World Cup of Hockey Preview: Team USA vs. Team Europe

Sam Blazer
September 17 2016 01:03PM

The World Cup of Hockey is finally here. After multiple preliminary matches and plenty of intrigue, the time to play is now. Team USA faces off against Team Europe and with it comes the first match for John Tortorella and company. Will they get off to a fast start? Do his scratches leave a lot to be desired? Does Team Europe have enough fire power?

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World Cup of Hockey Preview: Each Team's Burning Question

Steven Ellis
September 16 2016 07:03AM


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After years of rumors, chatter and rising excitement, the World Cup of Hockey is finally upon us. The two-week "international" hockey tournament in Toronto, Ontario will feature six of the world's best hockey countries and two concoctions that the NHL made up in their offices while nobody was looking. There's no question it's one of the more unique hockey events in recent years due to the team listings alone, but it's certainly an interesting event to get the season started.

Each team has at least one burning question leading into the event. Whether it be injury issues, inexperience or a weak base to build on, it's tough to truly pinpoint one true favourite because it seems like each team excels in at least one area. Let's take a look at a question each team will look to answer by the time the tournament concludes on October 1st.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 16 2016 05:00AM


The Nation Network acquires General Fanager, all the World Cup news and previews you can handle, Leafs Top 9 offense, Flames have to get Gaudreau done, honoring Joe Louis arena in Detroit, Oilers open doors to Rogers Place, the "Yzer-plan, 2016 Fantasy Hockey draft guide and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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September 15 2016 03:00PM

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This is a tale of trial and error, failure, determination, and triumph. Oh and fancy advanced statistics. So many fancy statistics.

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Can Matthew Tkachuk make the NHL right away?

Ari Yanover
September 15 2016 02:00PM

It isn't common for players to make the NHL right out of their draft year. Out of the Flames' current kids, Sean Monahan was the only one to achieve that feat. The rest of their current core took longer to reach where they now are.

This isn't a bad thing, though. Typically, only a handful of players actually make the NHL right after they're drafted. The first overall picks always do, plus a handful of others - almost always only guys chosen in the top 10.

Does Matthew Tkachuk have what it takes? Maybe - let's take a look at what players who made the NHL immediately this decade have in common.

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