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How you fix the Draft Lottery, making sense of the Expansion Draft, expected Salary Cap for next year, Dan Hamhuis enjoys mentor role, Anthony Mantha getting his shot, Flames cap future is scary, Oilers speak the harsh truth, McGrattan fights Maggio again and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings


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In the Roundup we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t have found otherwise. Note* Article is posted across all Nation Network team sites so comments are an open forum.

Dan Hamhuis embraces mentor role of young kids

UFA: 6 CHL free agent forwards the Canucks could target

Draft: Why the Canucks should still choose the best player available

Making sense of the ‘Expansion Draft’

NHL: This is how you fix the Draft Lottery

Leafs: Nylander impressing, will stick rest of season

Wings: What to expect from Anthony Mantha

Detroit: There is confusion in net but that’s OK

Flames: 3 ways to get out of 3 bad contracts

‘Capaggedon’ coming the flames way for next season

Flames late round draft prospect having monster season in OHL

Oilers: Coach points out harsh truth

Tom Renney, Todd McLellan and stability

Checking in with Martin Marincin

Oilers: Adam Pardy’s audition – Scrap of the week

Rematch: Brian McGrattan vs Daniel Maggio Mar 16, 2016

More from around the Network…

Daly: Salary cap expected to increase to $74M next season

CWHL: The Calgary Inferno won their first Clarkson Cup

NHLNumbers: Hart Trophy race

NHL Expansion and what it means to the Jets

Blue Jays fan? Check out the Nation’s first Baseball site


  • freethe flames

    In regards to changing the draft lottery and trying to avoid tanking is complex.

    Here’s my idea: Pick the trade deadline as your starting point for figuring out the draft lottery. When the season ends the top 20 teams in the league are taken out of the lottery. The remaining 10 teams are assigned a % in the lottery based upon their winning percentage since TD; the best winning percent gets the highest % in the lottery. This would reduce the chances of tanking. If you win the lottery on that year you are automatically withdrawn from the top ten the net year.
    Ratio would look like this:
    Highest winning %:

    Bubble teams 20-17 are close to being in the playoffs and probably would need a top 10 less than the bottom 10 and playoff teams well enough said.

    • Oilerchild77

      As an Oiler fan, I really hope we don’t win another frickin’ lottery. *sigh*

      I think the draft should go back to the way it was. Last place picks first. The Oilers would only have won two lotteries if they left it the old way. To avoid multiple number one picks going to the same team, they could easily make a rule that says that a team can only pick first once every 3 years, even if they were 30th the whole time.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    In years like this one when there will ne no Canadian teams in the playoffs, the NHL should roll out a tournament involving the Canadian teams. Have all 7 teams play a round robin format which leads to a one game final. Winner gets the coveted Alan Eagleson Cup. Extra revenue for the teams and the employees who work the games plus gives the fans of Canadian teams something to cheer about for a couple of weeks in the spring. This tournament would not conflict with the Worlds as players who wanted to go overseas could and farmhands called up to replace them. In the spring, there are a whole lot of unemployed hockey players looking for work, so filling the rosters would be no problem.

    • RedMan

      media keeps saying how us “Canadian fans” are upset because there are no Canadian teams in the playoffs… but from what I can see, it is only the media making a story out of thin air.

      for myself, i couldn’t care less. if the Flames are in, I care about the Flames.

      if the Flames aren’t in, I am not going to root for another team because they are Canadian. in fact, i am more likely to root against them because 3 of the teams are close competition (Van/Edm/Wpg).

      I will always root for Van, Edm, TO, & Habs to lose, every time. Jets and and Sens might garner a sympathy vote, but not likely.

      With the Flames out, I pick a team that has players i enjoy and can root for, preferably in my time zone .

      this year, i will be rooting for Dallas and Washington final.

    • For Pete's Sake!

      Maybe someone smart, like the guys who formed the WHA in the 1970’s should form a Canadian Professional Hockey League to compete with the pathetically boring Americanized low goal scoring brand of hockey the NHL’s majority American owners promote these days.

      We’d get back the kind of super exciting firewagon hockey that the old Montreal Canadiens played, the Winnipeg Jets of the WHA played and Glen Sather’s Edmonton Oilers played. The kind of hockey that allowed Canadian teams to dominate the NHL decade after decade until the 80’s even though they made up a minority of the NHL back then.

      Maybe the competition would finally wake up these American NHL owners to liven up their game and bring it back to the kind of level where skill and offense was rewarded more by the refereeing than having huge lugs constantly trying to impede skill players and getting rewarded because of the crappy way the rules are ineterpreted today.

      Maybe then Canadian teams would dominate again as they did in the past.

      • BlueMoonNigel

        Wild William Hunter and Benny Haskin, where are you when we need you?

        Love it or hate it, the WHA certainly had an impact on professional hockey in North America, and its effect can still be seen today.

        Always remember the old goalie Al Rollins saying after the Phoenix Roadrunners went kaflooey that growing bananas in Winnipeg was a more profitable endeavour than running a hockey team in the Arizona desert. That coupled with the training techniques for goalies that he employed in the WHA in the ’70s and which were only just discovered a decade ago by NHL goalie coaches are just two obvious examples where the WHA was way ahead of its time.

  • The Last Big Bear

    The league should take over administrative control of the Edmonton Oilers.

    The NHL doesn’t have a draft lottery problem. It has an Oilers problem.

    • Oilerchild77

      To be fair, the guys who screwed the organization up so badly are not in control anymore and it’s not like Chiarelli can just snap his fingers and fix it. He’s got alot of work to do.

    • For Pete's Sake!

      Maybe they should take control of all the Canadian teams. When was the last time any of them won a Stanley Cup? 1993. It’ll be 24 years and counting next season.

      All the Canadian teams are losers. How come? What’s the problem? Any answers Canadian fans?

      How about you Last Big Bear? Do you have an answer? You seem like the smart guy here.

  • Oilerchild77

    Here’s some free advice for the Flames.

    If you want to maximize your chances of winning the lottery, sign Justin Schultz out of free agency in the offseason then play him in your top 4 for 25 minutes a night. It worked for the Oilers for about 4 years.

      • RedMan

        I blame oiler fans equally… where else could an owner threaten to move a team, get a billion dollars gifted for a new arena, while bing the worst team in 100 years history?

        The fans just kept paying and buying merchandise for a decade… they needed more jerseys on the ice and less renewal of season tix and there would have been changes years sooner. ?

        • MessyEH!

          There are worse examples.

          Leafs fans! They are the worst franchise in sports over the last 50 years.While also charging the highest ticket prices and selling more merchandise than any other organization. What do leafs fans get for all this?

          No Championships. No Cups No Presidents Trophies.

          Last time a leaf won the Scoring title was 78 years ago.

          No Leaf goalie has won either the Vezina or the William Jennings Trophy in 51 years

          No Leaf defenseman has ever won the Norris. 

          Hart Memorial Trophy winner hasnt been a leaf in 61 years.

          50 years since a Calder winner.

          They have won one thing. The title of the worst team in sports 3 of the last 4 years.

          Being an Oilers fan has sucked for the last 6 years. You could even say 10. But being a leafs fan has sucked for as long as Tvs have been in color.

          Two entire generations of Toronto fans have suffered

          • Gary Empey

            That’s easy for you to say. Surely you must of noticed the Leafs have a whole new management team with a whole new strategy this year.

            Instead of being “one of the worst” teams in the NHl they decided to be the “very worst” team.

            To celebrate their success this year they are raising the ticket prices.

            @BlueMoonNigel…. The coveted Alan Eagleson Cup should be awarded for artistic merit, to the team that TANKS the best each year.