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The Curious Case of Filip Hallander

It’s hard to be an expert on this player. Nobody has really seen enough of him this season to proclaim that. He wasn’t that popular at the combine as far as the media was concerned, but teams certainly know about him. To me, I will dub him “the most interesting

Mattias Samuelsson Has a High Ceiling

Mattias Samuelsson is a 2018 NHL Draft eligible player. At 6-4, 217 pounds this talented defenseman has more to give than just being good in his own end. Keeping track of speedy forwards is difficult. “Some players are pretty quick. You just have to angle them the way you want them

Phantoms – Penguins December 6th Report

In a game where the Phantoms dominated the Penguins. Here are some notes: Penguins: Daniel Sprong – 6-0, 195 – RW - Showed speed on the wing. Missed the net after he was wide open. Needs to get in the flow of the game more. No power play late. Lukas Bengtsson – 5-10,

Sean Kuraly is Playing His Game

Sean Kuraly was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A key component in the Martin Jones deal, some may have forgotten about him. Last season he got eight games with Boston and had a good season with Providence. His 14 goals

Ho-Sang is Still Finding His Way With the Islanders

Philadelphia – The Islanders are red-hot. One of the reasons it’s working so well is their team speed. It can be a lot to handle and Josh Ho-Sang has speed to burn. “We have a lot of great skaters on our team,” said Ho-Sang. “I think overtime kind of plays in

Jori Lehtera Needed a Change of Scenery

When the Flyers acquired Jori Lehtera in the Brayden Schenn deal back in June, some of the pundits who cover the team weren’t thrilled. I even read he was overpaid and not that good. I suspect that “hot take” will change. This version of the talented Finn is trimmer and

Flyers 2017 Early Session Training Camp Notes

German Rubstov – In 3-on-3 he really snuck behind the defense to get a goal. He can be physical but he also has a great hockey sense to make plays like that. Mark Friedman – He continues to look fast and strong. He frustrated offensive players by freezing the puck along

Mitchell Vande Sompel Showed His Stuff in Philly

Philadelphia - - The Islanders beat the Flyers in a rookie game. The results aren’t that important. Mitchell Vande Sompel scored the OT game-winner but that was just icing on the cake of an already solid night. “It was a bit sloppy. It was our first high intensity game. Everything’s going

2017 Metro Rookie Camp Notes

Nolan Patrick looked fast, stronger than a few months ago and his hands are just as good as they ever were. Sometimes after an injury layoff they take some time to get back to where the player was before. Not with Patrick. I saw him passing as seamlessly as he

Noah Cates Is Wise Beyond His Years

Some players stand out in development camps because of their play. Noah Cates certainly did that. I felt like it took him a day to get used to the talent level and by Day 2 I gave him this report: Noah Cates – 6-1, 165 – LW – Stillwater High School

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