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Fantasy Hockey Coach - Hockey Pool and Keeper Hockey Advice - Forum - Blogs - Assistant Coach Carr http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/blog.php?514-Assistant-Coach-Carr fantasy hockey, hockey pools, fantasy hockey coach, pool guide, hockey pool, nhl, prospects, hockey en Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:13:55 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/images/misc/rss.jpg Fantasy Hockey Coach - Hockey Pool and Keeper Hockey Advice - Forum - Blogs - Assistant Coach Carr http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/blog.php?514-Assistant-Coach-Carr 2013 Memorial Cup Review http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?187-2013-Memorial-Cup-Review Mon, 27 May 2013 09:21:46 GMT Attachment 1439 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1439)Attachment 1440... Click image for larger version. 

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First of all, congratulations to the Halifax Mooseheads on winning their first Memorial Cup. This marks the third consecutive win for the QMJHL, following Shawinigan last year and Saint John in 2011. Also, congratulations must be given to the Portland Winterhawks on a fantastic season and for making the final game of the 2013 Memorial Cup a memorable one.

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This year’s tournament, held in Saskatoon, was memorable for a number of reasons, not least of which was the showdown between pre-tournament consensus number one overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft, Seth Jones of the Winterhawks and the number two and three ranked prospects, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of Halifax. This match up did not disappoint in any way with Jones proving that all the hype is warranted, showing off a polished offensive game and big league skating ability. Although he could stand to play a little more physical and tighten up his defensive zone coverage, the fact he is only 18 years old should not be forgotten. There is plenty of time to work on that side of his game.


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As for the Halifax wonder twins, it was a tale of two games for Drouin. With only one goal in the first meeting, Drouin must have been feeling the pressure, gripping the stick a little too tight to use the hockey lingo. Evidently he figured out how to deal with the national spotlight as he came back with a five assist performance in the championship game, tying a Memorial Cup record set by Dan Hodgson in 1985. While I personally feel he would benefit from another season in the “Q”, don’t be surprised if he makes it impossible, for whatever team drafts him, to send him back to the Mooseheads for another year of growing and seasoning.

And then there was Nathan MacKinnon. Ranked number two overall for the upcoming NHL draft, this was his chance to put some doubt in the minds of the scouts and most importantly, the decision makers for the Colorado Avalanche. He did just that. And then some. And then some more. Scoring three goals in the first meeting between the teams, he made the broadcasters and the people watching at home who haven’t gotten a chance to watch him play before, take notice. So what does a teenage superstar in the making do for an encore? How about another hat trick, in the championship game, against your friend and arguably biggest rival? Talk about a big game player. MacKinnon racked up 13 points in 4 games, over three points per game. The Avalanche brass does not have an easy decision to make now.

There were a number of other memorable moments from the clash between the top two rated teams in the CHL. Stellar goaltending from both Mac Carruth and Zachary Fucale with both goalies making huge saves at critical times. Standout defensive efforts from both teams led by captains Troy Rutkowski of the Winterhawks and Trey Lewis of the Mooseheads and offense being generated from the blue line by players like Penguins draft pick Derrick Pouliot and Sharks property Konrad Abeltshauser made this one of the most exciting title games in quite some time.

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The rest of the tournament was not without players and plays that will live on. From London’s Max Domi’s incredible, between the legs pass to Bo Horvat for a goal to Saskatoon’s Dalton Thrower’s illegal (debateable) check to the head of Taylor Leier, this tournament featured a little bit of everything. Tournament all-stars include Fucale, Pouliot, Abeltshauser, Mackinnon along with Martin Frk of the Mooseheads and Ty Rattie of the Winterhawks. Horvat was named most sportsmanlike while Andrey Makarov of the Blades was named top goalie. MacKinnon was top scorer and MVP of the tournament.

This was a very successful tournament, although the amount of empty seats was a bit alarming, from top to bottom. All accounts say that it was first class all the way, with a bunch of fan interaction activities, former NHLer’s and junior stars on hand, especially Blades alumni, and most importantly, great hockey on the ice.

