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NATION PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE #6

It’s Friday and don’t, for one second, pretend you’re working on anything. You may as well read this Playoff Pool update to see how badly I suck and how my dreams of Internet prizery are being replaced by the stench of failure and loneliness. Somewhere out there, Chris Kelly is laughing at me. He’s pointing…

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Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Reportlet – May 29, 2014

#494033201 / gettyimages.com In this week’s report(let) we’re going to go through all of the latest relevant prospect news because, well, it’s nearing the end of May and we don’t really have much of it to begin with. When there isn’t news, we look for gossip, and when there’s no gossip, we make things up. Never let a fact…

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NHL SCOUTING COMBINE

The NHL’s version of speed dating is going on this week.  For players, it’s their first real glimpse of what the next level will entail.  It’s exciting and also a little scary at the same time.

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Ron Delorme and the Canucks v. the 29 other scouting departments

Nathan Smith played just 4 career games with Vancouver after being drafted 23rd overall in 2000. By now, you’ve all read my last article wherein Sham Sharron outdrafts the actual Vancouver Canucks in a neat little thought exercise meant to illustrate just how poor the Canucks’ amateur scouting has been since 2000. If you have no idea…

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 3

Courtesy of GoalieWays Welcome back to this weeks Journal of Hockey Analytics to help with all your boring Mondays at work, and all your future hockey analytics research.  In this week we look at how simple drafting rules can beat scouts, reviewing some raw season long zone entry data and even some junior level analytics…

The Odd Couple: Benning and Linden seem like they’ll need each other

New Canucks general manager Jim Benning faced the fans and media for the first time on Friday, and it was quickly apparent that his commendable accomplishments over a long career in hockey stand out far more than his public speaking skills. Though he was forthright and balanced, Benning doesn’t seem to have the sharpest tongue. He ducked multiple questions on Friday with…

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NATION PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE #5

It’s Friday again and I know how much you guys look forward to the weekly Nation Drafts update! As expected, I have absolutely nothing happening in my pool since the only player I have left is Drew Doughty. It’s a sad state of affairs. I can’t even blame Chris Kelly anymore since the Bruins are…

3 critical decisions facing new Canucks GM Jim Benning

#88803287 / gettyimages.com If you’ve watched a television report on the Jim Benning hire over the past week, be it TSN or CTV or Sportsnet, you’ve probably noticed that there isn’t much in the way of quality stock footage featuring the low-profile Boston Bruins assistant general manager. “I guess he’s kind of beside Neely here, and he…

The President’s Man: On Benning, cautionary tales, and the Boston model

#483554831 / gettyimages.com When he was hired as the president of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks in early April, Trevor Linden was viewed in some circles with trepidation, particularly because he lacked any type of executive experience in hockey. Linden had business experience, but being the top hockey executive of a team like the Vancouver Canucks…

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The six steps to success for Jim Benning

How does Jim get back here? The worst kept secret in hockey was finally unveiled on Wednesday, when it was announced that Jim Benning had agreed to a multi year contract to become the GM of the Vancouver Canucks. Unlike Torts’ inexplicable five year deal (I have to assume he has copious amounts of pictures of…

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Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Reportlet: Memorial Cup Edition

Courtesy of Canucks.com As the days continue to get longer, the number of active prospects still playing with their respective teams continues to diminish. Bo Horvat was the last one standing, with his team playing host to the Memorial Cup. Meanwhile if we look overseas towards Eastern Europe, we see the IIHF World Championships taking place as we transition from the…