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11-30-2012, 01:06 PM
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Everything's so up in the air that it'd be useless to try and predict at this point. For all we know the lockout could take out the entire season and we could win another lottery.

But there will be high-end players available all through the first round. I think it'll be the best draft since 2003.
I like the sound of that 2003 was a great draft.

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I like the sound of that 2003 was a great draft.
There's just so much talent coming from all over the globe. If we somehow got into the Top 10 we could easily grab a franchise player, not just a great complementary one.

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Pens might get 2 decent NHL Dmen out of their current crop. I just hope that they are the ones that the Pen's decide to keep. I have been very disappoint in Morrow's play so far in the AHL, and he is supposed to be our best prospect.

I still hold hope that Scuds could make a return as an UFA
You can't look at one guy (who played in a system that was a complete 180) and judge the entire crop.

That doesn't make any sense to me.

I know all of the Pens top D prospects quite well, except Dumoulin and I can see Morrow, Despres, Harrington, Strait and Bortuzzo all becoming valuable contributors to the Pens or whatever team they wind up with.

Others seem to be really high on Dumoulin as well. DP and Maatta are looking good so far, but it's too early to know for sure if they can be NHL regulars.

It is kind of silly to throw out made up numbers and not look at each player individually.

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11-30-2012, 03:09 PM
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You can't look at one guy (who played in a system that was a complete 180) and judge the entire crop.

That doesn't make any sense to me.

I know all of the Pens top D prospects quite well, except Dumoulin and I can see Morrow, Despres, Harrington, Strait and Bortuzzo all becoming valuable contributors to the Pens or whatever team they wind up with.

Others seem to be really high on Dumoulin as well. DP and Maatta are looking good so far, but it's too early to know for sure if they can be NHL regulars.

It is kind of silly to throw out made up numbers and not look at each player individually.
General success rate of any draft pick is around 30-40%. 6 D prospects x .35 = 2.1 NHL defenders. It's not pulling numbers out of a dark place. I get your point though, but I was just being realistic. I would put the expected # between 1 and 3 D-men out of that group. You have to agree that it is going to be less than 6.

Every prospect looks good until they get into the NHL.

Bortz is unable to stay healthy and a fringe talent when that happens
Strait is probably a 6th/7th NHL D man. Zero offense, good defense
DP and Maatta are very far away
Morrow hasn't looked that great in the AHL (prob has most potential of all prospects).
Dumoulin has looked pretty solid in the AHL
Depres has had an underwhelming AHL season so far (poor defensively-so was Letang early on). He has all the tools, but struggles to use them at times.
I haven't seen Harrington play, but hear good things.

As of now, I would put money on Dumoulin and probably Morrow after another year in the AHL as poised to be NHL defenders we "want" on the Pens team. We are wanting to see "dominating" AHL performances to indicate these guys will be decent NHLers.

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11-30-2012, 04:12 PM
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General success rate of any draft pick is around 30-40%. 6 D prospects x .35 = 2.1 NHL defenders. It's not pulling numbers out of a dark place. I get your point though, but I was just being realistic. I would put the expected # between 1 and 3 D-men out of that group. You have to agree that it is going to be less than 6.

Every prospect looks good until they get into the NHL.

Bortz is unable to stay healthy and a fringe talent when that happens
Strait is probably a 6th/7th NHL D man. Zero offense, good defense
DP and Maatta are very far away
Morrow hasn't looked that great in the AHL (prob has most potential of all prospects).
Dumoulin has looked pretty solid in the AHL
Depres has had an underwhelming AHL season so far (poor defensively-so was Letang early on). He has all the tools, but struggles to use them at times.
I haven't seen Harrington play, but hear good things.

As of now, I would put money on Dumoulin and probably Morrow after another year in the AHL as poised to be NHL defenders we "want" on the Pens team. We are wanting to see "dominating" AHL performances to indicate these guys will be decent NHLers.
The success rate for 1st round picks is usually around 60%-70%. So probably about 3 of the Pens 1st round picks will make it of the 4 (I'd say Morrow, Despres and Maatta would make the NHL, Pouliot is the most likely bust). Of 2nd round picks, usually about 30%-40% make the NHL, so probably about 1 of the 3 2nd round picks will make the NHL (hard to tell between Harrington and Dumoulin, with Sneep being the bust. I feel higher on Dumoulin right now). That's 4 or 5 of 7 will make it.

