AHL PIPELINE

Lowetide
June 14 2015 09:48PM

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The Manchester Monarchs won the AHL championship this weekend and are the Calder Cup champions—different than the Calder Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's rookie of the year—save for being named after league builder Frank Calder.

The Monarchs victory gives us a chance to view the league's best minor league team and compare it to the Oilers' farm system. How many legit NHL prospects played in Manchester this season? How many graduated? How does that compare to the Oilers? Let's have a look. Lists based on how close prospect is to NHL-ready.

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SWEET SIXTEEN?

Robin Brownlee
June 14 2015 01:00PM

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Some hockey pundits have suggested the 2015 NHL Entry Draft might be the deepest in terms of talent since the 2003 class. So, after the Edmonton Oilers select Connor McDavid with the first overall pick, do they move the 16 th pick they got from Pittsburgh or trade it?

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Talbot Vs The Magic Beans: A Jeanshorts #HotTaek

jeanshorts
June 14 2015 12:01PM

This post is just one dumb man's opinion. This is meant entirely to stir the pot and promote conversation. I'm an expert in nothing but taking naps, and if you disagree with me please let me know in the comments, and keep coming back every 10 minutes or so because we would love your ad revenue to know what you think. 

Cam Talbot's name has been floating around the hockey blogosphere for some time now, as a potential replacement for the picture of Grant Fuhr taped to a plastic chair currently occupying the starting goalie position for the Edmonton Oilers. Conversations (arguments) flared up again when Murray Pam of The Hockey News tweeted a rumour that the Oilers may be willing to part with the 16th overall pick in this years NHL entry draft to acquire the Rangers backup. 

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WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T DRAFT A GOALIE AT NO. 16

Lowetide
June 13 2015 06:31PM

Goalies are voodoo and drafting them in the first round requires the balls of a pirate and an addled mind. Even teams that know what they're doing rarely take goalies in the first round. A team like Edmonton? It would be a colossal waste of a perfectly good draft pick.

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Money Spent: Nathan Beaulieu and Martin Marincin

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2015 02:00PM

On Saturday, news came that the Montreal Canadiens had re-signed defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a two-year contract extension. Beaulieu, a 22-year-old defenceman, played his first semi-full season with the Habs this year and has some things in common with Edmonton Oilers’ rearguard Martin Marincin. Does his contract represent a reasonable starting point for Marincin’s next deal?

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