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Brayden Schenn is currently third in AHL scoring with 22 points. He's been really, really impressive in the limitied viewings I have had of the Flyers farm team this fall. Looks ready to take the next step in the NHL.

 

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Only one game in the AHL last night - Houston (Minnesota) defeated the Oilers/Barons in a shootout, 2-1.

 

Justin Schultz scored the lone Barons goal. He made a few turnovers throughout the game - as a young defenseman, there is going to be some bad with the good for a while as the adjustment to pro hockey continunes.

 

Jason Zucker was pointless for Houston, but he led the team with an impressive nine shots on goal. He's an interesting prospect - pretty safe bet to make the NHL, but in what capacity?

 

Matt Hackett stopped 23 of 24 shots for the Aeros to earn the victory. His NHL stock has probably risen in the past few days with the Harding MS diagnosis. Not making light of the news or anything of that nature, but from everything I have read and heard about MS, Harding is facing a very uphill battle to maintain the career as a professional goaltender, even that of a backup.

 

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In absolutely shocking news, the mediation didn’t work. And now the NHL has requested for an owners and players-only meeting. Sure, that sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?

 

I wonder what the next chapter in the lockout script is. The NHL is operating from a playbook to a tee, and perhaps the PA needs to do something shocking to throw them off course.

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Forgot to mention this yesterday – Adam Henrique is out for 4-6 weeks with a thumb injury. He’s been playing in the AHL with Albany during the lockout.

 

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High praise for Travis Hamonic, from CBC:

 

Another New York Islander getting good reviews is Travis Hamonic. “A beast,” said one scout. I mentioned this last year, but a couple of teammates said he just had to understand how good he is. Sounds like he’s figuring it out.


I don’t disagree. Hamonic is a monster, and he sees the ice really well. His offensive production will depend a lot on PP time, but he’s going to be a multi-category stud regardless of whether he scores five goals or 15.

 

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My latest for the CanucksArmy – continuing to update the progress of the organization’s top prospects through the 2012-13 season. In this piece I take a look at Kevin Connauton and Frank Corrado, among others.

 

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The Portland Winterhawks were hammered by the WHL for multiple cases of circumventing league rules and policy. There has to be more to this story than just paying for flights for families and paying for players cell phone plans – the WHL suspended coach/GM Mike Johnston for the entire season and playoffs, and the club will forfeit nine draft picks over the next few years as well.

 

Portland has been one of the most dominant WHL franchises in recent memory, churning out stars like Sven Bartschi, Ryan Johansen, Joe Morrow, and Nino Niederreiter. Don’t forget about Seth Jones, Ty Rattie, or Derrick Pouliot, either. I hope their current players are well trained with the media, as I imagine the speculation is only going to increase.

 

Maybe the Winterhawks aren’t coming completely clean with what they’ve done to incur the loss of their coach and GM, the draft picks and a $200,000 fine. Maybe there’s more that they’re not divulging. But would it be such a crime if Baertschi or Nino Niederreiter, both Swiss players, said they’d like to see their mum and dad during a long season after moving clear across the world to play hockey and the Winterhawks paid for some flights?


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Claude Giroux owners can sleep a little better tonight – the superstar forward was checked out by a doctor in Atlanta and he is 100% healthy. And it sounds like he will be returning to Berlin to play as well.

 

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Wojtek Wolski is adjusting nicely to hockey in Poland…

 

 

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Here is Elliotte Friedman’s always interesting 30 Thoughts. I’ll share my thoughts on some of his thoughts.

 

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"I have more time to watch our opponents," Hartley said. "I spent six hours watching a Canucks game [from last year].


Hartley’s scouting report: The Sedins are good players. The Flames coaching staff has used their extra time to gather as much data as possible – a very good plan, in my estimation.

 

A lot of time is spent watching video and editing it for the players' return. There's big-picture stuff, like neutral-zone defence, defensive-zone breakouts and offensive-zone entries. There's also the microeconomics of the Flames' system.


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Some good words for a few young players in the AHL:

 

AHL praise for Marcus Foligno: "A man now." Robin Lehner: "Making it look easy." Cory Conacher: "A nasty little guy." Also, a player I'm really unfamiliar with, Nashville's Patrick Cehlin, a Swedish forward who was a fifth-round pick in 2010.


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A college free agent to watch:

 

Yale's Antoine Laganiere, from Ile-Cadieux, Que. He went to Vancouver's camp two years ago and to Edmonton's last summer. Tall at 6-foot-4 but not yet filled out, he'll be a free agent and won't be sitting alone at the prom.


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Molson said:

Molson
Schenn Schenn got 22 points, not 30....
November 30, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... Mr - thanks, had to fix the link.

Germant - I'll have some content coming up for the WJC soon - I find it tough enough to dig up news for the ramblings!
November 30, 2012
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germant said:

germant
20 Thoughts Hey Jeff! If Elliotte can come up with 30 mostly NHL thoughts, surely you can resurrect your 20 Thoughts series with so much AHL/CHL/Euro hockey being played. Always loved those reads!smilies/grin.gif
November 30, 2012
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mrmojorisin said:

mrmojorisin
canuckarmy Link doesn't work Jeff....
November 30, 2012
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JW said:

maya has the knife
Cehlin I saw Cehlin live a few weeks ago. He's an absolute sniper. Not the greatest size, but he can fly. Another guy to watch is Austin Watson, as he's really coming on strong as of late. After posting just 3 points in his first 9 AHL games, he has found his game and racked up 10 in his last 9, good for 2nd in scoring on his team as a rookie.
November 30, 2012
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