Month: August 2017

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Arizona Coyotes Shane Doan Officially Retires from NHL

After 21 terrific seasons in the NHL, Shane Doan has officially called it a career. The 40-year-old veteran of 1,540 career games will always be remembered for his on and off ice contributions to hockey. In 1995 when the Arizona Coyotes were still in Winnipeg before they relocated, Doan was selected by the team seventh overall in the first round of the Entry Draft after strong seasons in the WHL.

From 1992-93 to 1994-95, Doan played for the Kamloops Blazers. And in doing so helped the team earn back to back Memorial Cup victories as the top team in the CHL in 1993-94 and 1994-95. He played a total of 174 games in the WHL putting up 68 goals and adding 93 assists for 161 points with 259 penalty minutes.

After he was drafted by Winnipeg he would step into the NHL right away and in his rookie season, he played 74 games putting up 17 points. The following year Winnipeg was on the move to the state of Arizona to become the Phoenix Coyotes, but Doan would stay there his entire career.

He made a brief stop in the AHL during the 1997-98 season appearing in 39 games for the Springfield Falcons but after that, it was all Phoenix. In 2000-01 Doan was assigned as one of the teams alternate captains, he would hold that “A” on his jersey for the next two years before finally earning the “C” in 2003-04.

He would be the team’s captain for the next 12 seasons, his best year statistically came in 2007-08 when in 80 games he tallied 28 goals and 50 assists for 78 points. He also put up 59 penalty minutes that season with a plus/minus rating of plus four. He finished the NHL with 402 goals, 570 assists, and 972 points in those 1,540 games with 1,353 penalty minutes as well as a career minus 54 rating which isn’t bad for 21 years in the NHL with some pretty weak Arizona teams.

But besides the NHL, Doan is still active in the WHL as he has been the Kamloops franchise owner from 2007-08 to the present day. And he has also played a lot of international hockey as well with some success. In 2002-03 he’d win a World Championship Gold medal for Team Canada, a World Cup Gold medal in 2003-04, a World Championship Silver medal in 2004-05, a World Championship Gold medal in 2006-07, a World Championship Silver medal in 2007-08, and finally another World Championship Silver medal in 2008-09.

He leaves the franchise as the leader in Points, Goals, Assists, Penalty Minutes, and Games Played. He’s definitely going to be missed in that locker room and around the rest of the NHL. And it’s very likely that Doan will have his number retired and raised to the rafters either this season or next, and he definitely deserves it.

KHL Daily Update: Avangard, Barys, Sochi and More

Welcome back to our KHL Daily Update, we provide a daily analysis of games played around the KHL, a total of seven games were played on Monday. Sibir lost a surprising game against Torpedo 3-2, Avangard moved up in the standings with a 4-2 win over Spartak, next Barys continued their hot play with a win over Severstal 4-3, Kunlun was able to edge out Salavat by a score of 2-1, Dinamo Riga performed a nice comeback for the 3-2 overtime win against Yugra, AK Bars earned a much needed win against Amur 2-1, and finally Sochi beat Admiral 3-1.

Sibir (2) vs. Torpedo (3)

Sibir was near the top of the standings while Torpedo was more in the middle of the pack going into this game so it was obvious who the favorites were. But Torpedo managed to cause an upset that led to their victory in the third period. Jonas Enlund would open the scoring for Sibir just three minutes into the game and it wouldn’t be until 10 minutes into the second that Torpedo would tie it at 1-1 with the help of Gennady Stolyarov. But the tie was short lived as Sibir’s Alexander A. Sharov would score just seven minutes later making it a 2-1 game heading into the final period. And it took just 14 seconds for Denis Parshin to make it an even game again and seven minutes after that Yegor Dugin would score the game winner for Torpedo.

Sibir G – Alexander Salak – 90.6 save percentage, 3.04 goals-against-average, 32 SOG, 29 saves.
Torpedo G – Stanislav Gakumov – 86.7 save percentage, 2.01 goals-against-average, 15 SOG, 13 saves.

Avangard (4) vs. Spartak (2)

Avangard is another team that has been playing extremely well the last few games and after today’s win, they now sit second in overall standings. The scoring wouldn’t start until almost 17 minutes into the first period when Avangard’s Valentin Pyanov would notch his second of the season. But three minutes after Evgeny Orlov of Spartak would even up the game. Andre Petersson was the lone goal scorer in the second period which gave Avangard the lead heading into the third. But in the third period just four minutes in, former Boston Bruins forward Alexander Khokhlachev tied it up at two’s with his third of the year. But Avangard would strike back twice, first was Kirill Semyonov getting his first of the year and finally, Pyotr Khokhryakov would make it a 4-2 final.

