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Yearbook 2023-24

Yearbook 2023-24

Our annual Yearbook is packed with previews, predictions and features for the upcoming NHL season. We have four pages of analysis on each team, plus our yearly Top 50 NHLers list and in-depth features on Jason Robertson, Matthew Tkachuk, Jack Hughes, Jacob Markstrom, and many more.

NHL Team Reports

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

PREDICTION | 6TH IN CENTRAL CHANGE – SIGNIFICANT change – has finally come to Nashville. Barry Trotz officially became the second GM in franchise history on July 1, and he quickly made it clear that he sees things differently than his predecessor, David Poile. Coach John Hynes was fired and replaced by Andrew Brunette. Ryan Johansen was traded to Colorado, and Matt Duchene was bought out. In the short term, those moves freed up salary-cap space that Trotz used to sign players he views as leaders and proven winners, namely center Ryan O’Reilly and defenseman Luke Schenn. In the long term, those moves opened up ice time for younger players who performed well down the stretch last season when injuries decimated the Predators’ core. There is no question things will be different…

NHL Team Reports

MONTREAL CANADIENS

PREDICTION | 8TH IN ATLANTIC MORE THAN ANYTHING, THE Canadiens want to stay healthy this season. They set an NHL record last season with 751 man-games lost to injury, breaking the record of 720 man-games lost they’d set the previous season. In June, GM Kent Hughes fired Graham Rynbend, who had been the head athletic therapist for 19 years, replacing him with Jim Ramsay, who’d been with the New York Rangers for nearly three decades. Donald Balmforth was also fired after two seasons as head physiotherapist, replaced by Maxime Gauthier. Despite all the injuries, Montreal still made a 13-point improvement in the standings after finishing last overall in 2021-22. This will be the second full season of a rebuild, and another 13-point improvement in the standings (or more) wouldn’t be a surprise.…

Schedule

2022-23 NHL Schedule

*All times Eastern (ET)…

Rookie Report

ROOKIE REPORT

TRUE, THE CALDER Trophy race tends to be dominated by slightly older rookies, but this time around, we know the newest No. 1 overall draft pick will be in the mix. That’s because Connor Bedard was that selection for Chicago, and the Blackhawks spent the days after the draft buttressing their forward corps to make sure the kid isn’t playing all by himself out there. Similarly, Columbus will have a nice group of weapons for Adam Fantilli – who went third behind Bedard and Anaheim’s Leo Carlsson – to play with on the Blue Jackets, so it’ll be fun to see what he can do as a rookie. With a flat salary cap and an ultra-competitive league right now, NHL franchises have to be smart with their prospects, balancing the need…