Interview With Spencer Martin!

4e7d172506ac154c61b1d1be83846e2aWe caught up with 2013 NHL Draft eligible goalie Spencer Martin! Before the draft, he played for the Mississauga Steelheads! He is currently projected the drafted in the middle rounds of the draft. According to NHL Central Scouting, he is ranked 5th in goaltending in the upcoming draft. Martin represented Team Orr for the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. Along with Rimouski Oceanic goaltender Phillipe Desrosiers, they had the first ever shutout in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in the game’s 17 year history. He’s a great follow on Twitter: @S_Marty95. I’m gonna do some self promoting here and say i’m not a bad follow on Twitter myself, and you can be the judge of that, but to do that, you gotta follow me: @HkyBlogger. If you like our stuff, comment below, share this with your friends, or “like” our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog . It means a lot!

So without further to do, our interview with Spencer Martin!

We are in bold.

First things first, how has your day been?
The combine has been very busy, but also very fun looking back at a year full of great experiences and opportunities!

Growing up, did it ever scare you playing in net while the pucks came flying towards you?
I’m not sure why but pucks flying at me never scared me to this day.

You played in the last season of Mississauga St. Michael Majors, and the inaugural season of the Mississauga Steelheads, was it weird putting on the jersey of a different logo but in the same city?
I enjoyed getting to play in the St.Mikes era and now the Steelheads era ! I think the Steelheads are a great organization going in the right direction and it was very fun being a part of the birth of a new look to our team.

What is your fondest memory of the St. Michael Majors?
Being drafted to St.Mikes and getting to play as a 16 year old was very special and i’ll never forget any of it.

What do you think is your greatest asset as a hockey player?
I think my skating/mobility is my greatest asset as a goalie.

What about your greatest weakness?
I need to continue to become stronger physically as an athlete.

Take us back to the U18WJC, what was it like? Is there added pressure playing for your country? If so, how did you deal with it?
It was awesome putting on a Team Canada jersey again! It’s something that is very rare and special to play with the whole country behind you. I used it as motivation to play better knowing so many people were on our side pulling for us back home in Canada.

The next part is a lightning round, don’t think about your answers, just answer.
Ready?
When you’re on the road, whats one thing you miss about home?

Being with my family.
One player you looked up to?
James Reimer
Laptop or tablet?
Tablet
Favourite class in school?
Gym
One class you couldn’t stand?
Haha none
When you were young, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Play in the NHL
xBox or Playstation?
Xbox
One thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m vegetarian
What’s one superpower you wished you had?
Wish I could fly

Thank you for your time! Look forward to seeing you get drafted!

Thanks again!

Photocreds: Twitter.com

NHL Mock Draft 1.0

Here is my mock draft for the upcoming draft:

1. Colorado: Seth Jones
2. Florida: Nathan MacKinnon
3. Tampa Bay: Jonathan Drouin
4. Nashville: Alexsander Barkov
5. Carolina: Sean Monahan
6. Calgary: Darnell Nurse
7. Edmonton: Nikita Zadorov
8. Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen
9. New Jersey: Hunter Shinkaruk
10. Dallas: Valery Nichushkin
11. Philadelphia: Max Domi
12. Phoenix: Ryan Pulock
13. Winnipeg: Elias Lindholm
14. Columbus: Adam Erne
15. New York Islanders: Josh Morrissey
16. Buffalo: Frederik Gauthier
17. Ottawa: Alexander Wennberg
18. Detroit: Valentin Zykov
19. Columbus: Kerby Rychel
20. San Jose: Curtis Lazar
21. Toronto: Robert Hagg
22. Calgary: Zach Fucale
23. Washington: Ryan Hartman
24. Vancouver: Madison Bowey
25. Montreal: J.T. Compher
26. Anaheim: Samuel Morin
27. Columbus: Jacob De La Rose
28. Boston: Mirco Mueller
29. Calgary: Bo Horvat
30. Chicago: Ian McCoshen

Reasoning:
I put Seth Jones 1st even though ISS recently said Nathan MacKinnon was the best prospect available. I do believe MacKinnon may end up the better player, but Colorado already has a lot of very good, young offensive players such as Landeskog and Duchene.

I put Valery Nischushkin much lower than most mock drafts because his KHL contract scares me. I know he has publicly stated that he will be playing for the NHL, but what if he doesn’t like the contract being offered or the team he gets drafted to? He can bolt for the KHL.

