Hockey in LA

Brett Martin
June 13 2013 10:43AM

They say there's no place like home, which may well be true, but I'm of the mindset that there's no place like Los Angeles. What a place. In a single day, you can swim, hike, invade the privacy of celebrities via guided bus tours of their homes, take a wrong turn off a freeway and fear for your life, and see real, live Mexicans sleeping in the sunshine - all that, and you've just barely scratched the surface. It's an amazing city, and I love it.

I also love Hockey. Fancy my luck, then, that my time there would coincide with the Western Conference finals, a series in which the Kings were playing. I was given a wonderful opportunity to see just how much, if at all, a huge American market like LA cared about the Kings. And there was no time like the present to gauge it. As defending Stanley Cup champs on the doorstep of another Finals apperance, I could think of no better time to see the kind of buzz that Hockey was creating. Would the city care? Could there be buzz? Was it possible for Daryl Sutter mania to exist in LA as it did in Calgary in 2004?

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Nation Network 2013 Mock Draft: Day 2

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2013 10:14AM

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Yesterday we asked readers network-wide to vote their choices for the first 10 slots in this year’s entry draft. The results are in; which teams landed which players?

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Commited to a Lack of Commitment

Travis Hrubeniuk
June 12 2013 10:01AM

                                      

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Dustin Byfuglien is a big guy. How big exactly? Well, nobody really knows. 

Or so we thought.

Byfuglien has always been reluctant to drop the true number in regards to his weight, and it is completely his right to do so. Yet, Gary Lawless released an article Tuesday in which he states that a reliable source for fellow Jets blogger Pete Tessier has learned that Byfuglien weighed in at 302 pounds at the end of this season. That’s a lot of human.

Personally, the weight itself isn’t what bothers me. Despite his size, Byfuglien has been able to be a dominant defenseman in the NHL (when he decides to be), and has an absolute cannon from the blue line. My problem comes in the fact that somehow Dustin Byfuglien managed to actually gain weight throughout an NHL season. That's no easy task, and to me speaks to a total lack of caring and commitment.  

How much weight did Buff gain exactly? Well nobody really knows, but the Jets site has him listed at 265lbs. Therefore, just assuming this is somewhat close (doubtful, but it’s all I have to work with), Buff managed to gain 37lbs while playing professional hockey. Umm... What?

How outrageous is this? Well, luckily stuff like this happens to be an area of expertise in my schooling, so I’m going to do my best to explain this to you.

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Nation Network 2013 Mock Draft: Picks 1-10

Jonathan Willis
June 12 2013 08:29AM

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Mock drafts are popular this time of year, and we’ve decided to do something a little different at the Nation this summer. Instead of presenting our picks, we’ll show consensus rankings and offer up scouting reports, than ask our readers to vote on the order they would select those players in.

We start with the top-10 selections.

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Jets Draft Preview: Frederik Gauthier

Kevin McCartney
June 11 2013 05:32PM

Photo by Bri Weldon
Photo by Bri Weldon

Making draft predictions is always hard. Predicting down to 13? Come on! How's a guy supposed to look competent with a draft position like that?! Oh, and we're looking at the Jets, whose scouting staff aren't afraid to go off-board. But they have to take someone... The good news is that Jets Nation is here to help you get excited about the many impact players that might be available at #13, just tempting the Jets to make a reach pick. Because it wouldn't be the Jets if you weren't confused and disappointed on draft day!

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