Monday Musings: Hockey is back, Edmonton's new rink is awesome and more

Jason Gregor
September 12 2016 02:00PM

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I'm not a fan of John Tortorella, but he is the perfect character to re-kindle the Canada/USA rivalry. It is September 12th, and usually we aren't privy to exciting, chippy, highly-skilled hockey involving NHL players, but the World Cup provides an excellent opportunity to get excited about hockey again.

The two Canada-USA games were fun to watch. There was skill, great passes, precision shots and just enough animosity to get the juices flowing. Team North America skating circles around Team Europe reminded us how fast the game is becoming.

I can't wait for the tournament to begin, and then transition directly into the NHL season.

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Analyzing the Daily Faceoff Draft Guide: Do What You Can to Take McDavid

baggedmilk
September 12 2016 01:00PM

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Last week, our friends at DailyFaceoff released their annual Draft Kit, and I'm here to tell you why you should do everything in your power to draft Connor McDavid. If you're planning on winning your fantasy league this year, Connor is where I'd be trying to hitch my wagon. Anything less would be accepting defeat before the season even starts. 

You can get your downloadable copy of the DailyFaceoff Draft Kit over at the NationGear store right now! For just $4.95, the DailyFaceoff Draft Kit will help you find late round treasures and help you coast to fantasy victory.

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5 fun things to look for from Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey

Ari Yanover
September 12 2016 11:08AM

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Hey, guess what - the World Cup is almost upon us! And by that, I mean the games that actually mean something in-tournament. Exhibition games for a preseason tournament is fun and all, but it makes for better competition when the results actually count, when winning a game actually means something beyond pride.

The tournament officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 17. The night game on Day 1 will feature Team Canada taking on Team Czech Republic. And hey, we here at the Nation Network cover mostly Canadian-based teams, so it stands to reason that a fair number of us are Canadian and will be rooting for the Canadian men's national team. So let's take a look at just what we've got to look forward to when it comes to the team representing our home and native land.

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Monday Mailbag - How Important is a Captain?

baggedmilk
September 12 2016 07:00AM

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Everyone quiet down -- it's time to learn something! As always, I've taken five of your questions and sent them off to our panel of Nation writers to give their input and worldly wisdoms. I need questions for next week so if you have something you'd like to ask you can email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter. Without further adieu, the Mailbag. Enjoy.

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AT RANDOM: WHY NOT?

Robin Brownlee
September 11 2016 12:30PM

There’s no such thing as having too much depth or too much competition for jobs at any position in professional sports, so there’s absolutely no downside to the potential addition of Kris Versteeg by the Edmonton Oilers by way of a PTO. If he shines and earns a contract, fine. If not, thanks for coming.

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