The Roundup

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December 09 2016 05:13AM

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Should the Canucks be concerned about their top 5 pick last year, are the Leafs any good, is Paul Maurice's job in jeopardy, the Flames looking ahead to the trade deadline, Oilers need to find consistency, Brandon Sutter is ill-suited for current role, a deeper look at Kris Russell as an Oiler, Patrick O'Sullivan, Las Vegas, concussion spotters and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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NHLN Notebook: Concussion spotters, the best dab ever and the Vegas trademark gets denied

Zach Laing
December 08 2016 02:26PM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Today's post is all about protectin' ya neck, being with the times and Vegas still has some work to do.

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How Good Are The Leafs: November Edition

Dom Luszczyszyn
December 08 2016 01:45PM

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We're now in the third month of the season, so it's time to get an update on just how good this Leafs team is. I know some people are getting more pessimistic with each passing game as the Leafs dropped a winnable game to arguably the league's worst team and then came up short again last night against a decent Wild team.

I understand the frustration and while I don't think (right now at least) that #TheLeafsAreActuallyGood, I do think they are at the very least Actually Average and much better than their current 82 point pace would suggest. 

Let's take a mini dive into their November and then check in on how good they really are.

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Expansion Draft: Baertschi or Granlund

Ryan Biech
December 08 2016 11:00AM

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With the Expansion Draft looming over this year's trade deadline, it's becoming a hot topic around the league. Who's going to protect who being the most gabbed about element, naturally.

The dynamics are likely to change by the time we've made it to the draft, but that shouldn't stop the discussion, dissection and preparation. It's not like it'll hurt to keep the three items in mind.

You need to have a plan for now and chart a course for the future. 

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Andrew Ladd off to a tough start in Brooklyn

Mack Irwin
December 08 2016 08:24AM

The New York Islanders made full use of the early negotiation period before free agency this summer, locking up former Jets captain Andrew Ladd before lunch on July 1st.

For five seasons Ladd was the unquestioned leader of the Jets: talented, physical, and loyal. But as he and Dustin Byfuglien inched towards free agency, the Jets decided to trade their captain and sign the big defenceman long-term.

On July 1st, the New York Islanders signed Ladd to a seven year, 38.5 million dollar contract. And 25 games into the season, he has been perhaps the most disappointing player on the NHL's most disappointing team.

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