There's also Hockey's future, which has Despres (2nd-3rd D), Harrington (3rd-4th D), Dumoulin (3rd-4th D) and Bortuzzo (4th-5th D) very likely of making their potential. Pouliot (1st-2nd D), Morrow (1st-2nd D) and Maatta (2nd-3rd D) all have an average chance of reaching their potential (so about 75%). Case in point, over 50% of the D we have drafted will make the NHL. I think definitely Maatta, Morrow, Despres, Bortuzzo and Dumoulin will make the NHL, with Pouliot, Harrington and Sneep being the most likely to bust. Also remember, Harrington was the youngest player drafted in his draft, and he probably would have been a 1st round pick in the draft the next year. Either 5 of the 8 or 6 of the 8 will make it by math. In reality, I'd say 6 or 7 of the 8 definitely will make it (all but Sneep and possible Bortuzzo if he doesn't get healthy).

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11-30-2012, 04:23 PM
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you can't just blindly apply statistics- you have to look at each indiviidually. i agree that it looks like a fair number of them will turn out, going by a case by case basis. although i see guys like bort strait and even dumoulin playing a season or two before moving on to make way for the higher impact guys that are farther away (dp morrow maata)

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Boston U plays BC on NHL Network tonight. It'd be nice if Maguire got the start so Pens fans could take their first look at him. I don't expect him to start but he had a shutout in the their last game so who knows.

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I just had an idea, would anyone here be willing to trade one of our good D prospects along with TK for Kulemin on the Leafs? He already has chemistry with Malkin, for they played together there in the past and is currently playing together. He is only 26, and he plays a very good 2-way game. He plays a very similar style to Neal, even though Neal has a lot of size on him. He also has scored 30 in a season before, so he can score. Would anyone else do that?

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General success rate of any draft pick is around 30-40%. 6 D prospects x .35 = 2.1 NHL defenders. It's not pulling numbers out of a dark place. I get your point though, but I was just being realistic. I would put the expected # between 1 and 3 D-men out of that group. You have to agree that it is going to be less than 6.

Every prospect looks good until they get into the NHL.

Bortz is unable to stay healthy and a fringe talent when that happens
Strait is probably a 6th/7th NHL D man. Zero offense, good defense
DP and Maatta are very far away
Morrow hasn't looked that great in the AHL (prob has most potential of all prospects).
Dumoulin has looked pretty solid in the AHL
Depres has had an underwhelming AHL season so far (poor defensively-so was Letang early on). He has all the tools, but struggles to use them at times.
I haven't seen Harrington play, but hear good things.

As of now, I would put money on Dumoulin and probably Morrow after another year in the AHL as poised to be NHL defenders we "want" on the Pens team. We are wanting to see "dominating" AHL performances to indicate these guys will be decent NHLers.
I don't pay attention to stats. I just care what my eyes show me. Stats also don't account for their individual talent and the Pens propensity to draft and develop quality blueliners.

I know the chances of all of these guys living up to their potential is slim. However, I think the over under is at least 5 of these prospects play significantly in the NHL.

Bort was healthy up until the last calendar year, so I wouldn't say he has trouble staying healthy. Both he and Strait should be able to find steady NHL work on a third pairing, be it with the Pens or another team. They are the kind of players, much like Scuds (who was also called a fringe NHLer), that will do all of the little things to help your team win.

Morrow, again like Despres, will be much more effective in the NHL. I never bought the whole "dominate the A" argument. I've seen too many cases that suggest it doesn't mean a whole lot, when trying to determine how good of an NHL player a prospect will ultimately become.

Harrington has the look of a top end #5, or maybe if things go well, a #4.

I have no idea how the others will eventually shake out, but those 5 I'm sold on having NHL careers.

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11-30-2012, 10:50 PM
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Archibald had a goal and 2 assists in a 3-2 win vs Minnesota

Now at a PPG (7-6-13) and will easily pass his 15 point total from last year

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Blueger seems to have a hard time getting on the scoresheet lately

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Archibald had a goal and 2 assists in a 3-2 win vs Minnesota

Now at a PPG (7-6-13) and will easily pass his 15 point total from last year
Nick D'Agostino picked up a PP goal for Cornell and Scott Wilson picked up an assist for UMass Lowell. No points for Hanowski and Blueger.

edit: Rust picked up an assist for Notre Dame, he's on 9 points in 14 games compared to last year he had 11 points in 40 games.

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Ruopp manhandling 5'10 pest Braden Christoffer last night:


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Blueger seems to have a hard time getting on the scoresheet lately
I wouldnt worry too much,he`s still adjusting,guy has plenty of raw talent,he just needs to hone his skills.

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Blueger seems to have a hard time getting on the scoresheet lately
In the games I've seen him, he looked pretty good even though he hasn't gotten on the score sheet. He's involved in plays and always around the puck. Blueger looks fine skating and his mental game looks good too. Like most first year kids he has to get a little stronger.

One thing I didn't see in that rookie camp game is just how good his foot speed is. He darts in and out of holes really well.

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Prospects Stats Update - November

Stats as of Nov 30
* denotes rookies
Italics mean the player is not on the team at the moment (promoted/demoted)


MINOR PRO

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL, 12-7-0-0, 3rd in East Division)

After starting the season 2-5 the Baby Pens put it together last month going 10-2, good for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Much of the credit for the turnaround has to go to Jeff Zatkoff and his mindboggling 8-1 run with a 1.21 GAA, .955 SP and three shutouts.

WBS still does not have a captain but they have found a favorite opponent. On Nov 4 Paul Thompson scored a natural hat trick, his first as a pro, against Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers were burned again Nov 16 when Eric Tangradi took back the team lead in goals from Thompson, scoring every WBS goal in a 3-1 win. It was his second career AHL hat trick, and first in almost two years. Tom Kühnhackl scored his first AHL goal Nov 25, Brian Dumoulin followed suit five days later.

Joe Morrow is on a 12 game goalless streak and managed just 1 assist in 8 November games. He was a healthy scratch four times last month. Alex Grant has been hit even worse by the logjam on defense, getting scratched for 13 games already.

The IR list has started to clear. Robert Bortuzzo (lower-body) returned to action Nov 2, followed by Keven Veilleux who returned to play Nov 14, having missed over a year with a torn ACL. A week later rookie center Jayson Megna made the lineup for good after missing a month with an ankle injury. Finally, Zack Sill (upper-body) has been cleared to return after six weeks on the shelf.

*F Beau Bennett (21, 1st rd. '10): 5-10-15, 6 PIM, -2
F Riley Holzapfel (24, free agent '12): 5-8-13, 16 PIM, -1
F Trevor Smith (27, free agent '12): 7-5-12, 19 PIM, +1
F Benn Ferriero (25, free agent '12): 1-11-12, 10 PIM, -1
F Eric Tangradi (23, trade with ANA '09): 9-1-10, 19 PIM, -4
F Paul Thompson (24, free agent '11): 7-3-10, 22 PIM, -2 (18 gp)
D Dylan Reese (28, free agent '12): 2-7-9, 12 PIM, +3 (16 gp)
F Brian Gibbons (24, free agent '11): 3-5-8, 4 PIM, +1 (14 gp)
F Philippe Dupuis (27, free agent '12): 2-6-8, 10 PIM, +3
*D Brian Dumoulin (21, trade with CAR '12): 1-5-6, 8 PIM, -2 (17 gp)
D Simon Després (21, 1st rd. '09): 2-3-5, 23 PIM, +1
*F Tom Kühnhackl (20, 4th rd. '10): 2-2-4, 6 PIM, +3 (10 gp)
F Warren Peters (30, free agent '12): 2-2-4, 29 PIM, +2
*D Joseph Morrow (19, 1st rd. '11): 1-2-3, 22 PIM, -5 (14 gp)
*F Jayson Megna (22, free agent '12): 0-2-2, 0 PIM, +0 (5 gp)
*F Dominik Uher (19, 5th rd. '11): 0-2-2, 15 PIM, +1 (12 gp)
*F Adam Payerl (21, free agent '12): 1-0-1, 5 PIM, +0
D Alex Grant (23, 4th rd. '07): 0-1-1, 4 PIM, -2 (6 gp)
D Philip Samuelsson (21, 2nd rd. '09): 0-1-1, 13 PIM, +5 (11 gp)
D Robert Bortuzzo (23, 3rd rd. '07): 0-1-1, 16 PIM, +5 (12 gp)
D Carl Sneep (25, 2nd rd. '06): 0-0-0, 0 PIM, +0 (1 gp)
F Zack Sill (24, free agent '11): 0-0-0, 0 PIM, +1 (2 gp)
F Keven Veilleux (23, 2nd rd. '07): 0-0-0, 7 PIM, -1 (4 gp)
F Steve MacIntyre (32, free agent '11): 0-0-0, 33 PIM, +0 (11 gp)
D Brian Strait (24, 3rd rd. '06): 0-0-0, 26 PIM, -1 (15 gp)
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G Jeff Zatkoff (25, free agent '12): 9-5-0, 1.72 GAA, .935 SP, 3 SO
G Brad Thiessen (26, free agent '09): 3-2-0, 3.25 GAA, .884 SP, 0 SO


