Top-10 UFA Countdown: #5 Paul Martin

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 11:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

Paul Martin, 34, is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he remains a sturdy defensive defender with the ability to transition the puck and win the territorial matchup against top-of-the-roster competition. If you're sensing that the theme of our unrestricted free agent countdown is "he's useful, but kind of old!" then you're catching on.

The American-born Martin will be among the best blue liners available on July 1, and has the ability to significant improve the complexion of a club in need of an upgrade on the back end in the short-term. He's 34 though, and we might reasonably expect him to begin to incur diminishing returns going forward (and there's reason to believe he might already be on the down swing).

Read on past the jump for more.

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Jets sign Ben Chiarot to 2-year, $1.7 million contract

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 09:42AM

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On the heels of Anthony Peluso's head scratching contract extension, the Winnipeg Jets continued to lock up restricted players this week by agreeing to terms on Thursday with quietly effective 24-year-old blue-liner Ben Chiarot. 

The deal is worth $1.7 million in total, which the club disclosed, and will carry an annual average value of $850,000. That's a not insignificant raise for Chiarot, who comes in at a significantly higher price point than the $660,000 he was entitled to had the Jets opted to qualify him.

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How much money is Anthony Peluso worth?

Garret Hohl
June 18 2015 09:39AM

Welcome back to our contract evaluation series, looking at what we should expect the Winnipeg Jets' unrestricted and restricted free agents earn given how statistically similar players were paid.

Using WAR-on-Ice's Euclidian Distance application produced by Manny, we will produce a list of similarly aged players who who are comparable in: goal production, assist production, point production, shot volume production, relative Corsi percentage, relative scoring chance percentage, relative goal percentage, percentage of team's time on ice.

Our next look is none other than the Jets pugilist specialist, Anthony Peluso.

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Nation Network Prospect Rankings: #31-45

Rhys Jessop
June 17 2015 03:00PM

With our countdown already 1/3rd of the way done and our consensus first round just around the corner, here is a list of our first 15 2015 prospect profiles with links to each individual guy.

Continue past the jump to see the players we've ranked between 31st and 45th overall.

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The NationDrafts Winner Is...

baggedmilk
June 17 2015 01:10PM


You picked your team. You watched the playoffs. You hoped to score prizes and Internet glory. Today, we make a dream come true as we announce the winner of the 2015 NationDrafts Playoff Pool. 

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