September 13 2014 11:59AM
It really shouldn't come as a surprise that William Nylander, the Toronto Maple Leafs top pick in this past June's NHL Entry Draft, is the organization's top prospect. He may, after all, be the most skilled forward the Leafs have drafted in well over a decade.
September 12 2014 05:04PM
It’s back to work time at the Nation. Unreasonable optimism is beginning to build here in Edmonton, Brian Burke is already irate about something or other down in Calgary and in Vancouver ocean kayakers shrug indifferently at one other when the Canucks are infrequently mentioned.
We have some big things planned for the Nation Network this fall. Existing sites are being rebuilt. Sexy new looks are being designed. We have also purchased one of the largest hockey sites on all of the internets and we will be announcing all of this fun in the next couple weeks.
As part of our rebuild + relaunch plans we are doing a super annoying 4 minute survey. You know the kind that we all hate to do.
September 12 2014 12:31PM
While a number of teams have evidently dipped into their analytics budgets this summer, it's almost an understatement to say we were floored by what the Leafs did - bringing in Dubas, buying out the popular site ExtraSkater, and eventually creating what looks to be the heaviest analytics department in the league from an outsider's perspective. Though I don't consider Dubas an "analytics guy" the way he's perceived by some, he certainly is the type of manager that will use all the tools at his disposal, and he's brought in some top-notch resources.
A question that arises from all of this, of course, is how does it all fit together?
September 12 2014 09:51AM
He's moved up three spots since the 2013 rankings, and coming off a wild season, Guelph Storm defenceman Matt Finn is now our second-ranked prospect in the TLN Top Twenty.
Nation World HQ
September 12 2014 08:05AM
Rookie camps, team previews, zone entries, hockey markets contributing to losses, and more in this week's Round Up