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Draft Notes, Realistic Expectations and More

In five years when we look back at the 2021 NHL entry draft I suspect there will be lots of questioning how teams missed on players who were taken in middle rounds. This has been the most challenging draft for scouts in NHL history. The Ontario Hockey League didn’t play any games. The Western Hockey…

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What Does Losing Larsson Mean?

Adam Larsson spent five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. He played a simple, but effective game. He relished the challenge of trying to shut down offensive players. He started his stationary shifts on the defensive zone (32.2%) more than the offensive zone (21.1%). His role was to try and limit scoring chances, rather than create…

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Can Seattle Match Vegas?

The Seattle Kraken organization believes it will compete in the Pacific division this coming season. Ownership has given GM Ron Francis the green light to assemble a roster that could come close to the $81.5 million salary cap. Francis and the Kraken could add many high-priced options in the expansion draft tomorrow. Will they take…

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Off the Top of My Head

Unless Xavier Bourgault develops more quickly than most forwards taken in the bottom-third of the first round in any given NHL Entry Draft, we won’t know what kind of impact he’ll have with the Edmonton Oilers until fans have had two or three seasons to judge the deal that’s going to bring Zach Hyman to…

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Summer of Rage

I knew the Edmonton Oilers’ bandwagon was upside down in the ditch on fire and that Baggedmilk would be hitting the beet juice early when his #SummerOfRage hashtag showed up right after it was announced the Seattle Kraken were about to sign pending UFA Adam Larsson.

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Luke’s Truth

It’s been more than 24 hours since Luke Prokop announced he is gay. His historic revelation rocked the hockey world and turned the news cycle upside down with the NHL expansion draft looming. Luke’s truth was met with universal support and much talk about the courage it took for him to share it.