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  1. Mitch Marner is an elite NHL hockey player who has been able to make a big presence with his time as a Maple Leaf. His ELC contract has expired and Kyle Dubas (Toronto Maple Leafs GM) is in salary cap hell. Kyle Dubas has made it very clear that he really wants to re-sign him. Let's take a look at their salary cap. Toronto currently has $8,790,301 in salary cap space. Some of the top players that they have to re-sign are Jake Gardiner, Kasperi Kapanen, and obviously Mitch Marner. Kasperi Kapanen will probably get around 3mil+ and Jake Gardiner will probably get upwards of 4mil. If Kapanen happens to get 3mil and Gardiner happens to get 4mil, it only leaves Dubas with $1,790,301 in salary cap space which is obviously not enough to sign Mitch Marner. If you haven't heard yet, Toronto is looking to get rid of Nikita Zaitsev. If they happen to get rid of Zaitsev, that leaves the Maple Leafs with $6,290,301. $6,290,301 is still not enough to sign Marner. Reportedly, Patrick Marleau may get traded to the LA Kings which would be really beneficial for Kyle Dubas. If Marleau happens to leave, that gets rid of a $6,250,000 contract. If Toronto doesn't get a hefty contract like that in return, that leaves Toronto in a good spot to sign Marner. Marner probably wants to re-sign with Toronto as they're headed in a somewhat good direction. He also has bromance with Auston Matthews. Marner will probably get a contract worth around 11mil+. Should Toronto sign him and put themselves in a bad salary cap position? If they lose Marner, they'd be losing one of their top players. Marner has been able to produce very well for them, and would be a detrimental loss to the Maple Leafs. If Toronto can't figure something out, a lot of teams have the opportunity to offer him an offer sheet. What are your thoughts on Mitch Marner? What should Toronto do? (Put your thoughts down below!!!) Support me by liking my content! - Nathan MacKinnon
  2. Nathan MacKinnon has been struggling and pushing through a lot of stuff so he hasn’t been able to be consistent in VHL. When he was consistent, he could’ve gotten to be apart of the recruitment team and would’ve been a future top VHLer. It’s quite sad how his career turned around so quickly, but he expects to make a permanent resurgence in the next few months. For right now though, he wants to go talk to all of his past colleagues to see how everything is going. Nathan MacKinnon decides to go on the VHL Discord and start talking like he wasn’t even gone. A lot of people were excited to see him. Some people knew him because of his utmost desire to be apart of the recruitment team (which he will achieve once he comes back consistently and permanently), and a lot of people knew him also because he still makes a lot of NHL content. When I went on the Discord, the first person to approach me was @ShawnGlade because I was a former player for Halifax. He was an ultimate legend for Halifax as a coach. He then got promoted to coach of Davos. @Beaviss also welcomed me back which was highly appreciated. I’ve definitely got a lot more work until I make my resurgence, but it’s most definitely going to happen because I love being apart of VHL. ✌🏻 Nathan MacKinnon
  3. Elias Pettersson has been able to put up points consistently ever since he was 15. When Pettersson transferred over to the top men's league in Sweden (the SHL), he was able to compile an impressive point total of 56 points in 44 games. We have to realize that Pettersson was playing against men who were a lot older than him. On the international stage, he was able to pick up impressive point totals as well with Sweden. His scoring abilities and creative play led him to being able to start the 2018-19 season with the Vancouver Canucks. Nobody really knew how good he was until he was able to show it in his rookie season with the Vancouver Canucks. Canucks coaching decided to put him on the first line with Brock Boeser and they both were able to find chemistry with one another. He thrived so much by being on the first line that he was able to attain 66 points in 71 games which is very, very impressive for a rookie. This incredible point total has put him in a really good position to win the Calder Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the top rookie in the NHL. He is currently competing with Jordan Binnington and Rasmus Dahlin for the Calder Memorial Trophy (which is quite impressive company). The fact that he was able to get 66 points while being on one of the lower-tier NHL hockey teams is quite impressive. Pettersson definitely has a lot more room to grow as player. He is expected to get more aggressive and physical as he puts on more weight. I expect Vancouver to build around Pettersson considering how good he is. - Nathan MacKinnon
  4. Joseph Veleno is an elite scoring forward. He gained exceptipnal status which allowed him to go into major junior hockey a year earlier than usual. Exceptional player status signifies that you're a very elite forward. He was able to do pretty well his first season in major junior hockey which he was able to compile 43 points in 62 games which is quite good considering being only 15. Later on in his major junior hockey career, he wasn't able to put up amazing totals. Some people considered him unworthy of the exceptional player status. When he reached the draft, he was said to be a top 15 pick in the NHL draft. When the draft began, teams kept passing on Joe Veleno because they were scared of his offensive upside. Finally, with the 30th pick, Detroit chose Joe Veleno. Joe Veleno's fall was a surprise to most. Detroit seemed quite excited to have attained Joe Veleno. After the draft, he returned to Drummondville and was able to compile an impressive total of 104 points in 59 games. Detroit has been very impressed with Veleno's scoring abilities. Joe Veleno is now one of the most important pieces in Detroit's rebuild. Veleno may not have been ready to join major junior hockey early, but he had proved that can eventually be a dangerous scoring forward. - Nathan MacKinnon
