April 03 2015 01:00PM
In the upcoming NHL Draft Lottery, the league's worst team will be guaranteed one of the top two picks in the 2015 Draft. That's pretty big, especially considering the consensus top two picks - the Erie Otters' Connor McDavid and Boston University's Jack Eichel - are two extremely high end, franchise-making prospects.
Not surprisingly, some NHL clubs (perhaps smartly) recognized that they were going to be enduring 'down years' anyways, and decided to actively "tank" their season.
Is that the right thing to do though? Those teams may very well be acting with the organization's long term interests in mind - drafting a McDavid could set you up for decades of success - but what about the fans and season ticket holders? Is it fair to them to actively ice an awful team?
Simply, does the NHL have a tanking problem? Our TLN Roundtable tackles the subject...
April 03 2015 10:40AM
It was announced earlier today that the Toronto installment of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has nominated Stephane Robidas as the Maple Leafs nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
April 03 2015 10:06AM
With a surefire generational talent in Connor McDavid, an above average No. 1 pick quality prospect in Jack Eichel, and a variety of other franchise cornerstone quality pieces eligible to be selected at the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the scrutiny surrounding the NHL draft lottery has reached a fever pitch.
In apparent recognition of this heightened level of scrutiny the league will reportedly provide video evidence of a fairly conducted draft lottery for the first time ever, according to a Ken Campbell of the Hockey News.
Read on past the jump.
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April 03 2015 06:30AM
The Oilers tank continues, Leafs draft plans, Flames luck and new arena plans, Byfuglien suspended for brutal cross-check, the Calder Trophy race, 2015 draft prospects and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
April 02 2015 01:07PM