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CONTENTS 2016-17 YEARBOOK


VICTOR HEDMAN
It took seven long years, but Hedman is
now the standard for blueline behemoths
By Uffe Bodin

P.K. SUBBAN
22
New team? No problem. It’s in his DNA
to take the heat and adapt to change
By Ronnie Shuker

28
T.J. BRODIE
The man of so few words opens up about
being the NHL’s most underrated player
By Randy Sportak

30
TOP 50
Crosby is king once again, but the challengers to
his reign are primed and ready to usurp his crown
By Ryan Kennedy

36
BRENDAN GALLAGHER
Short on stature and big on guts, he’s gunning
for glory with the Habs after a season to forget
By Pat Hickey

38
JOE THORNTON
The dude is so brutally honest and wacky
SEASON even his agent brother thinks he’s a weirdo
PRIMER By Ken Campbell

42
NHL TEAM PREVIEWS 44
The hunters are now the hunted as Kris Letang and the Penguins get set to defend their crown
JACK EICHEL
He started out as a deer in headlights, but now
Your survival guide is here packed with all you need for the season outlooks prospects he’s staring down the spotlight as a budding star
depth charts stats schedules and predictions for the Pens and the teams stalking them By Jason Buckland

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A HUNDRED
Nerds relate well to the talented and punny
MacLean because he s one of us
Opening of Rogers Arena. The (ouse
that McDavid will build though not literally

HURRAHS
Closing of the Joe. We can remember
when this rink was the newbie on the circuit
So many memories so many triumphs
Centennial Classic. The shine of the out
door game has faded but this event in a mar
ket also celebrating its th season and in
THE NHL IS on the cusp of turning and a more intimate setting feels more special
it doesn t seem a day over Dads every World Junior Championship. The last
where feel free to use that one time it was in Toronto and Montreal it was
But seriously our favorite league is look splendiferous Yes that s a real word The
ing swell for any age There s a tendency for saurus told me so More of the same please
some media members who us and fans to Smaller Goalie Gear. When we discover
criticize the N(L for perceived shortcomings this makes no difference it will spur more
but that s more about how to improve a Fer P.K. Subban in Nashville. Like the stylish expansive thinking like say bigger nets
rari than damning an Edsel Besides it s been suits Subban sports Music City feels like a Vegas. The nickname jersey and expan
said if you look hard enough for problems or –ƒ‹Ž‘”‡†ϐ‹–ˆ‘”–Š‡ ǯ•‘•–‡‰ƒ‰‹‰•‘—ŽǤ sion draft are still to come Geeky fun
ϐŽƒ™•ǡ›‘—ǯ”‡‰‘‹‰–‘ϐ‹†–Š‡Ǥ Shea Weber in Montreal. The majority 40th Anniversary of Slap Shot. We
So instead of reprove we ll revel as we en says Montreal made a grave mistake The big Šƒ˜‡ǯ– Š‡ƒ”† ƒ› •’‡…‹ϐ‹…• ”‡‰ƒ”†‹‰ ƒ …‡Ž
ter this momentous season and look forward ger error might be underestimating Weber ebration but a spokesman told us We re
to a handful of things to be excited about and provoking a proud professional working on it
The World Cup of Hockey. Best on best Ron MacLean’s Return. No disrespect to Pavel Datsyuk in Arizona. Does this
)n September )n a local time zone (oo Ray Rogers for trying something new but they mean he ll go into the (all of Fame as a Coy
Matthews vs. Laine. The beginning of a misread the labels on the skinny jeans We ote Dang couldn t resist a dash of cynicism
–Š‹‰ǫ‡ǯŽŽ‰‡–‘—”ϐ‹”•–‰Ž‹’•‡ƒ––Š‡‡†‘ˆ don t doubt there are a lot of hipsters who )t s in the blood
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the Maple Leafs visit Winnipeg around it particularly on Saturday nights
The Return of Carey Price. Love or hate And that wasn t going to change regardless
the (abs the N(L is far better off when its of who was handling the hosting duties for
superstars are healthy and showcased We ll Hockey Night in CanadaǤ–Š‡‘–Š‡”Šƒ†ǡ Jason Kay
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McDavid is the biggest name in hockey in Canada,


but until he and the Oilers start accomplishing
something, he’s just another player to NBC.

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MOVING THE a contract with him and while
there was a lot of appeal ) wasn t
willing to pay for potential
SOPHOMORE
SHINE

MCDAVID NEEDLE
There was a base we were will
ing to pay potential on but it s Are we underestimating McDavid?
Recent superstars, minus Ovie, all saw
heavy on performance
giant leaps in production in Year 2
† ƒ• –‡””‹ϐ‹… ƒ• …ƒ˜‹†
The McDavid brand won’t truly gain traction until the Oilers was last season he did not move
start winning, forcing NBC and the U.S. fan to pay attention the needle for the Oilers a team
that was only slightly better
LEMIEUX
BY KEN CAMPBELL with him for a YEAR 1 1.37 | YEAR 2 1.78
points percentage than it was INCREASE:

29.9%
IF CONNOR MCDAVID is as good as Oilers are scheduled to appear when he was injured
an Edmonton Oilers sophomore on one NBC game this season Philadelphia defenseman
as he was as a rookie and plays When it comes to generating the Šƒ›‡
‘•–‹•„‡Š‡”‡ǡ ™Š‘ ϐ‹
an game season he ll put highest viewership levels pos ished ahead of McDavid in vot
up points in And if sible the formula for NBC Sports ing for the Calder Trophy played
N(L scoring stays at about the
same pace as it did last season
is a combination of big markets
winning records and attractive
for a team that was
with him in the lineup and
LINDROS
YEAR 1 1.23 | YEAR 2 1.49
that would give him the (ockey matchups And star power The when he was in the minors
Reference adjusted equivalent of Oilers possess just one of those to start the season and later INCREASE:

21.1%
a point season That s push in McDavid injured Gostisbehere had such
ing the boundaries of the same That doesn t mean the Oilers a positive impact on the Flyers
stratosphere as the likes of Eric will never appear on NBC but that they might not have made
Lindros Alex Ovechkin Mario the network will need to see the playoffs without him
Lemieux Wayne Gretzky and something more than a tease So the question remains if Mc
Sidney Crosby in their sopho
more seasons
from McDavid and Oilers As
with any team the Oilers can
David ultimately becomes what
much of the hockey world thinks
CROSBY
YEAR 1 1.26 | YEAR 2 1.52
And that s if McDavid s only as play their way onto our sched he will become which is the best
INCREASE:
good as he was in when ule an NBC spokesperson said player in the world can he make
his season was truncated to
games points by a shoulder
injury )f he s better as T(N s an
nual Fantasy Pool Guide suggests
he will be we have him scoring
YOU CAN’T TALK
ABOUT POTENTIAL.
that imprint in both Canada and
the U S playing for a smaller
market Mountain Time Zone
based team such as the Oilers
Gretzky did make inroads
20.6%
points in that will in that area but he didn t truly GRETZKY
put him right in the midst of that
group of superstars
YOU HAVE TO TALK hit the big time in terms of his
brand until he was traded to
YEAR 1 1.73 | YEAR 2 2.05
INCREASE:
)n Canada McDavid has been
ABOUT THEIR Los Angeles )t was then that he
a part of the hockey world s con
sciousness since he was so
‘•– ’‡‘’Ž‡ Š‡”‡ †‘ǯ– ϐŽ‹…Š
much when they see an ad fea
–—”‹‰ …ƒ˜‹† ϐ‹•Š‹‰ ‘ˆˆ ƒ
ACCOMPLISHMENT
– Brian Cooper, sponsorship expert
„‡…ƒ‡ ƒ –”ƒ•…‡†‡–ƒŽ ϐ‹‰—”‡Ǥ
No doubt about it Cooper said
of McDavid s chances of increas
ing his brand in Edmonton Be
cause ) ll tell you what will hap
18.5%
dock with a talking Penguin in
a television commercial for the
in an email to T(N As they get
more competitive they ll see
pen The N(L will then put its
support behind him (e would
MCDAVID
YEAR 1 1.07 | YEAR 2 1.20*
Canadian )mperial Bank of Com more airtime be their shining star so you re INCREASE:
merce Just and with no N(L )t s a sentiment echoed by going to make sure NBC covers
playoff games on his resume
McDavid already has partner
ships with CCM Canadian Tire
and Biosteel which have added
at least million in endorse
Cooper the president and CEO
of S E Sponsorship which rep
resented a corporate client in
negotiations with McDavid )n
Canada McDavid has already
him as well as any of the jewel
events the N(L has like the All
Star Game and the N(L Awards
With McDavid s Oilers moving
into a new arena and a renewed
12.1%
ment money to McDavid s port
folio according to sports mar
lived up to the hype that was
being generated for the three
enthusiasm for the roster and its
potential there is a lot to antici
OVECHKIN
YEAR 1 1.31 | YEAR 2 1.12
keting expert Brian Cooper years prior to him being drafted pate But now is time for action INCREASE:
But when it comes to universal ϐ‹”•– ‘˜‡”ƒŽŽ ‹ ʹͲͳͷǤ Dz‘— …ƒǯ– Not only must McDavid be oth
appeal McDavid has a long way
to go before he enters the con
sciousness of the casual Ameri
can hockey fan )t doesn t help
that neither McDavid nor the
talk about potential you have
to talk about their accomplish
ments Cooper said And he
doesn t have an accomplishment
yet One of my clients negotiated
erworldly the Oilers will have to
hold up their end of the bargain
and become a contending team
Only then will McDavid begin to
become the face of the N(L
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Let the Brent Burns watch begin
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2016-17 2017-18
WE ALMOST HAD a huge one For a while there it really looked like BESIDES RUINING THE UFApocalypse that would have been Stamkos
Steven Stamkos was going to test the free agent waters )n the end he Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also yanked Victor (edman
stayed with Tampa Bay But there were some big names that moved and Andrei Vasilevskiy off the market by getting their names on
addresses in free agency this summer and some good deals in terms extensions Oh well There s still plenty to get excited about (ere are
‘ˆ‹’ƒ…–ƒ†…‘–”ƒ…–Ȃ™‡”‡ƒ†‡Ǥ ‡”‡ƒ”‡‘—”–‘’ϐ‹˜‡ǣ –Š‡–‘’ϐ‹˜‡’‘–‡–‹ƒŽ •ˆ‘”‡š–•—‡”ǣ

BRIAN CAMPBELL CHICAGO Maybe not a typical No. 1, since Campbell is 37 and BRENT BURNS SAN JOSE Beastly in both game and visage, Burns was huge on the
only signed for one year, but the veteran is just what Chicago needed: a mobile veteran Sharks blueline last year, putting in a near-Norris performance thanks to his ofense and
who can take pressure of the overworked top dogs. Plus, he knows the town and has a physical play. Burns, 31, led all NHL defensemen with 27 goals and his combination of
Stanley Cup ring from his previous stay with the team. talents would make him a huge get if the Sharks don’t lock him down first.
CONTRACT: 1 year; $2.25 million AAV CAP HIT: $5.76 million

KYLE OKPOSO BUFFALO Not only did the Sabres win the Okposo sweepstakes by BEN BISHOP TAMPA BAY Since the Bolts already signed Vasilevskiy, it would seem
inking the heavy and talented 28-year-old winger, but they also shook a reputation at as though Bishop’s tenure in Tampa won’t last much longer. Which is incredible, because
the same time. Bufalo hasn’t been great attracting free agent talent, but with a young the towering stopper is one of the premier netminders around. If Bishop, 29, can stay
core and dedicated ownership, that’s changing. This signing could open the floodgates. healthy, he’ll be a Vezina-caliber goalie for whichever team he ends up with.
CONTRACT: 7 years, $6 million AAV CAP HIT: $5.95 million

TROY BROUWER CALGARY He was a crucial part of the Blues’ run to the confer- BRAD MARCHAND BOSTON Oh, you hate to play against him, but you know you
ence final, and now he joins a Calgary team trying to get back to the playofs. Brouwer’s want him on your team. Marchand, 28, was a scoring machine last year, making magic
big body, heavy game and veteran presence make him a great foil for fellow forwards with Patrice Bergeron. But he also proved at the World Championship he could succeed
Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett – the team’s evolving young core. with other linemates. Marchand’s combination of talent and nastiness is hard to find.
Brouwer, 31, is a playof performer and Cup winner, with Chicago in 2010. CAP HIT: $4.5 million
CONTRACT: 4 years, $4.5 million AAV
KEVIN SHATTENKIRK ST. LOUIS Top-end defenders are so hard to find, and Shat-
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JASON DEMERS FLORIDA The Panthers souped up their blueline, building around tenkirk will still be just 28 if he gets to market next July. Mobile and ofensively talented,
Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle. Demers, 28, comes in to a top-four role fresh of a nice he can log big minutes and lord over a power play. Trade rumors have swirled around
season in Dallas, where he played decent minutes and drove possession well. him since last season, but the Blues are right to seek a big return if they are to deal him.
CONTRACT: 5 years, $4.5 million AAV CAP HIT: $4.25 million

LEE STEMPNIAK CAROLINA Stempniak is on his 10th NHL team, but that’s only ALEX STEEN ST. LOUIS Steen plays against top lines and takes on all sorts of
because the 33-year-old sniper seems to be in demand every trade deadline. Carolina tough assignments, using smarts and physicality to get his job done. He led all St. Louis
got him for less than $3 million, which is pretty good for a guy who proved last season forwards in ice time and finished second to Vladimir Tarasenko in points. He will be 33 if
he could still score. He’ll join a group of young forwards who can use his wisdom. he gets to the open market, but a short-term deal would pay dividends.
CONTRACT: 2 years, $2.5 million AAV CAP HIT: $5.8 million

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THE
VEGAS EFFECTThe NHL’s latest expansion franchise is still a year away from being born,
but impact of the expansion draft is being felt already BY MIKE BROPHY
ANDERSEN: DEBORA ROBINSON/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES, SMITH: NORM HALL/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES, HOWARD: GRAIG ABEL/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES, ELLIOTT: JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES

THE EXPANSION DRAFT that will stock the N(L s st franchise the Las Vegas
Lost Weekends or something like that is nearly a year away but already
teams are making strategic moves to prepare for it
Current teams will have the option to protect just seven forwards three
defensemen and one goalie or eight skaters and one goalie Existing teams
…ƒ Ž‘•‡ Œ—•– ‘‡ ’Žƒ›‡” ‹ –Š‡ ‡š’ƒ•‹‘ †”ƒˆ– ƒ† ϐ‹”•–Ǧ ƒ† •‡…‘†Ǧ›‡ƒ”
players are exempt The one goalie proviso is having the earliest impact FREDERIK
ANDERSEN
with some clubs having already shipped out keepers for fear of losing
them for nothing in return And there are more swaps to come
The St Louis Blues decided Jake Allen is their man between
the pipes so they traded Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames
The Anaheim Ducks with John Gibson and Frederik Andersen
ƒ•–Š‡‹”†—‘ǡϐ‹‰—”‡†–‘Ž‘•‡‘‡‘ˆ–Š‡ǡ•‘–Š‡›†‡ƒŽ–†‡”Ǧ
•‡–‘–Š‡‘”‘–‘ƒ’Ž‡‡ƒˆ•ˆ‘”ϐ‹”•–Ǧƒ†•‡…‘†Ǧ”‘—†’‹…•Ǥ
Š‡ƒ’ƒƒ›‹‰Š–‹‰ǡŠƒ˜‹‰•‹‰‡†ʹʹǦ›‡ƒ”Ǧ‘Ž††”‡‹ƒ•‹Ǧ
Ž‡˜•‹›–‘ƒ–Š”‡‡Ǧ›‡ƒ”…‘–”ƒ…–ˆ‘”̈́͵Ǥͷ‹ŽŽ‹‘’‡”•‡ƒ•‘•–ƒ”–Ǧ
ing in will now surely trade Ben Bishop for the same reason
Other goalies who will probably be available include Mike Smith of
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Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins Jimmy (oward of the Detroit
JIMMY Red Wings and Andrew (ammond of the Ottawa Senators
HOWARD The N(L s desire is for Las Vegas to be competitive right away That
said the N(L s other teams will do their best to manipulate their proǦ
tected lists so the new franchise doesn t get any of its top players
One N(L GM who requested anonymity said teams may go as far
as keeping a player around for next season that they would otherǦ
wise move just to have him available to the incoming Las Vegas team
Once you analyze your roster you may want to keep a guy you d
otherwise try to trade if you have a strong feeling Vegas will pick
him and stay away from your other players in the expansion draft
he said )t s an unusual way to do business but this is an unǦ
usual circumstance MIKE
SMITH
Las Vegas will choose forwards nine defensemen
and three goalies with an aggregate expansion draft
value between and percent of this season s upǦ
per limit for the salary cap
Las Vegas will also have the opportunity to make trades
prior to the expansion draft with the hope of preǦ
venting handshake deals where Vegas avoids
drafting a certain player from a team for a fuǦ
ture payment
The N(L teams must submit their protectǦ
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BRIAN —•– •—„‹– ‹–• ‡š’ƒ•‹‘ †”ƒˆ– •‡Ž‡…–‹‘• „› ͷ
ELLIOTT
p m June The selections will be released June
BUZZ

ROOKIE
WATCH
A combination of teens fresh off the draft floor and prospects
who’ve been marinating in development leagues are ready to
take the NHL by storm. But who will snag the Calder?
AUSTON
MATTHEWS

BY RYAN KENNEDY
IT’S GOING TO be a sweet race for the Calder Trophy Sure the big injury
to Connor McDavid took some shine off last year s derby which we all
thought was going to be a McDavid Eichel heavyweight tilt but the can
didates for are varied and also elite Not only did we get another
excellent draft class in but some of the holdovers from and
earlier are pretty special as well
)t s been a while since a goalie took rookie of the year honors Steve
Mason but after his Stanley Cup run is it safe to doubt Matt Murray
On the other hand McDavid s injury might have prevented a third straight
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™‡”‡’”‡˜‹‘—•™‹‡”•Ǥ†—•–‘ƒ––Š‡™•Šƒ•–Šƒ–’‡†‹‰”‡‡ǤŠ‡”‡ǯ•
ƒŽ™ƒ›•–Š‡…Šƒ…‡ƒ”–‡‹ƒƒ”‹Ǧ–›’‡†ƒ”Š‘”•‡•—”’”‹•‡•ƒ‰ƒ‹ǡ„—–
here are some of the big names to watch

LAINE: ANDRE RINGUETTE/HHOF-IIHF IMAGES, MATTHEWS (TOP): DAVID KLUTHO/HHOF-IIHF IMAGES,


AUSTON MATTHEWS PATRIK LAINE JESSE PULJUJARVI ZACH WERENSKI DYLAN STROME
TORONTO, C WINNIPEG, RW EDMONTON, RW COLUMBUS, D ARIZONA, C

The Arizona Kid will literally Winnipeg is only one No pressure, kid, but the He’s been on a high-speed The table has been set for
be front and center in To- season removed from the Oilers traded Taylor Hall train since 17, when he the middle Strome brother.
ronto, as the Maple Leafs get playofs and has some nice after they drafted you. While decided to fast-track high The big center nearly made
their No. 1 pivot of the future, weapons up front in Mark expectations will be high on school in order to play for the team straight from the
today. Matthews will get Scheifele, Blake Wheeler Puljujarvi, there’s no doubt the University of Michigan a draft, but more seasoning in
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shelter from the older Nazem and the ascending Nikolaj the powerful right winger year early. All the gambles junior allowed time for Strome
Kadri down the middle, but Ehlers. Laine is a bull with a has the right pedigree. The have paid of. When Werenski to add muscle to his frame.
make no mistake: the rookie’s wicked shot who spent the world juniors MVP and world left the Wolverines after his Now, he must seize a great
pedigree defines him as a past season getting medals under-18 gold medallist sophomore year, he headed opportunity in Arizona, where
rising star. Matthews has the draped around his neck. The boasts a great stride, fantastic straight to the AHL, where the Coyotes have strength on
size, smarts and skill to be a fact he was named MVP of playmaking ability and a he guided Lake Erie to the wings but need someone
dominant force in the NHL the World Championship responsible side. Plus, he’s Cleveland’s first Calder Cup in down the middle. Strome has
and while big numbers should – a tournament filled with very competitive. He’ll also be more than 50 years. With size, the smarts and the playmak-
not be expected right away, NHLers – bodes well for the surrounded by some great of- mobility and the skills to play ing skills to feed those wing-
he will grow alongside fellow teenager. Laine plays with a fensive talent to help push his in all situations, Werenski will ers, and with strong vets such
young guns Mitch Marner lot of confidence and spirit, so numbers in the right direction, be the fourth horseman in Co- as Shane Doan and Jamie
and William Nylander, giving thoughts and prayers to the and the presence of Connor lumbus’ burgeoning top four McGinn around, he need not
the franchise a much-needed first NHLer who tries to stand McDavid means the spotlight along with Seth Jones, Ryan worry about being pushed
ofensive upgrade. him up at the blueline. won’t sear too much. Murray and David Savard. around in his rookie campaign.

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DYLAN
STROME

PATRIK
LAINE
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MIKKO RANTANEN IVAN PROVOROV NICK SCHMALTZ ESA LINDELL MATT MURRAY
COLORADO, RW PHILADELPHIA, D CHICAGO, C DALLAS, D PITTSBURGH, G

The Avalanche couldn’t have Not that Evgeny Medvedev Stan Bowman’s burden He may not be the best- Like John Gibson the year
asked for a better season from was going to be much of a is Schmaltz’s golden op- known name out there, but prior, it’s funny to think of
Rantanen. Not only did the hindrance anyway, but the portunity. Chicago’s GM once Lindell has quietly put himself Murray as a rookie, but he fits
teenager win World Junior Russian veteran’s sudden again had to make cap-saving on track for a job in Dallas. Calder criterion because he
Championship gold on home departure from Philly bodes trades this summer, and the Past the established top-four, only played 13 regular season
ice in Finland, but he also well for Provorov, who has exit of Teuvo Teravainen there is room for ascent on games. In the playofs, he
broke rookie records for goals, pretty much run the show in means Schmaltz had a great the Stars and Lindell brings a pulled a Ken Dryden and led
assists and points in AHL San major junior for two seasons reason to leave North Dakota big frame and great two-way the Penguins to a Stanley
Antonio. Rantanen started the now. The WHL defenseman early. Coming of a national play. He’s ahead of Julius Cup, winning 15 games along
season with the Avalanche, of the year led the Brandon championship, the scintillat- Honka and Jamie Oleksiak is the way. There is rampant
but without enough ice time Wheat Kings to a league ing playmaker will now join on his last chance to prove he speculation Murray has
to justify his presence, they title and once again put up another perennial winner with can be a regular NHLer. And already usurped Marc-Andre
wisely sent him down to play sick ofensive numbers for a a Hawks moniker, though while Lindell may not be a Fleury in Pittsburgh, and
a bigger role. Rantanen, a defenseman. Though the Fly- the stakes are now higher. marquee name right now, he while he may end up split-
power forward with a wire ers have a number of veterans Schmaltz, with his vision, will has already been on the inter- ting duties initially, it’s hard
shot and great maturity, even under contract, they found have no problem meshing national radar, earning a spot not to see the steel-nerved
got to kill penalties in San space for Shayne Gostisbe- with Chicago’s talented on Finland’s World Cup team Murray as the No. 1 long term,
Antonio, so he’ll be ready for here, and Provorov has just as forwards, and his high-skill (and he didn’t sneak in – he especially with the expansion
anything with Colorado. much upside. game is perfect for the era. was part of the initial 16). draft coming up.

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BUZZ

WHAT S ’
COACHES

NEW

PANTHER’S JESEY: ELIOT SCHECHTER, LEAFS JERSEY: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES, GULUTZAN: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES, CHAYKA: NORM HALL/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES, CARLYLE: GRAIG ABEL/GETTYIMAGES,
RANDY CARLYLE ANAHEIM
Everything old is new again in Anaheim, as the Ducks brought back
the only coach to lead the franchise to a Stanley Cup championship.
Carlyle did it with at least three Hall of Famers on his roster (Chris
Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne), but still – he did it.
The years since have been a struggle, and the big question is whether
the veteran can coach a puck possession game.
The Leafs and Ducks are looking to the past for future inspiration.
But they’re not alone. From major staff shake-ups to jerseys and GUY BOUCHER OTTAWA
A rare double-Swiss hire, as the Sens bring in Guy Boucher and a new
an entire downtown development based around a state-of-the-art associate coach in Marc Crawford, both of whom coached in Switzer-
arena, change is in the air for 2016-17 BY RYAN KENNEDY land last season. Boucher gets his second NHL shot after a previous
stint in Tampa Bay, while Crawford brings a Stanley Cup title from his
Colorado days. Boucher was in a tough situation with the Lightning
JERSEYS when he was let go. Yet, at the time, some of his veterans seemed to
have tuned out. That won’t be a problem in Ottawa, with a younger
team that needs guidance and a bit of a jump-start.

FLORIDA PANTHERS BRUCE BOUDREAU MINNESOTA


Game 7s continue to be Boundreau’s white whale, but there is no
The remaking of the Panthers hasn’t been question the afable bench boss has a knack for building squads into
restricted to the on-ice product. Florida’s contenders. The Wild seem to be at a crossroads as a good-but-not-
new jerseys bring about the franchise’s great team, so Boudreau’s task is simple: nourish the young talent
first major change since it was born in and get the veterans moving alongside them in a positive direction. It
1993. The panther itself is more realistic won’t be easy in the Central, but Boudreau is a regular-season ace.
(“grown up,” if you will), while the shoul-
der art features several cool innovations,
such as military tabs – with captains GLEN GULUTZAN CALGARY
getting special customized versions. Gulutzan, another coach getting a second kick at the can in the NHL,
was young when he had the job in Dallas. Now he returns to helm a
team with plenty of young talent. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan

BOUCHER: SCOTT ISKOWITZ/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES, BOUDREAU: MITCHELL LAYTON/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES
and Sam Bennett will all make the coach’s job a little easier, but
expectations for the team are high since the goaltending problem
seems to have been solved with the acquisition of Brian Elliott.
Before landing the Flames job, Gulutzan was an assistant coach
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS in Vancouver. During his first year, he was under John Tortorella –
With the franchise’s 100th season upon whose other assistant was future Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.
us, the Maple Leafs had to come out in
style, so they put together a new look
that still embraces the past. The logo GMs
itself draws elements from the 1940s and
1960s versions, while the 13 veins on top JOHN CHAYKA ARIZONA
(for the franchise’s 13 Stanley Cups) add The boy wonder from southern Ontario became the youngest GM in
another layer to the fun. NHL history when the Coyotes hired him at 26, and Chayka has not
shrunk from the task. He is an advanced stats star who is in charge
of implementing coach/VP of hockey ops Dave Tippett’s big picture
vision for the squad. His first big coup was landing veteran defense-
man Alex Goligoski. He then showed some boldness in taking on Pavel
ARENA Datsyuk’s dead contract from Detroit to move up with his second pick
in the draft, which he used to pluck the falling Jakob Chychrun.
ROGERS PLACE, EDMONTON
Rogers Place appears to be a big winner
for the city of Edmonton and the Oilers. TOM ROWE FLORIDA
The architecture both inside and out looks Similar to Chayka’s situation, Rowe comes into a GM’s role with a big
marvelous, and, of course, there will be all name still in the house. Former GM and Panthers architect Dale Tallon
sorts of tech goodies for fans, including what is being billed as the largest “true” high will now focus more on talent evaluation and less on paperwork,
definition scoreboard in the NHL. Taking a cue from the Bufalo Sabres, Edmonton built and Rowe will have a lot of help elsewhere too: the Cats have really
its new rink right downtown to be a potential magnet for the city. It’s all part of a huge shaken up their brain trust and embraced analytics. Rowe got busy
undertaking in the city known as the Ice District. Condos, a casino and a public plaza are early, landing Keith Yandle and remaking his defense corps around
also in the works in the area. cornerstone Aaron Ekblad.

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WHO WILL
WIN THE OTHERS
STANLEY
CUP? 22% 16% 14% 12% 8% 28%
WHO WILL
21% WIN THE
ER
WHO WILL WIN THE HART
ART ROSS TROPHY? TROPHY?
14% 10%
OTH

Connor McDavid 29%


16% WHO WILL Sidney Crosby 21%
WIN THE Patrick Kane 21%
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18% PRESIDENTS’ Jamie Benn 10%

OVECHKIN
TAVARES
Tyler Seguin 5%

CROSBY
21% TROPHY?

OTHER
BENN
KANE
Others 14%

WHAT THE 27% 15% 13% 12% 9% 24%


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WHO WILL WIN


You’ve spoken via Facebook, and if the Hockey Gods listen,
E
THE CALDER
IN
it’ll be another banner year for Sid & the Pens LA
TROPHY?
32%
WHO WILL WIN THE NORRIS TROPHY? WHO WILL WIN THE ROCKET
ERIK KARLSSON 22%
RICHARD TROPHY?
Alex Ovechkin 41% 14% 31% MATTHEWS

BRENT BURNS 18% R


Patrick Kane 14% HE
KRIS LETANG 16%
DREW DOUGHTY 11%
Jamie Benn 8%
OT
7% 9%
7%
R

Sidney Crosby 7%
LANDE
VI

P.K. SUBBAN 10%


JAR

Vladimir Tarasenko 6%
STROME
LJU

OTHER 23%
W. NY

Other 24%
PU

WHO WILL
WIN THE
VEZINA
CAREY PRICE BRADEN HOLTBY BEN BISHOP JONATHAN QUICK HENRIK LUNDQVIST OTHER
TROPHY? 34% 21% 9% 6% 6% 24%

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BUZZ

RAY BOURQUE

DOWN
GOES
BROWN

FIVE
LEGENDS RAY BOURQUE
COLORADO AVALANCHE, 2001
DOMINIK HASEK

WHO WAITED FOR


THE LONG WAIT: Probably the first name
that came to your mind when you saw this DOMINIK HASEK
list, Bourque’s drought lasted a stunning DETROIT RED WINGS, 2002

THE CUP
21 years, during which he captured five THE LONG WAIT: Hasek’s career was all
Norris Trophies and was a first-team about waiting. He didn’t make the NHL
all-star 12 times. Despite being his genera- until he was 25 and didn’t become a
tion’s best defenseman, he debuted in full-time starter until he was 28. But from
the 1970s and made it to the turn of the there he quickly established himself as the
millennium without earning a ring. league’s very best, winning the Vezina six
Think ‘Ovie’ just isn’t a winner? Be patient. times in eight years. But with the Sabres
declining and a big option year payday
These stars had long waits for their first Cup WORST NEAR-MISS: The Bruins made
the final twice during Bourque’s career, looming, Hasek’s time in Bufalo came to
in 1988 and 1990. But both times, they an end in 2001 without a title.
BY SEAN MCINDOE ran into the Edmonton Oilers, and they BOURQUE: HHOF IMAGES; HASEK: DAVE SANDFORD/GETTY IMAGES/NHLI

only managed to win one game between WORST NEAR-MISS: Well, there was that
ALEX OVECHKIN HAS been criticized for a lack of production at the two series. (They also managed to certain Brett Hull goal in the 1999 final…
key moments and an inability to lead the Capitals to a deep become the only team in final history
playoff run Not everyone agrees with plenty of voices defend to be swept in five games, thanks to a HOW IT FINALLY ENDED: It’s easy to
ing Ovechkin s track record But the fact remains that years Boston Garden power failure that forced forget now, but the trade that sent Hasek
into his N(L career Ovechkin has racked up record breaking the suspension of a game in 1988.) to Detroit was an odd one at the time.
numbers and plenty of individual awards but no Stanley Cup The Red Wings already had Chris Osgood,
So it may be worth remembering that still leaves him in HOW IT FINALLY ENDED: The good news who’d won two Cups with them. But
pretty good company Plenty of legendary N(Lers never won it for Ovechkin is that Bourque finally did Hasek represented a clear upgrade, so
all with names like Marcel Dionne Gilbert Perreault and Darryl get his Cup. The bad news for Caps fans they made the move, and it paid of. They
Sittler failing to earn a ring But there have also been plenty of is that it took a trade for it to happen. The won the Cup, Hasek got his ring, and then
Bruins dealt Bourque (at his request), retired. It was a storybook ending. (Then
superstars who did get their Cup they just had to wait for it
sending him to Colorado at the trade he came back a year later, shivving Curtis
And in some cases they waited a lot longer than Ovechkin has deadline in 2000. The Avs didn’t win it all Joseph and eventually teaming with a
So let s offer up some hope to Ovechkin not to mention guys that year, but Bourque returned for one returning Osgood to win a second Cup
like (enrik Lundqvist Roberto Luongo Joe Thornton and the more run, and finally got his Stanley Cup in 2008. Look, it was Dominik Hasek; the
‡†‹•Ȍ„›”‡‡„‡”‹‰ϐ‹˜‡Ž‡‰‡†ƒ”›’Žƒ›‡”•™Š‘–‘‘—–‹Ž in 2001, leading to an iconic Cup-pass storybook ending was always going to be
ƒ–Ž‡ƒ•––Š‡‹”ͳʹ–Š•‡ƒ•‘–‘ϐ‹ƒŽŽ›‰‡––Š‡‹”Šƒ†•‘ƒ—’Ǥ from Joe Sakic. a weird one.)

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THERE WERE
PEOPLE IN DETROIT
WHO THOUGHT THE
WINGS HAD TO TEEMU SELANNE
TRADE YZERMAN
FOR YASHIN TO
WIN IT ALL

STEVE YZERMAN

STEVE YZERMAN
DETROIT RED WINGS, 1997
THE LONG WAIT: Let’s take pity on Washington
fans by ending with a guy who won his champi-
onship without ever playing a game for another
franchise. Despite being recognized as one of the
best players of his generation, Yzerman was still
without a Cup 13 years into his career. That was
despite putting up gaudy ofensive numbers and
leading the Red Wings to all sorts of regular sea-
TEEMU SELANNE son success, both of which may sound familiar
to Caps fans.
ANAHEIM DUCKS, 2007 In fact, as bizarre as it sounds now, there
THE LONG WAIT: Selanne was drafted was a time when it wasn’t uncommon to hear
in 1988, debuted in 1992, played for hockey fans talk about Yzerman the same way
JOHNNY BUCYK
four teams and was an all-star 10 times so many talk about Ovechkin today. He was a
once the 2007 playofs arrived. But at regular season player, a numbers guy who didn’t
BUCYK: BRUCE BENNETT STUDIOS/GETTY IMAGES; SELANNE+YZERMAN: DAVE SANDFORD/GETTY IMAGES

36, he’d never been to a Stanley Cup know how to come through when it counted.
final. And much like Ovechkin, he made There was even talk of trading him, including a
it through the first dozen years of his rumored deal that would send him to Ottawa for
career without even making it out of the Alexei Yashin.
second round. Think about that: there were people who
thought that if Detroit wanted to win it all, the
JOHNNY BUCYK WORST NEAR-MISS: Selanne finally
got a taste of the conference final in
team had to replace Yzerman with Yashin – and
their ranks included plenty of Red Wings fans.
BOSTON BRUINS, 1970 2006 with the Ducks before losing to Keep that in mind the next time somebody tries
THE LONG WAIT: The future Hall of Famer broke into the upstart Oilers. But his toughest miss to tell you the Capitals need to move on from
the NHL with the Red Wings in 1955. After two years probably came in 2003-04, when Se- Ovechkin.
in Detroit, he was dealt to Boston for Terry Sawchuk in lanne and Paul Kariya took massive pay
what turned out to be one of the bigger trades in NHL cuts to join a star-studded Avalanche WORST NEAR-MISS: The Red Wings were swept
history. Much like Bourque, he found that winning a Cup team that looked like it could steamroll in the 1995 Cup final, but 1996 was probably
in Boston was easier said than done. to a championship. Instead, he had the more painful. That was the year the Wings won
least productive season of his career and an NHL-record 62 games, then lost to the Avs in
WORST NEAR-MISS: Bucyk and the Bruins lost in the the Avs went out in Round 2. To make the conference final, which launched the legend-
final his first year there, in 1958, and were defeated matters worse, they were knocked out ary rivalry between the two teams.
in the de facto final (because the winner would play by the Sharks, the team Selanne had left
the second-year St. Louis Blues for the Cup) in 1969. to come to Colorado. HOW IT FINALLY ENDED: The Red Wings didn’t
In between, they endured an eight-year stretch where panic after that 1996 disappointment. They
they missed the playofs every season. HOW IT FINALLY ENDED: Selanne and stayed the course, added a few more pieces,
the Ducks finally broke through in 2007, and passed on Yashin-for-Yzerman. Then they
HOW IT FINALLY ENDED: In his 15th season and just beating the Senators in five to capture went out and won back-to-back Cups, followed
two days before his 35th birthday, Bucyk finally got his the Cup for the first time. Everyone felt by a third in 2002. Yzerman retired in 2006 and
first Cup in 1970 when Bobby Orr scored his famous happy Selanne could ride of into the is now viewed as one of the greatest winners in
overtime winner. Bucyk won a second Cup two years sunset with a title. Then he played for NHL history. If you’re an Ovechkin fan looking for
later, and played in the NHL until the age of 42. seven more years. the best-case scenario, it looks a lot like this.

2016-17 YEARBOOK THE HOCKEY NEWS | 19


Now 25, Hedman is far removed
from the player who, by his own
admission today, was overwhelmed
and overly self-critical when
he broke into the league as an
18-year-old.
VICTOR HEDMAN

As a teen, Hedman was compared to a towering Hall of Famer.


Seven years later, he’s now the benchmark by which big, skilled
defensemen will be measured BY UFFE BODIN

B
eing dubbed the second coming of look for that opening pass and when ) should
Chris Pronger is tough to live up to dump the puck You could say ) ve learned it
Just ask Victor (edman (eralded as the hard way but compared to where ) was
one of the most intriguing prospects a few years ago it feels like ) ve made a long
to play in the Swedish League (edman had and pretty cool journey
everything going for him in when he Often with hulking defensemen in the
burst onto the scene with Modo at Scouts mold of Pronger and Zdeno Chara it takes
drooled over his rare blend of skill size and –Š‡Ž‘‰‡”–‘ϐ‹ŽŽ‘—––Š‡‹”ˆ”ƒ‡•ǡ‰ƒ‹ƒ•
skating ability and media proclaimed him tery over their limbs and develop the co or
the next big Swedish thing in the N(L dination needed to handle the on ice chaos
But the road to stardom was bumpier than (edman went through these same ordeals
anyone himself included had anticipated but thanks to a fellow countryman and for
—”‹‰Š‹•ϐ‹”•–ˆ‡™•‡ƒ•‘•™‹–Š–Š‡ƒ’ƒ mer N(L defenseman his physical status has
Bay Lightning who picked him second over improved greatly over the past few years
all in (edman struggled to meet expec (ans Jonsson played games with
tations especially his own )t was a pretty
long process with a lot of ups and downs for
the Pittsburgh Penguins between
After his playing career ended he
and
YOU COULD SAY I’VE
me (edman said ) came here when ) was
faced superstars every night and played
took the Gary Roberts route and became a
personal trainer specializing in hockey play LEARNED THE HARD WAY,
against big men at a fast pace )t was a very
tough adjustment for me
ers (e felt that he had been practising the
wrong way when he was active (edman BUT COMPARED TO WHERE
(aving achieved success as a creative said about Jonsson (e had a lot of back
I WAS A FEW YEARS AGO,
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offense minded player at every level (ed problems and other injuries So when he got
man expected nothing less in the N(L But his education he devoted himself to prevent
when things didn t work he got caught in a
”—–ǤDzŠ‡„‹‰‰‡•– Š—”†Ž‡ˆ‘”‡™ƒ•ƒ……‡’–
ing others from making the mistakes he felt
he had made (e s very dedicated and ) owe
IT FEELS LIKE I’VE MADE
ing that you sometimes make mistakes he
said )n the beginning ) always tried to over
a lot of my own success to him My endurance
is much better today as ) ve been trained to
A LONG AND PRETTY
compensate for every mistake ) made and )
wound up doing too much trying to be too
handle to
and the playoffs
minutes a night for games COOL JOURNEY
•’‡…–ƒ…—Žƒ”ǤŠƒ–…”‡ƒ–‡†ƒ†‘‹‘‡ˆˆ‡…–Ǥdz After spending the past seven years with –™‘Ž‡ˆ–•‹…‡™‡•–ƒ”–‡†Š‡”‡‹ƒ’ƒǤ‹…‡
Š‡”‡ ™ƒ•ǯ– ‘‡ ‘‡– ™Š‡ ‡˜‡”› the Lightning (edman secured his long term then there have been new coaches a new GM
thing turned around but the Lightning future with the franchise by agreeing to a ƒ† ƒ ‡™ ‘™‡”Ǥ ‡ǯ˜‡ „‡‡ –Š”‘—‰Š ƒ Ž‘–
•‹‰‹‰ ‡†ƒ –‘ ƒ ϐ‹˜‡Ǧ›‡ƒ” †‡ƒŽ ‹ Žƒ–‡ new eight year contract extension worth together and that has made our relationship
ʹͲͳͳ Š‡Ž’‡† •‹‰‹ϐ‹…ƒ–Ž›Ǥ Š‡ …‘‹–‡– ‹ŽŽ‹‘–Š‹••—‡”ǤŠ‡†‡ƒŽ™ƒ•’”‡•‡–‡† very strong
„‘‘•–‡† Š‹• …‘ϐ‹†‡…‡ ƒ† ƒ†‡ Š‹ ”‡ƒŽ only two days after captain Steven Stamkos ‹–Š–Š‡–™‘ˆ”‹‡†•”‡‡™‹‰–Š‡‹”…‘
ize management had patience with his de had put his signature on an eight year pact mitment to the Lightning the team will be a
velopment Although there were times he ‘ˆ Š‹• ‘™Ǥ Š‹• ™ƒ• ‘ …‘‹…‹†‡…‡Ǥ –ƒ Stanley Cup contender for years to come And
felt disheartened about his game he didn t kos quickly pointed out how much (edman s (edman now has become that Norris
stop believing in his abilities ) never hid presence meant to his decision to stay in ”‘’Š›Ǧ…ƒŽ‹„‡””‡ƒ”‰—ƒ”†‡˜‡”›‘‡ƒ••—‡†
or became passive ) stuck to my guns he ƒ’ƒ ƒ›Ǥ † –Š‡ ˆ‡‡Ž‹‰ ‹• —–—ƒŽǤ Dz‡ he would be Although he doesn t display the
said )t s all about learning when where had a lot of contact during this process and snarl reminiscent of Pronger (edman is in
ƒ†Š‘™–‘†‘–Š‹‰•Ǥ‘†ƒ›ǡ‘‡‘ˆ›ƒ‹ knew where we had each other (edman the midst of creating a standard of his own
strengths is that ) know how to balance my said Stammer and ) have been playing now he s the big skilled smooth skating de
game ) know when ) should join the rush and together for so long and have become really fenseman who prospects will be compared to
when ) should sit back ) know when ) should ‰‘‘† ˆ”‹‡†• ™Š‘ Šƒ‰ ‘—–Ǥ ‡ǯ”‡ –Š‡ ‘Ž› in the future

2016-17 YEARBOOK THE HOCKEY NEWS | 21


THE EVOLUTION OF
P.K. SUBBAN
The P.K. brand is a carefully cultivated image that runs a lot deeper than the name on
the back and the logo on the front of the jersey. It’s more about philosophy than pucks.
That persona wasn’t forever in Montreal, but it’ll start up again in Nashville
BY RONNIE SHUKER
)t s rare to see Subban miss a beat
(e is so comfortable in front of a
camera so candid in interviews that
you get the sense his evolution from After six plus years as a Canadien
chubby kid in a forgotten part of To the evolution of PK Subban is about
ronto into chiselled N(L superstar to enter its next phase Right smack
was bred right into his DNA (is back ‹Š‹•’Žƒ›‹‰’”‹‡ǡŠ‡ϐ‹†•Š‹•‡Žˆ
story well documented is the stuff of having to adapt to a new environ
childhood dreams A young kid the ment in Nashville which is about as
son of immigrants starts with little close to Montreal in hockey culture as
in an uninspiring urban neighbor country music is to hip hop Whereas
hood (is father who works two jobs Subban s playlist includes Drake and
–‘‡‡’Š‹•ϐ‹˜‡…Š‹Ž†”‡ˆ‡†ƒ†‰‹˜‡ Eminem the Predators often show
them every opportunity to succeed case Vince Gill on stage during inter
takes his eldest son skating every missions of home games )n their
winter night often into the wee hours year history the Canadiens have won
There’s a heat warning in efect for To- of the morning (e builds a rink in Stanley Cups which is more than
ronto on this sultry Saturday afternoon the family s backyard and the boy s the number of years the Preda
hard work combines with his physi tors have been in existence There are
in mid-June, the kind that forces pedes- cal gifts and natural talent (e rises about as many reporters covering the
trians to seek respite on the side of the through the ranks of youth hockey Canadiens as there are players on the
then to major junior and on to pro team while the Predators have just
street where shade is cast. In a studio After one year in the A(L he reaches one beat reporter listed in the N(L
of a nondescript warehouse block in the top of the hockey world the N(L media directory (ockey is everything
And from there he evolves into one of in Montreal and no other player was
the city’s nondescript east end, how- the game s most electric players and more scrutinized there than Subban
ever, the heat isn’t bothering P.K. Sub- by far its biggest personality )t s now over the past six years Not that the
been seven years since Subban turned heat ever seemed to bother him )n his
ban, who just changed into a velvet pro and six since he took the N(L by ϐ‹”•–‹–‡”˜‹‡™ƒˆ–‡”–Š‡–”ƒ†‡ǡ—„
burgundy jacket for his next shot. He’s storm during the playoffs if you ban said ) know ) m not perfect But
can believe it (e sure can t ) have no at the end of the day you have to be
mugging for the camera in support of idea where seven years went Subban willing to take the heat
a new line of suits he helped sketch for says )t s going to be my eighth year Š‡ •’‘–Ž‹‰Š– ™‹ŽŽ „‡ •‹‰‹ϐ‹…ƒ–Ž›
next year ) still feel like ) m but ev less bright in Nashville where hock
RW&Co., and despite only intermittent eryone s like No PK you re You ey is still somewhat niche despite a
air conditioning, there isn’t a bead of know And next year ) ll be )t s growing fan base Yet that should suit
crazy )t s nuts —„„ƒ Œ—•– ϐ‹‡ǡ –‘‘Ǥ Ž‹‡ ƒ› ‘ˆ
sweat in sight on him. Until recently all those years had his peers in the N(L hockey isn t the
Still, something’s amiss. It’s the vibe come in the Montreal Canadiens orga be all and end all And playing in a
nization But in the middle of June less non traditional market will free him
that’s throwing him of, not the heat. than two weeks before being traded to indulge in his non hockey interests
He’s not feeling the music, so he shouts Subban doesn t want to talk about ) feel sad for someone who has just
the team or hockey for that matter ‘‡–Š‹‰–Šƒ–†‡ϐ‹‡•–Š‡ƒ•ƒ’‡”
across the room to his brother Mal- Whether he knows it or not his eighth son Subban says ) don t think that s
colm and asks him to change the tune year of pro hockey won t be in Mon really healthy Somebody who says
treal (e certainly doesn t know it will Oh hockey is my life it s everything
and pump up the volume. As an Amy be in Nashville who trades their cap it s like OK well when it s over then
Winehouse doppelganger fixes Sub- tain Shea Weber to acquire Subban what do you do you know
days later on June Given the Subban has long known he s more
ban’s suit, the intro to Drake’s “Started eight year million deal Subban than just a hockey player )n his early
from the Bottom” begins. The brothers signed with the Canadiens two sum twenties he was already telling the
mers ago he probably expected to world he s a guy who plays hockey
exchange smiles and let out a subtle remain a (ab for life like some of the not a hockey player )t s a subtle dis
“Yyyeeeaaahhh” in approval. When lifelong Canadiens he looked up to in –‹…–‹‘ǡ „—– ‹–ǯ• •‹‰‹ϐ‹…ƒ–Ǥ —„„ƒ
cluding the late Jean Beliveau )nstead is far more philosophical about his
the beat kicks in, Subban starts danc- he s more like Patrick Roy a contro career than most players Many eat
ing, nodding his head in sync with the versial superstar beloved by the fans sleep think dream breathe and bathe
who was shipped out of Montreal in hockey and only hockey all day ev
rhythm. As his groove returns, the cam- his prime of his career after a rift with ery day and don t come to the real
era starts firing away. the coach ization they still have half their life

