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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #36 – Isaac Ratcliffe

Coming in at #36 on our consensus ranking is lanky winger Isaac Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe had a good season on a bad team this year, finishing second in points on the rebuilding Guelph Storm with 54 in 67 games. Ratcliffe is one of  the larger forwards in this year’s draft, but he also possesses a strong…

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Who will be available at 16th overall?

The 2017 National Hockey League Draft is happening in just under a month. The Calgary Flames draft 16th overall – and then not again until the fourth round – so the club’s first round selection looks to be really important to get right. The big challenge with the 2017 draft class appears to be this:…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett, by many respects, has all the necessary inputs to be an NHL forward who provides an impact. Whether he truly reaches the expectations and ceiling perceived when he was drafted in 2014 is still up in the air given this past season’s struggles. That said, with those prerequisites, fans shouldn’t give up just…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #37 Kole Lind

We’re going back to the Western Hockey League for the Nations Network’s 37th ranked prospect. That prospect is Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets. Lind started the season as a projected third round pick but has been so impressive that his draft stock has risen to the point where he could be selected late in…

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The Roundup

The NHL still has a bad reputation, can the Leafs really afford to trade JVR, Blue Jackets pay Canucks for Tortorella now, how the new salary cap affects the Flames, the Oilers off-season to do list for Chiarelli, the NHL draft, free agency and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent…