Is Auston Matthews ready to be the new face of the NHL?

With a Calder Trophy and a Stanley Cup playoff appearance in his first season, expectations are high for Auston Matthews in his second year.  8:45 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Oct. 30 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today! When Auston Matthews made his debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Why the Leafs, Blackhawks are blowing our minds

10:26 AM ET What has been the biggest surprise so far? Greg Wyshynski: "Plan the parade" has, over the years, become a running joke between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and the rest of the hockey universe -- a shared laugh over the delusional hubris that's inherent to Leafs fandom, and really the

Yankees built for many Octobers to come

8:40 AM ET HOUSTON -- Perhaps the greatest losses in the history of the New York Yankees occurred at the end of July 2016. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner had hemmed and hawed about putting up a white flag on the season and needed a little more convincing. General manager Brian Cashman's