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THERE’S

IN WHO I AM
ME. I ALWAYS
FEEL THAT I’M
I DON’T THINK
ANYBODY LIKE

VERY DISTINCT
FOR ANYONE TO DESCRIBE ME
WHO I NEVER MET, I LAUGH AT THAT.
or more to live after it s over
I THINK IT’S HILARIOUS interview For all his humor affa
)t s usually only when they get bility and playfulness he exudes
married have kids or near the Ž‹ˆ‡ǡƒ†Š‡•‡‡•–‘Šƒ˜‡ƒϐ‹”‘’‹‹‘‘™Š‘ ƒǤǯ‘—‘™ǡ–Š‡› ‘ƒ–Šƒ‘‡™•ǦŽ‹‡•‡”‹‘—•‡••
end of their career that they give could never put me on a talk show with those people because they d when it comes to the business of
thought to what they might do be made a fool „‡‹‰ǤǤ—„„ƒǤDzŠ‡’‡‘’Ž‡
and who they might be after they Not that Subban hasn t stoked those opinions with some occasional think of a brand they can see it
ƒ”‡ϐ‹‹•Š‡†™‹–ŠŠ‘…‡›Ȃ‘”ǡƒ• –‘ˆ‘‘Ž‡”›Ǥ—”‹‰–Š‡ʹͲͳͲ’Žƒ›‘ˆˆ•ǡ‘Š‡””›™ƒ•–Š‡ϐ‹”•––‘…ƒŽŽ as self centered but it s not re
is more often the case hockey out Subban for his over the top goal celebrations and on ice chirping ally about that Subban says )
‹• ϐ‹‹•Š‡† ™‹–Š –Š‡Ǥ Š‡› …‡” calling his antics disrespectful to the game Soon afterward a fellow should be able to have a say on
tainly don t think about it when player weighed in on Subban when Mike Richards then of Philadel what ) want people to talk about
they re single childless famous phia made a similar charge intimating retribution would be coming when it comes to me )n order
fabulously rich and still just Subban s way if the year old rookie kept disrespecting his peers to do that you ve got to take
From anyone else that out Controversy followed Subban on his own team too Over his six control of it because media and
look would give off the air of an years in Montreal he got into altercations at practice with teammates people will build their own per
athlete with a half hearted love ‘ƒ•Ž‡ƒ‡…ǡƒ˜‹†‡•Šƒ”ƒ‹•ƒ†ƒšƒ…‹‘”‡––›ǡƒ†”—‘”• ceptions of you
for the game and a half assed of tension in the dressing room between Subban and the rest of the Since Subban arrived in the
dedication to it Yet no one not team were often in the air Whether they were true truish or com  ™‹–ŠŠ‹•Šƒ‹”‘ϐ‹”‡‹ʹͲͳͲǡ
even his detractors and there ’Ž‡–‡Ž›ˆƒ„”‹…ƒ–‡†ǡˆƒ•‹‘–”‡ƒŽ†‹†ǯ–•‡‡–‘…ƒ”‡ǤŠ‡›ƒŽ‘•– his evolution has been swift (e
are many doubts Subban s pas unanimously adored him When the trade went down fans went ™‘ –Š‡ ‘””‹• ”‘’Š› ƒ• –Š‡
sion or his commitment to his berserk irate the organization had dealt its most beloved player For N(L s best defenseman barely
craft Before arriving at the stu whatever reason those calling the shots in (abs management never a month after turning the
dio by a m Subban got to the embraced their superstar like the fans did his personality deemed second youngest player to do
gym for one of his two a day –‘‘‹†‹˜‹†—ƒŽ–‘ϐ‹–™‹–ŠŠ‘…‡›ǯ•–”ƒ†‹–‹‘ƒŽ‹†‡ƒŽ‘ˆ–Š‡…‘ŽŽ‡…–‹˜‡Ǥ so in nearly years And he s
workouts And midway through (owever people choose to describe him Subban owns himself un well on his way to becoming a
the six hour shoot he shows no conditionally (e says he has matured since his perceived cockiness millionaire so many times over
signs of fatigue (e s a boundless rubbed hockey s culture barons the wrong way though admits he still that he could afford to donate
ball of energy who simply needs has more to do Still he remains as brash as he was when hockey s some of those cool millions to
multiple outlets to release it and self anointed sentinels of tradition started calling him out for a lack the Montreal Children s (ospi
in front of the camera is one of of respect And he s unapologetic about wearing many hats not just tal last year Subban has made
his most natural environments a helmet (e s a hockey player yes but he s also a brand a business it and now he has it made (e
to do that in man an artist and a philanthropist ) don t think there s anybody like knows hockey won t last forever
For all the camera time and me Subban says ) always feel that ) m very distinct in who ) am so he s taking advantage of his
public appearances however ) m very comfortable with who ) am but ) do things differently than sports celebrity by parlaying it
there are sides of himself Subban maybe most year olds into other worlds he can live in
doesn t divulge When pressed Šƒ–†‹•–‹…–‹˜‡‡••‹…Ž—†‡•‘™‹‰™Šƒ–Š‡Ž‹‡•ǡƒ†—„„ƒ when his playing career is over
for details of his workout he Ž‹‡•‡˜‡”›–Š‹‰–‘„‡Œ—•–”‹‰Š–Ǥ ‘”Š‹ǡ‹–ǯ•ƒŽŽƒ„‘—––Š‡ϐ‹‡”’‘‹–• Š‡ ‡š– ’Šƒ•‡ ‘ˆ Š‹• ‡˜‘Ž—
doesn t relent Despite saying ‘ˆ–Š‡ϐ‹‡•––Š‹‰•Ǥ ‡‰‡–•Š‹•Šƒ‹”…—–‡˜‡”›–™‘‘”–Š”‡‡†ƒ›•ȋ–Šƒ–ǯ• –‹‘ „‡‰‹• –Š‹• ˆƒŽŽ ‹ ‡‡•
he can t wait for the season to right days not weeks and he talks about his suits like a marine see Whatever that turns out
get started he doesn t want to ™‘—Ž†Š‹•”‹ϐŽ‡Ǥ ‹••—‹–•Šƒ˜‡–‘ϐ‹–’‡”ˆ‡…–Ž›‘”Š‡™‘ǯ–™‡ƒ”–Š‡ǡ to be we know this much the
talk about training for it (e no matter how stylish and well designed (is pocket square has to be heat won t bother him Like
says he doesn t want people to half an inch above the pocket line no more and never in a triangle every N(L player he wants to
know that side of him Perhaps (is tie has to be a double Windsor nothing else (is pants have to win a Stanley Cup No surprise
ƒ •™‡ƒ–› —„„ƒ …‘ϐŽ‹…–• ™‹–Š be long enough so his socks don t show when he s standing up yet there But unlike the others it s
the perfectly polished brand short enough so they ride up just the right height to reveal a carefully not Stanley Cup or bust for Sub
he has worked so hard to cre •‡Ž‡…–‡†’ƒ‹””—‹‰—’‘˜‡”Š‹•ƒŽ‡•ǤŠ‡•‘…•ǡ›‘—•Š‘—Ž†‘™ǡ „ƒǤDzŠ‡ ϐ‹”•–…ƒ‡‹–‘–Š‡
ƒ–‡Ǥ ‡‰ƒ”†Ž‡••ǡ Š‡ •‡‡• ϐ‹‡ ‹ˆ are always patterned never plain Whatever he s wearing though N(L my mindset was differ
the public perception of him is what you see is only half of what you get with Subban )f you have a ent then than it is now after six
enthusiastic goal celebrations good man and a s ty suit that doesn t work )f you have a s ty man years Subban said You learn
ϐŽƒ•Š› •—‹–•ǡ …‘–ƒ‰‹‘—• •‹Ž‡• and a good suit that still doesn t work he says ) believe you need you understand the game you
and contentious quotes )f peo both You can t have one without the other understand your business you
ple don t know what goes on understand that you can t play
behind the scenes well then so hockey for the rest of your life
much the better Subban is one As much as ) hope ) have a lot of
of those players everyone seems Behind the scenes at the photo shoot Subban is as playful and ac years ahead of me it doesn t last
to have an opinion of good or commodating as he is in front of the camera even though he s in his forever so you have to realize
bad and he has no problem with fourth hour of shooting and there s still another shot to do )n be that and realize what you want
that For anybody to describe tween he opens up an hour to the media Unlike most of his peers out of it For me the No thing
me who ) ve never met ) mean —„„ƒ†‘‡•ǯ–•‡‡‹–‡”˜‹‡™•ƒ•ƒ‡…‡••ƒ”›‡˜‹ŽȂ–Š‡’”‹…‡ƒ’Žƒ›‡” is ) want a Stanley Cup But there
) laugh at that ) think it s hilari has to pay for getting paid millions )t s an opportunity for him to cre ƒ”‡‘–Š‡”–Š‹‰•‹Ž‹ˆ‡ǤŠ‡”‡ƒ”‡
ous Subban said When people ate his own narrative a chance to direct his own show and not let other things in my career that
ƒ”‡Ž‹‡ǡǮŠ‹•‹•ǤǤǯ ǯŽ‹‡ǡǮ ǯ˜‡ someone else write the public script for his life At one point he stern ) want to accomplish as well
never met that guy before in my Ž›•Š—•Š‡•Š‹•‡–‘—”ƒ‰‡‹–Š‡•–—†‹‘ˆ‘”„‡‹‰–‘‘Ž‘—††—”‹‰ƒ Šƒ–ǯ•‘––Š‡‘Ž›–Š‹‰Ǥdz

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Brodie may have gotten into plenty
of mischief as a kid – leading to his
parents often calling him by his full
name, Thomas James, instead of his
initials, T.J. – but he rarely gets into
trouble on the ice.
TJ BRODIE

SMALL TALK ,
BIG MINUTES
Brodie is a man of so few words, the hockey world outside Calgary
hardly knows a thing about the most unheralded D-men in the NHL.
That’s about to change BY RANDY SPORTAK

T
he expression was deadpan the reac Still on a Flames club that features Mark played with Brodie the past three seasons in
tion unassuming Just as to be expected Giordano and up and comer Dougie (am Calgary before signing with Colorado
by anybody who knows TJ Brodie ilton on the blueline plus a couple dynamic Added Giordano the Flames captain
Told he was to be the subject of an forwards in Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Mo Dz ‡ǯ•ƒ–‘’Ǧϐ‹˜‡Ǧƒ‹–Š‡ ǤŠ‡”‡ǯ•‘
word personality piece Brodie replied ƒŠƒǡ”‘†‹‡‹•‘ˆ–‡ƒˆ‘”‰‘––‡ϐ‹‰—”‡‘—– doubt about it We play all the best D men
Good luck words on me is a lot side of Calgary ) think that s fair to say said and does it look like they re that much better
Don t take it the wrong way Brodie is al St Louis Blues defenseman and former Colts than him or ahead of him ) don t think so
ways as polite and cordial as you d expect teammate Alex Pietrangelo When you have Most nights he s usually the best player on
from a down home farmboy from Dresden a D corps like the Flames have he can get the ice
Ont (e s soft spoken and avoids talking overshadowed (eady praise from a teammate and often
about himself at all costs But to those who follow the team s for defense partner but it s not as over the top
)t s not that he lacks personality When tunes closely it s no surprise the Flames won ƒ•›‘—ǯ†ϐ‹”•––Š‹Ǥ
asked whether he has always gone by his only four of a dozen games last season when )t was no secret Brodie was in the mix
initials instead of his given name he said Brodie was on the shelf due to injury –‘ ϐ‹ŽŽ ‘—– –Š‡ „Ž—‡Ž‹‡ ‘ ƒƒ†ƒǯ• ‘”Ž†
with just the hint of a grin Except for when Need a blueliner capable of retrieving Cup roster one that included Duncan Keith
) was in trouble with my parents or anything the puck in the defensive zone avoiding the Shea Weber Marc Edouard Vlasic and Drew
legal then it s Thomas James The guys get a Doughty (e was a long shot against the likes
chuckle when we re in public and ) m called of Pietrangelo Brent Burns Jake Muzzin
Thomas They don t even know that s really
my name )t s just that Brodie who cele
HE’S A TOP-FIVE PK Subban Kris Letang and Giordano but
the consideration was warranted During
brated his th birthday in June is extremely
low key the kind of guy who avoids limelight
DEFENSEMAN, THERE’S NO –Š‡•‡ƒ•‘ǡ”‘†‹‡ϐ‹‹•Š‡†–‘’ʹͲ‹•…‘”‹‰
among defensemen with points and th
and attention and would rather stay home
and watch a movie than be out on the town
DOUBT ABOUT THAT…MOST in average ice time per game despite seeing
very little power play time
(e was the same way in our league said
Marty Williamson coach of the O(L s Niaga
NIGHTS, HE’S USUALLY THE Although Brodie wasn t named to Team
ƒƒ†ƒǡ –Š‡ „‘‘•– ‘ˆ …‘ϐ‹†‡…‡ ™‹ŽŽ Š‡Ž’
ra )ceDogs who guided Brodie and the Barrie
‘Ž–•‹ʹͲͲͻǦͳͲǤDz–ϐ‹”•–ǡ™‡–Š‘—‰Š–™‡Šƒ† BEST PLAYER ON THE ICE him and the Flames moving forward )t s
exciting to know people are looking at you
to get him more pumped up but realized you – Mark Giordano ˆ‘”–Šƒ––‘—”ƒ‡–ǡdzŠ‡•ƒ‹†ǤDz –ǯ•†‡ϐ‹‹–‡Ž›
don t have to Then you watch him on the ice surprising with all the great defensemen in
and you see something special forechecker with a spin move before making the league ) never expected to be mentioned
)t s true The ice is where Brodie makes –Šƒ–ƒŽŽǦ‹’‘”–ƒ–ϐ‹”•–’ƒ••—’–Š‡‹…‡ǡƒ› among those guys
his noise As a superb and effortless times with a jaw dropping backhanded sau That attention however is coming with a
skater capable of thinking one cer pass or foot tape to tape job that price People want to know more about him
step ahead of the play he has catches a player mid stride Brodie s your Fortunately at least with his teammates Bro
a style perfectly suited man (is ability to perform these all in one die has come out of his shell over the past
for today s game ϐŽ—‹†‘–‹‘‹•‘ˆˆ–Š‡…Šƒ”–•Ǥ year knowing he s a big part of the club s fu
(ow about a defenseman who can buy ture (e s even more and more often throw
time and space with a head fake to gain a step ing his dry humor lines into conversations
DEREK LEUNG/GETTY IMAGES

then lead the rush Again just tap Brodie in the hopes of getting a rise Some of his
Oh yeah if that same skater who theories on different things and comments
began the rush has to high tail it are way out in space they make you laugh
back to defend he s one of the best Giordano said with a chuckle and a shake of
at that too )t s like he teleports the head (e has a great sense of humor but
from one end to the other said he waits for everyone else to have their say
ex teammate Joe Colborne who and then puts his two cents in

2016-17 YEARBOOK THE HOCKEY NEWS | 29


After whispers his reign had ended, Crosby regained his
superstar form to reclaim the Cup – and his crown as
king of the hockey world BY RYAN KENNEDY
IT BOGGLES THE MIND to think about what Sidney Crosby may have been ca
pable of had Mike Sullivan coached Pittsburgh all season long Before Sulli
van became the main man behind the bench Crosby was in the midst of the
worst offensive slump of his career with just six goals and points in
games But once Sullivan took over for the deposed Mike Johnston Crosby
–‘”…Š‡†–Š‡ϐ‹‡Ž†ˆ‘”͵Ͳ‰‘ƒŽ•ƒ†͸͸’‘‹–•‹ͷʹ‰ƒ‡•Ǥ –Š‡‡†ǡ‹–™ƒ•
Crosby hoisting his second Stanley Cup with a Conn Smythe Trophy on
the side for good measure while reclaiming his crown as the best player
on the planet
Not only is he tremendously skilled and a leader but Crosby represents
everything that results in success in today s N(L (e is strong on both sides
‘ˆ–Š‡’—…ǡŠ‡‹•ϐŽ‡‡–‘ˆˆ‘‘–ƒ†Š‡‹•–‡ƒ…‹‘—•Ǥ
So what does Crosby do for an encore Well back to back titles hasn t
been done since Detroit in Teams will measure themselves
against us and will be at their best because of the fact we won last year he
said We have to understand that as challenging as it was to win it is even
‘”‡†‹ˆϐ‹…—Ž––‘”‡’‡ƒ–ǤŠƒ–ǯ•‘—”‰‘ƒŽǡƒ†–Š‡”‡Šƒ•ǯ–„‡‡ƒ–‡ƒ–‘†‘
‹–ˆ‘”ƒŽ‘‰–‹‡Ǥ –™‘—Ž†„‡“—‹–‡–Š‡ƒ……‘’Ž‹•Š‡–Ǥdz
And he s having fun right now Once again Crosby held his hockey camp
over the summer in the rink he grew up playing in back in Nova Scotia
The World Cup offered another chance to pull on that Canada jersey and of
course even the best player in the world was working on his game Speed
is always a really important part of my game he said Making sure speed
‹•–Š‡”‡ƒ†ƒŽ•‘›•Š‘–Ȃ ‡‡†–‘†‘ƒ„‡––‡”Œ‘„‘ˆ—•‹‰‹–•‘‡–‹‡•Ǥdz
So a faster Crosby who shoots more That doesn t bode well for the
rest of the N(L But who follows Crosby Perhaps because the N(L
has become a young man s league the choices were legion We have
seen rookies make deep impacts in recent years but we ve also
•‡‡‘–Š‡”›‘—‰•–‡”•ƒ‡„‹‰Œ—’•‹†‡˜‡Ž‘’‡–“—‹…Ž›Ǥ
Because of that expect next year s list to feature a lot of turn
over Mark Scheifele Justin Faulk Nathan MacKinnon Jack
Eichel Seth Jones all great and worthy but ultimately on the
outside looking in for now And how will age affect players on
the other end For now some of the old warhorses and we re
„‡‹‰”‡Žƒ–‹˜‡Š‡”‡ǡ•‹…‡’ƒ•–͵Ͳ‘™“—ƒŽ‹ϐ‹‡•ƒ•ƒ…‘–”ƒ…–
risk after all are still representing for the perma stub
ble crowd But for how long Let s get to the names
ƒ†•‘”–‘—–™Š‘™‹ŽŽ”—Ž‡–Š‡ ‹ʹͲͳ͸Ǧͳ͹Ǥ
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01|SIDNEY CROSBY PITTSBURGH | C | LAST YEAR: 4


He can play the game any way you need him to – and fast. Crosby was the Conn Smythe winner for 04
the Stanley Cup champion Penguins, turning in a beautiful two-way performance that stifled San
Jose’s top guns and restored him to the league’s throne.

02|PATRICK KANE CHICAGO | RW | LAST YEAR: 11

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Consider him a harbinger for the near future: a quick and agile ofensive force who doesn’t need size
to get the job done. Kane ran away with the scoring title and helped Artemi Panarin figure out the
NHL quick enough to nab the Calder Trophy. Kane has moves other NHLers love to watch.

03|CAREY PRICE MONTREAL | G | LAST YEAR: 1


With him, the Habs were a deep playof threat. Without him, they were in deep trouble. While Price
can’t win a Cup by himself, he could probably come close. And with a clean bill of health, he will
re-stake his claim as the best goaltender in the world. Size and incredible poise are his calling cards.

04|JAMIE BENN DALLAS | LW | LAST YEAR: 12


If you want old-school power hockey, Benn is your flag-bearer. On a souped-up Stars team, he leads
the way along with his superb center, Tyler Seguin. But Benn’s physical nastiness and ability to
steamroll his way to the net make him the No. 1 option in Dallas (and he’s got the ‘C’ to prove it).

05|JONATHAN TOEWS CHICAGO | C | LAST YEAR: 2


He plays against top lines and still finds time to put up solid ofensive numbers. Toews may not reach
80 points, but keeping opponents at bay while Kane does damage will suice. Toews was also the
NHL’s best faceof man (58.6 win percentage) and a demon on the PK with four shorthanded goals.

06|DREW DOUGHTY LOS ANGELES | D | LAST YEAR: 8


A deserved Norris Trophy winner, Doughty does everything and he does it all well. From great pos-
session numbers to ofensive contributions, while averaging more than 28 minutes of ice time per
game, he is the total package. Not only is he mobile, but he’s physically punishing, too.

07|ANZE KOPITAR LOS ANGELES | C | LAST YEAR: 13


His first Selke Trophy was validation that the two-time Stanley Cup winner definitely deserved.
Kopitar, now the Kings’ captain, is not only a great defensive center, but he also still puts up top-15
ofensive numbers and wins a ton of faceofs. He is the type of center teams try to build around.

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08|ERIK KARLSSON OTTAWA | D | LAST YEAR: 7
If you need ofense from the blueline, you go to the one-man breakout. Karlsson averaged a stunning
28 minutes per game and finished tied for fourth in NHL scoring, an incredible feat for a defenseman.
The big question at this point: what would Karlsson be like on a team that had much more talent? 09
09|CONNOR McDAVID EDMONTON | C | LAST YEAR: 36
We only have a 45-game sample at this point, but the die has been cast. McDavid could very well lead
the NHL in scoring this season and no one would blink. He’s got a nuclear option on his wing now
with Milan Lucic and still plenty of other finesse guys to work with on the power play.

10|JOE PAVELSKI SAN JOSE | C | LAST YEAR: 28


As captain, he led the Sharks to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history. During the
regular season, he was an ofensive machine and one of the best faceof men in the NHL. He’s a do-it-
all guy and totally clutch, leading the league with 11 game-winning goals.

11|ALEX OVECHKIN WASHINGTON | LW | LAST YEAR: 3


It’s really hard to hit 50 goals nowadays, but ‘Ovie’ still hit the benchmark. Most impressively, he was
the only NHLer to 30 even-strength goals (31). On top of that, he remains a physical force, making
life hard on opposing defensemen with his heavy hits.

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16|VICTOR HEDMAN TAMPA BAY | D | LAST YEAR: 10
Would it be surprising if Hedman won the Norris Trophy this season? It would not. The beastly Bolt
drives possession, puts up points and plays tough competition.

17|BRADEN HOLTBY WASHINGTON | G | LAST YEAR: 39


The Vezina winner checks all the boxes thanks to his size, technique and compete level. Holtby led
the NHL in wins last year, and he’s got the inside track on repeating the trick.

18|EVGENI MALKIN PITTSBURGH | C | LAST YEAR: 27


It’s weird for such a big talent to get overshadowed, but that’s life with Crosby as your teammate.
Malkin is still one of the most potent scorers in the NHL, averaging a point per game last year.

19|JOHNNY GAUDREAU CALGARY | LW | LAST YEAR: NR


Fast becoming one of the most dangerous ofensive players in the league, ‘Johnny Hockey’ faces top
lines and still manages to get the puck going in the right direction on a bad possession team.

20|VLADIMIR TARASENKO ST. LOUIS | RW | LAST YEAR: 21


Another world-class snipe artist, Tarasenko notched his first 40-goal campaign last season. But on
a premier Blues squad, it certainly won’t be his last. He has dazzling moves with the puck.

21|RYAN GETZLAF ANAHEIM | C | LAST YEAR: 14


A possession driver who also happens to be a great playmaker, Getzlaf’s challenge now is to get
his second Cup ring – but this time, as the captain instead of a brash youth.

22|STEVEN STAMKOS TAMPA BAY | C | LAST YEAR: 9


Losing out on him as a UFA caused at least two teams – Toronto and Detroit – to change their plans.
Tampa Bay is thrilled to have him back. Few can score like Stamkos can.

12 |PATRICE BERGERON BOSTON | C 23|LOGAN COUTURE SAN JOSE | C | LAST YEAR: NR


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Had the Sharks won the Cup, he would have been a very strong Conn Smythe candidate. Couture
LAST YEAR: 20 can pile up the points, but he’s also a solid two-way player with good possession stats.
His Bruins are weakening around him, but Bergeron is still one of the
premier two-way players in the NHL. He killed it in the faceof circle and
put up top-20 ofensive numbers. 24|KRIS LETANG PITTSBURGH | D | LAST YEAR: 31
13|TYLER SEGUIN DALLAS | C
Positively Herculean during the Pens’ run to the title, Letang ate huge minutes (nearly 29 per game in
the playofs) and ranked second on the team in scoring during the regular season.

LAST YEAR: 18
A point-per-game player whose season was cut short by injury, Seguin
will be back with a vengeance. The magic he works with linemate Benn
25|BEN BISHOP TAMPA BAY | G | LAST YEAR: 47
It’s unfortunate that Tampa will probably trade him or lose him to Las Vegas. The towering netminder
will help the Stars soar again. has injury issues, but when he’s on the ice he is nearly unbeatable.

14 |BRENT BURNS SAN JOSE | D


LAST YEAR: 44 22
Few defenders have the same impact on the game today as Burns, who
rang up big ofensive numbers, played huge minutes and contributed in
all situations – all while playing physical.

15| JOHN TAVARES NY ISLANDERS | C


LAST YEAR: 6
He has flirted with the Hart a couple times already. And thanks to his
ofensive acumen and possession game, Tavares could do it again.
He makes players around him better.
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26|JONATHAN QUICK LOS ANGELES | G | LAST YEAR: NR


Still one of the most intimidating goalies around, Quick’s athleticism and quickness are legendary. 32
27|DUNCAN KEITH CHICAGO | D | LAST YEAR: 5
His combination of minute-munching and excellent two-way play makes him a beacon for all D-men.

28|JOE THORNTON SAN JOSE | C | LAST YEAR: NR


‘Jumbo’ just turned in one of his finest seasons. How many more does he have? At least one or two.

29|OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON ARIZONA | D | LAST YEAR: 33


He doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but he crushes minutes, plays against top lines and scores a lot.

30|EVGENY KUZNETSOV WASHINGTON | C | LAST YEAR: NR


He’ll eventually take over for ‘Ovie’ as the Caps’ top ofensive threat. And that could be coming soon.

31|JOHN KLINGBERG DALLAS | D | LAST YEAR: NR

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He puts up big points from the blueline and does it with great possession stats as well.

32|CORY SCHNEIDER NEW JERSEY | G | LAST YEAR: NR


How many games would N.J. have won without him? Get him some goal support and he’s a world-beater.

33|NIKITA KUCHEROV TAMPA BAY | RW | LAST YEAR: NR


On a team with Stamkos, the top-scoring Triplet may be Tampa’s most dangerous player.

34|NICKLAS BACKSTROM WASHINGTON | C | LAST YEAR: 48


He’s posted three straight seasons with 50 assists or more while playing tough minutes.

35|CLAUDE GIROUX PHILADELPHIA | C | LAST YEAR: 18


He’s a top-20 scorer with nice possession stats and some of the best faceof work in the NHL.

36|P.K. SUBBAN NASHVILLE | D | LAST YEAR: 22


There’s risk to his game but also lots of reward. Subban plays tons of minutes and racks up points.

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37 |ROMAN JOSI NASHVILLE | D


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LAST YEAR: NR
He’s an underrated star in Nashville who led the Predators in ice time and
points by a defenseman.

38 |SHEA WEBER MONTREAL | D


LAST YEAR: 17
Weber is still an intimidator thanks to his physical play, cannon point shot
and big workload.

39 |BLAKE WHEELER WINNIPEG | RW


LAST YEAR: NR
On a bad team, he ended up tied for sixth in NHL scoring while terrorizing
opponents when he killed penalties.

40 |TAYLOR HALL NEW JERSEY | LW


LAST YEAR: NR
He was a huge possession driver in Edmonton, and the Devils will love
his speed and skill.

41 |HAMPUS LINDHOLM ANAHEIM | C


LAST YEAR: NR
His possession numbers are, quite frankly, insane. He’s a rising star
in Anaheim.

42 |COREY CRAWFORD CHICAGO | G


LAST YEAR: NR
For all the talk about the crew that plays in front of him, Crawford still
led the NHL in shutouts with seven.
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43 |RYAN SUTER MINNESOTA | D


LAST YEAR: 23
Only Karlsson averaged more ice time per game, but Suter played more
shorthanded – and he put up 51 points, too.

44 |ARTEMI PANARIN CHICAGO | LW


LAST YEAR: NR
He made magic with Kane. There will be no sophomore slump.

45| BRAD MARCHAND BOSTON | LW


LAST YEAR: NR
His 31 combined even-strength and shorthanded goals tied for NHL lead.

46 |DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN WINNIPEG | D 48|ALEKSANDER BARKOV | FLORIDA | C | LAST YEAR: NR


He was early a point-per-game player in his third season. What will see from Barkov this time out?

LAST YEAR: NR
The big shot, the big minutes, the big dude: ‘Big Buf’ can alter a game. 49|ONDREJ PALAT TAMPA BAY | LW | LAST YEAR: NR
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The new Marian Hossa? Palat has crafted a smart, two-way game that allows for ofense, as well.
|ALEX PIETRANGELO ST. LOUIS | D
LAST YEAR: NR
He goes about his work quietly but does so with deadly eiciency.
50|RYAN MCDONAGH NY RANGERS | D | LAST YEAR: 26
He did some heavy lifting on the Rangers’ blueline and still found time to put up 34 points.

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A couple unlucky injuries cut short


a promising season for Gallagher,
who was on pace to easily set career
highs in goals, assists and points.
BRENDAN GALLAGHER

SMALL STATURE,
BIG STATUS
Gallagher has always punched above his height. And that feistiness
has served him well, elevating him from an afterthought in junior
to a fixture now in the Canadiens’ core BY PAT HICKEY

F
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a shade below his listed height of calling a game ) try to talk to them and they that the Canadiens had made a good deal
foot But calling him small doesn t let me know when ) m crossing the line ™‹–ŠŠ‹•̈́͵Ǥ͹ͷ…ƒ’Š‹–Ǥ—––Š‡”‡™‡”‡–Š‘•‡
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Besides he s every bit as solid as his listing draft choice attracted attention at the team s play would survive another six years in the
of pounds would indicate Add to that ʹͲͳͳ –”ƒ‹‹‰ …ƒ’ǡ ƒ’’‡ƒ”‹‰ ‹ ϐ‹˜‡ ‡šŠ‹  Ǥ
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his fearless approach to the game and it s no „‹–‹‘‰ƒ‡•Ǥ˜‡”›„‘†›’Žƒ›‡†„‡––‡”™‹–Š only four games in his rookie season with a
•—”’”‹•‡
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a friendship with fellow rookie Alex Gal
WE’VE HAD OUR BATTLES
power play Gallagher again
That s why Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin
chenyuk that continues today though the
two initially did have an issue over the nick
OVER THE YEARS, AND I’M
deviated from his normal game plan and
signed Gallagher to a six year extension
name Gally which they had both been called
‹–Š‡’ƒ•–ǤDz Šƒ†‹–ϐ‹”•–ǡdz
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LOOKING FORWARD TO
nearly two years ago when he was still on
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leadership core by giving him an A for the
Gallagher delights in proving doubters
wrong A successful junior career started A COMPETITOR, A WINNER
front of his jersey inauspiciously when the Vancouver Giants – Andrew Shaw
Gallagher is a player in the mold of Brad •‡Ž‡…–‡†Š‹‹–Š‡‹–Š”‘—†‘ˆ–Š‡ 
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Gallagher gets under the skin of oppos DzŠƒ– ϐ‹”•– •‡ƒ•‘ ™ƒ• but he recovered in time to
ing players because when he gets checked good for me because help Team Canada win a gold
he bounces right back up often with a smile coach Don (ay medal at the World Champi
on his face And he never gives them the sat used me in every onship a feeling he hopes car
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UM B O J
J STILL LOOMS OE

LARGE
Thornton is ‘weird’ – and a refreshing throwback to
the days when star players knew they were special
and weren’t afraid to say so
BY KEN CAMPBELL

REASON NO. 8,571 why it’s so freakin’ sweet to be an NHL player: they
get into the Hockey Hall of Fame for free. We know that because Joe
Thornton dropped that nugget on us the day before the Stanley Cup
ϐ‹ƒŽǤ‘—’”‘„ƒ„Ž›Šƒ˜‡–‘•Š‘™•‘‡‹†‘ˆ…ƒ”†ǡ„—–™‡ǯ”‡–Š‹-
ing these days Thornton would be able to just show up and walk in. So
–Šƒ–‡ƒ•Ǯ —„‘ǯ•ƒ˜‡•ƒ…‘‘ŽͶͺ„—…•‡ƒ…Š–‹‡Š‡˜‹•‹–•™‹–ŠŠ‹•
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ƒ„‘—–Š‹• ƒŽŽ˜‹•‹–•ǡDz„—––Š‡›‰‹˜‡‹––‘—•ˆ‘”ˆ”‡‡Ǥdz
T
he debate on whether or not „‡ˆ‘”‡ –Š‡ ϐ‹ƒŽ „‡‰ƒǡ Š‡ •’‘‡ ‘ˆ –Š‡ ’”‡••—”‡ Š‡ ˆƒ…‡† Š‘”–‘ǯ•–‡—”‡‹‘•–‘™ƒ•ƒ
Thornton deserves to be a per –‘–ƒ‡ˆ—ŽŽƒ†˜ƒ–ƒ‰‡‘ˆ–Š‡„‹‰‰‡•–…Šƒ…‡‹Š‹•…ƒ”‡‡”–‘ ”‘ŽŽ‡”…‘ƒ•–‡”‘ˆ—’•ƒ††‘™•Ǥ Š‹•
ƒ‡– ϐ‹š–—”‡ ‹ –Š‡ ƒŽŽ ‘ˆ ™‹ƒ–ƒŽ‡›—’ǣDz‡ƒŠǡ”‡ƒŽŽ›ǡ‹ˆ›‘—‘™‡ǡ‹–†‘‡•ǯ– ϐ‹”•–›‡ƒ”‹–Š‡Ž‡ƒ‰—‡ǡƒ•ƒͳͺǦ›‡ƒ”Ǧ
ƒ‡ ‹• ”‡•‡”˜‡† ˆ‘” ƒ‘–Š‡” ƒˆˆ‡…– ‡Ǥ  ‘™ ‹–Ǥ  ‘™ ǯ ƒ ‰”‡ƒ– ’Žƒ›‡”Ǥ ǯ ”‡ƒŽŽ› ‘Ž†ǡ Š‡ ™ƒ• …‘’Ž‡–‡Ž› ‘—– ‘ˆ Š‹•
†ƒ›Ǥ ȋ”‡ ›‘— ‹††‹‰ǫ ˆ …‘—”•‡ Š‡ ‰‘‘†Ǥ ǯŽŽ–‡ŽŽ›‘—–Šƒ–ƒŽŽ†ƒ›Ǥdz ‡Ž‡‡–ǡ ƒ ˆ”‡“—‡– Š‡ƒŽ–Š› •…”ƒ–…Š
†‡•‡”˜‡•‹–Ǥ —•–Ž‘‘ƒ–Š‹•—„‡”•ǤȌ Š‘”–‘ǯ•„‘†›‘ˆ™‘”–‡ŽŽ•›‘—Š‡ǯ•ƒ„•‘Ž—–‡Ž›”‹‰Š–Ǥ ™Š‘Žƒ”‰‡Ž›•ƒ™ˆ‘—”–ŠǦŽ‹‡†—–›ƒ†
–ǯ• …‡”–ƒ‹Ž› ‘– ƒ †‡„ƒ–‡ ‹–‘ ™Š‹…Š ……‘”†‹‰–‘Ž‹ƒ•’‘”–•—”‡ƒ—ǡ‘Ž›ͳ͵’Žƒ›‡”•‹  ’Žƒ›‡†Œ—•–‡‹‰Š–‹—–‡•ƒ‰ƒ‡Ǥ‡
Š‘”–‘ ‹• ‰‘‹‰ –‘ ƒŽŽ‘™ Š‹•‡Žˆ Š‹•–‘”›Šƒ˜‡ƒ˜‡”ƒ‰‡†ƒ’‘‹–’‡”‰ƒ‡‹ƒ•‡ƒ•‘™Š‡ •–‘”›‰‘‡•–Šƒ–†—”‹‰ƒ’”ƒ…–‹…‡–Šƒ–
–‘ „‡ †”ƒ‰‰‡†Ǥ Dz ǯ˜‡ ƒŽ™ƒ›• „‡‡ ”‡ –Š‡› ™‡”‡ ‘Ž†‡” –Šƒ Š‘”–‘ ™ƒ• ʹͲͳͷǦͳ͸Ǥ Š‡ ‘Ž› •‡ƒ•‘ǡ…‘ƒ…Šƒ–—”•™ƒ•‡š’Žƒ‹
ƒŽŽ› ‰‘‘† ƒ– •–ƒ›‹‰ ‹ –Š‡ ‘‡– –Š”‡‡ ™Š‘ ƒ”‡ǯ– ‹ –Š‡ ƒŽŽ ‘ˆ ƒ‡ ƒ”‡ ƒ‹‡Ž Žˆ”‡†• ‹‰ƒ†”‹ŽŽ–‘–Š‡–‡ƒǡ–Š‡Ž‘‘‡†–‘
›™Š‘Ž‡…ƒ”‡‡”ǡdzŠ‡•ƒ‹†ǤDz Œ—•–•–ƒ› •‘ǡƒ”–‹–Ǧ‘—‹•ƒ†Š‹Ž
‘›‡––‡ǡ„—–Žˆ”‡†••‘ƒ† Š‘”–‘ ƒ† •ƒ‹†ǡ DzŠ‹• †”‹ŽŽ ‹• ‘Ž›
™‹–Š‹›•‡ŽˆǤdz –Ǧ‘—‹••Š‘—Ž†„‡–ƒ‡…ƒ”‡‘ˆ‹ʹͲͳ͹ƒ†ʹͲͳͺǡ”‡•’‡… ˆ‘” ‰—›• ™Š‘ ƒ”‡ …‘‹––‡†ǡ •‘ Œ—•–
Šƒ–ǯ•–Š‡ ‘‡Š‘”–‘—…Š‘ˆ–Š‡ –‹˜‡Ž›Ǥ‘ǡ›‡•ǡŠ‘”–‘‹•ƒ‰”‡ƒ–’Žƒ›‡”ǤŽŽ–Š‡‰”‡ƒ–‘‡• ‰‘ ‘˜‡” ‹ –Š‡ …‘”‡”Ǥdz ȋŠ‡ ‹–‡”‡•–
Š‘…‡› ‡•–ƒ„Ž‹•Š‡– ™ƒ–•ǡ –Š‡ ‘‡ ‘™ –Š‡› ƒ”‡ǡ ™Š‹…Š ‹• ’ƒ”– ‘ˆ ™Šƒ– ƒ‡• –Š‡ ‰”‡ƒ– ‹‰–Š‹‰‹•–Šƒ–Š‘”–‘Ž‘‘•„ƒ…
™Š‘•–ƒ›•‹–Š‡‘‡–ǡ•–ƒ›•™‹–Š‹ ™Š‡–Š‡›ǯ”‡ƒ––Š‡Š‡‹‰Š–‘ˆ–Š‡’‘™‡”•ƒ†ƒ–ƒ††‹Ž—–‡† ƒ–Šƒ”†Ǧƒ••…‘ƒ…Š‡••—…Šƒ•—”•ƒ†
Š‹•‡ŽˆǤŠ‡™ƒ›‘‘”…ƒ˜‹†ƒ†
‹†‡›”‘•„›ƒ† ‘ƒ–Šƒ‘‡™•†‘Ǥ
ƒ˜‡›‘—‡˜‡”‘–‹…‡†–Šƒ–ƒ•’Žƒ›‡”•
‰‡– ›‘—‰‡” ƒ† ‘”‡ ™‹Ž†Ž› –ƒŽ‡–
HE WAS A REALLY
‡†ǡ –Š‡ ™ƒ› –Š‡› ’‘”–”ƒ› –Š‡•‡Ž˜‡•
’—„Ž‹…Ž› ‹• ‹˜‡”•‡Ž› ’”‘’‘”–‹‘ƒŽǫ
DIFFERENT KID. HE
Whatever happened to the days when
‹†•…ƒ‡‹–‘–Š‡ ™‹–Šƒ•—…Š NEVER WANTED
’‡”•‘ƒŽ‹–›ƒ•–ƒŽ‡–ǡ‘”‹Ž‡šƒ†‡”
ƒ‹‰Ž‡ǯ• …ƒ•‡ǡ ‘”‡ ’‡”•‘ƒŽ‹–› –Šƒ ANYTHING. HE
–ƒŽ‡–ǫŠ‡”‡ƒ”‡–Š‡Š”‹•”‘‰‡”•ǡ
–Š‡ ‡ˆˆǯ‡‹ŽŽ•ǡ–Š‡ ƒ”‘‹” ƒ‰”•ǫ NEVER WANTED
Š‡›ǯ”‡ ˆƒŽŽ‹‰ „› –Š‡ ™ƒ›•‹†‡ Ž‹‡
•Ž‘™Ǧˆ‘‘–‡† †‡ˆ‡•‡‡Ǥ Šƒˆ—ŽŽ›ǡ TOYS, HE NEVER
Š‘”–‘”‡ˆ—•‡•–‘•—……—„Ǥ ‡Šƒ•
„‡‡ –”ƒ†‡†ǡ Šƒ† –Š‡ …ƒ’
–ƒ‹…› •–”‹’’‡† ‘ˆ Š‹ǡ „‡‡
WANTED CHRISTMAS
„—”‡† „› ƒ ‡†‹ƒ ‡„‡”
™Š‘ ’—„Ž‹•Š‡† ƒ ‡š…Šƒ‰‡
PRESENTS. HE’S
–Šƒ– ™ƒ• …Ž‡ƒ”Ž› ‘ˆˆ –Š‡ ”‡
…‘”†ǡ ›‡– Š‘”–‘ …ƒ””‹‡•
JUST A WEIRD GUY
‘ǡ –”—‡ –‘ Š‹•‡ŽˆǤ DzŠƒ– Š‡ •Š‘—Ž† – John Thornton, Joe’s brother
†‘ ‹• Œ—•– •Š—– —’ǡdz ‘Š ‘”–‘”‡ŽŽƒ
‘…‡ •ƒ‹† ‘ˆ Š‘”–‘Ǥ Dz ‘‡ Šƒ•ǯ– ™Š‡‡˜‡”›‘‡„—––Š‡•‡‡•–‘”‡…‘‰‹œ‡–Š‡‰ƒ‡Šƒ• ‹‡‡‡ƒƒ••‘‡‘ˆ–Š‡‘•–’‘•
™‘ ƒ ‰‘††ƒ –Š‹‰ ‹ –Š‹• Ž‡ƒ‰—‡Ǥ ’ƒ••‡† –Š‡ „›Ǥ —– ™Š‡ ™ƒ• –Š‡ Žƒ•– –‹‡ ›‘— Š‡ƒ”† ƒ ‹–‹˜‡‹ϐŽ—‡…‡•‘Š‹•…ƒ”‡‡”ǤȌ –†‹†ǯ–
‡ …‘—Ž† ‰‘ †‘™ ƒ• ‘‡ ‘ˆ –Š‡ „‡– Š‘…‡› ’Žƒ›‡” †‡…Žƒ”‡ Š‹•‡Žˆ ‰”‡ƒ–ǫ † –Š‡ –Š‹‰ ™ƒ•ǡ Š‡Ž’–Šƒ–‹–Šƒ–•‡ƒ•‘ǡˆ‡ŽŽ‘™”‘‘‹‡

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–‡”’Žƒ›‡”•‹‘—”Ž‡ƒ‰—‡‡˜‡”–‘™‹ ™Š‡Š‘”–‘•ƒ‹†‹–ǡŠ‡™ƒ•ǯ–ƒ‹‰ƒ›„‘Ž†’”‘…Žƒ ‡”‰‡‹ ƒ•‘‘˜ǡ ™Š‘ ™ƒ• –ƒ‡
ƒ›–Š‹‰Ǥdz ƒ–‹‘•Ǥ –™ƒ•ƒ•–Š‘—‰ŠŠ‡™ƒ••–ƒ–‹‰ƒ‘„˜‹‘—•–”—–Šǡ •‡˜‡’‹…•ƒˆ–‡”Š‘”–‘ǡ’Žƒ›‡†ͳͷ
‘”–‘”‡ŽŽƒ•ƒ‹†–Š‘•‡™‘”†•ƒŽ‘•– •—…Šƒ•Š‘…‡›‹•’Žƒ›‡†‘ˆ”‘œ‡™ƒ–‡”Ǥ ‹—–‡•ƒ‰ƒ‡ƒ†•…‘”‡†Ͷ͹’‘‹–•
ϐ‹˜‡ ›‡ƒ”• ƒ‰‘ ‘™ǡ ƒ† •ƒ†Ž› Š‘” –ǯ•„‡…ƒ—•‡–Š‡”‡ǯ•’‡”Šƒ’•‘’Žƒ›‡”‹–Š‡‰ƒ‡–‘†ƒ› ‡”‘—–‡–‘™‹‹‰–Š‡ƒŽ†‡””‘’Š›Ǥ
–‘•–‹ŽŽŠƒ•ǯ–™‘–Š‡„‹‰‰‡•–’”‹œ‡‹ ‘”‡…‘ˆ‘”–ƒ„Ž‡‹Š‹•‘™•‹–ŠƒŠ‘”–‘Ǥ†–Š‡ ‹šǦƒ†ǦƒǦŠƒŽˆ•‡ƒ•‘•Žƒ–‡”ǡŠ‘”
–Š‡‰ƒ‡Ǥ ‡…ƒ‡…Ž‘•‡„—–‰‘–•Š—– ”‡ƒ•‘ ˆ‘” –Šƒ– ‰‘‡• ™ƒ› „ƒ… –‘ –Š‡ •ƒŽŽ …‹–› ‹ •‘—–Š –‘ ™ƒ• †‡ƒŽ– –‘ –Š‡ Šƒ”• ƒ† „‡
†‘™ ‹ ƒ –ƒŽ‡› —’ ϐ‹ƒŽ –Šƒ– ™ƒ• ™‡•–‡”–ƒ”‹‘™Š‡”‡Š‡‰”‡™—’Ǥ …ƒ‡–Š‡ϐ‹”•–’Žƒ›‡”‹ Š‹•–‘”›–‘
Šƒ”†Ž› ƒ ‘‹Ž ’ƒ‹–‹‰Ǥ – ™ƒ• –‘—‰Š —„‘ –Š‡ ‹”…—• Ž‡’Šƒ– †‹‡† ‹ –Ǥ Š‘ƒ•ǡ –Ǥǡ ™‹–Š‡ ƒ”–”‘’Š›ƒˆ–‡”„‡‹‰–”ƒ†‡†
‘––‘…Š‡‡”ˆ‘”Š‘”–‘–Š”‘—‰ŠŽƒ•– ™Š‡ƒŽ‘…‘‘–‹˜‡Š‹–Š‹‹ͳͺͺͷǤ‹‡–›Ǧˆ‘—”›‡ƒ”•Žƒ–‡”ǡ ‹†Ǧ•‡ƒ•‘Ǥ –™ƒ•ƒ†‡ƒŽ–Šƒ–‹””‡˜‘
•’”‹‰ǯ• –ƒŽ‡› —’ ”— Ȃ ƒ ’Žƒ›‡” —„‘–Š‡ ‘…‡›Žƒ›‡”™ƒ•„‘”‹–ǤŠ‘ƒ•–‘ƒ›‡ …ƒ„Ž› ƒŽ–‡”‡† „‘–Š ˆ”ƒ…Š‹•‡•Ǥ – ‰ƒ˜‡
™Š‘‹•ƒ–Š”‘™„ƒ…‹‘”‡™ƒ›•–Šƒ ƒ†ƒ”›Š‘”–‘Ǥƒ›‡™‘”‡†ƒ––Š‡–‹”‡ˆƒ…–‘”›–Šƒ– –Š‡”—‹•–Š‡•ƒŽƒ”›…ƒ’•’ƒ…‡–‘•‹‰
‘‡Ǥ ‡ •’‡ƒ• ™Šƒ–ǯ• ‘ Š‹• ‹†Ǥ •—’’Ž‹‡†–Š‡ ‘”†ƒ••‡„Ž›Ž‹‡‹–‘™ƒ†ƒ”›™‘”‡† †‡‘Šƒ”ƒǡƒ†–Š‡›™‘–Š‡–ƒ
 ƒ ‡”ƒ ‹ ™Š‹…Š –Š‡ Š‘…‡› ™‘”Ž† ƒ• ƒ •‡…”‡–ƒ”›Ǥ › –Š‡ –‹‡ Š‡ ™ƒ• ͳͶǡ ‘‡ ™ƒ• ’Žƒ›‹‰ ”Ǥ Ž‡›—’ϐ‹˜‡›‡ƒ”•ƒˆ–‡”†‡ƒŽ‹‰Š‘”
•‡‡• ‘„•‡••‡† ™‹–Š ’‘••‡••‹‰ –Š‡ Š‘…‡›ǡƒ†„›ͳͷŠ‡™ƒ•–Š‡‘•–†‘‹ƒ–’Žƒ›‡”‹ –‘ǤŠ‡Šƒ”•‰‘–ƒ‰‡‡”ƒ–‹‘ƒŽ–ƒŽ
’—…ˆ‘”ƒ•Ž‘‰ƒ•’‘••‹„Ž‡ǡŠ‘”–‘ ƒ Ž‡ƒ‰—‡ ™Š‡”‡ Š‡ ’Žƒ›‡† ƒ‰ƒ‹•– ’Žƒ›‡”• –Š”‡‡ ƒ† ˆ‘—” ‡–ƒ––Š‡Š‡‹‰Š–‘ˆŠ‹•–ƒŽ‡–•ǡƒ’Žƒ›‡”
•–‹ŽŽ–Š‹•‹–ǯ•„‡•––‘‰‹˜‡‹––‘•‘‡ ›‡ƒ”• ‘Ž†‡”Ǥ Dz – Œ—•– ‰‘‡• „ƒ… –‘ ‘ ƒ† ƒ†ǡ –Šƒ–ǯ• ™Š‘ ™‘—Ž† ‰‘ ‘ –‘ Ž‡ƒ† –Š‡ Ž‡ƒ‰—‡
‘‡‡Ž•‡Ǥ—–‹–ǯ•–Š‡…ƒ†‘”›‘—Ž‘˜‡ ™Š‡”‡ ‹– …‘‡• ˆ”‘ǡdz •ƒ‹† Š‘”–‘ǯ• ‘Ž†‡” „”‘–Š‡” ƒ† ‹ ƒ••‹•–• –Š”‡‡ •–”ƒ‹‰Š– •‡ƒ•‘• ƒ†
ƒ„‘—– Š‹Ǥ ‹–Š Š‹• –‡ƒ –™‘ ‰ƒ‡• ƒ‰‡–ǡ ‘ŠǤDz ‡ǯ•„‡‡Š‹•‡ŽˆǤ˜‡‹‘•–‘ǡŠ‡Šƒ†–Š‡ ƒ‡ƒͷͲǦ‰‘ƒŽ•…‘”‡”‘—–‘ˆ ‘ƒ–Šƒ
ƒ™ƒ›ˆ”‘‰‡––‹‰–‘–Š‡–ƒŽ‡›—’ •‹Ž‡ƒ†‡Œ‘›‡†Š‘…‡›ǡƒ†Š‡†‹†ǯ–Ž‡–‘–Š‡”‰—›•‰‡– Š‡‡…Š‘‘Ǥ Š‡ Ž‘…ƒŽ …”‹–‹…• Šƒ˜‡ǯ–
ϐ‹ƒŽǡ Š‡ …ƒ‡ —’ ™‹–Š –Š‹•ǣ Dz  ‘™ Š‹†‘™ǤŽ‡–›‘ˆ’‡‘’Ž‡Šƒ˜‡–”‹‡†–‘‰‡– ‘‡†‘™‹ „‡‡‡ƒ”Ž›ƒ•Šƒ”•Š‹ƒ ‘•‡ǡ„—–
ǯƒ‰”‡ƒ–’Žƒ›‡”ǤdzŠ‡‘‡†‹ƒ†ƒ› Š‹•…ƒ”‡‡”Ǥdz ’—†‹–• ƒ”‘—† –Š‡ Ž‡ƒ‰—‡ •‡‡ –‘