Teams to Watch:
Calgary: If i’m Calgary, I try to move down from 6th to about 15th, or try to trade the 22nd pick up. Kippur is in the twilight of his career and there isn’t anyone in the system who can replace him. In the draft, there is one goalie I see that can replace Kippur and it’s Zach Fucale. Teams know that and may use that as a bargaining chip.

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Interview with Alex Fallstrom!

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We caught up with Alex Fallstrom of the Harvard Crimson and the Boston Bruins organization! He was most recently playing for Harvard Crimson. He was originally drafted in the 4th Round of the 2009 Entry Draft (116th Overall). However, he recently signed his Entry Level Contract with the nearby Boston Bruins. He’s a super nice guy, and a amazing follow on Twitter as well. You can follow him @alexfallstrom16. You can also follow me on Twitter @HkyBlogger, and you can “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog

Got a question, comment, or just want to talk? Leave us a comment below!
As per usual, we are in bold.

So first things first, what’s your day been like?

My day has been good so far, grabbed a light lift this morning and then I ran some errand preparing for my parents coming in for graduation next week.

People know Alex Fallstrom the name, but not Alex Fallstrom the person, maybe a little autobiography with a cool fact about you?

I was born and raised back in Sweden, and there I started playing hockey when I was around 7 years old. Then I moved to Faribault, Minneosta to attend Shattuck St.Mary’s High School for two years where I ended up getting drafted by the Minnesota Wild at the end of my senior year. Then for the past four years I’ve been going to school and playing hockey at Harvard and I’m graduating next Thursday. After our season I was fortunate enough to fulfill a childhood dream of mine when I signed a professional contract with the Boston Bruins, and went down and played some games with their minor league affiliate Providence Bruins.

What are you planning to major in at Harvard?

I majored in Economics at Harvard.

As a child, was there one player you looked up to growing up?

When I grew up I always looked up to Daniel Alfredsson. 

We interviewed your teammate Jimmy Vesey a few days ago, and he told us you’re the team DJ? So you must have lots of music pumping up the room, whats the Crimsons’ music of choice?

I took over after Chad Morin as the team’s DJ during my freshman year, and since then I’ve been in charge of the music in the locker room since then. During the weeks before and after practices it’s mainly country that’s playing from my iPod, but on game days it’s mostly house music that I’m playing. A lot of Swedish house, music by fellow Swedes like the Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, and Alesso. Real good stuff. Now I’ve passed over the DJ torch to Tommy O’Regan.

He also told us you’re a terrible dancer too, so its your turn to expose a secret about him! What’s one embarrassing secret about Jimmy Vesey you’d like to share?

Haha, I wouldn’t agree with that. I mean I don’t usually dance a whole lot but whenever I do I feel like I do a pretty good job. I feel like Jimbo is a pretty open book, but rumor has it he had never had a single vegetable before he came to Harvard…

When you’re in North America, is there one thing you miss about home?

I miss my family and friends a lot, and then the home cooked meals. My mom is an awesome cook so I miss her food a lot. 

What’s your biggest regret in life?

Not staying in touch with some people from back home and from high school during the time I’ve spent here at school. 

Your teammate Luke Greiner is from the same High School, (Shattuck-St. Mary). Did you guys make your decision together or was it just a coincidence?

Greins was a grade above me at Shattuck and he committed a year before me, so he was definitely a big reason in my decision to come to Harvard.

What has been your biggest highlight of your career?

Getting drafted my senior year at Shattuck, and the signing my first professional contract with Boston earlier this year. 

Lowest point?

My lowest point was probably when I got cut from the Swedish national team before world juniors.

How did you improve?

I didn’t let it bring me down so I just trained and worked even harder to prove to them that it was a mistake to not put me on the team. 

Next round is a lightning round! I don’t want you to think. Just answer. READY?

Pre-game rituals?

Medium ice coffee at Dunkin every time I walk down to the rink before games.

Long bus ride, what are you doing?

Listening to my iPod or watching movies on my computer.

What are you answering this with?

My computer.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs, without a doubt.

xBox or Playstation?

Xbox

Play any other sports growing up?

Golf and soccer

One class you hated in school?

A biology class, Science of Living Systems 11

One class you loved?

