Greg Wyshynski

  • Maple Leafs draft lottery win doesn't validate tank, says Shanahan

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    The Toronto Maple Leafs finished with the worst record in the NHL and the League’s lowest point total. This was, of course, by design, as team decided to rid itself of veteran players in attempt to tank the season for a high draft pick. 

    “We explained to our fans beforehand that we were going to move some players, move some contracts, and we were going to struggle a bit,” explained team president Brendan Shanahan.

    Sure, whatever.

    It was a tank, and the majority of Maple Leafs fans were behind it, even with the acknowledgement that literally nothing ever goes right for the franchise and neither would the draft lottery. In fact, the new NHL Draft Lottery rules made it more difficult than ever for the worst team in the draft to secure the first overall pick.

    “It wasn’t, in my mind, the best year to have three separate lotteries,” Shanahan said. “But the rules were the rules, and there were no complaints on our part.”

    So the NHL Draft Lottery commenced on Saturday night before the Washington Capitals’ Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. One by one, the teams with low odds were told they didn’t hit the lottery. The Winnipeg Jets, slated to pick sixth, moved up to the top three.

  • Puck Daddy's NHL 2016 Draft Lottery Live Chat!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    It’s Christmas morning in Canada, as the NHL Draft Lottery finally arrives. 

    We broke down which teams most deserved to win the lottery, which basically means everyone but Edmonton. We’ll be live-chatting the Draft Lottery beginning at 7:45 p.m., with the draft going off around 8:05 p.m. on NBC (the real one, not the cable one) and CBC in Canada.  

    Join us for all the shock, awe, laughs and Hamburger Women!

  • Hockey player breaks leg, gets amazing painted-skate cast (Photos)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    When one breaks a limb, one gets a cast. Usually that cast gets covered with illegible scribbles from friends, as we all realize that Sharpies aren’t exactly made for writing on plaster. 

    But when one hockey player recently broke their leg during play – getting their foot stick between the boards and the ice, snapping it when attempting to clear the puck – their cousin decided to properly decorate the cast: as a Washington Capitals-influenced hockey skate.

    If you're wondering about the buttom of the cast, "It is indeed a piece of rubber that the doctor attached to the cast so I could walk on it after about four weeks," said the player, via Reddit.

    This is pretty awesome, ahem, breaking news.

    s/t Reddit Hockey for all of it.

  • Lightning bounce back, take puck and Game 2 away from Islanders

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    Ben Bishop was pulled in Game 1 of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s series against the New York Islanders. Which was sort of embarrassing on several levels, since it was also a day on which he was nominated for the Vezina Trophy. 

    But here’s what happens when Ben Bishop gets pulled: His team usually wins the next game. And the Lightning bounced back to take Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 4-1, over the Islanders.

    “It’s a team thing. The guys played really well in front of me,” said Bishop, who improved to 12-3-1 after being pulled. “We just wanted to get pucks deep. Last game, we had too many turnovers, fed their transition."

    It was Tampa Bay’s transition game that fed the first goal, led by a reunited Triplets Line.

    It was set up by defenseman Victor Hedman thanks in part to having Cal Clutterbuck and Nick Leddy collide in the neutral zone. Ondrej Palat easily fed a puck to Tyler Johnson, with Matt Martin forced to play defense, and he converted for the 1-0 lead at 6:03 of the first period.

    Full marks to Nikita Kucherov, who forced the turnover that forced the Islanders to collide.



  • NHL Draft Lottery Preview: Who deserves 2016 top pick the most?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, a.k.a. Canada’s Stanley Cup Final, is scheduled for Saturday night.

    Please keep in mind that the lottery rules have changed, and that the worst team in the regular season is no longer guaranteed at least the second overall pick. The Toronto Maple Leafs could drop as low as fourth, which would be so very LOLeafs. 

    There are three draws: the first drawing will determine the club selecting first overall, the second drawing will determine the club selecting second overall and the third drawing will determine the club selecting third overall.

    Once a club is assigned a pick through the Draft Lottery Drawing, it is ineligible for further participation in the Drawing; there will be a re-draw for any pick that otherwise would be assigned to a team that already has been selected.

    Everyone got that?

    So which teams deserve to select first overall? Here’s a look at the lottery field this year. (Please keep in mind that we’re going with Auston Matthews as the first overall pick, although Patrik Laine could easily end up No. 1 overall here.)

    And here … we … go.

    14. Boston Bruins

    Lottery Odds: 1%

    13. Carolina Hurricanes

    Lottery Odds: 2%

    12. Ottawa Senators

  • Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: 11 keys to victory in Sharks vs. Predators

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    (Ed. Note: Welcome to Round 2 coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where we flip the format and get right to the point with 11 keys to each series. Enjoy!)

