December 25 2013 08:06AM
About this time last year we at the Nations were trying to figure out a way to make the seemingly endless lock-out interesting (and to keep the lights on as our advertisers fled in terror).
Flash forward 12 months and we're bigger than ever after adding Brian Sutherby, Daily Faceoff and getting JetsNation on its feet (with the help of some great new contributors). We have some big plans for the future and will likely be adding even more content, gear, features, contests and fantasy type games very soon.
Of course, none of this is possible without all of our readers. So thank you for sticking with us through the dark times and continuting to make writing and reading here interesting, challenging, fun and rewarding.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.
December 24 2013 12:08PM
Image Courtesy of @TheUticaComets
T'was the day before Christmas, and all through the smylosphere, not a blogger was stirring, except maybe @joshweissbock ...
While Christmas is here, most of hockey is quieting down, but not all the prospects are idle. This week's prospect report is a bit shorter than normal but it's just as full of prospect #fancystats including the first ever Estimated Usage Chart for any league outside of the NHL. As always, follow me @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback, on anything prospect related you wish me to cover, and have a Merry Christmas!
Without further ado..
December 24 2013 10:24AM
With the World Junior Hockey Championships starting soon and Chritsmas just around the corner, the WHL has entered its winter break, meaning that there are no games until December 27th. This also marks the halfway point of the season, so it's a good time to look back on how the Giants are doing compared to the rest of the WHL.
Read past the jump for a look at how the Giants have faired so far, and what we can expect them to do over the rest of the season.
December 23 2013 01:46PM
With his fourth goal on the year, Chris Tanev tied himself with Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison for the team lead among defencemen. He's also in a tie for 19th in the entire NHL as for defensive goal-scoring, which is positively silly. At 12 points, he has as many as Christian Ehrhoff, Justin Schultz, Jonas Brodin, Sergei Gonchar and more than Alex Goligoski and Jake Gardiner.
It's just half a season, so of course we can't get too high on this dramatic, new, offensive Chris Tanev we've come to love over the last 39 games. Tanev has never been an offensive stud at any level. During his draft year, Tanev had 10 points in 30 games with the Markham Waxers and Stoufville Spirit of the Ontario Junior A ranks. During his first and only year at the Rochester Institute of Technology he was third among defence in scoring on his team. His talents mostly surround his defensive ability against third and fourth line opposition and inability to take minor penalties.
But.. that wrist shot? An absolute cannon. Let's investigate.
December 22 2013 09:49PM
This game had all the indications of a "trap game." The home team coming off a long road trip, after a big win over bitter rivals, just before the Christmas break, against a team that they should beat, with the greatest awards event ever of all time happening during the game... The list could go on. But the Canucks stuck to their guns, overcame some adversity, and earned the two points they should have earned in a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Read past the jump for a quick postgame recap so you can get back to basking in the 2013 Shapys afterglow, b.