Ilari Melart

Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 227
Birth Place: Helsinki, Finland
Draft: Undrafted
Shoots: L
  • On paper, Predators hold all the cards in Stanley Cup Final (Trending Topics)
    Puck Daddy

    On paper, Predators hold all the cards in Stanley Cup Final (Trending Topics)

    Nashville Predators players celebrate after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Monday, May 22, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 6-3 to win the series 4-2 and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. It should, perhaps, come as no surprise that the team which has only played 16 games in this postseason as it rumbled to its first-ever Stanley Cup Final should be seen as a favorite. You look at the basic numbers and you say, “Oh yes, this is a dominant team.” Four losses, only three in regulation, out of 16 games is a really good number.

  • Yardbarker

    Which New York Rangers’ veterans are on the chopping block?

    Another Ranger who may be leaving New York is defenseman Marc Staal. Staal produced one of the worst years of his career in 2017, finishing with 10 points in the regular season and zero in the playoffs. In the Ottawa series, Staal gave up 35 scoring opportunities. This lackluster performance was mainly due to injuries, something Staal has dealt with his entire career. Like Girardi, Staal is worth too much money ($5.7 million) and is just not producing. Once a fan favorite, Staal may have seen his last days as a Blueshirt. The 2012 trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets to bring Rick Nash to New York brought along high expectations for the winger. Nash had a fantastic first year as a Blueshirt,

  • Penguins, Crosby refuse to lose

    Penguins, Crosby refuse to lose

    Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine Wrote for Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wrote for The Sporting News Follow on Twitter PITTSBURGH -- It's a play they've made so many times together that Sidney Crosby didn't need to see much to know Chris Kunitz wanted the puck. There was brief eye contact, but the way Kunitz was holding his stick signaled he was ready. Crosby had just retrieved a pass from along the boards and was skating toward Kunitz when he started to raise his stick slightly in anticipation. "He wanted the puck," Crosby said. "He stopped in that area. He wanted to let one rip. I don't know how much he got on it, but he put it in the right spot."