Futures Mailbag: Blueline prospects in Philly, Dylan Strome and more

Samuel Morin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Welcome to my new mailbag, a spot where I will answers questions from readers who reached out to me on Twitter using the hashtag #thnfutures. The idea behind this space is to bring you info on prospects and the draft, so anything in that world is game. There was a pretty good crop of questions right off the bat, so if you don’t see yours answered this week, check back next Friday. Here we go:

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University of Michigan alums start menswear line

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Lee Moffie (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Hockey players typically are not built the same as the average man. ‘Slim fit’ shirts are basically a no-go and the frustration of finding dress shirts that actually fit properly spurned South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Lee Moffie and fellow University of Michigan alum Steve Fischer to do something about it.

That idea became State and Liberty Clothing Co. and with another former Wolverine in Montreal Canadiens prospect Mac Bennett on board, the company has quickly become a favorite throughout the hockey world.

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Washington’s Stanislav Galiev ate a still-beating cobra heart

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Stanislav Galiev  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

Leaf through some old issues of Future Watch and you’ll find the scouting report on Washington Capitals right winger Stanislav Galiev. The Russian right winger had a great junior career with the Quebec League’s Saint John Sea Dogs, winning the Memorial Cup in 2011 alongside future NHLers such as Jonathan Huberdeau, Simon Despres, Nathan Beaulieu and Tomas Jurco. But as Galiev graduated to the pro ranks, strength was an issue.

Perhaps that’s why the 23-year-old decided to chow down on a cobra’s still-beating heart on a trip to Vietnam.

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The two most important Erie Otters ever are leaving this summer

Connor McDavid (Photo by Ken Andersen/Getty Images)

Everything seemed to revolve around the Erie Otters this season, from top draft prospect Connor McDavid and OHL scoring champion Dylan Strome to the legal drama between the junior franchise and the Edmonton Oilers.

With the sale of the Otters to Canadian businessman James Waters, a brand-new chapter will begin in Pennsylvania and it will come with its own challenges. Specifically, who will not be returning to the franchise.

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Bruins prospect DeBrusk goes behind the back for slick shootout goal

Jared Clinton
Jake DeBrusk's brilliant shootout goal. (via Boston Bruins/Instagram)

It’s almost a shame that the NHL is changing its overtime rules in order to limit the amount of game-deciding shootouts, because it looks like there are some young up-and-comers who have quite the repertoire of moves.

Throughout prospect camp, we’ve been dazzled by shootout or breakaway goals from the likes of Carolina’s Sergey Tolchinsky and Minnesota’s Alex Tuch, but Boston prospect Jake DeBrusk brought out something special Friday afternoon at the Bruins’ prospect camp.

During a shootout competition, the 18-year-old DeBrusk went behind his back, behind his legs and snapped the puck up and over the netminder. Check it out, via MassLive.com: Read more

Josh Ho-Sang had a much more productive summer than you

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Josh Ho-Sang  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

What have you been doing this summer? Perfecting your rib sauce for barbecue season? Laying the groundwork for perhaps building a deck at some point? I haven’t done anything more productive than catch up on my Netflix queue and that may not change.

New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang, on the other hand, has been doing meaningful things.

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Wild prospect Alex Tuch unveils hilarious celebration after gorgeous shootout goal

Jared Clinton
Alex Tuch (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Note to Alex Tuch: you clearly have the hands for the NHL, but the celebrations might need a bit of work.

During Tuesday’s prospect scrimmage, Tuch scored one of more creative shootout goals we’ll see all summer, putting the puck between his legs, pulling it back up to his backhand, toe-dragging and popping the puck past the netminder. The goal itself is a must-see, but it’s the celebration after that really steals the show: Read more

Super Mario 2? Lemieux’s son, Austin, close to making USHL squad

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Mario Lemieux (Bruce Bennett via Getty Images)

By Shelly Anderson

Ninth-round draft picks – any league, any level — often have a hard time making headway, but such a player for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL has taken a significant step.

Austin Lemieux has made Omaha’s 30-man protected list after being selected in the USHL Phase 2 draft in May, The Hockey News has learned.

If his name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he is the only son of Hall of Fame center and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux. Read more