Mike Fisher who retired from hockey after 17 seasons in the NHL has been convinced by the Nashville Predators organization to return from retirement to help them have a shot at the Stanley Cup. After a historic playoff run in 2017, being the first 8th place team to sweep a series 4-0 against the 1st place team (Chicago Blackhawks) in NHL history, and going on to compete in the Stanley cup finals, Mike Fisher claimed it was the most fun he has ever has playing hockey, and decided to end his career on a good note. The Predators have been talking to Fisher since December, hopefully that he would come back to help them have another long playoff run, Fisher finally decided on Wednesday that he would return to the team in hope to win a Stanley cup. Fisher was not only a great, experienced leader on the team, but he would also put up points when the top players were slacking. The whole organization is excited to have him back, including the players. Click here to see what some of the players had to say about his return.
It takes a combination of brilliant scouting, and making smart trades to build up a strong CHL team, and the Soo Greyhounds seem to have managed to nail both of these right on. With some excellent drafting, they have managed to put together not only a team that is ranked first in the OHL, but the entire CHL. They have had a wicked first half of the season, managing to fall short in just three times in regulation in 2017, and adding a 23-game win streak in there, some of which they were missing top players Boris Katchouk and Conor Timmins for the U20 IIHF tournament where they captured a gold medal.
It is quite clear that the Greyhounds are a heavy favourite to win the OHL, and with a Memorial Cup in the back of their heads, they decided to add one of the leagues top players Taylor Raddysh, who also captured gold with Canada at the IIHF tournament this year. Raddysh is an experienced veteran, scoring 44 points in just 30 games for the Erie Otters this season. The Greyhounds acquired Radish along with defensemen Jordan Sambrook, in exchange for Hayden Fowler and nine future draft picks. They certainly gave lots of their future away, but their team now looks very promising, adding two previous OHL champions to the team. Do you think they Greyhounds have what it taken to win a Memorial Cup? Click here to view their whole roster.
Brand new to the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights shocked the hockey world winning their first three games in franchise history, and continued to win most of their games leaving them in second place at the end of the first month. People watched on, just waiting for the dynasty to end as no hockey fan really thought an expansion team would really to be able to compete hard in the league for their first full season. But here we are in January, over half way through the season, with the Golden Knights still sitting at second place in the league. Not only has it become obvious that the team will almost certainly make the playoffs, but people are now wondering, could the Vegas Golden Knights really win the Stanley Cup? Despite having injury problems, especially in the crease with four goalies getting injured this year, the Golden Knights have showed excellent consistency the whole season. Do you think the Golden Knights will continue their dominance through the second half of the season? Let us know below, and click here for the full NHL standings.