Matthew Tkachuk: The season's biggest surprise

Pat Steinberg
November 26 2016 07:47PM

Calgary Flames fans were elated when Matthew Tkachuk fell to the team at number six overall in June's NHL Draft, and for good reason. Tkachuk was coming off a banner season with the OHL's London Knights, filled an organizational need for the Flames, and in his on-ice personality, brought the team something they didn't have. I thought Tkachuk had a chance to make Calgary's roster out of training camp, but by no means did I see him making the type of impact he has to this point.

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The Extra 2% Continued: A Response to A Response

Dom Luszczyszyn
November 26 2016 01:47PM

Earlier this week I wrote a piece about improvements that can be made at the margins of a hockey team. The basic premise was that fourth lines and third pairs move the needle much more than most think and based on my model, a switch from Ben Smith, Roman Polak, and Matt Hunwick to Peter Holland, Martin Marincin, and Frank Corrado is the difference between 89 and 93 points, at least by my model.

Today, David Johnson aka @hockeyanalysis on Twitter offered a different perspective to the piece, citing the Leafs defensive issues as the team's biggest problem and showing that removing the three players I pointed out as issues would be a further detriment to the team's defensive woes. That is 100 percent an argument I can get behind, after all, the role of those three is to play defence so they should be better at it.

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Watch the Game Episode 13: Thanksgiving Thankfulness

Watch The Game Podcast
November 26 2016 08:17AM

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Sam, Cam and Jeff record a special edition of the podcast where they breakdown each team and what they should be thankful for this holiday season. All thirty teams and even a little bit of Vegas Golden Knights talk as well. Some teams are just a little more thankful than others.

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Sophomore Sensation: Nikolaj Ehlers Having Breakout Year

Sammi Silber
November 25 2016 11:00AM

Though the "sophomore slump" plagues many second-year players in the NHL, the opposite can be said for Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers.

The 20-year-old had an impressive rookie debut last season, posting 15 goals and 38 points in 72 games. This time around, he looks even stronger. In 21 games played this season, Ehlers has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and is proving to be one of the Jets' top forwards this season.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 25 2016 05:00AM

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NHL power rankings, stop comparing Austin Matthews to Patrik Laine, Canucks and Anthony Duclair, Flames special teams costing them, Oilers are deep, Black Friday deals, Brent Burns, the Expansion Draft, a reason for every team in the league to be thankful, and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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