Free Agent draft 2021


Leafs take winger Miles Wood to start things off., 

TOR- Miles Wood
LAK- Mason Appleton
NYI- Brenden Dillon
WPG- Marcus Foligno
MNW- Cody Ceci
VGK- Gustav Forsling
NJD- Barclay Goodrow
TBL- Pass

Round 5…2021 draft


65. TOR- Alex Barre-Boulet
66. LA- Mikhail Maltsev
67. NYI- Nathan Bastian
69. MIN- Zach Whitecloud
71 PHI- Alexander Volkov
72. SJ- PASS
73 MON- Joel Hanley
74. COL-  Wyatt Kalynuk
75. STL- Olli Juolevi
76. DAL- Pass
77. VAN- Nick Merkley
78. BOS- Steve Lorentz
79. TB- Connor Mackey
80 PHI.Nikolai Knyzhov  -SJS


New Jersey trades its 2021 5th round pick to Philadelphia for their 2022 5th round pick. Flyers to confirm.



Round 2 of 2021 Howe League draft

1. LA –  Kirill Kaprizov
>> 2. WIN- Alexis Lafreniere
>> 3. TOR- Trevor Zegras
>> 4. NYI- Josh Norris
>> 5. MIN- Jason Robertson
>> 6. VGK- Cole Caufield
>> 7. NJ- Ty Smith
>> 8. SJ- Tim Stutzle
>> 9. MON- Oliver Wahlstrom
>> 10. COL- Jamie Drysdale
>> 11. STL- Bowen Byram
>> 12. DAL- Nils Hoglander
>> 13. VAN- Jeremy Swayman
>> 14. BOS- Ilya Sorokin
>> 15. COL- Yegor Sharangovich
>> 16. TOR- eeli Tovanen


17. TOR- K’Andre Miller
18. LAK- Owen Tippett
19. NYI- Alex Romanov
20. WIN- Gabe Vilardi
21. MIN- Dylan Cozens
22. SJS- Vitali Kravtsov
23. NJD- Jake Oettinger
24. SJS- Filip Gustavsson
25. MON- Michael Bunting
26. COL- Jake Bean
27. STL- Shane Pinto
28. DAL- Pius Suter
29. VAN- Jaret Anderson-Dolan
30. COL- Connor Timmins
31. TB- Janne Kuokkanen
32. MIN- Ross Colton

Colorado swings another deal…plus more deals…

Colorado will accept this year’s second round pick from Boston in exchange for Colorado FA pick 10th overall this year.


The Jets trade John Carlson and their 2022 2nd rounder to Tampa BAy  for Cal Petersen and Damon Severson.


Wild trade Zucker to Montreal for Ethan Bear. Craig to confirm.



As the draft board suggests…the Golden Knights have traded the next pick along with longtime captain Drew Doughty to San Jose for Cam Talbot, Jaden Schwartz, and San Jose’s 3rd rounder coming up. A bittersweet ending for the former #1 overall pick Doughty, who hardly sniffed the playoffs during his tenure. The Knights, mired in mediocrity, have named Hedman captain and given the A’s to Seth Jones and Bo Horvat.


The $9 million dollar man goes first overall in 2021 draft

Round one……. ROUND TWO

1. LA –  Kirill Kaprizov………..Toronto- K’Andre Miller

2. WIN- Alexis Lafreniere…….LA Owen Tippett,rw, Flo
3. TOR- Trevor Zegras
4. NYI- Josh Norris
5. MIN- Jason Robertson
6. VGK- Cole Caufield
7. NJ- Ty Smith
8. SJ-Tim Stutzle
9. MON- Oliver Wahlstrom
10. COL- Jamie Drysdale
11. STL-Bowen Byram
12. DAL-Nils Hoglander
13. VAN-jeremy Swayman
14. BOS-ilya Sorokin
15. COL-Yegor Sharangovich
16. TOR-Eeli Tolvanen

Colorado- Philadelphia trade

Trade: Kris Letang is heading to Philadelphia. The third highest point producer on the Avalanche team last season has been moved for 23 year old Mikhail Sergachev.

Coach Roy was a little surprised by GM Anton’s move. “ I had Tanger pegged into my first first pairing. Now I have to gave a better look. “

Kevin – Colorado


Flyer preview for 2021

With a veteran lineup and many who don’t want to be a part of a rebuild the Flyers had a summer team meeting. Crosby, Giroux, Getzlaf and Backlund were the most vocal and expressed ideas to reinvest in our team. Paul Holmgren agreed adding he liked the Tiki Bars in TBay and the Poutine in Montreal. New owner Todd Martin had to agree with the 5 saying “Philadelphia has never been so alive”. It can be addicting these deep playoff runs so the Flyers started investing youth and picks for current talent.Regretfully the Flyers moved out Carter Hart and it was hard letting go of the future and telling a 22 year old the news. In exchange the Flyers receive Marc-Andre Fleury who had a Vezina season going .928 in 36 games. In a second move the team moved their 2022 1st round to Toronto for Evander Kane to add some much needed scoring punch. In 56 games he banged 22 goals and added 27 assists while cutting his penalty minutes down drastically. Being able to play RW pushed the Flyers to make the move. Konecny and Larkin are down in numbers and we had to have a second line that could score.
Philadelphia may not be done yet but feel solid enough to get into the top 8.
In other news there were rumours that owner Todd Martin hated when the Swammi was right. Arrested Monday evening were Bret Connolly and Ilya Lyubushkin for an attempted Break & Enter at the home of the dreaded Crystal Ball. The Flyer’s owner met with the Media Tuesday afternoon saying he had nothing to do with it. Journalists swear his nose grew by 2 inches before the meeting was done. He also grabbed his tie a lot like Rodney Dangerfield and sweated profusely. Pretrial is dated for September 21st.

