June 08 2015 01:30PM
The National Hockey League's annual entry draft is, in a way, a lot like playing poker. Teams try to conflate their interest in some players and hide their interest in others, in a strategy designed to maximize the value of their selections.
The whole exercise is, at times, akin to institutionalized poker-facing because in all honesty, the majority of teams know the same amount about almost every player. They know who's good and they know who's risky, and there generally isn't much nuance in comparing draft lists for teams until you get a fair ways down the drafting order.
But once you get down the draft order a bit, teams are strategic with their scarce drafting and scouting resources. What typically happens is teams rely on information from people they know and trust, which is often teams that produced players they drafted and developed in the past. The hockey world is a small world, and the Ottawa 67's produced Sean Monahan, you gotta believe the Flames are occasionally calling them and asking who they have coming up in this year's draft - for an example.
June 08 2015 11:00AM
Hakan Nordstrom/TT via thehockeyhouse.net
Every season, as I watch the junior hockey season play out all over the world, there are one or two prospects who really jump off the page at me and become my "favourites." Since before people were even talking about the 2015 NHL Draft, Oliver Kylington was one of those favourites.
June 08 2015 08:00AM
Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian/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!
Antti Niemi is the most famous free-agent goalie available this summer and that should result in a big payday. NHL teams in need of a starter can look for a trade—and there are quality options available, reportedly in Ottawa and Vancouver—but adding free agent is merely a cap hit and that will have major appeal for many teams.
June 07 2015 01:30PM
Earlier this week, in a radio appearance on Sportsnet 960 The Fan's morning show, Sportsnet analyst Elliotte Friedman dropped a very interesting piece of information over the airwaves.
June 07 2015 11:00AM
It's June, so that means it's time for another round of our annual Flames first round targets series.
This year, the club sits smack dab in the middle of round 1 with the 15th overall selection. The last time the team had a pick in this area (14th overall), they elected to trade down and pick Mark Jankowski 21st overall. And while we still can't be certain of Jankowski's future with the club, the collection of players the team missed due to that decision (Teuvo Teravainen, Cody Ceci, Olli Maata, Scott Laughton, Tomas Hertl, Zemgus Girgensons) suggests it wasn't the best of maneuvers.