Scouting report: Kris Russell

Jason Gregor
May 26 2016 02:24PM

My Scouting Report series continues today, and once again we are focusing on the blue line.

You can read the Jason Demers report here.
Justin Faulk
Tyson Barrie

Today we look at the 67th pick from the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kris Russell. Russell was an undersized offensive D-man coming out of junior, but he's worked on his defensive game in the NHL and become an elite shot blocker. He's poised to be a UFA on July 1st. 

Read Article | 37 Comments

TOP 100 OILERS: BERNIE NICHOLLS (65)

Robin Brownlee
May 26 2016 07:00AM

BernieNicholls

Time healing old wounds as it tends to, it was nice to see Bernie Nicholls working the room and shaking hands with other former members of the Edmonton Oilers at celebrations leading up to the team’s final game at Rexall Place in April. So, too, the polite applause Nicholls received from a capacity crowd when he was introduced with the other old Oilers.

Read Article | 19 Comments

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #36 Kale Clague

Cammers
May 25 2016 04:26PM

Kale Clague comes in at #36 on the Nation Network's top 60 2016 draft eligible prospects. Playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Clague is hailed as a two-way defenseman with a high level of skill and good ability to skate. 

Let's take a look at what he brings to the table.

Read Article | 12 Comments

You’re not so bad after all, Taylor Hall

KylaJLane
May 25 2016 09:00AM

How to make the Nation hate you 101: admit that you’re not a fan of Taylor Hall.

It’s not because he didn’t sleep with me after a night out at the Ranch or because he snubbed me on a high five once — these events never actually took place, BTW — but it is because I find him to be reckless, unfortunately efficient at generating turnovers, and a festering pit of bad attitude. That being said, there’s no denying that he’s a talented guy, which brings me to my point: You're not so bad, Taylor. 

Read Article | 135 Comments

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.

Read Article | 4 Comments