Avangard G – Oleg Shilin – 90.9 save percentage, 2.00 goals-against-average, 22 SOG, 20 saves.
Spartak G – Nikita Bespalov – 85.7 save percentage, 4.00 goals-against-average, 28 SOG, 24 saves.

Barys (4) vs. Severstal (3)

Barys has been on a good winning streak while Severstal has yet to win a single game this year. Barys would open the scoring when Nigel Dawes would get his first of the year 16 minutes into the first period. A total of five goals were scored in the second period, first Alexander Bumagin would tie up the game for Severstal, but nearly 20 seconds later Darren Dietz would once again give Barys the lead. Next Talgat Zhailauov would give his team a two goal cushion 14 minutes into the frame but four minutes after that Dmitry Kagarlitsky would make it a one goal game. It took just three minutes into the third for Maxim Rybin to tie the game at three’s. But with four minutes left in the game, Nigel Dawes came through in the clutch with his second of the season to give Barys the 4-3 victory.

Barys G – Henrik Karlsson – 87.5 save percentage, 3.00 goals-against-average, 24 SOG, 21 saves.
Severstal G – Julius Hudacek – 88.9 save percentage, 4.01 goals-against-average, 36 SOG, 32 saves.

Salavat (1) vs. Kunlun (2)

A total of 44 minutes was played before the first goal of the game happened, Philip Larsen would score his third of the season on the power-play. However, just four minutes later former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alexei Ponikarovsky tied the game at ones. And with two seconds left in the game, former AHLer Brandon DeFazio scored his second of the season to give Kunlun the 2-1 victory.

Salavat G – Andrei Kareyev – 94.1 save percentage, 2.02 goals-against-average, 34 SOG, 32 saves.
Kunlun G – Magnus Hellberg – 96.4 save percentage, 1.03 goals-against-average, 28 SOG, 27 saves.

Yugra (2) vs. Dinamo Riga (3 OT)

Another team that has been floating around the bottom of the standings is Yugra, they have been unable to earn a single victory in their four games so far this season and heading into this one it seemed like that streak would be snapped. The reason for this was due to the fact just six minutes into the game Ivan Lekomtsev scored his first on the power-play to give Yugra the 1-0 lead, and nine minutes into the second Pavel Varfolomeyev made it a 2-0 game. But 14 minutes into the third period Brandon McMillan would score on the power-play to make it a 2-1 game and five minutes later Miks Indrasis would tie it up with 13 seconds left. And with just one minute into overtime, Lucas Lessio of Dinamo Riga would steal the game when he used his speed to blow past everyone and deke out the goalie for the win.

Yugra G – Vladislav Fokin – 88.5 save percentage, 2.96 goals-against-average, 26 SOG, 23 saves.
Dinamo Riga G – Justin Peters – 88.9 save percentage, 2.00 goals-against-average, 18 SOG, 16 saves.

AK Bars (2) vs. Amur (1)

With today’s win, AK Bars now sits in the top four in overall standings due to their strong play the last couple of games. And they didn’t let up against an Amur team that has been turning things around. It took eight minutes into the third period for the first goal to be scored and it came from the hands of Bars’ Vasily Tokranov. And almost 10 seconds later Pavel Turbin of Amur would tie the game with his first of the season. However, that was short lived as Fyodor Malykhin would notch his second of the season on the powerplay with five minutes left in the game to give AK another win.

AK Bars G – Emil Garipov – 96.0 save percentage, 1.01 goals-against-average, 25 SOG, 24 saves.
Amur G – Juha Metsola – 94.1 save percentage, 2.01 goals-against-average, 34 SOG, 32 saves.

Sochi (3) vs. Admiral (1)

khlThis was a great game, not just for the fact it was close but because both of these teams have been hard pressed to earn their first win of the season, and Sochi finally got theirs. It took just one minute and 33 seconds for Alexei Tsvetkov to score the first goal of the game to give Sochi and early 1-0 lead. And three minutes later Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov would make it a 2-0 game with his second of the season. But 12 and a half minutes into the first Evgeny Grigorenko would tally a power-play goal to make it a 2-1 game, giving Admiral a chance. But in the third with two minutes left in the game Sochi forward Sean Collins would score his first of the year and give Sochi their first win while handing Admiral their fourth loss in as many games.

