to Watch Part 2: Waiting for NHL’s August 1st Return

Yesterday, the NHL came out with specific dates to carry on with their return-to-play plan, announcing that official training camps will begin July 13th, and the qualifying tournament will commence Aug. 1.  In that light, I decided it was appropriate to release the second and final “What to Watch ‘Till Hockey’s Back” guide.  American Soccer

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What Devils Can Learn From Avalanche in Building Their Roster

The team with the most wide-open window to win a Stanley Cup, by the account of any reasonable NHL onlooker, is the Colorado Avalanche. If your favorite team is in the Central Division, you know this, because the influx of defensive talent on the Avalanche’s roster is seemingly constant.  Colorado’s Defensemen Through the draft came

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