Obscure Alternatives

It feels like the summer of crazy when it comes to NHL trade possibilities. The changing of the guard in the Western Conference, the closeness of competition in the Eastern Conference, and the upcoming expansion draft have a large pool of possibilities in play. I spoke to prospect expert and former scout Simon Boisvert today…


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #61 – Austen Keating

Ottawa 67’s center Austen Keating has flown under the radar for most of the 2016-17, appearing in very few lists for the upcoming draft. Digging into both statistics and scouting reports however, there doesn’t seem to be many well founded reasons for that to be the case. Between cohort data, adjusted scoring, on-ice statistics and…


Pakarinen and Expansion

The Oilers made the Iiro Pakarinen signing official yesterday, although the Nation Network had already reported it over the weekend.  The signing makes sense on many levels, and it should clear up the Oilers expansion draft list.


Saying Goodbye to Matt Hendricks?

If there’s one thing pro sports is good at, it’s making you feel old as hell and tossing you to the curb like that kitten stamp collection you got from your Aunt Cindy for your birthday. And, at 36 years of age, that’s the crossroads that Matt Hendricks has found himself at these days.


I Thought the Oilers Were Supposed to be Whiners?

Before the Oilers and Ducks squared off for Round 2, Randy Carlyle called the Oilers out for whining about faceoffs and officiating. Fast forward to Anaheim’s Game 6 loss to the Nashville Predators and it was the Ducks’ coach that was, once again, doing the whining. Admittedly, this article has nothing to do with the…


Patrick Maroon was one of the NHL’s best bargains in 2016-17

2016-17 Edmonton Oilers: No. 19 LW Patrick Maroon Patrick Maroon spent parts of five seasons with Anaheim, scoring 26 goals over 200-odd games for the Ducks. This year, he tallied 27 while providing a consistent physical presence on Connor McDavid’s left wing. It was an outstanding performance, and for the Edmonton Oilers a brilliant return…


At Random: How Much?

Edmonton Oilers’ GM Peter Chiarelli was stating the obvious during his season-end availability with the media when he said signing Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to new contracts are his top two priorities. There’s not a lot of stop-the-presses stuff with that revelation.


The Nation Network’s 2017 Top 100 Draft Eligible: #70-67

We round the corner into the 60’s with the next group of prospects. As we approach the early third round of selections, the players start to get more interesting with better skillets and separators than their predecessors. It’s also where there will be a lot more variance in rankings, as certain teams may have these…


Projecting Condors

Among the young men who played for the Bakersfield Condors last season, it’s fairly easy to list the group who have made the NHL for good. I’ll list Matt Benning, Laurent Brossoit, Anton Slepyshev and (very likely) Jesse Puljujarvi (although some time in the AHL isn’t out of the question). There’s another group (Griffin Reinhart, Jujhar…


Who on earth is Cole Guttman?

The first thing we’ll notice about the Oilers at this year’s draft? The club isn’t sitting in the front row for the first time in forever. In fact, you’ll be two or three beers in to the festivities, or, and this is incredible, may just check in on your phone later in the evening! Yes…