NHL Realignment Approved

Jonathan Willis
December 05 2011 10:02PM

The NHL announced last night that its Board of Governors were able to come to an agreement on a realignment of the league, one that will abolish the current East/West system and instead create four different conferences.

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Robin Brownlee
December 05 2011 06:11PM

I don`t have the attention span of Elliotte Friedman to come up with 30 Thoughts, but with the Edmonton Oilers getting a couple of days to catch their breath between games, that hasn't stopped me from borrowing from (stealing) his idea and coming up with 10 that are specific to Tom Renney`s team.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Power Play Dynamo

Jonathan Willis
December 05 2011 02:49PM

It’s fair to say that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has caught a few people by surprise with his phenomenal start to the season. It would also be fair to say that I’m one of those people.

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Jason Gregor
December 05 2011 09:33AM

The Oilers are much more competitive this season, and with the emergence of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall the offense should be solid moving forward. We've also witnessed some solid signs from Ladislav Smid, Ryan Jones, Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Tom Gilbert that the kids will have some competent veterans around them as they grow.

We've seen improvement in many areas, which was expected after two consecutive 30th place finishes, but if this team wants to be a playoff contender this year or the next they better improve their divisional play.

Since 2007, they've won 52 of 146 Divisional games including only three of ten so far this season.

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Nation Network Hockey Pool, December 4th Edition

Jonathan Willis
December 04 2011 10:56PM

Martin Brodeur is killing my team, and the teams of a bunch of different entrants. His zero shutouts and 0.879 SV% give him a pool value of -52.5, by far the worst of any current player. Nobody carrying him on their team is in the top-25 this week.

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