2016 NHL Entry Draft Consensus Rankings - May 9, 2016

Shawn Reis
May 09 2016 11:02AM

Jon Steitzer may be moving on from the Nations Network, but his consolidated draft rankings were such a useful little tool for looking at where exactly all of the top prospects stand in the eyes of the scouts that I knew I had to keep the tradition going.  So I made my own.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #44 Markus Niemelainen

Ryan Biech
May 09 2016 08:00AM

It's a (short) run of big defenceman with Logan Stanley being profiled yesterday as the 45th ranked prospect for the upcoming draft, and now coming in at 44th is a hulking Finnish defenceman, Markus Niemelainen. Measuring in at 6'6" and 205 lbs, Niemelainen is one of the biggest defenceman available in this draft, so teams looking to add size to their blue line prospect ranks may have to seriously consider the Kuopio native.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #45 Logan Stanley

AWheeler
May 08 2016 08:36AM

Checking in at the mid-point of the second round is towering defenseman Logan Stanley. There are few things that cause a greater divide in opinions among professional and armchair scouts alike than that of the 'big stay at home D-man'. While the stats would seem to peg him as a guy who would go later on, several agencies currently have him rated as a first round pick.

Follow after the jump as we dig in to what may be one of the more divisive prospects for this draft.

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NATION NETWORK PROSPECT PROFILES: #46 Carter Hart

J.D. Burke
May 07 2016 01:19PM

Analyzing goaltenders is a tricky business, and one that I'm not necessarily certain the combined staff of Jets Nation and Canucks Army is up to tackling. Especially where prospects are concerned. To try and deliver you the best and most accurate reflection of Carter Hart's ability and progression as a netminder, I reached out to friend of the blog, Greg Balloch, to give us his take. Balloch writes for www.inGoalMag.com, a publication that specializes in the realm of goaltender analysis. Follow him on twitter, @GregBalloch

Carter Hart comes into the 2016 NHL entry draft as the second-ranked North American goaltender, behind Evan Fitzpatrick of the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix. This ranking represents somewhat of a slight, as Hart spent the entirety of this season as the top-ranked goaltender until final rankings were revealed. An especially frustrating reality for Hart, given his play steadily improved as the season wore on. Hart's Everett Silvertips surrendered the second-fewest goals in the WHL, behind the Victoria Royals and their 50-win campaign.

He set a career-high in save percentage at .918 in 2015-2016, and capped off a tremendous season by being named the recipient of the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy as the top goaltender in the WHL. His career average save percentage is .919 in 112 regular season and playoff WHL games.

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Friday Roundtable: Saturday Draft Edition!

J.D. Burke
May 07 2016 11:00AM

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Welcome to this week's edition of the Friday Roundtable, brought to you by Saturday. It's been a whirlwind week for us at the Army, so cut us a little slack on the late submission.

Anyways, now that that's out of the way, onto the matter at hand. As we've discussed ad nauseum, the Canucks aren't picking first, second or even third overall in the NHL Entry Draft. They lost the lottery. Three times, no less. They were leapfrogged twice and fell to fifth. Death, taxes and things going wrong for the Canucks, and so on.

So, I figured I would poll the Canucks Army staff on which prospect they would take with the fifth overall selection. And I have to say, at least one of these answers surprised the hell out of me.

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