September 12 2014 05:04PM

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It’s back to work time at the Nation. Unreasonable optimism is beginning to build here in Edmonton, Brian Burke is already irate about something or other down in Calgary and in Vancouver ocean kayakers shrug indifferently at one other when the Canucks are infrequently mentioned. 

We have some big things planned for the Nation Network this fall. Existing sites are being rebuilt. Sexy new looks are being designed. We have also purchased one of the largest hockey sites on all of the internets and we will be announcing all of this fun in the next couple weeks.

As part of our rebuild + relaunch plans we are doing a super annoying 4 minute survey. You know the kind that we all hate to do.

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Young Stars Tournament: Canucks Preview

Kevin McCartney
September 12 2014 12:42PM

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The Nations Network is sending this Jets blogger to the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'll be judging your team and bringing you live scouting reports. Check out last year's wrap-up piece here.

The Young Stars Tournament is here again! I'll be there all weekend to scout, blog, and dry out my insides with Okanagan Events Centre popcorn. You can follow me on twitter (@kevinmccart) for live insights, or check out the Nations Network of blogs for game and player reviews. 

Inside we'll reflect a bit on last year's tournament and take a look at the Canucks' Young Stars roster. Have a player, story or system you're excited about? Let me know in the comments!

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Why Markus Naslund should eventually get into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Dimitri Filipovic
September 12 2014 11:07AM

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There have been some rather dry stretches here as the offseason has dragged on and I've found myself eagerly awaiting the return of hockey in certain instances. With that being said when friends, family, and other acquaintances - after they've found out what it is that I do - ask whether I'm bored these days, I'm quick to point out that it's actually to the contrary. 

Once the season gets going, things become hectic and there proves to be very little time to be retrospective, thinking about the big picture. The schedule is a grind; you're usually hopping from watching and recapping one game, to previewing and getting ready for the next. Rinse, repeat.

That's why I've been spending the past few weeks catching up on things that would normally fall by the wayside amidst all of the in-season hoopla. Like, for example, a neat thought-provoking piece by Iain Fyffe in Rob Vollman's latest Hockey Abstract about using past history as a means of predicting who will ultimately get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!

The Stanchion
September 12 2014 09:12AM

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Who will be the recipient of the prestigious Fedor Fedorov Preseason Award this year?

Ah, how I love the smell of prospects in the morning..

OK, I probably could've worded that in a less creepy manner, but my point remains. After a long summer of inactivity and people trying to pretend to be interested in soccer, hockey is finally stumbling out of bed and starting to put its pants on. This process for most teams usually involves their younger players going out and playing in mini tournaments, such as the Young Stars Tournament that the Canucks, Flames, Jets, and Oilers are putting on this weekend.

The mere fact that hockey is back in any kind of form - I got so desperate for a hockey fix in August that I ended up watching the Australian hockey league. Go Mustangs! AIHL Champs! - is reason enough to be excited, but their is a particular kind of enjoyment I get out of hockey before the regular season starts. 

Read on past the jump to find out more, you know how this works.

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Nation World HQ
September 12 2014 08:05AM

Rookie camps, team previews, zone entries, hockey markets contributing to losses, and more in this week's Round Up

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