September 15 2016 02:00PM
It isn't common for players to make the NHL right out of their draft year. Out of the Flames' current kids, Sean Monahan was the only one to achieve that feat. The rest of their current core took longer to reach where they now are.
This isn't a bad thing, though. Typically, only a handful of players actually make the NHL right after they're drafted. The first overall picks always do, plus a handful of others - almost always only guys chosen in the top 10.
Does Matthew Tkachuk have what it takes? Maybe - let's take a look at what players who made the NHL immediately this decade have in common.
September 15 2016 09:00AM
With the summer winding down, we at Canucks Army are looking to fill the dead space between our Top 20 countdown and the start of the World Cup of Hockey. This week, I've decided to head back to the draft, and I'm going to be looking at the past, present and future on Canucks drafting and NHL prospects by going over the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NHL Entry Drafts and how they pertain to the Canucks.
After going over the 2015 and 2016 drafts, as well as some left over picks from 2016 that could be mid-to-late round selections next year, we move onto the 2017 Entry Draft. While the future is far from certain, it's entirely possible that one, if not many, Canadian teams will find themselves in the running for some of these top end prospects. Let's take a look at who they are.
September 15 2016 07:30AM
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.
September 14 2016 04:02PM
As most of us already know, goalies are "voodoo".
This makes projecting how our favorite team's goalie will do next year (unless that goalie is Henrik Lundqvist) rather difficult.
To help with that, we can make projections. It's never easy to project a player's performance for any upcoming season, but it's also not a futile exercise.Specifically I'll make Marcel projections for goalies.
It's a forecasting model created by Tom Tango (some examples). He used it for baseball and we'll adapt it to hockey. Of course, this has actually been done before for goalies here by Garik16. But while he used regular Sv%, I'll attempt to project Low/Mid/High Sv% (courtesy of Corsica.Hockey) as it gives us a better look at a goalie's performance.
September 14 2016 02:00PM
It's September, the World Cup of Hockey tournament is about to start for real, and the Calgary Flames still have to sign Johnny Gaudreau. But an underlying and rather valuable asset remains unsigned as well: Jakub Nakladal.
After his well above-average showing to close out last season, the Czech blueliner is among a small contingent of capable NHLers who may warrant a PTO or a contract - whether it's in the NHL or overseas - that can help improve a team immediately.