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which you don t see very often But
he s not an entirely open book During
–Š‡ϐ‹ƒŽǡ‘‡‘ˆ–Š‡Šƒ”•‡–‹‘‡†
Š‘”–‘ ‹• ‰‘‘† ˆ”‹‡†• ™‹–Š
‘”†
‘™‹‡ǡ–Š‡Ž‡ƒ†•‹‰‡”‘ˆŠ‡”ƒ‰‹
…ƒŽŽ› ‹’ǡ™Š‘™ƒ•†‹ƒ‰‘•‡†™‹–Šƒ
MARCHING TO HIS OWN BEAT incurable form of brain cancer in May
From his bushy beard to his brutally ‘ˆ ʹͲͳ͸Ǥ Š‡ ‘‡ ‹“—‹•‹–‘” ƒ
honest quotes and his barechested aged to get him alone for a moment
interviews, Thornton is one of a kind. †—”‹‰ –Š‡ ϐ‹ƒŽ –‘ –ƒŽ ƒ„‘—– ‹–ǡ Š‡
™ƒ• “—‹…Ž› •Š—– †‘™ ™Š‡ Š‘”
–‘„Ž—–Ž›•ƒ‹†ǡDz ǯ‘––ƒŽ‹‰ƒ„‘—–
still have strong opinions Most of them are based on the –Š‡ Š‘”–‘ Ž‘”‡Ǥ Š‡–Š‡”‹–ǯ• Ž‘‘ –Šƒ–ǡdzƒŽŽ–Š‡™Š‹Ž‡™‹–Šƒ•‹Ž‡‘Š‹•
ˆƒ…––Šƒ–’”‹‘”–‘–Š‹•›‡ƒ”ǯ•ϐ‹ƒŽǡŠ‘”–‘Šƒ†’Žƒ›‡†ͳͷͲ ing out for the members of the train face but also a tone that suggested it
playoff games without appearing in the fourth round and ing staff or trying to convince media was a subject not open to discussion
much of the Sharks well documented playoff failures fell ”‡Žƒ–‹‘•‰—›•–‘•–ƒ›‹–Š‡‘”‰ƒ‹œƒ – ™‹ŽŽ „‡ ‹–‡”‡•–‹‰ –‘ •‡‡ ™Š‡”‡
ƒ–Š‹•ˆ‡‡–ǤŠ‡…ƒ‡Ž‘•‹‰–Š‡…ƒ’–ƒ‹…›ǡ™Š‹…Šƒ›‘– –‹‘‹•–‡ƒ†‘ˆ–ƒ‹‰ƒŒ‘„‡Ž•‡™Š‡”‡ǡ Š‘”–‘ǯ•…ƒ”‡‡”‰‘‡•ƒˆ–‡”–Š‹••‡ƒ
•‡‡Ž‹‡ƒŠ—‰‡†‡ƒŽǡ—–‹Ž›‘—”‡ƒŽ‹œ‡–Š‡•›„‘Ž‹…‹’‘” ‹– ‹• ƒŽŽ ƒ„‘—– –Š‡ –‡ƒ ˆ‘” Š‘”–‘Ǥ son (e ll be and a pending UFA
tance attached to being a captain of an N(L team So it should come as no surprise that ‡š– •—‡”ǡ „—– Š‹• ’Žƒ› •—‰‰‡•–•
An N(L captaincy carries with it far more than just the Š‘”–‘‹••‘“—‹…–‘’ƒ••–Š‡’—…Ǥ there s still some jump in his game
responsibility for being the team s on ice advocate with the –Š‹•„‡•–ǡŠ‡‹•ƒ•‡ŽϐŽ‡••’Žƒ›‡”ǤŠ‡ Š‡ Š‘”–‘ •‹‰‡† Š‹• …—””‡–
‘ˆϐ‹…‹ƒŽ•Ǥ –ǯ•ƒŽ•‘ƒ•–ƒ–‡‡–ƒ„‘—–ƒ’Žƒ›‡”ǯ•…Šƒ”ƒ…–‡”ƒ† ‰—› ‹• ͸Ǧˆ‘‘–ǦͶ ƒ† ʹʹͲ ’‘—†•Ǥ ‘— †‡ƒŽ™‹–Šƒ ‘•‡–™‘›‡ƒ”•
his ability to back words with actions Captains are usually don t think he could do some dam ƒ‰‘ǡ ‹– ™ƒ• †‘‡ ‹ …‘Œ—…
˜‘–‡†‘„›–‡ƒƒ–‡•ǡƒ†„›‡Ž‡…–‹‰ ƒ –‡ƒƒ–‡…ƒ’
–ƒ‹ǡ–Š‘•‡’Žƒ›‡”•ƒ”‡–‡ŽŽ‹‰–Š‡™‘”Ž†–Š‡›•–ƒ†„‡Š‹†
age if he drove the net (e d probably
•…‘”‡ ƒ ˆ‡™ ‘”‡ ‰‘ƒŽ•ǡ „—– Š‡ „‡
–‹‘™‹–Šƒ–”‹…ƒ”Ž‡ƒ—Ǥ –
™ƒ• ‹’‘”–ƒ– –‘ Š‘”–‘
JOE
–Š‡ƒ™‡ƒ”‹‰–Š‡Ǯǯǡ–Šƒ–Š‡”‡’”‡•‡–•‡˜‡”›–Š‹‰–Š‡› lieves his team is better off with him –Šƒ– –Š‡ ‘”‰ƒ‹œƒ–‹‘ ™ƒ• THORNTON
are about And that was all taken away when the manage making sublime passes and creating committed to both him and
‡– ƒ† …‘ƒ…Š‹‰ •–ƒˆˆ ƒ†‡ –Š‡ …Šƒ‰‡Ǥ Š‹• ‹• •‘‡ ‡˜‡ ‘”‡ •…‘”‹‰ …Šƒ…‡•Ǥ ‘ Š‡ƒ” ƒ”Ž‡ƒ—ǡ–Š‡’Žƒ›‡”†”ƒˆ–‡†”‹‰Š–ƒˆ–‡”
thing that almost never ends well But after a very public Š‹• „”‘–Š‡” –‡ŽŽ ‹–ǡ –Š‡”‡ǯ• ‘– ƒ Ž‘– ‘ˆ Š‹‹ͳͻͻ͹Ǥ –ǯ•†‹ˆϐ‹…—Ž––‘–Š‹„‘–Š
ƒ‹”‹‰‘ˆ–Š‡‹”†‹ˆˆ‡”‡…‡•ǡ™‹–ŠŠ‘”–‘ƒ–‘‡’‘‹–•ƒ› •‡Žϐ‹•Š‡••–Š‡”‡ǤDz ‘‡•‡‡•–Š‡‰ƒ‡ƒ ™‹ŽŽ„‡„ƒ…™‹–Š–Š‡Šƒ”•‹ʹͲͳ͹Ǧ
‹‰–Šƒ–
‘—‰‹Ž•‘ǡDz•Š‘—Ž†Œ—•–•Š—–Š‹•‘—–Šǡdz‹– Ž‘–†‹ˆˆ‡”‡––Šƒ–Š‡”‡•–‘ˆ—•ǡdz ‘Š ͳͺǡ „—– –Šƒ–ǯ• •–‹ŽŽ ƒ ˆ—ŽŽ ›‡ƒ” ƒ™ƒ›Ǥ
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Šƒ•ǯ–„‡‡ƒ‹••—‡•‹…‡ǤDz –Š‹ ™ƒ•—’•‡–ˆ‘”ƒ›„‡ Š‘”–‘•ƒ‹†ǤDz‘”•‹‡ƒ•—”‡••Š‘–•ǡ Dz‹‡ •ƒ‹†„‡ˆ‘”‡ǡ †‘ǯ–™‘””›ƒ„‘—–


ƒ†ƒ›‘”–™‘ǡdzŠ‘”–‘•ƒ‹†ǤDz –ǯ••‘Ž‘‰ƒ‰‘ǡ„—–›‘—‰‡– ›‡– ‘‡ …”‡ƒ–‡• ‘”‡ –Šƒ ƒ›„‘†› –‘‘ —…Šǡdz Š‘”–‘ •ƒ‹†Ǥ Dz  Œ—•– ‰‘
‘˜‡”–Š‹‰•“—‹…ǡ›‘—ǯ˜‡‰‘––‘Ǥ†‘…‡–Šƒ–Šƒ’’‡‡†ǡƒ ‡Ž•‡ ™‹–Š‘—– •Š‘‘–‹‰Ǥ ‡‘’Ž‡ Šƒ˜‡ †ƒ›„›†ƒ›Ǥ ǯ‰‘‹‰–‘’Žƒ›ƒ•Ž‘‰ƒ•
Ž‘–‘ˆ›‡šǦ–‡ƒƒ–‡•ǡˆ‘”‡”–‡ƒƒ–‡•ǡ…‘ƒ…Š‡•ǡ–Š‡› ‡˜‡” —†‡”•–‘‘† –Šƒ–Ǥ ‘‡ •‡‡• –Š‡ …ƒ„‡…ƒ—•‡ Ž‘˜‡…‘‹‰–‘–Š‡”‹Ǥ
ƒŽŽ•‡–‰”‡ƒ––‡š–•ƒ†’Š‘‡†‡Ǥ ˆ›‘—‘™‡ǡ‹–”‡ƒŽŽ› ‰ƒ‡ ƒ Ž‹––Ž‡ †‹ˆˆ‡”‡–Ž›ǡ ƒ†  –Š‹ †‘Ž‘˜‡–Š‡‰—›•Ǥ Ž‹‡–Š‡ˆ‡ŽŽ‘™•Š‹’Ǥ
™ƒ•ǯ–ƒ„‹‰†‡ƒŽǤdz my parents just taught him to see life Œ—•–Ž‹‡‡˜‡”›–Š‹‰ƒ„‘—–‹–Ǥ ǯŒ—•–
–Š‡Ž’•–Šƒ–Šƒ”•…‘ƒ…Š‡–‡”‡‘‡”ǡ™Š‘–‘‘‘˜‡” ƒŽ‹––Ž‡†‹ˆˆ‡”‡–Ž›ǡ–‘‘Ǥdz really passionate about the game of
ˆ‘”‘††…‡ŽŽƒ’”‹‘”–‘Žƒ•–•‡ƒ•‘ǡ‹…Ž—†‡•Š‘”–‘ Now that s interesting And it was Š‘…‡›Ǥ –ǯ•ƒŽŽ ‘™ƒ† Ž‘˜‡‹–Ǥdz
ƒ•’ƒ”–‘ˆƒŽ‡ƒ†‡”•Š‹’‰”‘—’™‹–Š–Š‡Šƒ”•ǤŽ‡ƒ”Ž›ǡ‡ •‘‡–Š‹‰ ‘Š ‘–‹…‡† ƒ„‘—– Š‹• –•‡‡•Š‘”–‘‹–‡†•‘„‡‹‰
‘‡”Šƒ•ƒ••—ƒ‰‡†ƒ›Šƒ”†ˆ‡‡Ž‹‰•ǡ‹ˆ–Š‡”‡‡˜‡”™‡”‡ƒ› „”‘–Š‡” ˆ”‘ ƒ ˜‡”› ‡ƒ”Ž› ƒ‰‡ǡ „‘–Š around for a while (e might be one
‹ –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– ’Žƒ…‡Ǥ ‘ Š‘”–‘ †‘‡•ǯ– ™‡ƒ” –Š‡ Ǯǯ ƒ› ‘ƒ†‘ˆˆ–Š‡‹…‡ǣDz ‡™ƒ•ƒ”‡ƒŽŽ›†‹ˆ ‘ˆ –Š‘•‡ ’Žƒ›‡”• ™Š‘ǡ ƒ …‘—’Ž‡ ›‡ƒ”•
more But DeBoer makes it clear that does not keep him ferent kid Like he never wanted any †‘™–Š‡”‘ƒ†ǡ™‹ŽŽ‡‡†–‘„‡–‘Ž†„›
ˆ”‘Šƒ˜‹‰ƒ’”‘‹‡–’ƒ”–‘ˆ–Š‡–‡ƒǯ•†›ƒ‹…ǤDz‡ –Š‹‰Ǥ ‡‡˜‡”™ƒ–‡†–‘›•ǡŠ‡‡˜‡” every team in the league that he can
‘ˆ–Š‡‰”‡ƒ–‡•–Ž‡ƒ†‡”• ǯ˜‡„‡‡ƒ”‘—†ǡŠƒ†•†‘™ǡdz‡ wanted Christmas presents (e s just ‘ Ž‘‰‡” ’Žƒ›Ǥ ” ’‡”Šƒ’• Š‡ǯŽŽ ”‡ƒŽ
‘‡”‰—•Š‡††—”‹‰–Š‡–ƒŽ‡›—’ϐ‹ƒŽǤDz ǯ‘––ƒŽ‹‰ ƒ™‡‹”†‰—›Ǥdz ‹œ‡‹–‘‡†ƒ›Š‹•‡Žˆ™Š‡Š‡…ƒ‘
Œ—•––‡ƒ• ǯ˜‡…‘ƒ…Š‡†‹–Š‡”‡‰—Žƒ”•‡ƒ•‘‹–Š‡ Ǥ —– ‰‘‘† ™‡‹”†Ǥ ‡ •–‘”› Šƒ• ‹– longer live up to his own standard For
ǯ˜‡…‘ƒ…Š‡†‘”Ž†Šƒ’‹‘•Š‹’ƒ†™‘”Ž†Œ—‹‘”–‡ƒ•Ǥ –Šƒ– Š‘”–‘ ’”‘’–‡† –Š‡ Šƒ”• ‘™ǡŠ‘”–‘‘–‘Ž›Ž‘˜‡•’Žƒ›‹‰
(e s an unbelievable combination of professionalism and to issue each player a bathrobe for but actually likes the burn of the off
™‘”‡–Š‹…ǡƒ†Šƒ•ƒ‰”‡ƒ–ǡ…ƒ•—ƒŽǡ”‡Žƒš‡†™ƒ›ƒ”‘—†–Š‡ post game interviews after seeing season preparation it takes to be an
dressing room where he makes everybody feel included Š‘”–‘ǯ• ’”‡’‘†‡”ƒ…‡ ˆ‘” ‘ˆ–‡  ’Žƒ›‡”Ǥ†–Šƒ–ǯ•—•—ƒŽŽ›–Š‡ϐ‹”•–
Š‹•‰—›‹•ƒˆƒ–ƒ•–‹…Ž‡ƒ†‡”Ǥdz †‘‹‰ –Š‡ ƒ— ƒ–—”‡ŽǤ ˜‡ ‘™ǡ Š‡ thing that goes So let s enjoy it while
–‹•–Šƒ–ƒ„‹Ž‹–›–‘„‡‹…Ž—•‹˜‡–Šƒ–Šƒ•„‡…‘‡’ƒ”–‘ˆ ‘ˆ–‡†‘‡•Š‹•‹–‡”˜‹‡™•„ƒ”‡…Š‡•–‡†ǡ it lasts

2016-17 YEARBOOK THE HOCKEY NEWS | 41


Eichel’s transition from college to the NHL
was made a lot easier by the hospitality
of the Moulsons, who welcomed him into
their home. But Eichel will be on his own
this season. Well, kinda. He’s rooming
with fellow sophomore Sam Reinhart.

THE KID GLOVES


ARE OFF
A rookie no more, Eichel looks to go from starstruck freshman to
superstar sophomore, though he’ll need to learn how to cook first
BY JASON BUCKLAND

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JACK EICHEL

T
he moment came just two games into More than that those points which included the other half of the year when his team hit
the phenom s pro career goals were also second highest on the Sa the road
Whoa the year old thought This bres )f it weren t already known it was made The season s length the travel and the ho
is the NHL. clear last season Buffalo s future will be tied tels were all largely new to the teen though
Nearly nine minutes into the third period to the fate of its rising young star Eichel came to embrace the perks of being
on his new home ice inside Buffalo s First Eichel s transition from precocious teen to a budding N(L star (e roomed with team
Niagara Center Jack Eichel skated along the reliable pro began shortly after he was draft mate Sam Reinhart in every city throughout
right hip of Steven Stamkos the Lightning ed (owever it came not through an on ice the year the comforts and luxuries of each
star who was gliding almost passively to drill or a sit down with Buffalo brass rather –‘™ǯ•ϐ‹‡•–Ž‘†‰‹‰‘–Ž‘•–‘Š‹Ǥ
ward the net Just then he struck With Eichel an extended hand from a team veteran Early (e took nothing for granted Eichel en
only inches to his rear Stamkos accelerated in the summer Matt Moulson then an eight Œ‘›‡† •Š‘’’‹‰ ‹ •‘‡ ‘ˆ –Š‡ ϐ‹‡•– •–‘”‡•
•—††‡Ž›ǡ•Š—ˆϐŽ‡Ǧ•–‡’’‹‰Ž‡ˆ–‹ˆ”‘–‘ˆ–Š‡ year pro with four N(L teams on his resume and boutiques across the continent and
goal where a Ryan Callahan pass from be reached out to Eichel to offer his home to the meals out at tony restaurants like Beauty
hind the crease found his stick Crisp Fast new draftee for his rookie season Essex in Manhattan s Lower East Side or
Lethal Before Eichel could scarcely move The decision came easy Moulson was Mastro s Ocean Club in Newport Beach were
the puck was in the back of the net well liked on the Sabres roster and he had thrills he did not dismiss
Whoa. This is the NHL. successfully brought along another prized Of course there was still hockey to be
Eichel skated from the ice that afternoon played and no matter how high a draft pick
a loss one of many Sabres shortcom ›‘—ƒ”‡ǡ–Š‡ϐ‹”•–”—–Š”‘—‰Šƒˆ—ŽŽ •‡ƒ
ings during his debut season in professional
hockey certain Tampa Bay was the best team
I COULDN’T HAVE HAD son is an exercise in stamina no new player
makes it through unscathed )t s your rookie
he d ever played That Stamkos whom Eichel
had grown up watching on TV scored on him MORE FUN LIVING AT season Eichel said You play
†‡ϐ‹‹–‡Ž›Š‹–ƒˆ‡™™ƒŽŽ•Ǥdz
games You

made the game no less surreal )t was kind


of an eye opening moment for me Eichel THEIR HOUSE. FOR THEM When he hit them in the middle of the
year and again by Eichel s account toward
now said ) was kind of in awe out there
)n the N(L as in life there is no substitute TO TAKE ME IN AND DO the end of the season it was a mental hurdle
he leaned on physical repetition to clear )f he
for experience And yet no matter that Stam went a stretch without scoring You re used
kos and the Lightning ate his lunch right out EVERYTHING FOR ME to that your entire career scoring goals said
Eichel who had two seven game runs last
‘ˆ –Š‡ ‰ƒ–‡ǡ ‹…Š‡Ž †‹† ƒ ϐ‹‡ Œ‘„ Žƒ•– •‡ƒ•‘
making himself appear like an old pro
Nabbed by Buffalo with the No pick in
OUT OF THE GOODNESS season without putting one in the net there
would be Eichel after practice still on the ice
the draft Eichel was immediately cast
in an impossible role he was the GTAM the
OF THEIR HEARTS for an hour working his way through the mo
tions When ) did that he said ) found re
Guy Taken After McDavid But Eichel despite
considerably less hype than the Oilers cov
SHOWS WHAT KIND OF sults That s a good feeling
‡ϐ‹‹•Š‡†–Š‡•‡ƒ•‘•–”‘‰ǡ™‹–Šƒ’‘‹–
eted young center projected as a star in his
own right
PEOPLE THEY ARE ‹ ‡ƒ…Š ‘ˆ Š‹• Žƒ•– ϐ‹˜‡ ‰ƒ‡•ǡ ƒ† ‘™ –Š‡
real work ahead of Year has begun The
Born in North Chelmsford Mass some bitter taste of a sunk Sabres season in his
miles northwest of downtown Boston rookie once before hosting John Tavares for mouth Eichel has ramped up his training and
Eichel excelled at every level before the pros his debut season in when Moulson diet regiment working out near Boston with
(e was a U S NTDP leader who dropped was with the New York )slanders famed strength and conditioning coach Brian
points in games in at Boston So Eichel moved to Moulson s home in McDonough who has helped sculpt more
University where as a freshman he won the East Amherst a hamlet outside Buffalo than pro athletes in the N(L NFL and
(obey Baker Award given to the nation s top There he almost assumed the role of third A(L Eichel has been back on the ice since
college player Eichel found himself in good child to Moulson and his wife Alicia who June and morning smoothies have been fol
…‘’ƒ›ǣ •‹…‡ –Š‡ ’”‹œ‡ ™ƒ• ϐ‹”•– ‰‹˜‡ already had two young kids daughter Mila lowed often by lean lunches and dinners of
in the only other freshman to be so and son George Eichel relished in the home ϐ‹•Šǡ„”‘™”‹…‡ƒ†˜‡‰‡–ƒ„Ž‡•Ǥ
awarded was Paul Kariya in cooked meals crafted by Alicia While Mila Leisure time will come Eichel spent Fourth
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After one year in college Eichel bolted for and George ate in their high chairs Alicia of of July in Nantucket the beach lined island
the N(L where he joined a talent poor Sa ten watched nearby in a seat by the kitchen ‘ˆˆƒ’‡‘†ǡƒ†Šƒ†’Žƒ‡†ƒϐ‹•Š‹‰–”‹’
bres team projected to stay near the league s bar Eichel and Moulson sat next to each oth north of Massachusetts with his father Bob
basement again Buffalo did winning just er across the room many nights with the TV Yet Eichel knows he must be accountable for
‰ƒ‡• ƒ† ϐ‹‹•Š‹‰ •‡˜‡–Š ‹ –Š‡ –Žƒ–‹… on while they chowed down ) couldn t have the load the Sabres will place on him when
Division though Eichel provided his part had more fun living at their house Eichel he returns to western New York this time not
‘”–Š Š‡Ž•ˆ‘”†ǯ• —‘ˆϐ‹…‹ƒŽ ‘––‘ǡ said For them to take me in and do every ™‹–Š‘—Ž•‘ƒ†ˆƒ‹Ž›„—–‹ƒ‡™Ž›ϐ‹
found on signs and bumper stickers across thing for me out of the goodness of their ished three storey townhouse which he will
town is Don t Tread on Me and indeed hearts shows what kind of people they are share with Reinhart
Eichel quickly established he belongs in the )f by living with Moulson and his family (is rookie season is over For Buffalo a
N(L (e missed only one game all season during his rookie year Eichel was brought long struggling franchise looking toward
ˆ‡ŽŽ‡† ™‹–Š –Š‡ ϐŽ— ‹ ƒ”…Šǡ ƒ† ’—– —’ ͷ͸ along as a pro in a safety bubble he could Eichel for relief so too are his rookie expec
points good for second among all rookies not escape the realities of the N(L lifestyle tations

2016-17 YEARBOOK THE HOCKEY NEWS | 43


NHL TEAM REPORTS

Led by Steven
Stamkos, the Tampa
Bay Lightning will
once again hoist
Lord Stanley’s Cup
this season.
MIKE CARLSON/GETTY IMAGES

44 | THE HOCKEY NEWS 2016-17 YEARBOOK


LIGHTNING WILL Forecast for the 2016-17 season

STRIKE SILVER
Ten teams can lay a legitimate claim to the 2017 Stanley Cup,
but with unmatched depth and skill, it’s Tampa Bay’s turn METROPOLITAN
1 WASHINGTON CAPITALS* PG. 158
BY RYAN KENNEDY 2 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS* PG. 134
3 NEW YORK ISLANDERS* PG. 118
IT’S STUNNING TO think how close „‡Ž‹‡˜‡ ƒ’ƒ …ƒ ‘…‡ ƒ‰ƒ‹ Ž‡›—’‘††•‹‡ƒ…Š’”‡˜‹‡™ǡ‹–
4 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS* PG. 130
the Tampa Bay Lightning came ™ƒŽ‘—–‘ˆ–Š‡–Žƒ–‹…‹˜‹•‹‘ǡ ™‘—Ž†ǯ–„‡•—”’”‹•‹‰–‘•‡‡ƒ›
–‘–Š‡–ƒŽ‡›—’ϐ‹ƒŽŽƒ•–›‡ƒ”ǡ ™Š‡”‡–Š‡›…‘—Ž†ˆƒ…‡ƒ›— ‘‡‘ˆͳͲ–‡ƒ•™‹‹–ƒŽŽǣƒ’ƒ 5 NEW YORK RANGERS PG. 122
‰‹˜‡ Š‘™ —…Š –—”‘‹Ž ‡ „‡” ‘ˆ ‡–”‘ ˆ‘‡• ‹ –Š‡ …‘ˆ‡” ȋͺȀͳȌǡ ƒŽŽƒ• ȋͻȀͳȌǡ ‹––•„—”‰Š 6 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS PG. 78
•ƒ”‡† –Š‡ –‡ƒǤ Š‡ ˆ”ƒ…Š‹•‡ ‡…‡ ϐ‹ƒŽǫ Š‡ ‘††• ƒ”‡ ˆƒ˜‘” ȋͳͲȀͳȌǡƒ•Š‹‰–‘ȋͳʹȀͳȌǡƒ 7 CAROLINA HURRICANES PG. 66
‡†—”‡† –™‹ †”ƒƒ• †—”‹‰ ƒ„Ž‡Š‡”‡Ǥ‡–‘–Š‡‘Ž–•Ǥ Š‡‹ ȋͳ͵ȀͳȌǡ Š‹…ƒ‰‘ ȋͳͶȀͳȌǡ 8 NEW JERSEY DEVILS PG. 114
–Š‡ •‡ƒ•‘ǡ ϐ‹”•– •—””‘—†‹‰ —– ‡•–ǡ ƒ‘–Š‡” ‘‡Ǧ–‹‡ ‘• ‰‡Ž‡• ȋͳͷȀͳȌǡ ƒ ‘•‡
–Š‡ ’‡†‹‰ —”‡•–”‹…–‡† ˆ”‡‡ —’™‹‡”™‹ŽŽ”‹•‡ƒ‰ƒ‹‹ƒŽ ȋͳ͸ȀͳȌǡ ƒ•Š˜‹ŽŽ‡ ȋͳ͹ȀͳȌ ‘” –Ǥ
ƒ‰‡…› ‘ˆ …ƒ’–ƒ‹ –‡˜‡ –ƒ Žƒ•ǤŠ‡–ƒ”•Šƒ˜‡ƒŽ”‡ƒ†›’”‘˜ ‘—‹•ȋͳͺȀͳȌǤ ATLANTIC
‘•ǡ –Š‡ –Š‡ ’”‘–‡•– ‘ˆ ›‘—‰ ‡–Š‡‹””‡‰—Žƒ”•‡ƒ•‘…Š‘’•‘ˆ  –Š‡ ˆ‘ŽŽ‘™‹‰ •‡…–‹‘ǡ ›‘— 1 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING* PG. 146
‘ƒ–Šƒ”‘—‹ǡˆ‘ŽŽ‘™‡†„›–Š‡ Žƒ–‡ƒ††‹†ƒ‡ƒ„‹–‘ˆƒ”—‹ ™‹ŽŽ ϐ‹† ‘—” ‡šŠƒ—•–‹˜‡ ’”‡ 2 FLORIDA PANTHERS* PG. 94
•—•’‡•‹‘‘ˆ”‘—‹ƒ†ǡ‡˜‡ –Š‡’Žƒ›‘ˆˆ•ǡ–Š‘—‰Š‰‘ƒŽ–‡†‹‰ ˜‹‡™‘ˆƒŽŽ͵Ͳ –‡ƒ•˜‹ƒ‘—” 3 MONTREAL CANADIENS* PG. 106
–—ƒŽŽ›ǡ–Š‡”‡–—”‘ˆ”‘—‹Ǥ Ž‡––Š‡†‘™ǤƒŽŽƒ•‹••–‹ŽŽ”— …‘””‡•’‘†‡– ‹ ‡ƒ…Š ƒ”‡–Ǥ 4 BOSTON BRUINS* PG. 54
Šƒ–ǯ• ‘”‡ Š‹‰Š †”ƒƒ –Šƒ ‹‰ ™‹–Š –Š‡ ‘††Ž› ‡š’‡•‹˜‡ ‡ǯ”‡ ‰‡––‹‰ †‘™ ƒ† †‹”–›
‘•–   ˆ”ƒ…Š‹•‡• †‡ƒŽ ™‹–Š –ƒ†‡ ‘ˆ ƒ”‹ ‡Š–‘‡ ƒ† ƒ• ƒŽ™ƒ›•ǡ ˆ”‘ †‡’–Š …Šƒ”–• 5 DETROIT RED WINGS PG. 86
‹ƒ›‡ƒ”ǡ„—––Š‡–Š‡”‡™‡”‡–Š‡ ––‹‹‡‹ǡ„—–‡‡’‹‹†ǣ‹ˆ ƒ† —–—”‡ ƒ–…Š ”ƒ‹‰• –‘ 6 BUFFALO SABRES PG. 58
‹Œ—”‹‡•ǡ–‘‘Ǥ–ƒ‘•™ƒ•ˆ‡ŽŽ‡†
 ‹‹ŽŽ‡‡†•–‘’—ŽŽ–Š‡–”‹‰ ƒ ƒŽŽǦ‘˜‡” ’”‘‰‘•‹• ‘ Š‘™ 7 OTTAWA SENATORS PG. 126
„›ƒ„Ž‘‘†…Ž‘–ǡ™Š‹Ž‡‘…‡ƒ‰ƒ‹ ‰‡”ƒ†ϐ‹†ƒ‡™‘Ǥͳǡ–Š‹••‡ƒ ›‘—” –‡ƒ ƒ’’‡ƒ”• ˆ‘” ʹͲͳ͸Ǧ 8 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PG. 150
•–ƒ” ‰‘ƒŽ‹‡ ‡ ‹•Š‘’ ‰‘– Š—”– •‘ ™‹ŽŽ „‡ —‹“—‡Ž› •Šƒ’‡† –‘ ͳ͹Ǥ ‡ …Šƒ‰‡ ‹ ‘—” ʹͲͳͷǦͳ͸
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ƒ•–‡” ‘ˆ‡”‡…‡ ϐ‹ƒŽǤ ‹–Š Š‹– –Š‡ –”ƒ†‡ ƒ”‡– ȋƒ† ™Šƒ– –‡’–‹‰ –‘ ‡‡’ ’ƒ…‡ „› —•‹‰
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‹ ‹•Š‘’ǯ• ’Žƒ…‡ǡ ƒ’ƒ Š‡Ž† ƒ ƒ‰‡”• •‡‡ ƒ ”‡„—‹Ž†ǫȌǡ „”‹‰ –‹‡ǤScore/Venue Adjusted 5-on- 1 SAN JOSE SHARKS* PG. 142
͵Ǧʹ•‡”‹‡•Ž‡ƒ†„—–…‘—Ž†ǯ–Šƒ‰ ‹‰ƒ–Ž‡ƒ•–•‘‡”‡–—”ˆ‘”–Š‡‹” 5 Corsiǡ˜‹ƒ…‘”•‹…ƒǤŠ‘…‡›ǡ‹•‘—” 2 ANAHEIM DUCKS* PG. 46
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But now the Lightning have a ™Š‡”‡‹•Š‘’‹•‹‡–ˆ‘”ƒŽŽƒ• ‘–‘Ž›Š‘™…Ž‘•‡ƒ‰ƒ‡‹•ǡ„—– 5 EDMONTON OILERS PG. 90
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‘”‘–Š‡”‘ƒ†ƒ†Š‘™–Šƒ–ˆƒ…
6 ARIZONA COYOTES PG. 50
”‘—‹ǯ• •‹– Ž‘‰ ˆ‘”‰‘––‡Ǥ Š‹Ž‡•—‡”„”‹‰•Š‘’‡ˆ‘”
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Š‡‹•Ž‘•–ƒ‰ƒ‹–‘‹Œ—”›‘”‡˜‡ ‘ˆ …‘–‡†‡”• ‘˜‡”ƒŽŽǤ ƒ•Š‹‰ –‘ ‰‡– –Š‡ …Ž‡ƒ‡•– —„‡” „›
–”ƒ†‡†ǡ ƒ•‹Ž‡˜•‹› …ƒ Š‘Ž† –‘ ™‹ŽŽ „‡ †ƒ‰‡”‘—• ƒ‰ƒ‹ǡ ƒ• ˆƒ…–‘”‹‰‹•‹–—ƒ–‹‘•–Šƒ–…‘—Ž† CENTRAL
†‘™ –Š‡ ˆ‘”–Ǥ ƒ’ƒ ƒ› Šƒ• ™‹ŽŽ ™Š‹…Š‡˜‡” ƒŽ‹ˆ‘”‹ƒ –‡ƒ ƒ††‘‹•‡–‘–Š‡‡“—ƒ–‹‘Ǥ 1 DALLAS STARS* PG. 82
‹…”‡†‹„Ž‡†‡’–Šƒ†ƒŽ‡‰‹–‘” ƒ‡•‹–‘—–‘ˆ–Š‡ˆ‡‡†‹‰ˆ”‡ Now it s just time to play the
‰ƒ‡• ƒ† •‡‡ Š‘™ ‡˜‡”›–Š‹‰
2 NASHVILLE PREDATORS* PG. 110
”‹• ”‘’Š› …ƒ†‹†ƒ–‡ ‹ ‹…–‘” œ› –Šƒ– ‹• –Š‡ –‘’ ‘ˆ –Š‡ ƒ…‹ϐ‹…
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‘—•Ž›‡–‹‘‡†‰‘‘†‹‡•ǤŠ‹…Š „‡ ƒ „—œœ•ƒ™ǡ ™‹–Š –Š‡ †›ƒ•–‹… –Š‡ —’ ˆ‘” –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– –‹‡ •‹…‡ 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS* PG. 70
is why the Lightning will win the Žƒ…Šƒ™• ‘– ‡˜‡ ‡ƒ”‹‰ ʹͲͲͶǫ ƒ ƒŽŽƒ• …ŠƒŽŽ‡‰‡ –Š‡ 5 WINNIPEG JETS* PG. 162
–ƒŽ‡›—’‹ʹͲͳ͸Ǧͳ͹Ǥ ’Žƒ›‘ˆˆ•Š‘‡Ǧ‹…‡ƒ†˜ƒ–ƒ‰‡Ǥ ‹‰Š–‹‰ „› ‰‡––‹‰ „ƒ… –‘ 6 MINNESOTA WILD PG. 102
Š‡”‡ǯ• ƒ …‡”–ƒ‹ ƒ‘—– ‘ˆ Šǡ ƒ† ‹––•„—”‰Š ‹• ’”‡––› –Š‡ ϐ‹ƒŽ ˆ‘” –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– •‹…‡ –Š‡› 7 COLORADO AVALANCHE PG. 74
ƒ‰‹…–‘…‘•‹†‡”Š‡”‡Ǥ •‹–‘– —…Š –Š‡ ‡šƒ…– •ƒ‡ –‡ƒ –Šƒ– ”‡ƒ…Š‡†‹„ƒ…Ǧ–‘Ǧ„ƒ…›‡ƒ”•‹ *PLAYOFF TEAM
‹•‡––Šƒ––™‘Ž‡‰‡†ƒ”›‹‰Š– ™‡–ƒŽŽ’‡‡†›
‘œƒŽ‡•‘–Š‡ ͳͻͻͻƒ†ʹͲͲͲǫ†Š‘™™‹ŽŽƒ
‹‰’Žƒ›‡”•ˆ”‘–Š‡ˆ”ƒ…Š‹•‡ǯ• ϐ‹‡Ž†‡”‘—–‡–‘–Š‡—’Žƒ•–›‡ƒ”Ǥ –‡ƒ –Šƒ– ™‘ǯ– ‡˜‡ „‡ ‘ –Š‡ STANLEY CUP FINAL
ϐ‹”•– —’ Ȃ ‹…‡– ‡…ƒ˜ƒŽ‹‡” š…‡’– –Š‹• –‹‡ ”‡˜‘” ƒŽ‡› •…Š‡†—Ž‡ ȋƒ• ‡‰ƒ•Ȍ ƒˆˆ‡…– ‡˜
ƒ†”ƒ†‹…Šƒ”†•ȂŒ—•–”‡–‹”‡†ǫ ™‘ǯ–„‡Š—”–ˆ‘”–Š‡ϐ‹ƒŽǤ ‡”›‘‡‡Ž•‡ǫ –ǯ•‰‘‹‰–‘„‡ƒˆ— DEFEATS
† ‹• –Š‡”‡ ƒ› ”‡ƒ•‘ ‘– –‘ †ƒ•›‘—ǯŽŽ•‡‡„›–Š‡–ƒ ‘‡ǡˆ‘”•—”‡Ǥ
RYAN
GETZLAF

PREDICTION

2ND
ANAHEIM in PACIFIC

DUCKS
BY ERIC STEPHENS
STANLEY CUP ODDS /// 13-1
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F our playoffs failures in a row were enough Four straight Game


losses at home were just too much Someone had to pay
Exit Bruce Boudreau who lost his job as coach for the inability
‘ˆ–Š‡ƒŠ‡‹—…•–‘ϐ‹‹•Š–‡ƒ•‘ˆˆǤŠ‡‘•–’ƒ‹ˆ—Ž™ƒ•–Š‡
loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference
of and replaced with Boudreau four years after Carlyle had
coached the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup in (is task is
daunting push Anaheim to another Cup before the window closes
‡…‘†…‘ƒ…Š‹‰•–‹–•ƒ”‡”ƒ”‡Ž›ƒ•‰‘‘†ƒ•–Š‡ϐ‹”•–ǤŠ‡—…•ƒ†
ƒ”Ž›Ž‡ƒ”‡‘—––‘’”‘˜‡‘–Š‡”™‹•‡Ǥ
ϐ‹ƒŽǤŠ‡ϐ‹ƒŽ•–”ƒ™™ƒ•–Š‡‹”‘•–”‡…‡–’‘•–Ǧ•‡ƒ•‘ˆƒ…‡’Žƒ–Ȃƒ
ϐ‹”•–Ǧ”‘—††‡ˆ‡ƒ––‘–Š‡ƒ•Š˜‹ŽŽ‡”‡†ƒ–‘”•‹’”‹ŽǤ OFFENSE )f the Ducks didn t already rely too much on the big three
)nstead of bringing in a trendy young coach GM Bob Murray ‘ˆ›ƒ
‡–œŽƒˆǡ‘”‡›‡””›ƒ†›ƒ‡•Ž‡”ǡ‘™–Š‡›ǯŽŽ„‡Ž‡ƒ‹‰
”‡ǦŠ‹”‡†ƒ†›ƒ”Ž›Ž‡Ȃ–Š‡•ƒ‡„‡…Š„‘••Š‡ϐ‹”‡†‹–Š‡ˆƒŽŽ ‘–Š‡‡˜‡‘”‡Ǥƒ”Ž›Ž‡Šƒ••Š‘™–Š‡ƒ„‹Ž‹–›–‘‰‡–„‹‰•‡ƒ•‘•

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2015-16 ’Žƒ›‡†ˆ‘”Š‹†—”‹‰Š‹•ϐ‹”•–”‘†‡‘‹
NUMBERS Anaheim but Kesler and Bieksa also played
RECORD for Carlyle when he coached Vancouver s
46-25-11 (103 pts) A(L team The urgency to win mounts
OT/SO after another playoff disappointment and
4-7/3-4 as Getzlaf and Perry slowly descend from
DIVISION their primes
1st
OVERALL ROOKIES Shea Theodore may not have a
6th regular job out of the gate but he will if
OFFENSE Fowler is moved Talented D prospect
COREY PERRY 2.62 GPG (17th) Brandon Montour isn t far behind and
DEFENSE should get a call up Nick Ritchie has taken
2.29 GAA (1st) the team s mandate to get into better shape
POWER PLAY and has a great chance at landing a spot
from his top players and he ll need to again David Perron Jamie 23.1% (1st)
McGinn Brandon Pirri Chris Stewart Shawn (orcoff and Mike San PENALTY KILL X-FACTOR (ow much Carlyle gets out of
torelli were all allowed to walk and the only skill Murray has added 87.2% (1st) Getzlaf and Perry as the pair turn in the
to the forward group is Mason Raymond who ended last season in SCORE/VENUE ADJ. spring will determine how the club fares
the A(L Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg must duplicate their 5-ON-5 CORSI in the regular season and beyond Getzlaf
goal seasons and Andrew Cogliano has to produce more Without 53.03% (2nd) put up subpar numbers while Perry didn t
much secondary scoring Carlyle will need to squeeze as much as he 1-GOAL GAMES score in the playoffs and was left off Cana
can out of what he has 18-10-11 (.462) da s World Cup squad The two have faced
2-GOAL GAMES the criticism of the team s inability to win
DEFENSE There isn t a clear No in the group but this solid cast 14-2 (.875) decisive playoff games and they should
allowed the fewest goals last season (ampus Lindholm may be 3+ GOAL GAMES have renewed motivation under Carlyle
the Ducks best all around defender while Sami Vatanen remains 14-13 (.519)
their top producer Kevin Bieksa will need to improve from an up ICE TIME LEAD (F) THE BRASS Going back to Carlyle as coach
ƒ†Ǧ†‘™ϐ‹”•–•‡ƒ•‘‹ƒŠ‡‹ǡ™Š‹Ž‡ ‘•Šƒ•‘‹•–”‡†‹‰ Ryan Kesler (19:31) in an attempt to prod this team over the
upward after a solid sophomore year Simon Despres returns after ICE TIME LEAD (D) –‘’Ȃ™‹ŽŽ„‡ƒ†‡ϐ‹‹‰‘‡–‹—”
a concussion plagued year Speculation surrounded Cam Fowler s Cam Fowler (22:46) ray s tenure as Ducks GM That said with
future because of Anaheim s depth on defense and the need for help Anaheim s lack of activity this summer it s
up front FAST FACTS uncertain if Murray is truly being given the
GM resources to make a run at what s become
GOALTENDING The net is all John Gibson s now after Frederik Ander Bob Murray an elusive Stanley Cup championship
sen was traded to Toronto Gibson had a goals against average COACH
in starts last season but his games between Anaheim and Randy Carlyle
the A(L s San Diego Gulls were his most in a pro season The Ducks ARENA TRENDING
needed a veteran who can play games behind him which is why Honda Center Regular Season Points
they acquired Jonathan Bernier in a separate deal with Toronto CAPACITY
17,174 2011-12 80
SPECIAL TEAMS Retaining assistants Paul MacLean and Trent Yawney 2015-16
will keep some needed continuity for two highly successful units For ATTENDANCE 2012-13 (prorated) 113
–Š‡ϐ‹”•––‹‡•‹…‡–Š‡‡™‘” •Žƒ†‡”•†‹†‹–‹ͳͻͺͷǡ–Š‡—…• 16,337 (23rd)
led the N(L in both special teams Carlyle s clubs always spend a lot
2013-14 116
AHL AFFILIATE
‘ˆ–‹‡‹–Š‡•‹„‹ǡ•‘’‡ƒŽ–›‹ŽŽ‡ˆϐ‹…‹‡…›‹•ƒ—•–Ǥ San Diego Gulls 2014-15 109
ECHL AFFILIATE
INTANGIBLESˆ–‡”ϐ‹˜‡›‡ƒ”•‘ˆ–Š‡’Žƒ›‡”Ǧˆ”‹‡†Ž›‘—†”‡ƒ—ǡ–Š‡ Utah Grizzlies 2015-16 103
Ducks will have to adjust to the demanding Carlyle Not only do PLAYOFF RECORD
Getzlaf Perry Fowler and Cogliano know what he s like having 24-19 (since 2012)
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DEPTH CHART
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE GOALIE
1 Nick Ritchie 1 Ryan Getzlaf 1 Corey Perry 1 Hampus Lindholm 6 Josh Manson 1 John Gibson
2 Andrew Cogliano 2 Ryan Kesler 2 Jakob Silfverberg 2 Sami Vatanen 7 Clayton Stoner 2 Jonathan Bernier
3 Ryan Garbutt 3 Rickard Rakell 3 Chris Wagner 3 Cam Fowler 8 Shea Theodore 3 Dustin Tokarski
4 Mason Raymond 4 Nate Thompson 4 Jared Boll 4 Kevin Bieksa 9 Brandon Montour
5 Nicolas Kerdiles 5 Michael Sgarbossa 5 Stefan Noesen 5 Simon Despres 10 Nate Guenin INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES David Perron, LW; Jamie McGinn, LW; Frederik Andersen, G; Brandon Pirri, LW; Mike Santorelli, C; Chris Stewart, RW; Shawn Horcof, C

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Jonathan Bernier 8/7/88 Toronto 38 12 21 3 2.88 .908
Laval, Que. 6-0, 184 Trade: Tor 7/8/16
Kevin Boyle 5/30/92 UMass-Lowell (HE) 39 24 10 5 1.83 .934
Manalapan, N.J. 6-2, 200 Free Agent: signed 3/30/16
John Gibson 7/14/93 Anaheim 40 21 13 4 2.07 .920
Pittsburgh, Pa. 6-3, 226 Draft: 39th overall (2011)
Matt Hackett 3/7/90 San Diego (AHL) 22 10 7 2 3.03 .895
London, Ont. 6-2, 179 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15
Dustin Tokarski 9/16/89 SNF/SD (AHL) 12 4 4 6 2.77 .910
Watson, Sask. 6-0, 205 Trade: Mtl 1/7/16
NICK RITCHIE DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Kevin Bieksa 6/16/81 Anaheim 71 4 11 15 99
Grimsby, Ont. 6-1, 200 Trade: Van 6/30/15
Simon Despres 7/27/91 Anaheim 32 0 4 4 8

FUTURE
Laval, Que. 6-4, 218 Trade: Pit 3/2/15
Cam Fowler 12/5/91 Anaheim 69 5 23 28 27
Windsor, Ont. 6-1, 207 Draft: 12th overall (2010)
Nate Guenin 12/10/82 Colorado 29 0 0 0 2
Aliquippa, Pa. 6-3, 207 Free Agent: signed 7/2/16
Korbinian Holzer 2/16/88 Anaheim 29 0 3 3 10
Munich, Germany 6-3, 215 Trade: Tor 3/2/15

WATCH
Jacob Larsson 4/29/97 Frolunda (Swe) 47 5 9 14 10
Ljungby, Sweden 6-2, 191 Draft: 27th overall (2015)
Hampus Lindholm 1/20/94 Anaheim 80 10 18 28 40
Helsingborg, Sweden 6-3, 205 Draft: 6th overall (2012)
Josh Manson 10/7/91 Anaheim 71 5 10 15 74
Hinsdale, Ill. 6-3, 215 Draft: 160th overall (2011)
Brandon Montour 4/11/94 San Diego (AHL) 68 12 45 57 42
Brantford, Ont. 6-0, 192 Draft: 55th overall (2014)
Marcus Pettersson 5/8/96 Skelleftea (Swe) 46 2 5 7 10
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Skelleftea, Sweden 6-4, 167 Draft: 38th overall (2014)
Jeff Schultz 2/25/86 Ontario (AHL) 66 3 15 18 24
1 NICK RITCHIE, LW 6 SAM STEEL, C Calgary, Alta. 6-6, 230 Free Agent: signed 7/5/16
AGE 20 TEAM San Diego (AHL) AGE 18 TEAM Regina (WHL) Clayton Stoner 2/19/85 Anaheim 50 1 5 6 67
Port McNeill, B.C. 6-4, 216 Free Agent: signed 7/1/14
Power forward with a linebacker’s frame and Once a top-10 projection for 2016, he struggled Shea Theodore 8/3/95 San Diego (AHL) 50 9 28 37 34
soft hands has a top-line job to lose. when the bar was raised. Needs to bulk up. Langley, B.C. 6-2, 195 Draft: 26th overall (2013)
ACQUIRED 10th overall, 2014 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 30th overall, 2016 NHL ’19-20 Keaton Thompson 9/14/95 North Dakota (NCHC) 43 2 15 17 36
Devils Lake, N.D. 6-0, 182 Draft: 87th overall (2013)
Sami Vatanen 6/3/91 Anaheim 71 9 29 38 20
2 SHEA THEODORE, D 7 MARCUS PETTERSSON, D Jyvaskyla, Finland 5-10, 183 Draft: 106th overall (2009)
CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
AGE 21 TEAM San Diego (AHL) AGE 20 TEAM Skelleftea (Swe.) Joseph Cramarossa 10/26/92 San Diego (AHL) 61 11 6 17 68
Puck-moving defender showed well in NHL trial Positional defender makes the smart, heady Toronto, Ont. 6-0, 192 Draft: 65th overall (2011)
Ryan Getzlaf 5/10/85 Anaheim 77 13 50 63 55
and will step in seamlessly when room is made. plays without flash and dash. Needs to fill out. Regina, Sask. 6-4, 221 Draft: 19th overall (2003)
ACQUIRED 26th overall, 2013 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 38th overall, 2014 NHL ’18-19 Ryan Kesler 8/31/84 Anaheim 79 21 32 53 78
Livonia, Mich. 6-2, 202 Trade: Van 6/27/14
Kalle Kossila 4/14/93 St. Cloud St. (NCHC) 41 14 40 54 14
3 JACOB LARSSON, D 8 NICOLAS KERDILES, LW Kauniainen, Finland 5-11, 175 Free Agent: signed 3/30/16
AGE 19 TEAM Frolunda (Swe.) AGE 22 TEAM San Diego (AHL) Julius Nattinen 1/14/97 Barrie (OHL) 52 22 49 71 18
Jyvaskyla, Finland 6-2, 191 Draft: 59th overall (2015)
Plays mature, all-around game at both ends, California native plays with gusto and versatil-
Rickard Rakell 5/5/93 Anaheim 72 20 23 43 19
but may have limits ofensively. ity. Projects as bottom-six energy forward. Sundbyberg, Sweden 6-2, 201 Draft: 30th overall (2011)
ACQUIRED 27th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 36th overall, 2012 NHL ’17-18 Michael Sgarbossa7/25/92 San Diego (AHL) 62 17 27 44 48
Campbellville, Ont. 6-0, 186 Trade: Col 3/2/15
Sam Steel 2/3/98 Regina (WHL) 72 23 47 70 24
4 MAX JONES, LW 9 JULIUS NATTINEN, C Ardrossan, Alta. 5-11, 178 Draft: 30th overall (2016)
Chris Wagner 5/27/91 Col/Ana 43 4 2 6 28
AGE 18 TEAM London (OHL) AGE 19 TEAM Barrie (OHL) Walpole, Mass. 6-0, 195 Waivers: Col 2/25/16
Plays competitive north-south game, but can Displayed nice skills in rookie junior season, but LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM

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punish opponents east-west as well. ran out of steam by the playofs. Andrew Cogliano 6/14/87 Anaheim 82 9 23 32 28
Toronto, Ont. 5-10, 184 Trade: Edm 7/12/11
ACQUIRED 24th overall, 2016 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 59th overall, 2015 NHL ’19-20 Max Jones 2/17/98 London (OHL) 63 28 24 52 106
Rochester, Mich. 6-3, 203 Draft: 24th overall (2016)

5 BRANDON MONTOUR, D 10 STEFAN NOESEN, RW Nicolas Kerdiles 1/11/94


Lewisville, Texas
San Diego (AHL)
6-2, 191
45 15 12 27
Draft: 36th overall (2012)
70

AGE 22 TEAM San Diego (AHL) AGE 23 TEAM San Diego (AHL) Mason Raymond 9/17/85 Calgary 29 4 1 5 8
Cochrane, Alta. 6-1, 179 Free Agent: signed 7/4/16
Puck-smart blueliner coming of outstanding Still playing catch-up after missing most of first
Nick Ritchie 12/5/95 Anaheim 33 2 2 4 37
rookie pro season and close to NHL-ready. two pro seasons with injuries. Orangeville, Ont. 6-2, 232 Draft: 10th overall (2014)
ACQUIRED 55th overall, 2014 NHL ’17-18 ACQUIRED From Ott, July 2013 NHL ’17-18 Kevin Roy 5/20/93 Northeastern (HE) 29 10 16 26 10
Greenfield Park, Que. 5-9, 174 Draft: 97th overall (2012)
Nate Thompson 10/5/84 Anaheim 49 3 3 6 47
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Anchorage, Alaska 6-0, 212 Trade: TB 6/30/14
RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Jared Boll 5/13/86 Columbus 30 1 2 3 61
NAME SCOUTING REPORT Charlotte, N.C. 6-3, 209 Free Agent: signed 7/5/16
Ryan Garbutt 8/12/85 Chi/Ana 80 7 7 14 48
MAX JONES A powerful athlete with Edmonton, Alta. 6-0, 195 Trade: Chi 1/21/16
a mean streak, Jones Ondrej Kase 11/8/95 San Diego (AHL) 25 8 6 14 6
POSITION has scoring punch as
Kadan, Czech. 6-0, 180 Draft: 205th overall (2014)
LEFT WINGER Stefan Noesen 2/12/93 San Diego (AHL) 65 10 22 32 56
well. Though he can Plano, Texas 6-1, 205 Trade: Ott 7/5/13

SELECTED sometimes cross the Corey Perry


Peterborough, Ont.
5/16/85 Anaheim
6-3, 210
82 34 28 62
Draft: 28th overall (2003)
68

24TH OVERALL line with his physicality, Jakob Silfverberg 10/13/90 Anaheim 82 20 19 39 32
Gavle, Sweden 6-2, 196 Trade: Ott 7/5/13
the Knights winger fits
2015-16 perfectly with the heavy
Nick Sorensen 10/23/94
Farevejle, Denmark
Linkoping (Swe)
6-1, 182
37 10 13 23
Draft: 45th overall (2013)
37
LONDON Corey Tropp 7/25/89 Alb/SD (AHL) 66 16 23 39 77
KNIGHTS Ducks organization. Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. 6-0, 185 Trade: Chi 2/29/16
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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ANAHEIM DUCKS
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM
15 Ryan Getzlaf 77 13 50 63 14 55 6 0 5 178 7.3 40 22 602 617 49.4 2:50 1:27 19:30 7 2 3 5 4 4
10 Corey Perry 82 34 28 62 2 68 12 0 6 215 15.8 38 24 2 8 20.0 2:52 0:02 17:42 7 0 4 4 -7 6
17 Ryan Kesler 79 21 32 53 5 78 5 1 4 164 12.8 37 15 980 695 58.5 2:02 2:45 19:31 7 4 0 4 2 0
67 Rickard Rakell 72 20 23 43 -1 19 4 0 7 169 11.8 33 10 197 254 43.7 2:14 0:06 16:04 7 1 1 2 -4 0
88 Jamie McGinn 84 22 17 39 -7 33 9 0 5 156 14.1 27 12 4 3 57.1 2:24 0:00 14:17 — — — — — —
Buf 63 14 13 27 -10 10 6 0 3 109 12.8 18 9 2 1 66.7 2:31 0:00 14:09 — — — — — —
Ana 21 8 4 12 3 23 3 0 2 47 17.0 9 3 2 2 50.0 2:04 0:00 14:40 7 2 0 2 -2 2
33 Jakob Silfverberg 82 20 19 39 8 32 2 0 2 215 9.3 34 4 4 16 20.0 0:51 2:24 16:58 7 0 5 5 1 6
45 Sami Vatanen 71 9 29 38 8 20 4 0 2 140 6.4 19 19 — — — 2:52 2:14 21:18 7 1 3 4 4 6
57 David Perron 71 12 24 36 -1 62 4 0 1 147 8.2 24 12 2 8 20.0 2:04 0:01 15:12 — — — — — —
Pit 43 4 12 16 -13 28 1 0 0 96 4.2 11 5 1 4 20.0 1:43 0:02 15:28 — — — — — —
Ana 28 8 12 20 12 34 3 0 1 51 15.7 13 7 1 4 20.0 2:35 0:00 14:48 7 1 2 3 3 8
7 Andrew Cogliano 82 9 23 32 2 28 0 2 3 131 6.9 29 0 6 11 35.3 0:05 1:53 14:25 7 2 2 4 -1 0
11 Brandon Pirri 61 14 15 29 -4 30 3 0 3 128 10.9 19 10 66 77 46.2 2:09 0:01 14:30 — — — — — —
Fla 52 11 13 24 -4 30 3 0 2 111 9.9 16 8 66 75 46.8 2:13 0:02 14:49 — — — — — —
Ana 9 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 17 17.6 3 2 0 2 0.0 1:42 0:00 12:43 — — — — — —
47 Hampus Lindholm 80 10 18 28 7 40 4 1 1 149 6.7 12 15 — — — 2:02 2:09 22:00 7 0 3 3 6 0
4 Cam Fowler 69 5 23 28 -8 27 3 0 0 113 4.4 11 17 — — — 2:59 2:10 22:46 7 1 2 3 -2 4
29 Chris Stewart 56 8 12 20 2 73 1 0 1 78 10.3 15 5 3 6 33.3 1:05 0:00 10:47 7 1 2 3 2 0
25 Mike Santorelli 70 9 9 18 -4 8 1 0 1 81 11.1 15 3 75 83 47.5 0:33 0:00 10:05 — — — — — —
22 Shawn Horcoff 59 6 9 15 1 34 0 1 2 73 8.2 13 0 320 306 51.1 0:14 1:37 13:17 5 0 1 1 0 2
42 Josh Manson 71 5 10 15 11 74 0 0 1 88 5.7 15 0 — — — 0:06 2:08 18:46 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 Kevin Bieksa 71 4 11 15 -7 99 2 0 1 109 3.7 9 6 — — — 1:29 2:04 21:00 6 0 1 1 1 2
16 Ryan Garbutt 80 7 7 14 -11 48 0 1 3 135 5.2 13 0 1 7 12.5 0:05 0:39 10:50 — — — — — —
Chi 43 2 4 6 -7 27 0 0 1 83 2.4 6 0 0 2 0.0 0:02 0:18 10:19 — — — — — —
Ana 37 5 3 8 -4 21 0 1 2 52 9.6 7 0 1 5 16.7 0:09 1:03 11:25 7 1 0 1 3 6
53 *Shea Theodore 19 3 5 8 7 2 2 0 1 28 10.7 5 3 — — — 2:46 1:11 19:06 6 0 0 0 -1 0
62 *Chris Wagner 43 4 2 6 -2 28 0 0 1 55 7.3 6 0 148 126 54.0 0:02 0:32 9:09 — — — — — —
Col 26 4 0 4 -2 9 0 0 1 27 14.8 4 0 101 84 54.6 0:00 0:02 8:14 — — — — — —
Ana 17 0 2 2 0 19 0 0 0 28 0.0 2 0 47 42 52.8 0:06 1:18 10:33 2 0 0 0 0 0
44 Nate Thompson 49 3 3 6 -1 47 0 1 0 42 7.1 5 0 235 216 52.1 0:08 1:34 11:35 7 2 0 2 0 2
3 Clayton Stoner 50 1 5 6 4 67 0 0 0 32 3.1 5 0 — — — 0:03 1:47 15:21 1 0 0 0 -1 0
37 *Nick Ritchie 33 2 2 4 -2 37 0 0 0 55 3.6 4 0 1 2 33.3 0:41 0:00 11:45 — — — — — —
24 Simon Despres 32 0 4 4 2 8 0 0 0 32 0.0 3 1 — — — 0:13 2:15 19:37 7 0 0 0 -5 6
5 Korbinian Holzer 29 0 3 3 -3 10 0 0 0 17 0.0 3 0 — — — 0:01 1:17 14:45 — — — — — —
36 *John Gibson 40 0 1 1 — 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — — — — 2 0 0 0 — 0
31 Frederik Andersen 43 0 1 1 — 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — — — — 5 0 0 0 — 0
77 *Michael Sgarbossa 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 2 50.0 0:00 0:00 8:21 — — — — — —
64 *Stefan Noesen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — 1:57 0:31 10:02 — — — — — —
41 Harry Zolnierczyk 1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 8:48 — — — — — —
- *Dustin Tokarski 6 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
Mtl 6 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
30 Anton Khudobin 9 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON 2016 PLAYOFFS


NO. PLAYER GPI Min. GAA W L OT EN SO GA SA SP G A PIM GP Min. GAA W L EN SO GA SA SP
36 *John Gibson 40 2,295 2.07 21 13 4 2 4 79 992 .920 0 1 2 2 117 3.08 0 2 0 0 6 60 .900
31 Frederik Andersen 43 2,298 2.30 22 9 7 3 3 88 1,086 .919 0 1 2 5 297 1.41 3 2 1 1 7 132 .947
30 Anton Khudobin 9 356 2.70 3 3 0 0 1 16 175 .909 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
* indicates 2015-16 rookie
2016-17 SCHEDULE
1. Thu. Oct. 13 . . . . . at Dal 42. Sun. Jan. 8. . . . . . . . . Min
2. Sat. Oct. 15 . . . . . .at Pit 43. Tue. Jan. 10 . . . . . . . . Dal
3. Sun. Oct. 16 . . . . .at NYI 44. Thu. Jan. 12. . . . . . at Col
4. Tue. Oct. 18 . . . . . .at NJ 45. Sat. Jan. 14 . . . . . . .at Ari
5. Thu. Oct. 20 . . . . . at Phi 46. Sun. Jan. 15 . . . . . . . StL
6. Sun. Oct. 23 . . . . . . . Van 47. Tue. Jan. 17 . . . . . . . . .TB
7. Tue. Oct. 25 . . . . . . at SJ 48. Thu. Jan. 19. . . . . . . . Col
8. Wed. Oct. 26 . . . . . .Nsh 49. Sat. Jan. 21 . . . . . . at Min
9. Fri. Oct. 28 . . . . . . . . Clb 50. Mon. Jan. 23 . . . .at Wpg
10. Tue. Nov. 1. . . . . . . .at LA 51. Wed. Jan. 25. . . . . . Edm
11. Wed. Nov. 2 . . . . . . . . Pit 52. Tue. Jan. 31 . . . . . . . . Col
12. Fri. Nov. 4. . . . . . . . . . . Ari 53. Fri. Feb. 3. . . . . . . . at Fla
13. Sun. Nov. 6 . . . . . . . .Cgy 54. Sat. Feb. 4. . . . . . . at TB
14. Wed. Nov. 9 . . . . . at Clb 55. Tue. Feb. 7. . . . . .at NYR
15. Thu. Nov. 10 . . . . .at Car 56. Thu. Feb. 9. . . . . . . at Buf
16. Sat. Nov. 12 . . . . at Nsh 57. Sat. Feb. 11 . . . . at Wsh
17. Tue. Nov. 15 . . . . . . Edm 58. Tue. Feb. 14 . . . . . at Min
18. Thu. Nov. 17 . . . . . . . . NJ 59. Fri. Feb. 17. . . . . . . . . .Fla
19. Sun. Nov. 20 . . . . . . . .LA 60. Sun. Feb. 19 . . . . . . . .LA
20. Tue. Nov. 22 . . . . . . . NYI 61. Mon. Feb. 20. . . . . .at Ari
21. Fri. Nov. 25 . . . . . . . . Chi 62. Wed. Feb. 22 . . . . . .Bos
22. Sat. Nov. 26 . . . . . . at SJ 63. Sat. Feb. 25 . . . . . .at LA
23. Tue. Nov. 29 . . . . . . . .Mtl 64. Fri. Mar. 3. . . . . . . . . . .Tor
24. Thu. Dec. 1 . . . . . .at Van 65. Sun. Mar. 5 . . . . . . . . Van
25. Sat. Dec. 3 . . . . . at Edm 66. Tue. Mar. 7. . . . . . . . .Nsh
26. Sun. Dec. 4 . . . . . at Cgy 67. Thu. Mar. 9. . . . . . . at Chi
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27. Wed. Dec. 7 . . . . . . . Car 68. Fri. Mar. 10 . . . . . . at StL


28. Fri. Dec. 9 . . . . . . . . . . SJ 69. Sun. Mar. 12 . . . . . . Wsh
29. Sun. Dec. 11. . . . . . . Ott 70. Wed. Mar. 15 . . . . . . StL
30. Tue. Dec. 13 . . . . . at Dal 71. Fri. Mar. 17. . . . . . . . . Buf
31. Thu. Dec. 15 . . . . at Bos 72. Sat. Mar. 18. . . . . . . at SJ
32. Sat. Dec. 17 . . . . . at Det 73. Wed. Mar. 22 . . . . . Edm
33. Mon. Dec. 19 . . . . at Tor 74. Fri. Mar. 24 . . . . . . .Wpg
34. Tue. Dec. 20 . . . . . at Mtl 75. Sun. Mar. 26 . . . . . . NYR
35. Thu. Dec. 22 . . . . . at Ott 76. Tue. Mar. 28. . . . . .at Van
36. Tue. Dec. 27 . . . . . . . . SJ 77. Thu. Mar. 30 . . . .at Wpg
37. Thu. Dec. 29 . . . . at Cgy 78. Sat. Apr. 1 . . . . . . at Edm
38. Fri. Dec. 30 . . . . . .at Van 79. Sun. Apr. 2 . . . . . at Cgy
39. Sun. Jan. 1. . . . . . . . . Phi 80. Tue. Apr. 4 . . . . . . . . .Cgy JOHN GIBSON
40. Wed. Jan. 4 . . . . . . . . Det 81. Thu. Apr. 6. . . . . . . . . Chi
41. Fri. Jan. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . Ari 82. Sun. Apr. 9 . . . . . . . . .LA

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OLIVER
EKMAN-LARSSON

PREDICTION

6TH
ARIZONA in PACIFIC

COYOTES
BY SARAH MCLELLAN
STANLEY CUP ODDS /// 65-1
ANDRE RINGUETTE/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

D espite extending their playoff drought four seasons the Arizona


Coyotes enjoyed a successful start to their rebuild in
They added youth to their roster and the likes of Max Domi and
Anthony Duclair impressed with their skill and speed a change that
seemed to revitalize the entire franchise and suggests even more
mained a work in progress even with Oliver Ekman Larsson s contin
ued emergence as one of the game s elite defensemen Building off the
positives is a priority and after reorganizing their management struc
ture the Coyotes were active in the summer retooling their lineup
with the hope they can keep improving in Year of the process
youngsters will join the mix soon
But the enthusiasm of the rookies wasn t enough to keep Arizona in OFFENSE Not only did the rookies provide a boost Domi and
…‘–‡–‹‘ǡƒ•ƒ•–”‘‰ϐ‹”•–ŠƒŽˆϐ‹œœŽ‡†ƒˆ–‡”–Š‡ŽŽǦ–ƒ”
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The goaltending was inconsistent amid injuries and the blueline re major catalyst leading the team in goals with Even so the Coy

50 | THE HOCKEY NEWS 2016-17 YEARBOOK


otes still scored the third fewest goals in the Western Conference 2015-16
Arizona signed winger Jamie McGinn to a three year contract to NUMBERS TRENDING
complement the youngsters up front The team also acquired Ryan RECORD Regular Season Points
White a versatile depth option who could center the fourth line 35-39-8 (78 pts)
or work as a right winger And it s likely the team graduates more OT/SO 2011-12 97
promising prospects to the N(L with centers Dylan Strome and 5-7/1-1
Christian Dvorak expected to seriously contend for jobs DIVISION 2012-13 (prorated) 87
4th
DEFENSE The back end required the most attention during the off 2013-14 89
OVERALL
season as the Coyotes worked to address a defense that was one of 24th 2014-15 56
the N(L s worst in They immediately upgraded their look OFFENSE
„›•‹‰‹‰Ž‡š
‘Ž‹‰‘•‹–‘ƒϐ‹˜‡Ǧ›‡ƒ”†‡ƒŽŽ‡••–Šƒƒ™‡‡ƒˆ–‡”ƒ… 2.54 GPG (24th) 2015-16 78
quiring his negotiating rights from the Dallas Stars Goligoski a left DEFENSE
shot will anchor the second pairing but could line up next to Ekman 2.98 GAA (28th)
Larsson in certain situations For added depth Arizona re signed POWER PLAY
Kevin Connauton Klas Dahlbeck and Jarred Tinordi and inked Luke 17.7% (20th) remained among the worst in the league A
Schenn and Jamie McBain The Coyotes also targeted the position at PENALTY KILL healthy Smith will help as will the changes
–Š‡†”ƒˆ–ǡ—•‹‰ˆ‘—”‘ˆϐ‹˜‡’‹…•‘†‡ˆ‡•‡‡Ǥ 77.3% (28th) made on defense
SCORE/VENUE ADJ.
5-ON-5 CORSI INTANGIBLES The results of a much needed
46.3% (28th) shift to a youthful lineup were far reaching
1-GOAL GAMES The move sparked a point jump in the
17-10-8 (.486) standings and offered hope for the future
2-GOAL GAMES and validation of the franchise s new direc
6-9 (.400) tion Continuing that momentum won t be
3+ GOAL GAMES easy though
12-20 (.375)
ICE TIME LEAD (F) ROOKIES Considering Domi and Duclair
Mikkel Boedker (18:39) made an impact in their rookie seasons
ICE TIME LEAD (D) –Š‡‘›‘–‡•‹‰Š–„‡…‘ϐ‹†‡–‘–Š‡”—’Ǧ
Ekman-Larsson (24:46) and comers can have similar transitions
SHANE DOAN ”‘Ž‹ϐ‹… ’‘‹–’”‘†—…‡”•–”‘‡ƒ†
FAST FACTS Dvorak are the prospects with the best
GM chances of making the team
John Chayka
GOALTENDING A core muscle injury that required surgery sidelined COACH X-FACTOR Although the Coyotes young goal
No Mike Smith for approximately three months but he was steady Dave Tippett scorers are intriguing a tighter defense
upon his return in March an encouraging sign for the Coyotes While ARENA will be key to improvement Time will tell if
Smith was on the mend Louis Domingue shifted into a backup role Gila River Arena the changes made to the blueline will yield
before eventually playing his way into the starting job (is perfor CAPACITY better play but Smith s performance will
ƒ…‡•‘Ž‹†‹ϐ‹‡†Š‹••’‘–‹–Š‡ ƒ•–Š‡–‡ƒ•‹‰‡†Š‹–‘ƒ 17,125 be an important barometer of Arizona s
two year contract in the off season 2015-16 potential
ATTENDANCE
SPECIAL TEAMS After Keith Yandle was traded Arizona s power play 13,350 (29th) THE BRASSŠ‹•™‹ŽŽ„‡–Š‡ϐ‹”•–•‡ƒ•‘
regressed Ekman Larsson was still productive but his partner on AHL AFFILIATE for a new look management tasked with
the blueline routinely changed and the team gave up shorthanded Tucson Roadrunners successfully completing the rebuild John
‰‘ƒŽ•Ȃ•‡…‘†‘•–‹–Š‡ Ǥ‘‹ƒ†—…Žƒ‹”™‹ŽŽ„‡‡ϐ‹–ˆ”‘ ECHL AFFILIATE Chayka is GM replacing Don Maloney who
the experience they gained as rookies while McGinn and Goligoski Rapid City Rush ™ƒ•ϐ‹”‡†‹’”‹ŽǤ†…‘ƒ…Šƒ˜‡‹’’‡––
have the potential to help As for the penalty kill Boyd Gordon and PLAYOFF RECORD has taken on an expanded role as executive
Nicklas Grossmann were brought in a year ago to shore it up but it 9-7 (since 2012) vice president of hockey operations

DEPTH CHART
JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE DEFENSE GOALIE


1 Max Domi 1 Martin Hanzal 1 Anthony Duclair 1 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 6 Luke Schenn 1 Mike Smith
2 Jamie McGinn 2 Dylan Strome 2 Shane Doan 2 Alex Goligoski 7 Kevin Connauton 2 Louis Domingue
3 Tobias Rieder 3 Antoine Vermette 3 Christian Dvorak 3 Michael Stone 8 Klas Dahlbeck 3 Justin Peters
4 Jordan Martinook 4 Brad Richardson 4 Ryan White 4 Zbynek Michalek 9 Jamie McBain
5 Craig Cunningham 5 Laurent Dauphin 5 Christian Fischer 5 Connor Murphy 10 Jarred Tinordi INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES Boyd Gordon, C; Joe Vitale, C; Kyle Chipchura, C; Sergei Plotnikov, LW; Viktor Tikhonov, RW; Jiri Sekac, LW

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Louis Domingue 3/6/92 Arizona 39 15 18 5 2.75 .912
St-Hyacinthe, Que. 6-3, 210 Draft: 138th overall (2010)
Adin Hill 5/11/96 Portland (WHL) 65 32 27 6 2.96 .917
Comox, B.C. 6-4, 198 Draft: 76th overall (2015)
Marek Langhamer 7/22/94 Springfield (AHL) 19 7 9 4 3.80 .883
Pisek, Czech. 6-2, 184 Draft: 184th overall (2012)
Justin Peters 8/30/86 Hershey (AHL) 37 17 8 12 3.04 .896
Blyth, Ont. 6-1, 210 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Mike Smith 3/22/82 Arizona 32 15 13 2 2.63 .916
Kingston, Ont. 6-4, 215 Free Agent: signed 7/1/11
DYLAN STROME DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Jakob Chychrun 3/31/98 Sarnia (OHL) 62 11 38 49 51
Boca Raton, Fla. 6-2, 205 Draft: 16th overall (2016)
Kevin Connauton 2/23/90 Clb/Ari 65 5 12 17 60

FUTURE
Edmonton, Alta. 6-2, 205 Waivers: Clb 1/13/16
Klas Dahlbeck 7/6/91 Arizona 71 2 6 8 28
Katrineholm, Sweden 6-3, 207 Trade: Chi 2/28/15
Anthony DeAngelo 10/24/95 Syracuse (AHL) 69 6 37 43 84
Sewell, N.J. 5-11, 182 Trade: TB 6/25/16
O. Ekman-Larsson 7/17/91 Arizona 75 21 34 55 96
Karlskrona, Sweden 6-2, 200 Draft: 6th overall (2009)

WATCH
Alex Goligoski 7/30/85 Dallas 82 5 32 37 34
Grand Rapids, Minn. 5-11, 185 Trade: Dal 6/16/16
Jamie McBain 2/25/88 Los Angeles 44 2 7 9 6
Edina, Minn. 6-1, 193 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Zbynek Michalek 12/23/82 Arizona 70 2 5 7 20
Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech. 6-2, 210 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15
Connor Murphy 3/26/93 Arizona 78 6 11 17 48
Dublin, Ohio 6-4, 212 Draft: 20th overall (2011)
Luke Schenn 11/2/89 Phi/LA 72 4 12 16 82
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Saskatoon, Sask. 6-2, 229 Free Agent: signed 7/23/16
Michael Stone 6/7/90 Arizona 75 6 30 36 62
1 DYLAN STROME, C 6 BRENDAN PERLINI, LW Winnipeg, Man. 6-3, 210 Draft: 69th overall (2008)
AGE 19 TEAM Erie (OHL) AGE 20 TEAM Niagara (OHL) Jarred Tinordi 2/20/92 Mtl/Ari 10 0 0 0 17
Burnsville, Minn. 6-6, 230 Trade: Mtl 1/15/16
Great ofensive instincts and creativity. Only Stats have tailed of in two seasons since draft. CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
issue is how far along is physical maturity. Future third-liner needs AHL seasoning. Laurent Dauphin 3/27/95 Springfield (AHL) 66 11 13 24 72
Repenigny, Que. 6-0, 180 Draft: 39th overall (2013)
ACQUIRED 3rd overall, 2015 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 12th overall, 2014 NHL ’18-19 Christian Dvorak 2/2/96 London (OHL) 59 52 69 121 27
Palos, Ill. 6-0, 187 Draft: 58th overall (2014)
2 CHRISTIAN DVORAK, C 7 NICK MERKLEY, RW Martin Hanzal
Pisek, Czech.
2/20/87 Arizona
6-6, 226
64 13 28 41
Draft: 17th overall (2005)
77

AGE 20 TEAM London (OHL) AGE 19 TEAM Kelowna (WHL) Clayton Keller 7/29/98 Team USA (USHL) 23 13 24 37 14
Second-round gem plays a versatile game and Injuries may be due to competitive style. Plays Chersterfield, Mo. 5-10, 168 Draft: 7th overall (2016)
Ryan MacInnis 2/14/96 Kitchener (OHL) 59 38 43 81 49
is terrific at both ends of the ice. a hungry game with deceptive skill. St. Louis, Mo. 6-3, 182 Draft: 43rd overall (2014)
ACQUIRED 58th overall, 2014 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 30th overall, 2015 NHL ’19-20 Chris Mueller 3/6/86 San Diego (AHL) 63 20 37 57 50
West Seneca, N.Y. 5-11, 210 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Dylan Strome 3/7/97 Erie (OHL) 56 37 74 111 44
3 CLAYTON KELLER, C 8 RYAN MACINNIS, C Mississauga, Ont. 6-3, 185 Draft: 3rd overall (2015)
AGE 18 TEAM U.S. NTDP (USHL) AGE 20 TEAM Kitchener (OHL) Antoine Vermette 7/20/82 Arizona 76 17 21 38 93
St. Agapit, Que. 6-1, 198 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15
Small pivot was one of the most skilled players Son of Hall of Famer Al plays a heady, respon-
LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
available in draft. Bound for Boston University. sible game and has a pro-style frame. Michael Bunting 9/17/95 Springfield (AHL) 63 11 14 25 41
Toronto, Ont. 5-11, 174 Draft: 117th overall (2014)
ACQUIRED 7th overall, 2016 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 43rd overall, 2014 NHL ’18-19
Craig Cunningham 9/13/90 Springfield (AHL) 61 22 24 46 20
Trail, B.C. 5-10, 184 Waivers: Bos 3/2/15
4 JAKOB CHYCHRUN, D 9 CHRISTIAN FISCHER, RW Max Domi
Winnipeg, Man.
3/2/95 Arizona
5-10, 198
81 18 34 52
Draft: 12th overall (2013)
72
AGE 18 TEAM Sarnia (OHL) AGE 19 TEAM Windsor (OHL) Tyler Gaudet 4/4/93 Springfield (AHL) 44 4 9 13 23

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Two-way, reliable blueliner was once No. Still working on foot speed, but likes to stay Hamilton, Ont. 6-3, 205 Free Agent: signed 11/4/13
2-rated prospect in draft. Game still evolving. involved and is strong around the crease. Anton Karlsson 8/3/96 Leksand (Swe2) 21 2 6 8 6
Lerum, Sweden 6-1, 187 Draft: 87th overall (2014)
ACQUIRED 16th overall, 2016 NHL ’17-18 ACQUIRED 32nd overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 Jordan Martinook 7/25/92 Arizona 81 9 15 24 18
Brandon, Man. 6-0, 202 Draft: 58th overall (2012)

5 ANTHONY DEANGELO, D 10 CONOR GARLAND, RW Brendan Perlini


Guildford, England
4/27/96 Niagara (OHL)
6-2, 212
57 25 20 45
Draft: 12th overall (2014)
28

AGE 20 TEAM Syracuse (AHL) AGE 20 TEAM Moncton (QMJHL) Brad Richardson 2/4/85 Arizona 82 11 20 31 46
Belleville, Ont. 6-0, 197 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15
Ofensive D-man needs to take on account- Undersized forward not naturally fleet of foot,
Tobias Rieder 1/10/93 Arizona 82 14 23 37 10
ability in his own end. A work in progress. but has tremendous ofensive instincts. Landshut, Germany 5-11, 185 Trade: Edm 3/29/13
ACQUIRED From TB, June, 2016 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 123rd overall, 2015 NHL ’19-20 Garret Ross 5/26/92 Rockford (AHL) 65 7 13 20 109
Dearborn Heights, Mich. 6-0, 173 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Henrik Samuelsson 2/7/94 Springfield (AHL) 43 3 9 12 30
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Pittsburgh, Pa. 6-3, 210 Draft: 27th overall (2012)
RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Shane Doan 10/10/76 Arizona 72 28 19 47 98
NAME SCOUTING REPORT Halkirk, Alta. 6-1, 223 Draft: 7th overall (1995)
Anthony Duclair 8/26/95 Arizona 81 20 24 44 49
CLAYTON KELLER A Patrick Kane acolyte, Pointe-Claire, Que. 5-11, 185 Trade: NYR 3/1/15
Keller was the best Christian Fischer 4/15/97 Windsor (OHL) 66 40 50 90 34
POSITION player on the NTDP and
Chicago, Ill. 6-1, 212 Draft: 32nd overall (2015)
CENTER Stefan Fournier 4/30/92 SNF/Spg (AHL) 56 7 4 11 143
showed remarkable Montreal, Que. 6-3, 224 Trade: Mtl 1/15/16

SELECTED consistency for a teen. Conor Garland


Scituate, Mass.
3/11/96 Moncton (QMJHL)
5-8, 163
62 39 89 128
Draft: 123rd overall (2015)
97

7TH OVERALL His smarts, hands and Jamie McGinn 8/5/88 Buf/Ana 84 22 17 39 33
Fergus, Ont. 6-1, 205 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
creativity make him a
2015-16 constant threat to score,
Nick Merkley
Calgary, Alta.
5/23/97 Kelowna (WHL)
5-11, 191
43 17 31 48
Draft: 30th overall (2015)
44
U.S. Ryan White 3/17/88 Philadelphia 73 11 5 16 101
NTDP despite his slight build. Brandon, Man. 6-0, 200 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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ARIZONA COYOTES
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM
23 O. Ekman-Larsson 75 21 34 55 -6 96 12 0 8 228 9.2 28 27 — — — 5:10 0:43 24:46 — — — — — —
16 *Max Domi 81 18 34 52 3 72 3 0 0 156 11.5 36 15 20 35 36.4 3:00 0:13 16:22 — — — — — —
19 Shane Doan 72 28 19 47 4 98 12 0 4 170 16.5 30 17 74 69 51.7 3:03 0:42 17:35 — — — — — —
10 *Anthony Duclair 81 20 24 44 12 49 8 0 2 105 19.0 32 12 0 1 0.0 2:50 0:00 14:22 — — — — — —
11 Martin Hanzal 64 13 28 41 -5 77 3 1 2 141 9.2 27 13 586 461 56.0 3:09 1:18 17:47 — — — — — —
50 Antoine Vermette 76 17 21 38 -14 93 6 1 2 123 13.8 21 16 754 597 55.8 2:50 1:02 16:38 — — — — — —
8 Tobias Rieder 82 14 23 37 -21 10 2 0 1 189 7.4 28 8 10 19 34.5 2:14 1:56 17:18 — — — — — —
26 Michael Stone 75 6 30 36 -10 62 0 0 1 161 3.7 22 14 0 2 0.0 2:53 2:06 22:27 — — — — — —
40 Alex Tanguay 70 8 27 35 8 32 1 0 1 71 11.3 25 9 3 2 60.0 2:15 0:32 15:47 — — — — — —
Col 52 4 18 22 3 24 0 0 0 49 8.2 16 5 1 2 33.3 2:01 0:43 16:00 — — — — — —
Ari 18 4 9 13 5 8 1 0 1 22 18.2 9 4 2 0 100.0 2:55 0:02 15:09 — — — — — —
12 Brad Richardson 82 11 20 31 8 46 0 0 3 117 9.4 31 0 523 438 54.4 0:17 1:40 15:37 — — — — — —
48 *Jordan Martinook 81 9 15 24 -9 18 0 1 2 109 8.3 21 1 18 15 54.5 0:21 2:35 15:11 — — — — — —
5 Connor Murphy 78 6 11 17 5 48 1 0 1 101 5.9 14 3 — — — 1:07 2:07 20:30 — — — — — —
44 Kevin Connauton 65 5 12 17 7 60 0 0 0 109 4.6 14 3 — — — 1:17 0:25 16:44 — — — — — —
Clb 27 1 7 8 10 21 0 0 0 44 2.3 6 2 — — — 1:38 0:18 15:35 — — — — — —
Ari 38 4 5 9 -3 39 0 0 0 65 6.2 8 1 — — — 1:03 0:30 17:33 — — — — — —
24 Kyle Chipchura 70 4 8 12 -10 38 0 0 1 47 8.5 11 1 88 80 52.4 0:09 0:44 10:14 — — — — — —
34 *Klas Dahlbeck 71 2 6 8 -5 28 0 0 0 64 3.1 7 0 — — — 0:02 2:45 15:43 — — — — — —
2 Nicklas Grossmann 58 3 4 7 -3 24 0 0 1 42 7.1 7 0 — — — 0:02 2:58 17:47 — — — — — —
4 Zbynek Michalek 70 2 5 7 3 20 0 0 0 69 2.9 7 0 — — — 0:02 3:07 17:00 — — — — — —
17 Steve Downie 26 3 3 6 1 53 0 0 0 22 13.6 6 0 2 2 50.0 0:11 0:00 9:00 — — — — — —
9 Viktor Tikhonov 50 3 3 6 -10 20 2 0 1 41 7.3 4 2 45 71 38.8 0:42 0:05 11:26 — — — — — —
Chi 11 0 0 0 -4 6 0 0 0 11 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0:08 0:00 10:17 — — — — — —
Ari 39 3 3 6 -6 14 2 0 1 30 10.0 4 2 45 70 39.1 0:52 0:07 11:45 — — — — — —
36 Jiri Sekac 39 1 5 6 -5 16 1 0 0 49 2.0 4 2 2 2 50.0 0:47 0:00 11:39 — — — — — —
Ana 22 1 2 3 0 4 1 0 0 29 3.4 1 2 0 2 0.0 1:18 0:00 12:11 — — — — — —
Chi 6 0 1 1 -1 2 0 0 0 11 0.0 1 0 — — — 0:09 0:00 10:03 — — — — — —
Ari 11 0 2 2 -4 10 0 0 0 9 0.0 2 0 2 0 100.0 0:06 0:01 11:30 — — — — — —
15 Boyd Gordon 65 2 2 4 -7 10 0 1 0 53 3.8 3 0 526 383 57.9 0:02 2:48 12:12 — — — — — —
32 *Tyler Gaudet 14 1 2 3 -2 0 0 0 0 6 16.7 3 0 43 49 46.7 0:02 1:22 10:36 — — — — — —
61 *Sergei Plotnikov 45 0 3 3 -3 24 0 0 0 41 0.0 3 0 1 1 50.0 0:06 0:06 9:52 — — — — — —
Pit 32 0 2 2 -3 20 0 0 0 32 0.0 2 0 1 1 50.0 0:09 0:08 9:40 — — — — — —
Ari 13 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 9 0.0 1 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 10:22 — — — — — —
37 Dustin Jeffrey 7 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 5 20.0 2 0 35 23 60.3 1:09 0:00 11:24 — — — — — —
38 *Christian Thomas 6 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 9 0.0 2 0 — — — 0:04 0:00 8:56 — — — — — —
Mtl 5 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 6 0.0 2 0 — — — 0:05 0:00 8:36 — — — — — —
Ari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 10:35 — — — — — —
76 *Laurent Dauphin 8 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 7 14.3 1 0 32 41 43.8 0:06 0:53 11:18 — — — — — —
22 Craig Cunningham 10 0 1 1 -1 2 0 0 0 13 0.0 1 0 2 1 66.7 0:05 0:05 10:05 — — — — — —
29 Anders Lindback 19 0 1 1 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
41 Mike Smith 32 0 1 1 — 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
35 *Louis Domingue 39 0 1 1 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
42 Eric Selleck 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:22 0:00 9:33 — — — — — —
14 Joe Vitale 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0:16 0:46 6:13 — — — — — —
60 *Niklas Treutle 2 0 0 0 — 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
25 *Philip Samuelsson 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:05 2:35 15:53 — — — — — —
47 Alex Grant 5 0 0 0 -2 7 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:44 0:34 13:14 — — — — — —
28 Jarred Tinordi 10 0 0 0 -5 17 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:03 1:54 14:17 — — — — — —
Mtl 3 0 0 0 -3 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:54 13:06 — — — — — —
Ari 7 0 0 0 -2 12 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:05 2:20 14:48 — — — — — —
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GPI Min. GAA W L OT EN SO GA SA SP G A PIM GP Min. GAA W L EN SO GA SA SP
41 Mike Smith 32 1,754 2.63 15 13 2 6 3 77 921 .916 0 1 2 — — — — — — — — — —
35 *Louis Domingue 39 2,206 2.75 15 18 5 7 2 101 1,142 .912 0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — —
29 Anders Lindback 19 906 3.11 5 7 1 1 0 47 443 .894 0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — —
60 *Niklas Treutle 2 50 6.00 0 1 0 0 0 5 20 .750 0 0 2 — — — — — — — — — —
* indicates 2015-16 rookie
2016-17 SCHEDULE
1. Sat. Oct. 15 . . . . . . . Phi 42. Sat. Jan. 14 . . . . . . . .Ana
2. Tue. Oct. 18 . . . . . at Ott 43. Mon. Jan. 16 . . . . at Edm
3. Thu. Oct. 20 . . . . . at Mtl 44. Wed. Jan. 18. . . .at Wpg
4. Fri. Oct. 21 . . . . . .at NYI 45. Thu. Jan. 19. . . . . . at Min
5. Sun. Oct. 23 . . . .at NYR 46. Sat. Jan. 21 . . . . . . . . .TB
6. Tue. Oct. 25 . . . . . .at NJ 47. Mon. Jan. 23 . . . . . . . .Fla
7. Thu. Oct. 27 . . . . . at Phi 48. Thu. Jan. 26. . . . . . . . Van
8. Sat. Oct. 29 . . . . . . . Col 49. Tue. Jan. 31 . . . . . . . . .LA
9. Tue. Nov. 1. . . . . . . . . . SJ 50. Thu. Feb. 2. . . . . . . . . Chi
10. Thu. Nov. 3 . . . . . . . .Nsh 51. Sat. Feb. 4. . . . . . . . at SJ
11. Fri. Nov. 4. . . . . . . .at Ana 52. Thu. Feb. 9. . . . . . . . . .Mtl
12. Tue. Nov. 8. . . . . . . at Col 53. Sat. Feb. 11 . . . . . . . . Pit
13. Thu. Nov. 10 . . . . . .Wpg 54. Mon. Feb. 13. . . . at Cgy
14. Sat. Nov. 12 . . . . . . .Bos 55. Tue. Feb. 14 . . . . at Edm
15. Wed. Nov. 16 . . . at Cgy 56. Thu. Feb. 16 . . . . . .at LA
16. Thu. Nov. 17 . . . . .at Van 57. Sat. Feb. 18 . . . . . . . . SJ
17. Sat. Nov. 19 . . . . . . . . SJ 58. Mon. Feb. 20. . . . . . .Ana
18. Wed. Nov. 23 . . . . . . Van 59. Thu. Feb. 23 . . . . . at Chi
19. Fri. Nov. 25 . . . . . . . Edm 60. Fri. Feb. 24 . . . . . . at Dal
20. Sun. Nov. 27 . . . . at Edm 61. Sun. Feb. 26 . . . . . . . Buf
21. Tue. Nov. 29 . . . . . . at SJ 62. Tue. Feb. 28 . . . . at Bos
22. Thu. Dec. 1 . . . . . . . . .LA 63. Thu. Mar. 2. . . . . . . at Buf
23. Sat. Dec. 3 . . . . . . . . Clb 64. Fri. Mar. 3. . . . . . . .at Car
24. Mon. Dec. 5 . . . . . at Clb 65. Sun. Mar. 5 . . . . . . . . Car
25. Tue. Dec. 6 . . . . . . at Chi 66. Thu. Mar. 9. . . . . . . . . Ott
26. Thu. Dec. 8 . . . . . . . .Cgy 67. Sat. Mar. 11. . . . . . . . . NJ
27. Sat. Dec. 10 . . . . . . .Nsh 68. Mon. Mar. 13. . . . . . . Col
28. Mon. Dec. 12 . . . . .at Pit 69. Tue. Mar. 14. . . . . . .at LA
29. Tue. Dec. 13 . . . . . at Det 70. Thu. Mar. 16 . . . . . . . Det
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30. Thu. Dec. 15 . . . . . at Tor 71. Sat. Mar. 18. . . . . . . . StL


31. Sat. Dec. 17 . . . . . at Min 72. Mon. Mar. 20. . . . at Nsh
32. Mon. Dec. 19 . . . . . .Cgy 73. Tue. Mar. 21. . . . . . at TB
33. Wed. Dec. 21 . . . . . Edm 74. Thu. Mar. 23 . . . . . at Fla
34. Fri. Dec. 23 . . . . . . . . .Tor 75. Sat. Mar. 25. . . . . at Wsh
35. Tue. Dec. 27 . . . . . . . Dal 76. Mon. Mar. 27. . . . . at StL
36. Thu. Dec. 29 . . . . . . NYR 77. Wed. Mar. 29 . . . . . . StL
37. Sat. Dec. 31 . . . . at Cgy 78. Fri. Mar. 31 . . . . . . . Wsh
38. Wed. Jan. 4 . . . . . .at Van 79. Sun. Apr. 2 . . . . . . .at LA
39. Fri. Jan. 6 . . . . . . . .at Ana 80. Tue. Apr. 4 . . . . . . . at Dal MIKE SMITH
40. Sat. Jan. 7 . . . . . . . . . NYI 81. Thu. Apr. 6. . . . . . . . . Van
41. Fri. Jan. 13 . . . . . . . .Wpg 82. Sat. Apr. 8 . . . . . . . . . Min

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PATRICE
BERGERON

PREDICTION

4 TH
BOSTON in ATLANTIC

BRUINS
BY MIKE LOFTUS
STANLEY CUP ODDS /// 26-1
FRANCOIS LACASSE/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

T oo much subtraction made it impossible for the Boston Bruins


to make gains in Stripped primarily for salary cap
reasons of six full time players from including four of
–Š‡‹”–‘’•‡˜‡•…‘”‡”•Ȍǡϐ‹”•–Ǧ›‡ƒ”
‘™‡‡‡›™ƒ•—ƒ„Ž‡–‘
add enough for a return to the playoffs For the second straight year
‹–‹‰ƒ–‡†‘–Š‡„Ž—‡Ž‹‡ǡ•Š‘”––‡”ǡ™‹–Š–”ƒ†‡†‡ƒ†Ž‹‡ƒ…“—‹•‹–‹‘
‘ŠǦ‹…Šƒ‡Ž ‹Ž‡•Ǥ —– ™Š‹Ž‡ –Š‡ ”‘•–‡” Šƒ• „‡‡ •‘‡™Šƒ– •–ƒ„‹
Ž‹œ‡†ƒ†•ƒŽƒ”›…ƒ’ϐŽ‡š‹„‹Ž‹–›ƒ…Š‹‡˜‡†ǡ–Š‡”‡ǯ•Ž‹––Ž‡‘’‹‹‘–Šƒ––Š‡
”—‹• ƒ…–—ƒŽŽ› ‹’”‘˜‡†Ǥ  –Š‹”† •–”ƒ‹‰Š– –‘‘–ŠǦƒ†Ǧƒ‹Ž ϐ‹‰Š– ˆ‘” ƒ
playoff spot looms
–Š‡”—‹•™‡”‡†‡‹‡†ƒ„‡”–Š‘–Š‡•‡ƒ•‘ǯ•ϐ‹ƒŽ†ƒ›Ǥ
‘•–‡” ”‡†—…–‹‘ –Š‹• •—‡” ™ƒ•ǯ– ƒ• †”ƒ•–‹…Ǥ ‘—‹ ”‹••‘ǯ• OFFENSE‡•’‹–‡Ž‘•‹‰•‘ƒ›‘ˆˆ‡•‹˜‡Ž‡ƒ†‡”•ǡ–Š‡”—‹•ƒ†‡ƒ
†‡’ƒ”–—”‡˜‹ƒˆ”‡‡ƒ‰‡…›™ƒ•ƒ•™‡”‡†™‹–Š–Š‡ƒ††‹–‹‘‘ˆˆ‘”‡” goal improvement last season Three players cracked the goal
Ž—‡•…ƒ’–ƒ‹ƒ˜‹†ƒ…‡•ǡƒ†–Š‡„—›‘—–‘ˆ‡‹•‡‹†‡„‡”‰™ƒ• ƒ”™Š‹Ž‡ˆ‘—””‡ƒ…Š‡†͸Ͳ’‘‹–•Ǥ›‡ƒ”‡ƒ”Ž‹‡”ǡ‡”‰‡”‘™ƒ•

