NHL Blog Beat – August 22, 2013.

Evaluating Patrik Elias as a Hall of Fame candidate, the forgotten off-season storylines, concern over the Oilers depth at center, reassessing Jordin Tootoo, and much more.

Is Patrik Elias Hockey Hall of Fame material?

Is Patrik Elias Hockey Hall of Fame material?

BACKHAND SHELF: Among the topics in his weekly “Bag Skate”, Dave Lozo evaluates Patrik Elias as a potential Hockey Hall of Fame candidate.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks at the forgotten off-season topics, including the Ryan Miller trade watch and Tim Thomas’ comeback.

THE COPPER & BLUE: The status of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins oft-injured shoulder and the potential effect upon the Oilers depth at center this season.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE (VIA KUKLA’S KORNER): The Sedins lead in team-adjusted Corsi.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Reassessing Jordin Tootoo.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mark Wallace Graham examines the off-season coaching changes.

THE CHECKING LINE: Top ten games on the Blackhawks schedule to look forward to.

NHL NUMBERS: Travis Yost examines the players toughest to play against.

EYES ON ISLES: Michael Willhoft with volume 3 of “The Clutterbuck Chronicles”.