Sochi G – Dmitry Shikin – 97.6 save percentage, 1.00 goals-against-average, 41 SOG, 40 saves.
Admiral G – Igor Bobkov – 89.3 save percentage, 3.00 goals-against-average, 28 SOG, 25 saves.

Tomorrow’s KHL games are as follows:

Traktor vs. Metallurg
Lokomotiv vs. Vityaz
Neftekhimik vs. Lada
Dynamo vs. Jokerit

Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Sign Connor Brown for Three Years

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed promising young forward Connor Brown to a three-year deal worth $6.3 million, it carries an annual average of $2.1 million per season. With Brown now re-signed Toronto is going to have to shift a couple of players around so expect a couple of guys to be traded. The signings of both Patrick Marleau and Dominic Moore halted the team’s youth movement.

toronto maple leafsSo if they can move guys like Leo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk they should be fine once again but as of now, they are carrying too many forwards with one-way deals that deserve to be in the NHL. Brown was drafted by the Maple Leafs 156th overall in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. After putting up 45 goals and 83 assists for 128 points in 68 games during his last season in the OHL for the Erie Otters it was really surprising that they were able to grab him as he didn’t go higher.

Brown made his professional debut in 2014-15 with the Toronto Marlies where he appeared in 76 games scoring 21 goals and adding 40 assists for 61 points, he also put up just 10 penalty minutes and finished with a plus 24 rating. This was a sign of things to come from the young forward. In 2015-16 he’d finally get an appearance with the Maple Leafs playing in seven games, and in doing so was pretty consistent with one goal and five assists for six points with 0 penalty minutes a minus one rating.

However, he was sent back down to the Marlies where in 34 games he put up 29 points (11 goals and 18 assists). Last season Brown became a regular in the Leafs lineup playing in all 82 games. And in doing so scored 20 goals as a rookie while adding 16 assists for 36 points. He also notched 10 penalty minutes and finished the season with a plus three rating.

The fact Toronto was able to sign him for that much is fantastic, now they just have to figure out a way to insert him into the lineup because he doesn’t belong in the AHL anymore.

New Jersey Devils End Butcher Sweepstakes with Two-Year Deal

The Will Butcher saga has finally come to an end, he was signed by the New Jersey Devils to a two-year entry level deal worth $925,000 thousand per season. Butcher was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round 123rd overall in 2013. But after not being able to sign an ELC (Entry Level Contract) with Colorado he ultimately became a free agent.

new jersey devilsFor being a defenseman, Butcher has had some extremely impressive seasons in the USHL and NCAA. The first time he played in the USHL during the 2010-11 season, he played a total of just two games for the Dubuque Fighting Saints and in doing so put up two assists with a plus two rating, and Butcher’s solid play wouldn’t stop. In 2011-12 he’d join the United States National Development Program under the USHL where he played a total of 31 games that season putting up two goals and eight assists for 10 points with four penalty minutes and a minus five rating.

It wasn’t until 2013-14 that Butcher would move on to the NCAA for the University of. Denver where he would play a total of four seasons. He would go on to become the team’s captain during his final year in 2016-17. Coincidentally enough, his best campaign in the NCAA came last season as well when he scored seven goals and added 30 assists for 37 points in 43 games, he also put up 18 penalty minutes with a superb plus 27 rating.

Butcher finished the NCAA with 158 career games played with 28 goals and 75 assists for 103 points, not bad for a defenseman. He also had 53 career penalty minutes and finished with a career plus 49 rating. So it’s no wonder every NHL team was after this kid, he has the potential to become a top pairing defenseman who can put up points. But New Jersey should also be aware in hopes he doesn’t turn into another Matt Gilroy.

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Winnipeg Jets Sign Depth Forward Matt Hendricks

After some poor seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, the Winnipeg Jets have offered forward Matt Hendricks a one year contract worth $700,000 thousand. The 36-year-old left winger will be going to a team that will definitely need his experience on that left side.

After Nikolaj Ehlers the team doesn’t have much on that side of the ice, they do have some prospects but nothing of Hendricks’ experience that he can offer the team. So the low-risk low-cost contract is perfect for the Jets, if he doesn’t pan out he’ll be easy to move either via trade or waivers. And if he clears waivers he can play for Manitoba in the AHL.

Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Hendricks (23) and teammates celebrate the shootout win over the Calgary Flames during NHL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday January 14, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Hendricks was originally a fifth round pick selected 131st overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. Matt wouldn’t make his pro debut until the 2003-04 season, he’d first appear with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL after his last NCAA season finished.

