From First Overall to the KHL

Nail Yakupov has signed a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg, a KHL (Russian league) team. He was drafted first overall in the 2012 draft by the Edmonton Oilers and, following a four-year stint with the team, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues, after which he signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. … Continue reading From First Overall to the KHL

Biggest Steals in Past Drafts by Each NHL Team

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft starts on Friday night with the first round and resumes on Saturday with rounds two through six. To give you a look into the past, we've complied a list of players who are considered "steals" in the modern era. Anaheim Ducks: Josh Manson (Defenseman) Manson was drafted in the sixth round, nineth … Continue reading Biggest Steals in Past Drafts by Each NHL Team

The Stanley Cup is the Capitals’ to Lose

It's safe to say not many people predicted the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights to be in the Stanley Cup Final, but here we are. Four games in and the Capitals lead the series 3-1. Vegas won the first game at home and then dropped three straight games. The Capitals have been playing … Continue reading The Stanley Cup is the Capitals’ to Lose

Potential Conn Smythe Winners

Now that we're down to four teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs, it's time to look at who the potential Conn Smythe Trophy winner might be. The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final to the player who is deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs … Continue reading Potential Conn Smythe Winners

NHL Star-Studded World Championship

The 2018 World Championship will take place in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. The tournament began Friday, May 4 and will conclude with the finals being on Sunday, May 20. As always, since the tournament is taking place at the same time as the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, many key stars will be missing. However, this leaves room for … Continue reading NHL Star-Studded World Championship

Will This Be the Caps’ Year?

The Washington Capitals will be playing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the third straight year. It's become a running joke that the Capitals can't make it out of the second round, especially when playing against the Penguins. Despite having a solid team the last few years, the … Continue reading Will This Be the Caps’ Year?

A Vegas Sweep? You Bet!

The team from the city of luck proves it's more than that. The Vegas Golden Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. They won the series 4-0 and only allowed three goals in all of the games combined. As an expansion team making it into the playoffs in the first year, many don't … Continue reading A Vegas Sweep? You Bet!

Puck It Up’s Hart Trophy Picks

Every year the Hart trophy by definition goes to the most valuable player to their team as deemed by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. This season has the largest pool of potential nominees than what we have seen in past seasons.  Here are our picks for the Hart trophy: Jen’s Pick: Taylor Hall Every year, the … Continue reading Puck It Up’s Hart Trophy Picks

Puck It Up’s Norris Trophy Picks

The Norris trophy goes to the best defensemen in the NHL this season. We often see it go to the best "defensive forward," a defensemen who happens to score a lot of goals. This doesn't necessarily make them the best defensemen, but the definition of the trophy and who deserves it is up to interpretation. … Continue reading Puck It Up’s Norris Trophy Picks

Puck It Up’s Calder Picks

As the season comes to an end, nominees for various trophies like the Calder, Norris, Selke, Jack Adams, Vezina, and Hart will be named by the NHL on behalf of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, NHL general managers, and the NHL Broadcasters' Association. All of us at Puck It Up have decided to make our own … Continue reading Puck It Up’s Calder Picks