The Elite Play of Phil Kessel

For the Pittsburgh Penguins, Phil Kessel is playing extraordinarily well. He’s already surpassed his goals scored and points total from last year in only 67 games. He’s over a point per game player is has created his own line, but still versatile all throughout the lineup. In short, he’s playing at an elite level. But … [Read more…]

The Rise of Nikita Kucherov and William Karlsson

In the NHL right now, there are so many superstars: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, and Johnny Gaudreau to name a few. However, every season, the NHL has to hand out the Hart Memorial Trophy, the MVP of the season. This season, the superstars have been phenomenal but there are some young … [Read more…]

NHL Goalie Shot Analysis

In today’s NHL, having an elite goalie is necessary to make a playoff push, let alone ensure a playoff spot. However, when analyzing a goalie, basic hockey stats like shots and goals against average don’t tell the full story for a goalie. So for the past few months, I have been looking at previous NHL … [Read more…]

Rookies and Their Importance

I remember one day while I was walking to class when I saw someone wearing a shirt with “All Champions were once Rookies” written on it. This phrase came back to my mind constantly while I was watching the Stanley Cup playoffs and when the Pirates played the Rays on June 30th. Rookies Jake Guentzel … [Read more…]