And for the next four years, Hendricks would spend his time in the AHL for the Lowell Lock Monsters, Rochester Americans. Hershey Bears, and Providence Bruins with a brief stop in the ECHL for the Florida Everblades. It wasn’t until 2008-09 that e would make his NHL debut and he would go on to do so with the Colorado Avalanche playing in just four games not scoring a single point.

He also shared that 2008-09 season with the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL, but after that, it was nothing but NHL play for Matt. 2009-10 was his last season in the Avalanche’s organization, his next move was three seasons with the Washington Capitals. After that in 2013-14 he’d join the Nashville Predators but after 44 games he was off to Edmonton where he would spend the next three seasons.

So far Hendricks has played in 247 AHL games, and in doing so has put up 68 goals and 87 assists for 155 points with 393 penalty minutes and a plus 21 rating. In the NHL, however, Matt has played a total of 521 games scoring 49 goals and adding 51 assists for 100 points with 664 penalty minutes and a career minus 38 rating.

KHL Daily Update: Metallurg, Jokerit, Dynamo and More

Welcome back to our KHL Daily Update, we provide a daily analysis of games played around the KHL, a total of six games were played on Sunday. Avtomobilist began the day with a tight 2-1 victory over Traktor, next Metallurg edged out a close win against Lada 5-4. Also, Jokerit continued their hot play against Lokomotiv with a 4-3 overtime win, CSKA earned another W in that column with a 2-1 overtime win against Dinamo Minsk. And finally, SKA remains undefeated after beating Vityaz 4-3 in a shootout while Dynamo keeps Slovan with out a win this year with a 4-2 victory.

Traktor (1) vs. Avtomobilist (2)

Traktor and Avtomobilist wasted no time when it came to scoring goals, Alexander Rybakov opened the goal scoring for Traktor just seven minutes into the game, however, four minutes later Avtomobilist’s Taylor Beck would make it an even game. There would be no scoring in the second frame, but Alexei Mikhnov of Avtomobilist would break that in the third period which also turned out to be the game winner.

Traktor G – Pavel Francouz – 92.9 save percentage, 2.05 goals-against-average, 28 SOG, 26 saves.
Avtomobilist G – Jakub Kovar – 97.4 save percentage, 1.00 goals-against-average, 38 SOG, 37 saves.khl

Lada (4) vs. Metallurg (5)

Metallurg has had a tough start to the year, and the same goes for the teams go to player Sergei Mozyakin. However, he had himself a breakout game that helped his team capture a tough win from Lada. The goal scoring began in the first period when Lada’s Yegor Babenko would get his first of the year, next Denis Zernov would make it a 2-0 game with four minutes left in the period. But Igor Grigorenko of Metallurg put things to a halt just a minute later as he would score Metallurg’s first goal of the game. The second period was all Metallurg though, Sergei Mozyakin would score his third of the year to tie his time up in the game and eight minutes later Nick Schaus game Metallurg the 3-2 lead. The third period was a goal fest as Denis Zernov would score his second goal of the game for Lada to tie things up at three’s while Jiri Novotny would notch his first of the year to give Lada the 4-3 lead. But Vladislav Kaletnik scored with seven minutes left to make it a tie game and with four minutes left Sergei Mozyakin came in the clutch to get his fourth of the year and second of the game to give his team a much-needed victory.

Lada G – Alexander Lazushin – 79.2 save percentage, 5.02 goals-against-average, 24 SOG, 19 saves.
Metallurg G – Ilya Samsonov – 84.6 save percentage, 4.00 goals-against-average, 26 SOG, 22 saves.

Lokomotiv (3) vs. Jokerit (4 OT)

Both Lokomotiv and Jokerit are in the top ten of the standings due to very solid starts to their respective seasons, so it was obvious this game was going to be a good one that would end closely, and it did. Niklas Jensen would open the scoring three minutes into the game for Jokerit but that was short lived as 10 minutes later Jakub Nakladal would score to tie it and one minute after that veteran Maxime Talbot would make it a 2-1 Lokomotiv game. Three minutes into the second period Jokerit was blessed with a power-play and Brian O’Neill was able to capitalize on it. Next, John Norman would score his first goal of the year to give Jokerit their second lead of the game at a score of 3-2. But Lokomotiv wasn’t ready to give in as Petri Kontiola notched his third of the season just nine minutes into the third and after that, both teams would go scoreless until overtime. And it only took one minute for Brian O’Neill of Jokerit to win the game for his team scoring his third goal of the season.

