NHL Blog Beat – June 18, 2014

Analysis of the Kings, Justin Williams, Rick Nash, Milan Michalek and more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe wraps up the Stanley Cup Final by examining the odds stacked against the LA Kings winning the championship this year.

Justin Williams was a great player before he won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Justin Williams was a great player before he won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

SB NATION: Adam Gretz explains why Justin Williams was a great player prior to winning this year’s Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.

NUCKS MISCONDUCT: An examination of the Kings and why the Canucks aren’t close to Cup contention.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: Steve Lepore on the NHL’s improving ratings in the United States and the end of an era in Canada.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: What does the future hold for Rick Nash with the New York Rangers?

DOBBER HOCKEY: Tom Collins list the top 10 pure offensive draft-eligible forwards.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana on why, in most cases, the NHL draft isn’t about immediate returns.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: In today’s installment of “Getting to Know the NHL Rulebook”, a look at penalty shots.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: Could the Winnipeg Jets make a blockbuster trade this summer?

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Why do Senators fans hate winger Milan Michalek?

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier remembers the NHL career of Larry “The Rock” Zeidel, who recently passed away at age 86.

HOCKEY-GRAPHS:  Evaluating defensemen using their effect on both team and opponent Corsi percentage.