Scouting Report: Alex Goligoski

Jason Gregor
June 02 2016 01:47PM

My Scouting Report series continues today, and once again we are focusing on the blue line.

You can read the Jason Demers report here.
Justin Faulk
Tyson Barrie
Kris Russell

Today, we look at the 61st pick from the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Alex Goligoski. Goligoski played three seasons at the University of Minnesota after the Penguins drafted him.

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Nugent-Hopkins discusses World Cup, a disappointing season and improving his faceoffs

Jason Gregor
June 01 2016 06:00PM

Nugepac

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was added to Team North America last Friday, and you can expect him to face many tough matchups in the tournament. His 313 NHL games are second most on the team (Sean Couturier has played 350), and RNH is looking forward to the opportunity to battle the best-of-the-best this September.

I caught up with the 2011 first overall pick to discuss the World Cup of Hockey, his frustrating season and his thoughts on what his NHL team needs to do to become competitive next season.

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Monday Musings: Chiarelli ready to play his cards?

Jason Gregor
May 30 2016 01:05PM

ChiarelliPhone

We are 26 days away from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and more importantly, the timeline when Peter Chiarelli will have the best opportunity to re-shape his roster. The prospect of trading for a competent, top-four, right-shot defender is most likely to happen right before, or at, the draft on Friday, June 24th.

We've already seen one trade involving a RD -- Erik Gudbranson to Vancouver -- so Chiarelli could make a move prior to the 24th, but everyone around the league knows what he wants, and the NHL often functions on last-minute trades, signings and CBA negotiations.

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Great players left off of Canada's roster

Jason Gregor
May 27 2016 10:45AM

WorldCup

The final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey will be announced today. Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic filled out their 23-man rosters this morning, and the remaining four teams will be named this afternoon.

When Canada's final roster is finalized there will be a lot of debate among passionate Canadian fans. Some very good players won't make the roster, but will we see ten eventual Hall of Famers omitted?

That is what happened in 1991.

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Scouting report: Kris Russell

Jason Gregor
May 26 2016 02:24PM

My Scouting Report series continues today, and once again we are focusing on the blue line.

You can read the Jason Demers report here.
Justin Faulk
Tyson Barrie

Today we look at the 67th pick from the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kris Russell. Russell was an undersized offensive D-man coming out of junior, but he's worked on his defensive game in the NHL and become an elite shot blocker. He's poised to be a UFA on July 1st. 

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