    The San Jose Sharks (46-30-6, 98 points) calmly eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in five games, ousting their arch rivals. The Nashville Predators (41-27-14, 96 points) rallied to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in seven games, costing Bruce Boudreau his job.

    The Sharks and Predators met in the first-round in 2006 and 2007, with the Sharks winning both series in five games. Not to say that was a while ago, but Paul Kariya was the leading scorer for the Preds.

    They meet again in the Western Conference Pacific Division Final, despite the Predators playing in the Central. Such is playoffs.

    Here are 11 keys to victory for the Sharks and Predators.

    1. The Top Line 

    They were also the only three Sharks forwards to out-possess the Kings in 5v5 score-adjusted Corsi, which is seriously impressive against the best possession team in the NHL.

    2. Josi and Weber

    Oh, and the goalie’s not bad, either.


  • Brian Burke bashes NHL Draft Lottery system, wants new rules

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Somewhere in Prague this weekend, Connor McDavid and his Edmonton Oilers teammates Taylor Hall and Cam Talbot will take a break from their IIHF world championships preparation to follow the NHL Draft Lottery. 

    One year ago, it was McDavid that went first overall to the Oilers. Six years ago, it was Hall. In between, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov were taken first overall by the Oilers, too.

    And Brian Burke thinks this is nauseating.

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    Burke’s Flames have an 8.5 percent chance of winning the first overall pick in Saturday's lottery. The Oilers have a 13.5 percent chance, while Burke’s former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have the best odds at 20 percent.

    “No one ever wanted that; no one ever imaged that.”



  • NHL, NHLPA set expansion draft rules; must protect no-move clauses (Report)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Depending on the day and to whom you’re speaking, the NHL is either going to totally expand – at the very least, to Las Vegas – or it’s going to hold off on it for the foreseeable future. 

    But if the NHL expands, and we suspect it will, one major hurdle towards the executive committee’s approval of it was cleared this week. Gary Lawless of TSN reports that the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed on the framework and format for an expansion draft.

    According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, that format includes the protection of seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie, or eight skaters and a goalie. There’s an exemption for second-year pros, meaning that if the draft is held in 2017 neither Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel would have to be protected.

    From Lawless, who believes that the decision on expansion will happen soon:

    One of the mysteries of the expansion draft may have also been solved: How to handle no-move and no-trade clauses.


  • Before T.J. Oshie destroyed Penguins, his daughter did (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was the hero of Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins after he completed a hat trick with an overtime goal for the 4-3 win. 

    “Osh, right from the get-go, had good jump in his game,” said coach Barry Trotz.

    Perhaps he took some inspiration from another Oshie and her performance against the Penguins earlier in the day.

    T.J. Oshie said a neighbor left a Pittsburgh poster on the stoop of their house. So his wife, Lauren Cosgrove, and 2-year-old daughter Lyla, decided to make a statement with it … by having the young girl punt it 

    Now that’s inspiration. Although Oshie admitted that he doesn’t even know how the stars aligned for him in Game 1. 

    “Pucks just went in. They usually don’t,” he said.

    Oshie’s goal at 9:33 of overtime was his third of the game and a controversial one that needed video review to be confirmed, as the puck appeared to just inch over the goal line past Penguins goalie Matt Murray.

    Said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan: “I didn’t see all the angles, but obviously they saw one that they felt it went in.”

    And in Game 1, he found a way to win it.


  • Tom Wilson goes knee-on-knee with Conor Sheary, no penalty (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Washington Capitals blunt force object Tom Wilson was going to be a physical presence in their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and didn’t waste any time in Game 1 making that presence known.

    And, as Tom Wilson is one to do, crossing the line of legality in doing so.

    As Wilson skated back to the Capitals bench on a change, he suddenly veered to this left so he could deliver a knee-on-knee leg-whip to Penguins forward Conor Sheary, who went back to the bench gingerly but played a regular shift in the third period after the hit.

    No penalty was called on the play. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan emphatically informed the referees he was displeased with this at the next stoppage. Said Sullivan: “I didn’t get an explanation. I’m not concerned. We’re going to play hockey.”

    Wilson earned a roughing call in a second-period tussle with Evgeni Malkin, who was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for diving. 

    Does Sullivan expect NHL Player Safety to get involved?

    “I have no idea. But those guys are pretty diligent with their job and they’ll go what they think is appropriate.”

    Here's the NBC analysis. It's weird.