Canada Crushes Europe 4-1; Awaits Semi-Finals Opponent

Embed from Getty Images While both of tonight’s World Cup of Hockey combatants entered their showdown with a spot in the semi-finals assured, there were high stakes at play for this clash between Canada’s hockey establishment and the European conglomerate cobbled together for this tournament’s sake.  A win tonight and the victor would avoid Team…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #7 Mikhail Sergachyov

Embed from Getty Images Mikhail Sergachyov built a strong case as the draft’s best defenceman in his first year with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. The Russian defender, who was selected sixth overall in the CHL Import Draft last summer, checks in as the seventh-ranked prospect in our consensus rankings. The Spitfires played Sergachyov, an OHL rookie,…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #10 Tyson Jost

Embed from Getty Images Tyson Jost of the Penticton Vees in the BCHL is one of the most intriguing gambles in the middle of the first round. Jost, like our 17th ranked prospect Dante Fabbro, was a member of the dominant Penticton Vees of the BCHL. Though they appeared the presumptive favourites as the playoffs started,…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #16 Julien Gauthier

Embed from Getty Images Though Julien Gauthier entered this season hot off the heels of a point-plus-per-game rookie season in the QMJHL and a presumptive spot in the top ten of this year’s entry draft, his star has fallen to the middle of the first-round by most accounts. The Nation Network’s consensus aligns closely with that…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #20 Alex DeBrincat

Embed from Getty Images Alex DeBrincat has 205 points in 128 games over his last two seasons. That type of production is usually synonymous with first overall talent, yet DeBrincat checks in as the 20th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings. There is definitely an element of size bias at work here. DeBrincat’s 5’7″ frame (which…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #26 Samuel Girard

Embed from Getty Images Samuel Girard likely has the most offensive potential of any defenceman in this draft class. He’s the single most productive defender in junior hockey and he’s accomplished that feat as a 17-year-old. Under normal circumstances, this would be enough to launch many a defenceman into the top ten of their class…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #28 Will Bitten

Embed from Getty Images Will Bitten has seen some stuff, man. Though immensely talented and beaming with promise, the 2017 draft prospect just survived most bizarre seasons a franchise has ever endured in the rich history of the Canadian Hockey League. The Flint Firebirds were a trainwreck last season. The team’s owner fired their coach…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #34 Adam Mascherin

Embed from Getty Images Were Adam Mascherin two inches taller, it’s entirely possible we’re introducing him as the 24th overall prospect in our profile series. Height genuinely does matter though so he’s not. Mascherin enters the conversation as the 34th ranked prospect in our countdown. Mascherin, a versatile forward for the Kitchener Rangers of the…

NATION NETWORK PROSPECT PROFILES: #46 Carter Hart

Embed from Getty Images Analyzing goaltenders is a tricky business, and one that I’m not necessarily certain the combined staff of Jets Nation and Canucks Army is up to tackling. Especially where prospects are concerned. To try and deliver you the best and most accurate reflection of Carter Hart’s ability and progression as a netminder,…