Economics 1760: Topics in Finance 

Final questions:

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Never stop chasing the dream, it might just be around the corner. 

Who should we interview next?

Danny Biega, Luke Greiner, Conor Morrison, Marshall Everson. 

Thank you for your time.

Let’s Meet Nick Walters!

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We recently had a chat with Nick Walters! He is part of the St. Louis Blues organization after being drafted by the Blues in 2012 with the 116th pick. He was assigned to his WHL team, Everett Silvertips, where he played 35 games, scoring 1 goal and 9 assists with 70 penalty minutes. At the trade deadline, Walters was dealt to the Brandon Wheat Kings, where he played 29 games, earning nine assists and 36 penalty minutes. His strong season led to a promotion to the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen after the WHL season. He’s a great nice guy, and a great follow on Twitter. You can follow him on Twitter: @NickWalters3. He has Instagram as well! Follow him there! His Instagram account is: @nwally3. You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger and “like” our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog

Without further to do… Here’s our interview with Nick Walters!

As per usual, we are in bold.

So first things first, how’s your day been?

It’s been going haha just finished my training for the day now. I’m just going to go home and rest 

So people know your name but may not really know things about you, whats something cool most people don’t know about Nick Walters? 

Hmm well let’s see I don’t know. Pretty much just hockey in the summer I like to wakesurf like behind the boat I don’t know, be out at the cabin. On weekends hang out with friends and family nothing too crazy

So what kind of player do you consider yourself to be?

Um more like a solid two way dman, look after my own zone but put up the odd point here and there

Growing up, was there a player you looked up to?

 Well I grew up playing with and against Dane Phaneuf and when we played together in the spring his older brother Dion would come out and Skate with us and help us out so I started looking up to him at a young age

Growing up in St. Albert, were you a Flames fan or an Oilers fan? 

Hahah well I just played my minor hockey there but I did everything else in the big city Edmonton so definitely an Oiler hhah

Take us back to when you were drafted, where were you, what were you feelings, how did you react?

Well I never went to the draft I stayed with my friends and family, and I was very excited I mean it’s every kid’s dream to play in the NHL and the draft is the first part of that so yeah I was very happy and I don’t remember exactly. I think I just smiled and gave everyone hugs lol

What’s one thing about St. Albert that you’ll miss? It can be, but doesn’t have to be hockey related.

Oh I don’t know just my friends most of all

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Well at the end of this year we as the Brandon Wheat Kings didn’t make playoffs so St. Louis called me up to their AHL team and I got to play my first 4 pro games which was very exciting and cool to me

What about your lowest point?

Oh I don’t know. Probably my 17 year old year when I hurt my knee and couldn’t play the last 10 games of the year and I tried to play Game 1 of the playoffs like 85 percent and I shouldn’t of haha

Oh man. Haha. So the next part is sort of a lightning round. Don’t think! Just answer! Ready?

Shoot

Favourite food?

Roast beef

What’s on your iPod?

Rap, RnB, Dubstep, House, Techno, country, and etc.

Can you cook?

Yes basics

Biggest fear?

Not being able to play hockey

Scariest experience?

Hurting my knee

Fancy dinner or backyard barbecue?

Fancy dinner

Something you’re looking forward to?

St.Louis training camp because we never got to go last year because of the lockout

Last question:

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Just to have fun enjoy your time and opportunity and make the most of it

Thank you for your time!

No problem thank you
Photocreds: bobhuntphoto.com

Interview With Timo Pielmeier!

We recently caught up with the elusive Timo Pielmeier! He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 3rd Round of the 2007 Draft (83rd Overall). He currently plays in the DEL! He’s a great guy and a great follow on Twitter as well! Follow him on Twitter @TimoPielmeier! You know who else is a good follow on Twitter? Me! Haha! Follow me on Twitter @HkyBlogger. You can “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog
Without further to do!
As usual, we are in bold!  
 
First off, how has your day been?
I have been doing well, I got used to German hockey again and its nice to be playing in the same country as my family lives!
 
Whats a day in the life of Timo Pielmeier?
In Summer time I go work out in the morning. After lunch we go on the boat (wakesurfing) or go play some golf.
 
