Taylor vs Tyler – 4 Years On

Leading up to the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, one question dominated discussion – Taylor or Tyler?

Rugged winger Taylor Hall had 40 goals and 106 points in 57 games for the Windsor Spitfires, while Tyler Seguin potted 48 goals and 106 points in 63 games for Plymouth.

Ultimately Hall’s contribution during the post season tipped him ahead; recording 5 goals and 9 points in 4 games as the Ontario outfit won the Memorial Cup – demolishing Brandon 9-1 in the final.

Now entering their fifth season in the NHL, the careers of Taylor and Tyler have taken very different paths.

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Andersen Success Highlights British Failings

A little over a fortnight in to the new NHL season, and Anaheim have resumed their place at the top of the Western Conference.

With a 5-1-0 record to start the new campaign, the California outfit has established its Cup credentials early – thanks in no short measure to 25-year old netminder Frederik Andersen.

Named one of the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week today; Andersen has won all 5 games in which he started, posting a .950 save percentage and 1.38 goals against average.

Part of a wave of young Danish players in the NHL, the Herning native and his country men have come along way since they faced off against Team GB at the Under 18 World Championships in 2007.

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Forsberg Poised For Glory

A summer of change saw Nashville part with the only man they’d ever called ‘Coach’ and give their forward lines a much needed upgrade.

Leading the Central Division with a 2-0-1 record, the Predators head to Winnipeg tonight with renewed vigour under new coach Pete Laviolette.

But the Tennessee organisation’s most notable story this year may not be the change of coach, the arrival of some big(ger) name forwards or the return of Pekka Rinne – but the true arrival of Filip Forsberg in the NHL.

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The Future of Eric Staal

With Carolina sinking towards the NHL basement, the future of star centre Eric Staal has come under increasing speculation over the past few months – with the trade rumours coming to a head yesterday.

TSN’s Darren Dreger implied Toronto would be willing to pay an ‘enormous’ price to acquire the Team Canada forward; sending the hockey media in to something of a frenzy.

While Staal’s future remains largely in his own hands; a deal involving the Hurricanes Captain could lead to significant improvement for both sides of any potential trade.

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Oilers Need Veteran Presence Between Pipes

The new season may only be three games old, but for the Edmonton Oilers this season has a remarkably familiar feel to it.

A shoot out loss to Vancouver provided the clubs solitary point thus far, as their much hyped top 6 struggled with injuries and their much maligned defence gave way once again.

The Oilers blue line is horrible – it’s no secret – but heading in to the new season with two unproven netminders seems to further exacerbate the situation.

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Interview with Caps Legend Olie Kolzig

Drafted 19th overall in 1989, Olaf “Olie” Kolzig went on to become one of the Washington Capital’s most iconic players during his 19-year pro career.

After representing New Westminster Bruins and Tri City in the WHL, Kolzig played 711 games for the Capitals, breaking every franchise goaltending record and backstopping Washington to its first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1998.

“Obviously going to the Stanley Cup Finals is a favourite memory,” Kolzig told InGoal Magazine, “But winning game 6 in Buffalo to win the Conference, that was huge. Unfortunately it was our last win of the season, as we lost four straight to Detroit in the Final, but that was my break-out year, so it will always be special.”

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Senseless For Sabres To Keep Sam Reinhart

While the New York Islanders try to figure out where Griffin Reinhart fits in to their line up, younger brother Sam has also been getting his first taste of NHL action with the struggling Buffalo Sabres.

0-3-0 following last night’s embarrassing performance against Anaheim, Buffalo were always expected to finish near the bottom this year; as one eye seems firmly fixed on the progress of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

With a comprehensive rebuild under way, one which began last season, the Sabres aren’t in any position to turn their fortunes around yet – meaning it could not only be a rough couple of years for their fans, but it’s also somewhat pointless keeping Reinhart around.

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