Jack Jablonski

This Minnesota hockey player was paralyzed when hit from behind on a nasty hit. It seemed like his dream to play hockey was crushed. Jablonski has found the will with intensive rehab with feelings in his legs and the ability to do pushups. People thought he would never walk again and Jack is trying to prove them wrong. An inspiring story.

Winnipeg Jets

Rumours have been abundant concerning Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov being interested in the KHL. I for one hope he doesn’t go, he is very talented with a solid work ethic and could be a breakout candidate for this season. Similar to Habs forward Lars Eller, “Burmy” has been in a shutdown role with less than ideal linemates that would help spread his offensive wings. By the way, at the 2010 draft he said the KHL was for old men.

Phoenix Coyotes

Hockey fans should look past the ownership woes and focus on an emerging talent in Swedish defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. A smooth skater with offense and surprising physicality, this kid has the tools to be a star in the NHL. He averaged more ice time in the playoffs than any other Coyote and his best is yet to come.

Nashville Predators

Preds took a big step in matching the Flyers’ offer to Weber. Signing him was important to Nashville’s future. With Suter gone, I think Ryan Ellis can step up and play a big role on the blueline. He may be small but he is very talented. Let’s hope this is a contract that they will not regret. The league is rife with long term contracts that look bad ( i.e. Lecavalier, Luongo, DiPietro), players who were supposed franchise guys only to falter or be replaced by someone better.

New York Rangers

Rick Nash is no longer a Columbus Blue Jacket. Anisimov, Dubinsky, Erixon and a 1st rounder going the other way. I have a feeling this wasn’t the deal Jackets GM Howson wanted. However, Anisimov and Erixon have potential while the 1st round pick could turn out. Time will tell. Glen Sather saw the scoring go cold in the EC Finals and it shows he’s serious about bringing a Cup to New York. With King Henrik in net, their Big Four on D with Richards, Gaborik and Nash up front, Rangers are looking good next season.

Nashville Predators

I’m not sure if the Preds can compete with the Flyers’ offer of 14 years $110 million to Shea Weber. Just when it looked like Nashville was going forward as a franchise, they are slipping. They need an elite offensive force up front to compete with the powerhouse that is the Western Conference. They were kidding themselves if they thought Alexander Radulov was going to stay.  A blueline minus Weber and Suter does not bode well for the Predators moving forward.