Championship teams have to be able to win games in many different ways.
Over the past couple of months, you may have seen me in the comments section chatting with varying citizens about the website re-design that is coming before the season starts. As promised, the time has come: Oilersnation.com is changing tomorrow.
The last time we relaunched the website with a new design was in early 2017, which was a jacked up version of the site you see now. Up until that point, we were running on an old foundation that Wanye and our programmer, Jeff, had done when they had the spare time to work on it. The back end was a mess and would crash often, the site itself was slow and glitchy, and making the jump to WordPress — what we still use now and going forward — just seemed like the right idea. Now, five years later, the content we’re putting on the website has changed and so too has the technology needed to make that happen. These days, the website we built that was so powerful back in 2017 feels like we’re running a Commodore 64 here in 2022. I mean, how many times have you come to the website and had issues with load speeds? All the time, right? Well, we’re fixing that and it’s time to launch the new digs.
What you’re looking at in the image above is what the new landing page is going to look like on desktop. As you can see, we’re ditching the need to scroll a bunch or change pages for the latest content we’ve posted because we wanted to make everything as easy as possible for you to find it. The same goes on mobile. Outside of the new look, the biggest difference you’re going to notice immediately is that the site loads significantly faster. Not only will the main landing page pop up for you more quickly, so too will the articles once you click on something.
Inside the posts, not much will change with how the content looks outside of the increased loading speed and minor font changes. As for the ads that we all hate, they’re going to be there. I’m not going to lie to you, we need to have ads on the site to pay for the people that make this thing work, but what we have done is placed them more thoughtfully and with content display being the most important thing. As much as some folks may not believe me, we listen to the feedback and we take it to heart so we wanted to give you guys something that not only scratches your itch for content but also keep the cup full for our business daddies in Toronto.
One real change that I do want to bring up, however, is the comments section. This is another spot where we’ve heard your feedback and we’re trying to do something to fix it. Rather than sticking with Vuukle — that’s what you’re commenting with now until the changeover — we’re going to pivot to Disqus. What this change is going to do is make moderation easier and more efficient, something that’s been a real problem around here over the last while and I think we can all agree on that. It’s kind of like when we took away the original anonymous commenting feature, there comes a time when we need to try and fix an issue that so many of you have reached out about. Basically, we’re trying to get a better handle on the troll problem and this move to Disqus is going to help with that. The annoying part will be that you have to sign up for an account to be able to chime in. While I totally understand the inconvenience, I hope you can all understand the reason.
Lastly, if you want to get a first look at what the new sites are going to look and feel like, head over to Flamesnation.ca as their site has already flipped over to the new system. The Flams don’t play today so we figured it was the perfect time to get them switched over and running on the new back end. Check it out and let me know what you think.
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Ovechkin continued to drink from the fountain of youth in 2021-22, collecting 50 goals and 40 assists for the first time since 2009-10. Amazingly, Ovechkin scored at least 48 goals for the 11th time in his 17-year career, which includes two shortened seasons. His elite goal-scoring ranks him first among all NHL players in the last five years (222) while also helping in other categories by amassing the most shots (1520) and the 16th most points during the same span. In 2021-22, he finished fourth in goals (50) and 16th in points while also finishing second in SOG (334). If Ovechkin falls to you at the end of the first round, as he is currently being drafted (ADP – 12.9), do not be afraid to take him, as he will solidify both your goal-scoring and weak left-wing position. Also, don’t let his age (37) concern you in re-draft leagues, as he continues to defy the odds. There’s no reason not to expect another 300-plus shot, 40-to-50 goals and 30-plus assists.
Carlson continued his storied career in 2021-22 by posting his highest career total in goals (17) while finishing above 70 points for the third time in four seasons. Surpassing the 180-shot mark for the seventh time in his career, Carlson finished fourth in goals, fifth in points (71), sixth in power-play points (25), and 15th in shots (195) among defensemen in 2021-22. The 32-year-old has produced at a higher rate from a fantasy standpoint than any other defenseman in the last five NHL seasons, leading all in assists (258) and points (258) while also being sixth in shots (934). During the same time, he was second in both average power-play time per game (3:50) and power-play points (131). Carlson will lead the Capitals’ defense yet again, making him an elite early selection off draft boards as he is one of the few defensemen who projects for 15-plus goals and 70-plus points.
