Nation Radio - August 18, 2012

August 21 2012 07:11AM


As the billionaires ready themselves to lock-out the millionaires over a few percentage points of total revenues, we here at Nation Radio nevertheless resolutely march on with continued hockey coverage. It may be mid-August and we may be talking about the same stuff in November because the powers-that-be are having their white collar slap fight, but what the's why we're all here right?

This week, Allan invited some tried and true guests like Corey Pronman, Jonathan Willis and Corey Graham to talk about Oilers prospects, other high-end kids and summer tournaments.

This is Nation Radio.

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On Aquilini and the Abbotsford Heat

Thomas Drance
August 20 2012 03:42PM

Over the weekend, Greg Douglas of the Vancouver Sun dropped a report, which suggested that Canucks owner - real estate magnate Francesco Aquilini - is planning on taking a run at the financial and marketing catastrophe known as the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, and their primary tenant the Abbotsford Heat.

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Prospect Profile: #10 Joe Cannata

Thomas Drance
August 20 2012 12:58PM


Drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Cannata's development over the past couple of seasons has the Canucks, and many of the club's fans excited. He checks in as the #10 prospect on our list.

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An Improvement in Competition Metrics: The Sedins Play The Tough Minutes

Thomas Drance
August 19 2012 01:49PM

Hey lookie here, it's a Sedin facing the opposition's top defenseman. Quel surprise!

The application of advanced analytics to hockey has allowed us to better contextualize offensive production. Generally speaking however, I think our understanding and ability to "rate" offensive play lags behind our ability to evaluate defensive play (for now). 

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Dreaming of a Canucks Winter Classic

Matthew Henderson
August 18 2012 12:40PM

On December 20th, 2010, the Vancouver Province posted an article that caused a good deal of buzz across Vancouver. The article stated that the Canucks hoped to host a Heritage Classic in their own backyard, at BC Place home of the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions.

Since then much has changed. While the first heritage classic was hosted in Edmonton and featured two Canadian NHL clubs, the event has since morphed into an annual parade of big East Coast clubs (the Penguins again!?). Finally this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs were to be featured, alongside a Western Conference team (for the first time since 2009) in the Detroit Red Wings. At this juncture, however, it doesn't even look like the game will be played...

There's lots of lockout talk these days, and I figure we could all use a harmless distraction. So how about we take a glance into the patented Canucks Army crystal ball, and dream about the Canucks being featured in an outdoor match-up in the near future.

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