The Hockey News

The Hockey News Superstar Issue

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4 Min
it looks like he never left

BIG THINGS WERE expected from Jacob Josefson when the New Jersey Devils drafted him 20th overall in 2009. At 17, he had already made a name for himself as a dependable two-way center with Djurgarden in the Swedish League. In 2010, he made the move to North America and was able to make the Devils out of training camp with one year of junior eligibility left. But instead of success and steady progress, the eight years he spent in the NHL were filled with injuries and disappointment. “The first few years, well, basically every year I had some kind of issue, and often there were some pretty weird injuries,” Josefson said. “Broken collarbones, broken wrists, broken thumbs. Every time I felt like I was making progress, there was some kind…

5 Min
the countdown

WHO WOULD YOU PAY your hard-earned money to see in the NHL these days? Certain guys are legends already, while the league’s shift towards young guns is opening up a whole new category of candidates. In this issue’s countdown, we’ve ranked all 31 franchises in terms of star power, based on their current players only. Keep in mind, this is not a ranking of how good a team necessarily is. The Carolina Hurricanes, for example, looked like world-beaters in the first few weeks of the season, but ask casual hockey fans to name a member of the team and they probably come up blank. Teams got more consideration if they had multiple stars or superstars in their lineup, but a truly incandescent player – we’re looking at you, No. 97 – can also…

3 Min
playing the fame game

HILARY KNIGHT IS ONE of the most talented players in the women’s game today. Her on-ice credentials are unassailable, highlighted by two NCAA crowns, NWHL and CWHL titles, seven World Championship golds, two World Championship MVPs and, most recently, a two-goal, three-point performance in Pyeongchang, where she helped Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal since the inaugural women’s event two decades ago. But that’s not the reason Knight is the most transcendent star in women’s hockey. If it was, this might be a story about Brianna Decker or Kendall Coyne or Marie-Philip Poulin, whose accolades stack up well against those of Knight. No, what has made the 29-year-old the face of the U.S. women’s national team and arguably the world’s most recognizable female hockey player is that she’s embraced the…

4 Min
gushing is ok… in moderation

WHILE IT FEELS LIKE he’s been around forever, Connor McDavid is in only his fourth NHL season and doesn’t turn 22 until January. He’s the most dynamic hockey player in the world and for many, he’s the best in the world, full stop. In the beginning, McDavid guarded his personality as well as he shields the puck when he’s supersonically skating up the ice, and it was very much by design. “He’s been very mature with that since he was young,” said longtime friend and junior teammate Dylan Strome. “He’s unbelievable about keeping his life private and dealing with the media.” This is true with a lot of hockey players, where the team comes before the individual. But we all want to know McDavid better because he is such a phenom.…

14 Min
nhl’s mount rushmore

MARIO LEMIEUX BY DEJAN KOVACEVIC MARIO LEMIEUX DOESN’T belong on the NHL’s Mount Rushmore, but only because he deserves his own peak. No one has ever performed at a higher level. No one has ever produced a more complete package. That, ultimately, should be the signature for No. 66’s career. He wasn’t the most prolific, like Wayne Gretzky. He didn’t revolutionize the game, like Bobby Orr. He didn’t rule the sport for a quarter-century, like Gordie Howe. But Lemieux brought a combination of size and speed, skill and smarts, finesse and finish, Jean Beliveau-level grace and championship-level grit. And when put together, it was the likes of which the game has never seen before or since inside a single sweater. Lemieux was exactly what his surname means in his native French: the best. I’m a…

4 Min
western conference

>ANAHEIM DUCKS The Ducks struck upon a good thing nabbing WILLIAM KARLSSON in the second round in 2011. He was a small center and advanced from ninth to sixth to third on the Ducks’ list of prospects in subsequent years. But he went to Columbus for James Wisniewski in a 2015 trade-deadline deal. >ARIZONA COYOTES DEVAN DUBNYK was at rock bottom when he passed through Arizona. The 14th pick in 2004 wore out welcomes in Edmonton, Nashville and Montreal and stumbled in the AHL before signing in 2014. Arizona traded him for a third-round pick despite his .916 SP in 19 games. >CALGARY FLAMES Rob Ramage was a key cog (and Rick Wamsley a reliable backup) in Calgary’s march to the 1989 Cup. But the cost to get those stalwarts was staggering. BRETT HULL, 23,…