NHLN Awards Race: Calder Trophy

Cam Lewis
March 18 2016 11:49AM

The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey league. After a draft featuring two phonemes last spring, it was expected that this was going to be a two horse race between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel for rookie of the year. With McDavid missing significant time thanks to injury and the rise of a couple of unexpected late bloomers, the safe bets are pretty much out the window. 

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The Roundup

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March 18 2016 05:00AM

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How you fix the Draft Lottery, making sense of the Expansion Draft, expected Salary Cap for next year, Dan Hamhuis enjoys mentor role, Anthony Mantha getting his shot, Flames cap future is scary, Oilers speak the harsh truth, McGrattan fights Maggio again and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings

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This is how you fix the NHL Draft Lottery

Justin Fisher
March 16 2016 08:03AM

The NHL Draft lottery is broken, and it's the Edmonton Oilers' fault. General managers all around the league seem to agree with this notion and have already begun discussing ways in which the lottery could be updated or amended so that winners can't keep winning over and over (and over) again. 

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NHLN Awards Race: Hart Trophy

Cam Lewis
March 13 2016 09:27AM

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The Hart Trophy, or the NHL's Most Valuable Player, is awarded to the player who is judged most valuable to his team. Now, this wording creates a bit of a misunderstanding. Does this mean that it should go to whatever player would have the most significant impact if they were removed from their team and swapped with a replacement-level player? Or is it simply the best player in the league in any given year? Well, it can't just be that, because it's against the rules to award it to a player on a team that doesn't make the playoffs. So is it looking at who's the best player on the best team in the league? 

To me, it's the first one. Which player is irreplaceable? Who would have the most detrimental negative impact if they were removed from a team, and in contrast, who could have the biggest positive impact on a bad team if they were added to the roster? Of course, the people who vote in these things don't tend to see it that way, and the Hart is usually just awarded to the best player in the league that year. 

Anyways, based on what's happened through the first three-quarters of the season, here are my picks for the NHL's Most Valuable Player. 

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Top to Bottom: Checking in with each team after the Trade Deadline

Cam Lewis
March 09 2016 09:00AM

With the trade deadline passing, we're officially into the final stretch of the season. By now, we can pretty much tell how the playoff picture is going to shape out, save for some shuffling among seeds, and a couple of battles for final Wild Card spots. Even though a good chunk of the teams in the NHL have no hope left for the 2015-16 season, there's still something to look forward to. In this month's check-in, I'm going to look at what each team did over deadline week and whether or not if fulfilled their individual goal of buying to actively improve their chances at winning right now or selling to improve their position in the future. 

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