Draft Theory: On Risk and Reward

money puck
May 18 2015 12:34PM

Hockey is full of time honored cliches: "We're going to take it one game at a time" "A two-goal lead is the hardest one to hold on to in hockey" "When you put the puck on net, good things happen" "We need to play a full 60 minutes" "We need to give 110%" "Your goalie has to be your best penalty killer". I'm not sure if it's that we love cliches, or the play-by-play guys and players love to repeat them.

In any case, one of the most overused cliche's as it relates to prospects is "He's a high risk, high reward player", but in many cases this term is pretty inaccurate. 

I'll explore the relationship between risk and reward when evaluating prospects after the jump.

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How much money does Drew Stafford deserve?

Garret Hohl
May 18 2015 11:36AM

Recently we looked at what Michael Frolik is worth in terms of comparable on ice impact. Drew Stafford is the Jets next big name entering the free agent market.

We are planning on doing a more in depth look of Drew Stafford's contributions to the team in our Winnipeg Jets by the Numbers series. We thought we'd investigate, since the topic of Jets re-signing their pending free agents has come up quite a few times over Twitter and the radio.

Let's take a look at how history suggests Stafford should get paid.

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Five Prospects That Could Crack The Jets Lineup Next Season

Jeremy Wiebe
May 18 2015 11:05AM

When Kevin Cheveldayoff was hired as general manager of the Winnipeg Jets in 2011, his first order of business was to replenish a cupboard bereft of young talent. Slowly but surely, Cheveldayoff is stocking the shelves of players either through the draft or via the trade route and meticulously cultivating them until they're NHL ready. Here are five such players that may (and I strongly emphasize may) be ready to crack the Winnipeg Jets lineup in 2015-16.

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Winnipeg Jets By The Numbers: Chris Thorburn 2014-2015

Garret Hohl
May 18 2015 07:00AM

The season has been laid to rest.

Fans have completed their lamenting of the Anaheim Ducks sweeping the Winnipeg Jets. The healing process has begun.

But, before full closure can be completed, an autopsy of the Jets season must be initiated.

We turn our evidence-based breakdown of the Jets season to the number pugilist evolved to depth forward, Chris Thorburn.

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Thomas Drance
May 16 2015 01:29PM


The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?

We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!

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