Babych Please - June 25th

Grainne Downey
June 25 2015 10:00AM

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Should this be Eddie Lack's final week as a Canuck, spare a thought for people who spend their days trying to find fun, Canucks-related content. Yikes!

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Canucks Pre-Draft News and Notes

Josh W
June 25 2015 09:00AM

As we are in the most exciting week for prospect aficionados Canucks Army has converted into a puppy mill of draft content, spewing out hundreds of profiles on players combining both traditional scouting qualitative analysis with our own unique statistics.  We are so busy as we are so excited for Friday that we haven't quite been able to keep up with regular Canucks news  that will affect Vancouver and Utica's rosters next season.

With that being said we have a number of quick hits to keep you up to date, with some of our thoughts on the decisions.

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #3 - Cody Franson

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 25 2015 06:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy! 

When the Nashville Predators acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in February, everybody thought it was a match made in heaven. After all, the team was getting two quality players that they were familiar with, without giving up any present assets. Theoretically, it was the type of move that should've taken a good team to greatness, but instead, it was a bust.

David Poile was quick to admit that the team was forcing a square peg into a round hole. After all, the Predators are very adament about following shot handedness with their defencemen, and they already had three quality righties. As such, Franson didn't recieve the necessary playing time, didn't fit in, and will now hit free agency. But what will he command?

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Thomas Drance's NHL Awards Ballot

Thomas Drance
June 24 2015 08:00PM

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This was my first hockey season as a member of the PHWA, and I had the mixed blessing of casting an NHL Awards ballot. It was an honour, but it was also a heavy burden.

After years of slamming NHL awards voters for this, that and the other thing, actually having a ballot this season changed my perspective. I agonized for weeks over my selections, researched deserving candidates for each award heavily, re-streamed game video, and talked to a variety of industry people whom I trust before allowing my vote to be tallied. 

Some of these decisions were decided by a wafer thin margin. I'd wake up one day thinking that Erik Karlsson was my pick for the Norris, and I'd go to sleep that night thinking that 'really, P.K. Subban was the most valuable two-way defender in hockey this season.' Then I cast my first place Norris vote for neither player.

Anyway, in the interest of transparency and because these sorts of hockey conversations are pertinent and fun, I'd like to present my 2014-15 NHL Awards ballot for your scrutiny, consideration and entertainment. 

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #7 Kyle Connor

money puck
June 24 2015 06:30PM

Let's make no mistake about it, the 2015 draft class is ridiculous. When there is so much top end talent available, it's easily to overlook a player who is slightly off radar, playing in North America's 4th best junior league, especially when said player wasn't showcased in the top scouting circuit tournaments. 

Kyle Connor hasn't received as much exposure as many of the other top names in this draft, and as a result this potential future star could slip out of the top 10. I'll break down his draft year after the jump.

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