January 01 2017 06:25PM
It's the most wonderful time of the year! The hectic holiday frenzy is dying down, you've survived another round of extended family visits, and 2017 dawns like a blank canvas full of unlocked potential. More importantly, though, we're done with the group stage of World Juniors and are heading into quarterfinals!
The shocker this year is, of course, Finland in the relegation round. Beyond that, things have shaken out about as we all expected. Sweden, USA, Canada, and Russia are probably the teams that will challenge for the gold, barring a miracle run from one of the other four teams. (If a miracle run happens, no doubt plenty of people would be thrilled if it came from the upstart Danes, who have already captured our hearts with their... visor spray celebrations?)
In any case, one of the best things about World Juniors is the chance to watch top prospects with your own two eyes in glorious high definition, rather than depending on scouting reports or shoddy streams of questionable legality.
In honor of the bracket play starting tomorrow, here's a list of #fun prospects to keep an eye on as we watch a bunch of teenagers. Some have been drafted already, some are draft-eligible this year, and one notable name is eligible in 2018. The only thing they have in common is that they're all skaters. (No goalies, at least not until we have a slightly larger #SampleSize.) Seriously, it's just a bunch of guys you should watch, because they are probably going to be doing cool things.
Nation World HQ
January 01 2017 12:55PM
It was announced today that the Winnipeg Jets have placed forward Alex Burmistrov on waivers.
December 31 2016 08:43AM
Not taking anything away from a solid effort by Antoine Bibeau for his first career win on Thursday night, it's no secret the Leafs have some major question marks in net beyond Freddie Andersen. And while Andersen has been other-worldly over the last couple months, vaulting himself to a place among the league leaders in save percentage, Toronto has been riding him pretty hard, starting him in 29 of their 35 games so far.
December 31 2016 08:42AM
Over the past few years, Nazem Kadri has been one of the best players in the NHL at drawing penalties. This was widely talked about among hockey's analytics community for a while, but last year the idea really seemed to break through, as it became a topic of conversation in far more mainstream sources, including TSN and Sportsnet's national broadcasts. It seemed like Kadri was finally getting credit for an under-rated skill that he was very good at.
But this year that ability has largely dried up. Many nights it's seemed like opposition players are able to get away with murder against Kadri without the Leafs being awarded a powerplay. So what's happened? And how steep has the drop-off been, really?
Nation World HQ
December 30 2016 04:31PM
Earlier today, the Winnipeg Jets recalled forward Andrew Copp from the Manitoba Moose and have placed Marko Dano on the injured reserve with a lower-body injury.