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June 12 2015 06:45AM


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Kessel trade talks heating up, does Phaneuf move as well, grading Jim Benning's first year as Canucks GM, Flames and Oilers goaltending, a draft party for the ages, Dougie Hamilton offer sheets, and all the draft and free agency news you can handle in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #1 Connor McDavid

Rhys Jessop
June 11 2015 06:14PM

Since there is no doubt as to who we'll have ranked as the best prospect available for the 2015 NHL Entry draft, we'll start at the top. 

Connor McDavid is a special talent and the consensus best available player, possessing an obscene amount of skill. He's exceptional, not only for what he can do with the puck, but also for his blinding speed, which few players in all of hockey can currently match.

For a first-time draft eligible skater, McDavid's production in the OHL was nearly unprecedented. He absolutely torched junior hockey to the tune of 120 points in just 47 games - numbers that would make people say, "nah, that's unrealistic" if he were a character in EA's NHL 15.

Join us after the jump as we profile the most dynamic talent currently outside the NHL. 

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Jets sign Chase De Leo to 3-year, entry-level contract

Thomas Drance
June 11 2015 03:01PM


The Winnipeg Jets have signed 2014 fourth-round pick Chase De Leo of the Portland Winterhawks to a three-year, entry-level contract, the club announced on Thursday. 

De Leo, 19, is an undersized American-born pivot who managed 39 goals and 81 points in 72 games with the Winterhawks in his draft +1 season and represented the United States in the World Junior Championship tournament.

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Winnipeg Jets By The Numbers: Mark Stuart 2014-2015

Garret Hohl
June 11 2015 12:46PM

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 gritanicity-leader, Mark Stuart.

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Draft Theory: Re-Defining the Roles of Scouts and Stats

Rhys Jessop
June 10 2015 02:30PM

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Numbers and scouts would seem to be at odds over Pavel Zacha. But are they really?

I don't know precisely why this is, but I think I have a pretty good idea. Whenever we talk about looking at prospects through the lens of statistics and quantitative analysis, the discussion almost inevitably turns to "stats vs. scouts." Often times, people like myself are as guilty of going here as anybody. "Can you believe those idiots ranked Lawson Crouse ahead of Mitch Marner," I'll begin. "Don't they know that the numbers say this is insane?"

The thing is, going down the stats-against-scouts road is missing the point entirely. This isn't a pissing contest to see who's right more often. It's a continuous journey towards consistently identifying the best talent that has the highest chance of contributing at a significant level in the NHL. Numbers and watchers-of-the-games shouldn't be at odds with one another, since our end goal is the same - to identify the junior-aged players that project to be the best future NHLers.

As such, although the Twitter snark is fun, the actual debate when we're trying to advance our knowledge shouldn't be centred on who's right and who's wrong. Instead, we should be trying to leverage the strengths of every angle we can look at talent identification from to build a drafting and scouting approach that is as accurate, precise, and predictive as we can possibly make it. We want to use numbers to get the most out of our scouts, and we want to use scouts to get the most out of our numbers.

So how should we go about constructing a talent identification system that is grounded in quantitative analysis and also takes advantage of a rigorous qualitative approach? Let's explore after the jump.

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