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…


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.


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #56 – Lukas Elvenes

I’m feeling a little bit of deja vu today, profiling Swedish prospect Lukas Elvenes after digging into Fabian Zetterlund yesterday. The two have similar statistical profiles, leading to similar projections, but as we’ll find out, they have some fundamental differences to the way they play the game. Elvenes has shown plenty of patience and creativity…


Does Jan Rutta represent a change in the weather?

Weeks after being named (by Darren Dreger) as a player of interest for several NHL teams, Jan Rutta remains a mystery. Oh, I can tell you he is 6.03, had a good World Hockey Championships and scored very well for Chomutov (home of Petr Klima!) this past season. I can also tell you Chicago and…


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #58 – Fabian Zetterlund

Fabian Zetterlund is a Swedish sniper who’s quite young for his draft class and has improved a lot just over the course of this season. His shot is his calling card, and he gets it off a lot, boasting impressive shot rates in each of the SHL, SuperElit and international tournaments. Zetterlund was most recently on display…


Is Eberle Really That Bad?

I’m fascinated how often the analysis of a player often focuses on what they can’t do, rather than what they are good at. If you were just new to Edmonton and had never watched an NHL game, you’d think Jordan Eberle is the worst player in the NHL based on many of the conversations and…


This, That and the Other Thing

Drew Remenda’s takes on the Edmonton Oilers as an analyst for Sportsnet often don’t sit well with fans of the team – “often” might be understating, as a matter of fact – but there’s no disputing that he calls things as he sees them, even if there’s plenty of room to disagree.


Nation Network Prospect Profile: #59 Alexander Chmelevski

Checking in as our 59th ranked prospect for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is Alexander ‘Sasha’ Chmelevski. The 6’0″ and 187 lbs centre was expected to have a standout season after a sensational Ivan Hlinka tournament in the summer, but he just couldn’t quite get there. Possessing a wicked shot and great playmaking abilities, Chmelevski…