2016 NHL Mock Draft

Christian Roatis
June 23 2016 12:00PM

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Every year, everybody and their dog post a mock draft on their hockey blog and swear theirs is the best. Then, the NHL Draft actually starts and it all ends up looking nothing like any of the mock drafts, because the draft itself is wacky and unpredictable. Nonetheless, mock drafts are a lot of fun to read and really amp up the anticipation to the real thing.

Like every year, I made one of my own. Two years ago (2014) was my Mock Drafts coming out party. I nailed the Top 7 (woo), got 9 of the Top 10, and 26 of my projected first rounders ended up going in the Top 30, with two of them (Brendan Lemieux [31] and Ivan Barbashev [33]) being selected in the Top 33, so I was feeling good and confident going to into 2015. However, we experienced a bit of a sophomore slump, having my prediction busted as early as 5th overall. I still managed 24/30 correct first rounders but considering there's about 15 or so that are always locks to go Top 30, it wasn't that impressive. 

I suspect I let my love for certain players (Rantanen at 5, Barzal at 6 and Kylington at 10 specifically) distort my rationality. I attempted to block out any bias and just use my research into the particular teams do the predicting this time around.  

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Brad Treliving: 'This is the time of year you try to improve your team'

Ari Yanover
June 23 2016 11:15AM

We're just a little over a day away from the 2016 NHL Draft finally - finally! - getting underway. There have been some trades, some movement, and a lot of conversations before it, but as we approach the day itself, things ramp up.

To that end, Brad Treliving has, understandably, been a busy man. His team has an obvious need: goaltending. His team has a relatively high pick: sixth overall, though it could always be higher. In short, his team has a lot of stuff to do right now, and in his own words, "This is the time of year that you go out and try to improve your team."

Treliving spoke this morning before the festivities really begin.

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Russia

Christian Roatis
June 23 2016 10:00AM

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We make our seventh and final stop on the NHL Draft Scout Series in Mother Russia, home of enigmatic hockey players and shady Olympics. 

To discuss Russian prospects to look out for at the 2016 NHL Draft, I'm joined by RSport.ru writer Roman Solovyov. 

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The 6th overall pick: a mock draft compilation

Ari Yanover
June 23 2016 08:00AM

Mock drafts are an awesome way to pass the time while we wait for the real thing to actually come. After all, there are only so many times you yourself can speculate on just who your favourite team will pick - why not read what others have to say about it?

Hence, the mock draft. They don't necessarily mean anything; even the most insightful, well-researched ones can be derailed at a moment's notice simply because the NHL can be unpredictable.

But boy, if they aren't fun. So to that end, here's a gathering of mock drafts - and more specifically, here's who they have the Calgary Flames taking at sixth overall.

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Mark Giordano wins NHL Foundation Player Award

Ryan Pike
June 22 2016 06:06PM

The second time was the charm for Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano.

After being nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award last year and failing to capture the honour, Giordano was announced as the 2015-16 recipient of the award. He's the second Flames player to capture the award, following his predecessor as team captain, Jarome Iginla, in 2004.

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