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2014 Draft Eligibles: USHL Preliminary Top 10

The USHL is the top junior hockey league in the United States and the league consists of 16 teams primarily in the mid-western United States. Over the last 10 years, the USHL has become a factory and a pipeline to the NHL. Currently, 213 USHL alumni are playing in the NHL and 211 USHL players have college commitments already this season. The USHL will never be as strong as the CHL in terms of pure firepower and prestige in my opinion, but it has become a viable option for many European players who want to become exposed to the style …

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Crashing the Crease: Steve Mason, Expectation and Reality

Through the first seven games of the 2013-2014 Philadelphia Flyers season, the early storyline in the Philadelphia crease has been the rise of Steve Mason. The 25 year old has earned 5 starts to Emery’s 2 and looked good in the process, posting a 2.23 GAA and .926 SV%. He may have a record of 1-4, but the mood in Philadelphia surrounding the promising young goaltender is almost unanimously positive. There are some who caution that his current level of play is probably not sustainable – including Justin Brennan here on CtC last week – but for the most part, …

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Penn State defeats Army in Pegula Ice Arena opener; Set to face Air Force this weekend in Colorado

(Photo by: Mark Selders GoPSUSports.com) What a weekend it was to be a Penn Stater! Hundreds of thousands of alumni (including myself) returned to State College last weekend for one of the most thoroughly entertaining homecoming weekends in recent memory. First, their was the time honored tradition of the homecoming parade Friday night. Thousands of alumni, students, and families decked from head to toe in their blue and white lined the streets of Penn State’s campus and College Ave. downtown to watch the decorated floats of different student organizations and Greek Life march on by. Second, while the parade was …

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Op/Ed: Let’s Not Make “The Label” a Thing

The Flyers have now played four games underneath a new head coach. And yet, apparently, we’re still blaming Peter Laviolette for some of their issues. It might make sense if we’re talking about the mishandling of training camp, or his particular system, or something concrete. But no, according to one local sportswriter/analyst, Laviolette is at fault for the lackluster play of team captain Claude Giroux. CSN Philly’s John Boruk published an article yesterday discussing how Giroux has not been the same since his now ex-coach labeled him “the best player in the world” during the 2012 playoffs. Maybe Giroux has …

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Kesler’s two goals help Canucks to road win, Flyers lose 3-2

The Philadelphia Flyers played with a lead for most of the game, but their inability to convert on chances hurt them once again, as the Vancouver Canucks grabbed a 3-2 win tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Ryan Kesler had a pair of goals in the win including the game-winner, while Chris Higgins provided the second tally of the game for the visitors. Roberto Luongo had 20 saves in the road win. Tye McGinn is making his case to stay on the Flyers’ roster, as he had both of the team’s tallies tonight in the loss. Steve Mason produced another …