Happy Friday, folks! Lot's of links ahead. Conference Finals start tomorrow. I'm done with my first week of summer classes. It's Friday (Friday, gettin' down on Friday). Ain't life grand? If you have any thoughts on the match-ups (or about literally anything else), leave them in the comments below!
From the Front Page:
Why MLSE's handling of FHRITP fell flat | Pension Plan Puppets
None. Literally nothing is happening right now re: The Toronto Maple Leafs. Even the Leafs twitter had nothing to tweet about yesterday (although I suppose that's better than getting burned by the Discovery Channel).
They also tweeted out this video featuring a bunch of Baby Leafs, which is set to weirdly dramatic music and inexplicably includes a handful of black and white shots...
Maybe something newsworthy will happen today and I will look like a total fool. Fingers crossed.
Dylan Strome Scouting Report | MLHS
McKeen's has him ranked 8th, behind Top Prospect Lawson Crouse, apparently. What's going on here, PPP Overlord?
Draft Player Profile: Thomas Chabot Overcoming Adversity | Winging It In Motown
Adam Musil: Draft Prospect Profile | In Lou We Trust
Prospect Profile #14: Jakub Zboril | The Cannon
Conference Finals Previews:
You can find the Conference Final schedule here. Games start on Saturday.
Your NHL Conference Finals Preview | Grantland
2015 NHL Playoffs: Confronted by the drama (again) | Raw Charge
Ranking every player remaining in the Stanley Cup playoffs | ESPN (paywall)
Know Thy Enemy: Chicago Forward Preview | Anaheim Calling
Know Thy Enemy: Blackhawks Defense Preview | Anaheim Calling
Not much going on on the other three SBNation sites yet, so you get a handful of cheering guides from fans of teams already out of the playoffs.
The Lesser Evil | Battle of California
Stanley Cup Playoffs Rooting Guide: How to Love/Hate the Conference Finalists | Winging It In Motown
A Vancouver Fan's Guide to the Final Four | Nucks Misconduct
Other Hockey Links:
2014-15 Montreal Canadiens post-mortem | Eyes On The Prize
Has hockey found the next Cap Geek? | Puck Daddy
An interview with the creator of General Fanager
Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars 2015 Penalty Kill | Defending Big D
What the Hell is Happening? | The Copper & Blue
Brad Treliving’s first year in review, Part II: Trades | Matchsticks and Gasoline
Pilot's Logbook: Mathieu Perreault | Arctic Ice Hockey
Report: Neuvirth wants to be a starter, hasn't heard about a new contract | Lighthouse Hockey