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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April 18 2011 03:36PM

Loyal Nation Citizen Faqu94 put it best on the twitters last night at 1:06 AM when he said "@WanyeGretz NationRadio? Yes?"

Yes Faqu94, NationRadio: Yes. This week's guests include former Flames GM now NHL on the Fly analyst Craig Button, Kirk Luedeke, Guy Flaming, Matt Bugg, Cassie McClennan, Tim Currell and Greg Drinnan.

Additional credit due to ItsTheBGB who correctly identifed us via tweet as lazy. Would a lazy person text his roommate to turn the TV down from another room because he doesn't feel like shouting?*

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