Coming off a season in which the Nashville Predators exceeded expectations — challenging for the top spot in the Central Division for much of the season and then giving eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago all it could handle in the first round — Nashville entered the 2015 NHL Draft looking to add depth to its core group. Read more»
There were just five players from the QMJHL selected in the first two rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft; this year, it’ll be a shock if that number isn’t at least doubled. In fact, Nikolaj Ehlers was the only QMJHL player to be taken in the first round, whereas at least four or five are expected to be taken in the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more»
The ADT Canada/Russia Challenge came to a merciful end in Kamloops, British Columbia last night, both for hockey fans and for the upstart group of Russian juniors. Team WHL hammered the Russians 8-1, as the Canadian all-star teams went undefeated over the course of the six-game series.
For the second straight game, the Russians dressed a total of 14 skaters and two goaltenders, due in part to injuries and a pair of suspensions. However, the group produced a gutsy first period, one that could have established some doubt in the minds of an initially disorganized Team WHL. Alas, goaltender Carey Price (MTL) slammed the door on the exhausted Russian squad, buying his teammates the time they required to administer one final pummeling.
The Russians pressed early as Team WHL struggled to find their legs. Just 30 seconds in, Price was forced to making a sprawling save to quell a goalmouth scramble. Then, after stepping out of the penalty box, Dennis Kazionov (TB) took a pass at center ice and walked in alone on Price, who calmly directed the Russian’s shot from harm’s way.
Shortly afterward, forward Andrei Kuryuhkin took a nifty feed from Dmitry Zyuzin at the Team WHL blue line and proceeded drive down the left wing and blast a shot past Price on the short side from the top of the faceoff circle. The even-strength tally silenced a rambunctious crowd of 4,136 spectators at the Kamloops Interior Savings Centre.
Price faced 11 shots in the first frame, including another breakaway when Zyuzin was sent in alone with seven minutes Read more»