Nation Network 2013 Mock Draft: Picks 1-10

Jonathan Willis
June 12 2013 08:29AM

Photo: Alaney2k/Wikimedia

Mock drafts are popular this time of year, and we’ve decided to do something a little different at the Nation this summer. Instead of presenting our picks, we’ll show consensus rankings and offer up scouting reports, than ask our readers to vote on the order they would select those players in.

We start with the top-10 selections.

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Paying Tj Brodie

Kent Wilson
June 11 2013 01:01PM

 

TJ Brodie

 

- pic via kkthemook

The Calgary Flames only have two pending restricted free agents of serious importance this summer: Mikael Backlund and TJ Brodie. Last year, it was an open question whether Mikael would get another contract with the Flames after an injury and percentages hampered season. This year he got hurt again, but was clearly one of the best forwards on the ice in the games he managed to play. His re-signing shouldn't be an issue.

TJ Brodie is a slightly more interesting case. The 23-year old defender entered the season as a healthy scratch but rapidly worked his way up the depth chart before ultimately finishing the year as a fixture on the top pairing. Brodie didn't score a lot of points during his rapid ascent, but there's no question he's considered one of the brightest spots in the organization moving forward. He was voted the team's MVP and best defenseman in FN's year-end awards article last month.

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Flames Darkhorse Targets: Eric Roy

Christian Roatis
June 11 2013 09:28AM

 

Phil Tot fighting Eric Roy at the end of the game

 - pic via CanesCast

Usually the hype generated about the NHL Entry Draft in any given year is due to the top players in that class. Not much thought is given to those ranked outside of the Top 30, although if you looks back through previous drafts you'll find each class hosts a couple players who have become notable NHLers.

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Ice-Time Leaders In The Last Five Minutes

Ryan Pike
June 10 2013 12:51PM

 

 

On the heels of a lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season, we stats wonks can look at a silver lining of sorts – a 48-game schedule is a bit easier to compile situational data on than an 82-game one (although it's also less powerful). As an example, let's take a look at something that's always interested me, which players get on the ice the most when the game is on the line.

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Random Thoughts - Jarome Revealed and picking Zach Fucale

Kent Wilson
June 10 2013 10:41AM

 

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- pic via seventwentysk

 

Jarome Iginla's attempt to pull a Ray Bourque was put to rest by the Boston Bruins recently, a grimly ironic result after the whole "Iginla to the Bruins" kerfuffle. Some are no doubt pointing to karmic retribution, but, really, the post-season is where dreams get crushed without mercy all the time.

I don't wish Jarome any ill will and sincerely hope he manages to cap off his great career with a cup win at some point. What's more interesting from a Flames perspective is how Iginla fared in his new digs. Not as any sort of enduring indictment of the captain, you understad, but just because one of the most useful analytic gauges of a team and a player are when a guy switches clubs. This allows you to compare his pre-and-post outcomes in order to determine to what degree his failures or successes were team/circumstance based.

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