Finding a player to anchor a franchise for the years to come is arguably the toughest task for a General Manager to complete during any given tenure. Given the nature of pro sport, finding that player...
Born and raised Montrealer, I grew up with dreams of donning the Montreal Canadiens uniform, scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal and becoming a Quebec hero. Once that dream became unrealistic, I focused on immerssing myself in the sport and team I loved the best way I could: writing. I started writing when I was 10 or 11, writing crazy stories based loosely off weird dreams and fantastical novels (A.K.A the Harry Potter series). As I got older my attention turned to sports writing: game recaps, features, profiles, and the like. I've since graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Journalism and am now pursuing my studies at the University of Ottawa to obtain a Masters degree in Sports Management. I've contributed to several Concordia publications and media outlets (print, radio and broadcast), as well as better-known outlets such as Cult MTL, VersusFootball and The Hockey News.
If you needed any reminder which country owns the title of "greatest hockey nation," look no further than the 2016 World Cup of Hockey for the answer.
Since its inception in 1963, the National Hockey League Entry Draft has been the foremost and most critical tool for teams to build the foundation of their franchises for the years that lay ahead.
The beauty of the inexact science of the NHL Draft (or any draft, for that matter) is that hindsight eventually allows us to see who got it right,= and who set their franchise back a couple of years.
The burden of expectations is not for everyone.
If you go around asking people in the hockey world which team has the most passionate fan base, a large majority of them will bring up the fanatics that cram into the Bell Centre during Montreal Canad...
For awhile, the National Hockey League branded themselves as the "fastest game on Earth."
For every Sidney Crosby, there's an Alexandre Daigle.
How many times is this going to happen before these guys learn their lesson?