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June 26 2014 12:58PM
Our writers around the Nation Network have done a fantastic job profiling all the top prospects for this weekend’s NHL draft. Here is all you need to know about the players expected to be picked early in tomorrow’s first round.
June 26 2014 10:52AM
Zach Parise hasn't aged a day since 2003. Dustin Brown on the other hand was drafted at 13 years old.
So the 2014 NHL entry draft is just around the corner. NHL teams are assembling en masse in Philadelphia as we speak to prepare for the first day of the rest of their franchises' lives. Games have been watched, interviews have been conducted, numbers have been analyzed, and (as fans, we hope) that all the groundwork has been done to ensure that our favourite team comes away with a draft choice that sets themselves up for plenty of success in the future.
Of course, we know that this isn't the case. Someone is going to blow it. Someone is going to make a draft choice that everyone will look at in 5 years down the road and point and laugh at and say "HA! Can you believe the Rangers took Hugh freaking Jessiman instead of Ryan Getzlaf!?"
We just don't know who this someone will be. Yet. With hindsight being what it is, it almost makes you wonder if a potato could do better than some teams. I mean, just ask Oilers fans about the Kevin Prendergast years, or Leafs fans about any of the years. They're sure to tell you that, "no way man, my team is really the worst."
So here at Canucks Army, we decided that hey, why not take turns putting a potato named Sham Sharron in charge of amateur scouting for every NHL team in the league and see what happens? Well, as it turns out, Sham Sharron isn't half bad. But would Sham really be an upgrade for your team? Will he leave you crying bitter tears at the thought of the guys that your team should have drafted? Or will Sham have you thankful that your team's scouting staff is actually better at identifying hockey talent than an inanimate foodstuff? You'll have to read past the jump to find out.
June 26 2014 12:09AM
Just when you thought the rumour mill couldn't get any more crazy, we have this - New Jersey Devils legend and soon to be Unrestricted Free Agent Martin Brodeur having a conversation with Tim Leiweke, as the two take in a Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre. Technically, Marty is here to take part in David Clarkson's Golf Tournament, but we're at the not-really-tampering stage of free agency. Considering their prior interest in him, and with a few days before contracts can be signed, is there a possibility that the 42 year old ends up in Blue and White?
June 25 2014 06:46PM
Name: Brendan Perlini
Position: Left Wing
Junior Team: Niagara (OHL)
Rankings: NHL CSS - 8th (NA), ISS - 7th, Justin’s List - 11th, Bobby’s List - 13th
Forgive me, but this Brendan Perlini draft profile may sound a little familiar. Like many of the players expected to go in the first half of the opening round, Perlini is an offensively gifted winger with great speed and a great shot. This season, Perlini benefited from the likes of Ryan Strome and Brett Ritchie graduating to the pros, as he took on a much greater role on his Niagara Ice Dogs team. Forming instant chemistry with Leafs’ 2013 third round pick Carter Verhaeghe, Perlini scored an impressive 34 goals and 71 points in 58 games.
June 25 2014 03:39PM
I stopped taking in mailbag questions for a while. One, because I've neglected my AskFM inbox and I want to get to all the personal questions on there before asking for more. Two, and on a similar vein, because there were a bunch of old questions I had passed over. But today is the day where the inbox finally gets to zero!