InGoal Magazine’s Greg Balloch has pulled together a list of the top 50 NHL goaltending prospects heading in to the 2015/16 season.
The qualifying criteria was simple; a netminder must be 25 years old or younger, have only played 10 games or less in the NHL, and must have been drafted or signed by a professional club.
The list gives Winnipeg fans plenty to look forward to, with Connor Hellebuyck and Eric Comrie in the top 5, while Matt Murray, Zach Fucale and former Boston University netminder Matt O’Connor all feature; as does Columbus prospect Oscar Dansk, whose torrid time in North America sees him slip to 31st on the list.
You can find the full breakdown of all 50 netminders here
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One Puck Short returns from its summer vacation with a guest blog from InGoal Magazine writer Paul Campbell, who takes a sly look at the NHL’s obsession with increasing scoring:
A Modest Proposal to Increase NHL Scoring: What do the Analytics Say?
The new rules introduced by the NHL Board of Governors for the 2015-2016 season have done nothing to address the league’s universally-acknowledged goal-scoring shortage. Players, fans, mascots, and mangers are hungry, maybe even desperate, for explosive NBA-style scoring. So far, the league has refused to take serious action.
On what felt like the busiest July 1st for a number of years, the 2015 ‘free agent frenzy’ began with a flurry of activity; with Phil Kessel’s trade to Pittsburgh the biggest move of the day.
But the talented wingers move to Pennsylvania should not overshadow the savvy signings made by a number of clubs – nor the risks others have taken in the hop of boosting their teams fortunes.
Here are seven of the most intriguing moves made on the opening day of free agency:
We discussed Tony Hand’s recent comments about the state of the British game, the use of import netminders in the EPL, the newly formed under 20s leagues and much more.
Via InGoal Magazine:
“Emma Nichols is only 11 years old, but she is well on her way to becoming a YouTube sensation.
A video from the 2015 EIHA Inter Conference Tournament held in Sheffield, England was recently uploaded, and it featured the young British netminder picking up a 3-0 shutout in fantastic fashion
The roughly two minute clip shows an impressive assortment of saves, making it hard to believe that she is only an 11-year-old.
The tournament took place from May 1st to 5th, and this video was eventually uploaded on May 14th.
Not much else is known about the young phenom, but with brilliant saves like that, it won’t be long before we hear more about her. Team GB may have a future hockey star on their hands!”
Pro ice hockey goalies have often tapped in to their favourite pop culture references when it comes to the designs that adorn their masks – with New York Rangers puck stopper Cam Talbot tapping in to his love for Ghostbusters on more than one occasion.
27-year old teamed up with David Gunnarsson of DaveArt to produce another ‘Busters themed mask – this time featuring iconic ‘villain’ Slimer:
The gluttonous ghoul may have switched colour – to align with the Rangers blue and white jerseys – but it’s still a pretty awesome design. Especially when you factor in GLOW IN THE DARK EYES AND TEETH!!!
Find more picutres of Talbot’s new lid, as well as links to some of his old Ghostbusters masks at InGoalMag.com
Matt Larkin of The Hockey News joins me on this week’s podcast to look back at the opening games of the Conference semifinals – including the Flames vital victory in game 3, Chicago’s domination of Minnesota and Tampa Bay’s impressive displays.
Ray Shero’s appointment as New Jersey’s new General Manager also comes under the microscope, while the ever changing coaching landscape continues to throw up all kinds of interesting combinations.
Thanks to Matt for joining me today. You can follow him on Twitter @THNMattLarkin