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About Kevin Acorn - RotoBaller

Lifetime hockey fan. Fantasy sports enthusiast with a passion for writing.

Kevin Acorn - RotoBaller has written 180 articles so far, you can find them below.


Dylan Larkin Extends For Five Years In Hockeytown

The Detroit Red Wings inked restricted free agent forward Dylan Larkin to a five-year contract with an AAV of $6.1 million. The 22-year-old scored 16 goals and a team-high 63 points last season. A 20-goal scorer as a rookie, Larkin looks poised to return to the 20-goal club and be a leader on this Detroit... Read More

1 year ago

Oliver Bjorkstrand Re-Signs With Blue Jackets

Twenty-three-year-old Danish forward Oliver Bjorkstrand has signed a three-year extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets worth $7.5 million. Coming off of his entry-level deal, this three-year bridge deal will pay him $2.5 million per season. Bjorkstrand will still be a restricted free agent at the completion of this contract. Bjorkstrand set career highs in goals... Read More

1 year ago

Adam Henrique Signs Five-Year Extension In Anaheim

The Anaheim Ducks and Adam Henrique have reached an agreement on a five-year extension for the 28-year-old forward. The annual average value of the deal is $5.85 million. Henrique was traded to the Ducks during last season in return principally for defenseman Sami Vatanen. In 57 games with Anaheim, Henrique scored 20 goals, including eight... Read More

1 year ago

Juuse Saros Locked In For Three Years

The Nashville Predators inked restricted free-agent goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year contract worth $4.5 million. The former fourth-round pick was a highly-touted goalie prospect and is growing into a very serviceable backup with high upside. Starter Pekka Rinne has just one year remaining on his current contract, but still has some game left, even... Read More

1 year ago

Elias Lindholm Signs Extension With New Team

The Calgary Flames reached a deal with the newly-acquired Elias Lindholm for a six-year contract worth $29.1 million. Lindholm’s new cap hit is just under $5 million, a significant raise from his last contract at $2.7 million AAV. Calgary is putting a lot of stock into his potential; the 23-year-old Swede has yet to really... Read More

2 years ago


Mark Stone Files For Arbitration

Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone was one of 44 players to file for arbitration, announced on Thursday. Stone is coming off a three-year deal that carried a $3.5 million salary cap hit and is likely due for a raise. He tied for the team lead in points (62) with captain Erik Karlsson, two points shy... Read More

2 years ago

David Pope Has His Eyes On Earning Roster Spot

Turning 24 in September, David Pope is one of the older prospects in the Detroit Red Wings system, but he thinks his time in college has helped him progress his game to the point of contending for a spot on the Wings roster this season. The 2013 fourth-round pick of the Red Wings has spent... Read More

2 years ago

Erik Karlsson Reportedly Offered Extension From Senators

The Ottawa Senators have stayed true to their word and have offered defenseman Erik Karlsson a contract extension. Karlsson is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, completing his current seven-year deal. Karlsson has been a topic of much conversation of late, being a focal point of trade rumors, and it was... Read More

2 years ago

Tomas Plekanec Returns To Montreal On One-Year Deal

The Montreal Canadiens announced they are bringing back 35-year-old center Tomas Plekanec on a one-year deal. Plekanec was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the deadline last season and scored two of his 26 points in 17 games with the Buds. Aside from those 17 games, Plekanec has played his entire 998-game NHL career... Read More

2 years ago

Goalie Michael Hutchinson Signs With Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers announced Sunday the signing of 28-year-old goaltender Michael Hutchinson to a one-year, one-way contract with a salary cap hit of $1.3 million. Hutchinson has spent the last five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets franchise and has had success at both the NHL and AHL levels. The Panthers still have goalies James Reimer... Read More

2 years ago


Jared McCann Signs Two-Year Extension in Sunrise

The Florida Panthers came to terms with restricted free-agent center Jared McCann on a two-year contract. The 2014 first-round pick set a career high with 28 points for the Panthers last season and matched his career-high nine goals from his rookie season, then with the Vancouver Canucks. McCann is just coming off his entry-level deal... Read More

2 years ago

Bruins Sign John Moore For Five Years

Free-agent defenseman John Moore signed on with the Boston Bruins for five years, earning $2.75 million annually. The former first-round pick spent the last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils. He set career highs in 2016-17 for both goals (12) and points (22). The Bruins will be Moore’s fifth NHL team, and he’ll be... Read More

2 years ago

Bruins Bring In Jaroslav Halak On Two-Year Deal

The Boston Bruins have brought in goaltender Jaroslav Halak to back up Tuukka Rask in the wake of Anton Khudobin’s departure. Halak spent the last four years with the New York Islanders with what was the most lucrative contract of his career. Halak’s annual cap hit will be 2.75 million in Boston. More used to... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Bernier Joining Red Wings On Three-Year Deal

The Red Wings announced on Sunday their signing of Jonathan Bernier to a three-year $9 million contract. Bernier will share the crease with starter Jimmy Howard, who has one year left on his current five-year contract. Over the last two seasons, Bernier boasts a record of 40-19-7 split between Colorado and Anaheim. A backup for... Read More

2 years ago

Sabres Ink Carter Hutton To Three-Year Deal

One of their more promising signings on day one of free agency, the Buffalo Sabres agreed to a three-year deal with free agent goaltender Carter Hutton. Hutton had a career year last season with St. Louis, posting a league-best 2.09 goals against average. He finished with a 17-7-3 record sharing the crease with Jake Allen,... Read More

