June 16 2016 07:00AM
My friends, I am here, today, to bestow the Nation's praise onto a fine group of fantasy hockey heroes. This group of fantasy heroes opened up their wallets for a chance at glory and prizes, and today is the day where we announce the winners of the NationDrafts playoff pool!
June 15 2016 03:00PM
With everyone focused on the big fish in the UFA market, some players and their roles are likely being overlooked. Obviously at this moment, the Canucks are full of bottom 9 players but we don't know what will happen between now and puck drop in October. It's not crazy to think that the Canucks would be wise to add a depth winger that can help out on the penalty kill, chip in offensively and can help push the pace.
That brings us to Dallas Stars free agent Colton Sceviour, who is a player that head coach Willie Desjardins is quite familiar with.
June 15 2016 01:00PM
It's safe to say at this point that Glen Gulutzan is going to be the Calgary Flames next head coach. That's the impression I'm getting from this Ben Kuzma tweet, anyways.
Have been told to "bet on it" that Flames will name #Canucks assistant Glen Gulutzan as new head coach.— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) June 14, 2016
It's been a good, weird run, Glen. First, Gulutzan was running the Canucks power play under John Tortorella. Since that disastrous season, he's been running the Canucks penalty kill under Willie Desjardins. And what an excellent job he's done. At least with the penalty kill.
All things must pass, though. And it appears as though the Gulutzan era in Vancouver is at its end. What should the Canucks do to fill that vacancy? That's the What Would You Do Wednesday question of this week.
June 15 2016 11:00AM
Now that I've profiled North American and European forwards that check out as solid bets in the later rounds of the draft, we'll turn out attention to the blue line.
We have two London Knights and two Kamloops Blazers, which is just a coincidence as I selected the players based on their pGPS ratings without looking at their teams.
One of the players is someone who has been slowly building up steam as a late round option after a good playoff run and Memorial Cup, while the other three are mostly unheard of.
June 15 2016 08:00AM
Mikhail Sergachyov built a strong case as the draft's best defenceman in his first year with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. The Russian defender, who was selected sixth overall in the CHL Import Draft last summer, checks in as the seventh-ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.
The Spitfires played Sergachyov, an OHL rookie, primarily on their top pairing and used him in both phases of special teams. Sergachyov shined in those minutes, amassing the highest points, primary points and goals among first-time draft eligible defenceman in the OHL -- well ahead of Olli Juolevi and Jakob Chychrun. Those accolades pushed Sergachyov up draft boards and built a strong case for his Max Kaminsky Trophy award, given to the CHL's top defenceman.
There's a lot to like about Sergachyov and very few boxes unchecked on the long list of qualities one hopes for in a top pairing defender. Sergachyov can skate, hit, pass and is an ace in transition. He's also a right-side defender, in spite of his left-handedness. Let's take a look at this late-risers long-term NHL prospects, on the other side of the jump.