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June 26, 2011

Premium Article Plugging Holes: Pacific Division

by Jonathan Willis

The San Jose Sharks are a strong team, but could use blue-line help. Editor's note: This column was originally published before the flurry of trades surrounding the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

June 22, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Blowing Up The Oilers' Bottom Six

by Jonathan Willis

As one step in a long road towards competing, Edmonton needs to completely revamp the bottom of their lineup.

June 3, 2011

Premium Article Angles and Caroms: Previewing The Stanley Cup Finals

by Jonathan Willis

Bruins must improve on the power play if they want to hoist the Cup.

May 15, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Goaltending Could Cost Sharks

by Jonathan Willis

Identifying Achilles' heels of all four conference finalists.

May 2, 2011

Premium Article Draft Mid-Terms: Domestic Skaters, Part 6

by Jonathan Willis

Still a ways down the Central Scouting Bureau's list, some of the intriguing prospects include Keegan Lowe, son of Oilers' great Kevin Lowe, some big, tough defensive specialists and potentially the best skater in the draft.

April 28, 2011

NHL Playoffs, Second Round: San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings

by Jonathan Willis

It's an epic matchup, between another Cup-contending edition of the Red Wings and perhaps the most intriguing incarnation of the Sharks, two veteran teams with narrowing windows of opportunity. Backstopped by competent but not elite goaltending, it looks like we'll be treated to a high scoring series.

April 22, 2011

Draft Mid-Terms: International Skaters, Part 1

by Jonathan Willis

After checking out International Goalies and making a dent into Domestic Skaters, Jonathan shifts his focus at looking at the long shots among International Skater prospects.

April 20, 2011

Premium Article Draft Mid-Terms: Domestic Skaters, Part 5

by Jonathan Willis

Jonathan looks for more potential diamonds in the rough for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft among the lower-ranked domestic skaters.

April 14, 2011

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres

by Jonathan Willis

The Buffalo Sabres rallied in the second half of the season to make it to the postseason dance. Can they outduel what was the strongest team in the Eastern Conference for most of the regular season?

April 13, 2011

Premium Article Angles and Caroms: Puck Luck Could Pluck Ducks

by Jonathan Willis

One-goal game success shows Anaheim's talent, but doesn't bode well for playoffs.

March 31, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Flyers Goalies Can Win Stanley Cup

by Jonathan Willis

Historical comparison reveals Flyers can win the Cup with Bobrovsky and Boucher.

March 28, 2011

Premium Article Draft Mid-Terms: Domestic Skaters, Part 4

by Jonathan Willis

This edition of Draft Mid-Terms covers several interesting prospects, including Minnesota's reigning "Mr. Hockey" and an ill-tempered Finnish defenseman who chose to play high school hockey in Southern California.

March 23, 2011

Premium Article Draft Mid-Terms: Domestic Skaters, Part 3

by Jonathan Willis

From Oliver D'Aoust to Jack Barre to Troy Vance, here's our third installation on domestic skaters that are ranked by the Central Scouting Bureau.

March 22, 2011

Draft Mid-Terms: Domestic Skaters, Part 2

by Jonathan Willis

Which prospects might end up as flyers for some NHL team?

March 21, 2011

Draft Mid-Terms: Domestic Skaters, Part 1

by Jonathan Willis

Continuing his mid-term evaluations of players ranked by NHL Central Scouting, Jonathan delves into the domestic skaters.

March 14, 2011

Draft Mid-Terms: International Goaltenders

by Jonathan Willis

Jonathan weighs in with his rankings on the top international goaltenders in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

March 5, 2011

Angles and Caroms: The Western Conference Playoff Race

by Jonathan Willis

Jonathan handicaps the bubble teams in the West, and tells us who he sees capturing postseason berths.

February 28, 2011

Buyers and Sellers: Boyes to Buffalo

by Jonathan Willis

In a move to bolster themselves for a final playoff push, the Sabres add top six forward Brad Boyes, signalling to many that they truly have a new management philosophy. Meanwhile, the movement of talent in St. Louis has mostly been out of town, bringing questions about the Blues' overall direction.

February 22, 2011

Premium Article Deadline Deals: Pacific Division

by Jonathan Willis

Hockey Prospectus takes a look at how each Pacific team can get better by the deadline.

February 20, 2011

Angles and Caroms: Boston Bruins Primed for Cup Run

by Jonathan Willis

Tomas Kaberle trade boosts B's, parting with Rich Peverley hurts Thrashers.