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2013 NHL Entry Draft: Top 30 Prospect List One

Jared Abbott and I wanted to compile our very own top 30 list of prospects for the upcoming draft. This is a list of who I believe are the top 30 players available. This does not necessarily mean each player will be drafted in the position I have them in. You can find Jared’s Top 30 list later today. Also be sure to check out my mock draft, as well as Jared’s mock draft. 1. Seth Jones- (D) Portland Winterhawks (WHL) 2. Nate MacKinnon- (C) Halifax Mooseheds (QMJHL) 3. Jonathan Drouin- (LW) Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 4. Aleksander Barkov- (C) Tappara (Finnish Elite League) …

Poll: Can Steve Mason win the starting job?

Although Steve Mason struggled in Columbus — who didn’t? — he is not far removed from his Calder-winning rookies season. At the young age of 24, Mason posted a .944 SV% and .190 GAA in seven games as a Flyer. One could argue that he has had the best numbers of any Philly netminder since Roman Cechmanek, everyone’s favorite unibrowed Czech. Can he keep up the pace?

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Could Medicine Hat Tiger Hunter Shinkaruk be on the Flyers radar?

Since losing defenseman Chris Pronger to a devastating eye injury back on October 24, 2011, the Flyers defensive corps has been downright dismal and unimpressive for the most part. Jared Abbott and I believe the Flyers will draft a defenseman with the 11th overall pick such as Rasmus Ristolainen, Ryan Pulock, Nikita Zadorov, or Mirco Mueller. However, we’re just guessing based on organizational need. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren does have a tendency of taking forwards in the first round and I would not be shocked if the orange and black go after a forward with their first selection. I …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Anthony Mantha, from the Valley of Gold to the City of Brotherly Love?

It seems that Sean Couturier has become the popular comparison for NHL draft prospects eyeing a roster spot in their draft year. Tom Zulewski compared Sean Monahan to the Flyers’ forward, and others have raised associations between Couts and Rimouski Oceanic forward Frederik Gauthier. The latest to be linked to the former Drummondville Voltigeurs star is Anthony Mantha. Mantha and Couturier have nearly identical size, immediately drawing a link between the two players. Both also entered the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) as pure scorers, who play to put the puck in the net. Couturier altered his game to …

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Hockey Hilarity: Ovechkin for Tocchet and Peanuts

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! The Washington Capitals were, as per usual, eliminated from the playoffs. Also, as per usual, Alex Ovechkin was not a factor. I realize that last week we did an Ovechkin thing, and as much as I shouldn’t rag on the guy because when he’s on, he’s one of the best players in the world, but there has been much talk about trying to deal him and what the Caps intend …