  5. Vasili Podkolzin is a Russian forward who has incredible, fast moving hands. He has been projected to go 3rd overall for quite some time, and has been able to pick up some decent totals in his career. He doesn't have a very high hockey IQ which puts him at a pretty big disadvantage. As we have seen over the years, players with a low hockey IQ tend to be heavily reliant on their teammates (and usually turn out to be busts). One of those busts being Nail Yakupov (who is also a Russia native). Podkolzin will be playing for SKA Saint Petersburg, and the question will be whether he wants to stays in Russia or go play professional hockey in the U.S.. SKA Saint Petersburg pays their players hefty salaries which is seen as attractive by a lot of different players. You have to look at it, is he too risky to pick? Is his past stats deceiving? He hasn't been getting a lot of recognition because of his recent totals. Put your opinions down in the comments. I would love to hear them!
  6. Bobrovsky would put Philly in a safer position. Hart still hasn't proved himself to be that number one goalie. He could possibly develop more in the coming of years, but Philly really needs a consistent goalie. Philly has a lot of offensive and defensive assets, but not a bonafide number one goalie.
  7. There are a lot of possible high quality free agents this Summer that a lot of NHL teams want to snag. NHL teams need to make sure that they're able to sign their existing players before trying to entice another player to come to their team. A lot of the time when a team finally signs all of their current players, it hinders their chances of getting one of those top players in free agency. Though, a lot of teams are willing to trade away their players to make space for top quality free agents. One thing for most teams is that they don't like making big splashes (or big signings) because they want to continue on with the development of their prospects. Some of the possible top free agents this Summer are Erik Karlsson, Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin, and Sergei Bobrovsky. Erik Karlsson used to be the Ottawa Senators captain, but then had personal troubles that were related to his wife. The Senators then traded Karlsson to San Jose for various assets that the they could use in the future and the present. Karlsson is probably not going to re-sign in San Jose so he's going to end up in free agency. There has been a lot of talk about how Karlsson is aging slowly, and he isn't really, really highly sought after. Another thing with him is that a lot of the time he has to compensate for himself defensively through making offensive-related contributions on the ice. Some teams though could be looking for a 1D caliber defenseman. (*cough cough* Tampa Bay Lightning). He most definitely could re-sign with the Sharks as well as they're quite a competitive team. Matt Duchene got chosen to go to the Colorado Avalanche and played for them for almost 9 years. Later on in his career, he parted ways with the Avalanche because of how poorly they were doing. Duchene got traded to the Ottawa Senators, and he managed to attain 107 points in 2 seasons for the Sens. Duchene then later on went to the Columbus Blue Jackets where he was able to have a little taste of playoff hockey. No deal has been made for Duchene to return to Columbus so there is a good chance that Duchene will be one of the several top free agents. There could be a possible homecoming for Matt Duchene back in Colorado, but the chances are slim considering his past relations with Joe Sakic. Artemi Panarin started his career with Chicago and then eventually went to Columbus where he has found a lot of success. He has made it outwardly clear that he doesn't want to return to the Blue Jackets. Based off of numerous articles, it looks like he wants to go to teams where their city has a lot of different stuff to do besides hockey (Florida Panther and the New York Rangers). He is a really good player who does everything right. He's a very top quality player who would be a good asset for any team. Sergei Bobrovsky is a two-time Vezina Trophy winner. Bobrovsky has also made somewhat apparent that he doesn't want to return to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has managed to be pretty consistent with his save percentages and goals against average. He is currently 30 so he he probably has 6 or 7 more years in the league which isn't too bad. There are several teams who're in dire need of a goalie like Bobrovsky. He's going to be quite expensive so teams need to make sure that they can afford him. One of the teams Bobrovsky could go to is the Philadelphia Flyers. They don't have a number one goaltender, and Bobrovsky would automatically make them a playoff contender. This free agency is sure to be exciting. A lot of teams are going to be vying to get these players, but they're going to also have to watch to make sure that they have enough money for these top notch players. Thank ya'll for the support. It's been a pleasure to offer VHL NHL-related content as this website is usually primarily focused on whatever is going in VHL. I might return to VHL in the next year or so. Be prepared to see the comeback of Nathan MacKinnon!!! (To support me, like my content! Give me constructive feedback/ideas for new content) - Nathan MacKinnon
