Great players left off of Canada's roster

Jason Gregor
May 27 2016 10:45AM


The final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey will be announced today. Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic filled out their 23-man rosters this morning, and the remaining four teams will be named this afternoon.

When Canada's final roster is finalized there will be a lot of debate among passionate Canadian fans. Some very good players won't make the roster, but will we see ten eventual Hall of Famers omitted?

That is what happened in 1991.

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Scouting report: Kris Russell

Jason Gregor
May 26 2016 02:24PM

My Scouting Report series continues today, and once again we are focusing on the blue line.

You can read the Jason Demers report here.
Justin Faulk
Tyson Barrie

Today we look at the 67th pick from the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kris Russell. Russell was an undersized offensive D-man coming out of junior, but he's worked on his defensive game in the NHL and become an elite shot blocker. He's poised to be a UFA on July 1st. 

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Tuesday Tidbits: World Cup rosters, goalies and The Hip

Jason Gregor
May 24 2016 01:15PM


There will be plenty of water cooler debate this week as the eight teams in the World Cup of Hockey will announce their final seven roster spots on Friday.

Four Oilers are already on teams. Connor McDavid will play for North America (U24), Andrej Sekera and Leon Draisaitl are on Team Europe, while Lauri Korpikoski will skate for Finland.

Will Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be on team Canada and North America?

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Zack Kassian: I still have a lot to prove

Jason Gregor
May 20 2016 02:15PM

Last October Zack Kassian was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA. He went to rehab for two months and on December 15th he was cleared to return to active status. Then he entered the follow-up care phase of the substance abuse and behavioural health program.

The Montreal Canadiens placed him on waivers and he went to the American Hockey League. On December 28th, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli acquired him in exchange for goalie Ben Scrivens. Kassian reported to the Oilers AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. On January 13th, after seven games in the minors, the Oilers recalled Kassian.

He played 36 games for the Oilers, and yesterday he signed a one-year contract for $1.5 million. I spoke with the 13th overall pick in 2009 about returning to the Oilers, what he wants to improve and where he fits in next season.

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Scouting report: Barrie

Jason Gregor
May 19 2016 01:40PM


My Scouting Report series continues today, and the spotlight remains solely on the biggest need for the Oilers: a right shot top-four defenceman. Today we look at the 64th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tyson Barrie. Barrie is an RFA, and he's the latest young Colorado Avalanche player who seems to be in a contract impasse with management.

Barrie is coming off two productive seasons, and will be looking for a substantial raise. What is he worth salary wise, and what would it cost to acquire him?

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