Kuznetsov is incredibly consistent, as 2021-22 was the fourth time in his nine-year career where the Russian scored 20+ goals (24) and 50+ assists (54) while failing to collect more than 83 points. However, last season the 30-year-old did show an uptick in shot production as he surpassed 200 shots (208) for the first time in his career. Aside from the COVID-shortened year, Kuznetsov scored 19 or more goals and 52-plus points in six full seasons. In the last five NHL seasons, Kuznetsov has productively collected the 31st most points (314) and 41st most power-play points (100) among all skaters. Another strong 20-goal, 70-point season is to be expected from the Capitals’ top centre but know he has proven his fantasy production is capped around 80 points when deciding on him or a player with a higher ceiling in the middle of your draft.
2021-22 was a year to forget for the Capitals’ winger, who missed 38 games due to illness and injury. Coming in and out of the lineup, Oshie struggled to produce, registering his lowest point-per-game totals in any season of his 14-year career (0.57 P/GP). His 11 goals were the second worst among those seasons as he failed to surpass 20 goals for the first time in the last four years. However, Oshie enters the season at 100 percent and is looking to bounce back and return closer to the 25/25 production we’ve seen since he joined the Capitals in 2016.
Strome joins a long line of Blackhawks players who left town for brighter pastures in the 2022 offseason. He joins the Capitals on a one-year, $3.5 million bridge contract a year after posting 20-plus goals (22) and 20-plus assists (26) for the second time in his six-year career. Strome ranked second in goals and fourth in points in Chicago in 2021-22 and will be looking to build off the success as he will battle with Lars Eller for playing time in the top-6.
Brown joins the Capitals after three fairly productive seasons in Ottawa (117 points in 191 Games). His 2021-22 will go down as one of his least successful years as his ten goals were the second lowest in any of his seven NHL seasons. Brown loves to eat up minutes, as his 20:03 TOI/GP was 23rd highest among all forwards in 2021-22. A mid-40-point season is to be expected from the right-winger as he likely will see less ice than a season ago. Brown could play anywhere from the top-line with Kuznetsov and Ovechkin, to the third-line with Eller or Strome. He shouldn’t be drafted but could be a free agent pickup if he’s on the top line to open the season.
Mantha only appeared in 10 games before undergoing shoulder surgery in 2021, sidelining him from November until early March. Ultimately, he would play just 37 games and register 23 points (9G / 14A). Mantha did not play significant minutes (15:10 ATOI) upon his return. That should change in 2022-23, as he’s back to full health and should lock up a top-6 role. He’s opened camp on a line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov, a spot that would make him an intriguing fantasy sleeper in the final rounds of your draft. He’s someone who should have 200-plus shots and 25-plus goals, but his assist upside will depend on who he skates with at 5v5.
Sheary enjoyed his most productive season since 2016-17 as he collected 19 goals and 43 points across 71 games with Washington in 2021-22. He finished fourth in goals and fifth in points across the entire Capitals roster, averaging a low 15:17 TOI nightly. Another similar 20/20 season can be expected from Sheary as he finds his way up and down the Capitals’ lineup. He holds little fantasy value outside of a weekly streaming option.
Kuemper joined the Capitals on a five-year, $26.25M contract a season after leading the Colorado Avalanche to a Stanley Cup victory. The 32-year-old’s first and only season in Colorado proved successful as he led a powerful Avalanche team between the pipes finishing fourth in wins (37), fifth in SV% (.921), 11th in GAA (2.54), and fourth in shutouts. He joins a slightly weaker squad in Washington but still makes a safe pick as he is one of few goalies who should not have to worry about a timeshare splitting the crease with Charlie Lindgren on what should be a playoff team yet again. Expect him to start 50-plus games with 30-plus wins and a SV% above league average. He’s a low-end No.1/high-end No.2 fantasy option.
