Octagon Hockey Gearing up for Banner YearHockey
In our three-plus decades of experience, Octagon Hockey has steadily built one of the most impressive client rosters in the National Hockey League.
After a busy offseason that included 27 clients competing at the World Cup, the 2016-17 season is shaping up to be another banner year for Octagon’s clients on the ice.
Here’s a look at some of our talent that we’re excited to keep an eye on this season:
Vladimir Tarasenko will hope to replicate the season that saw him finish fourth in the NHL in goals in 2015-16. In the past two seasons, only two players have found the back of the net more times than Vladimir. Look for the NHL 17 cover star to have another 40+ goals and lead the Blues deep into the playoffs.
Mark Scheifele is poised for the biggest season of his young career. After surpassing the 20-goal plateau for the first time in 2015-16, Mark signed an eight-year contract extension with the Jets, was named an alternate captain and competed for Team North America at the World Cup all in just a few short months. Scheifele will center the top line on a Jets team that will be competing for a spot in the playoffs out of the Western Conference.
Buffalo recently signed Rasmus Ristolainen to a six-year, $32.4 million deal, a good indication of just how highly the franchise ranks the young defenseman. Rasmus appeared in all 82 games for the Sabres last season, racking up the most ice time on the team and the 10th most among all NHL defensemen. Look for Rasmus to be amongst the league leaders in icetime once again and lead the Sabres to an improved record in 2016-17.
Victor Hedman continues to prove himself as one of the top defensemen in the NHL. The Lightning rewarded their top blueliner with an eight-year extension in the offseason. Hedman will look to repay the club with more exceptional play that already has the 25-year old ranked third all-time in franchise history among defensemen in career points and games played.
Nick Bjugstad has been a steady contributor to the Florida Panthers since he was drafted 19th overall by the franchise in 2010. Nick will be an important piece of a team that has all the tools to make the playoffs in the upcoming season.
Octagon also represents five NHL rookies who are set to make their NHL debuts this season. Lawson Crouse and Jakob Chychrun are members of the Arizona Coyotes, Patrik Laine, the second overall pick in 2016, is set to start his rookie year with the Jets, Mikko Rantanen is currently on the Avalanche roster and Nikita Zaitsev is ready for his first NHL season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Good luck to all of our clients this season!