5 fun things to look for from Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey

Sam Blazer
September 13 2016 11:59AM

Team USA is coming in with a plan for the World Cup of Hockey. 

It may not be a very good plan but it is, indeed, a plan. 

Coach John Tortorella doesn't care how his team wins as long as it happens. 

If you are a fan of Team USA, that has to give you a special tingle down your spine. Sure, he may take patriotism to an uncomfortable level... but by the same token it adds a level of stakes that shouldn't be associated with an exhibition tournament. 

The NHL has to absolutely love it.

As the tournament begins on Wednesday, I want to take a look at the five fun storylines to watch for from Team USA.

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Should the Leafs be running a "Top-9" offence this season?

Jeff Veillette
September 13 2016 10:16AM

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As the season approaches, fans and media have begun to dissect the remains and additions of this year's roster while wondering where everybody should be placed. The most important question to many, of course, is how the top two lines stack up.

But in asking that, it's possible that we're looking into a less-than-optimal situation if we're limiting the Leafs to a top-six, bottom-six team. Perhaps, with the coming injection of youth, the team should be looking towards more of a top-nine, bottom-three layout.

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Canucks' 2016 NHL Entry Draft: Deep Dive

Jeremy Davis
September 13 2016 09:00AM

Draft Review - 2016

With the summer winding down, we at Canucks Army are looking to fill the dead space between our Top 20 countdown and the start of the World Cup of Hockey. This week, I've decided to head back to the draft, and I'm going to be looking at the past, present and future on Canucks drafting and NHL prospects by going over the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NHL Entry Drafts and how they pertain to the Canucks.

Following yesterday's rehash of the 2015 Canucks' draft class, today is a deep dive into their 2016 haul. At this point, it looks considerably weaker than the 2015 group, but then again, the 2015 class looks a lot better now that it did on draft day.

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Setting expectations for the 2014 Flames draft class

Ryan Pike
September 12 2016 12:00PM

As we approach the onset of the 2016-17 Calgary Flames season, we're looking back at recent NHL Draft classes and making assessments, prognostications, and trying to set expectations for their coming seasons in a reasonable way. We've already gone through the remaining Flames prospects from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NHL Drafts.

Now, onto the 2014 NHL Draft class! (NHLE calculations from the most recent Hockey Abstract revisions.)

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Canucks' 2015 NHL Entry Draft: One Year Later

Jeremy Davis
September 12 2016 09:00AM

Draft Review - 2015

With the summer winding down, we at Canucks Army are looking to fill the dead space between our Top 20 countdown and the start of the World Cup of Hockey. This week, I've decided to head back to the draft, and I'm going to be looking at the past, present and future on Canucks drafting and NHL prospects by going over the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NHL Entry Drafts and how they pertain to the Canucks.

First up in the 2015 draft. It's been a little over a year since Jim Benning and co brought home seven players from their trip to Sunrise, Florida, including their reigning top offensive prospect in Brock Boeser. Now it's only been 14 months, so these prospects are all still works in progress, but some development has taken place. So how exactly has one full turn of the calendar affected the value of Vancouver's 2015 class?

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