June 24 2016 10:18AM
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.
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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June 24 2016 05:00AM
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.
June 23 2016 10:00PM
Our number two ranked prospect started the season rated as the third best prospect in the draft, only to have a historic season and push himself to second (and have some discussing him as a possible first) rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry draft.
Hailing from Tampere Finland, the elite goalscorer Patrik Laine comes next in our prospect profile series.
June 23 2016 02:51PM
TSN's Bob McKenzie did a radio hit in Vancouver Thursday afternoon, and made it clear that trade talks centered on Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban have progressed beyond mere due diligence associated with Subban's no-trade clause coming into effect on July 1.
One of the teams making calls? The Edmonton Oilers.