5 Players That Could Slide At The 2016 NHL Draft

Shawn Reis
June 21 2016 09:01AM

With the 2016 NHL draft just a few days away(!), it's time we turn our attention to one of the more cruel annual traditions of the first round and beyond: draft day slides.

We see it every year: Cam Fowler, Brandon Gormley, Emerson Etem, Hunter Shinkaruk, Travis Konecny. The list goes on.

Let's take a look at some of the top-ranked players from this year's draft, and see which ones are candidates to continue the tradition.

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Because It's The Cap: Philadelphia Flyers

Shawn Reis
June 07 2016 09:00AM

Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

The Flyers were kind of a nice story last year, if you can get behind a team that comes from a city with a shabby reputation. Still, the team was able to sneak into the playoffs with a late season push led by a rookie coach, a rookie defenseman, and some stellar goaltending.

The team was far from perfect — they had puck possession percentages on the wrong side of 50, and ultimately were -4 in goal differential, but they still did enough to keep themselves playing hockey past early April. Let's take a closer look at what exactly the Flyers have on their roster, in their system, and on the books in order to better assess where the team can and should go moving forward.

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2016 Draft: Which Swedes Fit The 51% Rule?

Shawn Reis
May 23 2016 09:10AM

With the draft one month away it's time to start ramping up our focus towards it even more.

Most of the talk so far has been surrounding the real top tier players of the draft like Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine.  But there are six more rounds past the first one, and there are plenty of future NHLers that'll come out of this draft that up until now you've never heard of in your life.

Luckily, we have little tricks to help us try and identify who those players might be.

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Because It's The Cap: Toronto Maple Leafs

Shawn Reis
May 22 2016 10:01AM

Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

Leafs Twitter has been ablaze in recent weeks about what the best practices for the team would be this summer.  Should the team try to sign Steven Stamkos or not?  Should the team trade up or down with their second first-round pick?  What defensemen should the team go after?  How about the goalies?

I can't give you any definitive answers there, but what I can hope to do is clear the picture up considerably.  In taking a closer look at what the Leafs have both hockey-wise and salary cap-wise, we can begin to better understand what the Leafs both can and should do to help the team not just next year, but even more importantly, in the many years to come.

Let's begin.

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Draft Pick Value and the Leafs' Stake in the Rest of the Playoffs

Shawn Reis
May 14 2016 12:00PM

There's at least one former Leaf on each of the four remaining teams in the NHL playoffs.  But the Leafs have a little more stake in what happens the rest of the way than just that.

You all know the Leafs own Pittsburgh's 1st-round pick in this year's draft courtesy of the Phil Kessel trade.  By now you've probably heard that if San Jose can reach the Stanley Cup Finals, the Leafs  get the Sharks' 3rd-round pick in 2018 instead of a 4th-round pick as part of the James Reimer deal.  The Leafs also own the 6th-round pick of the Blues in this year's draft thanks to last year's Olli Jokinen trade, which you might've forgotten about.

But just how much value do the Leafs get out of a different playoff result for each of these teams?  How much-added value do the Leafs get in Pittsburgh losing in the Eastern Conference Final versus them winning the Cup?  What happens to the value of St. Louis' pick if they were to lose out now or in June?

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