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Thoughts on Sam Girard's seven-year extension with the Avalanche?

August 1, 2019 - 11:34 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell I think this is a nice bit of business for the Colorado Avalanche. Sam Girard is already one of the league's best in terms of successfully breaking the puck out of the defensive zone and maintaining possession. The #GoAvsGo have signed one...

Top-5 centers in the Eastern Conference?

August 3, 2019 - 12:36 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Sidney Crosby Crosby put up 100 points, posted remarkable on-ice numbers at 5v5 (54.52 CF%, 56.46 xGF%, 65.60 GF%), and led the league in Goals Above Replacemant, according to Evolving-Hockey. If he's not the best player in the NHL, he's sti...

Top-5 centers in the Western Conference?

August 5, 2019 - 12:08 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Connor McDavid Has put up at least 100 points in three consecutive seasons and clearly established himself as the NHL's premium gamebreaker. It's a sin he's only made the playoffs once on the incompetent Oilers. 2. Nathan MacKinnon Was...

Top-5 wingers in the Eastern Conference?

August 6, 2019 - 12:48 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Nikita Kucherov Kucherov was full value for his 2018-19 Hart Trophy victory, piling up a remarkable 128 points while also driving possession and drawing penalties in bunches (though he also took his fair share). With 228 points to his credit...

Top-5 wingers in the Western Conference?

August 7, 2019 - 1:06 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Mark Stone Despite spending the majority of the season on a horrendous Ottawa team, Stone posted exceptional on-ice numbers – headlined by a 57.71 expected goals for% and 57.85 goals for% at 5v5. Stone put up 33 goals and 73 points so the...

Top-5 defensemen in the Eastern Conference?

August 8, 2019 - 2:06 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Victor Hedman He has scored at least 10 goals in six consecutive seasons and recorded 50+ points in three straight. This while driving possession and logging a ton of minutes for arguably the best team in the league. 2. John Carlson Ca...

Top-5 defensemen in the Western Conference?

August 11, 2019 - 11:22 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Erik Karlsson Karlsson put together a quietly fantastic season in San Jose despite fighting through injuries. The Sharks controlled an insane 59.22% of the shot attempts and 58.88% of the expected goals with Karlsson on the ice at 5v5. Both...

Top-5 goaltenders in the Eastern Conference?

August 12, 2019 - 1:34 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Andrei Vasilevskiy Vasilevskiy leads all Eastern Conference starters in 5v5 save percentage and goals saved above average over the last two seasons. He also just won the Vezina. That'll do it. 2. Sergei Bobrovsky What I said about Vasi...

Top-5 goaltenders in the Western Conference?

August 13, 2019 - 12:08 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. John Gibson Gibson ranks 1st in save percentage and quality start% among goaltenders with 200+ games over the last four seasons. He also matched Andrei Vasilevskiy in 5v5 SV% last year while playing behind a train wreck of Anaheim team. He's...

Top-5 centers in the NHL age 22 and under

August 15, 2019 - 1:28 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Connor McDavid He's already the most productive, dynamic, and dominant player in the league and the best is yet to come. Imagine what he'd be like with a more competent supporting cast. 2. Auston Matthews Scoring goals is hard. Scoring...

Top-5 wingers in the NHL age 22 and under

August 17, 2019 - 11:15 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Mitch Marner I don't think he's as good defensively as a lot of people make him out to be but he's a wizard with the puck and is one of the league's top playmakers. 2. Timo Meier Meier is already an elite 5v5 point producer and chance...

Top-5 defensemen in the NHL age 22 and under

August 19, 2019 - 10:57 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell 1. Thomas Chabot Chabot is an elite skating defenseman who drives play and produces a ton of offense while shouldering a massive workload. John Carlson, Victor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, Morgan Rielly, and Mark Giordano were the only defenders wort...

Best forward duo in the Atlantic Division?

August 21, 2019 - 11:13 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Todd Cordell Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. They've been one of the league's best duos for years now and they're showing no signs of slowing down. Last season they helped the Boston Bruins control 56% of the shot attempts, 56% of the expected goals,...