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2015-16 †‹”–›™‘”‘–Š‡„ƒ…‡†ǤŠ‡‡”‰‡”‘Ǧ
NUMBERS ƒ”…Šƒ†…‘„‘‹•ƒ‘‰–Š‡Ž‡ƒ‰—‡ǯ•
RECORD „‡•–ǡ™‹–Šƒ”…Šƒ†–‹‡†ˆ‘”–Š‹”†‹•Š‘”–
42-31-9 (93 pts) handed scoring
OT/SO
5-7/4-2 INTANGIBLESŠƒ”ƒǡ‡”‰‡”‘ƒ†”‡Œ…‹
DIVISION ˆ‘”–‘’Ǧ–‹‡”Ž‡ƒ†‡”•Š‹’ǡƒ†ƒ…‡•ƒ††•
4th even more veteran guidance With the
OVERALL Bruins needing young players to step into
16th lineup holes younger leaders are also
OFFENSE …ƒŽŽ‡†ˆ‘”Ǥƒ”…Šƒ†ȋʹͺȌƒ†”—‰ȋʹͷȌ
ZDENO CHARA 2.88 GPG (5th) are the top candidates
DEFENSE
2.78 GAA (T-19th) ROOKIES—”‡”‘‘‹‡•™‹ŽŽ„‡–‘—‰Š–‘ϐ‹†ǡ
POWER PLAY „—––Š‡”—‹•Š‘’‡‘Ž‹‹ŽŽ‡”ȋͶʹ 
the only Bruin to reach points With Bergeron David Krejci and 20.5% (7th) ‰ƒ‡•‹ʹͲͳͷǦͳ͸Ȍǡ‡–Š
”‹ˆϐ‹–Šƒ† ”ƒ
either Ryan Spooner or Backes center is a major strength The key is PENALTY KILL ƒ–”ƒ‘…ƒ…‘–”‹„—–‡ˆ—ŽŽ–‹‡Ǥ
”‹ˆϐ‹–Š
ϐ‹†‹‰•…‘”‹‰™‹‰‡”•Ȃ‡•’‡…‹ƒŽŽ›™‹–Š”‹••‘‰‘‡Ǥ’‘‘‡”‘” 82.2% (11th) ™ƒ••‡…‘†‹–Š‡ ™‹–Š͹͹’‘‹–•‹
ƒ…‡•ƒ›‘˜‡–‘™‹‰ǡ™Š‡”‡‘•–‘Š‘’‡•ˆ‘”ƒˆ—ŽŽ•‡ƒ•‘ˆ”‘ SCORE/VENUE ADJ. ͷ͹‰ƒ‡•ǡ™Š‹Ž‡ƒ–”ƒ‘Ž‡†–Š‡Ǯǯ™‹–Š͵͸
ʹͲǦ›‡ƒ”Ǧ‘Ž†ƒ˜‹†ƒ•–”ƒǡ™Š‘’Žƒ›‡†‘Ž›ͷͳ‰ƒ‡•Žƒ•–•‡ƒ•‘ 5-ON-5 CORSI ‰‘ƒŽ•‹͵͸‰ƒ‡•ƒ•ƒ”‘‘‹‡Ǥ
„—–•…‘”‡†ͳͷ‰‘ƒŽ•ǤŠ‡ǯ•…ƒ…‘—–‘”‘—‰ŠŽ›ͶͲ’‘‹–•ƒ’‹‡…‡ 49.92% (17th)
ˆ”‘†‡‘Šƒ”ƒƒ†‘”‡›”—‰Ǥ 1-GOAL GAMES X-FACTOR‘•–‘ǯ•ƒŒ‘”’”‘„Ž‡Žƒ•–•‡ƒ
15-10-9 (.441) •‘™ƒ•‰‘ƒŽ•ƒ‰ƒ‹•–Ȃ’”‡˜‹‘—•Ž›—Š‡ƒ”†
DEFENSE”ƒ…•Šƒ˜‡‡š’ƒ†‡†™‹–Š–Š‡–”ƒ†‡•‘ˆ ‘Š›‘›…Š— 2-GOAL GAMES ‘ˆ‹ —Ž‹‡ǯ•‹‡Ǧ›‡ƒ”–‡—”‡Ǥ•—‹–ƒ„Ž‡
ƒ†‘—‰‹‡ ƒ‹Ž–‘Ǥ•ƒ”‡•—Ž–ǡ–Š‡”—‹•ˆ‡ŽŽˆ”‘‘Ǥʹ‹‰‘ƒŽ• 13-9 (.591) ’ƒ”–‡”–‘–ƒ‡’”‡••—”‡‘ˆˆŠƒ”ƒ‹•‡••‡
ƒŽŽ‘™‡†–‘ͳͻ–ŠǤŠƒ”ƒǡ͵ͻǡ‡‡†•ƒ’”‘˜‡•Š—–†‘™’ƒ”–‡”ǡ™‹–Š 3+ GOAL GAMES –‹ƒŽǡƒ•‹•ƒ”‡–—”–‘ˆ‘”„›ƒ•Ǥ
‡‹†‡„‡”‰‘Ž‘‰‡”ƒ‘’–‹‘ǤŠ›•‹…ƒŽǡˆ‡ƒ”Ž‡••Š‘Ž†‘˜‡”•†ƒ 14-12 (.538)
McQuaid and Kevan Miller have seen occasional top pairing duty ICE TIME LEAD (F) THE BRASS•‡…‘†•–”ƒ‹‰Š–’Žƒ›‘ˆˆ‹••
„—–Šƒ˜‡ǯ–ƒ‹Ž‡†–Š‡ƒ••‹‰‡–†‘™ǡ™Š‹Ž‡–Š‡•ƒŽŽ‡””—‰ƒ† David Krejci (20:18) ”‡•—Ž–‡†‹ƒ•Šƒ‡—’‘ˆ —Ž‹‡ǯ••–ƒˆˆǡƒ•
‹Ž‡•ƒ”‡…‘—–‡†‘ˆ‘”–”ƒ•‹–‹‘ƒ†’—…‘˜‡‡–Ǥƒ”–Ǧ–‹‡”• ICE TIME LEAD (D) longtime assistants Doug (ouda and Doug
‘Ž‹‹ŽŽ‡”ƒ† ‘‡‘””‘™ƒ”‡‹Ž‹‡ˆ‘”‘”‡‘’’‘”–—‹–›ǤŠ‹‰• Zdeno Chara (24:05) ƒ”˜‹•™‡”‡†‹•‹••‡†Ǥ‡’Žƒ…‡‡–•ƒ”‡
™‘—Ž†„‡™‘”•‡‹ˆ‘–ˆ‘”–Š‡’”‡•‡…‡‘ˆ–Š”‡‡Ǧ–‹‡‡Ž‡™‹‡” ”—…‡ƒ••‹†›ǡ…‘ƒ…Šƒ– ”‘˜‹†‡…‡ˆ‘”
‡”‰‡”‘ƒ†”‡Œ…‹ǡƒŽ•‘ƒ•–”‘‰–™‘Ǧ™ƒ›…‡–‡”Ǥƒ…‡•ǡ™Š‡–Š‡” FAST FACTS ϐ‹˜‡•‡ƒ•‘•ǡƒ† ƒ›ƒ†‘Žˆ‘ǡ™Š‘•’‡–
ƒ–™‹‰‘”ƒ•–Š‡‘Ǥ͵…‡–‡”ǡ„”‹‰•ƒ•–”‘‰ʹͲͲǦˆ‘‘–‰ƒ‡Ǥ GM –™‘›‡ƒ”•‹’Žƒ›‡”†‡˜‡Ž‘’‡–Ǥ ‘‡ƒ……‘
Don Sweeney ”‡–—”•ˆ‘”ƒ–Š‹”†›‡ƒ”Ǥ
GOALTENDINGŠ‡†™‹†Ž‹‰Ǧ…‘”’•ǡƒ–™‡ƒ‹…‘ƒ…ŠŽƒ—†‡ COACH
—Ž‹‡ǯ••›•–‡ƒ†—†‡’‡†ƒ„Ž‡„ƒ…—’‰‘ƒŽ–‡†‹‰Šƒ˜‡Ž‡ˆ– Claude Julien
——ƒƒ•‘˜‡”™‘”‡†ƒ†’‡”ˆ‘”‹‰„‡Ž‘™Š‹•‡œ‹ƒ”‘’Š› ARENA TRENDING
Ž‡˜‡Ž‘ˆʹͲͳ͵ǦͳͶǡ™Š‡Š‡’Žƒ›‡†ͷͺ‰ƒ‡•Ǥ ‡ƒ†‡͹Ͳƒ’’‡ƒ”ƒ… TD Garden Regular Season Points
‡•‹ʹͲͳͶǦͳͷƒ†͸ͶŽƒ•–•‡ƒ•‘ǡ‹™Š‹…ŠŠ‹•‰‘ƒŽ•Ǧƒ‰ƒ‹•–ƒ˜‡”ƒ‰‡ CAPACITY
ȋʹǤͷ͸Ȍƒ†•ƒ˜‡’‡”…‡–ƒ‰‡ȋǤͻͳͷȌ™‡”‡‹††Ž‹‰Ǥ‘•–‘”‡ƒ…“—‹”‡† 17,565 2011-12 102
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Ž‘ƒ†Ǥ ‡ǯŽŽ„‡–Š‡–‡ƒǯ•ˆ‘—”–Š‘Ǥʹ‰‘ƒŽ‹‡‹ƒ•ƒ›•‡ƒ•‘•Ǥ ATTENDANCE 2012-13 (prorated) 106
18,777 (9th)
SPECIAL TEAMS”‡…‘ϐ‹‰—”‡†’‘™‡”’Žƒ›ȋ‹—•Šƒ”ƒǡ™Š‘ 2013-14 117
AHL AFFILIATE
™ƒ•Œ‘‹‡†„›ƒ”…Šƒ†‘–Š‡•‡…‘†‰”‘—’Ȍ‹’”‘˜‡†ǡ™‹–Š Providence Bruins 2014-15 96
‡”‰‡”‘ǡ”—‰ƒ†”‡Œ…‹Ž‡ƒ†‹‰–Š‡™ƒ›Ǥ”‹••‘ǯ•ͳͲ’‘™‡” ECHL AFFILIATE
’Žƒ›‰‘ƒŽ•—•–„‡”‡’Žƒ…‡†ǤŠ‡’‡ƒŽ–›‹ŽŽ‡”•ǡ–Š‘—‰Š‹ƒ•–ƒ–‡‘ˆ Atlanta Gladiators 2015-16 93
ϐŽ—š™‹–Š‘—––Š‡†‡’ƒ”–‡†ƒ‹‡Žƒ‹ŽŽ‡Ǧ
”‡‰‘”›ƒ’„‡ŽŽ–ƒ†‡ǡ PLAYOFF RECORD
’‡”ˆ‘”‡†™‡ŽŽǡ™‹–ŠŠƒ”ƒǡ…—ƒ‹†ƒ†‡˜ƒ‹ŽŽ‡”†‘‹‰–Š‡ 24-17 (since 2012)
FRANCOIS LACASSE/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

DEPTH CHART
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE DEFENSE GOALIE
1 Brad Marchand 1 Patrice Bergeron 1 David Backes 1 Torey Krug 6 Joe Morrow 1 Tuukka Rask
2 Matt Beleskey 2 David Krejci 2 David Pastrnak 2 Zdeno Chara 7 Colin Miller 2 Anton Khudobin
3 Frank Vatrano 3 Ryan Spooner 3 Jimmy Hayes 3 Adam McQuaid 8 Alex Grant 3 Malcolm Subban
4 Danton Heinen 4 Zac Rinaldo 4 Riley Nash 4 John-Michael Liles 9 Tommy Cross
5 Brian Ferlin 5 Tim Schaller 5 Seth Griith 5 Kevan Miller 10 Matt Grzelcyk INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES Loui Eriksson, RW; Lee Stempniak, RW; Dennis Seidenberg, D; Brett Connolly, RW; Jonas Gustavsson, G; Chris Kelly, C; Landon Ferraro, C; Zach Trotman, D; Maxime Talbot, C

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Anton Khudobin 5/7/86 San Diego (AHL) 31 19 8 4 2.46 .921
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan 5-11, 203 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Zane McIntyre 8/20/92 Providence (AHL) 31 14 8 8 2.68 .898
Grand Forks, N.D. 6-2, 206 Draft: 165th overall (2010)
Tuukka Rask 3/10/87 Boston 64 31 22 8 2.56 .915
Savonlinna, Finland 6-3, 176 Trade: Tor 6/24/06
Malcolm Subban 12/21/93 Providence (AHL) 27 14 8 7 2.46 .911
Toronto, Ont. 6-2, 200 Draft: 24th overall (2012)
DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Linus Arnesson 9/21/94 Providence (AHL) 48 0 5 5 8
JAKUB ZBORIL Stockholm, Sweden 6-1, 188 Draft: 60th overall (2013)
Brandon Carlo 11/26/96 Tri-City (WHL) 52 4 23 27 94
Colorado Springs, Colo. 6-5, 203 Draft: 37th overall (2015)
Zdeno Chara 3/18/77 Boston 80 9 28 37 71

FUTURE
Trencin, Slovakia 6-9, 250 Free Agent: signed 7/1/06
Tommy Cross 9/12/89 Providence (AHL) 64 3 20 23 97
Hartford, Conn. 6-3, 205 Draft: 35th overall (2007)
Alex Grant 1/20/89 Springfield (AHL) 69 11 31 42 57
Antigonish, N.S. 6-4, 205 Free Agent: signed 7/4/16
Matt Grzelcyk 1/5/94 Boston U. (HE) 27 10 13 23 36
Charlestown, Mass. 5-9, 174 Draft: 85th overall (2012)

WATCH
Torey Krug 4/12/91 Boston 81 4 40 44 33
Livonia, Mich. 5-9, 186 Free Agent: signed 3/25/12
Jeremy Lauzon 4/28/97 R.Noranda (QMJHL) 46 10 40 50 80
Val d’Or, Que. 6-1, 204 Draft: 52nd overall (2015)
John-Michael Liles11/25/80 Car/Bos 81 6 15 21 18
Indianapolis, Ind. 5-10, 185 Trade: Car 2/29/16
Charlie McAvoy 12/21/97 Boston U. (HE) 37 3 22 25 56
Long Beach, N.Y. 6-0, 208 Draft: 14th overall (2016)
Adam McQuaid 10/12/86 Boston 64 1 8 9 89
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Charlottetown, P.E.I. 6-4, 212 Trade: Clb 5/16/07
Colin Miller 10/29/92 Boston 42 3 13 16 39
1 JAKUB ZBORIL, D 6 ZACH SENYSHYN, RW Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 6-1, 196 Trade: LA 6/26/15
AGE 19 TEAM Saint John (QMJHL) AGE 19 TEAM Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) Kevan Miller 11/15/87 Boston 71 5 13 18 53
Los Angeles, Calif. 6-2, 210 Free Agent: signed 10/21/11
Plays with a physical edge and not shy about Speedy winger with scoring smarts still needs Joe Morrow 12/9/92 Boston 33 1 6 7 4
rushing puck or playing shutdown role. to shore up his defensive awareness. Edmonton, Alta. 6-0, 199 Trade: Dal 7/4/13
ACQUIRED 13th overall, 2015 NHL ’17-18 ACQUIRED 15th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 Jakub Zboril 2/21/97 Saint John (QMJHL) 50 6 14 20 57
Brno, Czech. 6-0, 200 Draft: 13th overall (2015)
CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
2 CHARLIE MCAVOY, D 7 BRANDON CARLO, D Noel Acciari
Johnston, R.I.
12/1/91 Providence (AHL)
5-10, 208
45 7 12 19
Free Agent: signed 6/2/15
19

AGE 18 TEAM Boston University (HE) AGE 19 TEAM Tri-City (WHL) David Backes 5/1/84 St. Louis 79 21 24 45 83
Ofensive blueliner plays a take-charge style Towering shutdown defender had nice showing Minneapolis, Minn. 6-3, 221 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Patrice Bergeron 7/24/85 Boston 80 32 36 68 49
and has the smarts to make it work out. at WJC. Will be a young AHLer at 19. Ancienne-Lorette, Que. 6-1, 195 Draft: 45th overall (2003)
ACQUIRED 14th overall, 2016 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 37th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 Austin Czarnik 12/12/92 Providence (AHL) 68 20 41 61 24
Detroit, Mich. 5-9, 160 Free Agent: signed 3/31/15
Ryan Donato 4/9/96 Harvard (ECAC) 32 13 8 21 26
3 JAKOB FORSBACKA-KARLSSON, C 8 JAKE DEBRUSK, LW Boston, Mass. 6-0, 181 Draft: 56th overall (2014)
AGE 19 TEAM Boston University (HE) AGE 19 TEAM Red Deer (WHL) J. Forsbacka-Karlsson 10/31/96 Boston U. (HE) 39 10 20 30 28
Stockholm, Sweden 6-1, 184 Draft: 45th overall (2015)
Does all the little things in game well, but Goal-scoring prowess dried up in final junior
Trent Frederic 2/11/98 Team USA (USHL) 23 4 10 14 23
needs to refine his ofensive touch. season. Pro debut in AHL will be telling. St.Louis, Mo. 6-2, 203 Draft: 29th overall (2016)
ACQUIRED 45th overall, 2015 NHL ’19-20 ACQUIRED 14th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 Alex Khokhlachev 9/9/93 Providence (AHL) 60 23 45 68 12
Moscow, Russia 5-10, 181 Draft: 40th overall (2011)
David Krejci 4/28/86 Boston 72 17 46 63 32
4 MALCOLM SUBBAN, G 9 FRANK VATRANO, LW Sternberk, Czech. 6-0, 186 Draft: 63rd overall (2004)
Tim Schaller 11/16/90 Rochester (AHL) 37 12 14 26 48
AGE 22 TEAM Providence (AHL) AGE 22 TEAM Providence (AHL) Merrimack, N.H. 6-2, 219 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16

ZBORIL: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; MCAVOY: RICHARD T GAGNON/GETTY IMAGES
Bruins signed Khodobin as insurance, but Sub- Short, but stocky winger will get a chance to Ryan Spooner 1/30/92 Boston 80 13 36 49 35
ban sure to win backup job to Rask. show if AHL scoring binge is for real. Ottawa, Ont. 5-10, 184 Draft: 45th overall (2010)
LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
ACQUIRED 24th overall, 2012 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED Free agent, March, 2015 NHL ’16-17 Matt Beleskey 6/7/88 Boston 80 15 22 37 65
Windsor, Ont. 6-0, 203 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15

5 TRENT FREDERIC, C 10 ALEX KHOKLACHEV, C Anton Blidh


Molnlycke, Sweden
3/14/95 Providence (AHL)
6-0, 201
65 10 4 14
Draft: 180th overall (2013)
48

AGE 18 TEAM U.S. NTDP (USHL) AGE 23 TEAM Providence (AHL) Jake Debrusk 10/17/96 SC/RD (WHL) 61 21 44 65 47
Edmonton, Alta. 6-0, 183 Draft: 14th overall (2015)
Pro-built winger bound for Wisconsin. He’s Didn’t get top-six forward opportunity so took
Colton Hargrove 6/25/92 Providence (AHL) 66 14 16 30 71
strong along the board and has puck skills. of to KHL. Could return in a couple of years. Dallas, Texas 6-1, 212 Draft: 205th overall (2012)
ACQUIRED 29th overall, 2016 NHL ’20-21 ACQUIRED 40th overall, 2011 NHL ’18-19 Brad Marchand 5/11/88 Boston 77 37 24 61 90
Halifax, N.S. 5-9, 181 Draft: 71st overall (2006)
Zac Rinaldo 6/15/90 Boston 52 1 2 3 83
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Mississauga, Ont. 5-10, 188 Trade: Phi 6/29/15
Frank Vatrano 3/14/94 Boston 39 8 3 11 14
East Longmeadow, Mass. 5-9, 201 Free Agent: signed 3/12/15
NAME SCOUTING REPORT RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Brian Ferlin 6/3/92 Providence (AHL) 23 6 8 14 27
CHARLIE MCAVOY A risk-taking defense- Jacksonville, Fla. 6-2, 207 Draft: 121st overall (2011)
man who really improved Seth Griffith 1/4/93 Providence (AHL) 57 24 53 77 32
POSITION his defensive play in the
Wallaceburg, Ont. 5-9, 191 Draft: 131st overall (2012)
DEFENSEMAN Jimmy Hayes 11/21/89 Boston 75 13 16 29 60
second half, McAvoy had Boston, Mass. 6-5, 215 Trade: Fla 7/1/15

SELECTED a great freshman season Riley Nash


Consort, Alta.
5/9/89 Carolina
6-1, 200
64 9 13 22
Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
18

14TH OVERALL with B.U. His mobility David Pastrnak 5/25/96 Boston 51 15 11 26 20
Havirov, Czech. 6-0, 181 Draft: 25th overall (2014)
and puck skills came in
2015-16 handy, as he racked up
Tyler Randell
Scarborough, Ont.
6/15/91 Boston
6-1, 198
27 6 0 6
Draft: 176th overall (2009)
47
BOSTON U. Zach Senyshyn 3/30/97 Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 66 45 20 65 20
TERRIERS points for the Terriers. Ottawa, Ont. 6-1, 192 Draft: 15th overall (2015)
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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BOSTON BRUINS
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM
37 Patrice Bergeron 80 32 36 68 12 49 12 1 6 282 11.3 40 25 1130 848 57.1 2:59 2:11 19:50 — — — — — —
21 Loui Eriksson 82 30 33 63 13 12 10 2 5 184 16.3 43 17 12 9 57.1 2:54 1:51 19:28 — — — — — —
46 David Krejci 72 17 46 63 4 32 4 0 3 143 11.9 42 18 560 557 50.1 3:13 1:29 20:18 — — — — — —
63 Brad Marchand 77 37 24 61 21 90 6 4 6 250 14.8 47 8 21 35 37.5 1:28 2:00 18:36 — — — — — —
20 Lee Stempniak 82 19 32 51 4 38 3 1 4 146 13.0 38 12 2 11 15.4 1:56 1:36 17:56 — — — — — —
NJ 63 16 25 41 3 34 3 1 3 120 13.3 28 12 2 8 20.0 2:23 1:54 18:43 — — — — — —
Bos 19 3 7 10 1 4 0 0 1 26 11.5 10 0 0 3 0.0 0:25 0:35 15:19 — — — — — —
51 Ryan Spooner 80 13 36 49 -9 35 6 0 4 162 8.0 32 17 304 407 42.8 2:47 0:09 15:08 — — — — — —
47 Torey Krug 81 4 40 44 9 33 1 0 1 244 1.6 25 19 2 0 100.0 3:17 0:38 21:36 — — — — — —
39 Matt Beleskey 80 15 22 37 6 65 3 0 1 168 8.9 30 7 6 19 24.0 1:14 0:04 15:51 — — — — — —
33 Zdeno Chara 80 9 28 37 12 71 1 0 3 158 5.7 25 10 0 1 0.0 1:33 3:19 24:05 — — — — — —
11 Jimmy Hayes 75 13 16 29 -12 60 3 0 0 127 10.2 24 5 42 70 37.5 1:17 0:00 13:49 — — — — — —
88 David Pastrnak 51 15 11 26 3 20 0 0 2 108 13.9 25 1 0 3 0.0 0:28 0:00 13:56 — — — — — —
14 Brett Connolly 71 9 16 25 -1 20 2 0 2 95 9.5 20 5 14 17 45.2 0:50 0:00 12:57 — — — — — —
26 John-Michael Liles 81 6 15 21 -10 18 1 1 1 111 5.4 17 3 — — — 1:41 1:32 20:18 — — — — — —
Car 64 6 9 15 -3 16 1 1 1 92 6.5 11 3 — — — 1:50 1:34 20:33 — — — — — —
Bos 17 0 6 6 -7 2 0 0 0 19 0.0 6 0 — — — 1:05 1:25 19:19 — — — — — —
86 Kevan Miller 71 5 13 18 15 53 0 0 0 64 7.8 17 1 — — — 0:03 2:31 19:03 — — — — — —
48 *Colin Miller 42 3 13 16 0 39 0 0 0 59 5.1 11 5 — — — 1:15 0:03 15:47 — — — — — —
44 Dennis Seidenberg 61 1 11 12 -1 24 0 0 0 66 1.5 11 1 — — — 0:03 2:21 19:23 — — — — — —
72 *Frank Vatrano 39 8 3 11 -3 14 0 0 1 99 8.1 11 0 0 3 0.0 0:11 0:00 11:52 — — — — — —
29 *Landon Ferraro 68 5 5 10 -11 27 0 0 1 77 6.5 10 0 29 57 33.7 0:03 1:20 10:36 — — — — — —
Det 10 0 0 0 -3 7 0 0 0 12 0.0 0 0 1 3 25.0 0:00 0:49 9:33 — — — — — —
Bos 58 5 5 10 -8 20 0 0 1 65 7.7 10 0 28 54 34.1 0:03 1:25 10:47 — — — — — —
54 Adam McQuaid 64 1 8 9 6 89 0 0 0 42 2.4 9 0 — — — 0:02 2:27 18:02 — — — — — —
25 Maxime Talbot 38 2 5 7 -11 15 0 0 1 29 6.9 6 1 164 181 47.5 0:04 1:46 11:12 — — — — — —
62 Zach Trotman 38 2 5 7 3 22 0 0 0 60 3.3 7 0 — — — 0:18 1:45 18:33 — — — — — —
45 *Joe Morrow 33 1 6 7 -7 4 0 0 0 44 2.3 5 2 — — — 0:53 0:22 15:54 — — — — — —
64 *Tyler Randell 27 6 0 6 -2 47 0 0 1 18 33.3 6 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 6:58 — — — — — —
41 Joonas Kemppainen 44 2 3 5 -6 4 0 1 0 35 5.7 4 0 227 232 49.5 0:08 1:36 12:32 — — — — — —
36 Zac Rinaldo 52 1 2 3 -5 83 0 0 0 38 2.6 3 0 0 1 0.0 0:01 0:10 8:17 — — — — — —
23 Chris Kelly 11 2 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 8 25.0 1 0 22 30 42.3 0:08 2:23 13:05 — — — — — —
56 Tommy Cross 3 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 1:55 13:05 — — — — — —
53 Seth Griffith 4 0 1 1 -4 4 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 — — — 1:55 0:00 9:58 — — — — — —
55 *Noel Acciari 19 0 1 1 -4 8 0 0 0 18 0.0 1 0 60 76 44.1 0:05 1:16 9:53 — — — — — —
40 Tuukka Rask 64 0 1 1 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
52 Matt Irwin 2 0 0 0 -5 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 — — — 1:02 1:07 14:56 — — — — — —
76 *Alex Khokhlachev 5 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0:00 0:00 10:15 — — — — — —
50 Jonas Gustavsson 24 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON 2016 PLAYOFFS


NO. PLAYER GPI Min. GAA W L OT EN SO GA SA SP G A PIM GP Min. GAA W L EN SO GA SA SP
40 Tuukka Rask 64 3,678 2.56 31 22 8 7 4 157 1,854 .915 0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — —
50 Jonas Gustavsson 24 1,258 2.72 11 9 1 7 1 57 622 .908 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
* indicates 2015-16 rookie
2016-17 SCHEDULE
1. Thu. Oct. 13 . . . . . at Clb 42. Sat. Jan. 7 . . . . . . . at Fla
2. Sat. Oct. 15 . . . . . at Tor 43. Sun. Jan. 8. . . . . . .at Car
3. Mon. Oct. 17. . . .at Wpg 44. Tue. Jan. 10 . . . . . . at StL
4. Thu. Oct. 20 . . . . . . . . NJ 45. Thu. Jan. 12. . . . . at Nsh
5. Sat. Oct. 22 . . . . . . . .Mtl 46. Sat. Jan. 14 . . . . . . . . Phi
6. Tue. Oct. 25 . . . . . . . Min 47. Mon. Jan. 16 . . . . . . . NYI
7. Wed. Oct. 26 . . .at NYR 48. Wed. Jan. 18. . . . . at Det
8. Sat. Oct. 29 . . . . . at Det 49. Fri. Jan. 20 . . . . . . . . . Chi
9. Tue. Nov. 1. . . . . . . at Fla 50. Sun. Jan. 22 . . . . . .at Pit
10. Thu. Nov. 3 . . . . . . at TB 51. Tue. Jan. 24 . . . . . . . . Det
11. Sat. Nov. 5. . . . . . . . NYR 52. Thu. Jan. 26. . . . . . . . . Pit
12. Mon. Nov. 7. . . . . . . . Buf 53. Tue. Jan. 31 . . . . . . at TB
13. Tue. Nov. 8. . . . . . . at Mtl 54. Wed. Feb. 1 . . . . at Wsh
14. Thu. Nov. 10 . . . . . . . Clb 55. Sat. Feb. 4. . . . . . . . . .Tor
15. Sat. Nov. 12 . . . . . .at Ari 56. Thu. Feb. 9. . . . . . . . . . SJ
16. Sun. Nov. 13 . . . . . at Col 57. Sat. Feb. 11 . . . . . . . Van
17. Thu. Nov. 17 . . . . . at Min 58. Sun. Feb. 12 . . . . . . . .Mtl
18. Sat. Nov. 19 . . . . . .Wpg 59. Sun. Feb. 19 . . . . . . at SJ
19. Tue. Nov. 22 . . . . . . . StL 60. Wed. Feb. 22 . . . .at Ana
20. Thu. Nov. 24 . . . . . at Ott 61. Thu. Feb. 23 . . . . . .at LA
21. Fri. Nov. 25 . . . . . . . .Cgy 62. Sun. Feb. 26 . . . . . at Dal
22. Sun. Nov. 27 . . . . . . . .TB 63. Tue. Feb. 28 . . . . . . . . Ari
23. Tue. Nov. 29 . . . . . at Phi 64. Thu. Mar. 2. . . . . . . . NYR
24. Thu. Dec. 1 . . . . . . . . Car 65. Sat. Mar. 4. . . . . . . . . . NJ
25. Sat. Dec. 3 . . . . . . at Buf 66. Mon. Mar. 6 . . . . . . at Ott
26. Mon. Dec. 5 . . . . . . . .Fla 67. Wed. Mar. 8 . . . . . . . Det
27. Wed. Dec. 7 . . . . at Wsh 68. Sat. Mar. 11. . . . . . . . Phi
28. Thu. Dec. 8 . . . . . . . . Col 69. Mon. Mar. 13. . . . .at Van
MINAS PANAGIOTAKIS/GETTY IMAGES

29. Sat. Dec. 10 . . . . . . . .Tor 70. Wed. Mar. 15 . . . at Cgy


30. Mon. Dec. 12 . . . . at Mtl 71. Thu. Mar. 16 . . . . at Edm
31. Wed. Dec. 14 . . . . .at Pit 72. Mon. Mar. 20. . . . . at Tor
32. Thu. Dec. 15 . . . . . . .Ana 73. Tue. Mar. 21. . . . . . . . Ott
33. Sun. Dec. 18. . . . . . . .LA 74. Thu. Mar. 23 . . . . . . . .TB
34. Tue. Dec. 20 . . . . . . . NYI 75. Sat. Mar. 25. . . . . .at NYI
35. Thu. Dec. 22 . . . . . at Fla 76. Tue. Mar. 28. . . . . . . .Nsh
36. Fri. Dec. 23 . . . . . .at Car 77. Thu. Mar. 30 . . . . . . . Dal
37. Tue. Dec. 27 . . . . . at Clb 78. Sat. Apr. 1 . . . . . . . . . .Fla
38. Thu. Dec. 29 . . . . . at Buf 79. Sun. Apr. 2 . . . . . . at Chi
39. Sat. Dec. 31 . . . . . . . Buf 80. Tue. Apr. 4 . . . . . . . . . .TB TUUKKA RASK
40. Mon. Jan. 2 . . . . . . .at NJ 81. Thu. Apr. 6. . . . . . . . . Ott
41. Thu. Jan. 5 . . . . . . . . Edm 82. Sat. Apr. 8 . . . . . . . . Wsh

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JACK
EICHEL

PREDICTION

6TH
BUFFALO in ATLANTIC

SABRES
BY JOHN VOGL
STANLEY CUP ODDS /// 50-1
FRANCOIS LACASSE/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

T he Buffalo Sabres have left the basement Buoyed by the move


they hope they re ready to make a push for the penthouse
After two seasons in th place Buffalo enjoyed a point im
provement last season to vault to rd The team still didn t contend
ˆ‘”ƒ’Žƒ›‘ˆˆ•’‘–ǡ„—––Š‡‰‘ƒŽ–Š‹••‡ƒ•‘‹•–‘‡†ƒϐ‹˜‡Ǧ›‡ƒ”’‘•–Ǧ
group of forwards The defense still needs work and the goaltending
remains a question mark but the pieces are in place up front for what
has the potential to be a dynamic offense

OFFENSE Okposo has averaged points per game the past three
season drought seasons ranking th in the N(L (e joins surprising rookie Sam
To that end the Sabres snagged one of the top free agents in Kyle Reinhart goals at the top of the right wing depth chart Centers
Okposo who bought in to the organization s revival for seven years Ryan O Reilly and Jack Eichel have proven they can get wingers the
and million (e adds a power forward dimension to a talented ’—…Ǥǯ‡‹ŽŽ›’Žƒ›‡†‹–Š‡ŽŽǦ–ƒ”
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Buffalo and Eichel made the all rookie team with a goal point 2015-16
season that lived up to the hype Rasmus Ristolainen put up NUMBERS TRENDING
points to rank in the top among defensemen Evander Kane RECORD Regular Season Points
ϐ‹‹•Š‡†™‹–ŠʹͲ‰‘ƒŽ•ǡ„—–’‘Ž‹…‡‹˜‡•–‹‰ƒ–‡†Š‹–™‹…‡ˆ‘”‘ˆˆǦ‹…‡ 35-36-11 (81 pts)
incidents (e quickly wore out his welcome after getting a fresh start OT/SO 2011-12 89
away from the Winnipeg Jets 4-4/2-7
DIVISION 2012-13 (prorated) 82
DEFENSE˜‡”Ž‘ƒ†‡†™‹–Š”‹‰Š–ǦŠƒ†•Š‘–•ǡ–Š‡ƒ„”‡••™—‰ƒ†‡ƒŽ 7th
with Florida to acquire lefty Dmitry Kulikov (e will skate alongside
2013-14 52
OVERALL
Ristolainen allowing Buffalo to ease Josh Gorges workload Aside 23rd 2014-15 54
ˆ”‘‹•–‘Žƒ‹‡ǡ™Š‘Šƒ•–Š‡ƒ„‹Ž‹–›–‘•–ƒ”–ƒ”—•Šǡ–Š‡ƒ‹Œ‘„ˆ‘” OFFENSE
–Š‡ƒ„”‡•ǯ†‡ˆ‡†‡”•‹•–‘“—‹…Ž›ƒ†˜ƒ…‡–Š‡’—…–‘–Š‡–ƒŽ‡–‡† 2.43 GPG (T-25th) 2015-16 81
ˆ‘”™ƒ”†•Ǥ‘‘‹‡ ƒ‡…ƒ„‡‰”‡™‹–‘–Š‡”‘Ž‡ƒ†™‹ŽŽŒ‘‹ƒ…Š DEFENSE
‘‰‘•‹ƒ‘–Š‡•‡…‘†’ƒ‹”‹‰Ǥ‡’–Š…‘—Ž†„‡ƒ‹••—‡™‹–Š‘‘‡ 2.62 GAA (T-15th)
impressing in the minors College free agent Casey Nelson showed POWER PLAY
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a full year in the N(L PENALTY KILL forwards with an average of minutes
82.6% (9th) of shorthanded time
SCORE/VENUE ADJ.
5-ON-5 CORSI INTANGIBLES While with the New York
46.75% (26th) )slanders Okposo saw how a team can
1-GOAL GAMES grow into a contender after dwelling in the
16-14-11 (.390) cellar for a long time (e knows it takes
2-GOAL GAMES …‘ϐ‹†‡…‡ǡƒ†Š‡™ƒ–•–‘Š‡Ž’–Š‡›‘—‰
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3+ GOAL GAMES
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ICE TIME LEAD (D) ter Americans Blessed with speed and a
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an impact even if he doesn t make the
RYAN O’REILLY
FAST FACTS opening night roster (udson Fasching and
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GOALTENDING‘„‹‡Š‡”‰‡–•ƒ‘–Š‡”…Šƒ…‡–‘’”‘˜‡Š‡ǯ•ƒ‘Ǥ Tim Murray
(e sustained a severely sprained ankle during the season opener COACH X-FACTORŠ‡ƒ„”‡•Šƒ˜‡ƒ’”‘‹•‹‰
and was out until mid January then ended his season early to have Dan Bylsma offense and they ve improved the defense
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ˆƒŽ‘™‹ŽŽ‡‡†–‘ƒ‡„‡––‡”—•‡‘ˆ‹…Š‡Žǯ•„Ž‹•–‡”‹‰•Š‘–ƒ†…ƒ Rochester Americans of the league s must watch GMs Charged
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against per game dropped more than a half a goal To keep it up PLAYOFF RECORD a playoff spot (e won t hesitate to make a
–Š‡›™‹ŽŽ‡‡†–‘”‡’Žƒ…‡–Š‡…‘–”‹„—–‹‘•‘ˆƒ˜‹†‡‰™ƒ†ǡ™Š‘•‡ 0-0 (since 2012) †‡ƒŽˆ‘”ƒ›’‹‡…‡•–Šƒ–‹‰Š–„‡‹••‹‰Ǥ
ANDRE RINGUETTE/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

DEPTH CHART
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE DEFENSE GOALIE
1 Evander Kane 1 Ryan O’Reilly 1 Kyle Okposo 1 Rasmus Ristolainen 6 Josh Gorges 1 Robin Lehner
2 Matt Moulson 2 Jack Eichel 2 Sam Reinhart 2 Dmitry Kulikov 7 Casey Nelson 2 Anders Nilsson
3 Marcus Foligno 3 Zemgus Girgensons 3 Tyler Ennis 3 Zach Bogosian 8 Taylor Fedun 3 Linus Ullmark
4 Johan Larsson 4 Cal O’Reilly 4 Brian Gionta 4 Jake McCabe 9 Justin Falk
5 Nicolas Deslauriers 5 Derek Grant 5 Justin Bailey 5 Cody Franson 10 Brendan Guhle INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES David Legwand, C; Cody McCormick, C; Chad Johnson, G; Mark Pysyk, D; Matt Donovan, D

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Jason Kasdorf 5/18/92 Rensselaer (ECAC) 30 12 12 5 2.30 .931
Winnipeg, Man. 6-3, 172 Trade: Wpg 2/11/15
Robin Lehner 7/24/91 Buffalo 21 5 9 5 2.47 .924
Gothenburg, Sweden 6-5, 240 Trade: Ott 6/26/15
Anders Nilsson 3/19/90 Edm/StL 29 10 13 2 3.12 .901
Lulea, Sweden 6-5, 229 Trade: StL 7/2/16
Calvin Petersen 10/19/94 Notre Dame (HE) 37 19 11 7 2.20 .927
Waterloo, Iowa 6-2, 182 Draft: 129th overall (2013)
Linus Ullmark 7/31/93 Rochester (AHL) 28 10 16 0 3.41 .902
Lugnvik, Sweden 6-4, 212 Draft: 163rd overall (2012)
BRENDAN GUHLE DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Brady Austin 6/16/93 Rochester (AHL) 72 2 9 11 37
Bobcaygeon, Ont. 6-3, 227 Draft: 193rd overall (2012)
Zach Bogosian 7/15/90 Buffalo 64 7 17 24 68

FUTURE
Massena, N.Y. 6-3, 219 Trade: Wpg 2/11/15
William Borgen 12/19/96 St. Cloud St. (NCHC) 37 1 13 14 36
Moorhead, Minn. 6-2, 188 Draft: 92nd overall (2015)
Justin Falk 10/11/88 Lake Erie (AHL) 32 2 7 9 43
Snowflake, Man. 6-5, 224 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Taylor Fedun 6/4/88 Utica (AHL) 63 8 25 33 48
Edmonton, Alta. 6-0, 200 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16

WATCH
Cody Franson 8/8/87 Buffalo 59 4 13 17 26
Sicamous, B.C. 6-5, 234 Free Agent: signed 9/10/15
Josh Gorges 8/14/84 Buffalo 77 2 10 12 72
Kelowna, B.C. 6-1, 203 Trade: Mtl 7/1/14
Brendan Guhle 7/29/97 Prince Albert (WHL) 63 10 18 28 53
Edmonton, Alta. 6-2, 186 Draft: 51st overall (2015)
Dmitry Kulikov 10/29/90 Florida 74 1 16 17 51
Lipetsk, Russia 6-1, 204 Trade: Fla 6/25/16
Brycen Martin 5/9/96 Sask/Evt (WHL) 66 6 31 37 39
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Calgary, Alta. 6-2, 199 Draft: 74th overall (2014)
Jake McCabe 10/12/93 Buffalo 77 4 10 14 51
1 ALEXANDER NYLANDER, RW 6 WILL BORGEN, D Eau Claire, Wis. 6-0, 214 Draft: 44th overall (2012)
AGE 18 TEAM Mississauga (OHL) AGE 19 TEAM St. Cloud State (NCHC) Casey Nelson 7/18/92 Minn. State (WCHA) 40 6 16 22 22
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. 6-2, 183 Free Agent: signed 3/22/16
Excels in ofensive creativity and could play No-nonsense, steady D-man started last season Rasmus Ristolainen 10/27/94 Buffalo 82 9 32 41 33
AHL, NHL, OHL or Sweden this year. so well he made U.S. world junior team. Turku, Finland 6-4, 207 Draft: 8th overall (2013)
ACQUIRED 8th overall, 2016 NHL ’17-18 ACQUIRED 92nd overall, 2015 NHL ’19-20 Devante Stephens 1/2/97 Kelowna (WHL) 72 2 9 11 58
Surrey, B.C. 6-1, 172 Draft: 122nd overall (2015)
CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
2 BRENDAN GUHLE, D 7 JUSTIN BAILEY, RW Jack Eichel 10/28/96
North Chelmsford, Mass.
Buffalo
6-2, 201
81 24 32 56
Draft: 2nd overall (2015)
22

AGE 19 TEAM Prince Albert (WHL) AGE 21 TEAM Rochester (AHL) Giorgio Estephan 2/3/97 Lethbridge (WHL) 59 30 44 74 12
Athletic, talented and super quick on his skates. Power forward had nice finish as rookie pro hit- Edmonton, Alta. 6-0, 196 Draft: 152nd overall (2015)
Zemgus Girgensons1/5/94 Buffalo 71 7 11 18 20
Defensive game is coming along. ting 20 goals and playing eight NHL games. Riga, Latvia 6-1, 203 Draft: 14th overall (2012)
ACQUIRED 51st overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 52nd overall, 2015 NHL ’17-18 Derek Grant 4/20/90 Stockton (AHL) 36 27 18 45 36
Abbotsford, B.C. 6-3, 202 Free Agent: signed 7/2/16
Connor Hurley 9/15/95 Notre Dame (HE) 36 6 12 18 10
3 RASMUS ASPLUND, C 8 NICK BAPTISTE, RW Eagan, Minn. 6-2, 178 Draft: 38th overall (2013)
AGE 18 TEAM Farjestad (Swe.) AGE 21 TEAM Rochester (AHL) Johan Larsson 7/25/92 Buffalo 74 10 7 17 27
Lau, Sweden 5-11, 200 Trade: Min 4/3/13
Playmaker prefers a feisty game. He’ll have a Goal-scoring winger showed steady improve-
Ryan O’Reilly 2/7/91 Buffalo 71 21 39 60 8
few seasons to add much-needed bulk. ment as rookie pro; needs more experience. Clinton, Ont. 6-1, 210 Trade: Col 6/26/15
ACQUIRED 33rd overall, 2016 NHL ’19-20 ACQUIRED 69th overall, 2013 NHL ’18-19 Cal O’Reilly 9/30/86 Rochester (AHL) 47 6 23 29 6
Toronto, Ont. 6-0, 191 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15
Evan Rodrigues 7/28/93 Rochester (AHL) 72 9 21 30 39
4 HUDSON FASCHING, RW 9 CAL PETERSEN, G Toronto, Ont. 5-11, 174 Free Agent: signed 4/22/15
LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
AGE 21 TEAM Minnesota (Big Ten) AGE 21 TEAM Notre Dame (HE) Daniel Catenacci 3/9/93 Rochester (AHL) 50 12 12 24 39
Burly winger left NCAA after junior season. AHL After a freshman season in which he had a .919 Richmond Hill, Ont. 5-9, 191 Draft: 77th overall (2011)
apprenticeship likely, but pro frame will help. SP, he improved it to .927 as a sophomore. Nicolas Deslauriers2/22/91 Buffalo 70 6 6 12 59

GUHLE: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; NYLANDER: GRAIG ABEL/GETTY IMAGES
LaSalle, Que. 6-1, 212 Trade: LA 3/5/14
ACQUIRED From L.A., March, 2014 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 129th overall, 2013 NHL ’19-20 Jean Dupuy 10/6/94 Rochester (AHL) 74 8 13 21 63
Ottawa, Ont. 6-3, 205 Free Agent: signed 11/28/14

5 CLIFF PU, C 10 GIORGIO ESTEPHAN, C Tyler Ennis


Edmonton, Alta.
10/6/89 Buffalo
5-9, 160
23 3 8 11
Draft: 26th overall (2008)
11

AGE 18 TEAM London (OHL) AGE 19 TEAM Lethbridge (WHL) Marcus Foligno 8/10/91 Buffalo 75 10 13 23 79
Buffalo, N.Y. 6-3, 226 Draft: 104th overall (2009)
Scoring center will move more into spotlight on Crafty pivot hit 30-goal mark in WHL, then
Evander Kane 8/2/91 Buffalo 65 20 15 35 91
top junior team after mass graduations. finished year with six games in AHL. Vancouver, B.C. 6-2, 204 Trade: Wpg 2/11/15
ACQUIRED 69th overall, 2016 NHL ’20-21 ACQUIRED 152nd overall, 2015 NHL ’19-20 Matt Moulson 11/1/83 Buffalo 81 8 13 21 16
North York, Ont. 6-1, 212 Free Agent: signed 7/1/14
Jimmy Vesey 5/26/93 Harvard (ECAC) 33 24 22 46 6
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Boston, Mass. 6-2, 201 Trade: Nsh 6/20/16
RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Justin Bailey 7/1/95 Rochester (AHL) 70 20 25 45 16
NAME SCOUTING REPORT Buffalo, N.Y. 6-3, 210 Draft: 52nd overall (2013)
Nicholas Baptiste 8/4/95 Rochester (AHL) 62 13 15 28 30
ALEX NYLANDER The OHL rookie of the Ottawa, Ont. 6-1, 203 Draft: 69th overall (2013)
year, Nylander was an Hudson Fasching 7/28/95 Minnesota (Big10) 37 20 18 38 16
POSITION offensive sensation for
Milwaukee, Wis. 6-2, 216 Trade: LA 3/5/14
RIGHT WINGER Brian Gionta 1/18/79 Buffalo 79 12 21 33 12
the Steelheads, using his Rochester, N.Y. 5-7, 178 Free Agent: signed 7/1/14

SELECTED skating, vision and hands Alexander Nylander 3/2/98


Calgary, Alta.
Mississauga (OHL)
6-1, 180
57 28 47 75
Draft: 8th overall (2016)
18

8TH OVERALL to maximum effect. On Kyle Okposo 4/16/88 NY Islanders 79 22 42 64 51


St. Paul, Minn. 6-0, 217 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
top his OHL success, he
2015-16 had a solid world juniors
Sam Reinhart
West Vancouver, B.C.
11/6/95 Buffalo
6-1, 189
79 23 19 42
Draft: 2nd overall (2014)
8
MISSISSAUGA Cole Schneider 8/26/90 Bing/Roc (AHL) 73 21 35 56 53
STEELHEADS for Sweden. Williamsville, N.Y. 6-1, 198 Trade: Ott 2/27/16
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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BUFFALO SABRES
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM
90 Ryan O’Reilly 71 21 39 60 -16 8 8 1 2 157 13.4 37 22 1024 788 56.5 3:16 2:05 21:44 — — — — — —
15 *Jack Eichel 81 24 32 56 -16 22 8 0 5 238 10.1 35 21 402 578 41.0 3:02 0:22 19:07 — — — — — —
23 *Sam Reinhart 79 23 19 42 -8 8 8 0 3 165 13.9 32 10 36 72 33.3 2:56 0:01 16:50 — — — — — —
55 Rasmus Ristolainen 82 9 32 41 -21 33 4 0 1 202 4.5 20 21 — — — 3:07 2:38 25:16 — — — — — —
9 Evander Kane 65 20 15 35 -14 91 2 1 3 271 7.4 28 6 62 62 50.0 2:33 1:06 21:02 — — — — — —
12 Brian Gionta 79 12 21 33 -5 12 1 0 2 169 7.1 27 6 54 66 45.0 1:59 1:25 17:43 — — — — — —
47 Zach Bogosian 64 7 17 24 -11 68 3 0 1 121 5.8 17 6 — — — 1:28 1:23 22:20 — — — — — —
82 Marcus Foligno 75 10 13 23 4 79 0 2 2 81 12.3 19 2 1 3 25.0 0:12 0:24 13:11 — — — — — —
26 Matt Moulson 81 8 13 21 -5 16 2 0 1 111 7.2 14 7 0 5 0.0 1:58 0:00 11:54 — — — — — —
28 Zemgus Girgensons 71 7 11 18 0 20 1 0 1 110 6.4 15 2 153 182 45.7 0:51 1:02 15:02 — — — — — —
22 Johan Larsson 74 10 7 17 -4 27 1 0 5 95 10.5 13 4 388 371 51.1 0:57 0:19 14:49 — — — — — —
46 Cody Franson 59 4 13 17 -5 26 1 0 1 92 4.3 10 7 — — — 2:08 0:44 16:50 — — — — — —
17 David Legwand 79 5 9 14 -4 14 0 1 0 61 8.2 11 1 196 231 45.9 0:02 2:25 9:42 — — — — — —
29 *Jake McCabe 77 4 10 14 6 51 0 0 0 62 6.5 14 0 0 2 0.0 0:09 1:24 19:07 — — — — — —
44 Nicolas Deslauriers 70 6 6 12 -14 59 0 0 1 72 8.3 12 0 0 1 0.0 0:02 0:06 10:19 — — — — — —
4 Josh Gorges 77 2 10 12 -7 72 0 0 0 57 3.5 12 0 — — — 0:04 2:16 20:27 — — — — — —
63 Tyler Ennis 23 3 8 11 -9 11 2 0 0 57 5.3 7 4 2 0 100.0 2:51 0:00 18:04 — — — — — —
3 Mark Pysyk 55 1 10 11 -1 32 0 0 0 44 2.3 9 1 — — — 0:38 0:27 15:54 — — — — — —
19 Cal O’Reilly 20 3 4 7 -1 2 1 0 1 10 30.0 5 2 59 50 54.1 1:57 0:03 11:10 — — — — — —
25 Carlo Colaiacovo 36 1 4 5 -11 10 0 0 0 29 3.4 4 1 — — — 0:10 0:03 14:28 — — — — — —
34 *Casey Nelson 7 0 4 4 1 8 0 0 0 5 0.0 2 2 — — — 1:52 0:00 14:49 — — — — — —
59 *Tim Schaller 17 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 1 18 5.6 2 0 40 73 35.4 0:00 1:10 8:19 — — — — — —
71 *Evan Rodrigues 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 8 12.5 2 0 — — — 0:45 0:00 11:45 — — — — — —
52 *Hudson Fasching 7 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 0 9 11.1 2 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 11:31 — — — — — —
31 Chad Johnson 45 0 2 2 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
40 Robin Lehner 21 0 1 1 — 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 — — — — — — — — — — — —
33 *Jason Kasdorf 1 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
5 Chad Ruhwedel 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 — — — 2:01 0:00 15:30 — — — — — —
10 *Cole Schneider 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:45 0:00 12:37 — — — — — —
56 *Justin Bailey 8 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 22 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:16 0:00 11:36 — — — — — —
43 *Daniel Catenacci 11 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 0 0 2 0 100.0 0:02 0:00 8:44 — — — — — —
35 *Linus Ullmark 20 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON 2016 PLAYOFFS


NO. PLAYER GPI Min. GAA W L OT EN SO GA SA SP G A PIM GP Min. GAA W L EN SO GA SA SP
31 Chad Johnson 45 2,591 2.36 22 16 4 8 1 102 1,270 .920 0 2 0 — — — — — — — — — —
40 Robin Lehner 21 1,164 2.47 5 9 5 2 1 48 634 .924 0 1 8 — — — — — — — — — —
35 *Linus Ullmark 20 1,131 2.60 8 10 2 2 0 49 565 .913 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
33 *Jason Kasdorf 1 60 4.00 0 1 0 0 0 4 30 .867 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
* indicates 2015-16 rookie
2016-17 SCHEDULE
1. Thu. Oct. 13 . . . . . . . .Mtl 42. Fri. Jan. 13 . . . . . . .at Car
2. Sun. Oct. 16 . . . . at Edm 43. Mon. Jan. 16 . . . . . . . Dal
3. Tue. Oct. 18 . . . . at Cgy 44. Tue. Jan. 17 . . . . . . at Tor
4. Thu. Oct. 20 . . . . .at Van 45. Fri. Jan. 20 . . . . . . . . . Det
5. Tue. Oct. 25 . . . . . at Phi 46. Sat. Jan. 21 . . . . . . at Mtl
6. Thu. Oct. 27 . . . . . . . Min 47. Tue. Jan. 24 . . . . . at Nsh
7. Sat. Oct. 29 . . . . . . . .Fla 48. Thu. Jan. 26. . . . . . at Dal
8. Sun. Oct. 30 . . . .at Wpg 49. Tue. Jan. 31 . . . . . . at Mtl
9. Tue. Nov. 1. . . . . . . at Min 50. Thu. Feb. 2. . . . . . . . NYR
10. Thu. Nov. 3 . . . . . . . . .Tor 51. Sat. Feb. 4. . . . . . . . . Ott
11. Sat. Nov. 5. . . . . . . at Ott 52. Mon. Feb. 6. . . . . . .at NJ
12. Mon. Nov. 7. . . . . at Bos 53. Tue. Feb. 7. . . . . . . . . . SJ
13. Wed. Nov. 9 . . . . . . . Ott 54. Thu. Feb. 9. . . . . . . . .Ana
14. Fri. Nov. 11 . . . . . . . . . NJ 55. Sat. Feb. 11 . . . . . at Tor
15. Sat. Nov. 12 . . . . . .at NJ 56. Sun. Feb. 12 . . . . . . . Van
16. Tue. Nov. 15 . . . . . at StL 57. Tue. Feb. 14 . . . . . at Ott
17. Thu. Nov. 17 . . . . . . . .TB 58. Thu. Feb. 16 . . . . . . . Col
18. Sat. Nov. 19 . . . . . . . . Pit 59. Sat. Feb. 18 . . . . . . . StL
19. Mon. Nov. 21 . . . . . .Cgy 60. Sun. Feb. 19 . . . . . . . Chi
20. Wed. Nov. 23 . . . . . . Det 61. Sat. Feb. 25 . . . . . at Col
21. Fri. Nov. 25 . . . . . at Wsh 62. Sun. Feb. 26 . . . . . .at Ari
22. Tue. Nov. 29 . . . . . at Ott 63. Tue. Feb. 28 . . . . . . .Nsh
23. Thu. Dec. 1 . . . . . . . NYR 64. Thu. Mar. 2. . . . . . . . . . Ari
24. Sat. Dec. 3 . . . . . . . .Bos 65. Sat. Mar. 4. . . . . . . . . .TB
25. Mon. Dec. 5 . . . . at Wsh 66. Sun. Mar. 5 . . . . . . .at Pit
26. Tue. Dec. 6 . . . . . . . Edm 67. Tue. Mar. 7. . . . . . . . . Phi
27. Fri. Dec. 9 . . . . . . . . Wsh 68. Fri. Mar. 10 . . . . . . at Clb
28. Tue. Dec. 13 . . . . . . . .LA 69. Sat. Mar. 11. . . . . . . . Clb
29. Fri. Dec. 16 . . . . . . . . NYI 70. Tue. Mar. 14. . . . . . . at SJ
GRAIG ABEL/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

30. Sat. Dec. 17 . . . . .at Car 71. Thu. Mar. 16 . . . . . .at LA


31. Tue. Dec. 20 . . . . . at Fla 72. Fri. Mar. 17. . . . . . .at Ana
32. Thu. Dec. 22 . . . . . . . Car 73. Mon. Mar. 20. . . . . at Det
33. Fri. Dec. 23 . . . . . .at NYI 74. Tue. Mar. 21. . . . . . . . . Pit
34. Tue. Dec. 27 . . . . . at Det 75. Sat. Mar. 25. . . . . . . . .Tor
35. Thu. Dec. 29 . . . . . . .Bos 76. Mon. Mar. 27. . . . . . . .Fla
36. Sat. Dec. 31 . . . . at Bos 77. Tue. Mar. 28. . . . . . at Clb
37. Tue. Jan. 3 . . . . . .at NYR 78. Sun. Apr. 2 . . . . . . . . NYI
38. Thu. Jan. 5 . . . . . . . at Chi 79. Mon. Apr. 3 . . . . . . . . .Tor
39. Sat. Jan. 7 . . . . . . . .Wpg 80. Wed. Apr. 5. . . . . . . . .Mtl RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
40. Tue. Jan. 10 . . . . . . . . Phi 81. Sat. Apr. 8 . . . . . . . at Fla
41. Thu. Jan. 12. . . . . . at TB 82. Sun. Apr. 9 . . . . . . at TB

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BY RANDY SPORTAK
STANLEY CUP ODDS /// 30-1
GERRY THOMAS/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

T he predictable step backward for the Calgary Flames in


brought about change Gone is coach Bob (artley just one
season removed from winning the Jack Adams Award Gone is
every goaltender that had a hand in the league s worst goals against
average And gone are a few more veterans who played a part in the
son are tagged with providing the goaltending backbone for a club
with the talent to make the playoffs The Flames aren t on the cusp of
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party again will set off even more changes

surprise trip to the second round a couple seasons back OFFENSE The Flames cracked the top in scoring with young stars
New bench boss Glen Gulutzan was brought to the Stampede City Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan leading the way Continued
to guide the rebuild back on track and implement a game plan with growth from Sam Bennett after an goal rookie season could
more emphasis on possession while Brian Elliott and Chad John propel the offense to among the league s elite Throw in the steady

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2015-16
NUMBERS INTANGIBLES The additions of Elliott and
RECORD Brouwer don t only address holes in the
35-40-7 (77 pts) lineup but also add leadership and playoff
OT/SO experience The Flames are still a young
9-4/2-3 squad and veterans from winning pro
DIVISION grams must provide helpful guidance (ow
6th the core players respond to the demands of
OVERALL Gulutzan will be intriguing
26th
OFFENSE ROOKIES With the lack of scoring wingers
MARK GIORDANO 2.79 GPG (10th) with size Tkachuk will get every chance
DEFENSE to make the club A nine game audition is
3.13 GAA (30th) certainly in the cards A handful of other
POWER PLAY forwards such as (unter Shinkaruk Emile
production of Mark Giordano TJ Brodie and Dougie (amilton on 17.0% (22nd) Poirier Mark Jankowski and Daniel Pribyl
defense as well as secondary contributions up front from Mikael PENALTY KILL will battle for depth positions
Backlund Michael Frolik and free agent addition Troy Brouwer and 75.5% (30th)
the offense will remain potent With Brouwer and Alex Chiasson SCORE/VENUE ADJ. X-FACTOR The Flames made the playoffs
both foot now in the fold the Flames will score more gritty 5-ON-5 CORSI two years ago thanks to a huge amount
goals instead of relying heavily on playmaking off the rush Whether 47.77% (23rd) of good luck and middle of the pack
it s young players pushing their way onto the roster or bounce back 1-GOAL GAMES goaltending Whether Elliott can bring to
seasons from veterans secondary scoring is a necessity 16-11-7 (.471) Calgary the form he had in St Louis will go
2-GOAL GAMES a long way toward a return but this team
DEFENSE Giordano Brodie and (amilton were all top point produc 6-9 (.400) also needs bounce back years from nearly
ers That s the good news The bad Calgary s defensive play was en 3+ GOAL GAMES everyone beyond their stars
tirely unproductive As much as the goalies were deservedly panned 13-20 (.394)
for the team s dismal goals against average the play in front of them ICE TIME LEAD (F) THE BRASS (artley the second longest
was just as abysmal (igh quality scoring chances were surrendered J. Gaudreau (19:55) tenured coach in Flames history is known
by the boatload something Gulutzan will address The Flames will ICE TIME LEAD (D) for his demanding ways so it s not a
continue to play their up tempo style but need more players playing T.J. Brodie (25:15) surprise his methods wore thin after four
two way games along the lines of what Backlund and Frolik provide years Gulutzan is no less demanding but
The stars up front especially must improve their defensive play FAST FACTS a different voice and a positive nature is
GM what GM Brad Treliving was looking for in
GOALTENDINGƒŽ‰ƒ”›ǯ••‡ƒ•‘ǦŽ‘‰ϐ‹ƒ•…‘‹‰‘ƒŽƒ†‡—’‰”ƒ† Brad Treliving Š‹•ϐ‹”•–Š‹”‡Ǥ
ing between the pipes the top priority Enter Elliott who has the COACH
opportunity he s wanted for years a shot to be the clear cut No Glen Gulutzan
(e capped his time in St Louis by leading the Blues to the Western ARENA TRENDING
‘ˆ‡”‡…‡ϐ‹ƒŽ„‡ˆ‘”‡ƒ•‹‰–‘„‡–”ƒ†‡†Ǥˆ–‡”Ž‘‘‹‰ƒ–‘–Š‡” Scotiabank Saddledome Regular Season Points
options the Flames were happy to bring him into the fold Chad CAPACITY
Johnson coming off a strong season in Buffalo will back Elliott up 19,289 2011-12 90
2015-16 2012-13 (prorated) 72
SPECIAL TEAMS Gaudreau Monahan Giordano and (amilton are the ATTENDANCE
‡›’‹‡…‡•–‘ƒ•–”‘‰ϐ‹”•–’‘™‡”’Žƒ›—‹–ǡƒ†”‘—™‡”’”‘˜‹†‡• 19,146 (7th)
a crash the net element to make it more productive But depth
2013-14 77
AHL AFFILIATE
problems made the second unit a non factor This is where Stockton Heat 2014-15 97
sixth overall pick Matthew Tkachuk will have a big opportunity if he ECHL AFFILIATE
cracks the lineup though Bennett and Backlund must kick start the Adirondack Thunder 2015-16 77
second crew The league s worst penalty kill has nowhere to go but PLAYOFF RECORD
up Better goaltending will help as will a healthy Lance Bouma 5-6 (since 2012)
GERRY THOMAS/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

DEPTH CHART
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE DEFENSE GOALIE
1 Johnny Gaudreau 1 Sean Monahan 1 Troy Brouwer 1 Mark Giordano 6 Deryk Engelland 1 Brian Elliott
2 Micheal Ferland 2 Sam Bennett 2 Michael Frolik 2 T.J. Brodie 7 Ladislav Smid 2 Chad Johnson
3 Lance Bouma 3 Mikael Backlund 3 Alex Chiasson 3 Dougie Hamilton 8 Tyler Wotherspoon 3 Jon Gillies
4 Hunter Shinkaruk 4 Matt Stajan 4 Brandon Bollig 4 Dennis Wideman 9 Brett Kulak
5 Matthew Tkachuk 5 Linden Vey 5 Daniel Pribyl 5 Jyrki Jokipakka 10 Oliver Kylington INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES Joe Colborne, RW; Jonas Hiller, G; Mason Raymond, LW; Josh Jooris, C; Niklas Backstrom, G; Derek Grant, C

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Brian Elliott 4/9/85 St. Louis 42 23 8 6 2.07 .930
Newmarket, Ont. 6-2, 209 Trade: StL 6/24/16
Jon Gillies 1/22/94 Stockton (AHL) 7 2 3 2 2.31 .920
Concord, N.H. 6-6, 235 Draft: 75th overall (2012)
Chad Johnson 6/10/86 Buffalo 45 22 16 4 2.36 .920
Saskatoon, Sask. 6-3, 196 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Mason McDonald 4/23/96 Charlottetown (QMJHL) 39 21 15 3 3.33 .902
Halifax, N.S. 6-4, 200 Draft: 34th overall (2014)
David Rittich 8/19/92 Mlada Boleslav (Cze) 48 26 22 0 2.53 .918
Jihlava, Czech. 6-4, 202 Free Agent: signed 6/11/16
OLIVER KYLINGTON DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Rasmus Andersson 10/27/96 Barrie (OHL) 64 9 51 60 60
Malmo, Sweden 6-1, 214 Draft: 53rd overall (2015)
T.J. Brodie 6/7/90 Calgary 70 6 39 45 18

FUTURE
Chatham, Ont. 6-1, 182 Draft: 114th overall (2008)
Ryan Culkin 12/15/93 Adirondack (ECHL) 33 0 8 8 28
Montreal, Que. 6-2, 191 Draft: 124th overall (2012)
Deryk Engelland 4/3/82 Calgary 69 3 9 12 54
Edmonton, Alta. 6-2, 214 Free Agent: signed 7/1/14
Mark Giordano 10/3/83 Calgary 82 21 35 56 54
Toronto, Ont. 6-0, 198 Free Agent: signed 7/6/04

WATCH
Dougie Hamilton 6/17/93 Calgary 82 12 31 43 46
Toronto, Ont. 6-6, 210 Trade: Bos 6/26/15
Brandon Hickey 4/13/96 Boston U. (HE) 36 5 3 8 28
Edmonton, Alta. 6-2, 180 Draft: 64th overall (2014)
Jyrki Jokipakka 8/20/91 Dal/Cgy 58 2 10 12 14
Tampere, Finland 6-3, 215 Trade: Dal 2/29/16
Keegan Kanzig 2/26/95 Calgary (WHL) 53 13 7 20 75
Athabasca, Alta. 6-7, 247 Draft: 67th overall (2013)
Brett Kulak 1/6/94 Stockton (AHL) 59 3 14 17 36
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Edmonton, Alta. 6-2, 187 Draft: 105th overall (2012)
Oliver Kylington 5/19/97 Stockton (AHL) 47 5 7 12 14
1 MATTHEW TKACHUK, LW 6 MARK JANKOWSKI, C Stockholm, Sweden 6-0, 183 Draft: 60th overall (2015)
AGE 18 TEAM London (OHL) AGE 22 TEAM Providence (HE) Kenney Morrison 2/13/92 Stockton (AHL) 44 3 10 13 30
Lloydminster, Alta. 6-2, 201 Free Agent: signed 3/19/15
Son of ex-NHL sniper Keith also plays with Slow, steady apprenticeship needs AHL season- Ladislav Smid 2/1/86 Calgary 22 0 0 0 6
gusto and has great finishing ability. ing. How much of an ofensive bent is there? Frydlant, Czech. 6-4, 210 Trade: Edm 11/8/13
ACQUIRED 6th overall, 2016 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 21st overall, 2012 NHL ’17-18 Dennis Wideman 3/20/83 Calgary 51 2 17 19 30
Kitchener, Ont. 6-0, 202 Trade: Wsh 6/27/12
Tyler Wotherspoon 3/12/93 Stockton (AHL) 53 2 8 10 16
2 JON GILLIES, G 7 HUNTER SHINKARUK, LW Burnaby, B.C. 6-2, 207 Draft: 57th overall (2011)
CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
AGE 22 TEAM Stockton (AHL) AGE 21 TEAM Stockton (AHL) Mikael Backlund 3/17/89 Calgary 82 21 26 47 28
Corrective hip surgery robbed him of develop- Small winger has crafty puck skills, but does he Vasteras, Sweden 6-1, 199 Draft: 24th overall (2007)
Sam Bennett 6/20/96 Calgary 77 18 18 36 37
ment year. Solid AHL year will fast-track him. have the staying power to play in top six? Holland Landing, Ont. 6-1, 186 Draft: 4th overall (2014)
ACQUIRED 75th overall, 2012 NHL ’17-18 ACQUIRED From Van, Feb. 2016 NHL ’16-17 Freddie Hamilton 1/1/92 Stockton (AHL) 62 18 25 43 24
Toronto, Ont. 6-1, 195 Trade: Col 10/4/15
Mark Jankowski 9/13/94 Providence (HE) 38 15 25 40 28
3 RASMUS ANDERSSON, D 8 ANDREW MANGIAPANE, LW Hamilton, Ont. 6-3, 185 Draft: 21st overall (2012)
AGE 19 TEAM Barrie (OHL) AGE 20 TEAM Barrie (OHL) Pavel Karnaukhov 3/15/97 Calgary (WHL) 49 12 19 31 52
Minsk, Belarus 6-3, 206 Draft: 136th overall (2015)
Thick-bodied, mature defender plays with poise Ripped up the OHL for 210 points in two sea-
Sean Monahan 10/12/94 Calgary 81 27 36 63 18
and high IQ. Just needs added foot speed. sons so rookie test in AHL will be telling. Brampton, Ont. 6-3, 195 Draft: 6th overall (2013)
ACQUIRED 53rd overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 166th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 Matt Stajan 12/19/83 Calgary 80 6 11 17 52
Mississauga, Ont. 6-1, 195 Trade: Tor 1/31/10
Linden Vey 7/17/91 Vancouver 41 4 11 15 6
4 EMILE POIRIER, RW 9 TYLER PARSONS, G Wakaw, Sask. 6-0, 189 Free Agent: signed 7/5/16
LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
AGE 21 TEAM Stockton (AHL) AGE 18 TEAM London (OHL)

KYLINGTON: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; TKACHUK: CLAUS ANDERSEN/GETTY IMAGES
Brandon Bollig 1/31/87 Calgary 54 2 2 4 103
Stagnated development in AHL has put him on Acrobatic movements and flexibility in crease St. Charles, Mo. 6-2, 220 Trade: Chi 6/28/14
the clock. Time to produce or move on. remind scouts of Jonathan Quick. Lance Bouma 3/25/90 Calgary 44 2 5 7 31
Provost, Alta. 6-2, 208 Draft: 78th overall (2008)
ACQUIRED 22nd overall, 2013 NHL ’17-18 ACQUIRED 54th overall, 2016 NHL ’20-21 Micheal Ferland 4/20/92 Calgary 71 4 14 18 45
Swan River, Man. 6-2, 208 Draft: 133rd overall (2010)

5 OLIVER KYLINGTON, D 10 BRANDON HICKEY, D Johnny Gaudreau 8/13/93


Salem, N.J.
Calgary
5-9, 157
79 30 48 78
Draft: 104th overall (2011)
20

AGE 19 TEAM Stockton (AHL) AGE 20 TEAM Boston University (HE) Morgan Klimchuk 3/2/95 Stockton (AHL) 55 3 6 9 10
Regina, Sask. 6-0, 185 Draft: 28th overall (2013)
Moves around ice quickly and efortlessly. Didn’t flourish ofensively as anticipated as a
Andrew Mangiapane 4/4/96 Barrie (OHL) 59 51 55 106 50
Defensive awareness needs ramping up. sophomore, so junior year is pivotal. Toronto, Ont. 5-10, 177 Draft: 166th overall (2015)
ACQUIRED 60th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 64th overall, 2014 NHL ’19-20 Brett Pollock 3/17/96 Edmonton (WHL) 72 30 48 78 76
Regina, Sask. 6-2, 195 Trade: Dal 2/29/16
Hunter Shinkaruk 10/13/94 Uti/Stk (AHL) 62 27 24 51 20
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Calgary, Alta. 5-10, 181 Trade: Van 2/22/16
Matthew Tkachuk 12/11/97 London (OHL) 57 30 77 107 80
Scottsdale, Ariz. 6-2, 200 Draft: 6th overall (2016)
NAME SCOUTING REPORT RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Troy Brouwer 8/17/85 St. Louis 82 18 21 39 62
MATTHEW TKACHUK Tkachuk had a monster Vancouver, B.C. 6-3, 213 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
rookie season in the Alex Chiasson 10/1/90 Ottawa 77 8 6 14 45
POSITION OHL, scoring the game-
Montreal, Que. 6-3, 208 Trade: Ott 6/27/16
LEFT WINGER Michael Frolik 2/17/88 Calgary 64 15 17 32 24
winning OT goal in the Kladno, Czech. 6-1, 194 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15

SELECTED Memorial Cup. His skat- Garnet Hathaway 11/23/91


Kennebunkport, Maine
Stockton (AHL)
6-2, 208
44 8 13 21
Free Agent: signed 4/13/15
39

6TH OVERALL ing could improve, but Emile Poirier 12/14/94 Stockton (AHL) 60 12 17 29 51
Montreal, Que. 6-2, 196 Draft: 22nd overall (2013)
his compete level, scor-
2015-16 ing talent and hockey IQ
Daniel Pribyl
Pisek, Czech.
12/18/92 Sparta Praha (Cze)
6-4, 192
45 16 29 45
Free Agent: signed 4/29/16
16
LONDON Hunter Smith 9/11/95 Stockton (AHL) 54 2 6 8 90
KNIGHTS are all at an elite level. Windsor, Ont. 6-8, 223 Draft: 54th overall (2014)
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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CALGARY FLAMES
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM
13 Johnny Gaudreau 79 30 48 78 4 20 6 0 6 217 13.8 57 21 2 3 40.0 3:36 0:03 19:55 — — — — — —
23 Sean Monahan 81 27 36 63 -6 18 7 0 5 197 13.7 43 20 887 852 51.0 3:14 0:48 19:10 — — — — — —
5 Mark Giordano 82 21 35 56 -5 54 9 1 2 212 9.9 34 19 — — — 3:11 2:24 24:47 — — — — — —
11 Mikael Backlund 82 21 26 47 10 28 3 3 4 155 13.5 34 9 539 604 47.2 1:35 1:45 16:25 — — — — — —
7 T.J. Brodie 70 6 39 45 4 18 2 0 1 79 7.6 34 9 — — — 2:19 2:35 25:15 — — — — — —
8 Joe Colborne 73 19 25 44 -9 27 3 0 2 100 19.0 39 5 85 70 54.8 2:02 0:16 15:09 — — — — — —
27 Dougie Hamilton 82 12 31 43 -14 46 5 0 3 190 6.3 27 16 — — — 2:25 0:28 19:46 — — — — — —
93 *Sam Bennett 77 18 18 36 -11 37 3 0 2 136 13.2 28 8 160 187 46.1 1:57 0:01 15:08 — — — — — —
67 Michael Frolik 64 15 17 32 1 24 0 2 4 155 9.7 27 1 5 5 50.0 0:26 1:42 15:48 — — — — — —
6 Dennis Wideman 51 2 17 19 -9 30 2 0 0 75 2.7 11 8 — — — 2:57 1:32 20:36 — — — — — —
79 Micheal Ferland 71 4 14 18 -15 45 1 0 0 122 3.3 16 2 7 5 58.3 1:02 0:09 12:36 — — — — — —
18 Matt Stajan 80 6 11 17 -4 52 0 2 0 58 10.3 14 0 373 415 47.3 0:05 1:33 12:41 — — — — — —
16 Josh Jooris 59 4 9 13 -1 39 0 0 0 80 5.0 11 0 114 143 44.4 0:09 1:32 12:17 — — — — — —
29 Deryk Engelland 69 3 9 12 7 54 0 0 0 71 4.2 11 0 — — — 0:07 1:14 15:13 — — — — — —
3 Jyrki Jokipakka 58 2 10 12 4 14 0 0 1 45 4.4 12 0 — — — 0:06 1:06 15:33 — — — — — —
Dal 40 2 4 6 1 6 0 0 1 26 7.7 6 0 — — — 0:04 0:43 14:30 — — — — — —
Cgy 18 0 6 6 3 8 0 0 0 19 0.0 6 0 — — — 0:12 1:59 17:54 — — — — — —
17 Lance Bouma 44 2 5 7 -6 31 0 0 0 49 4.1 5 0 5 8 38.5 0:01 1:48 12:02 — — — — — —
21 Mason Raymond 29 4 1 5 -3 8 0 0 0 53 7.5 5 0 3 4 42.9 1:20 0:00 12:20 — — — — — —
33 Jakub Nakladal 27 2 3 5 -5 6 0 0 0 42 4.8 4 1 — — — 1:35 0:00 14:11 — — — — — —
52 Brandon Bollig 54 2 2 4 -10 103 0 0 0 56 3.6 4 0 2 1 66.7 0:03 0:01 9:17 — — — — — —
49 *Hunter Shinkaruk 8 2 1 3 -4 2 1 0 0 12 16.7 1 2 0 1 0.0 1:51 0:02 14:57 — — — — — —
Van 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 9:35 — — — — — —
Cgy 7 2 1 3 -4 2 1 0 0 12 16.7 1 2 0 1 0.0 2:07 0:02 15:44 — — — — — —
64 *Garnet Hathaway 14 0 3 3 -1 31 0 0 0 11 0.0 2 0 1 3 25.0 0:06 0:37 12:01 — — — — — —
25 Freddie Hamilton 4 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 7 14.3 1 0 12 9 57.1 0:00 0:50 12:42 — — — — — —
50 *Patrick Sieloff 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 100.0 1 0 — — — 0:00 2:34 17:59 — — — — — —
65 *Turner Elson 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — 0:00 2:59 14:54 — — — — — —
22 Drew Shore 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 4 6 40.0 0:11 2:53 13:59 — — — — — —
26 *Tyler Wotherspoon 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.0 1 0 — — — 0:04 1:09 14:10 — — — — — —
57 *Derek Grant 15 0 1 1 -7 2 0 0 0 22 0.0 1 0 61 50 55.0 0:15 0:58 10:52 — — — — — —
31 Karri Ramo 37 0 1 1 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
58 *Oliver Kylington 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:38 0:01 17:22 — — — — — —
28 *Emile Poirier 2 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:28 0:00 13:53 — — — — — —
51 *Kenny Agostino 2 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 — — — 1:21 0:00 13:33 — — — — — —
32 Niklas Backstrom 4 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
61 *Brett Kulak 8 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 9 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:06 12:20 — — — — — —
37 Joni Ortio 22 0 0 0 — 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
15 Ladislav Smid 22 0 0 0 -7 6 0 0 0 11 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:05 0:27 11:35 — — — — — —
1 Jonas Hiller 26 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON 2016 PLAYOFFS


NO. PLAYER GPI Min. GAA W L OT EN SO GA SA SP G A PIM GP Min. GAA W L EN SO GA SA SP
31 Karri Ramo 37 2,145 2.63 17 18 1 6 1 94 1,034 .909 0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — —
37 Joni Ortio 22 1,197 2.76 7 9 5 4 1 55 564 .902 0 0 2 — — — — — — — — — —
32 Niklas Backstrom 4 233 3.35 2 2 0 0 0 13 109 .881 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
1 Jonas Hiller 26 1,351 3.51 9 11 1 6 1 79 654 .879 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
* indicates 2015-16 rookie
2016-17 SCHEDULE
1. Wed. Oct. 12 . . . at Edm 42. Sat. Jan. 7 . . . . . . . . . Van
2. Fri. Oct. 14 . . . . . . . Edm 43. Mon. Jan. 9 . . . . .at Wpg
3. Sat. Oct. 15 . . . . .at Van 44. Wed. Jan. 11. . . . . . . . SJ
4. Tue. Oct. 18 . . . . . . . Buf 45. Fri. Jan. 13 . . . . . . . . . . NJ
5. Thu. Oct. 20 . . . . . . . Car 46. Sat. Jan. 14 . . . . . at Edm
6. Sat. Oct. 22 . . . . . . . StL 47. Tue. Jan. 17 . . . . . . . . .Fla
7. Mon. Oct. 24. . . . . at Chi 48. Thu. Jan. 19. . . . . . . .Nsh
8. Tue. Oct. 25 . . . . . at StL 49. Sat. Jan. 21 . . . . . . . Edm
9. Fri. Oct. 28 . . . . . . . . Ott 50. Mon. Jan. 23 . . . . . at Tor
10. Sun. Oct. 30 . . . . . . Wsh 51. Tue. Jan. 24 . . . . . . at Mtl
11. Tue. Nov. 1. . . . . . . at Chi 52. Thu. Jan. 26. . . . . . at Ott
12. Thu. Nov. 3 . . . . . . . at SJ 53. Wed. Feb. 1 . . . . . . . Min
13. Sat. Nov. 5. . . . . . . .at LA 54. Fri. Feb. 3. . . . . . . . .at NJ
14. Sun. Nov. 6 . . . . . .at Ana 55. Sun. Feb. 5 . . . . .at NYR
15. Thu. Nov. 10 . . . . . . . Dal 56. Tue. Feb. 7. . . . . . . .at Pit
16. Sat. Nov. 12 . . . . . . NYR 57. Mon. Feb. 13. . . . . . . . Ari
17. Tue. Nov. 15 . . . . . at Min 58. Wed. Feb. 15 . . . . . . Phi
18. Wed. Nov. 16 . . . . . . . Ari 59. Sat. Feb. 18 . . . . .at Van
19. Fri. Nov. 18 . . . . . . . . Chi 60. Tue. Feb. 21 . . . . at Nsh
20. Sun. Nov. 20 . . . . . at Det 61. Thu. Feb. 23 . . . . . at TB
21. Mon. Nov. 21 . . . . at Buf 62. Fri. Feb. 24 . . . . . . at Fla
22. Wed. Nov. 23 . . . . at Clb 63. Sun. Feb. 26 . . . . .at Car
23. Fri. Nov. 25 . . . . . at Bos 64. Tue. Feb. 28 . . . . . . . .LA
24. Sun. Nov. 27 . . . . . at Phi 65. Fri. Mar. 3. . . . . . . . . . Det
25. Mon. Nov. 28 . . . .at NYI 66. Sun. Mar. 5 . . . . . . . . NYI
26. Wed. Nov. 30 . . . . . . .Tor 67. Thu. Mar. 9. . . . . . . . . .Mtl
27. Fri. Dec. 2 . . . . . . . . . Min 68. Sat. Mar. 11. . . . .at Wpg
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28. Sun. Dec. 4 . . . . . . . .Ana 69. Mon. Mar. 13. . . . . . . . Pit


29. Tue. Dec. 6 . . . . . . at Dal 70. Wed. Mar. 15 . . . . . .Bos
30. Thu. Dec. 8 . . . . . . .at Ari 71. Fri. Mar. 17. . . . . . . . . Dal
31. Sat. Dec. 10 . . . . . .Wpg 72. Sun. Mar. 19 . . . . . . . .LA
32. Wed. Dec. 14 . . . . . . .TB 73. Tue. Mar. 21. . . . . at Wsh
33. Fri. Dec. 16 . . . . . . . . Clb 74. Thu. Mar. 23 . . . . at Nsh
34. Mon. Dec. 19 . . . . .at Ari 75. Sat. Mar. 25. . . . . . at StL
35. Tue. Dec. 20 . . . . . . at SJ 76. Mon. Mar. 27. . . . . . . Col
36. Fri. Dec. 23 . . . . . . . . Van 77. Wed. Mar. 29 . . . . . . .LA
37. Tue. Dec. 27 . . . . . at Col 78. Fri. Mar. 31 . . . . . . . . . SJ
38. Thu. Dec. 29 . . . . . . .Ana 79. Sun. Apr. 2 . . . . . . . .Ana
39. Sat. Dec. 31 . . . . . . . . Ari 80. Tue. Apr. 4 . . . . . . .at Ana SEAN MONAHAN
40. Wed. Jan. 4 . . . . . . . . Col 81. Thu. Apr. 6. . . . . . . .at LA
41. Fri. Jan. 6 . . . . . . . .at Van 82. Sat. Apr. 8 . . . . . . . . at SJ

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ELIAS
LINDHOLM

PREDICTION

7TH
CAROLINA in METRO

HURRICANES
BY LUKE DECOCK
STANLEY CUP ODDS /// 68-1
FRANCOIS LACASSE/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

T he Carolina (urricanes never made the playoffs in Eric Staal s


seven seasons as captain Now as they move into a new era
without their longtime franchise cornerstone they hope to build
on the optimism generated in Bill Peters second year behind the
bench and end that drought
Continuing contributions from Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner both of
whom rebounded in will help carry the young club
While uncertainty swirls around the team during owner Peter Kar
manos increasingly prolonged attempt to sell the franchise renewed
on ice success would give fans reason to get excited again
The promising young defense is unchanged the goalie tandem re
mains in tact and the team largely sat out of free agency The (ur OFFENSE‡–‡”•ǯ‡ˆϐ‹…‹‡–ǡ’‘••‡••‹‘Ǧ„ƒ•‡†•›•–‡…”‡ƒ–‡†’Ž‡–›
ricanes will need considerable progression up front from Elias Lind ‘ˆ•…‘”‹‰…Šƒ…‡•ǡ„—––Š‡ —””‹…ƒ‡•†‹†ǯ–ϐ‹‹•Š‡ƒ”Ž›‡‘—‰Š‘ˆ
holm and exciting newcomers Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho them The focus of the offense shifts from one Staal to another with

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Eric gone and Jordan coming off a solid two way season Skinner 2015-16
scored goals and showed growth off the ice while Lindholm the NUMBERS TRENDING
ϐ‹ˆ–ŠǦ‘˜‡”ƒŽŽ’‹…‹ʹͲͳ͵ǡ”‡‰”‡••‡†ǤŠ‘‡–‡”•™‹–ŠŠ‹‰Š‡š’‡…–ƒ RECORD Regular Season Points
–‹‘•ǡ„—––Š‡ƒ…“—‹•‹–‹‘‘ˆ‡”ƒ˜ƒ‹‡™‹ŽŽ”‡Ž‹‡˜‡•‘‡‘ˆ–Šƒ– 35-21-16 (86 pts)
’”‡••—”‡Ǥ‡‡–‡’‹ƒƒ†‹–‘”–ƒŽ„‡”‰ƒ””‹˜‡†˜‹ƒˆ”‡‡ƒ‰‡…› OT/SO 2011-12 82
–‘ƒ†††‡’–Š‘–Š‡™‹‰ǡ™Š‹Ž‡ —•–‹ ƒ—Ž‹•ƒ‘‰–Š‡„‡•–ƒ– 8-11/2-5
’‘—†‹‰–Š‡’—…ˆ”‘–Š‡„Ž—‡Ž‹‡Ǥ DIVISION 2012-13 (prorated) 72
6th
DEFENSEƒ”‘Ž‹ƒǯ•’Žƒ–‘„”‹‰ƒŽ‘‰‹–•›‘—‰Ǯǯ•Ž‘™Ž›™‡–‘—– 2013-14 83
OVERALL
the window when James Wisniewski was lost for the season after 18th 2014-15 71
‘Ž›Ͷ͹•‡…‘†•Ǥ—–‹–™ƒ•ˆ‘”–Š‡„‡•–Ǥ‘ƒŠ ƒ‹ϐ‹ǡ ƒ……‘„Žƒ˜‹ OFFENSE
ƒ†”‡––‡•…‡•–”—‰‰Ž‡†ƒ––‹‡•„—–‘•–Ž›–Š”‹˜‡†ǡƒ†–Š‡ƒ‡• 2.39 GPG (27th) 2015-16 86
‡†‡†—’„—›‹‰‘—–‹•‹‡™•‹Ǥ ƒ—ŽȂƒ˜‡–‡”ƒƒ–‘Ž›ʹͶȂ‹•‘ DEFENSE
–Š‡ˆ”‹‰‡‘ˆ–Š‡‘””‹•”‘’Š›…‘˜‡”•ƒ–‹‘Ǥ–ͳͻǡ ƒ‹ϐ‹‹•ƒˆ— 2.70 GAA (18th)
–—”‡•–ƒ”ǤŽƒ˜‹‹’”‡••‡†™‹–ŠŠ‹••ƒ–‹‰ƒ†ϐ‹”•–’ƒ••ǡ™Š‹Ž‡‘ POWER PLAY
ƒ‹•‡›’”‘˜‹†‡•˜‡–‡”ƒ•–ƒ„‹Ž‹–›ƒ†ƒ––‡›•‘ƒ††•†‡’–Š 16.8% (24th)
–Š”‘—‰Šˆ”‡‡ƒ‰‡…›ǤŠ‡‘Ž›“—‡•–‹‘ƒ”‹•ʹͲͳͳϐ‹”•–Ǧ”‘—†‡” PENALTY KILL INTANGIBLESŠ‡Ž‡ƒ†‡”•Š‹’˜‘‹†…”‡ƒ–‡†
›ƒ—”’Š›ǡ™Š‘ǯ•”—‹‰‘—–‘ˆ…Šƒ…‡•–‘•Š‘™Š‡ǯ•ƒ ‡”Ǥ 84.3% (6th) „›”‹…–ƒƒŽǯ•†‡’ƒ”–—”‡‡‡†•–‘„‡ϐ‹ŽŽ‡†Ǥ
SCORE/VENUE ADJ. –‰‘‡•†‡‡’‡”–Šƒ–Š‡–‘’ǤŠ‡ —””‹…ƒ‡•
5-ON-5 CORSI Šƒ˜‡ƒ›‘—‰–‡ƒƒ†ƒ˜ƒ‹ŽŽƒ†”‡••‹‰
51.4% (11th) room and they could still use an infusion
1-GOAL GAMES ‘ˆ…Šƒ”ƒ…–‡”„‡ˆ‘”‡–”ƒ‹‹‰…ƒ’Ǥ‘—Ž†
20-9-16 (.444) ‘”†ƒ–ƒƒŽϐŽ‘—”‹•Šƒ•ƒŽ‡ƒ†‡”‘™–Šƒ–
2-GOAL GAMES his brother is gone
7-6 (.538)
3+ GOAL GAMES ROOKIESƒ•‡†‘Š‹•’Žƒ›‹ ‹Žƒ†ƒ†
8-16 (.333) internationally at both the junior and
ICE TIME LEAD (F) ’”‘Ž‡˜‡Ž•ǡŠ‘•Š‘—Ž†Œ—’‹‡†‹ƒ–‡Ž›
Eric Staal (19:17) ‘–‘–Š‡–‘’–™‘Ž‹‡•Ǥ ƒ›† Ž‡—”›ƒ†
ICE TIME LEAD (D) ”‡˜‘”ƒ””‹……‘—Ž†ϐ‹†–Š‡‹”™ƒ›‘–‘
Justin Faulk (24:02) –Š‡”‘•–‡”ƒ–•‘‡’‘‹–‰‹˜‡–Š‡‘’‡‹‰•
JEFF SKINNER on defense
FAST FACTS
GM X-FACTOR The (urricanes head into the
Ron Francis •‡ƒ•‘™‹–Š–Š‡•ƒ‡Ǧ…‘”’•ƒ†‰‘ƒŽ
GOALTENDING‹–Š”‹…–ƒƒŽǯ•†‡’ƒ”–—”‡ǡƒƒ”†‹•–Š‡‘Ž› COACH tending so the question is whether they
’Žƒ›‡””‡ƒ‹‹‰ˆ”‘–Š‡ʹͲͲ͸–ƒŽ‡›—’–‡ƒǡ–ƒ‹‰ƒ…‘•‹†‡” Bill Peters can generate enough offense to close the
ƒ„Ž‡’ƒ›…—––‘•–ƒ›Ǥ –™ƒ•ƒ’‘•‹–‹‘–Šƒ–…”‹‡†‘—–ˆ‘”…Šƒ‰‡Ȃ–‡ƒ ARENA ͳͲǦ’‘‹–‰ƒ’„‡–™‡‡–Š‡ƒ†–Š‡’Žƒ›
•ƒ˜‡’‡”…‡–ƒ‰‡”ƒ‡†ʹͻ–ŠȂ„—––Š‡ —””‹…ƒ‡•†‡…‹†‡†ƒ”†ƒ– PNC Arena ‘ˆˆ•Ȃ†‡•’‹–‡Šƒ˜‹‰™Šƒ–‹‰Š–‡†—’ƒ•
ƒ†‹•…‘—–™ƒ•„‡––‡”–Šƒ–ƒ‹‰–Š‡‹”…Šƒ…‡•™‹–Šƒ”‡’Žƒ…‡‡–Ǥ CAPACITY –Š‡•ƒŽŽ‡•–’ƒ›”‘ŽŽ‹–Š‡ Ǥ
††‹‡ƒ…”‡–—”•ƒˆ–‡”ƒ‹•‡”ƒ„Ž‡ϐ‹”•–•‡ƒ•‘‹ƒ”‘Ž‹ƒǤ 18,680
2015-16 THE BRASS‹…‡–ƒ‹‰‘˜‡”ˆ‘” ‹—–Š
SPECIAL TEAMS •‘Ž‹†’‡ƒŽ–›‹ŽŽǡŠ‡Ž’‡†„›–Š‡ ǯ••‡…‘†Ǧ„‡•– ATTENDANCE ‡”ˆ‘”†‹ʹͲͳͶǡ
‘ ”ƒ…‹•Šƒ•–ƒ‡
ˆƒ…‡‘ˆˆ’‡”…‡–ƒ‰‡ǡ™ƒ•ƒ•–”‘‰’‘‹–ǡŽ‡†„› ‘”†ƒ–ƒƒŽƒ† ƒ› 12,204 (30th) ƒ’ƒ–‹‡–ƒ’’”‘ƒ…Š–‘ƒ‹‰–Š‡–‡ƒ
…Ž‡‡–—’ˆ”‘–ƒ† ƒ‹•‡›ǡŽƒ˜‹ƒ† ƒ—Ž‘–Š‡„ƒ…‡†Ǥ AHL AFFILIATE younger and quicker through the draft
–‡’‹ƒ™‹ŽŽŠ‡Ž’ƒ•™‡ŽŽǤ‹‡–Š‡”‡•–‘ˆ–Š‡‘ˆˆ‡•‡ǡŠ‘™‡˜‡”ǡ–Š‡ Charlotte Checkers ‹•„‡•–‘˜‡•‘ˆƒ”™ƒ•Š‹”‹‰–Š‡‘Ǧ
’‘™‡”’Žƒ›•–”—‰‰Ž‡†Ǥ‡”ƒ˜ƒ‹‡ƒ†Š‘™‹ŽŽ’”‘˜‹†‡ƒ‹ˆ—•‹‘ ECHL AFFILIATE nonsense Peters who has built a founda
of skill but the (urricanes still need more from Staal Skinner Lind Florida Everblades tion for success Karmanos has been trying
Š‘Žƒ†‹…–‘”ƒ•™‹–Š–Š‡ƒƒ†˜ƒ–ƒ‰‡Ǥ  ƒ—Žƒ† ƒ‹ϐ‹ǡ PLAYOFF RECORD to sell the team for two years creating an
ƒ”‘Ž‹ƒŠƒ•–™‘…‘’‡–‡––”‹‰‰‡”‡Ǥ 0-0 (since 2012) ‡˜‹”‘‡–‘ˆ—…‡”–ƒ‹–›Ǥ

DEPTH CHART
DAVE SANDFORD/GETTY IMAGES

LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE DEFENSE GOALIE


1 Jef Skinner 1 Jordan Staal 1 Lee Stempniak 1 Justin Faulk 6 Ryan Murphy 1 Cam Ward
2 Teuvo Teravainen 2 Elias Lindholm 2 Sebastian Aho 2 Noah Hanifin 7 Matt Tennyson 2 Eddie Lack
3 Bryan Bickell 3 Victor Rask 3 Andrej Nestrasil 3 Jaccob Slavin 8 Haydn Fleury 3 Alex Nedeljkovic
4 Viktor Stalberg 4 Jay McClement 4 Joakim Nordstrom 4 Ron Hainsey 9 Trevor Carrick
5 Phil Di Giuseppe 5 Derek Ryan 5 Valentin Zykov 5 Brett Pesce 10 Keegan Lowe INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES James Wisniewski, D; Riley Nash, C; Nathan Gerbe, LW; Brad Malone, C; Chris Terry, LW

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Daniel Altshuller 7/24/94 Charlotte (AHL) 28 10 10 8 2.81 .905
Ottawa, Ont. 6-3, 205 Draft: 69th overall (2012)
Eddie Lack 1/5/88 Carolina 34 12 14 6 2.81 .901
Norrtalje, Sweden 6-4, 187 Trade: Van 6/27/15
Alex Nedeljkovic 1/7/96 Nia/Flnt (OHL) 49 24 20 4 2.91 .907
Parma, Ohio 5-11, 190 Draft: 37th overall (2014)
Cam Ward 2/29/84 Carolina 52 23 17 10 2.41 .909
Saskatoon, Sask. 6-1, 185 Draft: 25th overall (2002)
DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Jake Bean 6/9/98 Calgary (WHL) 68 24 40 64 28
HAYDN FLEURY Calgary, Alta. 6-1, 173 Draft: 13th overall (2016)
Trevor Carrick 7/4/94 Charlotte (AHL) 70 9 33 42 51
Stouffville, Ont. 6-2, 186 Draft: 115th overall (2012)
Justin Faulk 3/20/92 Carolina 64 16 21 37 27

FUTURE
South St. Paul, Minn. 6-0, 215 Draft: 37th overall (2010)
Haydn Fleury 7/8/96 Red Deer (WHL) 56 12 29 41 50
Carlyle, Sask. 6-3, 207 Draft: 7th overall (2014)
Ron Hainsey 3/24/81 Carolina 81 5 14 19 37
Bolton, Conn. 6-3, 210 Free Agent: signed 9/12/13
Noah Hanifin 1/25/97 Carolina 79 4 18 22 22
Boston, Mass. 6-3, 206 Draft: 5th overall (2015)

WATCH
Roland McKeown 1/20/96 Kingston (OHL) 59 7 35 42 49
Listowel, Ont. 6-1, 195 Trade: LA 2/25/15
Ryan Murphy 3/31/93 Carolina 35 0 10 10 10
Aurora, Ont. 5-11, 185 Draft: 12th overall (2011)
Brett Pesce 11/15/94 Carolina 69 4 12 16 16
Tarrytown, N.Y. 6-3, 200 Draft: 66th overall (2013)
Jaccob Slavin 5/1/94 Carolina 63 2 18 20 8
Denver, Colo. 6-2, 205 Draft: 120th overall (2012)
Matt Tennyson 4/23/90 San Jose 29 1 3 4 0
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Minneapolis, Minn. 6-2, 205 Free Agent: signed 7/3/16
Josh Wesley 4/9/96 Flnt/Nia (OHL) 57 5 13 18 35
1 SEBASTIAN AHO, RW 6 BROCK MCGINN, LW Hartford, Conn. 6-3, 200 Draft: 96th overall (2014)
AGE 19 TEAM Karpat (Fin.) AGE 22 TEAM Charlotte (AHL) CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Clark Bishop 3/29/96 Cape Breton (QMJHL) 50 16 23 39 86
Skilled winger can also play center. Playmaker Energy-line winger showed steady progress in St. John’s, Nfld. 6-0, 194 Draft: 127th overall (2014)
plays with a ton of confidence. second AHL season prompting a long call-up. Elias Lindholm 12/2/94 Carolina 82 11 28 39 24
Boden, Sweden 6-1, 192 Draft: 5th overall (2013)
ACQUIRED 35th overall, 2015 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 47th overall, 2012 NHL ’16-17 Jay McClement 3/2/83 Carolina 77 3 8 11 24
Kingston, Ont. 6-1, 205 Free Agent: signed 7/2/14
2 JAKE BEAN, D 7 ALEX NEDELJKOVIC, G Andrew Poturalski 1/14/94
Williamsville, N.Y.
New Hampshire (HE)
5-10, 190
37 22 30 52
Free Agent: signed 3/8/16
24

AGE 18 TEAM Calgary (WHL) AGE 20 TEAM Niagara (OHL) Victor Rask 3/1/93 Carolina 80 21 27 48 24
Late bloomer did a lot of physical growing in Undersized goalie is ultra-competitive and Leksand, Sweden 6-2, 200 Draft: 42nd overall (2011)
Nicolas Roy 2/5/97 Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 63 48 42 90 71
past two years and his ofensive acumen shows. ready for a bigger test at the AHL level. Amos, Que. 6-4, 197 Draft: 96th overall (2015)
ACQUIRED 13th overall, 2016 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 37th overall, 2014 NHL ’18-19 Derek Ryan 12/29/86 Charlotte (AHL) 70 23 32 55 24
Spokane, Wash. 5-11, 170 Free Agent: signed 6/15/15
Aleksi Saarela 1/7/97 Assat (Fin) 51 20 13 33 14
3 HAYDN FLEURY, D 8 VALENTIN ZYKOV, RW Helsinki, Finland 5-11, 198 Trade: NYR 2/28/16
AGE 20 TEAM Red Deer (WHL) AGE 21 TEAM Charlotte (AHL) Jordan Staal 9/10/88 Carolina 82 20 28 48 34
Thunder Bay, Ont. 6-4, 220 Trade: Pit 6/22/12
Slow-developing defender making steady Big frame allows him to battle hard along
Lucas Wallmark 9/5/95 Lulea (Swe) 48 8 24 32 20
progress. Plays a mature, well-rounded game. boards. He still needs work on his finish. Umea, Sweden 6-0, 176 Draft: 97th overall (2014)
ACQUIRED 7th overall, 2014 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED From L.A., Feb., 2016 NHL ’17-18 LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Bryan Bickell 3/9/86 Chicago 25 0 2 2 2
Bowmanville, Ont. 6-4, 223 Trade: Chi 6/15/16
4 JULIEN GAUTHIER, RW 9 TREVOR CARRICK, D Phillip Di Giuseppe10/9/93
Toronto, Ont.
Carolina
6-0, 200
41 7 10 17
Draft: 38th overall (2012)
18
AGE 18 TEAM Val-d’Or (QMJHL) AGE 22 TEAM Charlotte (AHL) Warren Foegele 4/1/96 Kingston (OHL) 52 13 35 48 44
Big, well-built winger has a knack for scoring Putting up impressive numbers in two AHL Markham, Ont. 6-2, 191 Draft: 67th overall (2014)
goals and plays a solid north-south game. seasons and likes to play with an edge. Brock McGinn 2/2/94 Charlotte (AHL) 48 19 16 35 29
Fergus, Ont. 6-0, 185 Draft: 47th overall (2012)
ACQUIRED 21st overall, 2016 NHL ’19-20 ACQUIRED 115th overall, 2012 NHL ’17-18

