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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #51 – Robin Salo

Robin Salo is a two-way defencemen that played his entire 2016-17 campaign in the top Finnish league – an excellent sign. He’s also played stints there as a 17-year old and even as a 16-year old, as his calm game, high level of intelligence, and his sturdiness have allowed him to survive in the pro game…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #52 – Kyle Olson

One player’s disappointment can often be another player’s opportunity, and that was the case with Kyle Olson of the Tri-City Americans this year. Olson was the beneficiary of the season-ending injury suffered by teammate Michael Rasmussen. Not only was Olson given more ice time as a result, but he was given the opportunity to play…

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Defining public benefit in an arena context

If you’ve been following the never-ending Calgary arena saga over the past few months and years, you’ve probably heard a phrase repeated ad nauseum by Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi. Public spending must come with public benefit. The phrase hasn’t been used to necessarily stamp down any contribution from the City of Calgary’s coffers to the…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #53 Jake Oettinger

Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #53 Jake Oettinger Our first (Spoiler: and only) goalie to get a solo profile is Boston University’s Jake Oettinger, who checks in as the 53rd ranked prospect in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The lower ranking isn’t indicative of his talent level, as Oettinger had an extremely positive draft season…

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The Roundup

A classic brawl, celebrating 2 years of Mike Babcock, has the Canucks front office earned the right to rebuild, the Flames never ending arena saga, Tayler Hall happy to see Oilers lose out, free agency, Jordan Eberle, Jan Rutta and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen