Thursday, October 4, 2012

2013 NHL Draft Prospects - 5 To Watch

The 2013 NHL Draft really isn't that far away.  So let's take a look at some of the premier prospects who will be taken early and will take to the NHL ice in 2013.

1.  Seth Jones - The son of former NBA great Popeye Jones, Seth is said by some to be the presumptive number one overall selection. The 6' 3" defenseman had an outstanding showing in the first ever All American Prospect game in 2012.

2.  Nathan MacKinnon - The 5' 11" right-handed center has been playing with the Halifax Mooseheads.  In 2011-12 he scored an impressive 78 points in 58 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

3.  Elias Lindholm - The Sweedish forward has been called the best European prospect in this draft class.  Playing for Brynas IF in the J20 league last season, Lindholm had an astounding 49 points in 36 games.

4.  Zachary Fucale - 32 wins in 58 games played in 2011-12.  A strong 3.16 GAA.  A 2.88 GAA and .904 save percentage in the 2012 playoffs.  He's one of the few goalies to watch as a potential early pick in the 2013 NHL draft. 

5.  Hunter Shinkaruk - He had 49 goals and 91 points in 66 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers in 2011-12.  And he's got 7 points in just 4 games already in the 2012-13 season.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NHL Notebook

ESPN has a nice compilation of all the NHL players who will be playing overseas during the lockout.  Two things I take from this list.  One - the NHL players don't expect this lockout to end anytime soon.  If this many players have plans to play on other teams this season.  Two - the Bruins players will be scattered far and wide until the NHL season starts, if it starts this season. reports that the Russian-based KHL will air several games on ESPN3 this season.  There are also plans to play a couple of KHL games in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center in January.

Would boycotting NHL sponsors put more pressure on the NHL to resolve the lockout quickly?  Some fans think so.  Read more at the Puck Daddy blog.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hockey Notes

ESPN's Katie Strang reports that discussions between the league and the union are scheduled to resume on Tuesday.  She also mentions that the league has repeatedly stated that they await the players' union   presenting their next offer.

Lyle Richardson of notes that the Colorado Avalanche saw its lowest stadium attendance in 2009-10.  As they've rebuilt, attendance has swung back up.  It will take a push to the playoffs however, to see a significant rise in attendance.  That or a phenomenal young player on the level of Sidney Crosby.

The Avs ranked 23rd on average game attendance in 2011-12.  If you want to see the full attendance numbers, go to

NHL Lockout Alternatives

If the NHL owners lock out the players, and the fans, for an extended period of time you can find some alternatives in each market to feed your hockey jones here.

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