First Round Targets: Zack Phillips

Kent Wilson
June 14 2011 10:34AM

 

 

While Mika Zibanejad projects to a top-10 draft pick despite lackluster totals in the SEL, Zack Phillips is probably going to go in the latter half of the first round despite managing 38 goals and 95 points in the QMJHL. Point totals can be deceiving at the NHL level, but they are orders of magnitude less useful when it comes to evaulating kids in different leagues it seems.

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NO WINNER NO WINNER

Wanye
June 13 2011 12:36PM

This is L'il Wayne, Birdman and Mark Cuban celebrating the Mavericks NBA Championshop in Miami last night. If we don't want to see a similar scene featuring Tom Cochrane, The Odds and Ryan Kesler somewhere in Boston tonight, the Bruins are going to need to step up to the plate.

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Jim Playfair Leaves for the Desert

Kent Wilson
June 13 2011 10:59AM

 

 

After some rumors of a job offer last week, it's been announced today that Jim Playfair is leaving the Flames organization to become an assitant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. Playfair had served in just about every coaching capacity for the Flames organization, jumping from minor-league head coach, to assitant in the bigs, to head coach of the Flames, back down to minor leagues. He's been with the organization since 2001, the year he guided the Flames affiliate St. John Flames to the Calder Cup.

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First Round Targets: Mika Zibanejad

Kent Wilson
June 13 2011 09:47AM

 

 

There's a bit of a Nino Niederreiter feeling to Mika Zibanejad heading into this year's draft (imagine Don Cherry trying to read that sentence). For those unfamiliar, Neiderreiter rocketed up the charts last year thanks to a strong season with the Portland Winterhawks and an outstanding showing at the World Junior Championships. Although he ended up ranked somewhere of the middle of the first round by most consensus agencies heading into the draft weekend last June, he ended up going fifth overall to the New York Islanders.

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Can the Flyers afford Ilya Bryzgalov?

Cam Charron
June 13 2011 07:24AM

 

 

(Cam Charron is a our newest addition to the Nations Network. He will pop in now and then and add his thoughts on more general NHL matters from time to time.)

Lost in all the fuss this week over the Stanley Cup Finals is the implications of the Ilya Bryzgalov trade to the Philadelphia Flyers. Phoenix, of course, doesn't have the money to sign Bryzgalov to what are reportedly astronomical contract demands, and the rumour goes that Bryzgalov wants to be paid like a top player, and not necessarily like a top goalie.

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