Christmas in June: Ryan Murray

Effortless stride is a term seldom used when making reference to undrafted players, and yet scouts can’t emphasize enough on how Ryan Murray’s skating is on another level.

Catching the Torch: Playoff March, Round 2

Holland continues to be a steady source of offence for the Tri-City Americans as they continue their campaign for the Western Hockey League Championship and a potential Memorial Cup berth.

Christmas in June: Mikhail Grigorenko

The Russian factor: a fear that any hockey player of Russian ethnicity will choose the homeland and the Kontinental Hockey League. Mikhail Grigorenko carried this stigma with him; many feared he would never come to North America. His skill set and flashy play made him a fan favorite.

Catching the Torch: Playoff March, Round 1

While Gallagher’s season is over, he left his mark with the Vancouver Giants in his final playoff appearance with the team. In a playoff series against the Spokane Chiefs that saw the Giants defeated after six games, Gallagher led his team in goals and points over six games with five goals and five assists.

Christmas in June: Filip Forsberg

What makes a good NHL player great? Is it his drive, passion and hunger to be the best? Or is it his consistency, and leadership? Filip Forsberg possess all these intangibles that are both rare and highly sought after, and perhaps one day, these qualities will help him to be a great player in the NHL.

Christmas in June: Mathew Dumba

You hear an earth shattering boom -- you look to your right, you look to your left. You are uncertain if it was a vicious hit, or a colossal slapshot. When delivered by Mathew Dumba, both are possible answers.