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Finally, let’s keep in mind the main reason for the tournament. The Memorial Cup was dedicated in the honour of all of the men and women of the armed forces who have given their lives fighting for Canada. In hockey we use terms like war and battle. Players are called warriors and they do battle in the trenches. In actuality, they play a sport, the greatest sport in the world, but a sport none the less. Let’s take a minute to remember the people who really fought in the trenches, the real warriors. They would be proud of the way the Mooseheads and Winterhawks played for the trophy dedicated to them.

As always, I welcome your comments and invite you to join me on Twitter @fiveminutemajor ]]>
Assistant Coach Carr http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?187-2013-Memorial-Cup-Review
Time to change the Memorial Cup format? http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?184-Time-to-change-the-Memorial-Cup-format Mon, 01 Apr 2013 08:11:41 GMT Attachment 1423 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1423) Is this the time to switch up the Memorial Cup tournament... Click image for larger version. 

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Is this the time to switch up the Memorial Cup tournament format? Currently, the winners from each of the three leagues in the CHL (Quebec, Ontario and Western Leagues) all earn the right to play for junior hockey supremacy. The fourth team invited is the host team. This rotates from league to league on a yearly basis. Usually, the host team loads up on talent via trades to ensure themselves a competitive team for the tournament but lately there has been a disturbing trend with this format; the host team doesn’t win their league title. Or even make it that far. Last year, the host Shawinigan Cataractes lost in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs. This year, the host Saskatoon Blades lost in the first round of the WHL playoffs, not only lost, but were swept. This begs the question: why are we allowing an inferior team the chance to play for such a prestigious trophy?

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Rotating the host through the three different leagues makes sense, in a fairness sort of way. Is it time to stop “being fair”, and time to start rewarding winning? As the host team this year, the Blades are automatically in which also means that two of the Portland Winterhawks (117 points), Edmonton Oil Kings (108 points) and Kelowna Rockets (108 points) will absolutely not be (of course all three teams could miss out on the league title but that seems unlikely). The Blades had 94 points this season which is a pretty good year, and we all know regular season success does not guarantee playoff wins but an all access pass to the championship tournament because you had the best pitch to the selection committee a year previous seems wrong as well.

One idea is to continue rotating the host through the three leagues but allow the two teams playing in that particular league final to participate for the Memorial Cup. Using last year’s Memorial Cup as an example, the Saint John Seadogs and the Rimouski Oceanic would have represented the QMJHL in the tournament held in Shawinigan. The obvious problem with this scenario is attendance but is it really that big a problem? Maybe in the big markets like Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton but not in the smaller towns that make the CHL what it is. With the eyes of the junior hockey world watching, Baie Comeau would sell out the 2,779 seats in the Centre Henry-Leonard. Likewise in 3,257 seat Yardmen Arena located in Belleville. These smaller venues, smaller towns, can use the revenue and spotlight brought in by the Memorial Cup tournament despite the hometown team possibly not playing in it.

Another idea is to allow the league that wins the Memorial Cup to host the tournament the following year. Since 1983, when the tournament switched to four teams instead of three, the WHL has a dominating lead in Memorial Cup victories with 15, compared to nine for the OHL and six for the QMJHL. However, in the past 10 years, the margin is much closer with the OHL holding four titles with the other two leagues tied with three wins each, making this idea much more intriguing due to the parity. This idea is also based on rewarding teams that win at the expense of “fairness”.

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Whatever happens, be it a change to the format or status quo, the Memorial Cup tournament is one of the most exciting times of the hockey year. No matter where it is held coast to coast, big city or small town, get out and support junior hockey.

