Draft Theory: On Risk and Reward

money puck
May 18 2015 12:34PM

Hockey is full of time honored cliches: "We're going to take it one game at a time" "A two-goal lead is the hardest one to hold on to in hockey" "When you put the puck on net, good things happen" "We need to play a full 60 minutes" "We need to give 110%" "Your goalie has to be your best penalty killer". I'm not sure if it's that we love cliches, or the play-by-play guys and players love to repeat them.

In any case, one of the most overused cliche's as it relates to prospects is "He's a high risk, high reward player", but in many cases this term is pretty inaccurate. 

I'll explore the relationship between risk and reward when evaluating prospects after the jump.

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Does Miles Liberati Deserve an ELC?

Josh W
May 16 2015 02:45PM

The Vancouer Canucks currently have 4 defencemen in their prospect system who have yet to be signed.  Those four skaters are Nikita Tryamkin, Patrick McNally, Mike Williamson, and Miles Liberati. 

Tryamkin will like be signed next summer as he cannot be signed to an NHL contract while he is signed to a KHL contract.  Patrick McNally is rumoured to be attending Harvard for a fifth year, and is applying to the NCAA for another year of eligibility on the basis that he sat out a full year.  Mike Williamson was drafted as part of the 2013 Draft Class, as he is an NCAA player having just completed his sophmore years, the Canucks still have 2 more years to sign him.

The last remaining player is Miles Liberati.  As a Canadian Hockey League player like Jordan Subban, the Canucks have to make a decision to sign him to an Entry-Level Contract (ELC) by June 1st, this year, or else he is returned to the draft.  Is Liberati worth signing?  Let’s take a look at him.

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Thomas Drance
May 16 2015 01:29PM


The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?

We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!

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A Look at Cole Cassels' Monster Season

Rhys Jessop
May 15 2015 02:24PM

With the Oshawa Generals pushing the Erie Otters to the brink of elimination, the Cole Cassels hype train has kicked into overdrive.

Certainly, Vancouver's 3rd round pick from Mike Gillis' final draft has continued to take massive strides forward in his development this season, as he further built on a very positive draft+1 year last year by growing in to the best centreman on one of the OHL's very best teams. He's continued his strong play into the OHL final, going blow-for-blow with the most dominant prospect the OHL has seen since Eric Lindros, and with a win tonight, could lead his team to the Memorial Cup in Quebec.

The accolades keep pouring in for Cassels, but is he going to be able to translate this elite two-way game to the NHL, or is he just a product of having a physical advantage over his younger peers and playing on a stacked team? Find out after the jump.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 15 2015 06:45AM


Todd McLellan and Oilers real close, will there be an Eakins and Leafs reunion, Flames season recap and stockpile of draft picks, Eddie Lack could be on the move, summer plans, NHL draft, free agency, playoffs and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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