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!
- 2014-15 NHL Season Previews – Over the next 30 days, we will be posting a series of previews for the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season was posted yesterday. While it may be hard to believe, hockey is right around the bend. Make sure you are informed for the upcoming season! Included is a look back at the 2013-14 season, as well as an outlook and predications for the upcoming season. [Anaheim Ducks] – [Arizona Coyotes] – [Boston Bruins] – [Buffalo Sabres] – [Calgary Flames] – [Carolina Hurricanes] – [Chicago Blackhawks] – [Colorado Avalanche] – [Columbus Blue Jackets] – [Dallas Stars] – [Detroit Red Wings] – [Edmonton Oilers] – [Florida Panthers] – [Los Angeles Kings]
- What should we really be expecting from Brad Richards? – A lot has been made of the Chicago Blackhawks one year deal with Brad Richards. While he was bought out by the Rangers, he is coming off of a 51 point season, and Blackhawks fans are hoping he fills the hole the team has had at the second line center position. One thing Richards does lack is speed, and he may struggle to keep up with Patrick Kane. [Blackhawk Up]
- Can Adam Larsson finally prove himself? – Adam Larsson was selected 4th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 Entry Draft. In his first season, he played in 65 NHL games (including 5 playoff games) and put up two goals and 16 assists. Since that first season, Larsson’s time in the NHL has been on the decline, playing in only 26 NHL games last season. Larsson’s entry level deal expired this off season, and the Devils signed him to a short-term, one-year $900,000 deal. The contract is one way, so it appears Larsson will finally get a chance to prove himself on the NHL roster. [Pucks and Pitchforks]
- EA Sports NHL 15 Overview – NHL 15 is set to be released on September 9th, just two days before rookie camps open across the NHL. Stars and Sticks takes a look at some of the newest features that will make this the most advanced game in the NHL series yet. [Stars and Sticks]