Click here to read parts one and two of this series first! One of the best parts of watching hockey, or even sports in general, is watching relationships develop between players. Whether it's a rivalry that's all in good fun between opponents or a close bond between long-time teammates, it really helps fans build a … Continue reading Oh, Brother! The NHL’s Siblings of the Past, Present, and Future (Part Three: Future)
Before the beginning of the 2017-2018 NHL season, many people (including myself) considered the Edmonton Oilers to be serious Stanley Cup contenders. After all, they finally broke into the playoffs in 2017, led by captain Connor McDavid, though they were eliminated in the second round by the Anaheim Ducks. Over the summer, they lost Jordan … Continue reading Where Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Land?
One of the biggest trades of the 2017 offseason came just after the expansion draft. On June 22nd, 2017, the Edmonton Oilers sent 27-year-old right wing Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in exchange for 24-year-old center Ryan Strome. This is obviously a very uneven trade, for many reasons. What We've Seen So Far … Continue reading Why Your Disappointment in Ryan Strome Isn’t His Fault
Every NHL fan has a different story about their favorite player. For some, it’s a matter of who you grew up with, who you remember liking as a kid, who scored at your very first NHL game. For others, it’s more about experiences, the players that were the nicest when you met them. Some fans … Continue reading Favorite Players of the “Puck it Up!” Staff
In almost every trade in sports, a “winner” and “loser” is declared a little while after the news has broken. The NHL is especially notorious for this, specifically when it comes to “1-for-1” trades (a trade where one player is traded for one player evenly with no cash, prospects, picks, or other players involved). This … Continue reading Winner Takes All? : A Deeper Look Into Trades