Who's going to win it all in 2018?

Nation World HQ
September 25 2017 01:57PM



The 2017-18 NHL season is right around the corner. With the off-season — loaded with an interesting wrinkle with an expansion team from Las Vegas joining the fold — all wrapped up, we can start to make predictions as to how this season is going to unfold. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter the year looking to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup three times in a row since the New York Islanders dynasty of the late 1970s. Those Islanders teams were dethroned by a young Edmonton Oilers squad, much like how Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl's group will aim to take down the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin juggernaut. 

So, who's going win it all this year? With the dust of the off-season settled, reviewing a trusted sportsbook like Bodog can give us some insight into the future. 

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Corsica Joins The Nation Network

Nation World HQ
September 25 2017 12:00PM


We are pleased to announce a new partnership between the Nation Network and Corsica.

Corsica was founded and is operated by Emmanuel Perry, one of the brightest young minds in hockey analytics. Corsica is renowned in the hockey analytics community for not only second-to-none player statistics and tools for analysis, but also progressive research in advancing the way in which we understand the sport. This new partnership with Manny and his website will bring all of that specialized data and research to our readers at the Nation Network.

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Prospect Statistics Have Moved Far Beyond Looking at Point Totals

Jeremy Davis
September 19 2017 09:29AM



I, like many hockey nuts across Canada, have a subscription to the Athletic. It’s one of the few sports publications I’ve been willing to pay for, and that has a lot to do with their lineup of writers. Analytically oriented writers Tyler Dellow and Dom Luszczyszyn played a major role in that, not to mention that them landing Corey Pronman allowed me to discontinue my ESPN Insider subscription. Another major factor was the hiring of Justin Bourne, whose most recent gig was as a video coach for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

What got me excited about the Bourne addition is that his focus area has previously been on scouting and systems analysis, which is an area that I’d like to improve in. I was genuinely obsessed with the systems articles that he used to produce for The Score before taking the job with the Marlies in 2015.

While I’m still looking forward to what Bourne has to say about hockey strategies and video analysis for both NHL and non-NHL players, one of his recent articles for The Athletic suggests to me that his knowledge of prospect statistics and analytics is lagging a bit behind. The piece, titled “When Evaluating Players, Gauging Opportunity They’ve Been Given is Crucial” laments the lack of available statistics for prospects beyond raw points. (Paywall, obviously.)

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The Nation Notebook: Demers to Arizona, Pastrnak Finally Signs, and Ducks Injuries

Christian Pagnani
September 18 2017 09:00AM


‎The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

The Florida Panthers trade Jason Demers to Arizona. David Pastrnak signs long-term with Boston. The Ducks will have to deal with some significant injuries to start the season. Please, won’t someone please think of Matt Duchene?!

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Finding the next Patrick Maroon

Christian Pagnani
September 13 2017 03:33PM



The Patrick Maroon trade is one of Peter Chiarelli’s best trades. It’s a unanimous win for Edmonton: they gave up very little (Martin Gernat and a fourth round pick), got Anaheim to retain salary, and received a player who’s played in their top-six for $1.5 million a year.

Maroon has 56 points in 97 games since coming over to the Oilers, including 35 goals, which is in range of both Jordan Eberle (60 points in 100 games) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (47 points in 91 games), but at a much lower price than their $6 million cap hits. Maroon’s played with one of the league’s best, if not the best, players in Connor McDavid, a luxury RNH hasn’t shared. Eberle did, and his stats didn’t skyrocket as many expected.

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