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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope — The Diehard Fans

So here we are. The AHL season has started and the Phantoms are off on a positive note, carrying an overtime win against the Hershey Bears this past weekend into a home-and-home with the Hartford Wolf Pack, which includes their home opener on October 12. Wait, what? The Phantoms won a game? It may sound harsh, but that’s the Philadelphia culture, right? Lose one game and the season is over? Well, things are not quite the same here in Glens Falls. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. Glens Falls has some of the most diehard hockey fans I have ever …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: WHL Preliminary Top 10

There are 33 WHL skaters and 2 goaltenders listed on the NHL Central Scouting North American “Ones to Watch” list. On the list, players are classified as A, B, or C skaters respectively. Seven players from the WHL were listed as “A” skaters and all seven of those are on my list including potential number one overall pick Sam Reinhart. According to the WHL’s website, 20% of all players who played in the NHL last season played juniors in the WHL. A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, including eight in the first round. …

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Will Penn State prove the naysayers wrong this season?

The Wisconsin Badgers, as voted upon by the B1G coaches, were chosen as the preseason favorite for the inaugural B1G hockey conference. Not much of surprise, since the Badgers return nine seniors and seven juniors after reaching the NCAA tournament last year. The Minnesota Gophers were voted to finish second, with Michigan slotted for third, Michigan State and Ohio State projected to tie for fourth and Penn State to finish last. Penn State fans may object to where their team is ranked, but in all honesty, it’s where they should be right now. The key word is right now. Like …

The Phantoms' lack of success in Adirondack is because of several factors, as Tim McManus, former Phantoms beat reporter for the Post-Star, discusses. (Photo courtesy of masslive.com)

Phantoms: New Home, New Hope — A Closer Look at the Phantoms’ Struggles in Adirondack

Tim McManus covered the Phantoms for The Post-Star during their first three seasons in Adirondack (2009-2010 to 2011-2012). In that time, he witnessed a team struggling to adjust to its new surroundings and a different way of life, going from the bustling Philadelphia to the quiet Glens Falls, NY. The Phantoms have failed to find much success while in their temporary home in Adirondack, and Tim was able to give some great insight as to why that is, including the Flyers organization’s role in the Phantoms’ struggles. The Phantoms have struggled to find success during their time in Glens Falls. …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: QMJHL Preliminary Top 10

The QMJHL had a banner year last year with the Halifax Mooseheads dominating the CHL en route to a Memorial Cup victory in Saskatoon. The “Q” also saw six players taken in the first round and produced a total of 31 players overall. The 2014 draft class certainly does not have the star power of 2013, but there are a few players who could be top 15 selections come June. Click here for my OHL rankings. 1. Ivan Barbashev (C/LW) Moncton Wildcats He was the first overall pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft and showed the individual skills that …