Wheeling Nailers (ECHL, 6-8-2-1, 4th in Atlantic Division)

Getting hit hard with injuries to key point producers like Chris Barton, Denver Manderson and Zach Hansen, the Nailers sit tied for fewest goals scored in the league. On Nov 30 Wheeling brought back offensive defenseman Andrew Hotham from Cincinnati. The son of former Penguin Greg Hotham racked up 47 points in 56 games plus ECHL All-Star honors with the Nailers last season. The same day Wheeling also acquired scoring winger Chris Higgins from Utah, and received Keven Veilleux and Dominik Uher from WBS.

In what has become a yearly tradition, Patrick Killeen is about to lose his starting job to his intended backup. This time it's former Coyotes draft pick Scott Darling who has Killeen beat at every stat, has the team's only shutout (Nov 18 against Evansville) and already saw some call-up action with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs last month.

Adam Payerl missed the second half of November with an injury, and for whatever reason Reid McNeill hasn't played a game since Nov 17.

D Carl Sneep (25, 2nd rd. '06): 1-5-6, 11 PIM, +6 (9 gp)
F Keven Veilleux (23, 2nd rd. '07): 2-1-3, 0 PIM, +0 (4 gp)
*D Reid McNeill (20, 6th rd. '10): 0-3-3, 17 PIM, -2 (12 gp)
*F Tom Kühnhackl (20, 4th rd. '10): 1-0-1, 2 PIM, +2 (2 gp)
*F Adam Payerl (21, free agent '12): 1-0-1, 5 PIM, +0 (1 gp)
*F Dominik Uher (19, 5th rd. '11): 0-1-1, 0 PIM, +0 (3 gp)
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G Patrick Killeen (22, 6th rd. '08): 3-5-2-1, 3.20 GAA, .883 SP, 0 SO



NCAA

Ben Hanowski returned to action Nov 23 after missing a month with a concussion. He scored 3 points in his second game back. Kenny Agostino scored 10 points in six games and is leading Yale in points.

Josh Archibald ended a great month with a 3 point game Nov 30 against Minnesota. He scored 9 points in 7 November games, all UNO wins. After sophomore-slumping to only 1 point in his first 8 games, Scott Wilson came alive in the second half of November, posting 1 goal and 6 assists in his last three games.

Sean Maguire posted his first career NCAA win Nov 16, 6-2 against Vermont, followed by his first shutout, 4-0 over St. Lawrence, on Nov 24.

Seniors
D Nick D'Agostino (22, 7th rd. '08) - Cornell (5-3-2, 6th in ECAC): 2-2-4, 10 PIM, +1
F Ben Hanowski (22, 3rd rd. '09) - St. Cloud State (8-5-0, 2nd in WCHA): 4-4-8, 2 PIM, +3 (8 gp)
D Alex Velischek (21, 5th rd. '09) - Providence (7-5-1, 4th in Hockey East): 0-5-5, 16 PIM, +12

Juniors
F Bryan Rust (20, 3rd rd. '10) - Notre Dame (10-4-0, 2nd in CCHA): 3-6-9, 2 PIM, +10
F Kenneth Agostino (20, 5th rd. '10) - Yale (5-2-1, 9th in ECAC): 5-6-11, 14 PIM, +1

Sophomores
F Josh Archibald (20, 6th rd. '11) - Nebraska-Omaha (9-3-1, 3rd in WCHA): 7-6-13, 12 PIM, +8
F Scott Wilson (20, 7th rd. '11) - UMass-Lowell (4-6-1, 9th in Hockey East): 2-6-8, 8 PIM, -2

Freshmen
*F Teodor Blueger (18, 2nd rd. '12) - Minnesota State (6-5-2, 7th in WCHA): 2-3-5, 14 PIM, +1
*G Sean Maguire (19, 4th rd. '12) - Boston University (8-4-0, 3rd in Hockey East): 2-2-0, 2.56 GAA, .910 SP, 1 SO



JUNIOR LEAGUES

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League:

Anton Zlobin's scoring streak ended at 15 games, totalling 27 points from Oct 7 to Nov 14. He has been a consistent producer so far, getting at least 1 point in 21 of his 25 games. Zlobin recorded an assist with 2 PIM and a +0 as the Russian juniors split their Super Series against the Q, 6-2 and 2-5.

Val d'Or Foreurs (14-11-0-2, 4th in Telus West Division)
F Anton Zlobin (19, 6th rd. '12): 14-22-36, 8 PIM, +9 (25 gp)


Ontario Hockey League:

The London Knights are on a 13 game winning streak and after a mediocre start are now 1st in the entire league. Scott Harrington played in Game 4 of the Super Series and finished with 0 points or penalties, and a -1 for allowing a last minute 6-on-5 Yakupov goal. Team OHL won 2-1 to even the series.

Matia Marcantuoni returned to action Nov 11 after missing 4 games with a finger injury. The Soo Greyhounds are playing some firewagon hockey this season, being 5th in goals scored and 2nd in goals allowed. Matt Murray stopped 51 shots in a 5-4 win over Sudbury Nov 23. A brutal 2-13 month saw the Peterborough Petes drop to last place in the league. At least Clark Seymour set a new career high in points.

London Knights (21-5-0-2, 1st in Midwest Division)
D Scott Harrington (19, 2nd rd. '11): 1-6-7, 16 PIM, +8
D Olli Määttä (18, 1st rd. '12): 3-20-23, 22 PIM, +6

Kitchener Rangers (17-8-1-1, 4th in Midwest Division)
F Matia Marcantuoni (18, 4th rd. '12): 3-6-9, 14 PIM, -3 (23 gp)

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (13-13-2-0, 3rd in West Division)
G Matthew Murray (18, 3rd rd. '12): 11-9-1-0, 3.96 GAA, .898 SP, 0 SO

Peterborough Petes (6-19-2-1, 5th in East Division)
D Clark Seymour (19, 5th rd. '12): 2-7-9, 21 PIM, -4 (27 gp)


Western Hockey League:

While the Winterhawks are sitting pretty in 2nd place in the league, the team's alleged tampering with player benefits is making all the headlines. Coach/GM Mike Johnston has been suspended for the rest of the season, and the team was fined 200,000 dollars and will have to forfeit their 1st round pick for the next FIVE drafts. Apparently Seth Jones (who had stated he'd go to North Dakota only to immediatly sign with Portland after they traded for his WHL rights) was the final straw. Former NHL forward and current Winterhawks assistant Travis Green takes over as interim head coach.

Derrick Pouliot had 0 points, 0 PIM and a team-worst -4 rating as Team WHL lost the final Super Series game 3-6 to Russia. The series ended in a 3-3 tie, with each major junior league posting a win and a loss.

Portland Winterhawks (21-4-1-0, 1st in U.S. Division)
D Derrick Pouliot (18, 1st rd. '12): 5-19-24, 27 PIM, +16

Prince Albert Raiders (19-8-0-2, 1st in East Division)
D Harrison Ruopp (19, trade with PHO '12): 1-8-9, 50 PIM, +8



EUROPE

Alex Pechurskiy is 2nd in wins and tied for 4th in GAA and save percentage (among regular starters) in the Russian 2nd tier pro league. Oscar Sundqvist is tied for 10th in goals and 13th in points in the Swedish U20s.

Yuzhny Ural Orsk (18-9-2-0, 3rd in Russian Major League)
G Alexander Pechurskiy (22, 5th rd. '08): 12-6-1, 1.86 GAA, .935 SP, 2 SO

Skellefteå AIK Juniors (16-5-3, 1st in Norra Division/J20 SuperElit)
*F Oscar Sundqvist (18, 3rd rd. '12): 13-12-25, 20 PIM, +11

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Thanks for the update Burgs, time to send Morrow down to Wheeling?

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Has anyone seen enough of Ruopp to give a solid scouting report? I know he can hit like a truck and brings a lot of intangibles, just wondering if his defense is adequate enough to see him become more than a "denter" at the next level.

