May 23 2016 08:00AM
Technically the first member of our first round projections, Carl Grundström is a personal favourite of mine, and not just because of what names came out of the similarity model (although that helped - more on that later). Grundström is a Swedish two-way winger who plays what might be considered a Canadian style of game. He bangs and crashes, but he can back it up with some soft hands and an impressive shot.
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May 20 2016 05:00AM
Everyone wants Tyson Barrie, when putting value on draft picks goes wrong, is Mitch Marner NHL ready, Jets have assets to trade, coach talks Canucks struggles, Flames will have to trade for a goalie, is Oilers 4th overall pick undervalued, all kinds of draft news, playoff hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 15 2016 11:28AM
The biggest story of the West has been the parity in this year's playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks, well known elite playoff teams, have all been bounced in the first round, while known chokers in the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues are the two remaining teams in the playoffs. So the question remains: which team will choke now?
No, that shouldn't be the storyline for this series. The Blues and Sharks are two very excellent, deep teams that have finally conquered their demons to get this far. The winner is going to be tested, as whoever comes out will not leave unscathed. It's a war of attrition, so may the deepest team win.
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?