Utica Comets versus Oklahoma City Barons – AHL Playoff Series Preview

Josh W
May 08 2015 04:30PM

With almost five days of rest, the Utica Comets are ready to start their second round of the playoffs against Edmonton’s affiliate the Oklahoma City Barons.  These two teams have only faced each other twice in the regular season and the results were quite close. 

In the first round the Comets were able to pepper the Chicago Goaltender with shots, who stood on his head, and were able to win their first round in an exhilarating match up.  The second round looks to see the Comets face another formidable opponent.

Let us see how they match up after the jump.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 15 - Of Course We're Talkin' Prospects

Rhys Jessop
May 08 2015 01:00PM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

With their teams' seasons now in the rear view mirror, Rhys and Garret begin breaking down the upcoming entry draft by discussing which prospects Corey Pronman has ranked around where both the Canucks and Jets are selecting in the first 3 rounds. Join us after the jump for some prospect talk!

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Rebuilding on the Fly - Part 1 - Tearing it Down

money puck
May 08 2015 09:00AM

"I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it NOW!"

One of the hallmarks of this Canucks administration is their commitment to rebuilding without sacrificing winning. They've been adamant that they want to bring their prospects up in the winning culture, which we assume is the result of the fear of going down the path of a decade long Edmonton-esque rebuild. Whether it is this, or a drive to squeeze that extra couple million dollars that comes along with a first round playoff home stand, is sort of irrelevant. This is the path they've chosen, so can it work? 

In this series, I'm going to explore whether its possible to move towards the ultimate long-term goal of winning a Stanley without sacrificing management's short-term goal of making the playoffs every year. 

After the jump, I'll get into the first step: tearing down the current roster. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 08 2015 07:00AM


The Flames stay alive, Bob Hartley, the Battle of Alberta, Leafs coaching and GM favorites, Kevin Bieksa moving, Oilers interviewing coaches, the Kings are old and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Three Prospects the Canucks Should Target at the 2015 Entry Draft

Rhys Jessop
May 07 2015 05:01PM

Yesterday, we began our offseason draft coverage by highlighting three players the Vancouver Canucks would be smart to avoid taking 23rd overall at the upcoming NHL entry draft. Long story short, while all three guys had legitimate upside and lots of things to like about each, there were too many concerns around them to justify drafting 23rd overall.

The best argument in favour of passing on this group has little to do with those individual players, however. When you're drafting, you want to derive more future value from your draft pick than anyone else can from any player taken after you. In other words, you want the best and most useful future pro available, so the best reason to avoid the guys we highlighted yesterday is that there will be players on the board that you should want more.

Today, we'll highlight three of these players and outline the big reasons why the Vancouver Canucks should strongly consider drafting each with their 23rd overall pick. Join us after the jump to find out which players the Canucks should target at 23rd overall.

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