Sean Couturier, Dropping Like A Stone

Jonathan Willis
April 19 2011 08:01PM

There are a plethora of scouting reports out there for this summer’s draft, and there isn’t always much agreement between them. One thing they all agree on, however, is that Sean Couturier’s spot on the list keeps getting lower and lower.

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Tracers: The First Universal Draft

April 19 2011 05:16PM

Nowadays, NHL teams use measured language for everything. It was probably inevitable that prepared releases and orchestrated media conferences would win the day, but 40 years ago the quotes from NHL team employees were a lot more fun. Example: the 1969 Amateur Draft--the first universal draft.

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Robin Brownlee
April 19 2011 10:30AM

So, even if Ryan Nugent Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels is the most talented player available in the 2011 Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers shouldn't take him with the first overall pick because they already have too many small forwards?

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Nugent-Hopkins vs. Kane

Jonathan Willis
April 18 2011 11:27PM

Back in February, I suggested that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be the wrong selection with the first overall pick. Since then, he’s gone on a tear (at both even-strength and on the power play), Ken Hitchcock has started comparing him to Pavel Datsyuk, and the opinion of the scouts (the ones talking, anyway) has firmed up in a positive way.

Meanwhile, there’s a notion out there that Nugent-Hopkins isn’t the first skinny power play ace to shoot up to the top of the draft rankings in recent years, and Patrick Kane’s done some pretty nice things for the Chicago Blackhawks.

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April 18 2011 05:48PM

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our partner in crime and friend since grade two – the legendary bingofuel – will be leaving his post as the Manager of the Nation Network to continue on his quest to dominate digital strategy and the social media universe with Calder Bateman.

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