The Roundup

Nation World HQ
December 05 2014 07:30AM

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Canucks luck, Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner, Oiler fans, Darryl Katz, Flames scoring chances, a new comic and more in this week's Roundup.

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The Century Mark

Kevin McCartney
December 05 2014 06:00AM

The first draft pick of Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets 2.0 played his 100th game against the Edmonton Oilers this week. Mark Scheifele was a contentious pick at #7 overall on draft day in 2011, a noted reach that saw the team pass on Sean Couturier (#8, 230 NHL games) most notably, but also Dougie Hamilton (#9, 132 NHL games) and Jonas Brodin (#10, 139 NHL games). Central Scouting had Scheifele at 16th among North American skaters. The Hockey News had him at 41. Assistant GM Craig Heisinger said at the time, “Every team left with the same opinion [of their draft] today. In three years we’ll know.”

What do we know now, three years on?

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Byfuglien back to the blueline? Big mistake?

Andrew Halipchuk
December 04 2014 04:15PM

The Jets are faced with a difficult decision over who will play defence through the month of December. Due a string of injuries to some key rearguards, the Jets will have a different look to it this month.

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The Fantasy Minute

Nation World HQ
December 04 2014 09:35AM

NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).

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JGD #26: Oil Slick

Kevin McCartney
December 03 2014 04:46PM

I have to begin with a confession I've made before - I was born in Edmonton, and I grew up an Oilers fan. Regardless of that fact, I think the misery of the Oiler predicament has moved past funny and into the territory usually reserved for when your friend is in a bad relationship and can't seem to get out - it's awkward and uncomfortable and comes with equal parts sympathy and fatigue. "Have you tried changing your opinion on corsi and analytics? You have? I mean... maybe you have to get a new goalie? You were saying your goalies have been bad. You have to do something. You can't keep going like this. I know, I know it's hard."  

So, any Oiler fans or sympathizers, I promise not to pile on in this preview. Edmonton has a better hockey club than their record states, and it's just a matter of time before they finally beat a Western conference opponent. It could even be the Jets tonight, with injuries to Tobias Enstrom and Grant Clitsome forcing Ben Chiarot into this second NHL game in front of Ondrej Pavelec. (But, I mean, probably not...)

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