Playoffs are ruthless

Jason Gregor
May 13 2016 12:00PM

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I've long believed great players don't need a Stanley Cup to be considered among the elite. Of course it helps, but you need to be on a great team to win the Cup. I'll be very surprised if we see a team match the Blackhawks' three Cups in six seasons during the next few decades. In today's salary cap era, it is extremely difficult to keep a team together for six seasons, and if you do, you will need some luck and, most importantly, you'll need to avoid serious injuries.

During their three Cup wins, the Hawks' core group of seven players -- Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Niklas Hjalmarsson -- missed a total of two games. Hossa and Keith each missed one game during their 2013 run.

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Undervaluing The Pick

Matt Henderson
May 13 2016 09:00AM

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I’m ready to trade it. I don’t want it. I want it to be a defenseman who can play in the NHL…yesterday. The fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft belongs to Edmonton and I couldn’t make it belong to someone else fast enough. But, am I undervaluing that pick? Have Oiler fans so used to drafting at the top of the order that we now have unrealistically low opinions of the riff raff taken in that second grouping of players?

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #44 Markus Niemelainen

Ryan Biech
May 13 2016 07:00AM

It's a (short) run of big defenceman with Logan Stanley being profiled yesterday as the 45th ranked prospect for the upcoming draft, and now coming in at 44th is a hulking Finnish defenceman, Markus Niemelainen. Measuring in at 6'6" and 205 lbs, Niemelainen is one of the biggest defenceman available in this draft, so teams looking to add size to their blue line prospect ranks may have to seriously consider the Kuopio native.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 13 2016 05:00AM

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Leafs need to be careful using LTIR for Cap space, Canucks player awaits fathers trial for alleged murder conspiracy, Flames coaching carousel and missing out on an additional first round pick, no Hamonic to Edmonton or anywhere else, Phil Kessel's Cup run is karma for doubters, Pierre McGuire, Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's Top fighters and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Scouting report: Justin Faulk

Jason Gregor
May 12 2016 12:04PM

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Our Scouting Report series continues today, and I will continue to focus on the biggest need for the Oilers; A right shot top-four defenceman. Last week we looked at Jason Demers, a potential UFA, and today we'll look at defender Justin Faulk, who would significantly bolster the Oilers blueline, but they would need to acquire him via trade.

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