Objectively projecting Darnell Nurse

Jonathan Willis
August 05 2016 07:15PM

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Darnell Nurse is a fascinating player, and his long-term career arc is of extreme importance to the Edmonton Oilers.

The most common method of projecting that sort of career arc is the old-fashioned one: Assessing the player’s physical skills and then imagining what he’ll look like in his prime. The one we’re going to use today is a newer method, which involves looking at what happened to players with comparable underlying statistics.

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Mega-deals: The 14 largest trades in Flames history

Ryan Pike
August 05 2016 11:00AM

At our core, we're all fans of the great sport of ice hockey. And our love of ice hockey almost unconditionally applies to a few things related to the game: sweet dekes, awesome end-to-end action, and big trades. While the advent of the salary cap has really hindered general managers' ability to make big deals, they are still possible. In theory, at least.

Here, in the dog days of summer, we salute the 14 mega-deals – trades involving six pieces or more – in the history of the Flames franchise. As you will see, the majority at them came at critical times and had some big impacts on the direction of the franchise.

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Was Gretzky good, average or bad at drafting?

Jason Gregor
August 05 2016 08:43AM

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What should we consider a success when looking at a five-year span of NHL drafts? If a team lands one superstar and a few solid players is that good? Do you need to have one solid player from each year? I think we will all have different views of success, and after a conversation on twitter with Jonathan Willis I wanted to look at all 30 teams draft success between 2007-2011.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 05 2016 05:00AM

ROUND-UP

Leafs frontrunners for Vesey, are the Canucks D good enough now, referees in Calgary, a lot of Gretzky's in Edmonton, Bobby Hull deserves a snub, analytics debate roars again, superstars fight and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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How many defencemen cost more than TJ Brodie?

Ari Yanover
August 04 2016 11:00AM

T.J. Brodie has to be one of the NHL's most under-appreciated players. This past season, he was 11th in ice time per game out of all defenders with 25:15. His 45 points in 70 games saw him place 18th out of all defencemen; change that to points per game, and he jumps up to 13th.

He could very easily be considered a number one guy, were it not for the fact his defence partner is Mark Giordano. Even then, though, the two put up such formidable numbers together, one could easily make a case for them being one of the very best defence pairings in the league.

And yet, Brodie's name doesn't carry the weight Giordano's does. His cap hit of just $4.65 million doesn't carry it, either.

In the upcoming 2016-17 season, Brodie will be 51st in cap hits out of all defencemen.

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