  8. Possibly, I will have to do more research though.
  9. The 2019 NHL draft is going to be a very exciting draft this year. There are several bona fied future NHL superstars. Some of the big names in the draft being Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko. This particular draft is supposed to be very deep meaning that you probably don't have to have one of the top two picks to be able to get a good player that can be significant help to your team. There are always busts though in the NHL draft. Busts usually happen because of lack of development or just mediocre hockey IQ. We are going to take a look at which players will go to which teams. At the end of this article, there will be a summarized analysis created by me. NEW JERSEY DEVILS - Jack Hughes NEW YORK RANGERS - Kaapo Kakko CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS - Bowen Byram COLORADO AVALANCHE - Alex Turcotte LOS ANGELES KINGS - Vasili Podkolzin The New Jersey Devils will pick Jack Hughes with their 1st overall pick. They could possibly choose Kaapo Kakko, but Jack Hughes will provide the Devils with a deadly one two punch down the middle. Nico Hischier will center the second line which will then provide the Devils with more depth. This acquisition could possibly push the Devils into a playoff spot next season. Jack Hughes is a competitive, smart playmaker who can jump into the right areas of play. His height may try to deceive you, but some of the best NHL players are smaller. The New York Rangers will take Kaapo Kakko most definitely if Jack Hughes is selected by the New Jersey Devils. Kakko will help the New York Rangers with their rebuild into becoming a playoff contender. Kakko is NHL-ready and has been playing against men that are a lot older than him. He is a consistent goal scorer while also being able to make smart plays. He has a really high hockey IQ which will help him play in the NHL as well. A lot of articles are talking about whether he is better than Hughes. Only time will tell! The Chicago Blackhawks will take Bowen Byram 3rd overall. The Blackhawks have been taking quite a lot of talented defenseman over the years. Bowen Byram keeps on getting positive recognition from various different sources. He's an offensively-minded defenseman that is talented in almost all other aspects. His defense could use a little bit of work, but so far, he looks like he could be a franchise defenseman in the coming of years. They could take an offenseman, but due to the fact of how hard it is to get a defenseman of his caliber, I am quite sure that the Blackhawks will probably take him. The Colorado Avalanche will take Alex Turcotte 4th overall. Alex Turcotte is a talented center that has been playing on the second line. He was injured for almost half of the season, but was able to bounce back and attain 62 points in 37 games. 62 points in 37 games is quite the total, but he might not be NHL-ready right off of the bat due to him not having a sufficient amount of experience. Another negative factor to him is that he has been playing against players that aren't as talented as players in the WHL, OHL, and other leagues. Alex Turcotte will provide Colorado with a possible one two punch down the middle. Colorado doesn't have a lot of offensive depth so adding a player like Alex Turcotte won't hurt anything. The Los Angeles Kings will take the risk of drafting Vasili Podkolzin 5th overall. He has been playing in Russia, and he possesses a lot of talent. He has very good hands, but his skating could use some work. He's going to be either a bust or a beauty. Another thing that is kind of concerning is as to whether he's willing to go to the U.S. to play in the NHL or just stay in Russia to play for SKA Saint Petersburg. We will have to wait and see! I feel like this is going to be a very interesting draft. It's going to be somewhat deep, but not fully. I feel like there is going to be a gem in the later part of the first round (Cole Caufield). Stay tuned for the possibility of more 2019 NHL Draft-related content. (And NHL content as well!) I appreciate the support! Don't forget to give this post a like!!! :))
