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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #38 – Matthew Strome

While they still have a long way to go before they can compete with the Sutters as the premiere hockey family, the Stromes are well on their way to making a name for themselves, with a third brother entering the NHL draft in six years. Unlike brothers Ryan and Dylan, however, Matthew Strome isn’t expected…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #39 – Conor Timmins

Conor Timmins may be a bit late on the list here, and a lot of that may be my own fault. I will admit that in retrospect I ranked him way too late, skewing the average. Ironically, I will now be the one to guide you through our profile of the 6’1, right-shot defender. Timmins…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #40 Jonah Gadjovich

Clocking in at #40 on our consensus ranking is gritty power winger Jonah Gadjovich. Gadjovich has flown under the radar this season, despite finishing first in goals among draft-eligible players in the OHL. For some reason, most publications have Gadjovich ranked as a second or third-round pick, which is odd given his projectable 6’3″ frame…

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Blue Jackets opt to send 2017 pick to Canucks for Tortorella

The staff compensation rule was one of the single worst nuances introduced to the National Hockey League over the past few years unless you were the benefactor. The Vancouver Canucks certainly were when the Columbus Blue Jackets hired John Tortorella to be their head coach in October 2015. While they had long fired the polarizing…

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Canucks Army Podcast – Episode 27 – 2017

  In this week’s episode, we talk Canucks defensemen, how the blueline is shaping up with Philip Holm in the mix and Jalen Chatfield’s strong performance in Windsor but does that mean a Tanev deal is any more likely? We also welcome Jeremy Davis to the show as well as renowned Sports Psychologist Dr. Justin Anderson…

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WWYDW: Trading A Defenseman

The Canucks signed Swedish defenseman Philip Holm this week, increasing speculation about the future of the Canucks’ D core. Talk of trading Chris Tanev in particular has intensified, but Ben Hutton and Alex Edler have also been bandied about as possible trade chips. The rumour is that the Canucks would like help at forward, but…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #41 – Ivan Lodnia

Ivan Lodnia might not register on most’s radar ahead of the draft, but that’s just because he’s lost in the Erie Otters bounty of flashy offensive prospects. On most CHL teams, Lodnia is a first line forward. In Erie, he was just another guy on a team replete with future stars. Don’t let that dampen your…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #42 – Marcus Davidsson

We’re looking at yet another Swedish prospect today. This time it’s Djurgardens forward Marcus Davidsson, a speedy and skilled prospect that excels in plenty of different areas, although he isn’t considered elite in any of them. Davidsson spent nearly the entire season in the SHL, a great sign for a young prospect. His point totals…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #43 Antoine Morand

An undersized forward with great offensive output being ranked higher than most public services by Canucks Army is shocking! Jokes aside – Morand is another player who is just a few inches too small and thus might get overlooked despite tearing up the QMJHL this year. Players like Morand are getting a little more validation in…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #44 – Nikita Popugayev

I think I speak for the growing community of draft analysts at large when I suggest that Nikita Popugayev is a slam dunk first round pick if he finishes the season a Moose Jaw Warrior. Unfortunately for Popugayev, and evidently his draft stock, that wasn’t in the cards. In what I would consider a surprise move…

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Because It’s The Cap: Los Angeles Kings Offseason Preview

After spending three years at the top, which included two Stanley Cups and a loss in the Western Conference Final, the Kings have lost their throne. Despite finishing at the top of the league in shot attempt differential, a combination of mediocre goaltending and an inability to score goals resulted in Los Angeles missing the…