FLEURY: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; BEAN: DEREK LEUNG/GETTY IMAGES
Andrej Nestrasil 2/22/91 Carolina 55 9 14 23 8
Prague, Czech. 6-3, 200 Waivers: Det 11/20/14

5 PHIL DI GIUSEPPE, LW 10 ROLAND MCKEOWN, D Joakim Nordstrom 2/25/92


Stockholm, Sweden
Carolina
6-1, 189
71 10 14
Trade: Chi 9/11/15
24 12

AGE 22 TEAM Charlotte (AHL) AGE 20 TEAM Kingston (OHL) Jeff Skinner 5/16/92 Carolina 82 28 23 51 38
Toronto, Ont. 5-11, 200 Draft: 7th overall (2010)
Hustling winger made a great impression in 41 Never really flourished ofensively as hoped,
Sergey Tolchinsky 2/3/95 Charlotte (AHL) 72 14 22 36 28
NHL games before getting sidetracked. but well rounded and played in WJC. Moscow, Russia 5-8, 170 Free Agent: signed 8/22/13
ACQUIRED 38th overall, 2012 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED From L.A., Feb., 2015 NHL ’19-20 Brendan Woods 6/11/92 Charlotte (AHL) 59 9 11 20 39
Humboldt, Sask. 6-4, 210 Draft: 129th overall (2012)
RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Sebastian Aho
Rauma, Finland
7/26/97 Karpat (Fin)
5-11, 172
45 20 25 45
Draft: 35th overall (2015)
2

Patrick Brown 5/29/92 Charlotte (AHL) 70 13 12 25 29


NAME SCOUTING REPORT Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 6-1, 210 Free Agent: signed 4/12/14
Julien Gauthier 10/15/97 Val-d’Or (QMJHL) 54 41 16 57 24
JAKE BEAN An offensive defense- Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que. 6-4, 225 Draft: 21st overall (2016)
man who loves to control Andrew Miller 9/18/88 Bak/Cha (AHL) 55 18 27 45 18
POSITION the play, Bean was one
Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 5-10, 181 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
DEFENSEMAN Viktor Stalberg 1/17/86 NY Rangers 75 9 11 20 22
of the highest-scoring Gothenburg, Sweden 6-3, 209 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16

SELECTED blueliners in the WHL. Lee Stempniak


West Seneca, N.Y.
2/4/83 NJ/Bos
5-11, 195
82 19 32 51
Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
38

13TH OVERALL His ‘D’ needs work, but Brody Sutter 9/26/91 Charlotte (AHL) 70 13 11 24 37
Viking, Alta. 6-5, 203 Draft: 193rd overall (2011)
his vision, hockey sense
2015-16 and mobility are tailor-
Teuvo Teravainen 9/11/94
Helsinki, Finland
Chicago
5-11, 178
78 13 22
Trade: Chi 6/15/16
35 20
CALGARY Valentin Zykov 5/15/95 Ont/Cha (AHL) 45 7 7 14 20
HITMEN made for today’s game. St. Petersburg, Russia 6-0, 209 Trade: LA 2/28/16
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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CAROLINA HURRICANES
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM

53 Jeff Skinner 82 28 23 51 -2 38 4 0 7 258 10.9 44 7 20 27 42.6 1:56 0:01 16:17 — — — — — —


49 Victor Rask 80 21 27 48 -6 24 5 0 5 160 13.1 30 18 479 456 51.2 2:37 0:11 16:58 — — — — — —
11 Jordan Staal 82 20 28 48 6 34 6 0 4 151 13.2 36 10 806 589 57.8 1:47 1:46 18:18 — — — — — —
16 Elias Lindholm 82 11 28 39 -23 24 2 0 3 176 6.3 23 16 213 221 49.1 2:35 0:48 18:06 — — — — — —
27 Justin Faulk 64 16 21 37 -22 27 12 0 4 184 8.7 20 17 0 1 0.0 3:12 1:53 24:02 — — — — — —
42 Joakim Nordstrom 71 10 14 24 1 12 0 1 1 81 12.3 23 0 6 4 60.0 0:06 1:40 15:37 — — — — — —
15 Andrej Nestrasil 55 9 14 23 4 8 2 0 1 105 8.6 21 2 8 17 32.0 1:17 0:00 14:21 — — — — — —
20 Riley Nash 64 9 13 22 -5 18 2 0 1 76 11.8 16 6 193 197 49.5 1:01 0:51 12:57 — — — — — —
5 *Noah Hanifin 79 4 18 22 -14 22 1 0 0 122 3.3 15 7 — — — 2:22 0:05 17:54 — — — — — —
74 *Jaccob Slavin 63 2 18 20 1 8 0 0 0 84 2.4 15 4 — — — 0:51 2:06 20:59 — — — — — —
65 Ron Hainsey 81 5 14 19 -13 37 0 0 2 131 3.8 19 0 — — — 0:12 2:46 22:19 — — — — — —
34 *Phillip Di Giuseppe 41 7 10 17 0 18 0 0 1 68 10.3 17 0 7 13 35.0 0:46 0:00 14:15 — — — — — —
54 *Brett Pesce 69 4 12 16 -7 16 1 0 1 85 4.7 11 5 0 1 0.0 0:57 1:07 18:46 — — — — — —
25 Chris Terry 68 8 3 11 -12 16 0 0 0 78 10.3 11 0 1 8 11.1 0:32 0:00 11:16 — — — — — —
18 Jay McClement 77 3 8 11 -17 24 0 1 0 64 4.7 10 0 375 303 55.3 0:05 1:55 11:36 — — — — — —
7 Ryan Murphy 35 0 10 10 -1 10 0 0 0 47 0.0 9 1 — — — 1:49 0:06 17:15 — — — — — —
14 Nathan Gerbe 47 3 4 7 -15 14 0 0 0 73 4.1 6 1 2 3 40.0 1:01 1:02 13:27 — — — — — —
24 Brad Malone 57 2 4 6 -11 75 0 0 0 31 6.5 6 0 40 22 64.5 0:02 1:08 9:32 — — — — — —
23 *Brock McGinn 21 3 1 4 -14 10 0 0 0 25 12.0 4 0 0 1 0.0 0:09 0:20 11:11 — — — — — —
33 Derek Ryan 6 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 5 40.0 1 1 35 24 59.3 0:53 0:00 12:12 — — — — — —
36 *Patrick Brown 7 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 0 8 12.5 2 0 — — — 0:05 0:00 12:36 — — — — — —
31 Eddie Lack 34 0 2 2 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
47 Michal Jordan 36 1 0 1 -5 12 0 0 0 36 2.8 1 0 — — — 0:04 0:31 15:10 — — — — — —
61 *Sergey Tolchinsky 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 0 1 0.0 0:00 0:00 11:47 — — — — — —
21 James Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 0:47 — — — — — —
46 *Trevor Carrick 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:28 0:00 16:39 — — — — — —
56 *Brendan Woods 5 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0:00 0:00 8:42 — — — — — —
48 *Brody Sutter 8 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 0 0 9 4 69.2 0:00 0:00 8:58 — — — — — —
30 Cam Ward 52 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON 2016 PLAYOFFS


NO. PLAYER GPI Min. GAA W L OT EN SO GA SA SP G A PIM GP Min. GAA W L EN SO GA SA SP

30 Cam Ward 52 3,038 2.41 23 17 10 4 1 122 1,343 .909 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —


31 Eddie Lack 34 1,920 2.81 12 14 6 5 2 90 910 .901 0 2 0 — — — — — — — — — —
* indicates 2015-16 rookie
2016-17 SCHEDULE
1. Thu. Oct. 13 . . . .at Wpg 47. Sat. Jan. 21 . . . . . . at Clb
2. Sun. Oct. 16 . . . . .at Van 48. Mon. Jan. 23 . . . . at Wsh
3. Tue. Oct. 18 . . . . at Edm
4. Thu. Oct. 20 . . . . at Cgy 49. Thu. Jan. 26. . . . . . . . .LA
5. Sat. Oct. 22 . . . . . at Phi 50. Tue. Jan. 31 . . . . . . . . Phi
6. Tue. Oct. 25 . . . . . at Det 51. Fri. Feb. 3. . . . . . . . . Edm
7. Fri. Oct. 28 . . . . . . . NYR 52. Sat. Feb. 4. . . . . . .at NYI
8. Sun. Oct. 30 . . . . . . . Phi
9. Tue. Nov. 1. . . . . . . at Ott 53. Tue. Feb. 7. . . . . . at Wsh
10. Sat. Nov. 5. . . . . . at Nsh 54. Sat. Feb. 11 . . . . . at Dal
11. Sun. Nov. 6 . . . . . . . . . NJ 55. Fri. Feb. 17. . . . . . . . . Col
12. Tue. Nov. 8. . . . . . . .at NJ
13. Thu. Nov. 10 . . . . . . .Ana 56. Sun. Feb. 19 . . . . . . . .Tor
14. Sat. Nov. 12 . . . . . . Wsh 57. Tue. Feb. 21 . . . . . . . . Pit
15. Tue. Nov. 15 . . . . . . . . SJ 58. Fri. Feb. 24 . . . . . . . . Ott
16. Fri. Nov. 18 . . . . . . . . .Mtl 59. Sun. Feb. 26 . . . . . . .Cgy
17. Sun. Nov. 20 . . . . . .Wpg
18. Tue. Nov. 22 . . . . . at Tor 60. Tue. Feb. 28 . . . . . at Fla
19. Thu. Nov. 24 . . . . . at Mtl 61. Wed. Mar. 1 . . . . . at TB
20. Sat. Nov. 26 . . . . . at Ott 62. Fri. Mar. 3. . . . . . . . . . . Ari
21. Sun. Nov. 27 . . . . . . . .Fla
22. Tue. Nov. 29 . . . .at NYR 63. Sun. Mar. 5 . . . . . . .at Ari
23. Thu. Dec. 1 . . . . . at Bos 64. Tue. Mar. 7. . . . . . . at Col
24. Sat. Dec. 3 . . . . .at NYR 65. Thu. Mar. 9. . . . . . . . NYR
25. Sun. Dec. 4 . . . . . . . . .TB 66. Sat. Mar. 11. . . . . . . . .Tor
26. Wed. Dec. 7 . . . . .at Ana
27. Thu. Dec. 8 . . . . . . .at LA 67. Mon. Mar. 13. . . . .at NYI
28. Sat. Dec. 10 . . . . . . at SJ 68. Tue. Mar. 14. . . . . . . . NYI
29. Tue. Dec. 13 . . . . . . . Van 69. Thu. Mar. 16 . . . . . . . Min
30. Fri. Dec. 16 . . . . . . . Wsh
31. Sat. Dec. 17 . . . . . . . Buf 70. Sat. Mar. 18. . . . . . . .Nsh
DARCY FINLEY/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

32. Mon. Dec. 19 . . . . . . Det 71. Sun. Mar. 19 . . . . . at Phi


33. Thu. Dec. 22 . . . . . at Buf 72. Tue. Mar. 21. . . . . . at Fla
34. Fri. Dec. 23 . . . . . . . .Bos 73. Thu. Mar. 23 . . . . . at Mtl
35. Wed. Dec. 28 . . . . .at Pit
36. Fri. Dec. 30 . . . . . . . . Chi 74. Sat. Mar. 25. . . . . . .at NJ
37. Sat. Dec. 31 . . . . . at TB 75. Tue. Mar. 28. . . . . . . . Det
38. Tue. Jan. 3 . . . . . . . . . . NJ 76. Thu. Mar. 30 . . . . . . . Clb
39. Thu. Jan. 5 . . . . . . . at StL
40. Fri. Jan. 6 . . . . . . . . at Chi 77. Sat. Apr. 1 . . . . . . . . . Dal
41. Sun. Jan. 8. . . . . . . . .Bos 78. Sun. Apr. 2 . . . . . . .at Pit
42. Tue. Jan. 10 . . . . . . . . Clb 79. Tue. Apr. 4 . . . . . . . at Min
43. Fri. Jan. 13 . . . . . . . . . Buf 80. Thu. Apr. 6. . . . . . . . . NYI CAM WARD
44. Sat. Jan. 14 . . . . . . . . NYI
45. Tue. Jan. 17 . . . . . . at Clb 81. Sat. Apr. 8 . . . . . . . . . StL
46. Fri. Jan. 20 . . . . . . . . . . Pit 82. Sun. Apr. 9 . . . . . . at Phi

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JONATHAN
TOEWS

PREDICTION

4TH
CHICAGO in CENTRAL

BLACKHAWKS
BY MATT CARLSON
STANLEY CUP ODDS /// 14-1
JONATHAN KOZUB/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

C apping a sublime season Patrick Kane skated off with the (art
and Art Ross Trophies plus the Ted Lindsay Award while rookie
whiz Artemi Panarin broke away with the Calder Trophy And
yet the Chicago Blackhawks failed to capture the trophy that matters
most falling wins short of their fourth Stanley Cup
ƒˆ–‡”ƒ•‡˜‡Ǧ‰ƒ‡ǡϐ‹”•–Ǧ”‘—†’Žƒ›‘ˆˆ‡š‹–ƒ‰ƒ‹•––Ǥ‘—‹•–Šƒ–ˆ‘Ž
lowed three straight deep playoff runs
But will the Blackhawks have the depth Salary cap restrictions
once again forced GM Stan Bowman to shed key players notably An
drew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen (e then used a narrow margin to
The Blackhawks say they re hungrier than ever to reclaim the re acquire defenseman Brian Campbell who plugs a hole on the blue
championship they won in and and they have the line The bigger question is up front where the Blackhawks struggled
moxie and core of high end players that make them a candidate to do to establish a smooth four line rotation that was a key to their three
it And Chicago s skaters have been able to recharge over the summer championships

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OFFENSE Eight forwards have locks on jobs Kane Panarin Jonathan 2015-16
Toews Artem Anisimov Marian (ossa Marcus Kruger Andrew Des NUMBERS TRENDING
Œƒ”†‹•ƒ†‹…Šƒ”†ƒ‹Ǥ”‘•’‡…–•…‘—Ž†ϐ‹ŽŽ–Š‡”‡ƒ‹‹‰•’‘–•Ǥ RECORD Regular Season Points
And the Blackhawks have promising kids even if Bowman won t 47-26-9 (103 points)
rate them or their readiness But he s quick to mention former NCAA OT/SO 2011-12 101
scoring stars Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz who left college early to 10-7/1-2
sign pro contracts Vinnie (inostroza another former collegiate led DIVISION 2012-13 (prorated) 132
A(L Rockford in scoring last season The mix also includes Brandon 3rd
Mashinter Kyle Baun Mark McNeill Ryan (artman and Tanner Kero
2013-14 107
OVERALL
Š‡›‰‘–ƒ–ƒ•–‡‘ˆ–Š‡ ‹ʹͲͳͷǦͳ͸ƒ•–Š‡Žƒ…Šƒ™••Š—ˆϐŽ‡† 5th 2014-15 102
forwards in and out of the lineup OFFENSE
2.85 GPG (6th) 2015-16 103
DEFENSE Campbell a member of Chicago s Cup team gave the DEFENSE
Blackhawks a discount when he signed a one year million deal 2.52 GAA (T-10th)
At years old he led Florida with in ice time per game That POWER PLAY
means a No slot behind mega minute munchers Duncan Keith 22.6% (2nd) time among the top players As good as the
Brent Seabrook and Niklas (jalmarsson Trevor van Riemsdyk made PENALTY KILL power play was however the usually reli
ƒ„‹‰Œ—’‹Š‹•ϐ‹”•–ˆ—ŽŽ •‡ƒ•‘ǡ„—–Š‡™‘ǯ–„‡‡š’‡…–‡†–‘ 80.3% (22nd) ƒ„Ž‡’‡ƒŽ–›‹ŽŽ•ƒ‰‰‡†•‹‰‹ϐ‹…ƒ–Ž›ǡ†”‘’
SCORE-ADJUSTED ping into the bottom third of the league
5-ON-5 CORSI
51.31% (13th) INTANGIBLES The Blackhawks have won
1-GOAL GAMES more games on big stages than any other
17-7-9 (.515) team in recent years and they will return
2-GOAL GAMES energized after a long summer But with
11-6 (.647) its depth in doubt and being in the N(L s
3+ GOAL GAMES toughest division Chicago isn t even
19-13 (.594) guaranteed to make the playoffs much less
ICE TIME LEAD (F) ”‡–—”–‘–Š‡ϐ‹ƒŽǤ
Patrick Kane (20:24)
ICE TIME LEAD (D) ROOKIES There should be plenty Because
Duncan Keith (25:14) he s older and K(L tested expect Kempny
PATRICK KANE to have the best shot at making an immedi
FAST FACTS ate impact
GM
log top four minutes Now Bowman expects other defensemen to Stan Bowman X-FACTOR Kane is and projects he will
step up too The (awks signed mobile year old Michal Kempny COACH improve Panarin said the same of himself
and re signed stay at home Michal Rozsival as part of the depth Joel Quenneville when he accepted the Calder Expect quiet
equation Prospects Ville Pokka and Gustav Forsling will get looks as ARENA progress from the year old Toews Keith
well as Viktor Svedberg and Erik Gustafsson who shuttled in and out United Center is but shows no signs of slowing down
the lineup last season CAPACITY though eyes will be on Seabrook and
19,717 (ossa for signs of mileage
GOALTENDING Corey Crawford is the undisputed No and Scott 2015-16
Darling is a reliable backup who has risen to the occasion when ATTENDANCE THE BRASS The salary cap has hamstrung
needed A concussion sidelined Crawford for games at the end of 21,860 (1st) the Blackhawks like no other team for
a career high win seven shutout season and that eliminated him AHL AFFILIATE successful player development Bowman
from Vezina Trophy consideration Rockford Ice Hogs keeps juggling the best he can Quenneville
ECHL AFFILIATE arrived in Chicago in October but
SPECIAL TEAMS Despite years of elite skill the Blackhawks power Indy Fuel there s no indication the second win
play didn t sparkle until last season when it clicked to become one PLAYOFF RECORD ningest coach in N(L history isn t connect
of the league s best (ossa said the difference was spreading out ice 48-30 (since 2012) ing with his players

DEPTH CHART
CLAUS ANDERSEN/GETTY IMAGES

LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE DEFENSE GOALIE


1 Artemi Panarin 1 Jonathan Toews 1 Patrick Kane 1 Duncan Keith 6 Michal Rozsival 1 Corey Crawford
2 Nick Schmaltz 2 Artem Anisimov 2 Marian Hossa 2 Brent Seabrook 7 Michal Kempny 2 Scott Darling
3 Ryan Hartman 3 Marcus Kruger 3 Richard Panik 3 Niklas Hjalmarsson 8 Ville Pokka 3 Mac Carruth
4 Mark McNeill 4 Andrew Desjardins 4 Jordin Tootoo 4 Brian Campbell 9 Erik Gustafsson
5 Brandon Mashinter 5 Dennis Rasmussen 5 Kyle Baun 5 Trevor van Riemsdyk 10 Viktor Svedberg INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES Andrew Ladd, LW; Teuvo Teravainen, LW; Andrew Shaw, C; Dale Weise, RW; Bryan Bickell, LW

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Mac Carruth 3/25/92 Indy (ECHL) 25 12 10 3 2.43 .918
Salt Lake City, Utah 6-2, 190 Draft: 191st overall (2010)
Corey Crawford 12/31/84 Chicago 58 35 18 5 2.37 .924
Montreal, Que. 6-2, 216 Draft: 52nd overall (2003)
Scott Darling 12/22/88 Chicago 29 12 8 4 2.58 .915
Newport News, Va. 6-6, 232 Free Agent: signed 7/1/14
Lars Johansson 7/11/87 Frolunda (Swe) 37 27 6 0 1.74 .927
Avesta, Sweden 6-1, 198 Free Agent: signed 5/24/16
DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Brian Campbell 5/23/79 Florida 82 6 25 31 26
NICK SCHMALTZ Strathroy, Ont. 5-10, 192 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Carl Dahlstrom 1/28/95 Linkoping (Swe) 50 1 7 8 14
Stockholm, Sweden 6-4, 228 Draft: 51st overall (2013)
Gustav Forsling 6/12/96 Linkoping (Swe) 48 6 15 21 4

FUTURE
Linkoping, Sweden 5-11, 183 Trade: Van 1/29/15
Erik Gustafsson 3/14/92 Chicago 41 0 14 14 4
Nynashamn, Sweden 6-0, 176 Free Agent: signed 4/30/15
Niklas Hjalmarsson 6/6/87 Chicago 81 2 22 24 32
Eksjo, Sweden 6-3, 197 Draft: 108th overall (2005)
Duncan Keith 7/16/83 Chicago 67 9 34 43 26
Winnipeg, Man. 6-1, 192 Draft: 54th overall (2002)

WATCH
Michal Kempny 9/8/90 Omsk (KHL) 59 5 16 21 46
Hodonin, Czech. 6-0, 194 Free Agent: signed 5/24/16
Robin Norell 2/18/95 Djurgarden (Swe) 51 2 6 8 16
Stockholm, Sweden 5-11, 195 Draft: 111th overall (2013)
Ville Pokka 6/3/94 Rockford (AHL) 76 10 35 45 24
Tornio, Finland 6-0, 214 Trade: NYI 10/4/14
Robin Press 12/21/94 Djurgarden (Swe) 51 1 2 3 12
Uppsala, Sweden 6-3, 209 Draft: 211th overall (2013)
Michal Rozsival 9/3/78 Chicago 51 1 12 13 33
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Vlasim, Czech. 6-1, 210 Free Agent: signed 9/11/12
Brent Seabrook 4/20/85 Chicago 81 14 35 49 32
1 NICK SCHMALTZ, C 6 VILLE POKKA, D Richmond, B.C. 6-3, 220 Draft: 14th overall (2003)
AGE 20 TEAM North Dakota (NCHC) AGE 22 TEAM Rockford (AHL) Andreas Soderberg 6/16/96 Vita Hasten (Swe2) 45 0 1 1 8
Skelleftea, Sweden 6-4, 205 Draft: 148th overall (2014)
Break-out year in NCAA led to pro acceleration. Nice development for robust, two-way de- Viktor Svedberg 5/24/91 Chicago 27 2 2 4 4
A good camp and he’ll win an NHL job. fender. Only skating is holding him back. Gothenburg, Sweden 6-8, 238 Free Agent: signed 10/19/13
ACQUIRED 20th overall, 2014 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED From NYI, Oct., 2014 NHL ’16-17 Trevor van Riemsdyk 7/24/91 Chicago 82 3 11 14 31
Middletown, N.J. 6-2, 188 Free Agent: signed 3/24/14
CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
2 RYAN HARTMAN, RW 7 MARK MCNEILL, RW Artem Anisimov 5/24/88
Yaroslavl, Russia
Chicago
6-4, 198
77 20 22
Trade: Clb 6/30/15
42 12

AGE 22 TEAM Rockford (AHL) AGE 23 TEAM Rockford (AHL) Sam Carrick 2/4/92 Toronto (AHL) 52 16 18 34 90
The short, but always-involved winger can also Wait has been interminable for 2011 first- Markham, Ont. 6-0, 188 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Andrew Desjardins 7/27/86 Chicago 77 8 5 13 30
provide a bit of ofense from the third line. rounder. Cheap salary will open door for him. Lively, Ont. 6-1, 195 Trade: SJ 3/2/15
ACQUIRED 30th overall, 2013 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 18th overall, 2011 NHL ’16-17 John Hayden 2/14/95 Yale (ECAC) 32 16 6 22 26
Chicago, Ill. 6-3, 223 Draft: 74th overall (2013)
Vincent Hinostroza 4/3/94 Rockford (AHL) 66 18 33 51 24
3 ALEX DEBRINCAT, RW 8 GRAHAM KNOTT, LW Chicago, Ill. 5-9, 158 Draft: 169th overall (2012)
AGE 18 TEAM Erie (OHL) AGE 19 TEAM Niagara (OHL) Luke Johnson 9/19/94 North Dakota (NCHC) 43 11 10 21 45
Grand Forks, N.D. 5-11, 195 Draft: 134th overall (2013)
Very small, but slippery on puck. Exceptionally Goal total sliced in half not a good sign. Bud-
Tanner Kero 7/24/92 Rockford (AHL) 60 20 19 39 23
talented, creative and productive. ding power forward bulking up. Hancock, Mich. 6-0, 185 Free Agent: signed 4/2/15
ACQUIRED 39th overall, 2016 NHL ’19-20 ACQUIRED 54th overall, 2015 NHL ’20-21 Marcus Kruger 5/27/90 Chicago 41 0 4 4 24
Stockholm, Sweden 6-0, 186 Draft: 149th overall (2009)
Tyler Motte 3/10/95 Michigan (Big10) 38 32 24 56 36
4 CHAD KRYS, D 9 GUSTAV FORSLING, D Port Huron, Mich. 5-9, 192 Draft: 121st overall (2013)

SCHMALTZ: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; DEBRINCAT: CLAUS ANDERSEN/GETTY IMAGES
Jonathan Toews 4/29/88 Chicago 80 28 30 58 62
AGE 18 TEAM U.S. NTDP (USHL) AGE 20 TEAM Linkoping (Swe.) Winnipeg, Man. 6-2, 201 Draft: 3rd overall (2006)
Ofensive calling card will shine at Boston Additional ice time in top Swedish league for LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
University. Two-way game a work in progress. small defender led to big bump in points. Graham Knott 1/13/97 Niagara (OHL) 68 12 30 42 67
Etobicoke, Ont. 6-3, 188 Draft: 54th overall (2015)
ACQUIRED 45th overall, 2016 NHL ’20-21 ACQUIRED From Van, Jan., 2015 NHL ’18-19 Martin Lundberg 6/7/90 Skelleftea (Swe) 44 13 8 21 22
Skelleftea, Sweden 6-1, 189 Free Agent: signed 5/24/16

5 VINCE HINOSTROZA, C 10 TYLER MOTTE, C Brandon Mashinter 9/20/88


Bradford, Ont.
Chicago
6-4, 212
41 4 1
Trade: NYR 12/6/13
5 23

AGE 22 TEAM Rockford (AHL) AGE 21 TEAM Michigan (Big Ten) Artemi Panarin 10/30/91 Chicago 80 30 47 77 32
Korkino, Russia 5-11, 170 Free Agent: signed 4/30/15
Notre Dame product led Rockford in scoring Breakout junior year in NCAA led to pro
Richard Panik 2/7/91 Chicago 30 6 2 8 6
and had dry seven-game NHL trial. contract. Small, but has nifty hands. Martin, Slovakia 6-1, 208 Trade: Tor 1/3/16
ACQUIRED 169th overall, 2012 NHL ’17-18 ACQUIRED 121st overall, 2013 NHL ’18-19 Dennis Rasmussen 7/3/90 Chicago 44 4 5 9 4
Vasteras, Sweden 6-3, 205 Free Agent: signed 6/10/14
RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Spencer Abbott 4/30/88
Hamilton, Ont.
Frolunda (Swe)
5-9, 170
42 14 21
Trade: Tor 2/26/15
35 4

Kyle Baun 5/4/92 Rockford (AHL) 43 1 8 9 16


NAME SCOUTING REPORT Toronto, Ont. 6-2, 209 Free Agent: signed 3/26/15
Alex DeBrincat 12/18/97 Erie (OHL) 60 51 50 101 28
ALEX DEBRINCAT Elusiveness is the name Farmington Hills, Mich. 5-7, 163 Draft: 39th overall (2016)
of DeBrincat’s game and Ryan Hartman 9/20/94 Rockford (AHL) 61 15 20 35 129
POSITION at 5-foot-7, 165 pounds,
Hilton Head Island, S.C. 5-11, 191 Draft: 30th overall (2013)
RIGHT WINGER Marian Hossa 1/12/79 Chicago 64 13 20 33 24
he needs that skill. But Stara Lubovna, Slovakia 6-1, 207 Free Agent: signed 7/1/09

SELCTED the Otter’s best trait Patrick Kane


Buffalo, N.Y.
11/19/88 Chicago
5-11, 177
82 46 60 106
Draft: 1st overall (2007)
30

39TH OVERALL is goal scoring and he Mark McNeill 2/22/93 Rockford (AHL) 64 25 23 48 33
Langley, B.C. 6-2, 214 Draft: 18th overall (2011)
has hit 51 the past two
2015-16 seasons thanks to his
Nick Schmaltz
Madison, Wis.
2/23/96 North Dakota (NCHC)
6-0, 177
37 11 35 46
Draft: 20th overall (2014)
6
ERIE Jordin Tootoo 2/2/83 New Jersey 66 4 5 9 102
OTTERS quick release. Churchill, Man. 5-9, 195 Free Agent: signed 7/5/16
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM
88 Patrick Kane 82 46 60 106 17 30 17 0 9 287 16.0 69 37 11 40 21.6 3:07 0:02 20:24 7 1 6 7 -1 14
72 *Artemi Panarin 80 30 47 77 8 32 8 0 7 187 16.0 53 24 — — — 2:50 0:00 18:31 7 2 5 7 2 14
19 Jonathan Toews 80 28 30 58 16 62 6 4 8 179 15.6 42 9 921 652 58.6 2:26 1:24 19:14 7 0 6 6 2 10
7 Brent Seabrook 81 14 35 49 6 32 6 0 3 167 8.4 24 25 — — — 2:51 1:47 22:49 7 1 1 2 -2 12
16 Andrew Ladd 78 25 21 46 -13 45 10 2 3 181 13.8 30 14 8 5 61.5 2:42 1:50 18:54 — — — — — —
Wpg 59 17 17 34 -10 39 7 2 2 143 11.9 23 9 7 3 70.0 2:49 2:00 19:27 — — — — — —
Chi 19 8 4 12 -3 6 3 0 1 38 21.1 7 5 1 2 33.3 2:21 1:19 17:14 7 1 1 2 -1 16
2 Duncan Keith 67 9 34 43 13 26 4 0 4 130 6.9 24 18 0 1 0.0 2:48 2:40 25:14 6 3 2 5 3 2
15 Artem Anisimov 77 20 22 42 8 12 5 3 1 121 16.5 28 10 507 641 44.2 2:16 1:21 18:05 7 3 0 3 1 2
86 Teuvo Teravainen 78 13 22 35 -2 20 2 0 3 136 9.6 25 9 125 184 40.5 1:45 0:46 15:20 7 0 1 1 1 0
65 Andrew Shaw 78 14 20 34 11 69 4 0 2 153 9.2 26 8 146 168 46.5 1:54 0:00 14:39 6 4 2 6 0 18
81 Marian Hossa 64 13 20 33 10 24 2 3 2 191 6.8 20 9 0 2 0.0 1:57 1:33 17:15 7 3 2 5 0 0
25 Dale Weise 71 14 13 27 4 24 3 0 1 136 10.3 21 6 16 19 45.7 1:24 0:10 13:24 — — — — — —
Mtl 56 14 12 26 0 22 3 0 1 117 12.0 20 6 15 15 50.0 1:42 0:03 14:20 — — — — — —
Chi 15 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 19 0.0 1 0 1 4 20.0 0:18 0:36 9:56 4 1 0 1 0 0
12 Tomas Fleischmann 76 14 11 25 -8 32 0 1 3 123 11.4 23 1 24 19 55.8 0:35 1:29 15:12 — — — — — —
Mtl 57 10 10 20 -1 28 0 1 3 100 10.0 18 1 12 14 46.2 0:40 1:19 15:33 — — — — — —
Chi 19 4 1 5 -7 4 0 0 0 23 17.4 5 0 12 5 70.6 0:22 1:59 14:11 4 0 0 0 -1 0
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson 81 2 22 24 13 32 0 0 0 77 2.6 19 2 — — — 0:08 2:52 22:22 7 0 1 1 5 0
57 *T. van Riemsdyk 82 3 11 14 -5 31 0 0 1 85 3.5 11 2 — — — 0:34 1:43 19:59 7 1 0 1 -3 2
52 *Erik Gustafsson 41 0 14 14 11 4 0 0 0 58 0.0 13 1 — — — 1:40 0:04 15:26 5 0 1 1 -1 0
11 Andrew Desjardins 77 8 5 13 -8 30 0 0 1 96 8.3 13 0 43 44 49.4 0:04 1:48 13:22 6 0 0 0 -2 0
32 Michal Rozsival 51 1 12 13 3 33 0 0 0 41 2.4 10 2 — — — 0:28 0:36 16:09 4 0 0 0 -3 2
55 Christian Ehrhoff 48 2 10 12 -11 34 0 0 0 80 2.5 4 8 — — — 1:38 0:24 15:29 — — — — — —
LA 40 2 8 10 -10 32 0 0 0 61 3.3 3 7 — — — 1:42 0:28 15:10 — — — — — —
Chi 8 0 2 2 -1 2 0 0 0 19 0.0 1 1 — — — 1:17 0:06 17:02 — — — — — —
70 *Dennis Rasmussen 44 4 5 9 9 4 0 0 1 42 9.5 9 0 144 163 46.9 0:02 0:02 9:09 — — — — — —
14 Richard Panik 30 6 2 8 4 6 0 0 1 39 15.4 8 0 1 1 50.0 0:17 0:00 10:50 6 0 3 3 0 6
53 Brandon Mashinter 41 4 1 5 -7 23 0 0 0 25 16.0 5 0 — — — 0:01 0:00 7:29 2 0 0 0 0 2
43 *Viktor Svedberg 27 2 2 4 -5 4 0 0 0 40 5.0 4 0 — — — 0:14 0:54 15:45 3 0 0 0 0 6
22 Marcus Kruger 41 0 4 4 -5 24 0 0 0 50 0.0 4 0 233 241 49.2 0:05 2:22 13:31 7 0 1 1 -2 0
67 *Tanner Kero 17 1 2 3 -2 2 0 0 0 26 3.8 3 0 55 68 44.7 0:10 1:37 12:17 — — — — — —
5 David Rundblad 9 0 2 2 -2 6 0 0 0 13 0.0 0 2 — — — 2:04 0:01 14:22 3 0 0 0 0 4
29 Bryan Bickell 25 0 2 2 -5 2 0 0 0 21 0.0 2 0 2 0 100.0 0:12 0:00 9:47 — — — — — —
38 *Ryan Hartman 3 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 1 3 25.0 0:00 0:00 9:14 — — — — — —
50 Corey Crawford 58 0 1 1 — 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 — — — — — — 7 0 0 0 — 2
41 *Mark McNeill 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0:55 0:02 12:44 — — — — — —
49 Michael Leighton 1 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
39 *Kyle Baun 2 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 9:03 — — — — — —
- Tim Jackman 2 0 0 0 -2 4 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 5:44 — — — — — —
Ana 2 0 0 0 -2 4 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 5:44 — — — — — —
48 *Vincent Hinostroza 7 0 0 0 -1 6 0 0 0 6 0.0 0 0 13 19 40.6 0:08 0:00 8:41 — — — — — —
33 Scott Darling 29 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GPI Min. GAA W L OT EN SO GA SA SP G A PIM GP Min. GAA W L EN SO GA SA SP
49 Michael Leighton 1 39 1.54 0 0 0 1 0 1 17 .941 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
50 Corey Crawford 58 3,323 2.37 35 18 5 4 7 131 1,718 .924 0 1 2 7 448 2.54 3 4 0 0 19 205 .907
33 Scott Darling 29 1,560 2.58 12 8 4 3 1 67 784 .915 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
* indicates 2015-16 rookie
2016-17 SCHEDULE
1. Wed. Oct. 12 . . . . . . StL 42. Fri. Jan. 6 . . . . . . . . . . Car
2. Fri. Oct. 14 . . . . . at Nsh 43. Sun. Jan. 8. . . . . . . . .Nsh
3. Sat. Oct. 15 . . . . . . .Nsh 44. Tue. Jan. 10 . . . . . . . . Det
4. Tue. Oct. 18 . . . . . . . Phi 45. Fri. Jan. 13 . . . . . . at Wsh
5. Fri. Oct. 21 . . . . . . at Clb 46. Sun. Jan. 15 . . . . . . . Min
6. Sat. Oct. 22 . . . . . . . .Tor 47. Tue. Jan. 17 . . . . . . at Col
7. Mon. Oct. 24. . . . . . .Cgy 48. Fri. Jan. 20 . . . . . . at Bos
8. Fri. Oct. 28 . . . . . . .at NJ 49. Sun. Jan. 22 . . . . . . . Van
9. Sun. Oct. 30 . . . . . . . .LA 50. Tue. Jan. 24 . . . . . . . . .TB
10. Tue. Nov. 1. . . . . . . . .Cgy 51. Thu. Jan. 26. . . . . . .Wpg
11. Thu. Nov. 3 . . . . . . . . Col 52. Tue. Jan. 31 . . . . . . . at SJ
12. Sat. Nov. 5. . . . . . . at Dal 53. Thu. Feb. 2. . . . . . . .at Ari
13. Sun. Nov. 6 . . . . . . . . Dal 54. Sat. Feb. 4. . . . . . . at Dal
14. Wed. Nov. 9 . . . . . at StL 55. Wed. Feb. 8 . . . . . at Min
15. Fri. Nov. 11 . . . . . . . Wsh 56. Fri. Feb. 10 . . . . .at Wpg
16. Sun. Nov. 13 . . . . . . . .Mtl 57. Sat. Feb. 11 . . . . at Edm
17. Tue. Nov. 15 . . . .at Wpg 58. Sat. Feb. 18 . . . . . . Edm
18. Fri. Nov. 18 . . . . . at Cgy 59. Sun. Feb. 19 . . . . . at Buf
19. Sat. Nov. 19 . . . . .at Van 60. Tue. Feb. 21 . . . . . at Min
20. Mon. Nov. 21 . . . at Edm 61. Thu. Feb. 23 . . . . . . . . Ari
21. Wed. Nov. 23 . . . . . at SJ 62. Sun. Feb. 26 . . . . . . . StL
22. Fri. Nov. 25 . . . . . .at Ana 63. Wed. Mar. 1 . . . . . . . . Pit
23. Sat. Nov. 26 . . . . . .at LA 64. Fri. Mar. 3. . . . . . . . . . NYI
24. Tue. Nov. 29 . . . . . . . .Fla 65. Sat. Mar. 4. . . . . . at Nsh
25. Thu. Dec. 1 . . . . . . . . . NJ 66. Thu. Mar. 9. . . . . . . . .Ana
26. Sat. Dec. 3 . . . . . . at Phi 67. Fri. Mar. 10 . . . . . . at Det
27. Sun. Dec. 4 . . . . . . .Wpg 68. Sun. Mar. 12 . . . . . . . Min
28. Tue. Dec. 6 . . . . . . . . . Ari 69. Tue. Mar. 14. . . . . . at Mtl
29. Fri. Dec. 9 . . . . . . . . NYR 70. Thu. Mar. 16 . . . . . at Ott
CLAUS ANDERSEN/GETTY IMAGES

30. Sun. Dec. 11. . . . . . . Dal 71. Sat. Mar. 18. . . . . . at Tor
31. Tue. Dec. 13 . . . .at NYR 72. Sun. Mar. 19 . . . . . . . Col
32. Thu. Dec. 15 . . . . .at NYI 73. Tue. Mar. 21. . . . . . . . Van
33. Sat. Dec. 17 . . . . . at StL 74. Thu. Mar. 23 . . . . . . . Dal
34. Sun. Dec. 18. . . . . . . . SJ 75. Sat. Mar. 25. . . . . . at Fla
35. Tue. Dec. 20 . . . . . . . Ott 76. Mon. Mar. 27. . . . . at TB
36. Fri. Dec. 23 . . . . . . . . Col 77. Wed. Mar. 29 . . . . .at Pit
37. Tue. Dec. 27 . . . . . .Wpg 78. Fri. Mar. 31 . . . . . . . . Clb
38. Thu. Dec. 29 . . . . at Nsh 79. Sun. Apr. 2 . . . . . . . .Bos
39. Fri. Dec. 30 . . . . . .at Car 80. Tue. Apr. 4 . . . . . . . at Col DUNCAN KEITH
40. Mon. Jan. 2 . . . . . . at StL 81. Thu. Apr. 6. . . . . . .at Ana
41. Thu. Jan. 5 . . . . . . . . . Buf 82. Sat. Apr. 8 . . . . . . . .at LA

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MATT
DUCHENE

PREDICTION

7TH
COLORADO in CENTRAL

AVALANCHE
BY MIKE CHAMBERS
STANLEY CUP ODDS /// 75-1

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GRAIG ABEL/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

ince their point season in the Colorado Avalanche ‹–•ϐ‹ƒŽ•‹š‰ƒ‡•ƒ†‡‹‰Š–‘ˆ‹–•Žƒ•–ͳͲǤŽ—‡Ǧ…Š‹’›‘—‰•–‡”•‹‘


have continually regressed slipping steadily to wins and ƒ–ƒ‡ƒ†ƒŽ˜‹‹…ƒ”†ƒ”‡•‡––‘’Žƒ›‡š…Ž—•‹˜‡Ž›‹‘Ž‘”ƒ†‘ǡ
points in And absent major upgrades the Avalanche but the franchise will look to the same core to turn things around
might be stuck in the same rut or worse heading into Year of
the coinciding tenures of coach Patrick Roy and GM Joe Sakic OFFENSEƒ––—…Š‡‡”‡ƒ…Š‡†͵Ͳ‰‘ƒŽ•ˆ‘”–Š‡ϐ‹”•––‹‡ǡ„—–Š‹•
On top of persistent puck possession woes a home re ƒ••‹•–•™‡”‡†‘™Ǥ†Ž‹‡Š‹•–‡ƒƒ–‡•ǡ‡š’‡…–ƒ–‹‘•™‡”‡ǯ–
cord and a penchant to lose games in the third period were the club s met The Avalanche have electric talent but puck possession and
downfall Despite adding rentals Shawn Matthias and Mikkel Boed offensive zone time have been poor Duchene Nathan MacKinnon
ker at the trade deadline the Colorado ultimately folded dropping Gabriel Landeskog and others need to channel their play

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2015-16 INTANGIBLES Toughness isn t a core
NUMBERS …‘…‡”„—–‘†›…‡‘†‹•ƒ͵ʹǦ›‡ƒ”Ǧ‘Ž†
RECORD ˆ‘—”–ŠǦŽ‹‡”ƒ† ‰‹Žƒ‹‰Š–’Žƒ›Š‹•ϐ‹ƒŽ
39-39-4 (82 pts) season in the bottom six Much falls on the
OT/SO shoulders of captain Landeskog who will
2-4/4-0 likely be the only Avs player with a letter
DIVISION ‘Š‹•…Š‡•–’Žƒ›‹‰‘”‡–Šƒͳ͸‹—–‡•
6th per game and throwing his body around
OVERALL
21st ROOKIESƒ–ƒ‡ǡ–Š‡ͳͲ–Š’‹…‹ʹͲͳͷǡ
OFFENSE Ž‡† ƒ–‘‹‘™‹–ŠʹͶ‰‘ƒŽ•ƒ†
SEMYON VARLAMOV 2.59 GPG (T-20th) ͸Ͳ’‘‹–•Ǥ ‡™ƒ•’‘‹–Ž‡••‹‹‡‰ƒ‡•
DEFENSE with the Avalanche but primarily played a
2.93 GAA (T-24th) secondary role (e is expected to shine in
POWER PLAY –Š‡–‘’•‹šǤ ‘”™ƒ”†• ǤǤ‘’Š‡”ǡʹͳǡƒ†
when everything seemed to click The club will need another solid 18.0% (19th) Ǥ Ǥ
”‡‡”ǡͳͻǡ™‹ŽŽŽ‹‡Ž›„‡‰‹‹–Š‡ Ǥ
season from Carl Soderberg who amassed a career high points in PENALTY KILL
Š‹•ϐ‹”•–•‡ƒ•‘™‹–Š‘Ž‘”ƒ†‘ǡƒ†ƒ‘–Š‡”ʹͲǦ‰‘ƒŽ…ƒ’ƒ‹‰ˆ”‘ 80.2% (23rd) X-FACTOR The big question for the third
ƒ”‘‡ ‰‹Žƒǡ͵ͻǤƒ–ƒ‡ǡ™Š‘–‘”‡—’–Š‡ ƒ•ƒϐ‹”•–Ǧ›‡ƒ”’”‘ SCORE/VENUE ADJ. consecutive season is whether the blueline
in North America will likely play with Duchene or MacKinnon Free 5-ON-5 CORSI is good enough to curb the trend of poor
agent signee Joe Colborne further supplements the forward talent 44.1 (30th) possession Addressing that problem with
From the back end double digit goal output is again expected from 1-GOAL GAMES ʹͳǦ›‡ƒ”Ǧ‘Ž†•ƒ†‘”‘˜ƒ†‹‰”ƒ•‹•ƒ”‹•Ǥ
Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie 21-11-4 (.583)
2-GOAL GAMES THE BRASS Roy s three Avalanche teams
DEFENSE The top three rearguards remain the same in Johnson Bar 6-12 (.333) have been poor in possession and shot
rie and Francois Beauchemin Sakic signed Patrick Wiercioch and 3+ GOAL GAMES differential and coaching has come into
‡†‘”›—–‹–‘‘†‡•–‘‡Ǧ›‡ƒ”†‡ƒŽ•ƒ†‹•ƒŽŽ‘™‹‰ʹͲͳ͵†”ƒˆ–‡‡• 12-16 (.429) question But a change is unlikely unless
‹‹–ƒƒ†‘”‘˜ƒ†Š”‹•‹‰”ƒ•–‘†‡˜‡Ž‘’‘–Š‡ϐŽ›Ǥ”‹…
‡Ž‹ƒ•ǡ ICE TIME LEAD (F) ownership steps in Roy also holds the title
acquired from the Devils late last season is also in the picture and G. Landeskog (18:55) of vice president of hockey operations and
ƒ‹…Šƒ•ǯ–‰‹˜‡—’‘ʹͲͳͳϐ‹”•–Ǧ”‘—†‡”—…ƒ‹‡‡•ǡ™Š‘Šƒ• ICE TIME LEAD (D) ‹•–Š‡‘Ǥʹ†ƒ›Ǧ–‘Ǧ†ƒ›‡š‡…—–‹˜‡„‡Š‹†
played just one career N(L game so far Overall team defense has be F. Beauchemin (25:04) Sakic )f struggles continue and the club
come an issue with the goals against average dropping two straight falls short of the playoffs for the eighth
years to nearly what it was when Sakic and Roy took over FAST FACTS time in years Roy might have to resign
GM for a coaching change to take place
GOALTENDING‡›‘ƒ”Žƒ‘˜‹•–Š‡‘Ǥͳǡ„—–Š‹•ʹǤͺͳ‰‘ƒŽ•Ǧ Joe Sakic
against average and save percentage was third best on the team COACH
„‡Š‹†‹…ƒ”†ȋʹǤͷ͸ǡǤͻʹʹȌƒ†‡–‘‡””ƒȋʹǤͶͳǡǤͻʹʹȌǤ‡””ƒ™ƒ• Patrick Roy
‘˜‡†–‘–Š‡ƒ–Š‡”•ǡŽ‡ƒ˜‹‰‹…ƒ”†ǡ™Š‘•‹‰‡†Š‹•ϐ‹”•–‘‡Ǧ™ƒ› ARENA TRENDING
N(L contract as the backup Varlamov was great at times but hasn t Pepsi Center Regular Season Points
’Žƒ›‡†…‘•‹•–‡–Ž›™‡ŽŽ•‹…‡ʹͲͳ͵ǦͳͶ™Š‡Š‡™‘ƒˆ”ƒ…Š‹•‡Ǧ CAPACITY
record games Pickard will push him 18,007 2011-12 88
2015-16 2012-13 (prorated) 67
SPECIAL TEAMS Colorado was underwhelming on both sides of ATTENDANCE
•’‡…‹ƒŽ–‡ƒ•Ǥ ‰‹Žƒ•…‘”‡†ͳ͵‘ˆŠ‹•ʹʹ‰‘ƒŽ•‘–Š‡’‘™‡”’Žƒ› 17,032 (19th)
proving his age isn t an issue when winding up from the left side
2013-14 112
AHL AFFILIATE
but Duchene and MacKinnon only combined for and Landeskog San Antonio Rampage 2014-15 90
had a disappointing four The penalty kill went from being one of ECHL AFFILIATE
–Š‡Ž‡ƒ‰—‡ǯ•„‡•–‹ʹͲͳͶǦͳͷ–‘‘‡‘ˆ–Š‡™‘”•–Ǥ••‹•–ƒ–…‘ƒ…Š‡• Fort Wayne Komets 2015-16 82
Tim Army power play and Dave Farrish penalty kill are expected PLAYOFF RECORD
to return 3-4 (since 2012)
MICHAEL MARTIN/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

