Milan Lucic's Greatest Plays From The 2015-16 Season

Chris the Intern
August 30 2016 04:45PM

We are 43 days away from the start of the 2016-17 NHL season. With the World Cup around the corner also, I'd say we are out of the bored, summer-phase and into the excited, anxious-phase of the summer. As if the thought of Connor McDavid going into his second NHL season with the chance of being captain isn't exciting enough, I thought we could get EVEN MORE excited by taking a look at some of Milan Lucic's best plays from last year. 

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Speaking Of... Team North America

Chris the Intern
August 23 2016 02:10PM

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Connor McDavid will get to practice being captain for an NHL caliber team, when he leads Team North America to a World Cup Championship with the "C" on his chest. There, I said it. 

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Get Ready for a Whole New Level of Advanced Stats

Chris the Intern
August 18 2016 03:30PM

Gary Bettman and the NHL held a press conference early Wednesday morning to discuss the World Cup Of Hockey. In this press conference they talked about ads on jerseys, digitally enhanced dasher boards for more ads (and more money), and other miscellaneous hockey talk. Most importantly, Bettman announced that puck and player tracking will be tested during the World Cup of Hockey tournament. 

The NHL tried this experiment once before during the 2015-16 All-Star Game, however, it sounds like they've made some adjustments and are taking another swing at it. Sportvision, the same company that does play tracking for the NFL, MLB, Olympics, etc are currently leading the charge. If this new technology can be perfected, it will be a huge step forward for hockey analytics.

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No changes to the goalie equipment this season? Except for pants, maybe

Chris the Intern
August 16 2016 02:19PM

In case you all forgot about this, there was a huge commotion earlier in the year about the NHL allegedly cutting down goaltending equipment size AGAIN. Cory Hirsch almost caused the internet to implode after his segment on Sportsnet about reducing equipment size (see video below). Since then, the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, the Oilers traded Taylor Hall (GET OVER IT!), Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination, and the World Cup jerseys were released. 

I, personally, forgot all about the goalie equipment mumbo jumbo, and apparently so did the NHL. 

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What's Left for the Summer At Nation HQ

Chris the Intern
August 10 2016 07:00AM

Summers are bitter sweet at Nation HQ. At the end of the regular season, Oilers fans are left disappointed, frustrated, and angry. Once the draft lottery comes around, excitement and hope creep into our minds, followed with peak hysteria at the draft. Free agent frenzy comes and goes and Oiler fans are left for three months to ponder what will be, come October. 

What often becomes a boring time in Oiler news between July and October can turn into an opportunity for us at Nation HQ to do some fun things with the citizens. With less than two months to the World Cup of Hockey, we've still got some exciting things happening to hopefully brighten up the slow months. 

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