The NHL has a long history of the irksome, irritating and downright annoying players who happily dwell under the skin of their opponents, but now a more evolved breed combines antics with artistry—an invaluable combo during the high-stakes playoffs.
The Canucks have drafted extremely well over the last couple years. No, I’m not talking about drafting future superstars or quality NHL depth; I’m talking about drafting players with great names. At the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks selected one of the best names available in the fourth round when they picked defenceman Jack Rathbone. In 2018, they grabbed another defenceman with one of the best names in the draft when they got Jett Woo in the second round. That’s two elite names in back-to-back drafts. Add in some solid depth names like Petrus Palmu and Artem Manukyan, and the Canucks have clearly made out like bandits at the draft, name-wise.
The NHL Combine is back in Buffalo, N.Y. again this week, and while the drills don't start until the weekend, players and teams meet during the week. Here is the full list of players who will be at this year's combine.
Tom Wilson tries not to read everything about him on social media. You'd think being on the receiving end of endless tweets and messages that are, well, not suitable for work would be reason enough to skip them. But Wilson can't just ignore it all because sometimes it goes beyond hockey.
Jarome Iginla’s accomplishments as a Flame are well documented, leaving the franchise as its leader in goals, points and games played, but what has truly left a lasting impression is Iginla’s humility and his respect for others. Jermain Franklin has more on the legacy he left in Calgary ahead of his No.12 jersey being retired Saturday night.