As always, I welcome your comments and invite you to join me on Twitter @fiveminutemajor ]]>
Assistant Coach Carr http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?184-Time-to-change-the-Memorial-Cup-format
Three (Future) Star Selection: Sarnia Sting http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?183-Three-(Future)-Star-Selection-Sarnia-Sting Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:13:06 GMT Attachment 1419 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1419) In this edition of Three (Future) Star Selection, we’ll take a...
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In this edition of Three (Future) Star Selection, we’ll take a look at the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Sting have taken a long road to get to where they are today. In fact, the franchise didn’t even start out in the OHL but rather was an original franchise of the QMJHL. That version of the team was called the Cornwall Royals and played in the QMJHL from 1969 until 1981 when they changed leagues and started skating in the OHL. They moved to Newmarket for the 1992 season and kept the team name “Royals”. Purchased by the Ciccarelli brothers in 1994 and moved to Sarnia, the Sting currently play out of the 4000+ seat RBC Center.

A virtual lock to make the playoffs every year (15 out of 19), the Sting have yet to find success in those playoffs with their best finish coming in 2007-08, when they made it to the conference semi-finals.

The Sting have had no trouble producing NHL caliber talent having sent 37 players to the big leagues. Among the notable names are Dan Carcillo, NHL hits leader Matt Martin, Calder trophy candidate Alex Galchenyuk, and first overall picks Nail Yakupov and Steven Stamkos.
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Third Star: Charles Sarault (20) – Sarnia Sting – Center - @sarault12

Talk about playing your way into a contract. Sarault picked a great time to have a career year, currently leading the OHL in points with 102 and assists with 80. A slick, skilled center, Sarault has a knack for putting the puck on the tape of his line mates sticks in scoring positions. Featuring a deceptive wrist shot, Sarault can find the back of the net as well, illustrated by back to back 20 goal seasons. The Sting captain will be looking to lead his team deep into the playoffs.

Fantasy Future - one out of three stars

Second Star: Reid Boucher (19) – Sarnia Sting – Winger

Goals anyone? Reid Boucher knows how to score goals, lots and lots of goals. Playing on a team who’s history boasts OHL scoring leaders (Aaron Brand 1995-96 and Peter Sarno 1998-99) and a two time Rocket Richard trophy winner (Stamkos 2009-10 and 2011-12), Boucher has outperformed them all when it comes to putting the puck in the net. With 60 goals in 63 games so far this year, the New Jersey Devils draft pick has secured his spot in the Sting record books. Armed with a lightning quick release and deadly accurate shot, Boucher has certainly polished his offensive game this year but that’s not all. While he will never contend for any defensive awards, Boucher has worked hard to change that part of his game, with success. His rating of +14 this year is 33 points higher than it was last year (.-19). Showing the will and determination to make himself a more complete player, Boucher could be exactly what the goal starved Devils need.

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Fantasy Future – two out of three stars


First Star: Anthony DeAngelo (17) – Sarnia Sting – Defense - @TonyDee07

A raw talent on the backend, DeAngelo has the tools to go all the way to the NHL. An effortless skater with great offensive instincts, he also doesn’t mind the dirty part of the game, with four fighting majors to his credit. A true diamond in the rough, with the right coaching, DeAngelo can become a game changer for some lucky NHL team. Expect some seasoning in the minors to start his career.

Fantasy Future – one out of three stars

The question that surrounds the Sting is a simple one. When will they find playoff success? The recipe is a simple one, success in hockey starts at the top and trickles down throughout the organization. The Sting have top notch ownership, a general manager and coach who has built a championship team before and top end talent on the ice. Only time will tell if the Sting make a deep run at their first OHL championship but this franchise is due and has the necessary parts. Don’t bet against them.