  10. Quinn Hughes was drafted 7th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Cale Makar was drafted 4th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Makar and Hughes are both offensively minded defenseman who're both considerably small as well. Quinn Hughes played for the University of Michigan and was able to compile 33 points in 32 games in his second season which amounts to more than a point per game. He is known to be a very elite offensive defenseman who can make smart plays with lot's of ease. His +/- in the NCAA with the University of Michigan was -2. Since he has a very small build, it's hard for him to be able to stay on the puck. He's going to need to work on holding his ground as player so he doesn't get the puck taken away from him consistently. He recently moved over into the NHL to play with the Vancouver Canucks. He has 1 point in 2 games which is considerably good considering he got placed into the NHL right away. Having that small amount of NHL experience will help him get acclimated for next season. He is definitely going to be an exciting player in the coming of years! (FUN FACT: When he went to the Draft Combine, he requested that they don't take his height or weight so that in the draft they don't pick over him because of his size.) Cale Makar is currently playing with the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). In his first season as a minutemen, he was able to compile 21points in 34 games.In his second season as a minutemen, he has been able to compile 48 points in 39 games this season (counting the playoffs). He has led his team from being a subpar ice hockey team into a competitive, championship contender. He has surely gotten a lot of leadership experience considering they made him captain of the UMass Minutemen ice hockey team. Before he went to UMass, he got the opportunity to be one of the best defensemen at the U-20 WJC. Makar got 8 points in 7 games during that time. (To any Avs fans out there, once he's done in the playoffs, he could possibly join the Avalanche lineup. He would hopefully make an impact on our team!) To sum up this article, they're both really good, exciting young players. They have a simiular build and they both are offensively minded defensemen. Hughes got 2 years of college experience, and Makar got the same as well. We will see how both of these players flourish throughout their professional hockey careers. You might see one of them win the Calder Memorial Trophy next year! The NHL is definitely shaping into a place where young talent can come in and find their place. Please support me by liking it! - Nathan MacKinnon
  11. Oh, hell no. At least Detroit has Jonathan Bernier and Mike Green. Craig Anderson's time is almost up, and Thomas Chabot is basically their best defenseman now.
  12. (I decided to do an update because their franchise player just got traded. If you liked this piece of content, hit the like button!) The Senators are in a complete hell hole that is sure to become a lot worse. Two seasons ago, the Ottawa Senators made it deep into the playoffs with no indication of trouble, whatsoever. Last season in November, Ottawa, Colorado, and Nashville decided to do a blockbuster, three-way deal. Nashville got Kyle Turris, Ottawa got Matt Duchene, and Colorado got quite the package that included Samuel Girard, Shane Bowers, and OTT's 1st round pick (just to name a few). Little did Ottawa know is that they gave away a decent top 6 forward in Shane Bowers and a 1st round pick that is worth a lot more than it was worth at the beginning of last season. Now, if you haven't heard yet, Ottawa recently just traded Erik Karlsson for a package of assets and several players. You need to look at what they exactly got. Pierre Dorion strikes again, and got fleeced. Also, if you haven't recently heard, Duchene said that he'd have to wait and see what Erik Karlsson does. Uh, Matt Duchene, Erik Karlsson just got traded so I'd assume that you'd be leaving as well (getting traded or heading off to free agency). If Duchene leaves, Stone is probably leaving as well. That leaves OTT with basically Chabot and Brady Tkachuk. Oh, one more thing, Pierre Dorion traded away Mike Hoffman for literally nothing. Let's analyze what the Ottawa Senators currently have, and we will go from there. They CURRENTLY have Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk, and future roster player, Logan Brown. That's very bad if you ask me. Detroit and Montreal are probably a lot better than Ottawa now. They decided to trade away Erik Karlsson who would've at least carried the Ottawa Senators. Their organization is very, very sad right now. The Ottawa Senators staff is trying to make their package of assets sound like something good. The return Ottawa got is not even close to how much EK is actually worth. We don't know if EK is going to sign an extension with San Jose, but still, that trade was horrific. We will have to see how every pans out, but the way it's looking right now is that Colorado has a great shot at the 1st overall pick this year. Comment down below how badly you think Ottawa will do!