Lokomotiv G – Alexei Murygin – 87.5 save percentage, 3.92 goals-against-average, 32 SOG, 28 saves.
Jokerit G – Karri Ramo – 91.4 save percentage, 2.94 goals-against-average, 35 SOG, 32 saves.

Dinamo Minsk (1) vs. CSKA (2 OT)

CSKA has been on a quest to reclaim the top position in the league as they did last year, while Dinamo Minsk has been sitting at the bottom of the standings. But thing’s didn’t really play out that way Sunday. Minsk would open the scoring thanks to Justin Fontaine in the second period just nine minutes in. And that goal would hold until late in the third when CSKA’s Valeri Nichushkin would tie up the game and force an overtime period. And just three minutes in Andrei Svetlakov would score on the power-play to earn the W for CSKA with the help of defenseman Mat Robinson.

SKA (4 SO) vs. Vityaz (3)

SKA has been picking the league apart and absolutely dominating but on Sunday they faced a resilient team in Vityaz that has been pretty hot the last couple of games. And they showed it when Maxim Afinogenov opened the scoring for Vityaz 10 minutes into the first which would hold all period. Sergei Kalinin would bring SKA back into the game just two minutes into the second, but a minute after that Vityaz would take the lead again as Ivan Yatsenko scored his first of the year. It would take 10 minutes for SKA to tie the game and that goal would come from Sergei Shirokov who notched his fourth of the season to make it a 2-2 game heading into the third. And just 46 seconds into the third frame defenseman Patrik Hersley scored his second on the power-play to give SKA the lead, however, it was short lived as Alexander Denezhkin would put in his first goal of the season for Vityaz. This would force the game to overtime, but after no scoring the shootout was next and after two SKA shooters, Pavel Datsyuk would win the game with the clubs third shot.

SKA G – Igor Shestyorkin – 90.0 save percentage, 2.81 goals-against-average, 30 SOG, 27 saves.
Vityaz G – Mikhail Biryukov – 93.2 save percentage, 2.77 goals-against-average, 44 SOG, 41 saves.

Dynamo (4) vs. Slovan (2)

The final game of the day was between Dynamo who has been slowly moving up in the standings while Slovan has been sitting at the bottom with Admiral. The goal scoring wouldn’t begin until two minutes into the second period when Daniil Tarasov would score on the power play but eight minutes later Juraj Mikus would tie it up for Slovan. But four minutes after that Dynamo pulled out ahead once again with the help of Dmitry Markovin and Nikita Komarov who would score five minutes later. And Dynamo wasn’t going to stop there as 17 minutes into the third Ilya Nikulin would make it a 4-1 game on the power-play. Now Slovan tried to come back but ultimately fell short when Michal Repik was the only Slovan goal scorer since Juraj Mikus with just 58 seconds left in the game.

Tomorrow’s KHL games are as follows:

Sibir vs. Torpedo
Avangard vs. Spartak
Barys vs. Severstal
Salavat vs. Kunlun
Yugra vs. Dinamo Riga
AK Bars vs. Amur
Sochi vs. Admiral

KHL Daily Update: Lokomotiv, CSKA, SKA, and More

Welcome back to our KHL Daily Update, we provide a daily analysis of games played around the KHL, a total of six games were played on Friday. Metallurg beat Traktor 2-1, Lada beat Avtomobilist 3-1. Next Lokomotiv thumped Slovan 5-1 while Dinamo Minsk lost 1-0 to Vityaz. Finally SKA shutout Jokerit 2-0 while CSKA took it to Dynamo 6-1.

Metallurg (2) vs. Traktor (1)

Metallurg has had a tough start to the season when they should be one of the top five. And they finally earned their first win of the season. Traktor forward Paul Szczechura scored his second goal of the season to give Traktor the early 1-0 lead in the first but 15 minutes later, last years leading scoring Sergei Mozyakin tied it up with his second of the year. And finally on the power-play with two minutes left in the game, Tomas Fillippi scored to give Metallurg a huge W.
Metallurg G – Vasily Koshechkin – 95.0 save percentage, 1.00 goals-against-average, 20 SOG, 19 saves.
Traktor G – Vasily Demchenko – 94.9 save percentage, 2.08 goals-against-average, 39 SOG, 37 saves.khl

Lada (3) vs. Avtomobilist (1)

Both Lada and Avtomobilist have similar seasons thus far, both have one win and one loss. Coming into this game they were pretty even but it wasn’t long before Lada took over play. The goal scoring wouldn’t come until the second period when Lada forward Carter Ashton scored his first of the year, however, six minutes later Avtomobilist’s Kirill Lyamin score his first of the year on the power play to make it an even game. But with five minutes left in the second period, Alexander Streltsov made it a 2-1 game for Lada. And finally, in the third period, Stanislav Bocharov gave Lada a two goal cushion with his first of the season.
Lada G – Alexander Lazushin – 95.7 save percentage, 1.00 goals-against-average, 23 SOG, 22 saves.
Avtomobilist G – Jakub Kovar – 89.7 save percentage, 3.01 goals-against-average, 29 SOG, 26 saves.

