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2013 Draft Eligibles: Madison Bowey could be the next great Kelowna defenseman

Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Luke Schenn, and Josh Gorges are some of the NHL’s most elite defenseman. They all have one thing in common: the Kelowna Rockets. Kelowna has been a recent factory for blueliners. With a track record of success for the rugged Rockets, NHL scouts have kept a keen eye on the defensive WHL powerhouse. It is hard not to get excited and create buzz for the next potential star. Madison Bowey fits the Kelowna mold carved out by the likes of Weber, Keith, Schenn, and Gorges. He is a powerful, two-way d-man with a high ceiling. Bowey’s …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Is it Philly or Bust for Valeri Nichushkin?

Ever since Evgeni Malkin entered the league the bar for Russian prospects has been set. His combination of size, speed and stickhandling is something the NHL hasn’t seen, and will not see again. There is only one Evgeni Malkin. Scouts love to make lofty comparisons and envision improbable similarities with young talent. The top Russian talent in the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft is Valeri Nichushkin. The 6’3” 201-pound right-winger is the number two-rated international skater in the final Central Scouting rankings. Nichushkin burst onto the International scene during last year’s WJC in Ufa, Russia. With Team Russia in danger of …

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Will fate send Seth Jones to Colorado, or will Philadelphia find its future?

At first glace it would appear that Joe Sakic and Seth Jones have very little in common.                       Sakic was born in Burnaby, BC, with the sole purpose of playing ice hockey. Jones was born in Plano, TX to a former NBA player. Now an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets, Popeye Jones was a budding professional basketball player in 1993 when his career took him to Dallas. Coincidently, the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas, becoming the Stars that same year. Mike Modano provided scintillating performances for the new …

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Should the Flyers trade up for Jonathan Drouin?

If your answer to the question above was “no”, perhaps this may change your mind.. If your response was “yes”, then you may be aware of the Halifax Mooseheads’ superstar forward Jonathan Drouin. The “Halifax Houdini” has hands spun of silk that he puts on display each night as he scripts new tapestry. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound weapon dangles around top QMJHL defensemen as if they are parking cones. The Moosehead winger can stickhandle inside a phone booth and come out of traffic with the puck seemingly glued to his blade. However, the most brilliant aspect of Drouin’s offensive repertoire is …