So people know who Timo Pielmeier is, but also don’t know who you are. This might be confusing, so let me explain. People know your name, but not a lot about you. Are there any interesting facts about yourself that would surprise people?
Not really. I am a family kind of guy now that I am home after five years in North America. Its nice spending time with them again cause you’ve missed out a lot, but it was worth it! I would go back anytime if I get a good offer! Hockey is all I live for and especially now in the summertime its important be in the best shape when the season starts, but if youdo your homework (summer workout), there’s no problem to play the way you can!
 
Growing up, was it difficult playing ice hockey? Germany is generally known for soccer (football) , and I assume football is the sport most played in Germany?
Yes, that’s right especially cause its cheaper all you need is soccer shoes, but hockey is getting bigger every year. The DEL is a very good league and a lot of good and famous hockey players play or played there.
 
What inspired you to play hockey?
My dad used to play and my brother Thomas Pielmeier also plays. He’s two years older than me I always looked up to him and still do its good to have someone cause you can push each other in summertime.
Who was your favorite player growing up?
I would say Martin Brodeur. I like the old school style.
I love to ask goalies this, what’s it like taking a puck to the mask?
It can hurt, I’m not gonna lie. But the mask I am playing with (Sportsmask), I’ve never had problems with thank god. But i’ve seen goalies get knocked out by a puck…
 
You’ve played in North America and Europe, what’s the difference besides the size of the rink? Doesn’t have to be hockey related, could be something like, “Hotel rooms were bigger in North America.”
I think hockey is slower here, guys have more time to think, but as a goalie I got more time to move cause the ice is bigger, so for me it wasn’t hard to get back into it.
You were drafted 83rd Overall in the 2007 draft, where were you when you got the call and what was your reaction?
I was at a Roller Hockey tournament when my agent called me. It was a very special day for my family and myself.
I know you aren’t allowed to tell me who was interested in you, but do you know the approximate number of teams interested?
I have no idea to be honest!
You’re the first goalie I’ve ever interviewed to score a goal in a professional game, so what was that like? Can you take us through it?
It was unreal. I always tried it and it finally happened. Its still hard to believe when I see it on video. It was the day before the x-mas break.
Representing Germany nationally, what was that like?
Its always nice to play for your country. Germany has good goaltending and its not easy to get a spot on a team!
Where were you when you got traded? What was your initial reaction?
I was in Elmira (ECHL). I wasn’t surprised cause Anaheim signed other goalies ahead of me I was pretty much waiting for it, but I gotta say I had a great time in the Anaheim Ducks organization I also got traded very well in New Jersey – Albany. I played one game for them against my old team Syracuse and we beat them! That was pretty nice!
What has been your high point in your career?
When I played 2 period for the Anaheim Ducks!
What has been your lowest point?
I would say when I got to training camp and I got sent down to the ECHL
How did you persevere from that point?
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
I was working even harder and now I am more than happy to be the goalie of Ingolstadt Panther.
 
The second half is a “lightning round” there’s no wrong answer, say what’s on your mind!
iPhone or Android? iPhone
What are you answering this on? Macbook
Favourite place to play away from home? Anaheim
Favourite prank you’ve seen or done? Too many
xBox or Playstation? Playstation
Favourite food? Sushi
Backyard Barbecue or Fancy dinner?BBQ
Yay or Nay? Poutine.YAY
Who’s your roomie on the road? David Elsner
What’s on your iPod right now? Tomorrowland Lil Wayne……..
Favourite NHL team? Ducks
What’s better? Winter or Summer? Both
 
Last questions:

<div>Who should I interview next? Brian Stewart

If there’s on piece of advice you could give to aspiring goalies, what would it be?
Don’t stop believing every day is an opportunity to get better.
Thank you for your time.
No problem

Photocreds: zimbio.com

Let’s Meet Jimmy Vesey!

ImageWe recently had a chat with Jimmy Vesey of both the Nashville Predators and the Harvard Crimson. He grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts. In his freshman year (this year) he was the Ivy League Rookie Of The Year with 18 points in 27 games. Just some cool facts about his family, his dad Jim, played college hockey at Merrimack, and after college hockey went on to play in the NHL for both the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins. Jimmy was drafted by the Nashville Predators 66th overall in 2012. He’s a great follow on Twitter and you can follow him @19Vesey. You can also follow me on Twitter @HkyBlogger. If you like us make sure to “like” our page here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog. Got a question, comment, or concern? Leave a comment below, and I promise I’ll get back to you! I’m not going to drag this on any further so without further ado… Here’s our interview with Harvard Crimson and Nashville Predator’s forward, Jimmy Vesey!

