Monday Musings: Are NCAA free agents overrated?

Jason Gregor
August 15 2016 01:09PM

"NCAA free agents have become the most overrated and over-hyped asset in hockey," an NHL scout said to me at the 2016 draft over breakfast.

"I'm not saying they aren't good players, but teams treat them like they are going to be stars. They get into bidding wars and pay them like they are top-three draft picks. It's crazy," he said.

Jimmy Vesey is officially a free agent tomorrow and many teams want to sign the 23-year-old. He went undrafted in 2011, and then the Predators selected him 66th overall in 2012. He has spent the past four seasons honing his skills with Harvard, but he elected not to sign with the Predators. They traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres on June 20th for the 76th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

The Sabres have yet to sign him, and starting at 10 p.m MDT tonight the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Devils, Blackhawks and Bruins (the rumoured teams with the best chance so sign him) will be able to "officially" talk to him about a contract.

How good is he, and is he worth the courtship?

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North by NorthGretz - Sweet Chin Podcast

North By NorthGretz
August 15 2016 11:00AM

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This week the boys are joined by the illustrious Yukon Jack! The fellas talk wrestling, Rexall Beer®, shuffleboard, and Yukon shares some great radio stories, and more...

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Monday Mailbag - Playoffs?

baggedmilk
August 15 2016 07:00AM

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As per Nation tradition it is mailbag time once again! As always, I've taken your questions and sent them out to our writers to get the answers that you've always been craving. I've said it many times before, but this segment is entirely dependent on you guys and I need questions for next week. If you have something you'd like to ask you can email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.com

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES TIP OFF FALL, PREDICT WINTER (BLUE VERSION)

Lowetide
August 14 2016 01:49PM

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Joey Laleggia is still in his entry-level deal, but at age 24 his time is now. The offensive defender needs to show well during training camp and in the 2016-17 season in order to make a solid impression. With Brad Hunt off the team in Bakersfield, can Laleggia spike offensively and get noticed?

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WHO DO YOU LOVE?

Lowetide
August 13 2016 08:37PM

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One of the subjects I see Oilers fans talk about at length is the protected list for the expansion draft next summer. History tells us that we are far away from knowing the actual list—the 2016-17 season will have an enormous impact on the decision. Even with that understood, I am not sure we can be certain about the names who will be protected on defense. Darnell Nurse (in photo by Mark Williams) is not eligible for the expansion draft, but could have a major impact on the final protected list.

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