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Posted On Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - July 15, 2015

Here is the July 15 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically throughout the summer. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

As it sits now, how do you see the Central Division shaking out in the standings? -- @stevenlowry

Tough question because there are still some things to be sorted out with free agency and potential arbitration cases, but I'll give it a whirl (just don't hold me to it three months from now).

1. Minnesota Wild

2. St. Louis Blues

3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Dallas Stars

5. Nashville Predators

6. Winnipeg Jets

7. Colorado Avalanche

That was actually way harder than I thought it would be. I'm not 100 percent sold on this order at all, but for now I'll leave it that way.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 1:12 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Lightning's Drouin determined to make bigger impact

With his rookie season behind him, the question of whether forward Jonathan Drouin will be an impact player for the Tampa Bay Lightning early in his professional career is still up for debate.

Drouin, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, was 10th on the Lightning with 32 points in 70 games while playing 13:14 per game as a rookie last season. He was a healthy scratch for 20 of Tampa Bay's 26 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had no points in the six games he played in, averaging 10:02 per game.

"Definitely I have a little chip on my shoulder training this summer and going into training camp," Drouin told NHL.com in a phone interview from Montreal on Tuesday.

How that chip manifests itself will go a long way in determining how big Drouin's impact will be this season on the Lightning, who expect him to use the experience he gained through the adversity he faced last season as a way to improve himself so he can prove himself.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 11:26 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks goalie coach takes Cup to local hospital

Chicago Blackhawks goaltending coach Jimmy Waite started his day with the Stanley Cup by bringing it to a hospital in his hometown of Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Waite posed for pictures and signed autographs for children.

Waite, who was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round (No. 8) of the 1987 NHL Draft and played with them for eight seasons, finished his first season as goaltending coach with Chicago. Under his guidance, the Blackhawks tied for the League lead in fewest goals allowed (189) last season, and Corey Crawford (along with Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens) won the Jennings Trophy.

Posted On Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 7:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' Crawford takes Cup home to Quebec

Corey Crawford took the Stanley Cup home to Chateauguay, Quebec, on Sunday for the second time in his NHL career.

The 30-year-old Chicago Blackhawks goalie had the Cup outside his alma mater, Howard S. Billings Regional High School, for about three hours, posing for pictures with residents of the Montreal suburb next to the iconic championship trophy.

"I'm really proud to be from Chateauguay," Crawford told the crowd. "I've met a lot of great people over the years. A lot of people have helped me out through my career. I just want to say thank you and I really appreciate it."

Crawford was 13-6-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and two shutouts in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs to help Chicago win its third championship in six seasons.

Posted On Friday, 07.10.2015 / 11:46 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' Toews brings Cup home to Winnipeg

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews took the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Winnipeg on Friday for the third time.

Toews surprised kids at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children by playing street hockey with them in the morning before bringing the Cup inside and posing for pictures.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 12:30 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Blues' Tarasenko turns focus to becoming a leader

Vladimir Tarasenko doesn't equate money to leadership, but the eight-year, $60 million contract he signed Tuesday is proof of how convinced the St. Louis Blues are that Tarasenko is a huge part of their future, which means he should be a big part of their leadership core too.

That's Tarasenko's next goal, to prove to his teammates that he is a leader.

"I worked hard the last three years to make the leadership group," said Tarasenko, who had 37 goals and 73 points last season. "I can handle the pressure, and if my teammates, my coach, and my general manager trust me, I will try and make them happy. That's how I grow up. My father and my grandfather tell me you need to be a leader everywhere, it doesn't matter who you're playing for. I will try."

Tarasenko defines a leader as someone whose actions speak loud enough that people have no choice but to follow him.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 11:46 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Kitchen brings Cup back to Newmarket hospital

Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen took the Stanley Cup to the pediatric unit at South Lake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, on Wednesday.

Patients and doctors posed for pictures with the Cup.

Kitchen then went on a helicopter ride around Ontario with the Cup.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 10:23 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - July 8, 2015

Here is the July 8 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically throughout the summer. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Will Connor McDavid have an immediate impact on the Oilers, and what part of his game needs to improve the most? -- @lateinthegoldie

McDavid should have an immediate impact on the Oilers. He should be their No. 1 center, putting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in a more friendly spot at No. 2, which is not a knock on him but instead more praise of McDavid to consider him to be good enough already to be a No. 1 center in the NHL. The Oilers could have McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl as their top three centers. That's their present and future right there. There will be growing pains for McDavid, but his speed and skill will more than make up for them.

As for the part of his game that needs to improve the most, I consulted with my good friend Craig Button on this. Button has scouted McDavid over and over and over. He knows his game probably better than McDavid knows his own game. Button says that McDavid's shot needs to improve to the point where he can threaten NHL defensemen with it. The defensemen have to respect his shot, and when they do it'll open more options for McDavid to exploit the 'D'. The same thing happened to Sidney Crosby. He worked on his shot, and it became a weapon for him to score 50 goals once he got it to the point where the defensemen had to respect it as a threat. Scoring 50 again might be a stretch for Crosby, but 40 isn't if he plays with better wingers who can do some of the heavy lifting for him.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.07.2015 / 2:37 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Desjardins uses Cup to fulfill promise

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins spent part of his second day with the Stanley Cup fulfilling a promise.

After the Blackhawks won the Cup, he said the first thing he would eat out of it would be Lucky Charms cereal. Mission accomplished.

Desjardins filled the Cup with the cereal and milk and had quite the breakfast on Tuesday in Ontario.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.07.2015 / 12:58 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Big trades dominate offseason landscape

You might have noticed there weren't a ton of big-name free agents out there on July 1 this year. Yes, there have been a few big names that have moved around, but we haven't seen any Zach Parises or Ryan Suters getting big contracts either, and that's a sign that teams have learned to lock down their young stars early. Instead, we've seen a number of big trades. Teams have learned more and more not to let valuable pieces leave for nothing or to get something for the players they can't sign long term.

Here are some of the big moves of this offseason that I think will have an impact on the 2015-16 NHL season.

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— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82