As per usual, we’re in bold.

So first things first, how has your day been?

My day was relaxing today. I just got out of school, so I’m taking the week off before getting back in the gym Monday.  I slept in, got some ice cream with my sister, and hung out with my family.

 

Whats a day in the life of Jimmy Vesey?

Usually, at school, I’m up around 9 o’clock for a day of classes before heading down to the rink around 2 o’clock.  There, we have practice and a lift, and then I usually grab dinner with the guys.  Then, I’ll go back to my room, do some homework, listen to music, and try to get into bed at a reasonable hour.

 

Any cool facts about you?

I’ve taken five years of Mandarin Chinese and hope to be fluent by the time I finish college.

 

Growing up, what was it like having a father who played professional hockey?

Having my dad around was the best thing I could’ve asked for.  He taught me everything I know about hockey, and also taught me a lot of life lessons about how to conduct myself off the ice and how to be a man.  His knowledge of the game was second to none – he really knows hockey inside and out.

 

What are you studying at Harvard?

Right now, I haven’t declared my major, but I think that I will eventually decide to concentrate in government.

 

I was doing some research, and I stumbled on some thing I must ask. You’re a member of the Chinese National Honor Society? How did you into that in the first place? 

I took four years of Chinese in prep school, and it turned out to be my favorite subject.  I got pretty good at it, and my teacher put me in the application process for the National Chinese Honor Society.  I had to give a resume and stuff like that and was eventually accepted. – (wow! Maybe I should try to interview him one day in Mandarin!)

 

So we’re doing an interview with your teammate Alex Fallstrom as well, do you have any secrets you could expose about him?

He was our team DJ in the locker room this year.  He actually did a pretty good job, mixing it up with a lot of techno and country.  Terrible dancer though. – (can’t wait until I interview Alex and ask him about his dancing skills!)

 

What kind of player do you consider yourself?

I consider myself an offensive-minded forward who can play a skill game and can also be a power forward.  I like to make plays in the offensive zone with the puck and think I have the ability to score and make the pretty pass.

 

What is your biggest strength hockey-wise?

I think my biggest strength is my hockey sense in the offensive zone.  I think I have a natural ability to score goals in the offensive zone and make plays.

 

Where do you think you can improve on?

I think the biggest areas to improve for me are my skating and my strength.  Those are gonna be key areas to focus on as I move to the next level.

 

So take us back to when you were drafted. What was it like?

Being drafted was an unbelievable experience.  I got to be at the draft and experience it with 15 family members so it was awesome.  Sitting there can be a little nerve-wracking, but hearing my name called was surreal.  It is definitely something that I will never forget.

 

If there was one thing you’ve learned from representing Team USA at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship, what would it be?

I learned to never give up.  I had no prior international experience and never thought I’d make the team after the summer tryout and even during the pre-tournament camp.  I ended up making the team as the 13th forward and working my way into a bigger role.  The experience taught me to always be positive and never give up!

 

Team USA Gold Medal, Getting Drafted, or Ivy League Rookie of the Year, what was the best?

I think the gold medal was the best.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get a chance to play for my country ever again.  It truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity and an awesome experience that couldn’t have gone any better.

 

The highlight of your career so far, what is it?

Scoring on Malcolm Subban vs. Canada in World Juniors. – (if you’re curious, the photo is the goal he’s talking about!)

 

How about your lowest point of your career?

Not getting drafted in my first draft year.  I thought it was going to happen, so I was pretty crushed when I wasn’t selected.

 

How did you persevere from that?

I tried to play from then on like I had something to prove.  I used not getting drafted as my motivation for that summer and the next season.  

 

So the next part is a lightning round. This is where people really learn about you as a person! I don’t want you to think, just answer. Your answer doesn’t even need to make sense. Just answer! Ready?

Favourite food?

Chicken Parm – (ohhh, that’s good. haha)

Pre-game superstitions?

Put all the right-side of my equipment on before the left (socks, shinpads, skates, elbow pads), play soccer with some of the guys before warmups, stand in the same spot for the national anthem. 

Mac or PC?

Mac

If you weren’t aspiring to be a NHL player, what would you be aspiring to be?

