The Roundup


The Nation Network acquires General Fanager, all the World Cup news and previews you can handle, Leafs Top 9 offense, Flames have to get Gaudreau done, honoring Joe Louis arena in Detroit, Oilers open doors to Rogers Place, the “Yzer-plan, 2016 Fantasy Hockey draft guide and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

In the Roundup we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t have found otherwise. 

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Note* This article is posted across all Nation Network team sites so comments are an open forum.


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What is considered a successful season for the Leafs?

A World Cup the Leafs can finally feel involved in

Should the Leafs be running a “Top 9” offense this season?

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Canucks should jump on Finnish bandwagon

Canucks: 2015 Entry Draft one year later

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Detroit: How they should honor Joe Louis Arena

2016-17 Expectations: Dylan Larkin


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Flames need to pay Gaudreau: No excuses

Flames: What does coach Gulutzan need to improve?

Expectations for the Flames 2014 draft class

What happened to Flames free agents this summer?

Can the Flames keep up their offensive production?

Can Matthew Tkachuk make NHL right away?


I guess they didn’t go with a Costco after all. #RogersPlace #oilers #yeg

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Tour: Walking through Rogers Place

Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson together

Hockey is back, new arena is awesome

Kris Versteeg: Why not – Scrap of the week

More Jarome Iginla fights

More Derian Hatcher fights

More from around the Network…

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Nation Network acquires

Want to win your Fantasy Hockey league this year?

Tampa Bay: Is the “Yzer-plan” the real NHL blueprint?

World Cup: 5 things to watch for on Team Canada

World Cup: 5 things to watch for on Team North America

World Cup: 5 things to watch for on Team USA

World Cup: Group A preview

Talent left behind at the 2016 NHL draft

Fantasy Hockey: Get your DailyFaceOff draft guide

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  • The GREAT Walter White

    If you were told there was a generational talent playing on team North America (and had not been exposed to the hype about McPassenger) who would you think it was?


    • madjam

      Just watching the speed and attention paid to Conner as well as media , it is rather obvious whom it would be . Visually it’s also evident . Closest one to being a runner up would actually be defenseman A.Ekblad .

    • ChinookArchYYC

      This response is priceless. Why are fans so easily trolled into responding? Especially for something like this by someone so adept at at getting a response. Let the player respond by action and results. There’s no reason to be become the defender of the faith.

      • Randaman

        I really think it is WW’s avatar that causes all the fuss. Looks like a real scumbag.

        Just sayin

        Oh, by the way, even as an Oiler fan, I have to say JG is one hell of a hockey player

        • #97Train/McDavidCopperfield

          Gaudreau is one hell of a player. He reminds me of Fluery on the ice but without the always loving attitude and of course he doesn’t have that physical edge but still a great young player!

          • Bob Long

            The big difference is he doesn’t have Theo’s toughness, not one bit of it. But he’s a tiny little guy and in todays game its not needed as much out of him as in Theos’ day. My concern for the Flames would be what happens when he finally does get nailed with a hard hit, can he sustain it, particularly in the playoffs.

          • MontanaMan

            Full disclosure, I thought the same thing when the Flames signed Gaudreau, but when you watch him play, he very rarely puts himself in a position to get hit. He’s been the smallest guy in every league he’s ever played in, which is why he doesn’t get hit often, so your contention that he’s going to get laid out aren’t a concern. Quite the opposite, players who have always been the biggest in every league (Lindros) who played with their head down in dangerous areas are much more at risk. Nobody held them accountable throughout their career until they reached the NHL and by that point, it was too late for them to change.

          • Bob Long

            Oh for sure he’s slippery. As time goes on though D men are going to figure his positioning out more and more, and it doesn’t have to be a big guy that hits him. If there is a physical concern with JG I think an open ice hit is it, albeit its a small possibility and he stays out of the corners too.

            Come to think of it, the only corner Gaudreau’s seen in the NHL is at Olympic and 14th on his way into the Saddledome! 😉

    • Bob Long

      Based on the play so far? OEL. But McDiver hasn’t turned on the jets yet, he’ll start to play dangerously again once the real games start. Sooner than later Don Cherry’s prediction of a major injury due to McDivers style of play will come true, I have no doubts about that.

  • madjam

    Johnny Gaudreau almost same path J.Eberle took in his second season to fetch his 6M contract . Point wise almost identical in second year . Same type player and size with defensive flaws . Will Flames overpay for Johnny , my guess is they will .

      • madjam

        Do you watch hockey ? Eberle suits up well with Gaudreau . Second season Eberle was 76 points in 78 games (39G) , Gaudreau 78 points in 79 games with 30 G . Eberle has done well for Canada in World Championships and his last stint seen him get 13 points in 8 games . Eberle better than JG defensively sorry to say, and that’s not saying much about either in that aspect of the game . Like Johnny but not as much as Eberle . Why your hate on for Eberle anyways ?

  • madjam

    Looking forward tonight for the Canuck Oiler young guns game on Edmonton Oilers .com @ 8:30 . Jesse Puljujarvi we finally get to see play , now that’s exciting . Jesse is my choice for Calder , and if he is as confident and cocky as he appears on interview , he might even press for Art Ross this season . He is one big skilled boy that relishes speed . Go Oilers !

    • Bob Long

      I would have loved to see Jesse P in a Canucks uniform, but he was too good to pass up! Even though Edmonton should have done the smart thing and get Juolevi I can see why it was too hard to say no to Jesse.

        • Bob Long

          Sergachev really only had size as a factor where he maybe is better, but that’s going to change once OJ fills out, which he’s been doing this summer apparently.

          Whats impressive about OJ is his confidence and poise – thats usually the last thing to develop in young D guys.

          But really, Edmonton needed one of these two D on their roster more than Jessse P if you look at it objectively.

          Both of these guys will surpass Adam Larsson. If Edmonton kept Hall and added one of Sergachev or Juolevi, I do think thats better than JP and Larsson. The big thing about Larsson was his GA/60 of 1.35, but that can be very misleading – Luca Sbisa’s last year was 1.45/60 and i don’t hear anyone making comparisons there. If they had done the right thing and picked Sergachev or OJ, they’d have shot suppression + the ability to move the puck, but instead they traded one of the best forwards in the league for – maybe – some shot suppression.

  • @ CanucksArmy

    Where is the Young Stars article? Today is the start of hockey season and nothing from you guys.

    Thanks Carol, for giving us pertinent info. Start time, where to watch or listen, and who is playing.