Player Profiles

In anticipation of the Seattle Kraken‘s inaugural season, we at The Hockey Writers are writing deep-dives on each player. This installment focuses on right wing Joonas Donskoi, whom the Kraken selected from the Colorado Avalanche in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. Donskoi is a shifty, nimble forward who utilizes his stick-handling and edge work to
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Johnny Gaudreau has been considered a superstar forward since the day he broke into the NHL. It seems hard to believe that he is already 26 years old and has 464 career regular-season games under his belt. Related: Val James: The Forgotten Trailblazer He is beloved by Calgary Flames fans and rightfully so, as he
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The St. Louis Blues’ 2020-21 season had its highs and lows but ultimately ended in disappointment after the team fell in four games to the Colorado Avalanche in Round 1. In this series, we’ll look back on the season, player by player, and evaluate each player’s performance as an individual, with an eye towards their
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Roman Cechmanek was one of these European players whose star risen as fast as declined. He was not a widely known draft pick, burst onto the scene in the NHL later in his career and had several solid to great seasons in the NHL. Then all of a sudden he disappeared. Roman Cechmanek (Photo by Jeff
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Talyn Boyko 2020-21 Team: Tri-City AmericansDate of Birth: Oct.16, 2002Place of Birth: Drumheller, AB, CanadaHt: 6-foot-6 Wt: 201 poundsCatches: LPosition: GoalieNHL Draft Eligibility: 2021 first-year eligible Rankings With only a handful of goalies listed in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, Talyn Boyko is on a mission to make his name known. At a colossal 6-foot-6,
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Sasha Pastujov 2020-21 Team: U.S. National Development TeamDate of Birth: Jul. 15, 2003Place of Birth: Bradenton, FL, USAHt: 6-foot-0 Wt: 183 poundsShoots: LPosition: LW/RWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2021 first-year eligible Rankings When you look at this year’s USNTDP draft class, there have been three forwards that have stood out from the rest — Dylan Duke, Chaz
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Red Savage 2020-21 Team: USNTDP JuniorsDate of Birth: May 15, 2003Place of Birth: Scottsdale, AZ, USAHt: 5-foot-11 Wt: 174 poundsShoots: LPosition: C/LWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2021 first-year eligible Rankings When you look at the prospects available each year, there are always a few players who catch everyone’s attention, not because of their style of play, but
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Combine a gritty style of play with quick hands and fast feet, throw in a swagger that sat well with his movie-star good looks, mix well with his fair share of nastiness and you have the young Derek Sanderson, better known by his friends and teammates as “Turk”. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario,
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When thinking about former Boston Bruins and current Washington Capitals defender Zdeno Chara, one word should come to mind. That word, as you might have guessed, is big. Whether it big his stature, his contributions to the team or his contributions to the city he’s playing hockey in, everything about Chara screams “big.” It’s for
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The Calgary Flames’ first-round draft pick in 1984, Gary Roberts, played 10 memorable seasons in the Stampede City. He finished his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning over two decades later. He shattered no NHL records and never won an individual award but he played in three All-Star Games. Roberts was also loved by fans in
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