Steve Mason picture by Steve Jacot

Saving Steve Mason

“No, it never does. I mean, these people somehow delude themselves into thinking it might, but… but it might work for us.” – Dr. Tobias Funke I’ve noticed a curious thing throughout the preseason and start of the regular season: people are going out of their way to defend Steve Mason. What is it about Steve Mason that elicits this reaction? He has one excellent year under his belt, followed by a whole boatload of meh. Mason won the Calder in his rookie season with a 2.29 GAA, .916 save percentage, and 10 shutouts in 61 games back in 2008-2009. …

img_15247

Phantoms Announce Opening Night Roster

The Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms announced their opening night roster today, ahead of their first game this upcoming Saturday night versus the Hartford Wolf Pack. On the list of Phantoms include many players who saw time with the Flyers last year, including Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn, Bruno Gervais, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen and Matt Konan. Newcomers to the team this year include recent acquisitions Yann Denis, Petr Straka, Michael Raffl, Chris VandeVelde and Steven Delisle. The Phantoms, who have struggled mightily since their move to Glens Falls, NY, look to be more competitive this year with the more-experienced …

092613_scott-laughton_600

Laughton Sent to Oshawa

Photo courtesy of Philly.com In somewhat of a surprising move, the Flyers announced Thursday that they were sending 2012 first-round draft pick Scott Laughton back to the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. Laughton was a healthy scratch in last night’s season opener for the Flyers, with the team opting to go the tougher route with enforcer Jay Rosehill against a larger, more physical Toronto Maple Leafs team. The number 20 overall pick of the 2012 draft had made the team out of training camp, but the Flyers must think that although he’ll be the best player in the …

Image courtesy of sports.yahoo.com

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. …

Image courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Bernier steals game for Leafs, Flyers can’t capitalize early in 3-1 loss

The Philadelphia Flyers dropped their season opener tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, as the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs came in and stole a 3-1 victory. Jonathan Bernier bailed out the Maple Leafs several times during Toronto’s win, as he kept his team in it for the first two periods before Dave Bolland potted the game-winning goal early in the third period and put home the insurance tally with 22.5 seconds left for a two-goal game. Phil Kessel also scored for the Maple Leafs in the win. With a pass from Joffrey Lupul behind Steve Mason’s cage, the former Chicago …