NHL Draft Scout Series: USA

Christian Roatis
June 13 2017 03:11PM

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We head south of the border with the next stop on the NHL Draft Scout tour, and a look at the best prospects America has to offer. USA Hockey has been producing high-end prospects at a higher rate than ever before, and looks to keep the same pace in 2017.

TheScout.ca and USHL Central Scouting’s Matt Grainda joins us to explain what sort of draft crop we can expect from USA Hockey in 2017 after the jump.

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No Movement Clause Expansion Draft Thread

Cam Lewis
June 13 2017 10:36AM

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June 12 was the deadline for teams to ask to players to waive their No Movement Clauses to be exposed to Vegas in the expansion draft. Players have until June 16 to accept or deny. 

Here's a list of every player with a NMC with up-to-date information in regards to their status. This article will be continually updates as news comes in. 

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Because It's The Cap: Edmonton Oilers Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
June 13 2017 08:00AM

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The Edmonton Oilers enjoyed a massive improvement from 2015-16 to 2016-17, jumping a whopping 33 points in the standings and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. A full season of Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom coupled with added depth around the lineup in the form of Milan Lucic, Adam Larsson, and Kris Russell helped transform the Oilers from basement-dwelling joke into a playoff team. 

Now that the organization's decade of darkness is over, it's time to take the next step forward — Stanley Cup contention. Oilers fans, and the organization as a whole, were thrilled with what the team accomplished this year, but simply reaching the second round of the playoffs and injecting some excitement into Edmonton isn't going to cut it again in 2017-18.  

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NHL Draft Scout Series: WHL and Cale Makar

Christian Roatis
June 12 2017 12:18PM

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The next iteration of this year’s NHL Draft Scout Series takes us to the Western Canada and the WHL and company. Usually, we just focus on just the WHL, but this year a defenceman from the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits has forced us to expand our range to include Junior A hockey, as well.

FutureConsiderations Head Western Scout Justin Froese was kind enough to join us to explain why Cale Makar is someone to be excited about, and an all around look at what Western Canada has to offer for the 2017 NHL Draft.

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Because It's the Cap: New York Rangers Offseason Preview

Pat Keogh
June 12 2017 08:00AM

The New York Rangers have been a steady playoff team for the past decade largely due to the goaltending prowess of Henrik Lundqvist, but have unfortunately come up short these past several years, including this year’s second round exit at the hands of the totally beatable Ottawa Senators. It’s yet another disappointing end for the King with no Cup, and as he ages the Rangers’ situation becomes ever more dire; it would be a colossal failure of management to have the best goaltender of a generation fall into your lap and not be able to close the deal on at least one championship during his reign. 

As such, the Rangers, who underwent something of a retool last summer now must finish the task and revamp this squad in order to build a truly Cup contending team for the last several years of Henrik’s contract. Anything else, quite simply, would be a failure, leaving GM Jeff Gorton with a heavy task in front of him.

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