As always, I invite your comments and opinions and thank you for taking the time to read Three (Future) Star Selection. Join me on Twitter @fiveminutemajor


***UPDATE***

Charles Sarault just signed an entry level contract with the Anaheim Ducks ]]>
Assistant Coach Carr http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?183-Three-(Future)-Star-Selection-Sarnia-Sting
Three (Future) Star Selection: Portland Winterhawks http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?182-Three-(Future)-Star-Selection-Portland-Winterhawks Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:18:50 GMT Attachment 1406 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1406)In this edition of Three (Future) Star selection we’ll take a... Name:  three%20stars.jpg
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In existence since the 1976-1977 season, the Winterhawks have come a long way from humble beginnings, that being a transfer franchise who couldn’t afford new uniforms in their first year. The uniforms they eventually wore were a used set from the Chicago Blackhawks. Early pictures feature the Blackhawks telltale “C” on the shoulders, later to be changed to a “P”.

While the team may have lacked flashy uniforms, their play on the ice certainly didn’t suffer, setting a standard for future Wintehawk teams. In fact, since their inception, the Winterhawks have missed the WHL playoffs only seven times, the first time being the 1987-1988 season. Winners of two Presidents trophies, the Winterhawks have climbed the mountain twice, winning the Memorial Cup in 1982-1983 and again in 1997-1998. Currently ranked as the top team in the CHL, the Winterhawks are poised to take a run at Memorial Cup number three.

And talk about a pipeline to the NHL. No less than 103 Winterhawk alumni have skated in the NHL and they have produced 27 first round picks. Notable names include current NHLer’s Marian Hossa, Brendan Morrow, retried brothers Wayne and Dave Babych, and Hall of Fame members Mark Messier and Cam Neely.Click image for larger version. 

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Third Star: Mac Carruth (20) – Portland Winterhawks – Goalie - @maccarruth31
Drafted and signed by the Chicago Blackhawks, if nothing else, at least Carruth will be used to the jersey. The Winterhawks all time leader in wins (115) and shutouts (11), Carruth clearly knows how to stop the puck, using all of his six foot three inch frame to his advantage. Expect some seasoning in the AHL before watching him in the big show.

Fantasy Value- two out of three stars

Second Star: Ty Rattie (20) – Portland Winterhawks – Winger - @TyRattie8
Selected 32nd overall by the St Louis Blues in 2011, Rattie raised his game to another level at this year’s World Junior championships. Since his return from the tournament, Rattie has been on a torrid scoring pace, sitting with 94 points in 54 games. An offensive whiz, the most impressive stat is a whopping plus 52, proving he knows how to play both sides of the puck.

Fantasy Value – three out of three stars

First Star: Seth Jones (18) – Portland Winterhawks – Defenseman - @seth_jones3
The potential first overall pick in this year’s draft, Jones has gotten stronger as the season has gone on. Dangerous in all situations, Jones has just begun to scratch the surface of his talent. Listed at six foot four and 206 pounds, he makes good decisions on offence, has a canon for a shot and great hockey vision. Defensively, while still prone to lapses in zone coverage, Jones covers a lot of ice with his large frame and has a genuine mean streak on the ice. 47 points in 53 games are great numbers for a WHL rookie defenseman.

Fantasy Value – three out of three stars

Led by these three players, this may be the best Winterhawk team ever. However, this lineup is amazing from top to bottom. The Winterhawks boast two goaltenders with at least 20 wins (Carruth and Brendan Burke), a defensive corp. that includes four players with 35 points or more (Tyler Wotherspoon, Troy Rutkowski, Derrick Pouliot and Jones), and a forward group that includes three of the top four scorers in the WHL this season (Brendan Leipsic 110 points, Nicolas Petan 106 points and Rattie 94 points). Again, the most telling stat is plus/minus. The Winterhawks have 6 players in the top 10 and eight in the top 15 in that category with numbers ranging from plus 36 to an amazing plus 64. Look out all other teams in the CHL, the Winterhawks are for real.

As always, I invite your comments and opinions and thank you for taking the time to read Three (Future) Star Selection. Join me on Twitter @fiveminutemajor ]]>
Assistant Coach Carr http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?182-Three-(Future)-Star-Selection-Portland-Winterhawks
No love for the Shootout http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?181-No-love-for-the-Shootout Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:24:03 GMT Attachment 1396 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1396) Imagine a tie baseball game after 11 innings. Clearly the only... Click image for larger version. 

