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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #23 – Erik Brannstrom

One of the biggest risers in the last few months is Swedish defenceman Erik Brannstrom, who checks in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the Nation Network consolidated rankings. The left handed defender had an extremely impressive U18 tournament that vaulted him about the rest of the defenders in the same range. He can skate,…

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WWYDW: Who do you want to win the Stanley Cup?

Say what you want about the Stanley Cup Final, but you can’t say that they’re short of storylines. We’ve got either two or three games left in this nail-biting series, with the series tied up at two apiece and heading back to Pennsylvania for game 5 tomorrow night. From a Toronto perspective, there’s an obvious…

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Mitch Marner, big three star in new NHL 18 promotional material

Is this the year where we see a Toronto Maple Leafs player on the cover of an EA Sports game? I’m still betting on no, but that doesn’t mean that the blue and white aren’t going to be used in marketing. The BC-based video game giants released their first teaser for their upcoming NHL 18, and…

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2016-17 Leafs Season in Review: Jake Gardiner

There probably isn’t a defenseman on the Leafs more polarizing than Jake Gardiner. The stats people will argue about how 99% of the time, he is an elite defenseman. The “watch the games” crowd will argue the other 1% of the time, where he makes massive gaffs that make him look like he should be…

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Using Adjusted PPG to Evaluate the 2017 NHL Draft Class

Last week I wrote about the revisions I’d made to NHLe, which I think help provide a more accurate reflection of European leagues’ strength relative to each other. Arguably, the most difficult aspect of evaluating draft-eligible prospects is comparing players in North American junior leagues (ie. the OHL) to players in European Leagues (ie. the SuperElit)….

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #24 – Filip Chytil

We’ve had a few players on our draft list that we’ve rated substantially higher than the field. Czech forward Filip Chytil is one of those players, and he might be my personal favourite. Apart from the fact that he plays in the Czech Republic and is very young (one of the youngest members of the…