October 23 2016 10:00AM
The first impressions of Brian Elliott in a Calgary Flames uniform haven't been overly positive. With an 0-3 record and very unflattering totals thus far, some are wondering whether the Flames made the right call targeting Elliott as a solution to their goaltending issues. If you're in that camp, I'm here to ease your fears a little, because I think Elliott is going to be just fine.
October 21 2016 09:00AM
The Winnipeg Jets 2.0 have been around now for five full seasons (well... four full and one partial, lockout-shortened, season). This gives us ample data to construct some fun lists of the best and worst statistical seasons for performers.
We take a look at some of the best and worst statistical performances by Winnipeg Jets' defenders.
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October 21 2016 05:00AM
Auston Matthews could be best Leaf ever, Canucks long term goalie outlook, Jets coach could be first to go, Flames preparing for expansion draft, Oilers window is opening, Nail Yakupov, the Nation at the Heritage Classic, Q & A with Bernie Nichols, a week full of stars fighting and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
October 21 2016 04:46AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs step onto the ice. It's another hockey game for a team that we are all hoping, one day, will reach its potential. But there's still lots of time left; the kids are far too young to be treated as anything more than prospects given an early spotlight, after all, so there's no use in expecting a ton.
Take a guy like William Nylander, for instance. We've got high hopes for William Nylander, as a collective populace. Despite being ranked as the third best prospect in the organisation heading into opening night, he's still got a higher ceiling than most team's #1 prospects at moment. Right now, he plays right wing, because Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri, and Tyler Bozak exist and because Mitch Marner is the only other hyper-skilled right winger.
If he stays that way, Leafs fans dream that they can have a player who can tilt the ice like Phil Kessel did when he was here. Or maybe dream bigger; like Corey Perry does, or like Patrick Kane does. One can dream.
Hold that thought.
October 20 2016 11:00AM
Canucks prospect Brett McKenzie is off to a flaming hot start in the OHL. The 194th overall pick in the 2016 draft has scored seven goals in his first eight games. With five assists to go with them, he is producing at a clip of a point and a half per game.
While those numbers are quite impressive, they come with a caveat - no, not sample size, though of course that’s a relevant point. Instead, I’m referring to his age. Though the Canucks picked up McKenzie’s rights just a few months ago, he’s already playing in his draft-plus-two season, as he was taken in his second year of draft eligibility.
And so we have to ask the question: how good is good in a draft-plus-two season?
Warning! This article contains math! But also highlights.