July 12 2016 01:30PM

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Jeanshorts and Baggedmilk were able to score a spot at an ULTRA-EXCLUSIVE press conference held by Peter Chiarelli just mere minutes after the Taylor Hall trade. What they found out will alter your view on human existence FOREVER! Click here to find out more! 

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Diamonds in the Rough: Finding Elite Talent Late

Byron Bader
July 12 2016 11:52AM

The later round picks (round three on) in the NHL draft have provided very few true NHLers. From 1980 to 2015, 6,127 selections were taken after the second round. Of those, 815 of the 6,127 have gone on to play in the NHL in a meaningful way (150 games or more) thus far. That's a success rate of roughly 13%. 

As a result, late round picks are not treated as a high commodity by teams. Late round picks are mostly used as filler in larger trades or used to acquire energy players or "room guys." Or GMs take complete gambles on extreme low-probability players with those picks.  

The belief seems to be that finding an NHLer or even an elite NHLer late is a stroke of luck. You pick a player with little upside and a few years down the road, he's turned a switch and turned into something. How can you predict that? 

However, if you look closely at the elite talent, namely forwards, selected late... there's a few things that stand out which suggest it's possible to improve on the extremely low probability (1.6%) of finding great talent later in the NHL draft. 

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Robin Brownlee
July 11 2016 04:54PM

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A tip of the cap to Leaking 5w-30, who got me thinking about some of the best and worst trades in the history of the Edmonton Oilers with his question in today’s edition of the Monday Mailbag.

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Draft pick valuation and the likelihood of goaltenders "making" the NHL

Steve Burtch
July 11 2016 10:24AM

Goaltenders are an uncertain commodity at the best of times. Draft pick valuation has presented a similar challenge to analysis for a variety of reasons, but most obviously due to an inability to agree upon measures of success at the NHL level for skaters. Combining these two issues would seemingly test the projection abilities of any rational approach, but I decided to make a run at it just prior to this year's draft.

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North x NorthGretz - Rough Ryders

North By NorthGretz
July 11 2016 10:07AM

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This week the boys are joined by the one and only Ryder from Hot 107! Ryder regales us with his humble radio beginnings, talks about the time he saw his first pair of boobs, shares some of his best radio moments and there’s even a little Oilers talk squeezed into the mix before another invaluable round of Ask The Idiots!

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