First Round Targets: Daniel Sprong

Shawn Reis
June 04 2015 02:31PM

Another day, another prospect profile.  Today we look at Daniel Sprong, a highly talented Dutch-born winger playing for the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL.


First of all, Sprong is right up there among the other top draft-eligible forwards coming out of the QMJHL.  His point per game numbers are just a shade behind the likes of Timo Meier, Evgeni Svechnikov, and Anthony Beauvillier, and his shot per game totals are a fair deal behind Meier and Beauvillier but still well ahead of Svechnikov.  Overall, by the numbers he ranks solidly among the best QMJHLers in the draft.

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Scratch Mike Futa off the list for Leafs GM (for now)

Ryan Fancey
June 04 2015 12:44PM


Mike Futa, who we profiled last month as a potential Leafs general manager candidate, isn't going to Toronto or anywhere else, according to Dean Lombardi. 

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First Round Targets: Anthony Beauvillier

Ryan Fancey
June 03 2015 11:26AM


Up next in our look at the Leafs' potential options late in the first round we're going to the Q, with Anthony Beauvillier of the Shawinigan Cataractes. 

Of all the prospects we've been reviewing, it seems as though Beauvillier slots in the closest to that 24th overall selection in a lot of mock drafts or rankings, so there's a good chance he'll be there should Shanahan want to step to the podium and call his name.

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Thomas Drance
June 03 2015 11:00AM

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The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?

We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the puck set to drop on the 2015 Stanley Cup Final this evening, let's, look back at rounds one, two and three, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!

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Top-10 UFA countdown: #10 - Johnny Oduya

Ryan Lambert
June 03 2015 09:00AM

Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports

This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

If you're looking for a veteran presence that Chicago might be inclined to let walk, especially from that blue line, Johnny Oduya seems as likely a candidate as anyone. While he is part of the four-headed beast that arose in these playoffs because Joel Quenneville literally doesn't trust anyone else to patrol the blue line, Oduya best matches the description of a guy who will probably be allowed to walk.

The reasons why should be clear enough: He'll be 34 on Oct. 1, he probably wants one last multi-year deal, he probably wants a raise from his current $3.375 cap hit per, and he's wrapping up a season in which he was vilified for much of the year by his own fans.

Stan Bowman is a smart general manager and while it's not totally clear how he's going to address his blue line's depth problems, giving a 34-year-old coming off a bad year multiple seasons and a raise doesn't seem like part of the plan. So in other words, it's very likely that Oduya is available to the highest bidder come July 1.

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