2020 NHL Mock Draft Version 1.0

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft of its kind. The draft was initially scheduled to be held on June 26–27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. However, on March 25, 2020, the NHL announced that the draft would be postponed due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

When it will be remains to be seen, but until it’s called off, we’ll have a NHL mock draft for you. The mock is below, and it complements our NFL, NBA and MLB mock drafts, which you can view where hyper-linked accordingly. Yes, we did a mock draft for all four major U.S. sports. The order comes via Tankathon.com

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The popularity of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Nordic countries 

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Ice hockey is one of the most-watched sports in the world. It enjoys a massive reputation in Canada, Russia, the United States, and the Nordic countries. People find it extremely pleasant to watch two opposing teams competing on an ice rink, trying to control the puck and score goals against each other. 

NHL is the most active league worldwide, with superstars like Alex Ovechkin, Sid Crosby and Connor McDavid in its ranks. Some of the strongest athletes are actually from Nordic countries as well, mainly playing in the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thus the following article will discuss the latter’s popularity in Northern European countries.  [Read more…]

Major Sports Leagues Start Establishing their Online Betting Solutions

In 2018, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was invalidated, opening the floodgates and triggering a gambling gold rush in the richest country in the world. For years, sports betting had been frowned upon and limited to casinos in cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But as soon as this act was abolished, new opportunities and new possibilities arose.

PASPA essentially made it impossible for states outside of Nevada to set their own laws regarding sports betting and online/mobile betting. Just 18 months after the act was invalidated, 13 states had legalized these activities and a further 6 had passed bills to push legalization through. As of 2020, it’s looking like at least 30 states will have some form of legal sports betting within the next year or two.

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Jeremy Roenick Says He Wants a Threesome with Kathryn Tappen, Gets Suspended

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NBC Sports Analyst and Chicago Blackhawks club legend Jeremy Roenick has been suspended indefinitely, without pay, for sexual comments made about his co-workers, NHL Analyst and Notre Dame sideline host Kathryn Tappen and Patrick Sharp. Roenick appeared on a Barstool Sports podcast (so obviously he was well aware of what directions the conversations might go), and he ended up making some remarks that have gotten him in major trouble.

Roenick has not officially commented on the suspension, but a NBC spokesperson said the 49-year-old NHL veteran of 20 years has been disciplined “for making inappropriate comments about his co-workers.”

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Jonathan Toews Could Be Breaking Out of Season Opening Slump

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, affectionately known by his fan base as “Captain Serious” or “Tazer,” scored the game winning goal Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Toews was one of the three stars of the game in the Blackhawks 3-2 victory, just their second win this season.

Jonathan Toews became the 16th player in NHL history with 13 career OT goals, and he’s the franchise leader in that statistical category. Among players from the 2006 NHL Draft class, Toews trails only Brad Marchand (15) in that department. 

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Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Chances Better than Expected

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In the words of famous fictional Chicagoan Ferris Bueller, “life moves pretty fast.” In the earlier part of this decade, the Chicago Blackhawks were the toast of the town, finally ending their Stanley Cup drought (1961) by winning it all in 2010.

They then followed it up by repeat performances in 2013 and 2015. In the process, they became “America’s team,” hockey wise. Since 2015 though, they haven’t even advanced past the first round of the playoffs. Two first round exits were followed by two failures to even reach the postseason. As such, not many are high on the Hawks’ hopes this season.

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Early Contenders to Win the NHL Stanley Cup in 2019-20

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By Thomas Clarke

With a little over a month until the beginning of the new NHL season, all hockey fans will be thinking ahead to who could win the Stanley Cup. Whilst last year’s finalists, the Boston Bruins, are amongst the front-runners, there’s real competition from the likes of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Las Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche.

Don’t forget the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, and it all promises to be another fascinating season of top-level ice hockey.

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The Latest Sporting Events You Should Be Betting On

Are you the type of individual who absolutely loves taking a risk? If you’ve answered yes to this question, there is a really good chance that you love betting on sports. After all, this can give you a big adrenaline thrill. The only problem is that there is a risk involved. Nevertheless, you’re having a good time and there is a real possibility that you’re going to be making money in the future. So, which sports should you think about betting on in the near future? Within this guide, you’ll learn about the latest sporting events that you should be betting on.

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Enduring Skating on Synthetic Ice: What You Need to Know

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By Cory Bradford

Playing ice hockey has always been a reserve for countries with icy temperatures—those that abound with natural ice rinks. Thanks to the discovery of synthetic ice rinks, you don’t have to fly to Alaska to train yourself how to skate anymore, you can do that right at the comfort of your home, all year long.

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Former United Boss Jose Mourinho Falls on Ice at Russian Hockey Game (Video)

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Once again Jose Mourinho is going viral on the internet due to his slipping and falling. This time he took at tumble while walking the red carpet at a special appearance dropping the puck to start an ice hockey game between SKA and Avangard. As you can see in the video below, he received immediate assistance from legendary hockey player Pavel Datsyuk after the face-off.

It doesn’t appear that he was injured at all by the slipping and falling, and stadium staff then ensured his safe passage off the ice and back into the stands.

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Top Five Early Contenders for the Stanley Cup

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By Patrick Pierce

The Stanley Cup is the most prestigious trophy in the world of hockey. In fact, it is considered the first trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise. Just as in every season, the competition to drink from Lord Stanley’s Cup will be fierce. Every single team knows why this is often considered one of the hardest trophies to win in all of sports. 

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Beginner’s Guide to Ice Hockey Sticks

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By K.C. Weldon

Hockey is without a doubt one of the most prolific sports on the planet. However, it takes more than just determination to partake in the sport. Not only do you need a helmet and skates, but also you need a stick. In fact, a stick is probably one of the most important parts of a player’s arsenal. And, there really are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right hockey stick. The right stick will not only make a difference in how you handle the puck, but it will play a factor in your shot.

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