Every season a different young player has their coming out party and the NHL world begins to notice them. Often these players are well recognize in their respective fan base but not yet a house hold name to rival fans. This year Nashville had Forsberg, the year before we saw Tarasenko take a big leap (while he continues to build on that this season), here at puck hero we have figured out who it will be next year… David Pastrnak. Here’s why…
The talk in Toronto that Mats Sundin may not be included in Legends Row, or that some fans don’t believe he should be included in Legends Row is disappointing to one of the greatest Leafs to ever wear the Blue and White. His incredible individual success and, more importantly, his outstanding team success (I’ll explain more later) should make him a clear shoe-in for Legends Row.
Ovechkin’s game has gone through more changes than any player in the NHL since he burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2005, but when it’s all said done the Fall of 2014 may be the where we the biggest change of all.
“Greatness Is A Lot Of Small Things Done Well”- Ray Lewis
The quote might be from a champion of a different sport, but it captures the Islanders off-season to a tea. A combination of the Islanders young talent further maturing while growing in to their roles combined with an insurgence of mature NHL veterans has made the New York Islanders the most improved team coming into the 2014-2015 NHL season.