Nation Radio - June 9, 2012

June 10 2012 09:52PM

Might the Oilers pass on Yakupov and Grigorenko to select defenseman Ryan Murray?

Before you know it, it'll be draft day and hockey fans across the country are wondering: who will the Oilers select with the first overall pick? Will Lowe, Tambellini and company select speedy winger Nail Yakupov or highly touted centre Mikhail Grigorenko (whose stock seems to be taking a hit of late)? Or, might the Oilers reach and take a guy like Ryan Murray who may not have Yakupov's pedigree, but would address an area of need for the club?

Allan has plenty of draft talk on the docket this week. He's joined by former GM and player agent Tom Lynn and prospect experts Corey Pronman, Michael Spidel and Kirk Luedeke. Cam Charron stops by to talk a bit about the Calder Cup Finals, and Jeff Krushell joins Allan as well to talk athletic performance and player injuries.

This is Nation Radio.

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Cheers and Jeers - June 8th

Cam Davie
June 08 2012 04:05PM

The Good and the Bad of this past week.

It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"

This week, I keep it close to home with some cheers and jeers to my boys from Maple Ridge and CanucksArmy.

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Canucks scoring chance totals: 2011-12

Cam Charron
June 08 2012 03:18PM

Thom Drance and I at Canucks Army, along with many other hockey analysts, like to use numbers like "Corsi" and "Fenwick", which measure on-ice player shot differentials throughout the season. But critics of simple shot indicators like to say that these numbers don't matter because they don't take into account the quality of a shot.

So Thom and I seeked to reconcile this by sitting in front of the TV and watching every minute of every game, sober even, and recording every single quality shot. A web application helps us find out who was on the ice for every single scoring chance.

We're given a sheet at the end of every game, we post it here, and then we count them up. In the absence of much else better to do today, I figure we'd share our data with the world.

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Chicago Wolves Year in Review: Forward Prospects

Patrick Johnston
June 08 2012 02:46PM

Jordan Schroeder took a proverbial big step forward this season, but is he ready?
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

Clearing the decks: it's been a busy month for me and I've perhaps neglected my CA duties a bit. Over the next week or so, I'm going to be review the Wolves' minor league season. As we transition into next season, let's ask the question; who should we be watching next year and what obstacles might they face?

The agreement with the Wolves was, for the most part well received in Chicago. The Wolves were said to be pleased with way the Canucks management were involved in the development of their prospects. On the other hand, one has to wonder how pleased the Canucks might have been with the Wolves' proclivity to sign AHL veterans. It will be interesting to see what veterans are brought back next season; in the past, the Canucks have always worked hard to make their AHL team competitive, but with several young scoring prospects coming through, how much time can be afforded for the older, more skilled players?

Let's start our review with a look at the forward prospects who spent time with the Wolves this season:

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Cam Charron Takes Over Leafs Nation

Kent Wilson
June 07 2012 11:33AM

So just over a year ago, Cam Charron was happily writing about hockey and other stuff on his personal blog. Then we came along with a modest proposal and an even more modest bribe and asked him if we wanted to contribute to our happy little network. Since then, he's done work for Canucks Army, NHLNumbers, The Vancouver Province and Backhand Shelf.

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