Category: The Hockey World

KHL / NHL – Memorandum of Understanding (aka.. Operation: Respect Each Other’s Contracts)

By , July 7, 2011 6:01 pm
KHL and NHL have come to an agreement of sorts..

KHL and NHL have come to an agreement of sorts..

The KHL and NHL met and discussed measures to help prevent poaching of the leagues’ under-contract players.

Here is the official KHL press release:

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and National Hockey League (NHL) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that regulates player transitions between the two bodies, respects the professional contracts of players from both leagues and forces both sides to complete a range of procedures to avoid hostility in the transitioning of players from one league to the other.

The MoU’s conclusion marks an important step forward in the relationship between the two most respected hockey leagues in the world. The nine points of the agreement will be effective for the next 12 months and can be reevaluated at the end of that period. Terms of the agreement include the exchanging of lists of contracted and free agent players, each league providing the other their standard contract templates and agreeing to appoint official representatives to conduct negotiations in person in Toronto or New York to resolve any player contract disputes.

Kuklas Korner goes into the agreement a bit deeper in this article here.

Oilers draft target: Nathan Beaulieu

By , June 7, 2011 11:00 am
Can the Oilers target Nathan Beaulieu with their second 1st round pick?

Can the Oilers target Nathan Beaulieu with their second 1st round pick?

The above picture is of Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu hoisting the Memorial Cup this year. Beaulieu is listed at 6’3, 191lbs. and is said to be an offensive defenseman with a mean streak. I think that is right up the alley of what we would be looking for… well, really what any team should be looking for. I don’t think he’s been really garnering as much attention as I’d expect for a player possessing those kinds of talents though.

Beaulieu is currently ranked 5th for North American skaters by CSS, and 14th overall (includes all Euro and North American skaters) by ISS. So that said, I have a tough time believing that Beaulieu will be available at pick #19. He shouldn’t be. The Oilers are going to have to move that pick up if they have hopes of drafting him. I’m not sure if he’s really on our radar or not.

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NHL Entry Draft: Draft Combine (Physical Testing) – Separating the Men from the Boys

By , June 5, 2011 10:34 am
Gabriel Landeskog at the 2011 NHL Draft Combine

Gabriel Landeskog at the 2011 NHL Draft Combine

Racki’s note: This is a great article by Zackman35 which helps us understand the physical testing that goes on at the NHL Combine. This has been added to our Resources section.

The NHL Combine gives us fans, but more importantly, the NHL organizations an indicator of physiological development and physical fitness of a young hockey player. These young potential prospects take part in various testing over a fairly short time frame (a week). During this week they are not only psychologically tested but physically tested as well, which helps give us and scouting staff a better perspective whether or not these young men will be able to compete at an elite level, and helps pin-point how far away they may be from competing. The purpose of this post/thread is to help give a fan a better understanding of how to interpret the draft combine.

Physical Fitness

Energy Systems

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Bob McKenzie releases mid-season draft rankings for 2011 NHL Entry Draft

By , January 17, 2011 7:59 pm
The current leader is still Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson

The current leader is still Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson

Today Bob McKenzie released his draft rankings based on a survey of 10 hockey scouts. Here is a summary of the top ranked picks, as well as my quick take on the players as well.


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Before you say it…

By , January 5, 2011 11:01 pm
A dejected Canada listens to an anthem other than their own being played..

A dejected Canada listens to an anthem other than their own being played..

… ease up on the kids. This was definitely a huge letdown for us fans, but put yourself in the shoes of these players. They put a lot of effort into getting to play in this tournament. Most played through big injuries. All of them now have millions of disappointed fans looking at them as though they are a failure, but just a reminder.. these guys were underdogs not the favorite to win the tournament.

Here in Canada we don’t congratulate 2nd place. There is only the gold and nothing else. I can guarantee you though, these players know the disappointment the country feels. They don’t know anything beyond that though.

It is a crappy way to lose, for sure, to be up 3-0 and then collapse and allow 5 straight goals in a single period. I won’t sugar-coat and say it was a respectable loss. It really wasn’t. But I’ve been reading some comments around on various forums and blogs about how they blew it, or how Dave Cameron blew it (I’ve even read some posts stating that some of the players should never be allowed to wear the maple leaf again). I recommend just tipping your cap to the Russians for an incredibly played 3rd period. That’s unfortunately the nature of the game… the Canadians played a strong 40 minutes. The Russians played maybe 30 good minutes… but it happened to be the right 30.

It’s a tough loss for them to take, and no one wants to feel like they’ve disappointed an entire country. So congratulate the Russians for playing a hard 3rd period and restoring what many considered a crumbling hockey nation.

Anyways, we can’t win them all, can we?

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