Lokomotiv (5) vs. Slovan (1)

Despite starting the year with a shootout loss, Lokomotiv still earned a point in that game and with today’s win they now sit with four. On the other hand, Slovan has lost both games so far with a terrible 2 goals for and 12 goals against. The 5-1 thrashing by Lokomotiv didn’t help the team either. Petri Kontiola began the scoring in the game for Lokomotiv with his first of the year but three minutes later Slovan’s Pavol Skalicky would strike back and even the game, however, the team couldn’t muster up much after that. Lokomotiv went on a tear in the first period scoring two more goals by Vladislav Kartayev and Kontiola scoring his second of the game and the season. Yegor Korshkov would add another for the team in the second period while Dmitry Lugin would tally the fifth in the third period.
Lokomotiv G – Alexander Sudnitsin – 96.2 save percentage, 1.00 goals-against-average, 26 SOG, 25 saves.
Slovan G – Marek Mazanec – 85.3 save percentage, 5.00 goals-against-average, 34 SOG, 29 saves.

Dinamo Minsk (0) vs. Vityaz (1)

Dinamo Minsk is another team that sits on the bottom of the standings with 0 wins in their last two games. Vityaz, on the other hand, has been doing pretty good earning a win and a shootout loss giving them four points so far. Both goalies were superb which led to a 1-0 win by Vityaz which means Alexei Semenov was the only goal scorer of the game. The wildest part is that goal came 11 minutes into the first period and remained. Minsk just can’t seem to score as they only have one goal for and have seven goals against.
Minsk G – Jhonas Enroth – 95.0 save percentage, 1.03 goals-against-average, 20 SOG, 19 saves.
Vityaz G – Igor Saprykin – 100.0 save percentage, 0.00 goals-against-average, 1 SO, 36 SOG, 36 saves.

SKA (2) vs. Jokerit (0)

SKA has been absolutely dominating the league so far, they have won all three of their games and so far have only allowed three goals against while scoring 13 of their own. They sit first in the standings with nine points as well. Jokerit came off a big 6-1 victory so it looked like this would be a closer game, however, SKA was having none of it as they would go on to win the game 2-0. Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fourth of the season nearly nine minutes into the first with Sergei Shirokov nothing his third of the year with four minutes left in the third.
SKA G – Igor Shestyorkin – 100.0 save percentage, 0.00 goals-against-average, 1 SO, 27 SOG, 27 saves.
Jokerit G – Ryan Zapolski – 92.6 save percentage, 2.04 goals-against-average, 27 SOG, 25 saves.

Dynamo (1) vs. CSKA (6)

The final game of the day was Dynamo Moscow versus CSKA the heavy favorite heading into this year. But after a slow start that saw them earn a shootout win and a regulation loss in their last two, they finally broke out and took one in regulation. And there was no better team for them to get out of their slump against then Dynamo. CSKA defenseman Mat Robinson began the scoring in the second period with Anton Burdasov and Mikhail Grigorenko gave CSKA an early 3-0 lead. But in the second period, Dynamo would answer back with a goal of their own as Andrei Kuteikin would score his first of the year. But CSKA wasn’t done the onslaught in the second frame as Andrei Svetlakov and Andrei Kuzmenko made it a 5-1 game heading into the third. The icing on the cake came with 30 seconds left in the game as Konstantin Okulov would score his first to make it a 6-1 final.
Dynamo G – Alexander Yeromenko – 80.8 save percentage, 8.31 goals-against-average, 26 SOG, 21 saves.
Dynamo G – Ivan Bocharov – 88.9 save percentage, 2.51 goals-against-average, nine SOG, eight saves.
CSKA G – Lars Johansson – 95.2 save percentage, 1.00 goals-against-average, 21 SOG, 20 saves.

