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THN at the WJC: Rising and falling draft stocks

THN at the WJC: Rising and falling draft stocks

by Ryan Kennedy - January 5, 2012 10:40 AM EST

A number of draft-eligible players are showcasing their skills at the international event, but who helped and who hurt their ranking?
Though the World Junior Championship is widely regarded as a tournament for 19-year-olds, this year in particular has featured some of the top draft eligible talent available for 2012.


THN at the WJC: Russia, Sweden leave semifinal opponents wondering

THN at the WJC: Russia, Sweden leave semifinal opponents wondering

by Ryan Kennedy - January 4, 2012 5:55 AM EST

The two powerhouses reached the gold medal game after unfortunate luck and lackluster effort conspired against Canada and Finland.
For the two teams who fell in the semifinal of the World Junior Championship in Calgary, some very harsh “ifs” loom over their heads.


THN at the WJC: Russians, Finns reach semifinal in different fashion

THN at the WJC: Russians, Finns reach semifinal in different fashion

by Ryan Kennedy - January 3, 2012 1:09 PM EST

While Russia squeaked by the Czech Republic in overtime, the Finns got past the Slovaks in a game all about offense.
In an unpredictable tournament, Calgary got a pair of dream semifinal games thanks to quarterfinal victories by Finland and Russia. The Finns now take on archrival Sweden, while Russia renews acquaintances with Canada.


Wild, Panthers own world juniors wealth

Wild, Panthers own world juniors wealth

by Ryan Kennedy - December 27, 2011 1:19 PM EST

Both Minnesota and Florida have a bright future based on the talent playing in the WJC alone.
Of all the proud papas at the World Junior Championship this year, I’d have to think Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and his Florida Panthers counterpart Dale Tallon have the most to brag about.


Analyzing Team Canada's world junior roster

Analyzing Team Canada's world junior roster

by Ryan Kennedy - December 14, 2011 1:05 PM EST

There were a few surprise cuts and some interesting trends as Canada finalized its roster for the annual event.
Team Canada’s world junior roster is now set and though there are always surprises, there is also obvious logic in the final choices. Let’s break down the final cuts, shall we? Hockey Canada just doesn’t love Ryan Murphy The Carolina Hurricanes first-rounder seemed to be a natural heir to WJC legend Ryan Ellis, who played a similar undersized dynamic offensive role on the blueline.


No room for politics when creating WJC rosters

No room for politics when creating WJC rosters

by Ryan Kennedy - December 7, 2011 1:20 PM EST

Do politics play a role for certain countries when they choose their rosters for the world juniors? Let's hope not.
Someone always has to stay home. It’s a fact of life a team can only have so many members and those talented enough to play outnumber the spots available.


Goaltending Canada's main WJC concern

Goaltending Canada's main WJC concern

by Ryan Kennedy - November 30, 2011 12:36 PM EST

Canada will once again ice an imposing lineup at the annual junior tournament, but they'll also have a problem that's been familiar recently.
With the release of its preliminary camp roster for the World Junior Championship, Team Canada’s architects can give themselves a pat on the back - just in time to feel the arrows coming from the pundits.


Maurice firing a necessary move

Maurice firing a necessary move

by Ryan Kennedy - November 28, 2011 12:10 PM EST

With the Hurricanes struggling and showing no signs of turning a corner, the team had little choice but to dump its coach
Paul Maurice seems to have a certain shelf life as an NHL coach. Today in Carolina it expired. Maurice, who led the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup final in 2002, was fired and replaced by Kirk Muller, formerly an assistant with the Montreal Canadiens and the head coach of the American League’s Milwaukee Admirals until the hiring this morning.


Can Fleury catch Brodeur's win total?

Can Fleury catch Brodeur's win total?

by Ryan Kennedy - November 25, 2011 10:20 AM EST

The Penguins netminder has a way to go yet, but if he keeps on pace, he'll eventually pass his idol.
PITTSBURGH – Lost among the throngs of reporters proselytizing over Sidney Crosby’s performance in his 2011-12 debut (and rightly so – I was doing it too) was the fact Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury posted a shutout in the 5-0 whitewashing of the New York Islanders.


Sidney Crosby electrifies with four-point return

Sidney Crosby electrifies with four-point return

by Ryan Kennedy - November 21, 2011 11:05 PM EST

The Penguins captain fit in seamlessly in his return and the city of Pittsburgh welcomed him back.
PITTSBURGH - With less than six minutes ticked off the clock in his return to hockey, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby charged down the right side, fended off New York Islanders defender Andrew MacDonald and roofed a backhand over rookie netminder Anders Nilsson.


Advocating for frontier justice

Advocating for frontier justice

by Ryan Kennedy - November 16, 2011 1:15 PM EST

If you can't get at the player who wronged your team, why not grab a different partner to get your point across?
There has been a lot of talk lately about Boston’s Milan Lucic running over Buffalo’s star netminder Ryan Miller and the lack of reaction from the other Sabres on the ice at the time.


The sensitivity of a sporting legacy

The sensitivity of a sporting legacy

by Ryan Kennedy - November 9, 2011 3:35 PM EST

Even the greatest players can have their images tarnished in their post-playing days - and sometimes it doesn't take all that much.
If you’re of a certain generation, you may remember Pro Stars, the cartoon (and breakfast cereal, naturally) that combined the awesome powers of Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo Jackson as sporting superheroes who helped kids.


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