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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #46 – Evan Barratt

The U.S. National Team Development Program has churned out some instant stars in the past few years, and it’s easy to forget that it can’t always be like that. Sometimes there are just regular decent players instead of elite talents. That’s the case this year, as Evan Barratt, one of the programs top centres, is…

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That Sign Thing

I didn’t arrive in Edmonton until 1989, so I wasn’t around when the City of Champions signs went up around the city. I was, however, somewhat puzzled and disappointed when the decision was made to take that portion of the signs down and I’m certainly interested in seeing what happens when city council re-visits the…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #47 – Jesper Boqvist

Jesper Boqvist is a speedy, skilled player that has some evaluators divided on what his future holds. It’s not so much the ceiling that is up for debate (all seem to agree that it’s quite high), but whether he can still provide any value if he doesn’t reach it. Showing flashes of elite skill and…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #48 – Stelio Mattheos

Checking in at number 48 on our consensus ranking is Brandon Wheat Kings centre Stelio Mattheos. A former bantam superstar and first overall WHL bantam draft pick, Mattheos has reinvented himself as a two-way centre since joining the major junior ranks. Bio: Age: 17 – June 14th, 1999 Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Frame: 6’1″/194 lbs…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #49 – Nick Henry

After winning MJHL rookie of the year at 16, big things were expected of Nick Henry upon making the jump to major junior. He more than lived up to those expectations, finishing second in WHL scoring behind Aleksi Heponiemi. Despite putting up impressive numbers this season, Henry has been overlooked by a number of scouts….

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10 FOR THE OILERS

I’ve been mulling the Oilers summer this weekend, trying to figure out the second pairing. Ideally, Peter Chiarelli could hand off the top pair (Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson) and the third pair (Darnell Nurse, Matt Benning) to Todd McLellan without a need to mess with them. As it stands, Andrej Sekera is out long term…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #50 – Josh Brook

Is there anything Josh Brook can’t do? The Moose Jaw Warriors tried their damnedest to find out, and Brook rose to each occasion with aplomb. At even strength, the Warriors let Brook grow from a secondary role to their top pair by season’s end. They weren’t as shy on special teams, where Brook played on…

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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…

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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…