December 09 2016 09:00AM
With a three-point performance last night in Philadelphia, Leon Draisaitl upped his season total to 25 points, good for 15th in the league and second in the Pacific Division behind only teammate Connor McDavid.
This is an excellent sign for the Oilers, obviously, because Draisaitl is producing like the player the organization hoped he would become when they drafted him with the third overall pick back in 2014. But with Draisaitl’s entry-level contract coming to an end this summer, the team is quickly going to have to determine whether or not he’s done enough to warrant a long-term contract.
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December 09 2016 05:13AM
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.
December 08 2016 02:26PM
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.
December 08 2016 01:45PM
Photo Credit: John. E Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS
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.
December 08 2016 11:00AM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin - USA TODAY Sports
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.