Draft rumblings and the Top-60

Jason Gregor
June 24 2016 01:05PM

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Round one of the draft begins tonight at 5 p.m. MDT and will wrap up around 9 p.m. It is a long night, but a very exciting one for players, families, scouts, management and fans.

History tells us to expect a significant trade, and Oilers fans are hoping it involves their team, but Anaheim, Buffalo, Arizona and Calgary are other teams to watch. There will likely be a trade no one has been discussing either. Those are the best, because they surprise everyone.

Tonight, 30 young men will fulfill their dream of being drafted, while another 181 will wait until tomorrow to hear their name. What a ride it will be for them, and  for fans across the NHL, who will wait with anticipation to see what moves and selections their teams make.

Let's get it going.

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The North By NorthGretz Podcast - Pre-Draft Spectacular!

North By NorthGretz
June 24 2016 12:02PM

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Happy Connorversary everyone! This week the boys spend the podcast being distracted by potential PK Subban trade news, recap the NHL Awards, Ethan Bear SNUBBED by Team Canada, talk MORE about PK Subban, more Milan Lucic and Nail Yakupov speculation, plus another educational round of Ask The Idiots! 

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NHL draft 2016: Dreams will be made this weekend

Jason Gregor
June 24 2016 10:18AM

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Every year, the NHL Entry Draft becomes more diverse. At the 1979 NHL entry draft 126 players were drafted and 111 of them (88%) were Canadian. At last year's draft only 37.8% (80) of the 211 players drafted hailed from Canada. The NHL has changed a lot in 26 years, and for kids growing up in Canada the dream of getting drafted, and then playing in the NHL, is becoming harder by the day.

Getting drafted is a huge honour, and whether you are drafted in the first round tonight or in the seventh round on Saturday, the young men and their families should take a few days to celebrate a wonderful accomplishment.

This weekend players should focus on all the hard work and commitment it took to get them here. There will be a lot of time to worry about the next steps needed to become an NHL player, but they should take a moment to enjoy this important first step.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #1 Auston Matthews

Ryan Biech
June 24 2016 05:00AM

We've saved the best for last!

Coming in as the number one ranked player in our consensus 2016 NHL Draft Rankings, is Scottsdale, Arizona native Auston Matthews.

Born two days after the cut-off for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Matthews has been the consensus number one draft eligible player for the entire season. There have been some in the hockey world suggesting that Patrik Laine could go first overall, but it's clear that Matthews is the most complete and well-rounded prospect available and will likely go first overall.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 24 2016 05:00AM

RoundUp

Big week for the Leafs, should the Jets make a big trade, Flames hire new coach, is Marc-Andre Fleury a fit in Calgary, Datsyuk disaster in Detroit, 10 years since Oilers went to the cup final, Vegas expansion confirmed, official expansion draft rules, 2016 mock draft, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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