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May 06 2016 05:00AM
Leafs and Jets win draft lottery, breaking down Mathews vs. Laine, Stamkos to Leafs more plausible now, who replaces Bob Hartley in Calgary, Benning and Canucks look for a forward at 5, picking 4th does not do the Oilers any good, all kinds of draft news, helping Fort McMurray and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 05 2016 01:00PM
The introduction of a triple-threat lottery for the top three positions in the NHL Entry Draft has dulled the appeal of intentionally tanking for down on their luck franchises. Take the Vancouver Canucks, for one example. They finished third last in the entire league and are in line to pick fifth overall in the first round.
I said the lottery dulled the appeal though because it doesn't necessarily strip it entirely. Beyond the first round, the draft goes according to the standings - last place earns the first pick of each round, and so on. So the Canucks will pick no lower than third in any given round. That's not a half bad spot to be in.
Luck permitting, that means there's going to be at least one - perhaps many, even - first-round talent that slips through the cracks and lands right in their laps. And that trend will likely continue all the way into the seventh-round. Sticking strictly with the second, though, there's bound to be a few great options for their choosing. Let's look at five exactly that should of special interest to the Canucks.
May 05 2016 11:00AM
Alas, the Canucks prospect season has come to an end as the Utica Comets were eliminated last week.
There were some players who stood out and others who had trying seasons. There is excitement to be had about some of these players, as they may be part of the Vancouver Canucks in a short time.
May 05 2016 08:00AM
Garret Hohl kicked off this year's Prospect Profile series, highlighting the 60th to 57th ranked prospects, which sets the stage perfectly for today's list, which include the 56th, 55th, 54th, 53rd and 52nd ranked prospects. There's a lot to like in this lot, from fallen former first rounders to late risers and everything in between.
Catch up on the other side of the jump, as we delve into their junior careers and what they might be able to offer at the professional level.
May 04 2016 05:00PM
Despite ending the year with a 17-24-6 record, Ryan Miller had a very good season for the Canucks. He was regularly providing his team with above average goaltending that gave them a chance to win on more nights then not. If the Canucks were able to provide more goal support or better defensive play, Miller's season would've been easier to quantify as a success.
Miller struggled at times during the 2014-15 season, but rebounded this past season as he got back to being more aggressive on the first shot. He had strayed away from this over the two previous seasons, however he clearly reverted back to that this year and saw results. There was some concerns about fatigue for the 35 year old goaltender and that fatigue appeared to make an impact , as he would show a dip in performance, but once he was given a rest, he would rebound and would return to form as an extremely effective net minder who was arguably a top 15 goalie in the NHL.