Given how the hockey world is set up, one can find teams at all different levels that are loaded with prospects, from the top minor league farm teams to European pro clubs to the junior ranks to the NCAA. Here are 10 particularly notable ones for 2017-18.
Passing marks for Pats through the air
Even if New England's pass defense has been disappointing, its passing offense has been nothing of the sort. At 326.5 passing yards per game, Tom Brady is on pace for 5,224 this season, which would be the fourth-highest single-season total in NFL history.
For Atlanta, a comedown after SBLI letdown
The Falcons are averaging 24.2 points per game this season, 12th in the league and almost 10 points fewer than last year's NFL-leading 33.8 mark. Including playoff games, Atlanta scored at least 24 points in 17 of its 19 games last season.
FPI: Pats hold major edge in SB rematch
ESPN's FPI likes the Patriots' chances of prevailing at home Sunday night, giving them better than a 3-1 advantage over the Falcons. New England was slightly favored (56-44 percent) on a neutral field in Super Bowl XLI.
Inspired by the team's long snapper -- and active member of the Navy -- New England will host 200 military men and women at Sunday night's game.
Clemson still at the top of the league after getting a week off, while a pair of teams closer to the middle make a statement.
As the Falcons get set for Sunday's Super Bowl rematch, we got the lowdown on New England's offense from two coaches who've studied the Patriots.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Alex Cora viajará a Boston a ser nombrado dirigente de los Medias Rojas una vez los Astros completen su participación en postemporada.
Ryan O'Reilly scored 2:59 into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, capping a comeback from a pair of three-goal deficits.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
Arizona QB Khalil Tate has rushed for 100-plus yards in five consecutive halves. Only Boston College's Andre Williams (2013) has a longer streak (7) since 2004. Stanford RB Bryce Love also had a streak of five this year.
Bilal Ally ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns, both career highs, Ross Comis threw for three touchdowns and UMass rolled to a 55-20 win over mistake prone Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Where does the betting value lie in the Falcons-Patriots matchup? ESPN Chalk experts provide against-the-spread and over/under advice on the Sunday night game.
Both of last season's Super Bowl teams have had difficulty finishing off their opponents in 2017.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Alex Cora is going through his typical pregame routine, hitting grounders to Astros infielders before ALCS Game 7. He remains the frontrunner to be the next Red Sox manager, though nothing will be finalized until after the series is over. After tonight, the Astros will either move on to the World Series or head home.
Anthony Brown threw three touchdown passes and Boston College's defense stifled Virginia in a 41-10 victory on Saturday.
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving took responsibility for a profane outburst directed at a fan in Philadelphia who yelled at him and referenced LeBron James during Friday's game against the 76ers.
Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer
Kyrie Irving acknowledged a profane outburst to a Philly fan that yelled at him about LeBron James on Friday. Does he regret it? "Hell no."
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Another huge win today for Boston College coach Steve Addazio, whose seat is cooling off fast after a 1-3 start. The Eagles have won three of their last four, including road wins over Louisville and Virginia the last two weeks. The offense has finally come alive with 86 points the past two weeks. BC's schedule doesn't let up but Addazio likely has shown enough to impress first-year athletic director Martin Jarmond.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Boston College has been so impressive in back-to-back wins over Louisville and Virginia it achieved a program first: The Eagles have scored 40 or more points in consecutive ACC games for the first time ever.
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
BC's Anthony Brown with 275 pass yards, 3 TDs and 0 INT. Last Eagles QB to post those numbers? Matt Ryan in 2007.
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
BC has topped 40 points in back to back games for the first time since 2002 (Rutgers, Toledo). First vs BCS/P5 since 1998 (GT, Rutgers).