May 14 2016 11:07AM
Coming in at #39 we have Cam Dineen, one of a few small(ish) defensemen who may be getting overlooked a little bit heading into the draft.
After the jump we'll take a look at one of the most statistically impressive defenders coming out of the OHL this season.
May 14 2016 09:56AM
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia –Fear not, Jets Nation. Though Marko Dano was injured in the second period of Slovakia’s 5-1 win over France and missed his team’s next game against Germany during preliminary-round play at the World Championship, the slick forward was back on the ice for Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Belarus.
At practice on Friday, Dano was in fine form as his team prepared for its next game against Canada.
May 13 2016 08:00AM
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Among the defencemen projected to be available in the second round is Czech born rearguard Libor Hájek. Hájek has just completed his first season in North America, playing for a rather dreadful Saskatoon Blades team.
Hájek is a defensive defenceman in the modern sense. That is, not a stay-at-home, clear the net type of defender, but one whose reputation is built almost entirely on transitioning the puck out of his own zone rather than in the generation of offence in the opposing zone.
Defencemen of this type are becoming increasingly valuable in the current NHL, where speed and transition are key. While he won't likely be your teams best blueliner, Hájek should be a dependable 2-3 defenceman on a good team.
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May 13 2016 05:00AM
Leafs need to be careful using LTIR for Cap space, Canucks player awaits fathers trial for alleged murder conspiracy, Flames coaching carousel and missing out on an additional first round pick, no Hamonic to Edmonton or anywhere else, Phil Kessel's Cup run is karma for doubters, Pierre McGuire, Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's Top fighters and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 12 2016 09:21AM
Immediately after the Leafs won the draft lottery a couple weekends ago, it started. We began questioning everything.
Auston Matthews always seemed like a slam dunk number one in every way, like McDavid or Tavares or Stamkos or any other elite center before him. But then it was reported the Leafs themselves had a scout with doubts about taking the American first overall, instead making a case for widely-considered number two Patrik Laine.