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THN.com Blog: The strategy behind fighting after a clean hit

THN.com Blog: The strategy behind fighting after a clean hit

by Ryan Kennedy - February 4, 2011 12:14 PM EST

Why do players have to fight after a clean hit? It's not just senseless violence - there's a reasoning behind the madness.
In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Blackhawks left winger Troy Brouwer talked about fighting Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot after Methot had thrown a clean hit on Chicago star Patrick Kane.


THN.com Blog: Less obvious places to find NHL prospects

THN.com Blog: Less obvious places to find NHL prospects

by Ryan Kennedy - January 28, 2011 1:50 PM EST

Aside from the CHL, NCAA and Europe, there are plenty of places to find the next wave of budding superstars.
Last week I discovered I could watch some of the top games on the Minnesota high school circuit online for free. And when I say “discovered,” I mean I followed a link from blogger Chris Dilks’ twitter feed @ChrisDilks to the site.


NHL Mid-Season Report: Pacific Division

NHL Mid-Season Report: Pacific Division

by Ryan Kennedy - January 12, 2011 12:50 PM EST

In a division with an unexpected team at both the top and bottom, we look at key stats, surprises, disappointments and more from the Pacific.
ANAHEIM DUCKS THN pre-season prediction: 11th in West Scoring leaders: Corey Perry, 45; Ryan Getzlaf, 37; Teemu Selanne, 37. Key stat: The Ducks have given up the second-most shots per game in the NHL at 34.


THN.com Blog: Final thoughts on the world juniors

THN.com Blog: Final thoughts on the world juniors

by Ryan Kennedy - January 7, 2011 11:50 AM EST

The experienced Russians won't have many returning players next year, while Canada will before the tournament turns back to Europe in 2013.
Back from Buffalo, I’m left with a lot of memories of fine hockey and a Russian team that shocked a nation. The most common question being asked in the wake of Canada’s third-period surrender at the hands of the Russians is, what happened? The answer is pretty simple: With a 3-0 lead, the Canadians stopped blocking shots and settled for stick-checks instead of physical pressure.


THN at the World Junior Championship: Well-prepared Canadians snuff out defending champion Americans

THN at the World Junior Championship: Well-prepared Canadians snuff out defending champion Americans

by Ryan Kennedy - January 3, 2011 11:22 PM EST

The American quest for back-to-back golds ended early in Monday's semifinal as the Canadians get back on top of this rivalry.
BUFFALO - Well that ended quickly. Just as it looked as though Team USA would put together a string of world junior triumphs, starting with last year’s gold, the Americans fell apart against their top rival.


THN at the World Junior Championship: Win over Finns shows Russia has tools to win gold

THN at the World Junior Championship: Win over Finns shows Russia has tools to win gold

by Ryan Kennedy - January 2, 2011 11:22 PM EST

They have a tough road ahead of them, but if the Russians can avoid mental miscues they have the offensive talent to claim top spot in Buffalo.
BUFFALO - For most of Russia’s quarterfinal tilt with Finland, the play of Suomi stars such as Joni Ortio, Sami Vatanen and Teemu Pulkkinen carried the day.


THN.com Blog: The top hockey fights of 2010

THN.com Blog: The top hockey fights of 2010

by Ryan Kennedy - December 31, 2010 10:08 AM EST

Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, there were some excellent fights from the past calendar year. We look back at the most memorable.
It will surprise no ardent reader of this website that fighting is a very divisive issue amongst THN writers. Some are vociferously against it, others think it’s part of the game.


THN.com Blog: Four WJC European prospects worth watching

THN.com Blog: Four WJC European prospects worth watching

by Ryan Kennedy - December 24, 2010 9:15 AM EST

Besides some quality hockey over the holiday season, the world juniors provides a rare opportunity to scout some youngsters who are not often seen.
The World Junior Championship is a goldmine for young talent. While NHL scouts and GMs can always see their North American prospects at an NCAA or major junior game during the season, European draftees or draft-eligible players are not so simple.


THN.com Blog: Prospects from the WJC's second-tier teams

THN.com Blog: Prospects from the WJC's second-tier teams

by Ryan Kennedy - December 17, 2010 1:20 PM EST

While the big countries don't start for another nine days, we take a look at some of the top prospects from the WJC tournament going on right now.
The World Junior Championship in Buffalo is so close (Dec. 26), but while we wait for the annual deluge of elite prospects to do battle for country and glory, why not shine some light on the smaller hockey nations? The second tier of the world juniors is going on right now in Belarus and Slovenia, broken up into two divisions with the winner of each getting promoted to the top rung for next year’s edition in Calgary and Edmonton.


THN.com Blog: Making sure you pick the right captain

THN.com Blog: Making sure you pick the right captain

by Ryan Kennedy - December 10, 2010 2:30 PM EST

Captains used to be about age and experience, but how important is it to pick a guy you know will be in the lineup whenever he's healthy?
Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf returned to the ice Thursday night and if he was leading by example, the Buds are in more trouble than most had expected.


THN.com Blog: Expect Canada's WJC roster to be blue-collar

THN.com Blog: Expect Canada's WJC roster to be blue-collar

by Ryan Kennedy - December 3, 2010 1:10 PM EST

Short on star-power, but heavy on two-way players is how Canada coach Dave Cameron crafted his St. Mike's team. Expect the same from his world juniors bunch.
With Los Angeles Kings center Brayden Schenn returning to junior, Canada’s world junior team selection camp roster appears to be at an even 40 players.


THN.com Blog: Canadian world junior squad light on star power, heavy on depth

THN.com Blog: Canadian world junior squad light on star power, heavy on depth

by Ryan Kennedy - November 29, 2010 4:25 PM EST

Team Canada announced its roster for December's selection camp Monday and THN.com was there to get a glimpse into the 2011 edition.
Etobicoke, Ont. - By their own admission, Team Canada's officials know they don't have a Jordan Eberle or a John Tavares on the World Junior Championship roster for 2011.


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