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June 19 2015 06:45AM

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Oilers and Flames need help in the pipes, Cam Talbot, Eddie Lack, as many as 8 teams interested in Phil Kessel, top 5 trade destinations for Dion Phaneuf, McDavid, Kassian, Hudler, NHL buyout options, a great scrap, free agency, draft profiles and more in this week's Roundup

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #29 Jakub Zboril

Rhys Jessop
June 18 2015 05:30PM

While all the talk in this upcoming draft is centred around Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, 2015 could become the year of the defenseman given the huge crop of talented CHLers available. We've already profiled one Saint John Sea Dog in our countdown, and today we'll look at another: the aggressive and very well-rounded Czech import Jakub Zboril.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #30 Pavel Zacha

Rhys Jessop
June 18 2015 03:30PM

To be completely honest and up front, I think we've underrated Pavel Zacha fairly significantly. The massive Czech centreman fell well short of lofty expectations in his first full season in North America, but has still garnered enough recognition within the scouting community to get top-10 consideration in 2015.

Join us after the jump to explore one of 2014-15's biggest statistical disappointments that could still turn out to be very, very good.

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #5 Paul Martin

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 11:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

Paul Martin, 34, is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he remains a sturdy defensive defender with the ability to transition the puck and win the territorial matchup against top-of-the-roster competition. If you're sensing that the theme of our unrestricted free agent countdown is "he's useful, but kind of old!" then you're catching on.

The American-born Martin will be among the best blue liners available on July 1, and has the ability to significant improve the complexion of a club in need of an upgrade on the back end in the short-term. He's 34 though, and we might reasonably expect him to begin to incur diminishing returns going forward (and there's reason to believe he might already be on the down swing).

Read on past the jump for more.

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Nation Network Prospect Rankings: #31-45

Rhys Jessop
June 17 2015 03:00PM

With our countdown already 1/3rd of the way done and our consensus first round just around the corner, here is a list of our first 15 2015 prospect profiles with links to each individual guy.

Continue past the jump to see the players we've ranked between 31st and 45th overall.

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