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New York Islanders taking the low road

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Rick DiPietroThings are not going very well for the New York Islanders these days. They have a league-worst 15 points and it doesn’t look like anything will improve anytime soon. The team is having trouble winning inter-squad games, and the frustration of that is starting to boil over into contests that count. Once these kinds of negative emotions get into a player’s head, it’s almost impossible to get them out, and it certainly looks like the entire team has them.

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Edmonton finally finds reason to celebrate

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Drafts, NHL

Tyler SeguinTSN, Canada’s all-sports television network aired yesterday’s NHL Draft Lottery. The first 14 picks were ordered for the draft to take place on June 25 and 26, while the remaining 16 selections will be determined by the playoffs. After the climatic moment where the No. 1 picking team was revealed to be the Oilers, the program cut to a shot of Edmontonians celebrating in a bar. Did anybody tell these guys they finished in a convincing last place in all of hockey?

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National Lacrosse League: The bastard child of North American sport

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, NBA, NFL, NHL

Mark SteenhuisHave you ever wondered what might happen if you combined football, basketball and hockey? You’d probably get lacrosse. The National Lacrosse League is a growing business in North America and with good reason; their brand of lacrosse mixes elements of other major North American sports with lacrosse to create an exciting on-field product that is attracting more and more fans each season. With 11 teams in the league and some of the most raucous crowds in attendance, the NLL is definitely something worth checking out.

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Calder Memorial race is getting hot

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Matt DucheneThis year’s NHL rookie race is heating up. With all of the hype surrounding last year’s Entry Draft and the debate about whether John Tavares or Victor Hedman would be taken first (it was Tavares by the Islanders; Hedman went second to Tampa Bay), it was the third-overall pick, Colorado’s Matt Duchene who is keeping the goal judge busy. His 21 goals and 24 assists both lead all rookies, and he’s 10 ahead of second-place Tavares on the points list.

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2009 NHL Entry Draft - Six months later

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Drafts, Editorial, NHL

John TavaresNow that we’ve had some time to become familiar with the picks from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, it’s time to start evaluating how they’ve done so far. First, let’s recap how things went. Seven of the top 10 picks were Canadian, the other two were Swedes. Two of those three made up three defensive picks, while the others were all forwards. The first non-Canadian/Swedish player was a Russian, picked 14th, and the first goalie was selected with the first pick of the second round. But how have those top 10 picks fared since then?

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Rask and Varlamov topping rookie lists

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL

Tuukka RaskThe rookies in the NHL are making a huge impression on the fans nationwide. Everybody knows what John Tavares is doing for the Islanders as well as Niclas Bergfors in New Jersey, but there are two freshman goaltenders making a splash as well – Washington’s Semyon Varlamov and Boston’s Tuukka Rask. Both were first-round draft picks; Rask in 2005 and Varlamov in 2006, and both are dominating shooters across the league.

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John Tavares returns home

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL

John TavaresThe big-city boy returned home on Monday night. John Tavares, first-overall pick and first-line center of the New York Islanders led his team into Toronto for a game against the Maple Leafs – the same team that did “all they could” to acquire Tavares’ services after little John grew up in the Toronto suburbs admiring the Blue Buds. There was a massive media swarm focusing more on the return of the NHL star than the game itself; which is all that can be expected from these two sorry teams.

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The New York Islanders’ only positive: Andy Sutton

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL

Andy SuttonHow does he do it? Going into Wednesday night’s action, New York Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton leads his team in plus/minus with a whopping +2 rating. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that he’s the only one on the Islanders on the positive side of zero. He’s outshining teammates like veterans Doug Weight (-2) and Mark Streit (-6), and he’s even soaring ahead of OHL scoring phenom John Tavares, who sits at an uncomfortable -6.

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