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August 26 2016 05:00AM

ROUND-UP 

Leafs scaring off free agents, Ken Holland's worst GM moves, why Giordano still can't make the World Cup team, Jets and Oilers need Captains, grading Chiarelli to date, why fighting is still part of the game, looking at Team North America and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Babych Please - August 26th, 2016

Grainne Downey
August 26 2016 05:00AM

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It's the last Friday in August, which means that interesting and slightly less fluffy content is on its way! But for now, we've got Podrick Payne, Pokemon, and a guest appearance from Jonathan Toews' Twitter account.

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Canucks Army Prospect Profile #6: Brendan Gaunce

Tyler Horsfall
August 25 2016 09:00AM

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Brendan Gaunce checks in at sixth in our prospect rankings. The former centre turned winger has parlayed his success at a new position into one of his highest rankings yet.

Gaunce, 22, just had his single most productive season in the AHL, reaching new heights offensively. Though Gaunce tallied a respectable 29 points in 74 games as a rookie, that production pales in comparison to last year's 38 points in 46 games -- especially when one considers the difficult circumstances, including a revolving door of linemates and intermittent trips to the NHL.

Those 46 points were good for third on the Comets, tied with Alexandre Grenier and Carter Bancks. If Gaunce were to play more games with the Comets, it's entirely likely that he leads the team in scoring last season. Perhaps more impressive though is Gaunce's gaudy 60% Goals For rate with the Comets; that mark would be impressive at any level.

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WWYDW: Who Next?

J.D. Burke
August 25 2016 09:00AM

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Well, by the sounds of it the Vancouver Canucks missed out on Jiri Hudler. The Dallas Stars were able to lock down the Czech utility forward, agreeing to terms on a one-year pact valued at $2-million.

That's one less middle-six scorer on the open market. I've heard the Canucks are looking for one such player right now, too. So, I guess it's back to the drawing board. There are a couple of free agents left, but it's going to require some high-end creativity to find the type of player they feel their lineup needs.

So, do you have any suggestions? What should the Canucks do to put the finishing touches on their lineup? Trade suggestions, free agency... hell, standing pat even. What's your suggestion?

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profiles: #7 Jordan Subban

Tyler Horsfall
August 24 2016 09:00AM

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Coming in at seventh in our consensus rankings is Jordan Subban. The 2013 fourth rounder made his professional hockey debut in the AHL this past season.

Subban had an illustrious OHL career where he registered 165 points in 253 games, including being a nearly point-per-game defender for the last three seasons he played in Belleville. He also brings a much-needed offensive punch to the Canucks' prospect pool. He possesses great puck-moving and playmaking abilities combined with an excellent shot that he is not afraid to fire off. His offensive upside is massive, and something that is very valuable to the organization moving forward.

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