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Imagine a tie baseball game after 11 innings. Clearly the only way to settle this boring affair after investing four hours of your life is a homerun hitting contest.

The Spurs and the Lakers tied at 114 each after overtime. Clear the court, its slam dunk contest time.

Absurd right? Ridiculous. Foolish. No way would it ever happen. Why then, does the NHL insist on ending games with a shootout? Why not mix it up a little and next year we can decide a game with a puck relay or maybe a fastest skater competition? Defensive defensemen and checking forwards need not apply.

People who are fans of the shootout usually point to the fact “no one ever leaves the rink during a shootout”. Well no, no one ever does. They want to see who wins. Those same people also wouldn’t leave if you had a second overtime period, played three on three for example.

The penalty shot is the most exciting play in hockey is another reason usually offered up. No argument here. The difference between a penalty shot and the shootout is becoming more and more evident all the time. Simply put, the players don’t take it seriously. Martin St Louis would never try skating backwards towards the goal on a penalty shot. P.M. Bouchard will not try a spin-o-rama on a penalty shot. A penalty shot counts. A penalty shot is real. You get statistical credit for a penalty shot goal. Bonus dollars are sometimes on the line. The penalty shot is taken seriously.

A shootout goal doesn’t mean anything. Don’t get me wrong, some of the most creative, impressive goals ever scored have been scored during the shootout. It’s a chance to show off your individual skill set. That is, if you are lucky enough to be chosen to participate and that is main reason I hate the shootout.

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ID:	1397Hockey is a team game. The shootout removes the team aspect from deciding a game. In a recent game, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks played 29 minutes and 28 seconds versus the Vancouver Canucks, arguably their biggest rival. Keith’s stat line includes one assist, plus one, three shots, one hit, one block, three takeaways all spread out over 31 shifts. The Stanley Cup winning, Olympic gold medal winning, Norris trophy winning defenseman plays an integral role every night the Blackhawks play. A fun fact about this award winning defenseman: he has never been called on to participate in a shootout. EVER. Keith has never had a chance to influence the Blackhawks chances of winning a regular season game that has gone longer than 65 minutes.

The numbers do not lie. Here are some of the more interesting ones:

47 of 431 players to have attempted a shootout have a 50% or better average. Of those 47, only 18 have attempted three shots or more.

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ID:	1398Ilya Kovalchuk, James Neal, Rick Nash, Evgeni Malkin, Anze Kopitar, Claude Giroux, Jordan Eberle, Alexander Ovechkin, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Martin St Louis, Marian Gaborik, and Steven Stamkos have all scored on less than 40% of their attempts. No one will ever be able to convince me that this group of players do not have the talent to raise those numbers. If they took it seriously.

The most telling number of all: 0. the number of shootout attempts made by the greatest defenseman and arguably the greatest player of a generation: Nicklas Lidstrom. Let me say that again. Since the 2005-2006 season, the first season to use the shootout, Nicklas Lidstrom attempted no shootouts at all. When you take a superstar talent like this, and plant him on the bench to watch the outcome of a game, it’s time to re-examine whether or not the shootout experiment is working.

Thanks for taking the time to read this shootout rant. I welcome your comments and opinions and invite you to join me on Twitter @fiveminutemajor. ]]>
Assistant Coach Carr http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?181-No-love-for-the-Shootout
Three (Future) Star Selection: Quebec Remparts http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?180-Three-(Future)-Star-Selection-Quebec-Remparts Sat, 02 Feb 2013 19:36:51 GMT Attachment 1391 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1391)In this edition of Three (Future) Star Selection, we’ll look at... Name:  three%20stars.jpg
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Third Star: Logan Shaw (20) - Quebec Remparts – Winger - @loganshaw11

A big, strong winger, Shaw has the major league size and skating ability that teams look for. Drafted by the Panthers 76th overall in 2011, Shaw has future power forward written all over him and will fit in nicely with a young Panthers team. Expect a few years of seasoning in the AHL.

