June 26 2013 08:30PM
Photo by Bri Weldon, via Wikipedia
This is a race that goes down to the wire. Seth Jones took over from Nathan MacKinnon early, but never quite slipped the #2 ranked player. Meanwhile Jonathan Drouin stalked the top spot, while Sasha Barkov set records in the SM-liiga and kept chugging along 4th overall. The gap in the Consensus Rankings between #1 Seth Jones and #4 Sasha Barkov is smaller than the gap between last year's #1 Nail Yakupov and #2 Filip Forsberg. There's a bunch of talent at the top, and it's closely bunched. Seems like any pick in the top four will be a good one, regardless of where they're taken.
The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, The Hockey News, Craig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report. Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.
June 26 2013 01:09PM
A memorable Stanley Cup Final is in the books, and the Chicago Blackhawks are the newly crowned champions. We take a look back at the 6-game series, debate who should have won the Conn Smythe, and try to figure out where this series stacks up against ones from previous years (in terms of entertainment value). At the end, we shift our attention towards the offseason, with a discussion about the Jonathan Bernier trade and Ilya Bryzgalov buyout.
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June 24 2013 07:31PM
With John Tortorella coming to Vancouver, I admit I'm quite curious as to how he stacks up compared to Alain Vigneault in "zone matching", the practice of having your more offensive centremen take faceoffs in the offensive zone and your more defensive forwards take faceoffs in the defensive zone.
Thomas Drance made the point over at Canucks Army that Alain Vigneault is going to become very familiar with Brian Boyle this season. Boyle, like Manny Malhotra or Maxim Lapierre in Vancouver, took a large percentage of his faceoffs in the defensive end, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan were left with a lot more offensive zone opportunities.
Tortorella, like Vigneault, subscribes to the practice. Here's a primer on zone matching, along with a comment that the practice has become increasingly more common over the last two seasons. Which teams did it the most in 2013?
June 21 2013 11:53AM
Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.
June 15 2013 07:04AM
Over the past few days, the readers of the various sites in the Nation Network have been voting on their rankings of prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Today, we reveal the results.