June 26 2015 12:46PM
Draft day is here, and our Prospect Profiles series has now run its course. If you missed any of the players we covered or are just looking for information on a particular player, our entire top-45 countdown with links to each individual profile is after the jump
June 26 2015 11:00AM
We're getting down to the nitty gritty here at the Nation Network draft profiles. In fact, we're down the No. 2 guy on everyone's draft board, and our very last profile. Yup it's Buffalo-bound Jack Eichel, who is largely considered the second- or third-best prospect to come along in the last several years (behind you-know-who this year, and Nathan MacKinnon two years back).
A lot has been said about Eichel by this point, but here's a run-down.
June 26 2015 10:00AM
"Goalies are Voodoo."
This is a mantra repeated at one point or another by nearly anyone within the hockey analytics community. While a definite stretch of the truth, there’s some truth to it since goalies are extremely hard to predict. They are subject to small sample sizes including a full season of play, and nearly every goalie has their own unique development path.
Because of the difficulty in predicting goalies from such a young age it is oft-suggested to not use your draft picks on a goalie. You can often select a cheap, average goalie from free agency, European leagues or the NCAA. Because of the difficulty and the better options elsewhere I am oft in this camp.
The downside of not drafting a goaltender is that you are not likely to find an elite goaltender such as the Roberto Luongos, Carey Prices, or Henrik Lundqivst's of the world. Should your team try and draft a goalie, despite the area being harder to predict, there are still some analytical rules you should follow.
Let's take a look at a few of 2015's most interesting goalie prospects after the jump.
June 26 2015 09:30AM
Garret and Rhys return this week to break down the 2015 entry draft by profiling a whole ton of draft eligible player, and look at where they may have gone wrong in their personal draft rankings.
Join us after the jump (or on iTunes!) for a detailed look at 2015's top prospects.
June 26 2015 08:46AM
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Even though his relationship with his hometown has been rocky since he hoisted the Stanley Cup on Vancouver ice wearing Boston Bruins laundry, Vancouver Giants great Milan Lucic in a Vancouver Canucks uniform has been a cherished pipe dream of many hockey fans in the lower mainland since, oh, about 2007.
Could this long-held fantasy be realized this weekend? Probably not, but it would seem to be as close to a realistic possibility as its ever been. Maybe Buccigross knew.