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May 27 2016 08:26AM
What the hell are the Canucks doing, why 'staying the course' is best option for the Leafs, is Stamkos feasible for Wings, how the Jets scored goals this year, Ralph Krueger a front runner in Calgary, Taylor Hall isn't so bad after all, salary cap futures for most teams, all kinds of draft news and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 27 2016 08:00AM
Every year, players projected to be taken in the first round of the NHL draft fall. This is a nice little benefit to being one of the worst teams in the league: not only do you get a high pick in the first round, but you kind of get a second first round pick, just by virtue of picking twice in, say, the top 35.
Alex DeBrincat isn't going to be a top six pick. We're not here to talk about the possibility of the Flames taking him with their first pick of this draft. He is projected to be taken some time late in the first round, and by all accounts, he - with his back-to-back 51 goal and 100+ point seasons in the OHL - absolutely should be a first rounder.
But he's also 5'7 and 160 lbs. And when it comes to hockey, big guys have to prove they can't play - smaller guys have to prove they can.
May 27 2016 03:06AM
Jakub Nakladal may be set to become an unrestricted free agent, but for the time being, he's a Flame. And he's one many rather liked once he made the NHL: he brought a stabilizing presence to the bottom pairing on the defence, not to mention a cannon of a shot from the point that got to be utilized on powerplays.
If the Flames can open up space on their blueline, it would be great to see Nakladal back in Calgary. In the meantime, though, the Czechs must have liked what they saw as well - because Nakladal has been one of the final additions to Team Czech Republic for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
May 27 2016 01:04AM
The return of the World Cup of Hockey has been an undertone throughout this season. It hasn't been the main focus, because the tournament isn't until September - but its presence has been felt, particularly as nations (or Team Europes, or Team North Americans Under 23 Years Old, which are not actually nations) have begun building their teams.
Initial team rosters were released all the way back on March 2, just after the trade deadline and long before we knew who the teams playing for the Stanley Cup would be - but those rosters were not yet completed.
Today, they are. And in the first announcement of the day, Jyrki Jokipakka has officially joined Team Finland.
May 26 2016 12:00PM
At the 2015 NHL Draft, Pavel Karnaukhov became just the third player selected by the Calgary Flames from the Western Hockey League club that they own, the Calgary Hitmen (and the first since 2000).
Nabbed 136th overall, the Belarussian forward had a 2015-16 season full of ups and downs.