2016 Draft: Which Swedes Fit The 51% Rule?

Shawn Reis
May 25 2016 07:00AM

With the draft one month away it's time to start ramping up our focus towards it even more.

Most of the talk so far has been surrounding the real top tier players of the draft like Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine.  But there are six more rounds past the first one, and there are plenty of future NHLers that'll come out of this draft that up until now you've never heard of in your life.

Luckily, we have little tricks to help us try and identify who those players might be.

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Adding Size on the Cheap

Jonathan Willis
May 24 2016 05:00PM

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Peter Chiarelli’s first season at the helm of the Edmonton Oilers has had mixed results, but one of his real strengths has been his ability to add what we might call “functional toughness” on the cheap. There is a premium on size and grit in the NHL, and on Tuesday Chiarelli’s old team underlined that point with an outrageous contract extension for physical depth defenceman Kevan Miller.  

Chiarelli clearly values size, but so far he’s managed to add that element smartly, thanks to some judicious bargain-bin shopping.

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Speaking Of... Connor McDavid: International Stud

Chris the Intern
May 24 2016 03:00PM

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With Canada's back-to-back gold medals at the World Hockey Championships this year, Connor McDavid has become the youngest player in the history of the universe at 19, to win a World Championships gold medal, a World Junior gold medal, and a U18 gold medal. He becomes just the fourth ever to win all three.

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Tuesday Tidbits: World Cup rosters, goalies and The Hip

Jason Gregor
May 24 2016 01:15PM

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There will be plenty of water cooler debate this week as the eight teams in the World Cup of Hockey will announce their final seven roster spots on Friday.

Four Oilers are already on teams. Connor McDavid will play for North America (U24), Andrej Sekera and Leon Draisaitl are on Team Europe, while Lauri Korpikoski will skate for Finland.

Will Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be on team Canada and North America?

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CAM TALBOT: THE MIND GAME

Robin Brownlee
May 24 2016 11:44AM

For me, the quality that separates real-deal winners from phonies and front-runners is resilience. Having the wherewithal, call it mental toughness if you like, to bounce back when things go sideways, when confidence wanes and performance dips.

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