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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 12:38 PM - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Penguins GM Shero on his father's impact

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 12:36 PM - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

By the numbers: Chris Chelios' career

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 12:31 PM - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

By the numbers: Scott Niedermayer's career

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 12:29 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Meet the Hall of Fame Class of 2013

The Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2013 -- Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero -- will earn take spot among the game's immortals on Monday, Nov. 11. will have full coverage of the event, including live reports from Toronto from Senior Writer Dan Rosen and Staff Writer Corey Masisak. has extensively profiled the newest members of the Hall during the past week. We also enlisted luminaries from around the hockey world to write about why these individuals are worthy of this wonderful honor. If you missed any of it, here's your chance to catch up:

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 12:27 PM - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

By the numbers: Brendan Shanahan's career

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 12:21 PM - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Flyers legend Parent talks Shero on NHL Live

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 9:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Organizational depth, forecheck keys to Cup run

Now that the first month of the 2013-14 NHL season is in the books, I'm starting to see the competition League-wide take shape. It might be a little early to predict a Stanley Cup winner, but you can see which teams are emerging as legitimate contenders.

The way I usually identify top teams, especially this early in the season, is by looking at organizational depth. It's not just about which teams have the biggest stars scoring the most goals. You have to take a closer look at the NHL's top teams to distinguish the contenders from the pretenders.

In theory, the stars cancel each other out. I really believe that you can only go deep in the playoffs and have a chance to win or even play for a Stanley Cup if you have depth. That's why the smart teams do a good job of continuing that development of their depth players. They empower their depth players and help them get better. It's a big part of the organizational philosophy. You can't just lean on depth players under the white-hot lights of the playoffs. You can't all of a sudden say, "Hey, fourth line, we want you guys to go out and kill a penalty now."

It doesn't work like that. I think the Chicago Blackhawks are a great example of that.

Michael Frolik and those role players had huge playoffs. Marcus Kruger, Nick Leddy, Michal Rozsival. Each of those guys played a real impactful game. Did anyone project Bryan Bickell to be on the first line? Did anyone think Brandon Saad was going to develop the way he did, or that the Frolik line would be so key? Behind the scenes, they got leadership from veteran Jamal Mayers, whether he was in the lineup or not. A lot of those players who bring intangibles are needed to go deep.

Yes, it's early in the season, but you've got to start finding that early.

Look at the Anaheim Ducks right now. Is anyone demonstrating better organizational depth? Look at their goaltending. Last year, they had Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller. Now you have Fasth, Hiller and Frederik Andersen. Oh, and by the way, you also have John Gibson, who is awesome and was named the American Hockey League's goaltender of the month for October. The credit for all of that has to go to the Anaheim organization.

Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 9:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Kapanen out for Four Nations Tournament

Top Finnish prospect Kasperi Kapanen, an "A"-rated international skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch for the 2014 NHL Draft, will be sidelined the duration of the 2013 Under-20 Four Nations Tournament in Russia this weekend due to an illness.

Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, confirmed the news for

"My guess is he'll return to his club lineup at some point next week," Stubb told

The three-day tournament, scheduled to begin Friday, will take place in Novogorsk, Russia.

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 6:51 PM - NHL Live blog

USA Hockey's Dave Ogrean talks with NHL Live

NHL Live is joined in studio by Executive Director of USA Hockey Dave Ogrean.

Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 6:49 PM - NHL Live blog

Parent joins NHL Live to discuss former coach Shero

Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup winner Bernie Parent discusses what it was like to play under his former coach Fred Shero.

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