WCOH Game 10: Canada vs. Europe

Jonathan Willis
September 21 2016 05:53PM

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Canada and “Europe” are both bound for the playoff round of the World Cup, but that doesn’t make this final game of the preliminary round meaningless. The winner finishes the group segment with a perfect record; the loser draws Sweden in the semifinal. It’s a game worth winning.

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2016 World Cup of Hockey Preview: Group A

Jonathan Willis
September 15 2016 07:30AM


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With the preliminary round out of the way, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is ready to get down to the contests that actually count this weekend. Group A will feature the marquee matchup of Canada vs. the United States, along with the less-heralded Czech Republic and Team Europe.

Here’s how those countries stack up.

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December Dilemmas

Jonathan Willis
August 30 2016 07:00AM

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One of the questions I’m often asked is why it is so important for NHL teams to address all of their important positional issues in the summer. After all, the reasoning goes, is there really much harm in checking out the players on the roster for a month or two and then fixing things up if necessary then?

Although superficially plausible, this is a dangerous way to run an NHL team.

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Taylor Beck should challenge for an NHL job in Edmonton in 2016-17

Jonathan Willis
August 25 2016 07:17PM

Taylor Beck signing on with the Edmonton Oilers got some brief attention when it happened and has mostly been ignored since. Yet he’s not a player who should be entirely counted out of the team’s plans for 2016-17. Not only should he be good enough to challenge for a spot in training camp, but even if he’s sent down that may not be the last of him.

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An Opportunity for Zack Kassian to Show His Quality

Jonathan Willis
August 22 2016 04:48PM

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People like yours truly tend to complain whenever there’s a weak spot on an NHL team’s depth chart. For actual NHL players with their eyes on moving up the lineup, though, any weak spot represents a golden opportunity.

This fall, the opportunity at right wing is one that Nail Yakupov and Jesse Puljujarvi will seek to exploit, but they won’t be the only ones. Zack Kassian’s major-league career cannot have gone the way he had planned, but he can change the narrative in a substantial way if he starts off well this season.

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