2017 NHL Entry Draft Mock Draft

Shawn Reis
June 22 2017 12:06PM

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft is just one day away, and thanks to the Vegas Golden Knights finally selecting their roster there's some added clarity on who exactly will own what picks Friday night. Here's one final mock draft to get you ready for the big day:

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Because It's The Cap: Nashville Predators Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 19 2017 09:00AM

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Coming into the season, a lot of people expected the Nashville Predators to contend for the Stanley Cup. They didn't fit the bill of contenders in the regular season though, finishing 8th in the Western Conference. But they found their form in the playoffs and came within two wins of their first Cup in franchise history. 

But Nashville still has work to do. They came 11th in the league in goals for, which is good. They came 15th in the league in goals against, which is good. They had a 51.4% Corsi, which is good. But you need to be great to win the Stanley Cup.

Let's take a closer look at the Predators' roster and salary cap situation so we can get a clearer idea of what this team needs to do in the offseason in order to take the step from challengers to champions.

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Because It's The Cap: Montreal Canadiens Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 14 2017 09:00AM

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Division winners, seventh in the league in points, third in shot attempt differential, fourth in goals against. You'd think a team with all those accolades would be thought of a lot more highly than they are. But behind all the nice numbers is a team that's traded skill for size (with a bad contract to boot) too many times to call it a one-off. Couple that with an imbalanced roster and a complicated cap situation, and you have real reason for concern. Let's take a closer look at the Montreal Canadiens to see what makes this team so polarizing, and what they can do to fix it moving forward.

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Because It's The Cap: Ottawa Senators Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 09 2017 12:00PM

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The Ottawa Senators managed to come within one goal of a Stanley Cup Finals berth this year. But are they really that good? And if they aren't, what steps do you take now? Let's take a look at the Senators roster and salary cap situation to try and get a better understanding of where this team is really at, so we can start to craft a practical approach to what should be an interesting offseason for a polarizing team.

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Because It's The Cap: Boston Bruins Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 09 2017 09:00AM

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The Boston Bruins were a team that not a lot of people expected anything out of heading into the season. But on the heels of a balanced attack that saw them come 13th in the league in goals for and 9th in the league in goals against, not to mention a dominant 54.7% Corsi, they made the playoffs and put up a good fight against the eventual Eastern Conference finalist Ottawa Senators. Let's take a closer look at their roster, salary cap situation, and the road that lies ahead to see if and how they  can go from good team to great.

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