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I don't know why you'd ever waste a pick on a goal tender in today's market. Lots of proven NHL talent available at reasonable prices IMO. Picked up Zatkoff for free.

Pens need talented, possession based forwards. Lots. "Role players" are just players that don't really pan out, but find a niche. I wouldn't be drafting them on purpose. They are kind of like usable scraps that you always have left over. Kunitz, Dupers, and Cooke aren't getting any younger. Pens really only have about 2 candidates in Bennett / Tangradi that look to be in line to make it to the NHL to replace those 3. I still think both will be 2nd/3rd line players. Pens would still need that other top 6 forward (who should've been picked at #8 this year).

Pens might get 2 decent NHL Dmen out of their current crop. I just hope that they are the ones that the Pen's decide to keep. I have been very disappoint in Morrow's play so far in the AHL, and he is supposed to be our best prospect.

I still hold hope that Scuds could make a return as an UFA
There's nothing wrong with Morrows play that more ice time in the AHL won't fix. He's a great talent but right now he's not one of the top 6 in WBS. When the NHL returns he will move into a top 6 role after a couple D-men, Strait & Bortuzzo, move up or out. There's absolutely no reason to rush him as he's at least two years away from making an impact on the big club. I've watched almost every WBS game and all the D-men have had good and bad games. On a nightly basis the league is much tougher than past years because of the lock out. There's a lot more NHL talent on every team.

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Bleuger's got 3 assists tonight, all on the PP.

Our boy Andrej Sustr appears to be having a good season as well, 4 goals, 7 assists in 14 games thus far.

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Kenny Agostino picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win (9GP 6G 7A 13 PTS E), he's scored in 7 of 9 games so far. Scott Wilson picked up 2 assists in a 5-2 loss (12GP 2G 8A 10 PTS -1), he's on a 4 game point scoring streak after only picking up 1 point (a goal) in his first 8 games. Bryan Rust picked up a goal and 2 assists in a 6-1 win (15GP 4G 8A 12PTS +12), He's already beaten his point total from last year. Teddy Blueger picked up 3 PP assists in a 6-1 win, breaking a 3 game cold streak (14GP 2G 6A 8PTS +1).

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Kenny Agostino picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win (9GP 6G 7A 13 PTS E), he's scored in 7 of 9 games so far. Scott Wilson picked up 2 assists in a 5-2 loss (12GP 2G 8A 10 PTS -1), he's on a 4 game point scoring streak after only picking up 1 point (a goal) in his first 8 games. Bryan Rust picked up a goal and 2 assists in a 6-1 win (15GP 4G 8A 12PTS +12), He's already beaten his point total from last year. Teddy Blueger picked up 3 PP assists in a 6-1 win, breaking a 3 game cold streak (14GP 2G 6A 8PTS +1).
Pretty productive night for our college guys. Great to see Baby Blueger™ break out of his mini-funk, and Rust finally show a little scoring touch.

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Pretty productive night for our college guys. Great to see Baby Blueger™ break out of his mini-funk, and Rust finally show a little scoring touch.
i think that title goes to his brother Robert Blueger who plays in Bantam for shattuck st marys,but nevertheless as i understand if he has had all of his points on PP coach finally has put him in a top 6 role,thats great !

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While the Winterhawks are sitting pretty in 2nd place in the league, the team's alleged tampering with player benefits is making all the headlines. Coach/GM Mike Johnston has been suspended for the rest of the season, and the team was fined 200,000 dollars and will have to forfeit their 1st round pick for the next FIVE drafts. Apparently Seth Jones (who had stated he'd go to North Dakota only to immediatly sign with Portland after they traded for his WHL rights) was the final straw. Former NHL forward and current Winterhawks assistant Travis Green takes over as interim head coach.
A couple of interesting reads for those following the story.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/opin...unishment.html

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-spo...ts-your-reply-

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Has anyone seen enough of Ruopp to give a solid scouting report? I know he can hit like a truck and brings a lot of intangibles, just wondering if his defense is adequate enough to see him become more than a "denter" at the next level.
I've seen him several times.. love this kid. Brings something that all of our other D prospects can't - DENTING. He hits everything that moves, can skate well and fights very regularly. He reminds me of a more willing to fight Robyn Regher

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