January 27 2017 07:00AM

For Edmonton Oilers fans, the 2017 draft is going to be a little different. Edmonton's success in the standings means the team will land in the early to mid-20s, meaning guessing Edmonton's pick in the first round is going to be a moving target. For our first prospect this year, I have chosen Cale Makar of the Brooks Bandits (AJHL). As was the case one year ago with BCHL players Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro of the Penticton Vees, this is a prospect playing in a Tier 2 league with top-end talent.

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The Roundup

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January 27 2017 05:00AM

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Shattenkirk reportedly on board with the 'Shanaplan in Toronto, don't buy Ken Holland's hope in Detroit, a closer look at the Jets GM, the Flames need a shakeup, Oilers have to do better against the best teams, the Battle of Alberta sweep, killing the shootout, Henrik Sedin, NHL power rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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GDB 51.0 Wrap Up: California Sweep

January 26 2017 11:36PM


(Tied for) First-Place! *clap clap* (tied for) First-Place! *clap clap* Final Score: 4-1 Oilers

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GDB 51.0: Talbot Times Two

Jason Gregor
January 26 2017 02:00PM


Game Day

(photoshop: @isuckatpicking)

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game. 

"Hopefully I have a chance to get back at it tomorrow," Cam Talbot said moments after shutting out the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 last night. Talbot wants the net tonight in San Jose, and I suspect his head coach will give it to him.

Talbot only faced 26 shots and he only had four occasions where the Ducks had two shots in under seven seconds. He regularly held on to the first shot, or easily directed it to the corner or out of play. He didn't have to go up and down in the butterfly often, where goalies use the most energy, and because he had a relatively quiet night in Anaheim I think Todd McLellan will give Talbot back-to-back starts.

He also had four days rest prior to Wednesday's win and will have four days off after tonight's clash.

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January 26 2017 01:23PM


We are just over a month away from the NHL trade deadline, and each year leading up to it I do a five-part series featuring some of the AHL names who could be in play. Identifying players of interest in the minors who are close to NHL-ready—but may be blocked currently—gives us another angle as we approach the trade deadline (and summer). Note: With Edmonton as a buyer, the players listed may not be as attractive at this time, but it is still a good idea to keep track of youngsters bubbling just under the NHL. Here is a team-by-team look, beginning with the Pacific Division. (Photos by Mark Williams, all rights reserved)

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