May 06 2016 03:25PM
Connor McDavid was brilliant as a rookie in 2015-16 and anybody paying attention knows it.
What many don’t realize is how much his linemates mattered, and which linemates he actually clicked with. The conventional wisdom about which players he had success with in 2015-16 is almost entirely wrong.
May 06 2016 12:32PM
It might seemed far-fetched for a 28 year-old who has 34 goals and 93 points in his first 220 NHL games to become a regular top-six forward, but very few players are blessed with the opportunity in front of Patrick Maroon.
Maroon has proven he can play with skilled forwards. He played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in Anaheim, and he thinks the game and sees the ice well enough to not look out of place alongside them.
With the Oilers, he played the most EV minutes beside Jordan Eberle, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall. Team USA has him riding shotgun with the Auston Matthews.
He's getting every opportunity to become a top-six forward, but how productive can he be?
May 06 2016 09:00AM
One thing that I noticed as the season moved forward was a segment of fans turning against the Oilers' core. A lot of you guys are blaming the core for the lack of success around here, and I'm not going to disagree with you (that's an article for another day), but I did want to show you another side to the story.
May 06 2016 07:00AM
Last month we asked you, the fine citizens of The Nation, to let us know who your favourite fighter(s) of all time was. Weeks later, after running the numbers through a massive bank of supercomputers, we've tabulated the results. AND NOW WE VOTE!
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May 06 2016 05:00AM
Leafs and Jets win draft lottery, breaking down Mathews vs. Laine, Stamkos to Leafs more plausible now, who replaces Bob Hartley in Calgary, Benning and Canucks look for a forward at 5, picking 4th does not do the Oilers any good, all kinds of draft news, helping Fort McMurray and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.