Remaining Capitals Projections
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* I felt the asterisk is needed in case you aren’t reading this late on Monday night and are in fact reading this after the changes have taken place.
If there is one constant in life it’s change and likely that people will then complain about that change. I’m hoping we get a lot less of the latter as we are implementing our changes around TLN. If you are reading this Monday night, you might have noticed sites like Canucks Army and Flames Nation have switched over to a sleek new, updated format that is very 2022. It’s been a few years since we’ve had a redesign on the Nation Network team sites, and there are a few changes beyond just prettying us up a little.
Our site will hopefully be loading a lot faster for you now. Speed is what the Nation Network set out to achieve in the redesign and we should now be able to live that dream.
The other dream we are hoping to live is improved readability, both with a nicer font, but also with more thoughtful ad placement that doesn’t disrupt your reading experience as much. Unfortunately, ads are a part of life as the network needs to help me keep up my fur coat and diamond ring lifestyle that I’m used to.
Another change that is coming is we are pivoting our comment system over to Disqus, and I have to say this is a change that I’m quite excited about. We’ve never really had the active, thriving commenting community we’d hope to see on this site and perhaps Disqus is our path to getting to talk to you more.
While a pretty site is one thing, I’d hope the main reason you are here is for the content and we have had some changes there too.
This summer we’ve seen a number of our writers move on to exciting new opportunities. That has led us to bring in some exciting new faces for TLN. We’ve recently added Bennett Jull, Colin Hunter, Jaden Ho, and James Reeve to our site, as well as Mike Westlake who is helming our social media for us. We’ve even been fortunate enough to coax Ryan Fancey out of blogging retirement.
We’ve got a few more exciting names to announce in the coming days as well, so stay tuned as we continue to keep you waist deep in Leafs coverage whether you asked to be or not.
It’s Monday and that means it’s time for you to hear the newest episode of Jets Nation Radio! We have to first start off with a big congratulations to Sam Brownell for being the student of the year in his college course. For the first time since this version of the podcast Sam and Angus Hout get to talk some preseason hockey. First, the lads discuss who they liked from the first Preseason game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets. There were some players that caught their attention for good reasons but we had to talk about the bad as well because the Jets managed to lose 4-0 to the Oilers. The guys talk about the log jam in the defence and how the Jets can clear up. Talks of fan fest come up, and how good it was and why it is crucial for young fans and less so for the established fans. Angus talks about Kevin Cheveldayoff and why the summer of doing not much was important. Angus and Sam discuss Blake Wheeler and the amount of turnaround within the Jets locker room. After that, the boys talk about David Rittich and Connor Hellebuyck being goaltenders who can’t puck handle well, as well as take a guess at how many games Rittich will play this year. Towards the end, Sam talks about his early impressions of Dan Robertson as the new commentator for TSN and the Jets. To finish it all off Angus talks about the three incidents that have happened at his place this past week.
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It’s training camp time, friends, and the Calgary Flames have just begun their pre-season schedule (with a pair of wins over Vancouver). As we continue to ramp up the anticipation towards the upcoming regular season, we once again delve into the weekly mailbag.
Thanks for reading CanucksArmy! If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll know that it’s been a while since we had an update to our site’s layout.
In the years since we last updated the site, our content output and readership has increased somewhat dramatically.
We’ve heard complaints about ads and slow loading times of in-article content, and are pleased to make the new site public. We also heard lots of feedback about our comment section — most notably the automated moderation system — and are implementing a new one. You may need to make a new account in order to comment again.
Our new look was created with performance at the front of mind. With Wyatt Arndt — and all of his GIFs in the Stanchies — joining us this season, we wanted to ensure that we had the best possible user experience, and are confident that this new site will accomplish that.
We’re thrilled to be bringing the new site ahead of this new Canucks season, and are looking forward to bringing you a new level of coverage on a much cleaner-looking and performing website.
Let us know what you think of the new site!
Longtime National Hockey League forward @Frans Nielsen announced his retirement on Tuesday after Team Denmark played its last game at the 2022 IIHF World Championship.