Drafting young players is far from science in any sport. Invariably, despite the most intelligent minds that spend months analyzing, interviewing and projecting, it’s at best an educated guess. Talent doesn’t always translate into success, and as the saying goes, you can’t measure work ethic and desire. With most prospects, it takes some time for
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The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is set to begin this Friday night at 7:00pm EST in Sunrise, Florida, and will then continue with rounds 2-7 on Saturday morning. This year’s draft is widely considered to be one of the most stockpiled drafts in recent memory, with a plethora of young talent available for the taking.
There’s a pretty good chance Patrik Elias will go down as the best forward in the history of the New Jersey Devils. And with that, an equally good chance his jersey will one day be ceremoniously hung from the rafters at the Rock. But at 39, on the last year of a 4-year deal, with
It’s no surprise the Devils have a dire need for offense going into the offseason. New Jersey finished in the bottom-five of scoring last year, where they especially struggled at even strength. With a relatively weak free agent crop to choose from come July 1st, one name that may gauge the interest of Ray Shero
You can follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci With the Stanley Cup Finals well underway and the offseason right around the corner, we’re in the midst of one of hockey’s busiest times of year. I was fortunate to touch base with Mike Straw, one of my oldest friends and managing editor who writes for the Hockey
The unexpected happened a month ago: Lou Lamoriello – the architect, the Godfather, the face of the Devils for 27 years – relieved himself of his GM duties in the way only he could—in utter secrecy. It was a shock to everyone including the media, his own players and NHL hierarchy alike. There were rumors of
According to a report from Elliotte Friedman, Evgeni Malkin may be unhappy with his situation in Pittsburgh. Friedman cited sources from around the league that Malkin would be open to a trade. If this were to be the case, the Russian superstar would be one of the most coveted players on the market this offseason.
Follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci Just because Lou Lamoriello relinquished his duties as general manager, doesn’t mean all his old habits and transaction-related tendencies will go with him. One such trend that perpetually echoed through Lamoriello’s extensive player acquisition history has been bringing back players that formerly played for the organization. This tactic hasn’t necessarily worked
Follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci Much like Martin Brodeur in the latter years of his career, there isn’t much that left wing Patrik Elias hasn’t done over the years he’s played in the NHL. His milestone achievement of reaching 1000 points this season was the latest of countless accomplishments he’s made throughout his professional career. He’s had multiple
Follow me on Twitter: @MiikeLuci I’ve written for a few different hockey websites over the years and made some amazing friends and contacts during that time. While we’ve all gone in different directions over the years, it hasn’t stopped us from keeping in touch and finding reasons to collaboratively work together. I was fortunate to