2 years ago


Opportunity May Present Itself For Casey Mittelstadt

With the news of Ryan O’Reilly’s departure from Buffalo, there may be an opportunity for rookie Casey Mittelstadt to crack the lineup on a full-time basis. Drafted eighth overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Mittelstadt has been turning heads with his quick hands and puck control, most recently at the Sabres’ development camp. Mittelstadt... Read More

2 years ago

Buffalo Acquires Depth Forwards, Picks For Ryan O'Reilly

On Sunday, center Ryan O'Reilly was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a hefty return. Coming back to Buffalo are forwards Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson, a first-round pick in 2019 and a second-round pick in 2021. Berglund, Sobotka and Thompson should settle in to middle-six roles in Buffalo. Berglund... Read More

2 years ago

Jesper Eliasson Selected By Red Wings 84th Overall

Closing out the third round for the Red Wings, Jesper Eliasson is the first goalie prospect of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft for Detroit. The Swedish backstop stands at 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds, a good size already as a teenager in terms of NHL status quo goaltenders. A product of the IF Troja-Ljungby for the... Read More

2 years ago

Seth Barton Second Detroit Defenseman Of Third Round

With the allure of exciting forwards in the first round, the Red Wings had to put on hold their desire to focus on defense in this draft, but made sure to select a pair of sizeable blueliners in the third. Seth Barton of the BCHL was selected 81st overall by Detroit, the second of two... Read More

2 years ago

Alec Regula, Michigan Native, Drafted By Red Wings

Alec Regula came to the OHL’s London Knights after playing one season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL. For much of his OHL rookie season, he played on a pairing with fellow 2018 draftee Evan Bouchard. Cited as tentative in the early stages, his confidence elevated throughout the season, as did NHL teams' opinions... Read More

2 years ago


Riley Stotts Drafted 83rd Overall By Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs added a centerman to the prospect pipeline, drafting Riley Stotts of the Calgary Hitmen in the third round. A victim of circumstance, Stotts began the season buried on a strong Swift Current Broncos team, where he only scored three points in 22 games. He was flipped to Calgary mid-season, and came to... Read More

2 years ago

Connor Dewar Selected 92nd Overall By Minnesota Wild

In his second year of draft eligibility, the Minnesota Wild welcomed Everett Silvertips center Connor Dewar to the organization. The selection was their third of the third round. Dewar has now completed three seasons in the WHL, bettering his totals year after year. The 2017-18 season was by far his most productive, netting a career... Read More

2 years ago

Semyon Der-Arguchintsev Drafted By Maple Leafs; Joins Friend

With their acquired pick from a draft-day trade in the first round, Toronto selected Semyon Der-Arguchintsev 76th overall. The right-shooting center has spent the last two seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Undersized at 5-foot-10,159 pounds, the pivot has playmaking skills and vision sought after by many and has lots of time yet... Read More

2 years ago

Semyon Der-Arguchintsev Drafted By Maple Leafs

With their acquired pick from a draft-day trade in the first round, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Semyon Der-Arguchintsev 76th overall. The right-shooting center has spent the last two seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Undersized at 5-foot-10 and 159 pounds, the pivot has playmaking skills and vision sought after by many and... Read More

2 years ago

Alexander Khovanov Selected By Wild In Third Round

With their second pick of the third round, the Minnesota Wild selected Russian center Alexander Khovanov. The Saratov, Russia native came overseas to join the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL but performed only marginally better than his 2016-17 season with he MHL’s Irbis Kazan. Illness held him out of play at the Ivan Hlinka tournament... Read More

2 years ago


Jack McBain Selected By Minnesota 63rd Overall

This sizeable center Jack McBain (6-foot-3, 201 pounds) was 35th on the NHL’s final scouting rankings and has a lot of upside. Drafted by the Barrie Colts 20th overall, McBain instead chose to play for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the OJHL, stating that NCAA Division 1 hockey was his aspiration. In early 2017, he... Read More

2 years ago

Mattias Samuelsson Heads To Buffalo

Kicking off the second round in Dallas, the Buffalo Sabres drafted Mattias Samuelsson, a product of the U.S. National Team Development Program. The towering left-shooting defenseman stands at 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds and is the son of Kjell Samuelsson, who played nearly 1,000 NHL games. Drafted by Sarnia of the OHL, Samuelsson elected to stay... Read More

2 years ago

Sean Durzi Taken By Maple Leafs In Second Round

Sean Durzi was made a second-round pick after he went undrafted in 2017. The Owen Sound defenseman finished his third season in the OHL and improved his points total significantly after a heavily-scrutinized 2016-17 season. For the first time in his career, he scored better than a point per game with 49 points (15 goals)... Read More

2 years ago

Filip Johansson Goes 24th Overall To Wild

With their first-round selection, the Minnesota Wild added Swedish defenseman Filip Johansson to the organization. Johansson’s stock rose considerably over the course of last season, and he climbed from 17th to 10th in the NHL’s central-scouting rankings among European skaters. A product of the Leksands IF organization, Johansson split last season in the SuperElit and... Read More

2 years ago

Jared McIsaac Selected 36th Overall By Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings turned their attention to defensemen, drafting Jared McIsaac with the 36th overall selection. McIsaac is a well-rounded offensive defenseman and is smart with and without the puck. Not overly physical, he relies instead on forcing opposition out of room and solid stickwork to overturn the puck. In two seasons with the... Read More

2 years ago


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