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How Does That Taste Hockey's Future/THN?

You know, I find it pretty funny "mainstream" media outlets like Hockey's Future and THN can find it fit to ridicule the Tampa Bay Lightning's prospect base, put us dead last in their organizational ranking and keep our players out of their top-50 prospects without even so much as an honorable mention and yet when the puck is dropped and the real games are played the Lightning have three of the better rookies in the league this season. TSN [url=http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=155720&hubname=nhl]released their top-40 rankings for rookie forwards today[/url] and Ryan Craig (#23) and Evgeny Artyukhin (#25) both made the grade. Here's a fun exercise: count the number of well hyped 1st round draft picks lunch pail 8th rounder Ryan Craig has outplayed so far this year. I count nine between the rest of the top-40 and the honorable mentions TSN lists, and I'm sure a certain very biased online editor at Hockey's Future must be thoroughly embarassed by the immortal Jim Slater being bested by [b]two[/b] prospects from the Lightning's allegedly bare cupboard. Earlier TSN [url=http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/news_story/?ID=154226&hubname=fantasy_news]had released their list of the top-20 rookie defensemen prospects and 6th round pick Paul Ranger checked in at #15.[/url] What!? No Braydon Coburn!?!?! To the critics of this organization: [img]http://www.worldbook.com/features/birds/assets/crow.jpg[/img] Would you prefer yours grilled or baked?

Game Day 2/19: Nailers at Chiefs

Playing Betz in goal is like spotting the other team a 2-3 goal lead it seems... WHE-4 JHN-3 Mike Betz stopped 25 of 29 in the loss. Zbynek Hrdel and Brandon Elliot had helpers for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2901]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Day 2/19: Falcons at Lock Monsters

That one hurt... SPR-1 LOW-4 It's so hard to keep momentum in the AHL where you have these three game weekends stretches. The Falcons had played the previous two nights and had to travel to get to the game in Lowell. Gerald Coleman put in a valiant effort stopping 34 of 37 in the loss. Chris Dingman scored the lone Falcons goal with assists from Mike Egener and Ryan Vesce. Where it hurts worst in the standings where Springfield had an opportunity to pull to within 3 points of Lowell which currently sits in 5th in the Atlantic. Providence is currently finishing up a throttling of the WBS Pens meaning the Falcons will be 15 points out of the playoffs at night's end. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001775]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 2/18: Chiefs at Titans

Tough road loss... JHN-2 TRE-5 Morgan Cey stopped 36 of 40 shots faced in the loss. Zbynek Hrdel scored both goals for the Chiefs. Adam Henrich was held scoreless, snapping his multi-game point streak. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2868]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 2/18: Penguins at Falcons

Oh hell yeah! Falcons win their first shootout of the season. WBS-1 SPR-2 (SO) Jonathan Boutin bumps off the number one team in the league with 21 saves on 22 shots and 4/5 in the shootout. The Falcons outshot the baby Pens 25-21 in the game. Marek Kvapil scored the lone regulation goal on assists by O'Brien and Jaspers as the Blatny/Jaspers/Kvapil line stayed hot. Jaspers and Cavanaugh had the two shootout goals. The Falcons are now 13 points out of a playoff spot. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001768]TheAHL.com.[/url]
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