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.
The last time they met it was a matchup of the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense. Much has changed since Super Bowl LI -- especially in New England.
A reeling New England defense now has to contend with Julio Jones and Atlanta's offense.
The leather kicks will be on display Sunday at the Falcons-Patriots game.
Patrice Bergeron had a goal and three assists in his season debut, moving up to seventh on Boston's career scoring list as the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 on Thursday night.
Filling in for injured starter Stephon Gilmore has meant lots of attention for cornerback Johnson Bademosi as he prepares for another Patriots start.
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.
A collision with a teammate in practice has sidelined Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask indefinitely, the team said Thursday. Anton Khudobin replaced Rask in the starting lineup Thursday night.
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
CB Johnson Bademosi, who started in place of injured Stephon Gilmore on Sunday and could do so again vs. the Falcons, draws a big crowd in the locker room. Asked how he ended up at Stanford, he said with a smile, "Some guy named Jim Harbaugh called me..."
For an encore after beating Clemson, Syracuse will try to knock off another unbeaten ACC team when it heads to Miami on Saturday.
Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer
Celtics say Gordon Hayward's surgery involved "successful bony and ligamentous stabilization." No timetable for recovery.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan studied Tom Brady this offseason in an effort to get even better, but the Patriots QB thinks Ryan is doing just fine on his own.
With two of their top three cornerbacks missing practice for the second straight day, New England could need to use Plan B against Atlanta.
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
The Patriots are practicing without CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) for the second straight day, which could mean it is another week in which core special teams player Johnson Bademosi is tapped to fill in at cornerback.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Tony La Russa and Dave Dombrowski are old friends, but La Russa isn't interested in managing Red Sox — or any other team. "Passed the managerial baton," La Russa wrote in an e-mail. "I'm done." The Hall of Fame manager announced Wednesday he will leave his position in the Diamondbacks front office when his contract expires at month's end. La Russa, 73, hasn't managed since 2011 with the Cardinals.
With Patriots coach Bill Belichick stressing ball security to the team in practice, Mike Gillislee is looking to put Sunday's miscue behind him.
Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight's new basketball podcast. The NBA is finally back, and the games so far have certainly been eventful.
Owens rebounds in AFL
After a rough Arizona Fall League season debut (five walks in one inning), Henry Owens bounced back by allowing just one run in four innings for the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday. He walked two and struck out two. Fellow Red Sox farmhand Michael Chavis went 0-for-4 -- his first hitless performance in Arizona. He's sporting a .323 average through seven games.