  13. (Since all of you guys seemed to really enjoy the first top NHL players points prediction, I decided I’d do another one. I hope you guys enjoy this one just as much! Let’s get on with the topic!) The NHL season is about to start and we are all hyped to see which players will attain the most points throughout the whole entire season. We are going to predict several more of the top NHL players’ point totals that they will have at the end of this upcoming season. The players we will be doing are Evgeni Kuznetsov, Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Kane, Vladimir Taresenko, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and lastly, Johnny Gaudreau. I also like you guys’ predictions as well! Let’s get some reader engagement in the comments! EVGENI KUZNETSOV (67 points) - Evgeni Kuznetsov exploded last year. He also won the Stanley Cup with his line mates Alexander Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom. Kuznetsov is usually not in the spotlight because of his teammate Alexander Ovechkin. Last season, Kuznetsov managed to get a point total of 83 points. That may seem like a lot, but he hasn’t been consistent throughout his past NHL seasons. I also don’t see Washington to make it deep again in the playoffs. I gave Kuznetsov a reasonable total of 67 points. You can all say that is too low, but it’s actually not if you look at his previous point totals from several seasons ago. PATRICE BERGERON (70 points) - Last year Patrice Bergeron managed to get a point total of 63 points. You all know him as the two-way guy who plays a two-way game. Which he is, but he’s also a goal scorer versus a passer if you look at all of his previous NHL stats. He doesn’t get a ton of points every season like you’d expect somebody of his caliber to get. I think Boston has the pieces of make a very serious Cup run this upcoming season. I think that Bergeron is going to be a heavy contributor so I’m saying he’s going to get 70 points which would be his highest point total in one season. PATRICK KANE (79 points) - Patrick Kane managed to attain a point total of 76 points. That’s a pretty modest point total compared to his point totals in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. The Chicago Blackhawks are currently in a little bit of a rebuild because their whole team has gotten a lot older and slower. They did recently get Adam Boqvist who is sure to one day make their team. The Blackhawks also have rising star, Alex Debrincat, who is sure to play a key role in the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Chicago shouldn’t be in a huge stump this year, so Patrick Kane’s point total will go up a bit. VLADIMIR TARESENKO (73 points) - Vladimir Taresenko has always been a goal scorer instead of playmaker. He and his team didn’t do too well last season as Taresenko managed to only get 66 points. 66 points is quite modest for Taresenko because if you’ve seen his past seasons point totals, they have always been around the 70 points area. I think the addition of Ryan O’Reilly should really help boost the St. Louis Blues as a whole. If the St. Louis Blues are boosted then Vladimir Taresenko should be too, including his point totals. TYLER SEGUIN (70 points) - I think Tyler Seguin’s point totals are going to drop from last year because he’s probably worrying about a contract extension. I know it won’t make his point totals drop heavily, but it could potentially be a factor. He plays with Jamie Benn which elevates his game and vice-versa. Dallas won’t be amazing next year, but you never know. JAMIE BENN (80 points) - Jamie Benn is an elite goal scorer who plays with Tyler Seguin. His point totals the past two seasons have been mediocre considering how much he has produced in the past. He is going to get around 80 points because he’s one of the top NHLers, but not as widely known as somebody like Crosby or McDavid. JOHNNY GAUDREAU (90 points) - Johnny Gaudreau reached a personal high of 84 points which is very impressive. Calgary recently acquired Noah Hanifin from the Carolina Hurricanes which will add a young D to the already good Calgary defensive core. Johnny Hockey (nickname he is called) is probably going to go into his prime this upcoming season and reach a staggering 90 points. (The support has been incredible this past month. I hope I can keep making more NHL content for you guys because I know you guys enjoy reading it. Hit the like button if you like this particular piece!!!)