The Nation Drafts Playoff Pool: Play for Charity, Fun, and Glory

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 09:27AM

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It's nearly the end of the hockey season, and while we're starting to get excited at the prospect of the playoffs(!), we're also excited to announce the return of something we do every year at this time: the Nation Drafts playoff pool!

The Nation Drafts playoff pool is fun, inexpensive, proceeds benefit a worthy cause, and you could win prizes! What's not to love? Read on for more details.

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Leafs Postgame - Is It Over Yet?

Justin Fisher
April 08 2015 09:16PM

There isn't a non-playoff team out there that's hurt their draft stock more than the Columbus Blue Jackets. To put things in perspective, the Blue Jackets have gone 9-0-1 in their last ten games, and they're still 10 points behind the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. They're a good team that suffered through significant injury problems and fell behind the pack, but my God did they apparently not want a high draft pick. Columbus is legitimately the hottest team in the entire league.

And that's hella good news for a supposed-to-be-tanking Toronto team that's been slowly creeping closer to the Carolina Hurricanes in the standings.

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Connor Brown named to AHL All-Rookie Team

Jeff Veillette
April 08 2015 03:07PM

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The American Hockey League announced its all-rookie team this afternoon, and to the surprise of few, included Toronto Marlies forward Connor Brown.

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Rinat Valiev is Joining the Marlies

Justin Fisher
April 08 2015 12:14PM

With his WHL season over, it looks like Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rinat Valiev is ready to make the full jump to pro hockey.

Valiev's Kootenay Ice were eliminated from the WHL playoffs on Monday evening, stretching their series with the Calgary Hitmen to seven games but ultimately failing to make it out of the first round.

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LGD: Columbust

Jon Steitzer
April 08 2015 11:00AM

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It's another exciting round of the Matt Frattin Bowl! It's also a chance to appreciate which team David Clarkson is a scratch for. It would have been nice to see Dave falling down in a different shade of Blue tonight as it would give the end of the season a more positive feel, instead we'll have the other kind of joy where we pretend he doesn't exist.

The Blue Jackets have been on a nice little run and have been actively doing everything they can to make sure they don't add another promising young player to an already solid young core, and the Leafs, well, the Leafs better lose tonight because I am losing faith that the Hurricanes will ever win another hockey game.

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