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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #51 – Robin Salo

Robin Salo is a two-way defencemen that played his entire 2016-17 campaign in the top Finnish league – an excellent sign. He’s also played stints there as a 17-year old and even as a 16-year old, as his calm game, high level of intelligence, and his sturdiness have allowed him to survive in the pro game…

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Can any of these guys Score?

Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev. Each man played in the NHL last year and showed enough potential to be heavily considered for a spot opening night 2017-18. It’s unlikely all three will have a feature role next season (and it is possible Todd McLellan deploys none of them in a top 6F role for the…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #52 – Kyle Olson

One player’s disappointment can often be another player’s opportunity, and that was the case with Kyle Olson of the Tri-City Americans this year. Olson was the beneficiary of the season-ending injury suffered by teammate Michael Rasmussen. Not only was Olson given more ice time as a result, but he was given the opportunity to play…

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Iiro Pakarinen has to prove he’s an NHL’er all over again

2016-17 Edmonton Oilers: No. 26 RW Iiro Pakarinen If Iiro Pakarinen is going to have an NHL career of any real length, it’s probably going to be because he can fill multiple roles. It seems an obvious truth that there isn’t much separation between a good AHL journeyman and the typical career NHL fourth-liner. A lot…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #53 Jake Oettinger

Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #53 Jake Oettinger Our first (Spoiler: and only) goalie to get a solo profile is Boston University’s Jake Oettinger, who checks in as the 53rd ranked prospect in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The lower ranking isn’t indicative of his talent level, as Oettinger had an extremely positive draft season…

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The Roundup

A classic brawl, celebrating 2 years of Mike Babcock, has the Canucks front office earned the right to rebuild, the Flames never ending arena saga, Tayler Hall happy to see Oilers lose out, free agency, Jordan Eberle, Jan Rutta and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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Wheel!

Ethan Bear put the finishing touches on his junior hockey career this week, as his Seattle Thunderbirds were quickly dispatched by impressive eastern clubs. Although it was a difficult way for the WHL Defenseman of the Year (and nominated for CHL version of same) to finish, Bear can look back on an outstanding career and…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #55 Pierre-Olivier Joseph

After a run of forwards in the latter parts of the second round, we now turn our attention to the QMJHL. Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the younger brother of Tampa Bay prospect Mathieu Joseph, is an intriguing puck mover that has been ranked all over the place this year.

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How Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl Were Almost OHL Teammates

I recently found out that our All-Star duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were just a CHL draft pick away from becoming teammates with the Erie Otters. Could this single pick back in 2012 have changed Draisaitl’s future and the outlook of the Edmonton Oilers? Take my hand, let’s take a trip down memory…