Tomorrow’s KHL games are as follows:

Sibir vs. Severstal
Avangard vs. Torpedo
Barys vs. Dinamo Riga
Salavat vs. Amur
Yugra vs. Spartak
AK Bars vs. Admiral
Neftekhimik vs. Kunlun

New Jersey Devils Sign Drew Stafford to One Year Deal

The New Jersey Devils have signed veteran winger Drew Stafford to a one-year one-way contract on Friday worth $800,000 thousand for the season. Stafford was a first round draft pick in 2004 by the Buffalo Sabres. He made his pro debut two years later during the 2006-07 season. He’d play 41 games for the Sabres scoring 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points. He’d also play 34 games in the AHL with Rochester that season putting up 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 jersey devils

For the next eight and a half seasons Stafford would play for the Sabres exclusively without any stops in the AHL. During that time his best season came in 2010-11 where he tallied 31 goals and 21 assists for 52 points in 62 games. During the 2014-15 season, he was moved to Winnipeg, he’d only play half of the 2014-15 season, the entire 2015-16 season, and half of the 2016-17 season. The 2015-16 season with Winnipeg was by far his best when he managed to score 21 goals and 17 assists for 38 points in 78 games.

Last season Stafford was moved to the Boston Bruins where he only played 18 games scoring four goals and four assists for eight points in 18 points along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus eight rating. Stafford has played 725 career NHL games so far, and in those games, he has put up 183 goals and 217 assists for 400 points. He also has 387 penalty minutes and a career minus 31 rating.

Since the contract is fairly cheap with a low cap hit if Stafford doesn’t play up to expectations he won’t be hard to move and if no teams are interested he would clear waivers and play for the Binghamton Devils in the AHL. It’s a pretty solid contract with the Devils, a solid point producer who can play bottom six minutes while coming in at a low cost.

Colorado Avalanche Sign NCAA Free Agent Kerfoot

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Alex Kerfoot to a two-year entry level contract, Kerfoot is one of the three highly sought after NCAA free agents this off-season. Originally drafted 150th overall in the fifth round of the 2012 entry draft by the New Jersey Devils, Kerfoot could never reach an agreement from the Devils and now that his NCAA career is over all 31 NHL teams expressed interest.

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CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 06: Harvard Crimson forward Alexander Kerfoot (14) skates during an NCAA Frozen Four semifinal game with the Harvard Crimson and the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs on April 6, 2017, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The financials details of the deal were not released, but he could make up to $925,000 thousand per season. Kerfoot’s prowess as a top tier player came back in the 2010-11 season with the Vancouver NW Giants of the BCMML where he put up 36 goals and 72 assists for 108 points in just 38 games. From 2011-12 to 2013-14, Kerfoot played for the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL where he played a total of 67 games. And in doing so he put up 33 goals and 55 assists for 88 points.

After that, he was off to the NCAA to play with Harvard University. Kerfoot played all four years of collegiate hockey and in the 2016-17 season, which was also his last he was the team’s captain. Kerfoot won the ECAC Championship twice in the NCAA, once in 2014-15 and the last time in 2016-17. And after 121 career games in the NCAA, Kerfoot put up 36 goals and 87 assists for 123 points with 54 penalty minutes along with a plus 47 rating.

He definitely has the scoring prowess but where he will end up on the Colorado lineup is yet to be seen. However, with how young the team is becoming due to their rebuild he could potentially play top nine minutes. And if he has a bad training camp and is not expected to make the team he could play for the Colorado Eagles in the AHL, but that’s unlikely since Kerfoot is a tremendous prospect with a ton of upside.

KHL Daily Update: Avangard, Severstal, Barys and More

Welcome back to our KHL Daily Update, seven games were played on Thursday. Sibir pulled off the win against Dinamo Riga, next Avangard and Severstal played one of the best games all day that ended in a 1-0 overtime victory for Avangard. Barys shutout Spartak by a score of 2-0. Torpedo made their season debut with a 3-1 win over Yugra. AK Bars also made their appearance this year with a win over Kunlun by a score of 4-2. Neftekhimik beat Admiral 3-2 and finally, Sochi got the best of Amur in a shootout to capture the 2-1 win.

