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Nashville Predators News

5 Players who Could Ascend to Top Prospect Status in the 2020-21... | EP Rinkside
Every year, a handful of prospects take a massive leap. Their development accelerates past their peers drafted around, or even ahead of them. That’s what happened with Nick Robertson, the 53rd...

2020 NHL Entry Draft Profile: Brock Faber (D) - On the Forecheck
Faber may be the second U.S. Development Program defender off the board in October.

Winnipeg Jets - Grit/60 Podcast - Episode 72 - Featuring Bryan Bastin

Brendan Farrell was kind enough to have me on the show for a second time, but there was a lot to cover, even though both of our teams are long gone from the playoffs. Topics include:

  • The NHL’s reaction to Black Lives Matter and Sunday’s shootings in Kenowa
  • My reactions specifically to how Nashville remained silent
  • Brendan having me read their “statement” live as it was released (before it was deleted to remove the #BLM hashtag)
  • General discussion on what went wrong for two teams most of us thought would sit atop the Central Division for awhile
  • Analytics as always, including the biggest softball I could’ve ever lobbed to Brendan, who just barely realized what I was doing
  • Somehow ended on college football and how it makes me sad


Diversity in Hockey

How the NHL needs to change to fight anti-Black racism

Collegiate hockey writer Jashvina Shah speaks on the very nature of the insular NHL culture, and how breaking down racism is incredibly difficult, but steps can be taken. Watch below:

Guest post: Why I’m both encouraged and discouraged by NHLers taking a stand | theScore.com
Another impactful piece by Chris Watkins, aka @yolo_pinyato on twitter. Can’t encourage this read enough.

NHL plays on while WNBA, NBA, MLB, MLS teams boycott games - Blueshirt Banter
A message missed.

We Are Sport-Diversity and Leadership Panel Discussion – Black Girl Hockey Club


Color of Hockey: Etem eager to start next phase of career
William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Today, he profiles former NHL player Emerson Etem.

IIHF - Making their mark
10 players of colour who shone in international hockey.

Keeper signs with Panthers, first NHL player from Pimicikamak Cree Nation
Brady Keeper, the first person from Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Manitoba to play in the NHL, signed a one-year, two-way contract to stay with the Florida Panthers on Monday. Financial terms were not released.

Reality Check on Tokenism.. The corporate sports culture is a… | by Jens | Aug, 2020 | Medium
"The corporate sports culture is a no-man's-land for Deaf people in general, as we are often not part of it from childhood due to various factors."

Silence Ends Now.. A sport that has given me so much but… | by Jens | Aug, 2020 | Medium
"Authoring this piece is a true dilemma for me as able-bodied society does systematically oppress disabled people in general."

#BlackLivesMatter and Hockey. Will Hockey listen this time? | by Jens | Aug, 2020 | Medium
"Straight up, there is no true way to describe the magnitude of emotions that are rolling through the BIPOC/POC communities."


Analytics Corner

Getting Abstract with Micah Blake McCurdy - Asking For Directions
Learn why the creator of hockeyviz.com generally prefers to serve the public rather than an NHL front office.

What if Wakanda had an Olympic Hockey Team? A statistical breakdown of the league's top black players - Raw Charge
A statistical breakdown of the league's top black players, from a few years ago but still well worth a read.

Zone entries that lead to Shots and Scoring Chances
Thanks to Sportlogiq, we are able to get in-depth answers to questions about where a player excels or struggles. Here's a look at the best defenders in the NHL at outlet and stretch passing, as well as those who are efficient at transporting the puck out of the defensive zone.

Presenting the 2019-20 NHL Anti-Awards - JFresh’s Newsletter
Worst Defensive Forward, Least Valuable Player, and lots more.

NHL Playoffs Stats Recap: September 1, 2020 - On the Forecheck
Your home for the statistics and graphs for every playoff game, every night.

NHL Playoffs Stats Recap: August 31, 2020 - On the Forecheck
Your home for the statistics and graphs for every playoff game, every night.


Around the NHL

Breaking Down The Breakdown in Game 5 - Defending Big D
Dallas spiraled to start and could never recover as Colorado forced Game 6. The details show an ugly start that saw Dallas completely abandon their style.

Colorado Avalanche send a message, force game 6 with 6-3 win over Stars - Mile High Hockey
The Avalanche scored five goals in the first period in a roller coaster contest and beat the Dallas Stars 6-3.

Morning After Thoughts: how the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Boston Bruins - Raw Charge
WITH KINDNESS. Just kidding.

With retirement rumors swirling, Chara says he hasn’t made a decision on next year - Stanley Cup of Chowder
One of this fall’s "what ifs" for the Bruins.

Rangers hire Martin as assistant, will run penalty kill, defense
David Quinn's friendship with Mike Sullivan helped pave the way for Jacques Martin to join the New York Rangers coaching staff on Monday.

Crosby has wrist surgery, will be ready for next season with Penguins
Sidney Crosby had arthroscopic surgery on his wrist Monday. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain is expected to recover in 3-4 weeks.

Bruins face uncertain future after season-ending Game 5 loss to Lightning
For most of his postgame press conference, David Krejci kept his head down, his eyes hidden by the brim of his cap. He seemed emotional, disappointed, wrung out by the intensity of losing Game 5 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2 in double overtime on Monday, a game that ended the Boston Bruins' chances of making a return to the Stanley Cup Final.

NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results
Another week of zero positive tests!

What we're hearing about the 2020-21 NHL season
When will it start? Where will games be played? How many fans will be there? What will the next set of COVID-19 protocols look like? Here's what league insiders are saying.


Bryan’s Personal Tweet of the Week

Bryan’s Forced Tweet of the Week


Bryan’s Song of The Day

Hip-hop? Rock anthem from Scott Pilgrim? The stylings of comedy band Ninja S*x Party?

No, today I have to honor the dad that is inside of me. It’s yacht rock time.