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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #23 – Erik Brannstrom

One of the biggest risers in the last few months is Swedish defenceman Erik Brannstrom, who checks in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the Nation Network consolidated rankings. The left handed defender had an extremely impressive U18 tournament that vaulted him about the rest of the defenders in the same range. He can skate,…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #24 – Filip Chytil

We’ve had a few players on our draft list that we’ve rated substantially higher than the field. Czech forward Filip Chytil is one of those players, and he might be my personal favourite. Apart from the fact that he plays in the Czech Republic and is very young (one of the youngest members of the…

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Best Player Available

There is more than one way to win at the draft table. Over the weekend, Edmonton Oilers assistant general manager Keith Gretzky talked about the team’s outlook on the entry draft later this month. Keith Gretzky: “You don’t want to force the hand and you try and take the best player, of course. We’re trying to…

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Expansion Draft

The 30 NHL teams need to submit their list of protected players by 3 p.m. MST June 17th. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the list will be made public on June 18th, the same day it is distributed to all the teams. Las Vegas has to inform the league of their selections or signings by…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #25 – Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Coming as the 25th ranked prospect in the Nation Network prospect profiles for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is Jaret Anderson-Dolan from the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL. The young centre from Calgary may be a slightly under-rated prospect heading into the draft, as he may not hear his name called until the early parts of…

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Top 100 Oilers: Steve Smith (16)

Steve Smith was a helluva defenseman with the Edmonton Oilers during a tenure that would see him sip from the Stanley Cup three times with the Boys on the Bus. Of that, there is no debate. What Smith has always been remembered for, though, is the moment he banked a clearing attempt off the skate…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #26 – Grant Mismash

The USNTDP’s Grant Mismash is a gritty two-way forward who makes his mark in front of the net. He checks in as the 26th best prospect in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by Nation Network consensus. Mismash has been steadily rising in draft rankings given his work ethic, willingness to go to the dirty areas…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #27 – Callan Foote

The last name may seem familiar to a few hockey fans. See, once there was a shutdown defender named Adam Foote. He was kind of okay at the whole playing hockey thing. He’s also Callan’s father. Callan Foote is also pretty good at the whole hockey thing. He has almost everything a scout could desire:…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #28 – Maxime Comtois

It’s hard to believe that Maxime Comtois could fall so far as he has in the space of a single season. Once a presumptive top-five pick, Comtois’ star has fallen to that of a fringe first rounder. A strong rookie season with the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres put the wind into Comtois’ draft year sails. He came…

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Monday Musings: Oilers Need Forward Depth

The biggest question mark surrounding the Oilers is their organizational depth at the forward position. They are blessed with elite skill at the top in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who will be the catalysts for as long as they play in Edmonton, but you need depth to hoist the Stanley Cup. They have a…

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Downbeat

We are seeing lots of Jordan Eberle discussions so far this spring and rumor has it plenty of offers are actually being submitted. Frank Seravalli has Eberle at No. 6 on his trade bait list and Darren Dreger has him being in play and offers coming in. I’m not certain that means Eberle is leaving,…