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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #45 Morgan Frost

Checking in as the 45th ranked prospect in the Nation Network rankings is Barrie, Ontario native Morgan Frost. A skilled playmaker who reads the play well and makes perfect passes on the regular is an intriguing prospect in the middle part of the second round. He didn’t blow the doors off with his production or…

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: May 28th

@JDylanBurke @CanucksArmy Would you trade BOTH Edler/Tanev if you could get optimal return, knowing it would decimate the D corps. — Carlos (@LlewLos) May 28, 2017 You must not have listened to last week’s episode of the Canucks Army Podcast. We discussed this topic at length on the last show. Call me biased, but I…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #46 – Evan Barratt

The U.S. National Team Development Program has churned out some instant stars in the past few years, and it’s easy to forget that it can’t always be like that. Sometimes there are just regular decent players instead of elite talents. That’s the case this year, as Evan Barratt, one of the programs top centres, is…

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The Nation Notebook: Dubas Stays, Scott vs PK, and Oshie

The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.  Kyle Dubas is staying in Toronto despite rumours suggesting otherwise. John Scott trashes P.K. Subban. Is T.J. Oshie staying in Washington? And Alex Edler wants to be part…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #47 – Jesper Boqvist

Jesper Boqvist is a speedy, skilled player that has some evaluators divided on what his future holds. It’s not so much the ceiling that is up for debate (all seem to agree that it’s quite high), but whether he can still provide any value if he doesn’t reach it. Showing flashes of elite skill and…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #48 – Stelio Mattheos

Checking in at number 48 on our consensus ranking is Brandon Wheat Kings centre Stelio Mattheos. A former bantam superstar and first overall WHL bantam draft pick, Mattheos has reinvented himself as a two-way centre since joining the major junior ranks. Bio: Age: 17 – June 14th, 1999 Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Frame: 6’1″/194 lbs…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #49 – Nick Henry

After winning MJHL rookie of the year at 16, big things were expected of Nick Henry upon making the jump to major junior. He more than lived up to those expectations, finishing second in WHL scoring behind Aleksi Heponiemi. Despite putting up impressive numbers this season, Henry has been overlooked by a number of scouts….

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #50 – Josh Brook

Is there anything Josh Brook can’t do? The Moose Jaw Warriors tried their damnedest to find out, and Brook rose to each occasion with aplomb. At even strength, the Warriors let Brook grow from a secondary role to their top pair by season’s end. They weren’t as shy on special teams, where Brook played on…

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The Roundup

A classic brawl, celebrating 2 years of Mike Babcock, has the Canucks front office earned the right to rebuild, the Flames never ending arena saga, Tayler Hall happy to see Oilers lose out, free agency, Jordan Eberle, Jan Rutta and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #51 – Robin Salo

Robin Salo is a two-way defencemen that played his entire 2016-17 campaign in the top Finnish league – an excellent sign. He’s also played stints there as a 17-year old and even as a 16-year old, as his calm game, high level of intelligence, and his sturdiness have allowed him to survive in the pro game…

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The Media Is The Message

Almost a year after they went down, the two most significant trades in recent NHL history are still shining a light on the chasm between the hockey establishment and its fans. First, it was the “success” of the Oilers being pinned on Adam Larsson, and most recently there has been much hand-wringing about PK Subban…

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Canucks sign Swedish defenceman Philip Holm to 1 year ELC

The Canucks have dipped their toes into the UFA prospect market today, as they’ve signed 25 year old Swedish defenceman Philip Holm. #Canucks sign defenceman Philip Holm to entry-level contract. https://t.co/h5hsl31Ovi pic.twitter.com/zJoprsIw56 — Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) May 26, 2017 The full press release is as follows: Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning…