NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- Where Are They Now: Nathan MacKinnon – Frozen Futures is taking a look back at various first round picks from the past few NHL Drafts. Yesterday’s feature was Nathan MacKinnon. MacKinnon had a tremendous rookie season in 2013-14. He became the youngest player to take the ice for the Colorado Avalanche. He was featured in the record books several times: Longest point streak for an 18 year old (13 games), his seven points in his first two playoff games ties the NHL record, youngest player to win the Calder trophy. [ Frozen Futures ]
- What’s Hiding In Your Favorite Logos – IceThetics took a look at several NHL logos that also have hidden elements inside of them. I think every hockey fan knows about the hidden ‘H’ in the Whalers logo, but if you haven’t, it will blow your mind the first time you see it. Also included on the list are the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, and the San Jose Sharks. [ Icethetics ]
- AHL Changes Overtime Rules – The AHL is going to try something a little different in overtime next season. The overtime period will be extended to seven minutes (previously five minutes) in length, preceded by a dry scrape of the ice. Teams will play 4 on 4 hockey until the first whistle following three minutes of play, at which point things will switch to 3 on 3 for the duration of the overtime period. If a winner is not determined in the overtime period, a three player shootout will be used to determine the outcome of the game. With the introduction of 3 on 3 hockey, the AHL is hoping to reduce the number of shootouts. If it does work, it is likely we will see this moved up to the NHL at some point in the future. [ Puck Daddy ]
- 10 NHL Players Most Likely To Benefit From Arbitration – Bleacher Report takes a look at 10 NHL players that actually may get a better deal if they head to salary arbitration with their respective teams. Arbitration is never a comfortable process for either side, but if you are P.K. Subban or Ryan O’Reilly, the payoff could be worth it. [ Bleacher Report ]