The Ducks aren't an elite team, but they certainly aren't this bad either

Cam Lewis
November 02 2015 08:30AM

The 2015-16 Anaheim Ducks season has been nothing short of a complete disaster. Nobody saw it coming. Last year, they breezed through Winnipeg and Calgary in the playoffs and came within one win of making it to the Stanley Cup Finals before being taken down in seven games by the Blackhawks. Heading into the season, a lot of people had the Ducks pegged as one of the elite teams in the Western Conference who could easily challenge for the Stanley Cup, and I’m fairly certain that everybody had them penciled in as a playoff team. 

Now, it’s the beginning of November and they’ve just managed to earn their second win of the season.What’s going on here? Are the Ducks actually this bad? Do they have any chance at making the playoffs, or has this season become a write off already? 

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5 things: Early Calder Candidates

Ryan Lambert
October 30 2015 01:57PM

We're now 10 or 11 games into the season for just about everyone in the league at this point, and already some of the wheat in the "Calder Consideration" pool is starting to separate from the chaff.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 30 2015 06:45AM

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Flames look like smoldering dumpster fire, concern early in Canucks season, Leafs losing despite obvious improvements, Oilers next ten need to be better, Byfuglien hates three on three OT, Joe Thornton trade a decade later, daily fantasy, Evander Kane and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings. 

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Eyes on the Dollar: Nashville Predators

Cam Lewis
October 28 2015 09:00AM

Earlier this week, the Nashville Predators locked Mattias Ekholm to a six-year extension, meaning they have the brunt of their defensive core locked up long-term. The only core defenceman who isn't under control for the foreseeable future is Seth Jones, who's entry-level deal expires at the end of the season. Along with Jones, Filip Forsberg will also need a new deal this summer, but thanks to a bunch of team-friendly deals, the Preds should have no problem getting their star young players signed. 

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2016 Draft - PCS Preseason Rankings - Part 3 - Curious Case of Max Jones

money puck
October 25 2015 01:47PM

In the first two parts of this series on 2016 draft eligible prospects, I focused on prospects whose performance as a 16-year-old was so off the charts that they did not have historical peers and players whose PCS scores were so high that they suggest a very high likelihood of future success. However, one of the most valuable attributes of PCS is when you see a highly rated prospect whose performance so far does not seem to match his scouting rank. 

There was no bigger disconnect between the scouting ranking and actual production than for the London Knight's Max Jones, so I thought it would be worthwhile to dig into this a bit further. 

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