NHL Draft: Why Smart Money is on Using Late Picks on NCAA Players

Generally, players taken in the last two rounds of the NHL Draft are long-shots to ever play in the NHL. More often than not, these players shuttle around the bus leagues for a few years before moving on to the “regular” workforce, if they even play beyond the amateur levels. The odd time, players emerge from the late rounds to become serviceable, contributing NHL regulars (a la Grant Clitsome: Drafted 271st overall in 2004) or even NHL stars (Ever head of a guy named Pavel Dat.....

NHL Combine Scores: The Most Overrated Stat in Hockey

Much ado has recently been made over top-rated NHL prospect Sam Bennett (OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs star forward) and his failure to complete a chin-up at the 2014 NHL Draft Combine. Some people shake their head and say: “Oh, he’s not going to be able to play in the NHL. Too weak. You gotta be big and strong to play with the big boys.” I’ve also heard: “What an embarrassment. The kid is so cocky he doesn’t even train. I wouldn’t want a lazy kid with no drive on my team.” .....