One for the Ages: Mats Naslund’s 1985-86 NHL Season

Mats Naslund played a style of hockey that was far larger than his 5-foot-7, 160-pound frame. Possessing tremendous speed and an ability to generate offense seemingly on a whim, Naslund was the star forward for the Montreal Canadiens during the decade of the 1980s. Combining his skill, determination, and Nordic heritage, the fans of Montreal […]

The NHL 600-Goal Club

For most hockey players, winning the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal. From being drafted to helping a team through the regular season, playoffs and eventually Stanley Cup Finals, hoisting the cup is always the end-goal. Along the way, however, players all seek to play the best they can for a variety of purposes. While […]

Revisiting David Poile’s Drafts – 2000

Recently, I’ve been going through David Poile’s drafts as general manager of the Nashville Predators to determine which years were successful at producing talent and which ones weren’t. So far I’ve looked at the 1998 Draft, which produced franchise icon David Legwand, and the 1999 Draft, when Poile selected Martin Erat, who was eventually traded […]

Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Win Has Lasted a Lifetime

“The wait is over. The New York Rangers are Stanley Cup champions and this one will last a lifetime.” Never has a phrase spoken by a broadcaster been more poetic. Those words were uttered by Rangers announcer Sam Rosen on June 14 after the team won Game 7 to capture the 1994 Stanley Cup. It […]

5 Most Electrifying Islanders in Franchise History

With a strong playoff run in the the near rearview mirror, it’s worth a look back at the top five most electrifying players in New York Islanders franchise history. These are stars that changed the momentum of games with goals, hits, saves and overall explosiveness. For context, legends such as Bobby Orr, Pavel Bure, Paul […]

The Best Rookie Seasons in NHL History

The National Hockey League has witnessed a number of sensational rookie campaigns throughout its storied history, and this trend is set to continue. With the next squad of exceptional young stars, the NHL is stronger than ever in terms of elite young talent. However, despite the incredible skills of these players, it is highly unlikely that any rookie […]

1999: The Worst NHL Draft Class Ever?

report this ad Before the 1999 NHL Draft took place in Boston, MA on June 26, many believed it was to have a deep amount of talent to choose from – a treasure trove of sorts. European players especially were considered to predominate the early selections, and they had prospective NHL suitors salivating over their […]

Calgary Flames’ 50-Goal Scorers

report this ad For a relatively young franchise, the Calgary Flames have seen a great deal of strong individual performances since becoming a National Hockey League club in 1972. In particular, the team has had a surprisingly large amount of 50-goal scorers over the years. Calgary Flames’ 50-goal scorers. (Vince Richard/The Hockey Writers) In the […]

St. Louis Blues’ 50-Goal Scorers

report this ad Ever since Maurice “The Rocket” Richard became the first to do so in 1944-45, scoring 50 goals in one season has been the pinnacle plateau for NHL goal scorers. The magic 50-number has distinguished the true “snipers” of the league. While Wayne Gretzky once scored 50 in only 39 games – an […]