December 23 2012 10:20AM
If the Edmonton Oilers are looking for a "bookend talent" to pair with Nail Yakupov, Stu MacGregor and his scouting staff might want to check out Valeri Nichushkin. He leads a strong group of 2013 draft eligibles from Russia on the road to Ufa for the 2013 World Junior Championships.
December 23 2012 08:48AM
Lockout talks, an Evander Kane trade, a plan to rebuild the Calgary Flames, World Junior primers and a host of other topics were covered at the Nation Network this weeks - read past the jump to see more.
December 22 2012 06:17PM
I gotta go to a game in Minsk...
Anyway - HOCKEY!
December 22 2012 11:37AM
If the NHL starts up again in January, the Edmonton Oilers might be one of the league’s most improved teams. The shorter season means that low probability events – things like Nikolai Khabibulin's red hot start to 2011-12 or Jeff Deslauriers' five consecutive road wins back in 2009-10 – will have more impact than they would over an 82-game schedule. More than that, however, the Oilers have a competitive advantage.
December 22 2012 09:36AM
NHL scouts knew Aleksandr Barkov was something special a year ago, when he delivered a solid season at age 16 in Finland's top pro league (the SM-Liiga). Barkov's 7 goals and 9 assists in 2011-12 was 4th best among skaters aged 21 and under. This season? He's in the top 10 in league scoring and pushing up the draft rankings.