Fantasy Value- one out of three stars


Second Star: Francois Brassard (19) – Quebec Remparts – Goalie - @fbrass31

Selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by the Ottawa Senators, Brassard is a project but worth the time. Never one to unravel during the game, Brassard relies on his instincts, which are top notch. Facing a tough path to the NHL because the Senators are the deepest team in the NHL at his position, Brassard will hone his skills in the minors which will only benefit him in the long run.

Fantasy Value- one out of three stars


First Star: Adam Erne (17) – Quebec Remparts – Winger - @adamerne73

Ranked as the 15th best overall prospect for the 2013 draft by the ISS, Erne is going to solve some team’s problems for a top six power forward. A straight line player, what Erne lacks in flash, he more than makes up for in effective simplicity. Erne is above average in his skating and shooting, and well above average with his smart, physical play. Averaging more than a point per game in his draft year, he is proving that he can handle the pressure of being mentioned as a potential first round pick.

Fantasy Value- two out of three stars


Led by these three players, along with captain Martin Lefebvre and 2013 draft prospect Anthony Duclair, look for the Remparts to make a deep run in the QMJHL playoffs and challenge for the Presidents Cup.

Next up for Three (Future) Star Selection will be the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. See you next time.

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Three (Future) Star Selection: London Knights http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?177-Three-(Future)-Star-Selection-London-Knights Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:30:14 GMT Attachment 1303 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1303)This week we’ll take a look at the defending OHL champion London... Name:  three%20stars.jpg
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Size:  3.1 KBThis week we’ll take a look at the defending OHL champion London Knights. Granted a franchise in 1965, the London Nationals changed their name to Knights in 1968. Normally a very successful team (the team has made the OHL playoffs every year since 2000, winning the OHL title last year and the Memorial Cup in 2005 and also had a 24 game winning streak earlier this season) the Knights hold the dubious distinction of having the single worst season in CHL history. In the 1995-96 season, the Knights won a grand total of three (not a typo) games, finishing the season with 60 losses and three ties in 66 games. The Knights have a long list of players that have gone on to become superstars in the NHL including 21 first round selections highlighted by five number one overall selections (Rick Green ’76, Rob Ramage ’79, Rick Nash ’02, Patrick Kane ’07, and John Tavares ’09)

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Third star: Scott Harrington (19) - London Knights- Defense

A two time member of Canada’s under 20 junior team, Harrington is a coach’s dream on the ice. Positionally and fundamentally sound, he is the type of defenseman that every team tries to acquire at the trade deadline. Don’t expect lots of goals and assists from the Penguins draft choice, but if your fantasy league counts hits, blocks and plus-minus among its categories, Harrington will have value. Expect a solid NHL career.

Fantasy Value – one out of three stars

Second Star: Seth Griffith (20) - London Knights- Winger

Offensively gifted with the ability to make his line mates better, Griffith currently leads the OHL in scoring with 72 points in 46 games. Drafted by the Bruins in 2012 (fifth round, 131st overall), when Griffith makes the jump to the NHL, look for him to play a role on the teams third line where he can bring some offense to go along with his tenacity and hockey sense.

Fantasy Value- one out of three stars

First Star: Max Domi (17) – London Knights – Center

A skilled pivot with hockey bloodlines, Domi makes an interesting case for the draft in 2013. With 60 points in 43 games, the offensive talent is there. The more telling stat is that he is plus 25, sitting second on the team in that category. The quickest way to impress scouts and your potential future bosses is to play the game at both ends and Domi clearly has this figured out. As far as comparing him to his father, Tie, don’t expect him to earn his way to the NHL the same way his dad did. With just 43 minutes in penalties, the younger Domi has figured out he is more effective on the ice rather than off it.

