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Maple Leafs Might Have a Hidden Gem in Alex Steeves
September 16th, 2021 by Steven Ellis - SI.com

When the Toronto Maple Leafs opened development camp last week, all eyes were on Nicholas Robertson. It’s not hard to understand why. Robertson turned 20 over the weekend and is coming off of his first full season of professional hockey. Of all the players participating in the rookie camp, Robertson was the most likely to…

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With his chance at hand, Meyer’s hard work paying off
September 16th, 2021 by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Carson Meyer eventually ended up where he thought he’d be, it just took him a little longer to get there. As a Central Ohio native who grew up on Blue Jackets hockey, maturing as a young player just as the organization and the city’s hockey culture and infrastructure around him were doing the same, he…

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Blackhawks sign Brandon Hagel to a 3-year, $4.5 million contract
August 10th, 2021 by L_B_R - Second City Hockey

The Blackhawks announced on Friday that they’ve signed 22-year old winger Brandon Hagel to a three-year contract with an annual salary cap hit of $1.5 million. It’s not surprising the Blackhawks wanted to lock Hagel sooner rather than later considering he was the biggest surprise and a top rookie last season for the Blackhawks. His…

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Grubauer Named Vezina Trophy Finalist
June 10th, 2021 by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

Philipp Grubauer of the Colorado Avalanche, Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2020-21 Vezina Trophy, awarded “to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today. NHL general managers submitted ballots for the…

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FEATURE: Relentless Hagel Continues to Defy the Odds
June 10th, 2021 by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Odds are you probably didn’t know the name Brandon Hagel when the Blackhawks opened training camp five months ago. But beating the odds is what Hagel does. “I’ve always started at the bottom and made my way up,” he acknowledged. The rookie finished with 24 points (9G, 15A) in 52 games — good for fifth…

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RELEASE: Blackhawks Agree to Terms with Lukas Reichel
June 10th, 2021 by Chicago Blackhawks Communications / Blackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Lukas Reichel (LOO-kuhs RIGH-kuhl) on a three-year entry-level contract that runs through the 2023-24 season ($925,000 salary cap hit). “Lukas made tremendous strides in his second year as a professional. The game appeared to slow down for him this past season, which…

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Arizona Coyotes sign 2020 draft pick Ben McCartney to entry level contract
June 10th, 2021 by José M. Romero Arizona Republic

The Arizona Coyotes’ first entry-level contract to a member of their 2020 draft class went to the last player they chose last October. The club on Thursday announced the signing of forward Ben McCartney to a three-year contract, and after he made the leap from Brandon (Canada) of the major junior Western Hockey League to…

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Silver Knights’ Thompson wins Bastien Award
June 1st, 2021 by The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Logan Thompson of the Henderson Silver Knights is the winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender for the 2020-21 season. The award was voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 28…

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FEATURE: Hischier Showed Leadership Mettle as Captain
May 28th, 2021 by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan / NewJerseyDevils.com

Devils management sat together in a room with all eyes fixated on the 18-year-old center at the end of the table. New Jersey had won the NHL’s Draft Lottery and earned the right to select No. 1-overall in the forthcoming 2017 NHL Draft. One of the team’s prospective selections was Swiss-born Nico Hischier. The Devils…

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Silver Knights goalie works his way from unknown to AHL star
April 15th, 2021 by Justin Emerson - Las Vegas Sun

Logan Thompson knew he might be sacrificing the potential of a professional hockey career when he signed with Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, out of high school. Few players who attend college in Canada reach the NHL, and as an undrafted goalie with an unspectacular junior career, Thompson was already a long shot. He…

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Stolarz sets Ducks shutout save record with 46 in win against Sharks
April 13th, 2021 by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Anthony Stolarz set an Anaheim Ducks record with a 46-save shutout in a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose, California, on Monday. Stolarz broke the record of 45, shared by Jonas Hiller in a 3-0 win at the Boston Bruins on Dec. 20, 2010, and Dominic Roussel in…

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Brandon Hagel brings his own brand of swagger to the Chicago Blackhawks: ‘I just love how committed he is to doing the hard stuff every shift’
April 2nd, 2021 by Phil Thompson - Chicago Tribune

Future Hall of Famer or not, Brandon Hagel is not the type to let Patrick Kane gaslight him in a game of two-puck. “He makes up his rules sometimes,” Hagel deadpanned. “We just bug each other here and there. It’s just one of those things.” If there’s one thing the 22-year-old Chicago Blackhawks forward’s coaches…

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Cholowski making significant strides
March 26th, 2021 by Mark Newman | AHL On The Beat

As a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, defenseman Dennis Cholowski has learned what it means to live with expectations. Three years into his professional career, he has found serenity in the silence of an invisible crowd. He knows there will always be cynics who will find satisfaction in squabbling about his supposed…

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Memories Of The Basement Where Trent Frederic Became Bruins’ Future Tough Guy
March 8th, 2021 by Matt Kalman - Full Press Coverage

After NBCSN Boston’s The Camera Guys got the skinny on Trent Frederic learning how to fight in his family’s unfinished basement, it was time to dig deeper with possibly the last man to physically dominate the Bruins forward — his older brother Grant. Could Trent Frederic become a Shawn Thornton-style fan favorite? Absolutely!! 🥊 His…

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Silvertips defenceman Gianni Fairbrother signs ELC with Montreal Canadiens
March 5th, 2021 by EVERETT SILVERTIPS

EVERETT, WA – The Everett Silvertips, proud seven-time U.S. Division champion and two time Western Conference champion of the Western Hockey League, announced today that the Montreal Canadiens have signed Fairbrother to a three-year, entry level National Hockey League contract. Fairbrother’s agreement is active starting in the 2021-22 season, and returns to downtown Everett as…

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Sabres excited to give prospect Jacob Bryson opportunity: ‘It just felt right’
February 25th, 2021 by Bill Hoppe - Buffalo Hockey Beat

Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger figured defenseman Will Borgen couldn’t have broken his arm. After the rookie blocked a shot late in the first period of Saturday afternoon’s 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils, he stayed in the game, taking a regular shift over the final 40 minutes. So when Krueger learned another evaluation…

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Hischier named captain of Devils prior to season debut
February 21st, 2021 by David Satriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Nico Hischier was named captain of the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Hischier replaces defenseman Andy Greene, who was captain for five seasons before he was traded to the New York Islanders on Feb. 16, 2020. “It’s an honor and privilege leading the New Jersey organziation as a captain,” Hischier said after a 3-2 loss…

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Canucks: Rookie Hoglander arrives as new-age power forward
February 18th, 2021 by Ben Kuzma

To those not in the know, the kid was a curiosity. Nils Hoglander’s claim to hockey fame were lacrosse-style goals more suited to a side show than something that would announce his rookie arrival in the NHL. And at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, measuring up to the rigours of the North American game — especially…

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Canucks are all in on the Nils Hoglander hype train
January 18th, 2021 by Marisa Ingemi - NBC Sports

One game doesn’t tell the story of a season, even if there’s only 56 of them. Yet, the Nils Hoglander hype feels real. The Swedish forward had a strong training camp, earning a spot and then some. His debut against the Oilers last night didn’t prove his merit in the NHL for life, but it…

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Sabres’ Dylan Cozens is Riding a Wave of Momentum
January 18th, 2021 by Steven Ellis - SI: The Hockey News

Had Finland edged out the United States to make the final of the World Junior Championship earlier this month, we’d likely be talking about Dylan Cozens’ recent MVP effort. Instead, he fell short of the title thanks to Trevor Zegras and didn’t get to bring home a gold medal, either, despite an incredible 16-point run…

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