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06-09-2013, 01:25 PM
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Eagles Finish in Cellar for Second Straight Year

The effort was there, but the results were not. The Halifax Eagles ended their sophomore season in the NHL winning 4 of their last 6 games but it wasn't enough to overcome a shaky start and consistent losing streaks, finishing the year with a 32-39-11 record, good enough for just 75 points, an 11 point improvement from last year's total, but still tied for dead last in the NHL.

However, in spite of the team's poor performance during the regular seasons, there were some things worth celebrating. Sophomore forward Jonathan Huberdeau followed up his Calder Trophy winning season with a 31-goal, 69-point effort. Veteran Andy McDonald, signing with the team as a 36 year old, posted a shocking 29 goals, his highest total since the 2005-06 season where he scored 34 goals with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Newcomer Jason Pominville finished the year with 21 goals and 55 points and hopes to improve on those number next year after settling in with the Eagles. Finally, goaltender Jacob Markstrom, while not posting impressive numbers by any stretch, improved his own totals by posting 19 wins with a 3.05 GAA and a save percentage of 89.6, as well as 2 shutouts.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the St. Louis Blues in 4 games to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup!

NHL Draft

"With the first overall selection in the 2014 NHL draft... the Halifax Eagles are very pleased to select, from the OHL's Barrie Colts, Aaron Ekblad!"

The Halifax Eagles draft Aaron Ekblad with the 1st overall pick. Ekblad is a hulking defenseman with excellent speed and vision, and he will surely solidify the Eagles' blueline for years to come.

1st overallD Aaron Ekblad4.5 Gold Stars76 ovr
31st overallRW Mathias Lindstrom3 Gold Stars59 ovr
50th overallLW Victor Thang3.5 Gold Stars57 ovr
55th overallD Pavel Kuvaev3.5 Gold Stars56 ovr
61st overallG Julio Billia3.5 Gold Stars53 ovr
80th overallD Evan Scott3.5 Gold Stars49 ovr
91st overallC Torsten Renberg2.5 Gold Stars58 ovr
109th overallRW Trent Doell2.5 Gold Stars57 ovr
151st overallLW Spencer Watson2.5 Gold Stars54 ovr
181st overallC Daniel Nikandrov2.5 Gold Stars55 ovr

The Eagles approached Free Agency with the goal of becoming more skilled in hopes of making the playoffs next year. With that in mind, the team had to make some strategic decisions in terms of personnel.

C Marcel Goc
C Stefan Chaput
C Rob Flick
LW Justin Florek
LW Chris Bourque
RW Chris Connolly
RW David Moss
RW Seth Griffith
D Zach Trotman
D Ryan Button
D David Warsofsky
D Jonathan Ericsson
D Matt Gilroy [Bought Out]
G Nikolai Khabibulin [Retired]

D Dmitry Kulikov [2 years, $5.190M per]
D Erik Gudbranson [3 years, $2.470M per]
RW Jason Pominville [5 years, $6.410M per]
RW Antti Miettinen [1 year, $1.790M per]

D Aaron Ekblad [ELC, $0.925M per]
LW Vladimir Sobotka [81 OVR, 2 years, $3.275M per]
G Julius Hudacek [80 OVR, 1 year, $1.595M per]
LW Brenden Morrow [82 OVR, 1 year, $3.700M per]

Opening Night Roster

Wojtek Wolski 81 - "C" Jonathan Huberdeau 87 - Jason Pominville 85
Andy McDonald 81 - "A" Stephen Weiss 83 - Tomas Fleischmann 83
Brenden Morrow 82 - Shawn Matthias 80 - Vladimir Sobotka 81
Antti Miettinen 78 - Drew Shore 76 - Viktor Stalberg 80

Dmitry Kulikov 87 - Brian Campbell 85
"A" Erik Gudbranson 82 - Jason Demers 85
Scott Hannan 79 - Colby Cohen 78

Jacob Markstrom 81
Julius Hudacek 80

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