How I learned to stop worrying and fix the draft

John Lofranco
April 16 2012 10:09AM

Now that the draft lottery is done with, and the playoffs have begun, talk has shifted from how the draft is broken to how the Canucks and Penguins are broken. Fair enough. But the draft system is still the same. If you believe that teams should not be rewarded for poor performance - even if there was not really any tanking this year - then you think the system needs a shake up.

The solution is out there, but it's going to take a mad scientist to come up with the right combination of give and take to make this thing some to life. Come and watch!

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Nation Radio - April 14, 2012

NationRadio
April 15 2012 11:25AM

 

 

As Canucks fans stare into the abyss of a potential first round upset, Oilers fans are left celebrating the only thing the team seems to win these days - the draft lottery. For the third straight year, Edmonton will select first overall in June, meaning the only thing left to debate is whether the club will pick Nail Yakupov or choose to plug other holes on the roster by trading down.

To tackle this question and other matters, Allan talked with a number of notable gents yesterday, including player agent Tom Lynn, advanced stats guru Gabriel Desjardins and Oil Kings play-by-play voice Corey Graham.

This is Nation radio.

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Nation Network Hockey Pool: The Winners

Jonathan Willis
April 13 2012 09:14AM

For the first time in the history of this contest, we're going to update exactly when we said we were. Today, we present the winners of this year's Nation Network Hockey Pool.

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Playoff Prediction Project, 2012

Jonathan Willis
April 11 2012 04:09PM

The first round of the playoffs starts tonight, and once again the writers of the Nation Network are getting together to predict who they feel will win each series in the first round.

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Tank Schmank!

John Lofranco
April 09 2012 07:47AM

Greatest Tank Battles

The season is over. Next up for Leafs, Jets, Flames and Oilers fans is the draft lottery. There’s been a lot of griping over the last month of the season about how the way the NHL draft is set up encourages teams to “tank” that is, to purposely try to lose games. I am not sure that tanking is actually a thing, however. In this blog, I will look at whether teams are really tanking, and if so, how to fix it so there are more meaningful games down the stretch. Follow me over le jump.

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