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June 24 2016 05:00AM
Big week for the Leafs, should the Jets make a big trade, Flames hire new coach, is Marc-Andre Fleury a fit in Calgary, Datsyuk disaster in Detroit, 10 years since Oilers went to the cup final, Vegas expansion confirmed, official expansion draft rules, 2016 mock draft, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
June 23 2016 05:00PM
(image courtesy of Aaron Bell and CHL Images)
This season, I spent 50 nights in Ontario Hockey League rinks, viewing and tracking draft eligible prospects. That data, in tandem with the observations of the players, was used in a series of “OHL Game Notes” posts over at Buckeye State Hockey. With the draft coming up, what better time to post all of the data, along with some charts and other notes about the prospects?
June 23 2016 04:00PM
Woohoo, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup! They looked like they were dead in the water, but then they turned it around and went all the way to the Cup! Nothing can change my positive feelings towards this team...
*looks at Pittsburgh's cap situation*
Okay, jokes aside, the Penguins are coming into the offseason with a Cup victory, and a messy cap situation. But, as I mentioned with the Los Angeles Kings and the Boston Bruins, you pay a hefty price to win a championship, and it can cause quite a mess in the salary cap. But, how will the team try and keep the band together without putting them in a terrible situation?
June 23 2016 02:00PM
The St Louis Blues had a heartbreaking end to their season falling in the Conference Finals to the San Jose Sharks, but ultimately couldn't be too upset with how things turned out. After finally knocking off the Blackhawks in an unforgettable first round series, they held off the barrage of the Stars in another seven-game nail-biter. While they ran out of steam and couldn't advance to the Stanley Cup Final, it was a pretty successful season overall.
June 23 2016 12:00PM
Every year, everybody and their dog post a mock draft on their hockey blog and swear theirs is the best. Then, the NHL Draft actually starts and it all ends up looking nothing like any of the mock drafts, because the draft itself is wacky and unpredictable. Nonetheless, mock drafts are a lot of fun to read and really amp up the anticipation to the real thing.
Like every year, I made one of my own. Two years ago (2014) was my Mock Drafts coming out party. I nailed the Top 7 (woo), got 9 of the Top 10, and 26 of my projected first rounders ended up going in the Top 30, with two of them (Brendan Lemieux  and Ivan Barbashev ) being selected in the Top 33, so I was feeling good and confident going to into 2015. However, we experienced a bit of a sophomore slump, having my prediction busted as early as 5th overall. I still managed 24/30 correct first rounders but considering there's about 15 or so that are always locks to go Top 30, it wasn't that impressive.
I suspect I let my love for certain players (Rantanen at 5, Barzal at 6 and Kylington at 10 specifically) distort my rationality. I attempted to block out any bias and just use my research into the particular teams do the predicting this time around.