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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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Royals crown Thunder, Gill’s ShO puts Reading two-up in Kelly Finals

Riley Gill stopped all 27 shots he faced, and the Reading Royals rode a three-goal first-period explosion to subdue the Stockton Thunder by a 4-0 count in Game 2 of the Kelly Cup Finals on Sunday evening at Sovereign Center. “It’s certainly less stressful on the bench,” Royals head coach Larry Courville said about the difference between Game 2 and Game 1′s back-and-forth 6-5 overtime contest. “I’ve been pulling my hair out this year. The guys have done a great job winning those close games but it was nice not to go to OT.” Alex Berry, Brett Flemming and T.J. …

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Flyers can find goalie depth in ’13 draft class

It’s no secret the Flyers lack organizational depth in the crease. Beyond Anthony Stolarz of the London Knights, the cupboard is bare. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft class has depth and numerous potential NHL starters. Philly doesn’t have to pounce early in round one for a netminder, but there will be many intriguing prospects available in the second and third rounds. Here are four Canadian goalies with high ceilings that the Flyers might target come draft day.   Zachary Fucale – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 2012-13: 45-5-3, 2.35 GAA, .909 SV% Simply put, this guy is a winner. Fucale has backstopped …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Domi, Horvat, and Zadorov continue the tradition of excellence in London

The London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League have had a rich history when it comes to graduating players into the NHL/WHA.  Since 1973, a total of 175 players have been drafted by NHL/WHA clubs. The Knights have produced Hockey Hall of Famers Dino Ciccarelli and Darryl Sittler, along with current NHL superstars Patrick Kane, John Tavares, Rick Nash, and Corey Perry. (Note: Future Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan laced up for London as well). The Knights have had more number one overall draft picks, five, than any other club in the world. (Rick Green, WSH, ’76, Rob Ramage, COL …

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Royals beat Cincinnati, roar into Kelly Cup Finals

After a 12-year journey which included three previous busted attempts to reach the fourth and/or final round of the ECHL playoffs, the Royals finally got over the hump on Saturday night. Kirk MacDonald registered the winning goal just past the midway point of regulation and Riley Gill stopped 25 pucks as the Royals posted a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Ian O’Connor and T.J. Syner also added scores while Dustin Stevenson tallied two assists for the top seed in the East, who will face Stockton in the Kelly Cup Finals beginning …