2013 NHL PREVIEW: NORTHWEST DIVISION

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out what you need to know about every team in the NHL for the upcoming season, this time featuring the Northwest Division.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish.

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Send in the Clowns: Blackhawks Circus Trip Preview

Even though the Bulls, the Chicago Blackhawks’ usual co-tenant of the United Center, are currently locked out as NBA owners and players haggle over who will get a bigger piece of the money pie, the Hawks will still be kicked out of the arena for the next several weeks as the circus comes to town. The annual circus trip has always been a make or break proposition for the Hawks, and this year’s western trip is no exception.

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2011-12 NHL Northwest Division Rankings and Fantansy Projections

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The 2011-12 NHL season is already under way, and the action on the ice is already heating up.  After a summer filled with lots of on and off ice movement, but also  much  tragedy, the hockey world looks towards a new quest toward Lord Stanley’s Cup.  How do the teams in each division compare to one another?  Who will be the big fantasy players this season?  We take a division by division look at the 2011-12 NHL season.   Let’s take a look at the Northwest Division after the jump.

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2010 NHL MOCK DRAFT (v2.0 6-22-10)

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We’re back at it again, this time with a full look at the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which goes down Friday and Saturday, June 25-26) from Los Angeles.  This is the year of the defenseman, but nothing will overshadow the saga of who will go #1: Tyler or Taylor?  Action will be hot and heavy, so expect trades and chaos.  Edmonton has the task of choosing between the two wunderkids, so without futher ado, the Oilers are on the clock, and as my idol Jack Bauer would say, “We’re running out of time!”

Before we get to the first pick, here’s a little background information to help make the whole concept of the entry draft a bit clearer.  The Draft is seven rounds long.  All players eligible must be 18 by September 15, and not older than 20 on December 15, except for non North American skaters.  A player who has been drafted can re-enter the draft if he hasn’t signed with the team who owns his rights within two years.  NCAA players may be drafted and keep their eligibility, as long as they do not play for a professional team, or hire an agent.  NCAA player rights are kept until 30 days after the player leaves college.

By: Bryan Vickroy

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2010 NHL MOCK DRAFT

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The 2009-2010 campaign is officially over.  The Cup has been claimed (Chicago in 6, thank you very much!), the players are now on vacation, and its time for management to earn their keep.  Coming next on the NHL horizon is the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, June 25 and 26 from the hotbed of hockey, Los Angeles.

This draft is pretty much considered a two horse race:  Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin.  They have been the consensus best two players of this class, and have done nothing to prove otherwise throughout the regular season, playoffs, and junior competitions.  After the two big guns, this draft is very, very deep on defenseman.  Look for a lot of blueliners to go early and often.  Mock, yeah! Draft, yeah! Yeah? Yeah!

Here’s a look behind the curtain of the 14 lottery teams who missed the playoffs.

Let’s start the clock on the first pick!

By: Bryan Vickroy

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