Probably an MLB player 

iPhone or Android?

iPhone 

One place you want to visit?

Bora Bora 

Best prank you’ve seen or done?

Clear tape on someone’s skates

Favourite class as a kid?

History

Pet peeve in people?

Arrogance

 

Final questions: 

Do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?

My advice to young hockey players would be to never give up and don’t listen to people’s negativity.  Focus on what you do best and never stop working hard.  

 

Any suggestions on who we should interview?

Brian Hart, Tommy O’Regan, or Dan Fick

Thank you for your time!

Interview With Matt Lindblad!

We caught up with Matthew Lindblad of the Dartmouth Big Green. He was signed by the Boston Bruins in early April to an entry level contract. Matt was the Ivy League Rookie of The Year in 2010-2011. During his sophomore year, he was injured and only played 26 games but still was 2nd on the team in scoring with 24 points! He’s a nice guy, replies quickly, and he knows how to celebrate after a goal! So follow him on Twitter, @mlindblad9. He’s a cool follow! You know who else is a cool follow? We are! Follow us on Twitter @HkyBlogger and like us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog  

We’re not going to drag this on longer, so without further to do!
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So we know Matthew Lindblad’s name, but we don’t know Matthew Lindblad as a person. So let hear a little bit about yourself! Maybe your childhood or maybe something cool about yourself?

I grew up in Winnetka, Illinois and didn’t start playing hockey till around age six.  I have always looked up to my brother, Brewster who is two years older, and once I saw him play for the first time it immediately became something I wanted to do as well. 

 

Take us through a day in the life of Matthew Lindblad?

A typical day for me consists of a good breakfast at around 8:00.  I usually like to get to the rink early to stretch and warm up, so for a 10:30 practice you’d find me usually at the rink by 9:00.  After practice I like to stick around on the ice and work on different aspects of my game, whether shooting pucks or doing extra drills with some of the guys.  After practice I would cool down and stretch before grabbing lunch with a couple teammates.  With the rest of the day usually open, I am typically either watching movies or playing XBOX.  

 

As a child, was there a player you looked up to?

One of my favorite players as a kid was Ilya Kovalchuck.

 

What were you studying at Dartmouth?

At school I have been studying Government.

 

What do you think your greatest asset as a hockey player is?

I’d say my greatest asset is how I think the game.  I am very responsible in both ends of the ice.

 

Where do you think you can improve the most?

Something I need to improve on that I have been working towards is becoming stronger.  One of the biggest differences I notice from one level to another is how strong guys are.  I feel that this is an aspect of my game that I need to continue to focus on in order to maximize my potential.

 

How do you play such a disciplined game while playing a large role for Dartmouth?

There is no real secret for how I play a disciplined game.  Whether I was playing at Dartmouth or at any other level, I have always tried to minimize making mistakes.

 

You’ve played a lot at the college level but not as many at the AHL, but from your limited experience, whats the biggest difference college hockey and AHL hockey?

At the AHL level, guys are much bigger and stronger.  However, what I have also noticed to be a heavy difference is the style of play.  The different systems we play, and the positioning of players is much different than what I had experienced at Dartmouth. 

 

Take us back to when you were signed, can you paint us a picture of what happened?

I signed about two weeks after my season at Dartmouth ended.  Before signing, I asked if there was any way I could catch a game at the Garden since I had never been there before.  My family flew out to Boston to meet me at the game and it was an experience I’ll never forget. 

 

Right now in Providence, who’s your roomie on the road?

Unfortunately I had to return to Dartmouth to finish out the term so I am not on the road.  However, when I was in Providence my roommate was Rob Flick, who had just recently been traded from Rockford. 

 

So the next part is sort of like a “lightning round”. Don’t give lots of thought in to these questions. Just answer. Ready?

Motorcycle or car?

Car

 

Backyard Barbecue or Fancy night out?

Backyard Barbecue

 

Read the book or watch the movie?

Watch the movie

 

Pet peeve?

Bad service when going out to eat

 

Dogs or cats?

Dogs

 

Favourite TV show?

The Office

 

xBox or Playstation?

xBox

 

Final questions:

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Never give up on pursuing your dreams

 

Who should we interview next?

Tim O’Brien

Thank you for your time!

NHL Playoff Predictions. Round 2. The Semi-Finals!

Hey guys it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, just want to say sorry for that! I have a Montreal Canadiens post season blog coming up in the next few days that I cannot wait to share with you guys but for now i’d like to share with you all my predictions for the 2nd Round of Playoffs so here it goes!

We will start in the Eastern Conference with the Pens & Sens! This will be a interesting series because of the controversy surrounding Matt Cooke and Erik Karlsson earlier in the season. I pick Pittsburgh in 5 games. Craig Anderson is good but he cannot beat the Pens by himself.

Bruins & Rangers: This will be a good physical original six series. I have to pick Boston in 7, this is going to be a close series though.

In the West, let’s start with the Blackhawks & Wings. This will be the second original six series in the second round of these playoffs. Can Detroit stop Chicago? I don’t think so! Chicago in 6!

Sharks & Kings. This is probably the most difficult series for me to call, i really think the winner of this series wins the cup this year, its just a gut feeling. Is this the year the Sharks finally make it to the finals? Will the Kings repeat as Stanley Cup champions? So many questions to be answered but I have to go with LA in 7.

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Period by Period Analysis of Game 7!

Hey guys! It’s Alson of Not Your Average Hockey Blog here. Some of us have some extra time today, so we’re going to present you with a treat. I’ve invited some friends to help me out today, as we’re going to do a period by period analysis of game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins. We’ll be posting after the end of each period, and at i’ll finish it off after period 3 with my final thoughts. So check often for new news, share with your friends, cause we’ll love you if you do, and comment! We PROMOTE arguing with your friends! As long as its yknow, making sense?

Period 1:
Alright hey guys, Alson here with the 1st Period. I admit, I missed the first five minutes. The score is 1-1. One big thing being mentioned quite a bit is Dennis Sidenberg seems to have an injury. Not too sure what it is right now, seems like a lower body injury. Big blow for the Bruins. With Redden out as well, Claude Julien will be relying quite a bit on Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski. Toronto needs to take advantage of a younger defenseive core with less experience. Keep up the forecheck and try to force mistakes. If they can force mistakes, it’s only a matter of time till the Leafs take the lead. On the flip side, the Bruins need to keep on passing. Take their time and a good opening will come. This is my part for now. Check back later!

Period 2:

Hey guys, Zain here with the 2nd Period. The score is 2-1. C.Franson has scored both the goals for Toronto and  has a chance of getting a hat-rick.  In my opinion, he is playing outstanding today, he is maintaining his position and scoring whenever it is possible.  Even though the Leafs are taking a lot of hits they are still going on strong especially Grabovski . This is one of the guys that has had a lot of shots and chances but hasn’t been lucky at all with the goals. On the other hand, Rask is definitely trying to keep the Bruins in the game by making some crucial saves. For the Bruins all of those hits are starting to take its effect on the leafs especially on Phaneuf, it looks like he is hurt and tired. For now, it looks good for the Leafs.

3rd Period:
Guess Reimer can’t be called Jesus anymore. Leafs started the third period with Kessel’s goal. However, Boston has been keeping the puck in the Toronto zone the entire time during the period. With this, Boston scored three times and forced overtime into third. Honestly, I thought the Leafs had improved in defense but because of inexperience from the lack of playoffs, they are still unable to deal with the pressure during a lead. Matt Frattin had a breakaway, which would have insured the Leafs a win tonight but Rask made a key save for Boston. Frattin’s goal would have changed many things in this third period. Going to overtime, Leafs need to win their faceoffs, or else they’re out as Reimer cannot bail the Leafs out anymore. Let’s just hope Boston doesn’t succeed in pulling off a Russian comeback.

OT:
Alson here again. Good try Toronto, good try. People thought Toronto was going to get destroyed and they made a series out of it. Toronto gave up too many rebounds and they got burnt. Toronto should be proud of their team. To all the people who think they need to blow it up and trade Reimer, open your eyes. This team over achieved like crazy. Reimer has the potential to be a top high end goalie that can steal games. Boston goes on to face New York. This is going to be a fun series.

