September 12 2014 05:04PM
It’s back to work time at the Nation. Unreasonable optimism is beginning to build here in Edmonton, Brian Burke is already irate about something or other down in Calgary and in Vancouver ocean kayakers shrug indifferently at one other when the Canucks are infrequently mentioned.
We have some big things planned for the Nation Network this fall. Existing sites are being rebuilt. Sexy new looks are being designed. We have also purchased one of the largest hockey sites on all of the internets and we will be announcing all of this fun in the next couple weeks.
As part of our rebuild + relaunch plans we are doing a super annoying 4 minute survey. You know the kind that we all hate to do.
Nation World HQ
September 12 2014 08:05AM
Rookie camps, team previews, zone entries, hockey markets contributing to losses, and more in this week's Round Up
September 12 2014 06:00AM
The Nations Network is sending this Jets blogger to the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'll be judging your team and bringing you live scouting reports. Check out last year's wrap-up piece here.
The Young Stars Tournament is here again! I'll be there all weekend to scout, blog, and dry out my insides with Okanagan Events Centre popcorn. You can follow me on twitter (@kevinmccart) for live insights, or check out the Nations Network of blogs for game and player reviews.
Inside we'll reflect a bit on last year's tournament and take a look at the Jets' Young Stars roster. Have a player, story or system you're excited about? Let me know in the comments!
September 11 2014 08:00AM
I remember the first time I ever watched Tobias Enstrom play in the NHL and I remember the announcers declaring that in the old NHL, this is a player that never would have made the big leagues. Enstrom was a 23-year old rookie defenseman for the Atlanta Thrashers and he was only 5'10. One thing was evident however, and that was that this kid could flat out play.
September 10 2014 06:35PM
When a defenseman makes his NHL debut as a late-blooming 25-year-old, the player is usually not expected to be an elite player, but still serviceable enough to play 5/6 roles for his team.
That is the story of Grant Clitsome. Clitsome was a 9th round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (The last draft to have more than the seven rounds we are used to today) for the Columbus Blue Jackets. After completing his college career at Clarkson University in 2008, he began his pro career suiting up for the Syracuse Crunch for the following two seasons.