We've only got a couple weeks until pretend hockey (WCoH) and then a couple weeks after that until pretend-real hockey (NHL preseason). Soon enough, the real thing will be here and we won't know what to do with ourselves.
Until then, the season previews will continue to roll out over the next few weeks. Be on the look out for in-depth analysis, bold predictions, player profiles, league previews, and a lot more. For now, here are some links to chew on.
Top 50 player countdown resumes on NHL Network | NHL.com
Crawford, Perry, Suter... this segment of the top 50 features plenty of Preds fan favorites.
Under Pressure: Patrick Marleau – ProHockeyTalk
Marleau's production "took a dip" last year with only 25 goals and 48 points. Crazy.
Devils’ Cory Schneider to wear star-spangled pads at World Cup | The Hockey News
I hope other teams follow suit. Imagine the mosaic of flags on Team Europe's pads!
Parise glad to ‘move on’ from back injury, cleared for World Cup | The Hockey News
Terrible film idea: hockey player overcomes a possible career ending injury to play in a meaningless national tournament that no one cares about.
Inside look at Dallas Stars
"Despite the struggles of goaltenders Kari Lehtonen (.899 save percentage) and Antti Niemi (.865 save percentage) in the 2016 playoffs, it appears the Stars are sticking with the veteran tandem."
*High fives everyone else in the Central*
Avalanche’s Jared Bednar joins long list of NHL coaches who came from AHL – The Denver Post
I didn't realize former assistant coach Lane Lambert was in the running for the Avs job.
Book Review: Rob Vollman’s Stat Shot 2016 - Winging It In Motown
I've been meaning to check out Vollman's newest... has anyone else given it a go?
Cody Ceci’s New Contract is Just Right - Silver Seven
Signing an above average defenseman for less than $3 million AAV isn't bad at all.
Using Passing Data To Break Down Devils And Canadiens Defensemen
Very interesting analysis here. Subban's passing might be the best part of his game.