Sibir (2) vs. Dinamo Riga (1)

This was a close game all the way through, after a scoreless first period, Sibir forward Igor Levitsky opened the scoring in the second. But it was short lived as Riga would strike back and the man to do it was Danny Kristo. However, in the third Sibir would take the lead again with only one minute left in the game thanks to Alexander Bergstrom. Sibir goalie Alexander Salak was outstanding once again as he earned another W while posting a 1.00 goals-against-average and a 97.1 save percentage. Riga netminder Justin Peters, however, had a game he would like to have back. It may have been close on the score board but he only faced 15 shots which left him with a 2.06 goals-against-average and an 86.7 save percentage due to the two goals against him.khl

Avangard (1 OT) vs. Severstal (0)

The best game all day is definitely this one, both teams went scoreless through all three periods until overtime hit. And when it did Andre Petersson needed just 21 seconds to call it a game for Omsk. Goaltender Dominik Furch earned his second win of the season while posting a shutout and perfect save percentage and goals-against-average numbers. Julius Hudacek of Severstal has nothing to complain about either even though he lost he still earned his team a point while putting up a 95.5 save percentage with a 0.99 goals-against-average.

Barys (2) vs. Spartak (0)

Barys and Spartak went scoreless in the first period, but 19 minutes into the second Martin St. Pierre finally broke the deadlock with his first of the season. He’d also go on to score his second of the season in the third period with just 25 seconds left. Henrik Karlsson earned his first win this year in his first game and to boot it was also a shutout which means perfect statistical numbers after stopping all 34 shots. Nikita Bespalov was much busier in net though, he faced a whopping 50 shots and stopped 49 of them to earn a 98.0 save percentage and a 1.02 goals-against-average.

Yugra (1) vs. Torpedo (3)

For their first game of the season, Torpedo had a consistent game. Gennady Stolyarov scored in the first while Kirill Rasskazov notched one in the second and Vladimir Galuzin tallied up the final one. However, on the power-play, Yugra was able to capitalize when Anton Korolyov scored his third of the year. Yugra netminder Ilya Proskuryakov only managed to stop 32 of 34 shots in 57 minutes of play. But in doing so put up a 2.07 goals-against-average with a 94.1 save percentage. On the other hand, Stanislav Galimov stopped 23 of 22 earning himself a 95.7 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against-average.

AK Bars (4) vs. Kunlun (2)

AK Bars made their season debut on Thursday as well and won in convincing fashion over Red Star Kunlun who already had a W on their record. Cory Kane opened the scoring for Kunlun in the first period but it wasn’t long until Vladimir A. Tkachyov tied things up. The second period was much of the same as Alexei Ponikarovsky opened the scoring again for Kunlun but two minutes later Fyodor Malykhin tied it yet again. The third was way different however as AK Bars forward Justin Azevedo scored two goals to give the team the two goal win. Emil Garipov of AK had a solid game stopping 33 of 31 shots while posting a 93.9 save percentage with a 2.02 goals-against-average. Magnus Hellberg got the start this time for Kunlun and in doing so put up a 4.11 goals-against-average after stopping just 27 of 31 shots.

Neftekhimik (3) vs. Admiral (2)

Only three teams have six points so far this season and Neftekhimik is one of them. Veteran defenseman and familiar name Shaone Morrisonn scored the opening goal for Admiral but that was short lived as Chad Rau tied it up 15 minutes later. The second period was the same affair, but this time in reverse. Damir Sharipzyanov opened the scoring for Neftekhimik while Vladimir Butuzov would tie it. And again Neftekhimik wouldn’t keep the game even for long as Robin Hanzl scored one of the most beautiful tip ins of the day late in the second period. This would also be the game winning goal for Neftekhimik. Ilya Ezhov played his second game of the year stopping 30 of 32 shots while putting up a 2.00 goals-against-average with a 93.8 save percentage. Igor Bobkov got his first start for Admiral and it wasn’t a good one with a 3.06 goals-against-average and an 88.9 save percentage after stopping 24 of 27 shots in 58 minutes of play.

Sochi (2 SO) vs. Amur (1)

Sochi headed into this game as the favorites and they held that title, but it wasn’t easy. After a scoreless first period Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov opened the scoring on the power play in the second, this goal would hold until the third. Now in the third period, Sochi still held the lead but with nine minutes left in the game Amur’s Oleg Gubin tied it all up at one. And after a scoreless overtime, both teams were off to the shootout. And it was Vadim Shchegolkov who would pull the W for Sochi. Dmitry Shikin had a stellar game putting up a 95.8 save percentage with a 0.92 goals-against-average after stopping 23 of 24 shots while Amur netminder Evgeny Kiselyov was just as good putting up the same goals-against-average but with a better save percentage of 97.1 after stopping 34 of 35 shots.

Tomorrow’s KHL games are as follows:

Metallurg vs. Traktor
Lada vs. Avtimobilist
Lokomotiv vs. Slovan
Dinamo Minsk vs. Vityaz
SKA vs. Jokerit
Dynamo vs. CSKA