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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #47 – Jesper Boqvist

Jesper Boqvist is a speedy, skilled player that has some evaluators divided on what his future holds. It’s not so much the ceiling that is up for debate (all seem to agree that it’s quite high), but whether he can still provide any value if he doesn’t reach it. Showing flashes of elite skill and…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #48 – Stelio Mattheos

Checking in at number 48 on our consensus ranking is Brandon Wheat Kings centre Stelio Mattheos. A former bantam superstar and first overall WHL bantam draft pick, Mattheos has reinvented himself as a two-way centre since joining the major junior ranks. Bio: Age: 17 – June 14th, 1999 Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Frame: 6’1″/194 lbs…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #49 – Nick Henry

After winning MJHL rookie of the year at 16, big things were expected of Nick Henry upon making the jump to major junior. He more than lived up to those expectations, finishing second in WHL scoring behind Aleksi Heponiemi. Despite putting up impressive numbers this season, Henry has been overlooked by a number of scouts….

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #50 – Josh Brook

Is there anything Josh Brook can’t do? The Moose Jaw Warriors tried their damnedest to find out, and Brook rose to each occasion with aplomb. At even strength, the Warriors let Brook grow from a secondary role to their top pair by season’s end. They weren’t as shy on special teams, where Brook played on…

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Because It’s The Cap: Dallas Stars Offseason Preview

The Dallas Stars were the NHL’s most fun team in 2015-16, pounding teams into paste with their high-flying, 80s team offence. But in 2016-17, after losing both Jason Demers and Alex Goligoski to free agency, they predictably took a step backwards. The Stars’ juggernaut offence collapsed down to league-average, and as a result, the team…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #51 – Robin Salo

Robin Salo is a two-way defencemen that played his entire 2016-17 campaign in the top Finnish league – an excellent sign. He’s also played stints there as a 17-year old and even as a 16-year old, as his calm game, high level of intelligence, and his sturdiness have allowed him to survive in the pro game…

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Friedman: Hellebuyck Changing Up His Summer Training

News coming from the Winnipeg Jets has been fairly quiet the last few weeks as we patiently wait for the end of the Stanley Cup Finals, the 2016-17 season and the start of what most are thinking (and hoping) should be a busy off-season for Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. While the Jets goaltending situation isn’t…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #52 – Kyle Olson

One player’s disappointment can often be another player’s opportunity, and that was the case with Kyle Olson of the Tri-City Americans this year. Olson was the beneficiary of the season-ending injury suffered by teammate Michael Rasmussen. Not only was Olson given more ice time as a result, but he was given the opportunity to play…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #53 Jake Oettinger

Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #53 Jake Oettinger Our first (Spoiler: and only) goalie to get a solo profile is Boston University’s Jake Oettinger, who checks in as the 53rd ranked prospect in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The lower ranking isn’t indicative of his talent level, as Oettinger had an extremely positive draft season…

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The Roundup

A classic brawl, celebrating 2 years of Mike Babcock, has the Canucks front office earned the right to rebuild, the Flames never ending arena saga, Tayler Hall happy to see Oilers lose out, free agency, Jordan Eberle, Jan Rutta and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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Pilot’s Logbook: Adam Lowry

The Winnipeg Jets’ 2016-2017 disappointing season finally ended. While the extent of disappointment may be subjective from individual-to-individual dependent on expectations, fans without a single franchise playoff win prefer their seasons to carry some post-season excitement. So, what went wrong? What went well? How do the Jets measure up against their competition? Which areas actually…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #55 Pierre-Olivier Joseph

After a run of forwards in the latter parts of the second round, we now turn our attention to the QMJHL. Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the younger brother of Tampa Bay prospect Mathieu Joseph, is an intriguing puck mover that has been ranked all over the place this year.