NHL Blog Beat – September 1, 2014

Ten most fascinating NHL teams and players, further commentary on possible NHL expansion, plus analysis on drafting goaltenders, an unofficial fan guide to evaluating NHL officiating and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness. 

Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk could be a player to watch this season.

Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk could be a player to watch this season.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski lists this coming season’s most fascinating teams and players.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks at seven NHL teams in need of captains this season.

SB NATION: Matt Brigidi weighs in on last week’s speculation of future NHL expansion.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM: Neil Payne explains why half the NHL’s rumored expansion destinations doesn’t make sense.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: Peter Hassett examines Alexander Ovechkin’s apparent support of Ukrainian rebels.

LITTER BOX CATS: Shane O’Donnell examines the true value of selecting a goaltender early in the NHL draft.

ISLANDERS INSIGHT: Alex Kuhlke explains why she’s not bothered by NHL ice girls.

DEFENDING BIG D: Erin Bolen with the Extremely Unofficial Fan Guide to Evaluating NHL Officiating.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: Matt Yoder reports Yahoo! Sports fired an NHL blogger for social media impropriety.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Dustin Byfuglien is your fantasy hockey “Geek of the Week”.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: In today’s installment of “Getting to Know the NHL Rulebook, a look at checking from behind, clipping and elbowing.