All posts by Nick Kohut

How to Fix the NHL Entry Draft: A Crazy Idea

Four no. 1 overall picks in the past six years have gone to the Edmonton Oilers. Never before had an NHL team had the first overall pick more than three times in six years. Never before has there been more proof that the NHL’s current draft system is broken and needs to change. Continue reading How to Fix the NHL Entry Draft: A Crazy Idea

The Curious Case of Jonathan Bernier

With the impending “scorched earth” rebuild set to begin in Toronto, there are many pieces being set into motion. (This means being sent away on a plane from Pearson, with a plane ticket away from Toronto.)

While the upcoming draft may affect the decisions on players such as James Van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel, there remains the curious case of Jonathan Bernier. Continue reading The Curious Case of Jonathan Bernier

Celebrating Women in Sports

The United States Women's National Soccer Team celebrates on the pitch. [Photo via Stanley Chou/Getty Images]
The United States Women’s National Soccer Team celebrates on the pitch. [Photo via Stanley Chou/Getty Images]

Athletes are our heroes. They are the people we look up to as role models when playing sports, being a leader, or trying to replicate the same drive and determination.

Thankfully, in today’s world, we are fortunate enough to be part of a culture where women are now rightfully celebrated as athletes on the same level as men, even if there is some more work to be done to completely level out the playing field.

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Why Connor McDavid will be an Arizona Coyote Next Season

Connor McDavid (left) is the most-talked about draft pick in the NHL since Sidney Crosby (right). [Photo via SportsNet]

Imagine that you’re Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL. Imagine that you have a team in one of the top 50 American media markets, but it is on the edge of irrelevancy. Imagine that a former Blackberry CEO wanted to buy that team, but you did everything in your power to avoid that conclusion. Imagine that this team was in a rebuilding phase and it is in contention to win the first overall pick. Imagine that the projected first overall pick is a generational talent deemed to be the “next Gretzky”, a player who can change the fate of a franchise.

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What if Hockey’s Long-Lost Position Returned?

Hobey Baker (pictured, center), a famous hockey player born in the 1800s, played the now-extinct rover position. [Photo via Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation]

#TBT

For those of you who don’t know, back in the early stages of professional ice hockey, there used to be a seventh position. At all times, teams would have one goalie, two defenseman, one center, two wingers and one player known as the rover.

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