NATION DRAFTS 2015 CHARITY PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE

Thomas Drance
May 16 2015 01:29PM

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The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?

We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!

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A Look at Cole Cassels' Monster Season

Rhys Jessop
May 15 2015 02:24PM

With the Oshawa Generals pushing the Erie Otters to the brink of elimination, the Cole Cassels hype train has kicked into overdrive.

Certainly, Vancouver's 3rd round pick from Mike Gillis' final draft has continued to take massive strides forward in his development this season, as he further built on a very positive draft+1 year last year by growing in to the best centreman on one of the OHL's very best teams. He's continued his strong play into the OHL final, going blow-for-blow with the most dominant prospect the OHL has seen since Eric Lindros, and with a win tonight, could lead his team to the Memorial Cup in Quebec.

The accolades keep pouring in for Cassels, but is he going to be able to translate this elite two-way game to the NHL, or is he just a product of having a physical advantage over his younger peers and playing on a stacked team? Find out after the jump.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 15 2015 06:45AM

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Todd McLellan and Oilers real close, will there be an Eakins and Leafs reunion, Flames season recap and stockpile of draft picks, Eddie Lack could be on the move, summer plans, NHL draft, free agency, playoffs and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 16 - Trouble in Canuck Land

Rhys Jessop
May 14 2015 08:40PM

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On this (already out-of-date!) episode of the Hockey Graphs podcast, Rhys and Garret have a look at Vancouver locking up some of their defensive prospects, break down how an Eddie Lack trade could benefit Vancouver, and talk about a Jets prospect playing in the QMJHL finals.

Join us after the jump to listen!

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What do the Canucks have in Jordan Subban?

Rhys Jessop
May 14 2015 05:06PM

With just a couple of weeks left until the June 1st deadline for signing 2013 drafted prospects, the Canucks finally agreed to terms with high-scoring defensive prospect Jordan Subban, ending much hand-wringing in Canucks nation. Subban is one of Vancouver's better prospects and even though he hasn't shown explosive development in terms of his counting stats, he has steadily grown into a better and better NHL prospect during his time in the OHL.

We're fans of Subban, and while we're under no illusion that he'll come close to being a Norris trophy contender let alone a cornerstone piece of the Canucks, we think he's capable of carving out a prosperous NHL career for himself and becoming one of Vancouver's most successful 4th round picks in recent history.

Read past the jump as we have a look at Subban's junior career and try and forecast what the future holds.

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