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Mid-Day Mocha: NHL Must-Reads for December 5

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Without further delay… your top NHL posts for December 5, 2015.


Check out this fantastic in-depth look at Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin from Alex Prewitt over at Sports Illustrated.

How tough is it to truly evaluate NHL defensemen from a statistical standpoint? Jonathan Willis takes a look at the hangups for Sportsnet.ca.

We’re at the point of the season where the trade rumor mill really starts to churn. We’ve seen some huge names pop up already, but is there a realistic chance that a player like Matt Duchene will be traded? Lyle Richardson looks at eight players who won’t likely be traded this year. From SpectorsHockey.net.

Adam Coombs examines how the Ottawa Senators have constructed a team chock full of value players who are out-performing their contracts for TheHockeyWriters.com.

Jack Eichel and Evander Kane have spent a lot of time in the spotlight for the Buffalo Sabres this season. The emergence of Rasmus Ristolainen has gone under the radar a bit, but Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com writes that the defender is becoming a star.

We are seeing a changing of the guard of sorts in 2015-16. A younger group of players are overtaking mainstays like Sidney Crosby atop the scoring list. Who among this group will be considered elite after this season? Allan Mitchell breaks that down for BleacherReport.com.

Our eyes tell us that Vladimir Tarasenko is an elite goal scorer. Do the stats back that notion up though? Robb Tufts examines the numbers for StLouisGameTime.com.

More statistical evaluations of young, up-and-coming goal scorers! This time from Scott Cullen, who looks at Mike Hoffman for TSN.ca.

The Detroit Red Wings were lucky to win as many games as they did early in the season, writes Ryan Lambert. That’s why it’s been Pavel Datsyuk to the rescue since he returned from injury. From Puck Daddy.

There are a handful of NHL teams that could use a good ol’ fashioned in-season trade shakeup. Adam Gretz looks at the squads that need to make a move for CBSSports.com.

Here’s another one for good measure…

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