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What better place than Hockey Night in Canada for a draft lottery of interest to all the Canadian NHL teams? After last night, your Vancouver Canucks are fourth from last and sinking.

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Another 2015-16 Hockey Night in Canada, another Vancouver Canucks loss. And while there are some positives -- Nikita Tryamkin is probably better than we had a right to expect him to be, Andrey Pedan looks like he could stick next year -- Daniel Sedin is upset at what he perceives as a lack of effort.

Both Ryan Miller and Willie Desjardins agree with Daniel, evidently.

In other worrying Canucks news, it appears they may be in the market for a new goalie coach, as Rollie Melanson seems poised to take his whiteboard back east, according to Kevin Woodley.

Perhaps Los Angeles will let Ranford out of the last year of his deal as thanks for the excellent work he's done with their goaltending. Either way, while Melanson has done an amazing job in Vancouver, he is far from irreplaceable.

Craig Custence of ESPN spoke to Jim Benning this week about drafting and free agency this year. Benning seemed to pour cold water on the rumors that the Canucks are after Milan Lucic or Loui Eriksson:

"We’re going to shift our focus in our market to drafting well and developing our own players," Benning said. "We’re going to sign some younger players we’ve had in the system before, and we’re going to get younger and continue to get faster and hopefully be more competitive."

Anton Rodin, come on down!

Around the League

Last night's Saturday Headlines had more on the Draft Lottery and the World Championships.

TSN is publishing regularly updated odds at the first overall draft pick. After last night, Vancouver was at 9.5% chance of getting the first overall pick.

James O'Brien of Pro Hockey Talk brought together some links spitballing on NHL expansion draft scenarios.Bruce Garrioch also talks about the expansion draft in his weekly rumors column, and he suggests the following top three in the amateur draft:

One league executive’s take on the first three picks in the 2016 NHL entry draft in Buffalo: 1. RW Auston Matthews, Zurich (Switzerland). 2. LW Patrik Laine, Tappara Tampere (Finland). 3. RW Jesse Pulujarvi (Finland). From there, it will get interesting because those three are widely believed to be a lock to go top-three

The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa talked about how teams are trying to get better at using analytics, based on some proceedings of the Sloan Conference last week. He also mentioned some goalies who are caught in a market correction, the NHL's desire to redress the imbalance in the number of teams in each conference, and the Anaheim Ducks.

The NCAA Men's Frozen Four brackets were unveiled this morning. Four teams compete in each of four regions next weekend to determine which four teams compete in the Frozen Four final April 7 & 9 in Tampa Bay, Fla. Craig Dilks of SB Nation College Hockey analyzes the brackets here. The tournament Web site is here, US Television listings are here, Canadian TV and streaming listings are here. Playoffs in the WHL, the OHL, and the QMJHL also begin later this week.