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The Hockey Writers Daily - September 19, 2023
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In today’s edition, we have four bold predictions for the Oilers this season, Connor Bedard’s excellence at prospect showcase, why the Devils will win the Stanley Cup, and much more.
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September 18, 2023 by Jim Parsons
As the 2023-24 NHL season approaches for the Edmonton Oilers, the same roster is at camp, with a handful of PTO players and Connor Brown joining them. This team knows what it is and what it’s capable of. Now it’s simply of matter of executing and having each member of the roster pull their individual weight and come together as a team.
In a two-part bold prediction series, the first part looked at four individual performances. It focused on Evan Bouchard, Leon Draisaitl, Jack Campbell, and Darnell Nurse. In part two, the focus is on the team. What can be expected of this group as the season unfolds?
September 18, 2023 by Jim Bay
That didn’t take long. In his first action in a Chicago Blackhawks‘ uniform, Connor Bedard demonstrated why he was the first overall pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft when he netted a hat trick in the Ted Kurvers Prospect Showcase’s opening game. He also added an assist in leading the young Blackhawks to a 5-0 thumping over the prospects of the St. Louis Blues.
While the focus of the showcase, especially in the first game, was on Bedard, there were a handful of notable performances from other Blackhawks prospects in these two contests.
September 18, 2023 by Neil Villapiano
The New Jersey Devils are truly ready to compete. General manager Tom Fitzgerald has put together a roster that is ready to contend in 2023-24 and for many years to come. They have a lethal top six, a very sturdy defensive core, and still one of the most talented prospect pools.
On top of all of that, Fitzgerald has managed to lock up the likes of Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, Timo Meier, and others to long-term deals. Many may think it’s not their time yet, but here are the biggest reasons why the Devils will win the Cup this season.
September 18, 2023 by Tomas Morgan
Mats Zuccarello, the diminutive yet dynamic forward, has been a fan favorite in the NHL for quite some time. Whether you remember his spirited days with the New York Rangers or you’re following his current journey with the Minnesota Wild, one thing is undeniable – Zuccarello has a knack for defying age and expectations.
Now at the age of 36, Zuccarello continues to dazzle hockey enthusiasts with his skill, speed, and undeniable charisma. As he embarks on another season with the Wild, the question arises: can he sustain his impressive performance and maintain his youthful exuberance on the ice?
September 18, 2023 by Michael DeRosa
In this latest edition of Boston Bruins News & Rumors, Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is once again being discussed in the NHL rumor mill. In other news, the Bruins notably revealed three of their jerseys for their Centennial season, and they were met with mixed results from hockey fans. Lastly, 2019 first-round pick Johnny Beecher is entering a crucial year in his development. Can he sneak onto the Bruins’ roster, whether directly out of training camp or during the season? Let’s discuss all of this in today’s Bruins News & Rumors column.
September 18, 2023 by Jordan Orth
With the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament wrapping up, the high hopes that Detroit Red Wings fans had for the weekend did not translate to the ice, with the team going winless in three games. With that said, let’s take a look at some takeaways from the tournament for the Red Wings.
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