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2014 Draft Eligibles: Oshawa’s Dal Colle worthy of a top five selection come June

Back in September, before the OHL season began, I did a quick preview of the top ten OHL players who are NHL draft eligible this season. (You can view my rankings here.) Oshawa Generals center Michael Dal Colle ranked number two on my initial list behind Barrie Colts defender Aaron Ekblad. I still feel Ekblad is the best overall OHL prospect for the draft and will probably be a top 2 pick come June. However, my opinion on Dal Colle has changed. I thought he would be a mid-first round selection, but after an incredible start to the year, Dal …

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The Guelph Storm keep on rolling; St. Cloud State rises in NCAA rankings; Trouble brewing in Lethbridge?

Right now, it’s a toss-up between the Guelph Storm and the Oshawa Generals for the best team in the OHL. As of today, I would give the slight edge to the Storm who are currently on an impressive 10-game winning streak. When the season started many pundits, including myself, thought the London Knights would run away with the Mid-West Division. Well, London hasn’t exactly set the world on fire and some guy named Connor McDavid is playing lights out hockey for the Erie Otters. But nobody talked about Guelph who are 15-3 on the year. The Storm are routinely scoring …

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Crashing the Crease: Ray Emery Rewrites the Rulebook

This Flyers’ season has all the warning signs of becoming a hellish, merciless trek to the end, with Jay Rosehill and Kris Newbury continually making appearances (nothing personal, as I know they’re both approximately 1,394 times the hockey player I’ll ever be) and each game night’s posing the question of “Will we need our goalie to let up less than zero goals in order to win?” And then, adding to the misery, there was last week when the Washington Capitals, led by the rushing attack of Aaron Ward, put up a touchdown against the seemingly hapless Flyers. I say seemingly …

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Penn State gets back into the win column; Prepare for Sacred Heart Friday

The Penn State Nittany Lions snapped their four-game losing streak Friday with a 5-4 victory over the Robert Morris Colonials. This game is just what the doctored ordered for the Nittany Lions. It was not their best game of season by far, but any win is sufficient for Guy Gadowsky and his players. Penn State still took way too many penalties as they committed eight penalties for a total of 24 minutes. However, Robert Morris showed no discipline and Penn State burned them for three power play goals, including a goal by Casey Bailey who finally got his first marker of …

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Steve Mason, our next goaltender or the next Michael Leighton?

By now everybody knows the story; after winning the Calder Trophy in his rookie year as a 20 year old with a .916 save percentage, Steve Mason fell out of favor in Columbus with three and a half poor seasons (.901, .901, .894, .899 save percentages respectively). As the Flyers approached the trade deadline last season they opted to take a chance on the still young, talented but long-struggling goaltender when they traded a third round pick in 2015 and Michael Leighton for Mason. He was then signed to a one-year $1.5 million extension. Since being acquired Mason has been …