Trading Up In The NHL Draft: Is It Worth It?

Shawn Reis
May 01 2016 11:25AM

Hockey Twitter wasted no time getting back to work.

With the first piece to the Leafs 2016 draft puzzle put in place after the team won last night's lottery, attention quickly turned to Toronto's later 1st round pick via Pittsburgh as well as the team's own 2nd round pick which sits firmly at 31st overall.

Specifically, the question was raised about whether or not this was the year it would make sense to trade up from those two spots in order to acquire another higher-end prospect, possibly a defenseman.

My initial instincts were to jump into the argument and tell the people that thought trading up was a good idea that they were wrong.  After all, don't the numbers tell us that it's typically a bad idea?

Don't they?

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: This Is Why You Don't Want To Go Seven

Cam Lewis
April 30 2016 07:00AM

The Western Conference second round series got underway yesterday, and we were reminded why you don't really, really want to play seven games before moving on. Both the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues, who took seven games to navigate out of the first round, looked pretty exhausted, resulting in the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars grabbing their first wins. 

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2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Preview: St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars

Adam Laskaris
April 29 2016 02:20PM

Dallas St. Louis could be a great name for a fictional character, or the name of Martin St. Louis' next kid.

But unfortunately, it's just the name of two teams meeting in the playoffs, as the Dallas Stars take on the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference second round series.

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Oshie Hat Trick, and Flashback to the First Round

Scott Maxwell
April 29 2016 09:16AM

There wasn't much hockey on last night, but there was no shortage of entertaining hockey, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals faced off for the first time in these playoffs.

Also, the nominations for the Frank J. Selke were announced, and for the second consecutive day, fans were left puzzled by one of the nominees.

Finally, it's Friday, so kick back in your chair that you're supposed to be doing work in, relax, and let's take one last look at some interesting stats from the first round.

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2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators

Cam Lewis
April 29 2016 08:00AM

It’s kind of funny that the sixth and seventh placed teams in the Western Conference are playing each other in the second round while the first and second seeded teams are set to duke it out against each other, but whatever. This is a nice geographical rivalry, or something. Right? 

There’s a decent chance that whoever wins this thing is going to get rolled by the Dallas Stars or St. Louis Blues in the Conference Finals, but hey, if I’m a fan of either team, I would take that over getting rolled by one of those teams in the second round!

Anyways, here we are now. The San Jose Sharks, fresh off pummelling the Los Angeles Kings in the first round in five games, and the Nashville Predators, who did their best to ensure that Bruce Boudreau doesn’t have a job next year after wiping out the Anaheim Ducks in seven games. While they may be sixth and seventh in the standings, these are two good teams, which should make for an entertaining, and difficult to predict series. 

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