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

#107535836 / gettyimages.com 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…

Bo Horvat’s spot on Jim Benning’s “Roster Wall” remains blurry

#451365676 / gettyimages.com Noted friend of the blog Dan Murphy ran an interesting little interview with Jim Benning today, which pivoted off of something we already knew about the team’s GM and the way he likes to conduct his business. In the video, Benning said of his “roster wall”: “Yeah, so I keep it updated if there’s trades,…

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Parsing through team over/under totals for the coming season

Well, if Grapes is looking for something to invest that crisp $100 bill in.. The 2014-15 NHL season is rapidly approaching. Respective prospect tournaments and training camps are starting any day now, and the preseason schedule itself gets going less than two weeks from now. Those are sure-fire signs that hockey is on the horizon.  Another…

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Prospect Profile: #2 Hunter Shinkaruk

The question of how a prospect that only appeared in 18 games last season, and performed poorly, yet still managed to jump up three spots after having been ranked 5th by our staff last summer is a fair one, although I’d caution that 1/3 of the voters involved have changed since then. That probably has more to do with the shift than…

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Young Stars Classic Tournament Roster Announced

We’ll see most of these guys in action soon. [Photo via CDC] Hockey! It’s finally back! Well, almost. Just one measly week from tomorrow, the annual Young Stars Classic Tournament – hosted once again in Penticton, just a 4+ hour drive from Vancouver should you feel so inclined to see it for yourself in person – will get underway, giving us…

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Prospect Profile: #4 Frank Corrado

It can understandably be easy to sometimes lose sight of it given how long he has been on the radar now and the type of stoic demeanor he exudes, but Frank(ie) Corrado is still just a 21-year old kid who only recently completed his first season as a pro. Ever since the team took him 150th overall back…

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Prospect Profile: #5 Nicklas Jensen

The 2013-14 season was one of immense extremes for Nicklas Jensen, whose true talent is almost assuredly somewhere smack-dab in the middle of the two polar opposites his play showed over the course of the campaign.  Generally speaking most young players tend to carry with them an “inconsistent” label as they acclimatize and work their way up the ranks….

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The Log Off Podcast, Ep.8: with Corey Sznajder

With the tracking project he has had his face buried in for months now finally starting to get the widespread attention that it deserves, we had Corey Sznajder join the show this week. We discussed which players – like Valtteri Filppula for example, who’s pictured above – have particularly caught his eye in the games he has…

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Prospect Profile: #10 Jordan Subban

There’s no question that Jordan Subban has more tangible obstacles than your typical prospect standing between himself and a future in professional hockey. Beyond just the unfair comparisons that he draws in the wake of his older superstar of a brother, there isn’t exactly ample precedence for a player of his physical stature in today’s NHL. Listed at 5’9”, 175 lbs,…

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Prospect Profile: #11 Alexandre Grenier

At this point in time, it’s a dead heat between “Frequent Flyer” and “Casualty of the Numbers Game” in laying claim to being the most recurring themes of Alex Grenier’s playing career to-date. After he fell into the Gillis regime’s open, waiting arms as a sizeable overager named Alex in the 3rd round back in ’11, Grenier has bounced around from league-to-league, and city-to-city. Since his half-year…