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May 20 2016 05:00AM

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Everyone wants Tyson Barrie, when putting value on draft picks goes wrong, is Mitch Marner NHL ready, Jets have assets to trade, coach talks Canucks struggles, Flames will have to trade for a goalie, is Oilers 4th overall pick undervalued, all kinds of draft news, playoff hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Mikael Backlund goes to Worlds: Sweden vs. Canada

Ari Yanover
May 19 2016 02:00PM

The Canadian-Swedish quarterfinals matchup at the 2016 IIHF World Championships ended up being not much of a matchup at all. After a close first 20 minutes, late addition Andre Burakovsky went off for a checking to the head penalty - and by the time he came back, the game was well out of hand.

Canada easily advances to the semifinals with a 6-0 win over Team Sweden. They'll face Team USA for the right to defend their gold medal on Saturday, May 21.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Dennis Wideman

Ryan Pike
May 19 2016 12:00PM

On June 27, 2012 – four days after the 2012 NHL Draft – Calgary Flames General Manager Jay Feaster took a big, big swing. After two seasons just a smidge outside of the playoffs, Feaster attempted to upgrade the club's power-play by acquiring pending unrestricted free agent Dennis Wideman and signing him to a five-year, $26.25 million contract.

Four seasons into the deal, the contract doesn't seem like a particularly great move in retrospect. Aside from a 2014-15 season that saw everything go right for him, Wideman has been a sheltered offensive defenseman who hasn't quite produced to the degree that was hoped.

The 2015-16 season wasn't everything going wrong for Wideman – the Don Henderson incident aside – it was simply a return to form, and a return to average puck luck.

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2016 IIHF World Championship Quarterfinals: Canada vs. Sweden

Ari Yanover
May 19 2016 10:00AM

The preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Championships is in the books, and now, it's off to the playoffs. Both Team Canada and Team Sweden made it through, but not at the tops of their groups - and indeed, put in a position to play one another in the quarterfinals.

Team Canada went nearly perfect through the round robin, falling to just Team Finland. As a result, they finished second in Group B, and get the honour of matching up against the third place team from Group A: Team Sweden.

Mikael Backlund, one of Sweden's on-ice leaders, is the only Flames player in this tournament. On the other side of things, Brad Treliving is a co-GM for Canada. No matter what, somebody who represents the Flames will have a really good shot at a medal: but first, they have to go through each other. The puck drops at 11:15 a.m. MT.

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Flames First Round Targets 2016: Pierre-Luc Dubois

Ryan Pike
May 19 2016 08:00AM

Way, way back in 2013, the Calgary Flames selected Sean Monahan in the first round at sixth overall. At the time it wasn't considered the sexiest pick, but Monahan was the best player left of the top group and he's turned out to be the player the Flames needed at that spot.

In 2014, the Flames got their highest pick since moving to Calgary, completing their "Sham for Sam" season by selecting Sam Bennett at fourth overall. He was not the sexiest pick, but was the best player remaining of the top group and somehow fell to them despite being the top-ranked North American skater that season.

Combine the circumstances of Monahan and Bennett, and you might get Pierre-Luc Dubois, the latest player in our First Round Targets series.

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