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2014 Draft Eligibles: Red Deer defender Haydn Fleury should be on the Flyers’ radar

There’s snow and ice on the ground and the temperatures outside are frigid, but that shouldn’t stop us from thinking about the month of June. I’m not talking about sunny days and the beach, although, that would be nice. I’m talking about the 2014 NHL draft right here in Philadelphia. It’s not the most talented draft class I’ve seen as it’s probably one of the weaker classes in recent memory, however, there is one player in the 2014 class who has caught my attention that the Philadelphia Flyers should have their eye on. I introduce to everybody Red Deer Rebels …

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Penn State’s struggles continue against Wisconsin

Game one versus the Badgers last Friday night was simple not a pretty game to watch. The Nittany Lions were thoroughly outplayed in all facets of the game. The Badgers out shot Penn State by a 43-28 margin and the Lions went 0-for-3 on the powerplay, while Wisconsin finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Badger netminder Joel Rumpel turned aside 27 shots for the 7-1 victory. Wisconsin opened the scoring  less than three minutes into the game, when Sean Little stripped the puck from Penn State and finished a two-on-one advantage with a slick pass to Grant Besse, who shot the puck …

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Blocked shots, hits, and fourth liners: Part 1

For quite some time now I’ve wondered about the usefulness of blocked shots and hits from a hockey perspective. These two particular statistics would seem to quantify your “energy” and “effort” type of players/teams; something I think is as important in sports as it is in life. Nobody likes to be a part of a team (be it in sports or at work) in which everyone is coasting. I decided to write a two-part series in which I first take a look at the success of teams that excel in blocked shots and hits. That leads me into part two …

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Projecting Team USA’s 2014 World Junior Roster

USA Hockey revealed it’s 26-player preliminary camp roster yesterday morning for the the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo Sweden later this month.The selection camp will take place between Dec.15-18 in Minneapolis and will include five practices at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota, as well as a pre-tournament game at Minnesota State University on Dec. 17. The final roster will be announced on Dec. 23rd. University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia will run a camp that includes 15 forwards, eight defenseman, and three goaltenders. Returning from last year’s gold medal-winning team are forwards Riley Barber of Miami University and …

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Gostisbehere shines as Union sweeps Penn State; PSU opens up Big Ten play this weekend in Madison

Daniel Ciampini’s goal with three seconds remaining in last Sunday’s contest proved to be the difference as No.11 Union College defeated Penn State, 5-4, to complete the weekend sweep. For Penn State, their loss on Sunday was their toughest one to date because the Nittany Lions held a 4-1 lead at one point in the game. Guy Gadowsky’s squad had their best opening period of the season as freshmen Zach Saar netted his first goal of his collegiate career only 3:58 into the game. Luke Juha extended Penn State’s lead to 2-0 just over five minutes later. In the second …