Fantasy Value – two out of three stars

The London Knights are one of the premier franchises in the CHL. Owned and run by Mark and Dale Hunter, they sit first in the OHL and third in the CHL. Another trip to the memorial cup is well within their reach.

Thanks for taking the time to read Three (Future) Start Selection. Join us next time when we take a look at QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts.

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2013 Breakout Candidates http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?175-2013-Breakout-Candidates Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:06:32 GMT *Forwards* Jordan Staal- Hurricanes- Attachment 1272 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1272)reunited with his brother...
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ID:	1272reunited with his brother Eric in Carolina, Stall will finally get to play a top six role on a full time basis. You can expect a jump from his career average of .58 points per game to somewhere around .9 points per game. Also, as anyone with a brother or sister will attest to, never discount the power of sibling rivalry.

Kyle Turris- Senators- having been granted a trade from Phoenix, where he clearly wasn't happy, Turris is primed for a big year in the nations capital. At 23, his best years are still ahead of him and playing between Swedish stars Daniel Alfreddsson and Jakob Silfverberg is a great jumpoff point. Look for 30-35 points in this shortened season.

Cody Hodgson- Sabres- full time, number one center duties will automatically increase your numbers. Combine that with new linemates, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville, and the sky is the limit. Ultra-talented and away from the day to day pressure of a big hockey market like Vancouver, Hodgson will have his best season yet. 35 points is likely.

Defensemen

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ID:	1273 his pro stats are amazing already with 48 points in 34 games in the AHL. A slick, skilled rearguard, Schultz has the incredible ability to get his shot through traffic and on the net as evidenced by his 18 goals this season so far. Temper expectations as he adjusts to life in the NHL, but with the talent this Oiler team has assembled, half a point per game isn't out of the question.

Victor Hedman- Lightning- big, strong, smart and talented, Hedman is the total package on defense and eastern conference teams should take note, he's starting to figure out the offensive side of the game. With the offensive clout of Stamkos, Purcell,Lecavalier and St. Louis, Hedman has increased his points per game average every year so expect another jump to around half a point per game.

Goalie

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ID:	1274 this is the year for Crawford to stake his claim as the number one goalie in Chicago. At 27 years old, Crawford has the maturity and with two full seasons under his belt, the experience, to take that starters job and leave no doubt he's ready to lead the 'Hawks back into contention. A deep playoff run is a must to silence his critics and the short season is the perfect time to do it. ]]>
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Team Canada 2.0 http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?173-Team-Canada-2-0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 03:43:23 GMT Attachment 1268 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1268) On the eve of the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship, and...

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On the eve of the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship, and with some questions popping up about the Canadian roster, let’s take a look at the player’s team Canada left behind. Let’s start by saying, this is not an indictment on the team hockey Canada chose to send to the World Junior championship this year, rather, it is a statement that many Canadians feel deep down; we could send two teams to any tournament and wind up playing each other in the finals. For a nation who doesn’t consider silver as success, any time Canada selects a best of team, there will be players that you think should have been selected and players you can’t believe made the team. Here’s a look at what could have been.


Goal

Laurent Brossoit- Edmonton
Zachary Fucale- Halifax
Francois Brassard- Quebec


Defense

Matt Dumba- Red Deer
Frank Corrado- Sudbury
Matt Finn- Guelph
Adam Pelech- Erie
Derrick Pouliot- Portland
Ryan Pulock- Brandon
Nikolas Brouillard- Drummondville


Forwards


Mark McNeill- Prince Albert (has been called up to take the spot of the injured Charles Hudon but makes the list as he was not part of the original selection)
Hunter Shinkaruk- Medicine Hat
Michael St. Croix- Edmonton
Brendan Leipsic- Portland
Andreas Athanasiou- Barrie
Seth Griffith- London
Daniel Catenacci- Owen Sound
Tom Wilson- Plymouth
Matt Puempel- Kitchener
Jean-Sebastian Dea- Rouyn-Noranda
Anthony Mantha- Val-d’Or
Francis Beauvillier- Rimouski
Raphael Bussieres- Baie-Comeau

