Why Auston Matthews iIs a Better Player tThan Jack Eichel aAt This Stage of Their Respective NHL Careers: Part III

And now… The Conclusion: First of all, thank you for your patience in staying for the ride for “Why Auston Matthews is a Better Player than Jack Eichel at This Stage of Their Respective NHL Careers: Parts I and II.” And now… the long-awaited conclusion as I present to you the National Hockey League (NHL) …

Why Auston Matthews Is a Better Player Than Jack Eichel At This Stage of Their Respective NHL Career

Part II   Sorry for the Cliffhanger but… The evidence is impressive. It comes in all forms—both qualitatively (through the eyes of amateur and professional scouts) as well as quantitatively (for those who do analytics and crunch numbers). As the—what is quickly becoming insurmountable—evidence continues to pile up and trend in favour of Auston Matthews, …

Why Landing a “Generational Talent/Player” Through Today’s National Hockey League Draft Is So Difficult

Ever since the term “generational talent/player” was coined roughly a decade in the 2005 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft, a highly-anticipated draft that produced the current fact of the NHL in Crosby, NHL General Managers (GMs)—especially those whose teams are at or near the very bottom of the NHL standings from the previous season—have been …

What To Do With Auston Matthews?

Dr. Kenneth Lam’s Two Cents As Arm Chair GM: Part Two   Source: The Toronto Star While there are many uncertainties with how draft picks would turn out, one thing is certain: Toronto head coach Mike Babcock thinks highly of Maple Leafs prospect Auston Matthews. However, rumour has it that the Leafs’ bench boss is thinking …

What To Do With Auston Matthews?

Dr. Kenneth Lam’s Two Cents As Arm Chair GM: Part One On 24 June 2016, Toronto Director of Player Personnel Mark Hunter—who has since been promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager—walked up to the podium at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York and with the following words promptly affirmed the worst …

Blue Chippers or Volatile Goods?

How Valuable is the First Overall Section in the NBA Draft? Every decade or so, a supposedly “can’t miss” prospect out of high school or a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I powerhouse attracts national attention and emerges as the crown jewel of a National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. For instance, in the 2000s, …

Blue Chippers or Volatile Goods?

How Valuable is the First Overall Section in the MLB Rule Four Draft? Pop Quiz: What do Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves (2014), Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts (2012), and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (2015) have in common? Answer: They are all recent household names that were chosen with the first …

Blue Chippers or Volatile Goods?

How Valuable is the First Overall Section in the NHL Entry Draft? D-Date: With the Toronto Maple Leafs firmly entrenched in last place (as of 17 February 2016) in the National Hockey League (NHL) standings, Leafs Nation has already circled 29 February as D-Date, because a closer look at the NHL calendar would reveal that …