NN Hockey Pool Update: March 12th Edition

Jonathan Willis
March 12 2012 11:19PM

Once again, it’s been a bit since we’ve taken a look at the Nation Network standings. For the vast majority of those 40 days, it’s been my fault for putting it off. Yesterday, it was the fault of the good folks at Oilers Nation for writing so many things.

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Trouble for Hockey Night in Canada?

Jonathan Willis
March 11 2012 09:26AM

An interesting article appeared in the Globe and Mail yesterday, an article that suggested Hockey Night in Canada’s problems with the NHL go well beyond the Don Cherry/Brian Burke feud.

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Brian Burke on Mistakes

Jonathan Willis
March 09 2012 01:54PM

Jason Farris’ new book Behind the Moves (website here) is one that I’d describe as a must-read for any hockey fan. Filled with quotes from a myriad of NHL managers, it’s as close as we can get to a consensus picture of what general managers are thinking.

The above is especially true for people hoping to understand Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, who wrote the book’s forward and is quoted extensively throughout. After the jump, we’ll look at one such quote – some valued advice that Burke got on mistakes when he first became a general manager.

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Eastern Conference Bubble Watch: March 8th Edition

Jonathan Willis
March 08 2012 08:57AM

The Winnipeg Jets went 5-2-1 in their latest home stand, an eight-game run that helped the team into the final post-season berth in the Eastern Conference. The bad news is that the home stand is now over, and the Jets are forced to head out on the road – starting with a game in Vancouver against the Canucks tonight. Is the shift from home games to road games going to cost the Jets that playoff spot?

The Toronto Maple Leafs on the other hand have a fairly solid road record, even including last night’s distressing defeat. Is that enough for them to pull out of their recent nosedive?

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Carter Ashton – By Word And By Number

Jonathan Willis
February 29 2012 06:28PM

While this wasn’t an especially significant trade deadline for the near-term future of the Toronto Maple Leafs. They did however make one very significant prospect trade, sending away defenseman Keith Aulie for forward Carter Ashton (drafted 29th overall in 2009). From an organizational perspective, swapping out a defense prospect for a forward prospect makes good sense, as the Leafs are deep on the blue line.

What do we know about Ashton? After the jump, we’ll take a close look at his offensive production over the last few seasons as well as look at an in-depth scouting report.

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