While this roster lacks the big name, star power associated with the “A” teams Canada sends to these tournaments, consider these stats at the time this article was written:
Team Canada goalie wins: 44 Team Canada 2.0 goalie wins: 52
Team Canada defensemen points: 163 Team Canada 2.0 defensemen points: 178
Team Canada forward points: 596 Team Canada 2.0 forward points: 553

As you can see, the teams aren’t that far apart offensively and the goaltending is at least equal or arguably better. Secondary stats such as plus/minus, goals-against-average and save percentage are overwhelmingly on the side of team Canada.

Despite injuries to Hudon and Jonathan Drouin and the three game suspension handed out to Boone Jenner, when the puck drops on December 26 against Germany, no matter what the name on the back of the jersey says, team Canada will be the team to beat.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas (QMJHL style) http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/entry.php?172-The-Twelve-Days-of-Christmas-(QMJHL-style) Mon, 24 Dec 2012 22:59:46 GMT Attachment 1267 (http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1267) Twelve- approximately the amount of wins the defending... Click image for larger version. 

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Twelve- approximately the amount of wins the defending Memorial Cup champions, Shawinigan Cataractes, will end the season with. At the halfway mark of the season, they sit with seven wins

Eleven- amount of goals scored by Kevin Gagne, representing a career high, leading all defensemen in that category

Ten- number of teams with a record above .500. Val-d’Or holds the tenth spot with a .514 winning percentage

Nine- goalies with double digit losses with the 17 by Marvin Cupper of the Cataractes leading the way

Eight- the number of wins by Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, goaltender for the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix. Considering the two-time, defending QMJHL champions, Saint John Seadogs won 15 games in their inaugural season, Sherbrook fans should look forward to the future

Seven- shorthanded goals scored by Josh Currie of the P.E.I. Rocket, leading the league in that category, two ahead of Taylor Burke from Gatineau

Six- players selected to the under 20 Canadian national junior team including bronze medalist from last year’s team Jonathan Huberdeau. Also making the trip to Ufa, Russia, will be Halifax teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, the injured Chicoutimi star Charles Hudon, Chicago Blackhawks first round pick from 2011 Phillip Danault (Victoriaville) and defenseman Xavier Ouellet of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Five- total number of losses by the number one team in the country, the Halifax Mooseheads, at the halfway point of the season. Sporting a fantastic 29 wins against three losses in regulation, one in overtime and one in a shootout, the Mooseheads are the team to beat heading into the second half of the seasonClick image for larger version. 

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Four- overtime goals scored by the Saint John Seadogs this season, 2 each for Oliver Cooper and the since traded Kevin Gagne

Three- teams from the QMJHL in the top 10 in the country including number one overall, Halifax, number seven, Quebec and number seven, Blainville-Boisbriand with honorable mentions going out to Rimouski and Rouyn-Noranda

Two- teammates leading the league in scoring. Ben Duffy (61) trails Josh Currie (62) by one point. The P.E.I. line mates currently have the Rocket in ninth place overall

One- both team wise and individual, the QMJHL is leading the entire CHL in some major categories. As previously mentioned, the Halifax Mooseheads are ranked as the number one team in the league. Josh Currie is not only tied as the number one point getter in the CHL ( tied with Ryan Strome from the OHL’s Niagara Icedogs and Colin Smith of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers making it a three league race) but is leading the CHL in goals scored with 31, shorthanded goals with seven and shorthanded points with nine. Halifax goaltender Zachary Fucale is leading the CHL in wins with 22 while Jean-Sebastien Dea of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies leads the country with 17 power play goals

So there you have it, Christmas in the “Q”. Let’s hope the second half of the season is as entertaining as the first.

To everyone reading this, here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday season, Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel and a very happy New Year. ]]>
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