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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #29 – Henri Jokiharju

When you think about the players at the forefront of the revolution currently taking NHL blue lines by storm, it’s speed, intelligence and a strong first pass as the common thread between them. Portland Winterhawks defenceman Henri Jokiharju carries these attributes in spades. The Finnish transitional defenceman joined the Winterhawks as a first round, 25th…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #30 – Joshua Norris

Coming in as our 30th ranked prospect in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is US NTDP centre Joshua Norris. Norris led the USNTDP in point per game rate but was actually ranked 34th amongst North American skaters by NHL central scouting. That ranking is a bit low given the skill set he possesses. He was…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #31 – Urho Vaakanainen

Urho Vaakanainen, best known by Hockey Twitter for his name autotranslating to Urho Libra Female, fell from scouts’ good graces throughout the season. Vaakanainen has been on the scouting seen for quite some while putting up impressive stat lines in Finland’s junior levels at 15 and 16-years-of-age. However, Urho struggled this season, putting up a similar…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #32 – Michael Rasmussen

On the very edge of the first round, we reach one of this draft most contentious players: Tri-City Americans centre Michael Rasmussen, Surrey born and raised, 6-foot-5, rangy, smooth, hard shooting and physical. There’s a lot to like about Rasmussen’ bio, and but for looking below the surface, it’d be easy to forgive the services that…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #33 – Mason Shaw

It was hard to watch Mason Shaw — generously listed 5’9″ — and not conjure images of Brendan Gallagher in his draft season. He’s one of the meanest bastards in the entire draft, and he doesn’t let maiming opponents impede his ability to produce offence or contribute to his team’s two-way solvency at even strength….

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #35 Shane Bowers

The USHL has been churning out talent over the last couple of years as the league gets more and more talent. Some players are even choosing the USHL over the CHL due to the ability to attend to the NCAA. That may have not happened a few years ago, as the competition level was so…

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Expansion Opportunities

The NHL draft is just a few weeks away and based on online rumors teams are talking about making deals to improve their protected lists. For the Edmonton Oilers, the protected list is probably fairly easy to compile. Using 7-3-1, it’s reasonable to expect the following: Goal: Cam Talbot Defense: Andrej Sekera, Adam Larsson, Oscar…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #36 – Isaac Ratcliffe

Coming in at #36 on our consensus ranking is lanky winger Isaac Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe had a good season on a bad team this year, finishing second in points on the rebuilding Guelph Storm with 54 in 67 games. Ratcliffe is one of  the larger forwards in this year’s draft, but he also possesses a strong…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #37 Kole Lind

We’re going back to the Western Hockey League for the Nations Network’s 37th ranked prospect. That prospect is Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets. Lind started the season as a projected third round pick but has been so impressive that his draft stock has risen to the point where he could be selected late in…