The NHL All-Star weekend has passed, and that means we're well past the halfway point of the season. So welcome to the ninth edition of The Sports Bank's 2024 NHL Mock Draft. Indeed this is 2024 NHL Mock Draft version 11.0, with the all important and entertaining bits of information that you need to know ahead of draft night. Also, The Sports Bank 2024 MLB Mock Draft, Version … [Read more...] about 2024 NHL Mock Draft (Update 3-4-24)
The Chicago Blackhawks have been the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) second hottest team, behind only the scintillatingly-hot Pittsburgh Penguins who have sported a 13-0-1 record recently. The Blackhawks have blistered their way up the NHL’s Western Conference standings at an 8-1-1 clip, including a recent 5-0-0 run, all of this being done without the services of their … [Read more...] about With Duncan Keith suspended, Blackhawks positive momentum gone?
When I wrote Part 1 of my 2-part article outlining the ills that plague the Columbus Blue Jackets, they possessed the worst record in the National Hockey League (NHL) with a record of 0-6-1. Since Part 1 was written, the Blue Jackets have descended to even lower depths, with a record of 2-12-1. While the Blue Jackets did win two games since … [Read more...] about Who’s to Blame For Columbus Blue Jackets Mess Part 2
Coming off of another disappointing season, their second season of not making the Stanley Cup playoffs after making it for the first time in their history (2008-2009 season), Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager (GM) Scott Howson realized that the recurring themes of patience, building from within, the status quo and sub-mediocrity had worn completely thin with their fan … [Read more...] about Too Soon For Columbus Blue Jackets to Push the Panic Button?
When it comes to the NHL and its playoffs, your seeding/position doesn’t matter, particularly in the Eastern Conference – it’s all about getting in the Stanley Cup playoffs. With that, here are Ed Cmar's predictions (in ascending order, from 1st to 15th): … [Read more...] about 2011 NHL Eastern Conference Predictions/Previews
When Stan Bowman assumed the position of Chicago Blackhawks GM in July 2009, it came at a time when the Hawks brass were looking for any excuse at all to jettison then incumbent Dale Tallon. The first day of free agency contract mailing snafus served as the perfect "reason." Stan's been John McDonough and Rocky Wirtz's "boy" ever since they took over in 2008. Dale Tallon … [Read more...] about Blackhawks Extend GM Stan Bowman 3 Years, I’m Still Not Sold
This is the third year Ed Cmar has offered predictions as to how the Western Conference will sort out. But unlike how he assessed the predicted outcomes in prior seasons by determining who would be in (the playoffs), who would be out of playoff consideration and who would be on the fringe, he's modified my predictions by where I believe each team will place, overall. While … [Read more...] about NHL Western Conference Predictions/Previews
The Detroit Red Wings today announced another round of cuts. 16 more players have been dismissed from the team’s training camp roster, leaving 39 players remain in camp. Members of both the Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) will hit the ice at Western Michigan University’s Van Andel Arena (see pic of WMU cheerleader below) later today for a Red-White intrasquad game. … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings Announce Another Round of Cuts