March 29 2015 11:00AM
Why didn't Josh Jooris get drafted, anyway? He's got the bloodline, but he never even ended up in the OHL. His two years in the OJHL, instead, seem somewhat reflective of how his professional career has progressed: from respectable numbers one year, to what-the-heck happened the next.
Putting up 116 points in 50 games in a lesser junior league at 19 years old is good, but not exactly an indication of an NHL player. After all, he and his teammate Greg Carey dominated the league that year, and Carey's in the ECHL right now.
Jooris played three years at Union College, and attended a different NHL team's prospect camp each season: first with the Boston Bruins, then the Vancouver Canucks; and finally, he decided to leave school once the Calgary Flames offered him a contract.
That's when an okay AHL season gave way to a promising training camp gave way to... something else entirely.
March 29 2015 10:19AM
Mathew Barzal is an exceptional young hockey player. Size concerns and a significant injury have him lagging behind the top of the draft in terms of buzz, but don't be fooled about him. Young Barzal is among the very best players available in this year's draft.
March 28 2015 01:00PM
It's been an eventful week in the Calgary Flames world, with signings, games, and all sorts of craziness.
Here's a quick rundown of some of the "minor" stories that may've fallen under the radar a bit.
March 28 2015 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames lost last night.
They have seven games remaining. They have to win a good chunk of them to have a realistic chance at the post-season.
No, they didn't look particularly good last night. No, it probably isn't an encouraging sign to kick off a road trip.
But everybody take a look at the following numbers and calm down a bit. Nothing's over. Not yet.
Nation World HQ
March 28 2015 07:30AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!