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2014 Draft Eligibles: Will Peterborough’s Nick Ritchie be the steal of the draft?

NHL Central Scouting and ISS Hockey both released their mid-term and January rankings respectively this week. To my surprise, there has been some change at the top of both rankings. Central Scouting has Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett as the top rated North American skater. In 40 games with the Fronts this year, Bennett has 26 goals, 40 assists for 66 points. Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl is second, Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad is third, Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart is fourth, and rounding out the top five is Oshawa Generals C/LW Michael Dal Colle. You can view …

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Penn State falters versus Minnesota; Set to face the Spartans this weekend

If you’ve been reading my coverage of Penn State hockey all season long then you probably know I haven’t been that impressed with this team. Granted, it’s going to take a few year’s of recruiting classes to become a power in college hockey and nobody thought they would be successful right away. The one thing I kept wanting to see out of Gadowsky’s squad  was a full 60 minute effort night in and night out. Despite dropping both games to the No.1 Golden Gophers this past Sunday and Monday, I finally saw Penn State compete for a full 60 minutes. …

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Future Flyers Report: McGinn’s quiet return to NHL, Larsson traded in the USHL

After taking part in six NHL games earlier in the season, Tye McGinn made his way back to the Philadelphia Flyers’ lineup this weekend, as both Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo were out with injuries. His two-game tenure with the squad wasn’t as noticeable as his time with the team earlier in the campaign. McGinn failed to register a point and produced one shot on net overall in his two games, as he worked on two different lines in Philly’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and played with Sean Couturier and Vincent Lecavalier on Sunday in the …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: Kingston’s Sam Bennett is making his mark

Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart is not the only Sam to head the 2014 NHL Draft class. Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett has played his way onto a top five shortlist for the June draft. The Holland Landing, Ontario native currently sits sixth in the OHL in scoring with 24 goals, 37 assists for 61 points in 38 games played. He’s only two points behind Oshawa’s Michael Dal Colle for most points for any ’14 draft eligible player in the OHL. Between Bennett, defenseman Roland McKeown, and Austin Watson, Kingston has become a routine destination for the NHL scouts this season. Bennett …

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Penn State Welcomes No.1 Minnesota to Happy Valley

It’s been well-documented that year two for Penn State as a Division I hockey program hasn’t gone according to plan. The Nittany Lions have struggled mightily this season as they’re 4-10-1 overall and sit last in the Big Ten Conference. It’s safe to say it’s been a disappointment thus far given the talent on the roster. Penn State is coming off of a 8-2 thumping at the hands of Boston College two weeks ago at the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh. It doesn’t get any easier for Guy Gadowsky and his squad as the Lions’ are set to host No. …