June 16 2016 01:00PM
It is no surprise the television ratings in Canada during the 2016 NHL playoffs were down. With no Canadian teams entered it was obvious the numbers would be low. However, in the United States they had 16 teams in the postseason for the first time ever, yet their ratings were well below the past few seasons.
Despite having one of the league's best players involved, viewership for the Stanley Cup Finals was down 29% from last year and 23% from 2014. That is a massive drop, and the NHL needs to address the reality that fewer people are watching games on cable TV.
June 16 2016 11:30AM
The Edmonton Oilers will be shopping heavily over the next two weeks—draft, trades and free agency all in play. We have examined most of the NHL options, but what with possible targets being taken off the trade table in Carolina, Chicago and Denver, we may be looking at other options fairly soon. What about the bubbling under prospects in the AHL? With Edmonton needing help on right defense and the NHL men appearing to be fewer and farther between, let's have a look at some strong options in the AHL.
June 16 2016 07:00AM
My friends, I am here, today, to bestow the Nation's praise onto a fine group of fantasy hockey heroes. This group of fantasy heroes opened up their wallets for a chance at glory and prizes, and today is the day where we announce the winners of the NationDrafts playoff pool!
June 16 2016 05:00AM
At 15th in the Nation Network draft rankings we have one of the most interesting prospects of the 2016 class, Logan Brown.
Brown's upside is obvious: he's a 6'6 centre who put up 74 points in 59 games in the OHL this season. On paper, he sounds like a certain top-ten pick. But he has been dogged by questions of consistency, effort, and play away from the puck. Some of those issues were addressed over the course of the season, and Brown shot upwards in many draft rankings as a result.
The possibility of drafting a big number one centre outside of the top five won't be taken lightly by teams. But will GM's be eager to use valuable early first-round picks on a player with Brown's question marks? He might have the most uncertainty of any first-rounder in this draft -- he could feasibly be drafted anywhere between the number 6 and number 20 slots.
June 15 2016 10:00PM
Though Julien Gauthier entered this season hot off the heels of a point-plus-per-game rookie season in the QMJHL and a presumptive spot in the top ten of this year's entry draft, his star has fallen to the middle of the first-round by most accounts. The Nation Network's consensus aligns closely with that assessment, as Gauthier checks in at 16th by our reckoning.
Part of the trepidation is production related. Though Gauthier had shown proficiency as a playmaker in his two QMJHL seasons prior, he was infamously dubbed this year's Cy Young winner for his lofty imbalance of goals to assists, with his 41 goals met by a paltry 16 helpers. Given that Gauthier posted a 38 goal, 35 assist season the year prior, that represents a sizeable step back no matter the context.
Gauthier's physical toolkit is rivalled by few in this class, though, and that's what's kept him in the conversation as a high first-round selection. His combination of size, speed, power and offensive instincts make him a handful for defenders -- more often than not they're left in his wake or bowled over entirely. We'll try to make sense of the disconnect between his tools and production as we break down Gauthier and his long-term prospects of developing into a bona fide NHL forward.