December 23 2012 10:20AM
If the Edmonton Oilers are looking for a "bookend talent" to pair with Nail Yakupov, Stu MacGregor and his scouting staff might want to check out Valeri Nichushkin. He leads a strong group of 2013 draft eligibles from Russia on the road to Ufa for the 2013 World Junior Championships.
December 22 2012 09:36AM
NHL scouts knew Aleksandr Barkov was something special a year ago, when he delivered a solid season at age 16 in Finland's top pro league (the SM-Liiga). Barkov's 7 goals and 9 assists in 2011-12 was 4th best among skaters aged 21 and under. This season? He's in the top 10 in league scoring and pushing up the draft rankings.
December 21 2012 07:18AM
The on-ice events of the night of Steve Smith's 23-year birthday live in infamy, and unfairly cloud the story of a solid NHL career by a stand up guy. Steve Smith was a useful NHL hockey player over a long time, and its worth setting the record straight.
December 20 2012 06:36PM
Nathan MacKinnon headlines a strong group of 2013 draft eligibles who will be playing at the 2013 World Junior Championships. Canada has an unusually large number of draft eligibles--three--and each of them looks like they'll be strong prospects for the 2013 entry draft.
December 18 2012 07:13PM
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is "Captain Canada" for this year's World Junior Championships. Edmonton's list of prospects at this year's WJs is shy of previous seasons, but those in attendance will pack a wallop.