Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #37 Sam Steel

Ryan Biech
May 24 2016 07:36AM

A player who has been flirting with first-round bona fides, but ultimately comes in as 37th overall ranked player in our consensus rankings, is Edmonton native and Regina Pats centre Sam Steel.

Regarded as a smaller and shiftier centre, who possesses elite playmaking abilities and hockey sense. If Steel is still available in the early parts of the second round, I won't be surprised to hear of a few teams looking to trade up to select the young pivot.

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WHO IS THE BEST GOALIE IN THE 2016 DRAFT?

Lowetide
May 23 2016 03:37PM

As much as we love hockey, sussing out goalies and their ability to stop the puck is a mystery to pretty much everyone. If you skim over past drafts trying to find successful patterns, the reasonable conclusion is for your favorite team to 'get lucky' and count it as a skill. Let's look at last year's projections and figure out this season.

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North By NorthGretz Podcast - Ball Water

North By NorthGretz
May 23 2016 01:30PM

Modano

This week the boys are joined by special guest, Instagram mega-star Allison Currie! Alley and the boys talk about eating frozen hot dogs, the Kassian re-signing, call-out various small towns in the greater Sturgeon County area, and Allison talks about her night with The Great One and awkward moments in the Rexall visitors room!

Next up it’s the debut of a new game, “Pornhub or Twitter Comment”, before another life affirming round of Ask The Idiots. 

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Because It's The Cap: Edmonton Oilers

Cam Lewis
May 23 2016 09:00AM

Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

It’s pretty easy to look at the Edmonton Oilers’ 2015-16 season and say it was a complete disaster. I mean, you wouldn’t be wrong to view it that way, considering the fact they finished second last in the league standings and allowed their playoff drought to reach a decade in length. Their 31 wins are barely an improvement from all the way back in the 2009-10 season when they had 27, which is when they officially started tanking and their oil change began. 

If you told Oilers fans after they drafted Taylor Hall first overall that summer that the team would be fooling around in the league’s basement with a 31-43-8 record six seasons later, they most certainly wouldn’t have believed you. If they did believe you, they probably wouldn’t have assumed the rebuild was a total dud, but instead, the season’s failure was the result of unfortunate circumstances. And that wouldn’t be entirely wrong. 

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Monday Mailbag - Nuge or Draisaitl?

baggedmilk
May 23 2016 07:00AM


My friends, it's that time of the week where our panel of geniuses writers answer your questions in an attempt to explain a little bit about hockey and this universe we live in. For most of us, having Monday off means we can sleep in, enjoy a few AM beers, and (maybe) do something productive if the cards fall that way. I dedicate this mailbag to those of you that have to work today, and hope that these 3000 words of questionable knowledge can help you kill off even a little bit of company time. Gord speed, working citizens. We're all pulling for you.

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