June 03 2016 09:03AM
Coming in at number 19 in this year's Nation Network draft rankings is University of Wisconsin centre Luke Kunin. The Missouri native already has a very successful NCAA season under his belt after putting up 32 points in 34 games for the Badgers this year.
Kunin has one of the most well-rounded skillsets of this draft class. He's a dangerous shooter with above-average speed, good defensive awareness, and a strong hockey IQ. His talent level isn't quite high enough to merit top-ten consideration, but he is a dangerous goal-scorer with few weak spots in his game, and could be a very good NHL player.
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June 03 2016 05:00AM
Examining Canada's World Cup roster, Phil Kessel closing in on a Stanley Cup, Gudbranson not so bad after all, Jets captaincy, who do the Flames pick at 6th, Chiarelli ready to play in Edmonton, the Expansion draft, NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
June 02 2016 12:08PM
The Winnipeg Jets missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons since the move to Manitoba, and the 14th time over 16 seasons over franchise history. The season does not end for us though at Jets Nation.
Welcome to our series where we take an analytical approach, dissecting what went wrong with the Jets 2015-2016 season and how to improve the team for next year.
This time for our series, we look at the Jets performance for special teams..
June 02 2016 08:00AM
Alex DeBrincat has 205 points in 128 games over his last two seasons. That type of production is usually synonymous with first overall talent, yet DeBrincat checks in as the 20th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.
There is definitely an element of size bias at work here. DeBrincat's 5'7" frame (which likely checks out closer to 5'5" or 5'6") is enough to concern even the most progressive talent evaluators. Similarly, deciphering DeBrincat's production and ability within the context that he's played alongside two of the top OHL talents these last two seasons is a difficult exercise.
All those mitigating factors considered DeBrincat is still an immensely gifted offensive prospect well worth the price of admission -- cost dependant. He's an excellent goal scorer, as his back-to-back-to-back 50-plus goal seasons will attest and his playmaking doesn't lag far behind. Let's unpack the polarizing, diminutive forward on the other side of the jump.