Going into the 2014/15 season, the Canadiens had one huge deal to make, re-sign P.K. Subban. Today they did just that.
25-year old Subban and the Canadiens agreed on an eight-year deal worth a reported $72 million, and despite the two parties going to arbitration, they were able to work out a deal rendering the arbitrator’s decision pointless with Subban now third highest cap hit player behind…
PROSPECT: Max Domi
The Son of long time NHLer Tie Domi, Max Domi plays a different game to his notorious father who ended his long NHL career with 245 points and 3515 penalty minutes. Max Domi on the other hand is a creative and exciting prospect picked up in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
As a small forward, Domi needs to add size but he’s been doing just fine for the London Knights in the OHL, putting up a career high 97 points for the side this year and was a huge part of the Knights successful 2012-13 OHL championship and enjoyed a great post season, posting 32 points in 21 appearances.
Domi may be a season away from cracking the Coyotes roster, but when he does he’ll be an exciting young player to keep an eye on for the future.
PRESENT: Oliver Ekman Larsson
A great young defense prospect, Oliver Ekman Larsson has been an important part of the Coyotes blueline since making his NHL debut in the 2010-11 season, and has since gone on to appear in 258 games for Arizona, registering 111 points.
Drafted sixth overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Ekman Larsson has not just impressed for Arizona but on an international stage, earning a World Junior Bronze Medal the same year as winning Bronze in the World Championships for the Swedish mens team, a year later adding a silver medal to his haul before playing a big part of the Swede’s run to Olympic Silver this February.
Signed to a long-term, $5.5 million deal with the Coyotes, Ekman Larsson will be a vital part of the Coyotes dressing room for years to come.
PAST: Jeremy Roenick
A great character guy on and off the ice, Jeremy Roenick enjoyed time with the Arizone Coyotes (then Phoenix) after a trade away from the Chicago Blackhawks in 1996.
His 379 points in a Coyotes jersey is second most in team history, and made up a portion of his 1216 NHL points of a lengthy NHL career.
After his time in Arizona, he had his # 97 jersey retired by the Coyotes, one of six players to receive that honour by the Coyotes organisation.
PROSPECT: John Gibson
In my eyes, one of the most exciting goaltending prospects out there, John Gibson has already had a taste of NHL action, and at just 21-years old, he’s got many years ahead of him.
A second round pick in 2011 by the Ducks, Gibson made 3 appearances in the NHL last year, and now looks to taste his first full season in an Anaheim Ducks jersey after making 45 appearances for their AHL affiliate the Norfolk Admirals.
Now looking to be in a goaltending partnership with Frederik Anderson, Gibson will be showing he can play among the men, something he did in 2012-13 where he made 5 appearances for the US National Team in the World Championships, helping the Americans to a Bronze medal while posting an impressive 1.56 GAA, the same year he backstopped the US Under 20’s side to a World Juniors gold medal.
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PRESENT: Ryan Getzlaf
The current captain of the Anaheim Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf was part of an impressive 2003 draft by the Ducks, 19th overall, nine selections ahead of Corey Perry who, like Getzlaf has solidified himself as a key piece of the Ducks organisation.
Since joining the Ducks, Getzlaf has put up 608 points, third most in Ducks history and is closing in on the second spot, and if his point production continues to be impressive this year, by the time the season is done he’ll have surpassed Paul Kariya for that second spot.
In just his second year in the NHL, Getzlaf was celebrating Stanley Cup success and has since gone on to receive numerous awards, including two Olympic Gold Medals for Team Canada
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PAST: Paul Kariya
Paul Kariya came into the NHL as the fourth selection in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, where he was selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, a team he would spend much of his lengthy NHL career with.
Through his 989 regular season games in the NHL, he matched that with 989 points, adding 39 more in the post season where the closest he came to winning the cup was in 2002/03, where as the Captain of the Ducks they fell short to the New Jersey Devils.
Kariya trails only Mighty Ducks legend Teemu Selanne in points by a Duck, with 669 in 606 appearances, but current Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is hot on his heels to take the second spot on the all-time points list.
The Cardiff Devils added their sixth defenseman heading into the 2014/15 EIHL season, signing 27-year old Andrew Hotham.
The son of former NHLer Greg Hotham who played 230 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins, Hotham comes to Cardiff completing their defensive core with the Devils line-up nearing completion.
Hotham is no stranger to European hockey, after a lengthy North…
The month of August is getting closer so it’ll be time to release my second “Past, Present & Prospect” list.
Most (probably all) will be unfamiliar with this list so i’ll explain even though it’s very self explanatory.
I pick a three players from all 30 teams, one from the teams past, one on their current roster and one for the future.
I’ll be begining on August 1st with the Anaheim Ducks, and they’ll be released daily from there on out.
With the 2014/15 season fast approaching, teams are getting their final pieces of their rosters finalised, and today the Coventry Blaze added Rory Rawlyk to theirs, adding to what looks like a very promising Blaze side.
Rawlyk was a huge part of the Dundee Stars successful season last year, registering 40 points in 43 games before his season was cut short after taking a puck to the eye which…
The Nottingham Panthers have been active in recent days, putting the finishing touches to their 2014/15 roster and today announced the signing of 23-year old Canadian Charles Landry.
Landry has spent time between the AHL and ECHL since finishing his junior career in the QMJHL after the 2010/11 season, and has impressed his way to 66 AHL games and a 105 games in the ECHL.
Twice in his young career…
In what has been an incredibly busy few weeks for the Cardiff Devils, after announcing their 2014/15 season fixtures this morning, they also announced that British defenseman Josh Batch will be returning to the club for his fourth year in South Wales.
Batch had a difficult year last year as he was moved from forward to defense on a regular basis, but did manage a career high in points with 19,…
With the league fixtures set to be announced shortly, signings ahead of the new EIHL season are coming thick and fast, with today seeing a lot of moves.
The Nottingham Panthers added to their defensive core, signing 26-year old Canadian Mike Berube as their 8th confirmed defenseman.
Berube joins after an impressive year in the CHL as the captain of the Allen Americans where he registered 22…