3rd Period Recap by AKM
What A Period!
As the second period ended, I looked across the room at my dad, a lifelong Leaf fan, and it brought a smile to my face. He leaned back in his beloved chair, let out a big sigh and said, “What a game! How about those Leafs?” I’m sure he was echoing the emotions of Leafs Nation! The Bruins fans, on the other hand, are probably collectively thinking, “How did it come to this?” Is there anything like a game 7 between original six rivals?
The first 3:00 of the third period were not kind to the Bruins. Over the past few games, the Bruins defense made a habit of turning pucks over in their own zone those giveaways turned into scoring chances for the Leafs leading to an early goal by Phil Kessel to put the Leafs up 3-1. A few minutes later Boston’s defense made a mistake inside the Leafs blue line that turned into an odd man rush that the Leafs Nazim Kadri capitalized on, not only making it 4-1 but silencing the Boston faithful at the same time. Nathan Horton scored and made it 4-2 with over ten minutes left in the third period but James Reimer made some big saves immediately following the Horton goal and kept the Leafs on top! Speaking of the Leafs goaltending, I think it would be foolish to mention the mistakes by the Bruins defense without talking about the stellar play of the Leafs young goalie James Reimer! He was spectacular.
The third period has been just like the entire series, UNPREDICTABLE! Just when LeafNation was starting to think about heading to round two, the Game 7 savvy Bruins scored two goals with Rask on the bench and instead of celebrating a round one series win, the Leafs are stunned and trying to regroup for the most exciting thing in the NHL playoffs…Game 7 Overtime! Wouldn’t it be Fitting to see Phil Kessel score in OT in Boston? What a fitting way to end a great series! Boston’s strength going to OT is most definitely their experience, their weakness, their defense! Toronto’s strength heading to OT, their Goalie, their weakness inexperience! As a Habs fan, I have bad memories about game 7 OT in Boston. One thing is for sure, no matter what happens, it’s been a great series!

Game 7 OverTime

Both teams started OT flying! The Leafs had a couple if big chances early but Rask made a huge save to keep the Bruins in it. Everyone is on their feet, nobody wants to make THE mistake! As the overtime continued the Bruins experience really started to show as they took it to the young Leafs getting chance after chance! The Leafs just couldn’t get their bearings and the Bruins best player on both sides of the puck scored the winning goal on a rebound! He tied it, then he won it! Take nothing away from the upstart Leafs as, I believe, there are better days ahead. They were so close to winning this game, I would compare it to “the miracle in Manchester!”
In closing I’ll say that the Bruins leaned on their experience as I eluded to in my third period blog, as well as a couple of huge saves from Tuuka Rask and will now play the New York Rangers in a second straight original six matchup that, based on their games in the regular season, looks like it will be another beauty!

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Playoffs predictions: OTT-MTL; NYR-WAS

Living close to Montreal and having access to French and English media gave me a lot of opportunity to get all the vibes surrounding the first round series between the Habs and the Senators. There is not much rivalry between those two teams. That may change now that they are facing each other in the playoffs for the first time since the ”return” of the Senators 20 years ago. The big talk now is how will Carey Price handle the pressure for the Canadiens and both coaches have been talking about toughness and hitting making the difference. Chris Neil could become the most hated player at Bell Centre after Chara. He will be on a mission. Montreal is counting on Prust for that. The PK vs EK confrontation has been brought up. Both coaches have admitted that both teams are alike. Well structured. Good defense, Good balance. The advantage may be with Montreal for the 4 lines though. That is the main reason they finished 2nd in the East. Defensively I would give the edge to Ottawa and goaltending. I predict Price will crumble. I like him. It’s just too much pressure for him to handle right now and he did not finish the season very strong. He was not even in the net against the Leafs last Saturday. He was in the bad mood with the reporters the day after. Not the best scenario. The Senators have Karlsson back and Spezza may get back too. Great PK% for the Sens and same for the Habs but on the PP. The Senators can frustrate teams. I have a bad feeling for the team my friends adore here in Habsland. 

Prediction: Ottawa in 6.

Supper time is coming and hockey is on soon so I will make it brief for the other series starting this evening. The Rangers are not the same team they were a year ago. They were solid as rock last year. This year their record and consistency did improve as the season went but they made the playoffs by playing 7 of their last 8 games vs opponents in the bottom 8. That is where the Caps come in with Ovechkin. He has a lot to prove still in the playoffs. He wants to win it all as well. Mike Greene has 11 points in is last 8 games. Holtby was hot in the playoffs last season in the net. The Caps are getting in the playoffs red hot.

Prediction: Washington in 7.