DEPTH CHART
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE DEFENSE GOALIE
1 Gabriel Landeskog 1 Nathan MacKinnon 1 Jarome Iginla 1 Erik Johnson 6 Nikita Zadorov 1 Semyon Varlamov
2 Mikhail Grigorenko 2 Matt Duchene 2 Mikko Rantanen 2 Tyson Barrie 7 Patrick Wiercioch 2 Calvin Pickard
3 Joe Colborne 3 Carl Soderberg 3 Blake Comeau 3 Francois Beauchemin 8 Chris Bigras 3 Spencer Martin
4 Cody McLeod 4 John Mitchell 4 Andreas Martinsen 4 Fedor Tyutin 9 Duncan Siemens
5 J.T. Compher 5 Rocco Grimaldi 5 Mike Sislo 5 Eric Gelinas 10 Ryan Stanton INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES Mikkel Boedker, LW; Shawn Matthias, LW; Nick Holden, D; Zach Redmond, D; Reto Berra, G; Nate Guenin, D; Brad Stuart, D

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Spencer Martin 6/8/95 Fort Wayne (ECHL) 20 9 9 1 3.23 .878
Oakville, Ont. 6-3, 200 Draft: 63rd overall (2013)
Calvin Pickard 4/15/92 San Antonio (AHL) 21 9 8 4 2.75 .917
Moncton, N.B. 6-1, 200 Draft: 49th overall (2010)
Jeremy Smith 4/13/89 Iowa/Pro (AHL) 43 18 19 6 2.52 .921
Dearborn, Mich. 6-0, 177 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Semyon Varlamov 4/27/88 Colorado 57 27 25 3 2.81 .914
Samara, Russia 6-2, 209 Trade: Wsh 7/1/11
DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Tyson Barrie 7/26/91 Colorado 78 13 36 49 31
MIKKO RANTANEN Victoria, B.C. 5-10, 190 Draft: 64th overall (2009)
Francois Beauchemin 6/4/80 Colorado 82 8 26 34 38
Sorel, Que. 6-1, 208 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15
Chris Bigras 2/22/95 Colorado 31 1 2 3 16

FUTURE
Orillia, Ont. 6-1, 190 Draft: 32nd overall (2013)
Sergei Boikov 1/24/96 Drumm’dville (QMJHL) 52 6 20 26 73
Khabarovsk, Russia 6-2, 195 Draft: 161st overall (2015)
Mat Clark 10/17/90 San Antonio (AHL) 60 1 7 8 36
Wheat Ridge, Colo. 6-3, 225 Trade: Ana 3/2/15
Eric Gelinas 5/8/91 NJ/Col 40 1 5 6 16
Vanier, Ont. 6-4, 215 Trade: NJ 2/29/16

WATCH
Erik Johnson 3/21/88 Colorado 73 11 16 27 50
Bloomington, Minn. 6-4, 232 Trade: StL 2/19/11
Anton Lindholm 11/29/94 Skelleftea (Swe) 30 0 4 4 18
Skelleftea, Sweden 5-11, 191 Draft: 144th overall (2014)
Nicolas Meloche 7/18/97 BaC/Gat (QMJHL) 53 13 20 33 92
LaSalle, Que. 6-3, 204 Draft: 40th overall (2015)
Andrei Mironov 7/29/94 Dyn. Moscow (KHL) 40 3 10 13 21
Moscow, Russia 6-3, 194 Draft: 101st overall (2015)
Duncan Siemens 9/7/93 San Antonio (AHL) 53 1 6 7 90
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Edmonton, Alta. 6-3, 205 Draft: 11th overall (2011)
Ryan Stanton 7/20/89 Hershey (AHL) 60 4 12 16 69
1 MIKKO RANTANEN, RW 6 ANDREI MIRONOV, D St. Albert, Alta. 6-2, 196 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
AGE 19 TEAM San Antonio (AHL) AGE 22 TEAM Moscow (KHL) Fedor Tyutin 7/19/83 Columbus 61 1 2 3 28
Izhevsk, Russia 6-2, 221 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Smooth-skating playmaker. Will put up points A big, punishing defensive rearguard with Patrick Wiercioch 9/12/90 Ottawa 52 0 5 5 24
with his ability to see plays develop. plenty of big-game experience. Burnaby, B.C. 6-5, 202 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
ACQUIRED 10th overall, 2015 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 101st overall, 2015 NHL ’17-18 Nikita Zadorov 4/16/95 San Antonio (AHL) 52 10 19 29 90
Moscow, Russia 6-5, 220 Trade: Buf 6/26/15
CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
2 TYSON JOST, C 7 J.T. COMPHER, RW J-C Beaudin
Longueuil, Que.
3/25/97 R.Noranda (QMJHL)
6-1, 181
58 33 49 82
Draft: 71st overall (2015)
34

AGE 18 TEAM Penticton (BCHL) AGE 21 TEAM Michigan (Big Ten) Troy Bourke 3/30/94 San Antonio (AHL) 56 2 7 9 30
An exceptionally strong skater who plays at a Competitive energy player with good speed. Edmonton, Alta. 5-10, 170 Draft: 72nd overall (2012)
Matt Duchene 1/16/91 Colorado 76 30 29 59 24
high pace. An adept ofensive weapon. Can provide ofense in a bottom-six role. Haliburton, Ont. 5-11, 200 Draft: 3rd overall (2009)
ACQUIRED 10th overall, 2016 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED From Buf, June, 2015 NHL ’17-18 Rocco Grimaldi 2/8/93 Portland (AHL) 52 16 17 33 20
Anaheim, Calif. 5-6, 180 Trade: Fla 6/23/16
Samuel Henley 7/25/93 San Antonio (AHL) 74 8 7 15 51
3 CALVIN PICKARD, G 8 JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BEAUDIN, C Val-d’Or, Que. 6-4, 210 Free Agent: signed 4/28/14
AGE 24 TEAM San Antonio (AHL) AGE 19 TEAM Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) Tyson Jost 3/14/98 Penticton (BCHL) 48 42 62 104 43
St. Albert, Alta. 5-11, 191 Draft: 10th overall (2016)
Ultra-competitive, technically sound stopper Skilled speedster who greatly improved his
Nathan MacKinnon 9/1/95 Colorado 72 21 31 52 20
who has been rock solid in limited NHL duty. ofensive numbers in second junior season. Halifax, N.S. 6-0, 195 Draft: 1st overall (2013)
ACQUIRED 49th overall, 2010 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 71st overall, 2015 NHL ’19-20 John Mitchell 1/22/85 Colorado 71 10 11 21 52
Oakville, Ont. 6-1, 204 Free Agent: signed 7/1/12
Julien Nantel 9/6/96 R.Noranda (QMJHL) 52 22 24 46 28
4 CHRIS BIGRAS, D 9 NICOLAS MELOCHE, D Laval, Que. 6-0, 193 Draft: 204th overall (2014)
Jim O’Brien 1/29/89 Albany (AHL) 56 19 19 38 48
AGE 21 TEAM San Antonio (AHL) AGE 19 TEAM Gatineau (QMJHL) Maplewood, Minn. 6-2, 200 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
Dependable blueliner who plays a simple, yet A big, physical defenseman not afraid to mix it Carl Soderberg 10/12/85 Colorado 82 12 39 51 32

JOST: GARRETT JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY; RANTANEN: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES
efective game. Extremely intelligent. up while contributing ofensively. Malmo, Sweden 6-3, 216 Trade: Bos 6/25/15
LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
ACQUIRED 32nd overall, 2013 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 40th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 Joe Colborne 1/30/90 Calgary 73 19 25 44 27
Calgary, Alta. 6-5, 221 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16

5 CAM MORRISON, LW 10 ROCCO GRIMALDI, C Turner Elson 9/13/92


New Westminster, B.C.
Stockton (AHL)
6-0, 195
63 14 16 30
Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
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AGE 18 TEAM Youngstown (USHL) AGE 23 TEAM Portland (AHL) A.J. Greer 12/14/96 R.Noranda (QMJHL) 33 16 11 27 57
Joliette, Que. 6-3, 204 Draft: 39th overall (2015)
Wins battles along the boards and in the Ofensively gifted player with good shooting,
Mikhail Grigorenko 5/16/94 Colorado 74 6 21 27 8
corners with his size. Pucks seem to find him. passing and skating skills. Lacks size. Khabarovsk, Russia 6-3, 209 Trade: Buf 6/26/15
ACQUIRED 40th overall, 2016 NHL ’19-20 ACQUIRED From Fla, June, 2016 NHL ’16-17 Gabriel Landeskog 11/23/92 Colorado 75 20 33 53 69
Stockholm, Sweden 6-1, 210 Draft: 2nd overall (2011)
Andreas Martinsen 6/13/90 Colorado 55 4 7 11 47
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Baerum, Norway 6-3, 220 Free Agent: signed 5/15/15
Cody McLeod 6/26/84 Colorado 82 8 5 13 138
Binscarth, Man. 6-2, 210 Free Agent: signed 9/20/06
NAME SCOUTING REPORT Joe Whitney 2/6/88 Bridgeport (AHL) 36 14 19 33 29
Reading, Mass. 5-6, 167 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
TYSON JOST An incredibly strong
RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
skater with great hands, Blake Comeau 2/18/86 Colorado 81 12 24 36 58
POSITION Jost racked up points
Meadow Lake, Sask. 6-1, 202 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15
CENTER J.T. Compher 4/8/95 Michigan (Big10) 38 16 47 63 28
in the BCHL and inter- Northbrook, Ill. 6-0, 182 Trade: Buf 6/26/15

SELECTED nationally for Canada, Jarome Iginla


Edmonton, Alta.
7/1/77 Colorado
6-1, 210
82 22 25 47
Free Agent: signed 7/1/14
41

10TH OVERALL earning medals along Mikko Rantanen 10/29/96 San Antonio (AHL) 52 24 36 60 42
Nousiainen, Finland 6-4, 211 Draft: 10th overall (2015)
the way. He’s following
2015-16 idol Jonathan Toews to
Mike Sislo
Superior, Wis.
1/20/88 Albany (AHL)
5-11, 195
57 27 26 53
Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
18
PENTICTON Trent Vogelhuber 7/13/88 Lake Erie (AHL) 70 11 16 27 65
VEES North Dakota. Dublin, Ohio 6-2, 185 Free Agent: signed 7/1/16
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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COLORADO AVALANCHE
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM
9 Matt Duchene 76 30 29 59 -8 24 8 0 6 200 15.0 44 15 428 311 57.9 2:48 0:11 18:35 — — — — — —
92 Gabriel Landeskog 75 20 33 53 -5 69 4 1 2 169 11.8 36 14 31 25 55.4 2:45 1:26 18:55 — — — — — —
29 Nathan MacKinnon 72 21 31 52 -4 20 7 0 6 245 8.6 35 16 507 540 48.4 2:55 0:34 18:51 — — — — — —
89 Mikkel Boedker 80 17 34 51 -33 12 3 0 5 166 10.2 32 19 1 2 33.3 3:57 0:04 18:31 — — — — — —
Ari 62 13 26 39 -28 10 3 0 4 144 9.0 21 18 0 1 0.0 4:17 0:03 18:39 — — — — — —
Col 18 4 8 12 -5 2 0 0 1 22 18.2 11 1 1 1 50.0 2:47 0:06 18:06 — — — — — —
34 Carl Soderberg 82 12 39 51 -7 32 3 1 0 163 7.4 35 14 339 380 47.1 2:16 1:59 18:00 — — — — — —
4 Tyson Barrie 78 13 36 49 -16 31 3 1 5 172 7.6 26 21 — — — 3:07 0:30 23:11 — — — — — —
12 Jarome Iginla 82 22 25 47 -22 41 13 0 3 182 12.1 28 19 61 54 53.0 2:55 0:02 15:51 — — — — — —
14 Blake Comeau 81 12 24 36 -9 58 2 2 3 142 8.5 26 8 276 290 48.8 1:44 2:00 17:37 — — — — — —
32 F. Beauchemin 82 8 26 34 -7 38 2 0 2 127 6.3 21 11 — — — 2:06 3:31 25:04 — — — — — —
18 Shawn Matthias 71 12 16 28 -17 20 0 0 2 101 11.9 27 0 9 15 37.5 0:32 1:04 13:30 — — — — — —
Tor 51 6 11 17 -10 12 0 0 1 66 9.1 16 0 5 11 31.3 0:31 0:52 13:00 — — — — — —
Col 20 6 5 11 -7 8 0 0 1 35 17.1 11 0 4 4 50.0 0:35 1:34 14:47 — — — — — —
6 Erik Johnson 73 11 16 27 -19 50 3 2 0 175 6.3 18 6 0 1 0.0 2:02 3:05 23:26 — — — — — —
25 Mikhail Grigorenko 74 6 21 27 2 8 1 0 0 84 7.1 23 4 151 198 43.3 1:21 0:33 13:16 — — — — — —
2 Nick Holden 82 6 16 22 -1 24 0 0 0 98 6.1 21 1 — — — 0:45 2:20 21:52 — — — — — —
7 John Mitchell 71 10 11 21 -7 52 0 0 3 101 9.9 20 1 415 434 48.9 0:36 2:00 15:14 — — — — — —
8 Jack Skille 74 8 6 14 -4 11 0 0 0 106 7.5 14 0 4 15 21.1 0:02 0:12 8:49 — — — — — —
55 Cody McLeod 82 8 5 13 1 138 1 0 1 73 11.0 12 1 1 0 100.0 0:09 0:47 10:32 — — — — — —
27 *Andreas Martinsen 55 4 7 11 -4 47 0 0 1 52 7.7 11 0 1 3 25.0 0:04 0:02 11:05 — — — — — —
22 Zach Redmond 37 2 4 6 5 10 1 0 0 22 9.1 5 1 — — — 0:03 0:13 11:46 — — — — — —
44 Eric Gelinas 40 1 5 6 -6 16 1 0 0 55 1.8 2 4 — — — 1:20 0:04 13:50 — — — — — —
NJ 34 1 5 6 -8 16 1 0 0 45 2.2 2 4 — — — 1:21 0:05 14:02 — — — — — —
Col 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 10 0.0 0 0 — — — 1:12 0:00 12:41 — — — — — —
41 Andrew Bodnarchuk 37 0 4 4 -7 14 0 0 0 9 0.0 4 0 — — — 0:03 0:15 12:20 — — — — — —
Clb 16 0 2 2 -6 8 0 0 0 5 0.0 2 0 — — — 0:08 0:31 14:32 — — — — — —
Col 21 0 2 2 -1 6 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 0 — — — 0:00 0:02 10:39 — — — — — —
3 *Chris Bigras 31 1 2 3 -2 16 0 0 0 21 4.8 3 0 — — — 0:01 0:33 13:20 — — — — — —
28 *Andrew Agozzino 9 0 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 1 24 21 53.3 0:15 0:00 8:33 — — — — — —
16 Nikita Zadorov 22 0 2 2 -5 12 0 0 0 18 0.0 2 0 — — — 0:26 0:51 16:55 — — — — — —
20 Reto Berra 14 0 1 1 — 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
31 *Calvin Pickard 20 0 1 1 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 — — — — — — — — — — — —
46 Brandon Gormley 26 0 1 1 -3 8 0 0 0 11 0.0 1 0 — — — 0:10 0:07 12:10 — — — — — —
35 *Roman Will 1 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
- Taylor Beck 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 8:29 — — — — — —
NYI 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:00 8:29 — — — — — —
71 *Borna Rendulic 3 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0:00 0:00 7:31 — — — — — —
17 Brad Stuart 6 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 0:51 14:00 — — — — — —
10 Ben Street 7 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 8 0.0 0 0 26 21 55.3 0:00 0:00 7:20 — — — — — —
96 *Mikko Rantanen 9 0 0 0 -7 2 0 0 0 9 0.0 0 0 13 11 54.2 0:00 0:02 8:57 — — — — — —
45 Dennis Everberg 15 0 0 0 -5 0 0 0 0 9 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:01 0:51 8:56 — — — — — —
5 Nate Guenin 29 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 10 0.0 0 0 — — — 0:00 1:42 13:03 — — — — — —
1 Semyon Varlamov 57 0 0 0 — 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — — — —
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GPI Min. GAA W L OT EN SO GA SA SP G A PIM GP Min. GAA W L EN SO GA SA SP
20 Reto Berra 14 721 2.41 5 8 0 2 2 29 374 .922 0 1 2 — — — — — — — — — —
31 *Calvin Pickard 20 985 2.56 7 6 1 7 1 42 539 .922 0 1 0 — — — — — — — — — —
1 Semyon Varlamov 57 3,159 2.81 27 25 3 10 2 148 1,714 .914 0 0 6 — — — — — — — — — —
35 *Roman Will 1 18 3.33 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 .667 0 0 0 — — — — — — — — — —
* indicates 2015-16 rookie
2016-17 SCHEDULE
1. Sat. Oct. 15 . . . . . . . Dal 42. Tue. Jan. 17 . . . . . . . . Chi
2. Mon. Oct. 17. . . . . .at Pit 43. Thu. Jan. 19. . . . . .at Ana
3. Tue. Oct. 18 . . . . at Wsh 44. Sat. Jan. 21 . . . . . . . at SJ
4. Thu. Oct. 20 . . . . . at TB 45. Mon. Jan. 23 . . . . . . . . SJ
5. Sat. Oct. 22 . . . . . at Fla 46. Wed. Jan. 25. . . . . . . Van
6. Fri. Oct. 28 . . . . . . .Wpg 47. Tue. Jan. 31 . . . . . .at Ana
7. Sat. Oct. 29 . . . . . .at Ari 48. Wed. Feb. 1 . . . . . .at LA
8. Tue. Nov. 1. . . . . . . . .Nsh 49. Sat. Feb. 4. . . . . . . .Wpg
9. Thu. Nov. 3 . . . . . . at Chi 50. Tue. Feb. 7. . . . . . . . . .Mtl
10. Sat. Nov. 5. . . . . . . . . Min 51. Thu. Feb. 9. . . . . . . . . . Pit
11. Sun. Nov. 6 . . . . . . at StL 52. Sat. Feb. 11 . . . .at NYR
12. Tue. Nov. 8. . . . . . . . . . Ari 53. Sun. Feb. 12 . . . . .at NYI
13. Fri. Nov. 11 . . . . . . .Wpg 54. Tue. Feb. 14 . . . . . .at NJ
14. Sun. Nov. 13 . . . . . . .Bos 55. Thu. Feb. 16 . . . . . at Buf
15. Tue. Nov. 15 . . . . . . . .LA 56. Fri. Feb. 17. . . . . . .at Car
16. Thu. Nov. 17 . . . . . at Dal 57. Sun. Feb. 19 . . . . . . . .TB
17. Sat. Nov. 19 . . . . . at Min 58. Tue. Feb. 21 . . . . . . . .LA
18. Mon. Nov. 21 . . . . at Clb 59. Thu. Feb. 23 . . . . at Nsh
19. Wed. Nov. 23 . . . . . Edm 60. Sat. Feb. 25 . . . . . . . Buf
20. Sat. Nov. 26 . . . . . . . Van 61. Tue. Feb. 28 . . . . . at Phi
21. Tue. Nov. 29 . . . . . . .Nsh 62. Thu. Mar. 2. . . . . . . at Ott
22. Thu. Dec. 1 . . . . . . . . Clb 63. Sat. Mar. 4. . . . . .at Wpg
23. Sat. Dec. 3 . . . . . . . . Dal 64. Sun. Mar. 5 . . . . . . . . StL
24. Tue. Dec. 6 . . . . . at Nsh 65. Tue. Mar. 7. . . . . . . . . Car
25. Thu. Dec. 8 . . . . . at Bos 66. Thu. Mar. 9. . . . . . . . . . NJ
26. Sat. Dec. 10 . . . . . at Mtl 67. Sat. Mar. 11. . . . . . . . Ott
JONATHAN KOZUB/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

27. Sun. Dec. 11. . . . . at Tor 68. Mon. Mar. 13. . . . . .at Ari
28. Wed. Dec. 14 . . . . . . Phi 69. Wed. Mar. 15 . . . . . . Det
29. Fri. Dec. 16 . . . . . . . . .Fla 70. Sat. Mar. 18. . . . . . at Det
30. Sun. Dec. 18. . . .at Wpg 71. Sun. Mar. 19 . . . . . at Chi
31. Tue. Dec. 20 . . . . . at Min 72. Tue. Mar. 21. . . . . . . . StL
32. Thu. Dec. 22 . . . . . . . .Tor 73. Thu. Mar. 23 . . . . . . Edm
33. Fri. Dec. 23 . . . . . . at Chi 74. Sat. Mar. 25. . . . . at Edm
34. Tue. Dec. 27 . . . . . . .Cgy 75. Mon. Mar. 27. . . . at Cgy
35. Thu. Dec. 29 . . . . . at Dal 76. Wed. Mar. 29 . . . . . Wsh
36. Sat. Dec. 31 . . . . . . NYR 77. Fri. Mar. 31 . . . . . . . . StL
37. Mon. Jan. 2 . . . . . .at Van 78. Sun. Apr. 2 . . . . . . at Min
38. Wed. Jan. 4 . . . . . at Cgy 79. Tue. Apr. 4 . . . . . . . . . Chi
39. Fri. Jan. 6 . . . . . . . . . . NYI 80. Thu. Apr. 6. . . . . . . . . Min NATHAN MACKINNON
40. Thu. Jan. 12. . . . . . . .Ana 81. Sat. Apr. 8 . . . . . . . at Dal
41. Sat. Jan. 14 . . . . . . . .Nsh 82. Sun. Apr. 9 . . . . . . at StL

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BRANDON
SAAD

T hrough all of their debacles and embarrassments all of the botched


draft picks failed free agent signings and horrible turns of luck
the Columbus Blue Jackets have never had a more disappointing
season than Picked by most to the make the playoffs and by
many to challenge in the Metropolitan Division Columbus set a modern
 ”‡…‘”†™‹–ŠƒͲǦͺǦͲ•–ƒ”–ǡϐ‹”‡†ƒ…‘ƒ…Šǡ–”ƒ†‡†ƒ‘Ǥͳ…‡–‡”ƒ†
ϐ‹‹•Š‡†ʹ͹–Š‹–Š‡Ž‡ƒ‰—‡Ǥ‘™Šƒ–ǯ•…Šƒ‰‡†•‹…‡–Š‡ǫ‘–—…ŠǤ
The Blue Jackets parted ways with two longtime veterans buying out
Fedor Tyutin and Jared Boll They expect three maybe four rookies to
ƒ‡ –Š‡ –‡ƒǤ —– ƒƒ‰‡‡– †‹†ǯ– „ƒ…Š‘‡ ‘” †›ƒ‹–‡ –Š‡ ”‘•
GRAIG ABEL/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

–‡”ǡ’‡”Šƒ’•„‡…ƒ—•‡–Š‡„”ƒ••…‘—Ž†ǯ–—Ž‘ƒ†—†‡”’‡”ˆ‘”‹‰’Žƒ›‡”•
™‹–ŠŠ—‰‡…‘–”ƒ…–•ǡ•‘‡™‹–Š‘Ǧ‘˜‡…Žƒ—•‡•ǤŠ—•ǡʹͲͳ͸Ǧͳ͹™‹ŽŽ„‡
about redemption not rebirth

OFFENSE”ƒ†‘ƒƒ†ȋ͵ͳ‰‘ƒŽ•Ȍǡ‘‘‡ ‡‡”ȋ͵ͲȌƒ†ƒ–‹•‘
ȋʹ͹ȌƒŽŽ•‡–…ƒ”‡‡”Š‹‰Š•Žƒ•–•‡ƒ•‘ǡ•‘–Š‡Ž—‡ ƒ…‡–•ƒ”‡ǯ–ƒŽ‘•–
…ƒ—•‡—’ˆ”‘–Ǥ–‹ŽŽǡ–Š‡”‡ƒ”‡Š—‰‡“—‡•–‹‘ƒ”•ǡ‡•’‡…‹ƒŽŽ›•‹…‡
No center Ryan Johansen was traded to Nashville in January Without
‘Šƒ•‡ǡ…ƒ’–ƒ‹‹… ‘Ž‹‰‘ǯ•’”‘†—…–‹‘’Ž—‡–‡†ǡˆ”‘͵ͳ‰‘ƒŽ•

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2015-16
TRENDING NUMBERS
Regular Season Points RECORD
34-40-8 (76 pts)
2011-12 65 OT/SO
2-4/6-4
2012-13 (prorated) 94
DIVISION
8th
2013-14 93
OVERALL
2014-15 89 27th
OFFENSE
SETH JONES 2015-16 76 2.60 GPG (T-18th)
DEFENSE
3.02 GAA (29th)
POWER PLAY
ƒ†͹͵’‘‹–•‹ʹͲͳͶǦͳͷǡ–‘ͳʹƒ†͵͹Žƒ•–•‡ƒ•‘Ǥ‘ϐ‹ŽŽ ‘Šƒ•‡ǯ• INTANGIBLES ‘Ž‹‰‘ǯ•ϐ‹”•–…”ƒ…ƒ–„‡‹‰ 17.3% (21st)
˜‘‹†ǡ ‡‡”™‹ŽŽŽ‹‡Ž›‘˜‡ˆ”‘Ž‡ˆ–™‹‰–‘…‡–‡”ǡŒ‘‹‹‰”ƒ …ƒ’–ƒ‹™ƒ•ƒ„‹‰‰‡”…ŠƒŽŽ‡‰‡–Šƒƒ›„‘†› PENALTY KILL
†‘—„‹•›ƒ†Ž‡šƒ†‡”‡„‡”‰†‘™–Š‡‹††Ž‡Ǥ‘Š‡Ž’ ‹ƒ‰‹‡†ǡƒ†…‘ƒ…Š ‘Š‘”–‘”‡ŽŽƒ†‹†ǯ– 81.0 (19th)
–Š‡ˆ‘”™ƒ”†•ǡ–Š‡Ž—‡ ƒ…‡–•‡‡†—…Š‘”‡ˆ”‘–Š‡‹”„ƒ…‡†Ǥ ‹…‡™‘”†•‹“—‡•–‹‘‹‰–Š‹•…Ž—„ǯ• SCORE/VENUE ADJ.
Ž›‡™ ‡”•‡›Šƒ†ˆ‡™‡”‰‘ƒŽ•ˆ”‘‹–•†‡ˆ‡•‡–Šƒ‘Ž—„—•Ǥ Ž‡ƒ†‡”•Š‹’Ǥ –…‘–‹—‡†‹–Š‡‘ˆˆǦ•‡ƒ•‘ǡ 5-ON-5 CORSI
™Š‡‘”–‘”‡ŽŽƒ•ƒ‹†Š‡–Š‘—‰Š––‘‘ƒ› 47.52 (24th)
DEFENSEŠ‡‡™•™ƒ•ǯ–—…Š„‡––‡”‰‘‹‰–Š‡‘–Š‡”™ƒ›ǡƒ•‘Ž› ˜‡–‡”ƒ•™‡”‡–‘‘…‘ˆ‘”–ƒ„Ž‡‹‘Ž—„—•Ǥ 1-GOAL GAMES
ƒŽ‰ƒ”›ƒŽŽ‘™‡†‘”‡‰‘ƒŽ•–Šƒ‘Ž—„—•†‹†ǡƒ†–Š‹‰•‘Ž› †‡…‡–•–ƒ”––‘–Š‡•‡ƒ•‘ǡˆ‘”‘…‡ǡ™‹ŽŽŽ‹ˆ– 14-11-8 (.424)
‹’”‘˜‡†•Ž‹‰Š–Ž›ƒˆ–‡”‡–Š ‘‡•™ƒ•ƒ…“—‹”‡†‹†Ǧ•‡ƒ•‘ǤŽ‡•• –Š‡‘‘†ǡ„—–‹–ǯ•‘–Šƒ”†–‘•‡‡–Š‹•‰‡––‹‰ 2-GOAL GAMES
ƒ…Š‡”‡•‹„‘„•ƒ––”ƒ‹‹‰…ƒ’ǡŠ‡ǯ•ƒŽ‘…–‘ƒ‡–Š‡ ™‘”•‡„‡ˆ‘”‡‹–‰‡–•„‡––‡”Ǥ 7-11 (.389)
”‘•–‡”ƒˆ–‡”ƒ„”‹ŽŽ‹ƒ–”—ƒ–•‡ƒ•‘ǯ•‡†‹–Š‡ Ǥ…‡Š‡‰‡–• 3+ GOAL GAMES
Š‹•Ž‡‰•—†‡”Š‹ǡ–Š‡ʹͲͳͷ‘Ǥͺ‘˜‡”ƒŽŽ’‹…™‹ŽŽ„‡ƒ„‹‰„‘‘•–Ǥ ROOKIES‘Ž—„—•ǯ ƒˆϐ‹Ž‹ƒ–‡‹ƒ‡ 13-18 (.419)
‡”‡•‹ǡͳͻǡ™‘—Ž†‰‹˜‡–Š‡Ž—‡ ƒ…‡–•–Š”‡‡„Ž—‡Ǧ…Š‹’’‡”•Ȃ›ƒ ”‹‡™‘–Š‡ƒŽ†‡”—’™‹–Š‡ƒ•‡Ȃ–Š‡ ICE TIME LEAD (F)
—””ƒ›ǡʹ͵ǡƒ† ‘‡•ǡʹʹǡƒ”‡–Š‡‘–Š‡”•Ȃ‘ƒǦ…‘”’•–Šƒ–Šƒ• ‘•–‡”••™‡’––Š‡ϐ‹ƒŽ–™‘”‘—†•Ȃƒ†ƒ Brandon Dubinsky (18:45)
ƒŽ™ƒ›•„‡‡•Š‘”–‘•’‡‡†ƒ†•‹ŽŽǤ‘„‘†›‘™•Š‘™Ž‘‰‹–™‹ŽŽ ˆ‡™’Žƒ›‡”•ƒ”‡•—”‡–‘‰”ƒ†—ƒ–‡ǤŽ‘‰™‹–Š ICE TIME LEAD (D)
–ƒ‡ˆ‘”–Š‘•‡–Š”‡‡–‘”‡ƒŽ‹œ‡–Š‡‹”’‘–‡–‹ƒŽǡ„—––Š‡Ž—‡ ƒ…‡–• ‡”‡•‹ǡˆ‘”™ƒ”†• ‘•Š†‡”•‘ǡŽ‹˜‡” Seth Jones (24:27)
„‡Ž‹‡˜‡‹–™‹ŽŽ„‡™‘”–Š–Š‡™ƒ‹–Ǥ Œ‘”•–”ƒ†ƒ†ƒ›„‡‘›‹Žƒ‘™‹ŽŽ
’”‡••ˆ‘”–‹‡‹–”ƒ‹‹‰…ƒ’Ǥƒƒ‰‡ FAST FACTS
GOALTENDING—…Š†—•–Šƒ•‰ƒ–Š‡”‡†‘‡”‰‡‹‘„”‘˜•›ǯ•‡œ‹ƒ ‡–™ƒ–•˜‡–‡”ƒ’Žƒ›‡”•Ž‘‘‹‰‘˜‡” GM
”‘’Š›•‹…‡ʹͲͳʹǦͳ͵Ǥ‘„”‘˜•›™ƒ•ƒ„›•ƒŽ†—”‹‰–Š‡ͲǦͺǦͲ –Š‡‹”•Š‘—Ž†‡”•Ǥ Jarmo Kekalainen
•–ƒ”–ǡƒ†‹––‹‰Š‡ǯ†Ž‘•–Š‹•…‘ϐ‹†‡…‡ǤŠ‡”‡•–‘ˆ–Š‡•‡ƒ•‘™ƒ• COACH
•‹†‡–”ƒ…‡†„›–Š”‡‡‘”‡‰”‘‹‹Œ—”‹‡•ȂŠ‹•ϐ‹ˆ–Š‹–Š”‡‡•‡ƒ•‘•Ȃ X-FACTORŠ‡Ž—‡ ƒ…‡–•ǯ…——Žƒ–‹˜‡ John Tortorella
ƒ†Ž‘‰•–”‡–…Š‡•‘—–‘ˆ–Š‡Ž‹‡—’Ǥ‘—…Š‘”‡‹•‡š’‡…–‡†ˆ”‘ ”‡…‘”†‹–Š‡ϐ‹”•–ʹͲ‰ƒ‡•‘˜‡”–Š‡’ƒ•– ARENA
–Š‡ ǯ••‡…‘†ǦŠ‹‰Š‡•–Ǧ’ƒ‹†‰‘ƒŽ–‡†‡”ǡƒ†Š‡ǯŽŽ‰‡–ƒ’—•Šˆ”‘ ϐ‹˜‡•‡ƒ•‘•ǣ͵ͲǦ͸ͲǦͳͲǤ –Š‡ϐ‹ƒŽʹͲ‰ƒ‡• Nationwide Arena
›‘—‰•–‡”• ‘‘ƒ•‘”’‹•ƒŽ‘ƒ†–‘ ‘”•„‡”‰Ǥ ‘˜‡”–Š‘•‡ϐ‹˜‡•‡ƒ•‘•ǣ͸ͳǦ͵ͷǦͶǤ—‹‹‰ CAPACITY
•‡ƒ•‘•ƒ†–Š‡•’‘‹Ž‹‰†”ƒˆ–’‹…•‹•ǯ–ƒ 18,144
SPECIAL TEAMS‹–Š•‘Ž‹––Ž‡’—…Šˆ”‘–Š‡„ƒ…‡†ǡ–Š‡Ž—‡ ˆ‘”—Žƒˆ‘”•—……‡••Ǥ 2015-16
ƒ…‡–•ǯ’‘™‡”’Žƒ›–‘‘ƒ‘•‡†‹˜‡ǡ‰‘‹‰ˆ”‘ϐ‹ˆ–Š–‘ʹͳ•–Ǥ‘ǯ– ATTENDANCE
„‡•—”’”‹•‡†‹ˆ‡„‡”‰•‡‡•–‹‡‘–Š‡’‘‹–ǡƒ•–Š‡‘’–‹‘•ƒ”‡ THE BRASSƒ–‹‡…‡‹•™ƒ‹‰™‹–Š–Š‡ 14,666
•Ž‹—–‹Ž–Š‡›‘—‰„Ž—‡Ž‹‡”•ƒ”‡”‡ƒ†›Ǥ‹–Š–™‘Ǧ™ƒ›ˆ‘”™ƒ”†• Ž—‡ ƒ…‡–•ˆ”‘–‘ˆϐ‹…‡ǡ„—–‘”–‘”‡ŽŽƒŠƒ• AHL AFFILIATE
Ž‹‡—„‹•›ǡ ‡‡”ƒ† ‘Ž‹‰‘ǡ‘Ž—„—••Š‘—Ž†„‡•–”‘‰‘–Š‡ ƒ…Šƒ…‡–‘„‡ƒ…—Ž–Š‡”‘‹‡–”ƒŽŠ‹‘ Lake Erie Monsters
’‡ƒŽ–›‹ŽŽ„—–—•–…—–†‘™‘’‡ƒŽ–‹‡•ǤŠ‡›™‡”‡•Š‘”–Šƒ†‡† ‹ˆŠ‡…ƒ–—”–Š‹•™ƒ›™ƒ”†•Š‹’ƒ”‘—†Ǥ ECHL AFFILIATE
ʹ͹ͻ–‹‡•Žƒ•–•‡ƒ•‘ǡϐ‹ˆ–Š‘•–‹–Š‡Ž‡ƒ‰—‡ǤŠ‡Ž—‡ ƒ…‡–• ‘Ž—„—•‹•ƒ…‘ŽŽ‡‰‡–‘™ƒ–Š‡ƒ”–ǡƒ† Kalamazoo Wings
Š‹”‡†ƒ••‹•–ƒ–”ƒ†Šƒ™ǡ™Š‘Šƒ†ƒ•–”‘‰†‡…ƒ†‡‘ˆ…‘ƒ…Š‹‰–Š‡ …‘ŽŽ‡‰‡–‘™•™‘”•Š‹’™‹‹‰…‘ƒ…Š‡•ƒ† PLAYOFF RECORD
’‡ƒŽ–›‹ŽŽ‹–Ǥ‘—‹•Ǥ „‹‰’‡”•‘ƒŽ‹–‹‡•Ǥ 2-4 (since 2012)

DEPTH CHART
GRAIG ABEL/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING DEFENSE DEFENSE GOALIE


1 Brandon Saad 1 Brandon Dubinsky 1 Cam Atkinson 1 Seth Jones 6 Dalton Prout 1 Sergei Bobrovsky
2 Scott Hartnell 2 Boone Jenner 2 Nick Foligno 2 Ryan Murray 7 Cody Goloubef 2 Joonas Korpisalo
3 William Karlsson 3 Alexander Wennberg 3 Oliver Bjorkstrand 3 David Savard 8 Scott Harrington 3 Curtis McElhinney
4 Matt Calvert 4 Pierre-Luc Dubois 4 David Clarkson 4 Jack Johnson 9 Dillon Heatherington
5 Sonny Milano 5 Gregory Campbell 5 Josh Anderson 5 Zach Werenski 10 Oleg Yevenko INDICATES NEW ARRIVAL
KEY DEPARTURES Fedor Tyutin, D; Jared Boll, RW; Justin Falk, D; Kerby Rychel, LW; Michael Chaput, C

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EXPANDED ROSTER
GOALIES 2015-16 GP W L OT GAA SP
Sergei Bobrovsky 9/20/88 Columbus 37 15 19 1 2.75 .908
Novokuznetsk, Russia 6-2, 199 Trade: Phi 6/22/12
Oscar Dansk 2/28/94 Rogle (Swe) 36 13 21 0 2.68 .911
Stockholm, Sweden 6-3, 195 Draft: 31st overall (2012)
Anton Forsberg 11/27/92 Lake Erie (AHL) 41 23 10 6 2.40 .914
Harnosand, Sweden 6-3, 191 Draft: 188th overall (2011)
Joonas Korpisalo 4/28/94 Columbus 31 16 11 4 2.60 .920
Pori, Finland 6-3, 182 Draft: 62nd overall (2012)
Curtis McElhinney 5/23/83 Columbus 18 2 7 3 3.31 .890
London, Ont. 6-3, 205 Trade: Phx 2/22/12
ZACH WERENSKI Elvis Merzlikins 4/13/94 Lugano (Swi) 46 23 17 4 2.76 .922
Riga, Latvia 6-3, 187 Draft: 76th overall (2014)
DEFENSEMEN 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
Gabriel Carlsson 1/2/97 Linkoping (Swe) 45 1 8 9 2

FUTURE
Orebro, Sweden 6-4, 183 Draft: 29th overall (2015)
Ryan Collins 5/6/96 Minnesota (Big10) 29 0 4 4 35
Bloomington, Minn. 6-5, 216 Draft: 47th overall (2014)
Cody Goloubef 11/30/89 Columbus 43 1 7 8 20
Mississauga, Ont. 6-1, 201 Draft: 37th overall (2008)
Scott Harrington 3/10/93 Toronto (AHL) 17 1 2 3 14
Kingston, Ont. 6-2, 216 Trade: Tor 6/25/16

WATCH
Dillon Heatherington 5/9/95 Lake Erie (AHL) 63 3 16 19 50
Calgary, Alta. 6-2, 220 Draft: 50th overall (2013)
Jack Johnson 1/13/87 Columbus 60 6 8 14 25
Indianapolis, Ind. 6-1, 230 Trade: LA 2/23/12
Seth Jones 10/3/94 Nsh/Clb 81 3 28 31 22
Arlington, Texas 6-4, 208 Trade: Nsh 1/6/16
Dean Kukan 7/8/93 Lake Erie (AHL) 33 3 10 13 8
Volketswil, Switzerland 6-2, 198 Free Agent: signed 6/1/15
Ryan Murray 9/27/93 Columbus 82 4 21 25 40
TOP 10 PROSPECTS Regina, Sask. 6-1, 208 Draft: 2nd overall (2012)
Dalton Prout 3/13/90 Columbus 64 3 6 9 102
1 ZACH WERENSKI, D 6 JOONAS KORPISALO, G Kingsville, Ont. 6-3, 230 Draft: 154th overall (2010)
AGE 19 TEAM Michigan (Big Ten) AGE 22 TEAM Lake Erie (AHL) John Ramage 2/7/91 Lake Erie (AHL) 68 8 19 27 67
Mississauga, Ont. 6-0, 200 Free Agent: signed 7/3/15
Smooth skater who understands the defense Showed potential when forced into NHL duty. David Savard 10/22/90 Columbus 65 4 21 25 45
position. Elite puck-mover with great vision. Goes post to post with great speed. St. Hyacinthe, Que. 6-2, 227 Draft: 94th overall (2009)
ACQUIRED 8th overall, 2015 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 62nd overall, 2012 NHL ’16-17 Blake Siebenaler 2/27/96 Niagara (OHL) 65 7 22 29 15
Toledo, Ohio 6-1, 208 Draft: 77th overall (2014)
Jaime Sifers 1/18/83 Lake Erie (AHL) 67 5 14 19 86
2 PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS, C 7 ANDREW PEEKE, D Stratford, Conn. 5-11, 200 Free Agent: signed 7/2/15
Zach Werenski 7/19/97 Michigan (Big10) 36 11 25 36 20
AGE 18 TEAM Cape Breton (QMJHL) AGE 18 TEAM Green Bay (USHL) Grosse Pointe, Mich. 6-2, 209 Draft: 8th overall (2015)
A north-south player who plays the game with Big, smooth skating D-man whose physical Oleg Yevenko 1/21/91 Lake Erie (AHL) 54 1 3 4 152
Minsk, Belarus 6-7, 230 Free Agent: signed 10/1/15
an edge. Finishes checks and makes plays. game is developing. Bound for Notre Dame.
CENTERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
ACQUIRED 3rd overall, 2016 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 34th overall, 2016 NHL ’20-21 Alex Broadhurst 3/7/93 Lake Erie (AHL) 60 10 26 36 14
New Lenox, Ill. 6-0, 188 Trade: Chi 6/30/15
Brandon Dubinsky 4/29/86 Columbus 75 17 31 48 71
3 SONNY MILANO, LW 8 VITALY ABRAMOV, RW Anchorage, Alaska 6-2, 216 Trade: NYR 7/23/12
AGE 20 TEAM Lake Erie (AHL) AGE 18 TEAM Gatineau (QMJHL) Pierre-Luc Dubois 6/24/98 Cape Breton (QMJHL) 62 42 57 99 112
Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Que. 6-2, 201 Draft: 3rd overall (2016)
A dazzling puckhandler who has struggled so An intelligent player with elite quickness and
Boone Jenner 6/15/93 Columbus 82 30 19 49 77
far to meet expectations at pro level. agility. Skilled scorer and playmaker. Dorchester, Ont. 6-2, 215 Draft: 37th overall (2011)
ACQUIRED 16th overall, 2014 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED 65th overall, 2016 NHL ’19-20 William Karlsson 1/8/93 Columbus 81 9 11 20 6
Marsta, Sweden 6-1, 188 Trade: Ana 3/2/15
Jordan Maletta 4/30/95 Niagara (OHL) 68 34 25 59 55
4 OLIVER BJORKSTRAND, RW 9 PAUL BITTNER, LW St. Catharines, Ont. 6-3, 215 Free Agent: signed 3/21/16
Lukas Sedlak 2/25/93 Lake Erie (AHL) 54 14 4 18 27

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AGE 21 TEAM Lake Erie (AHL) AGE 19 TEAM Portland (WHL) Ceske Budejovice, Czech. 6-0, 207 Draft: 158th overall (2011)
Deceptive strength and quickness. A prolific Big frame and skilled, but he needs to go to the Alexander Wennberg 9/22/94 Columbus 69 8 32 40 2
goal scorer, he’s ready for the next step up. net more. Hard, accurate shot. Stockholm, Sweden 6-1, 197 Draft: 14th overall (2013)
LEFT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
ACQUIRED 89th overall, 2013 NHL ’16-17 ACQUIRED 38th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 Paul Bittner 11/4/96 Portland (WHL) 25 10 11 21 21
Crookston, Minn. 6-5, 204 Draft: 38th overall (2015)

5 GABRIEL CARLSSON, D 10 SCOTT HARRINGTON, D Matt Calvert


Brandon, Man.
12/24/89 Columbus
5-11, 192
73 11 13 24
Draft: 127th overall (2008)
51

AGE 19 TEAM Linkoping (Swe.) AGE 23 TEAM Toronto (AHL) Gregory Campbell12/17/83 Columbus 82 3 8 11 78
London, Ont. 6-0, 197 Free Agent: signed 7/1/15
Terrific passer who sees the ice well. Needs to Reliable defenseman who wins battles and
Nick Foligno 10/31/87 Columbus 72 12 25 37 53
bulk up before moving up to NHL. makes a good first pass out of the zone. Buffalo, N.Y. 6-0, 210 Trade: Ott 7/1/12
ACQUIRED 29th overall, 2015 NHL ’18-19 ACQUIRED From Tor, June, 2016 NHL ’16-17 Markus Hannikainen 3/26/93 Lake Erie (AHL) 50 7 13 20 20
Helsinki, Finland 6-2, 189 Free Agent: signed 4/20/15
Scott Hartnell 4/18/82 Columbus 79 23 26 49 112
2016 NO. 1 DRAFT PICK Regina, Sask. 6-2, 214 Trade: Phi 6/23/14
Sonny Milano 5/12/96 Lake Erie (AHL) 54 14 17 31 22
Massapequa, N.Y. 6-1, 205 Draft: 16th overall (2014)
NAME SCOUTING REPORT Brandon Saad 10/27/92 Columbus 78 31 22 53 14
Pittsburgh, Pa. 6-1, 202 Trade: Chi 6/30/15
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS He was the big surprise
RIGHT WINGERS 2015-16 GP G A Pts PIM
of the first round, but Josh Anderson 5/7/94 Lake Erie (AHL) 58 18 21 39 108
POSITION Dubois has a ton of tal-
Burlington, Ont. 6-3, 221 Draft: 95th overall (2012)
CENTER Cam Atkinson 6/5/89 Columbus 81 27 26 53 22
ent. The two-way threat Riverside, Conn. 5-8, 180 Draft: 157th overall (2008)

SELECTED switched from wing to Oliver Bjorkstrand 4/10/95


Herning, Denmark
Lake Erie (AHL)
6-0, 177
51 17 12 29
Draft: 89th overall (2013)
10

3RD OVERALL center during the year David Clarkson 3/31/84 Columbus 23 2 2 4 23
Toronto, Ont. 6-0, 207 Trade: Tor 2/26/15
and actually got better.
2015-16 Racks up points and
Keegan Kolesar
Brandon, Man.
4/8/97 Seattle (WHL)
6-2, 223
64 30 31 61
Draft: 69th overall (2015)
107
CAPE BRETON Daniel Zaar 4/24/94 Lake Erie (AHL) 71 21 22 43 22
SCREAMING EAGLES plays with a nasty edge. Helsingborg, Sweden 5-11, 175 Draft: 152nd overall (2012)
*Positions in roster and Future Watch may be different from depth chart due to team needs

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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
2015-16 EXTENDED STATS
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON EXTENDED STATS TIME ON ICE 2016 PLAYOFFS
NO. PLAYER GP G A PTS. +/- PIM PP SH GW S SP ESP PPP FW FL F% PP SH TOTAL GP G A PTS. +/- PIM
20 Brandon Saad 78 31 22 53 1 14 6 0 7 233 13.3 44 8 19 15 55.9 2:07 0:38 17:13 — — — — — —
13 Cam Atkinson 81 27 26 53 -8 22 4 2 3 226 11.9 41 10 2 2 50.0 2:15 1:52 17:47 — — — — — —
38 Boone Jenner 82 30 19 49 -15 77 9 1 3 225 13.3 34 14 156 138 53.1 2:04 0:15 16:24 — — — — — —
43 Scott Hartnell 79 23 26 49 -11 112 10 0 1 150 15.3 37 12 0 3 0.0 2:32 0:03 15:35 — — — — — —
17 Brandon Dubinsky 75 17 31 48 -16 71 5 0 3 158 10.8 38 10 780 704 52.6 2:13 1:59 18:45 — — — — — —
41 Alexander Wennberg 69 8 32 40 -1 2 1 0 1 97 8.2 28 12 400 522 43.4 2:10 0:42 15:51 — — — — — —
71 Nick Foligno 72 12 25 37 -14 53 0 0 2 149 8.1 24 13 83 93 47.2 2:04 0:33 16:53 — — — — — —
3 Seth Jones 81 3 28 31 -14 22 1 0 0 157 1.9 17 13 — — — 2:32 2:03 22:04 — — — — — —
Nsh 40 1 10 11 -5 10 0 0 0 74 1.4 7 4 — — — 2:24 1:37 19:38 — — — — — —
Clb 41 2 18 20 -9 12 1 0 0 83 2.4 10 9 — — — 2:40 2:28 24:27 — — — — — —
58 David Savard 65 4 21 25 -7 45 1 0 0 122 3.3 19 5 — — — 2:07 2:55 23:10 — — — — — —
27 Ryan Murray 82 4 21 25 -10 40 1 0 0 90 4.4 14 11 — — — 2:38 2:08 22:50 — — — — — —
11 Matt Calvert 73 11 13 24 1 51 1 0 1 114 9.6 23 1 7 7 50.0 0:09 2:07 15:07 — — — — — —
25 *William Karlsson 81 9 11 20 -9 6 0 0 1 108 8.3 20 0 416 495 45.7 0:16 2:08 14:28 — — — — — —
7 Jack Johnson 60 6 8 14 -16 25 3 0 2 86 7.0 8 6 0 1 0.0 2:22 2:53 24:10 — — — — — —
9 Gregory Campbell 82 3 8 11 -6 78 0 0 2 58 5.2 11 0 229 253 47.5 0:02 1:49 10:33 — — — — — —
47 Dalton Prout 64 3 6 9 -6 102 0 0 0 69 4.3 9 0 0 1 0.0 0:03 1:15 16:10 — — — — — —
21 *Kerby Rychel 32 2 7 9 5 15 0 0 0 32 6.3 9 0 1 2 33.3 0:02 0:00 9:30 — — — — — —
28 *Oliver Bjorkstrand 12 4 4 8 6 0 0 0 1 2