Here’s our current opening possible lineup, but stay tuned this could change.
Hall – Crosby – Kane

Giroux – Larkin – Pastrnak

Marchessault – Backlund – Konecny

Kerfoot – Eller – Getzlaf

Spares: Bozak, Joseph, Faksa, Sundqvist, Dzingel ……etc

Krug – Ellis

Suter – Sergachev

Schmidt – Gudas

Spares: Larsson and Scandella.




Todd Martin.

NY Islander preview…. rumours they are leaving Nassau Coliseum

We want to start by announcing that this will be the last season for the New York Islanders, we had a lot of great seasons including a championship in 06-07 (I was 16 years old). Approaching 30 years of age come October, we have decided to move the franchise to Seattle. But for now, we are still Islanders and we want to thank some great gentleman for their amazing services…

First, Alex Steen. He was one of our leaders, great defensively and he will truly be missed as a player. Rumor has it that he will join the coaching staff, and front runner to take over for Huet next season. Next we want to thank Grabner for his long tenure with the Islanders, he scored many big goals and usually in a bottom 6 role. Andrew Shaw, best of luck in retirement, we got a few gritty years out of ya! Last is Mikko Koivu, we only had one year with you but it helped our young guys tremendously.


As for the direction of the Islanders/Kraken, we want to get younger but remain competitive and we believe that is exactly what we will be doing this season. We have the 4th overall pick and another pick in the top 20, we won’t be necessarily looking at needs but top talent overall. We feel great about our position in free agency as well, a goalie was brought into camp, two defenseman and a young forward. Management will be pleased to select any one of them.

Morning skate earlier today:

Tkachuk, Bergeron, Perron
JVR, Karlsson, Batherson
Mantha, Hayes, Burakovsky
Sheary, Glendening, Olofsson
Athanasiou, Byron, Dube

Brodin, McAvoy
Fowler, Trouba
Chiarot, Del Zotto
C. Jones, Lindstrom


Islanders are open to moving Petr Mrazek. Management is looking to improve defensively, with our forward group and bottom two defense pairings.

Can’t wait to get going with the draft! Enjoy the rest of your summer fellas!

Kevin – NYI




Blues 13 year playoff streak in serious jeopardy!

Blues streak in serious jeopardy!

The St.Louis Blues have made the playoffs 13 straight years but could this be the end. Drafting late in the draft is fun as you have a chance to find some hidden gems, but most likely with the strength and knowledge of the great Howe League owners, those gems can be few and far between. The St.Louis Blues playoff streak could finally be in serious jeopardy looking at the ratings that just came out. Some of the key players on the Blues are now reaching their 30’s and mid 30’s. Some of their ratings stay the same, some of the ratings go down with age. Their is a huge hole on left defense on that third pairing as Zadorov is not a great passer, but can intimidate.  Scoring looks to be down , and their are a lot of defensive two’s on that third and fourth line.  Vasilevskiy will win somes games on his own in net for the Blues, but there might be a lot of 2-1, 3-2, 1-0 hockey games.  Maybe it is time for the Blues to make a serious dump of talent (Burns, Ekman-Larsson, Pietrangelo, Scheifele, Granlund, Forsberg, Foligno) for high picks and youth…. stay tuned, we shall see.

The Blues streak looks like this:

Blues 13 year playoff streak

  1. 2020-2021 Sixth overall 95 points
  2. 2019-2020 Fifth overall 98 points 
  3. 2018-2019 Third overall 96 points
  4. 2017-2018 First overall 112 points
  5. 2016-2017 Sixth overall 94 points
  6. 2015-2016 First overall 114 points
  7. 2014-2015 Sixth overall 89 points
  8. 2013-2014 Sixth overall 96 points 
  9. 2012-2013 First overall 114 points 
  10. 2011-2012 Third overall 106 points
  11. 2010-2011  Eighth overall 84 points
  12. 2009-2010 Sixth overall 93 points
  13. 2008-2009 Fourth overall 111 points
  14. 2007-2008  16th overall as the Atlanta Thrashers  65 points.

The Blues lineup will look like this (defense ratings in brackets).

  • Forsberg (3)- Scheiefele (4)- Granlund (4),   Theodore (4), Faulk (4)
  • Tkachuk (3) – N.Foligno (3)-  Armia (3) ,  Ekman-Larsson (3), Pietrangelo (3)
  • K.Connor (2)- A.Kempe (2) – J.Bratt (2) , N.Zadorov (2), B.Burns (2)
  • Laughton (2), B.Sutter (3) , Coyle (2)
  • Goaltending Vasilevskiy