Leon Draisaitl's Near-Perfect 2016-17 Season

Jonathan Willis
January 17 2017 03:00PM

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Entering this season, Leon Draisaitl was a player with an odd mix of positives and negatives on his NHL resume. At his best, he brought to mind Anze Kopitar—a big forward with a nice mix of power, speed, and both offensive and defensive ability. Yet he was also prone to long offensive slumps, particularly when away from Taylor Hall.

In the first half of 2016-17, Draisaitl has done everything possible to allay concerns about his game.

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NHLN Notebook: Patrick Maroon, Nolan Patrick, and Mascots Fighting

Christian Pagnani
January 17 2017 01:18PM

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Patrick Maroon is a 5-on-5 beast, the NHL isn't happy about mascots fighting, Nolan Patrick returns from injury, and Maroon's son gets denied by Laurent Brossoit.

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Consolidated 2017 Draft Rankings: January

Jeremy Davis
January 17 2017 11:00AM

It's been a little less than a month since our last Consolidated Rankings were published, but six of the eight list makers have put out new rankings, and there has been plenty of movement already. The World Junior Championships also took place in that time frame, and as that's one of the most important events of the season for draft eligible prospects, it factors heavily in the perception of many of the players.

Let's take a look at the potential first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, as it looks in mid-January.

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GDB 46.0 Wrap Up: Dirt Dogs Down

baggedmilk
January 16 2017 09:58PM


Oilers win. Coyotes get hit by cars and eat garbage, as per tradition. Final Score: 3-1 Oilers

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GDB 46.0: Opportunity Against Arizona

Jonathan Willis
January 16 2017 01:07PM

Game Day

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Edmonton hosts the Arizona Coyotes this evening, and the contest represents an opportunity for the Oilers. From a standings perspective the ‘Yotes are entirely irrelevant, but in other ways they’re unique. The Coyotes have given Edmonton trouble for a long time, and tonight’s game is a chance to prove that a mid-December win in Arizona was a start of a new trend.

It’s also a chance for the Oilers to find some secondary scoring against a team that has trouble keeping the puck out of its own net.

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