Best of the Nation – 10.28.12

After the jump: a look at the best prospects for the 2013 Draft, discussing trade rumours, the lockout and solutions to it, following injuries around the league, and much more.

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BLURST OF TIMES

It’s funny how a protracted labour dispute in the NHL will put a damper on an NHL blogging Network. Assuming you define "funny" as brainshatteringly annoying. Who wouldn’t want to read an up tempo article like that right?!

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The Top Defensive Pairings In The NHL

  Goals are fun. You know what they say: chicks dig the long-ball bulging of the twine. I’m sure that scoring a goal at the NHL level is one of the funnest things you could possibly do (legally). What’s not quite as glorious – but just as valuable in contributing to the effort of winning…

HOW WOULD THE 2013 DRAFT WORK?

 After a lockout wiped out the 2004/2005 season the NHL had to come up with a plan on how to decide the draft order for the "Sidney Sweepstakes." Sidney Crosby had been heralded as the #1 choice for the 2005 draft since he was 14 years old, and now the NHL had the dubious task…

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KHL Highlights – Because What Else are you gonna watch?

  Howdy y’all! Here’s today’s KHL action featuring great goals and saves as usual. You might notice we’re missing one game, and that would be CKSA Moscow (Datsyuk, Grabovski, Bryzgalov, Radulov) vs Lev Prague (Zdeno Chara). We’re still working on that one. We’ll include that in this post as soon as we’re done! Enjoy

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NHL Lockout Will End When Greed Finally Takes Over

Contrary to popular belief, greed has not been the driving force behind the NHL lockout. No. To date, it’s just been business. And in business, you exploit your position to extract the maximum profits the market will bear. You do this either by squeezing out the competition so you have free reign to raise prices, or…