Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday Evening Post

It is time to disperse some links prior to hitting the Road to the Final Five:
  • Fighting Sioux associate head coach Cary Eades was inducted into the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame last weekend during the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament. It's a very high honor for the former three-time state champion head coach of the Warroad Warriors, and congratulations are in order.
  • Inside College Hockey recently named Fighting Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol its WCHA Coach of the Year in its year end awards. Brock Nelson was also named the WCHA Breakthrough Player of the Year.
  • According to one blog, Corban Knight and Rocco Grimaldi are among the Florida Panthers top prospects.
  • Jocelyne Lamoureux was named one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is awarded annually to the top player in women's college hockey. The winner will be announced this weekend during the Frozen Four in Duluth.
  • Brad Schlossman's Weekly Wednesday Update is full of good stuff today.
  • Travis Zajac has been cleared to resume hard skating, and New Jersey Devil GM Lou Lamoriello says their top centerman should return sooner rather than later.
  • The Hockey News recently conducted a poll of NHL players in order to determine the league's Top 50 players. Zach Parise came in at #29 (too low in my opinion, should be in the top 15) while Jonathan Toews is ranked #5. 
  • Toews remains sidelined with concussion symptoms as he's learning to cope with the complexity of his head injury. There is a possibility that he could return by the weekend, but if there is any certainty when it comes to dealing with concussions, it is that there are no certainties.
  • As for Parise, he recently moved into eighth place on New Jersey's all-time scoring list by registering his 400th career point, while there is more speculation that he could return home to Minnesota should he become a free agent this summer.
  • Mike Commodore is looking to revitalize his career in Tampa Bay, and he says he likes Florida so much that if Tampa Bay does not re-sign him this offseason, he might just stick around anyway.
  • Commodore's new Lightning teammate, Brian Lee, is also making an impact for the Bolts.
  • Matt Greene and a few of his Los Angeles King teammates discuss some of the more common hockey player problems.
  • TJ Oshie has taken over St. Louis' team scoring lead, and he looks to be due a nice pay raise this offseason.
  • ESPN recently ran an outstanding feature on Phoenix Coyote head coach Dave Tippett and his unique situation out in the desert. Tippett currently sits on 398 career victories.
  • Hockey Wilderness says Chay Genoway is the Houston Aero that has shown the most improvement over the course of the season.
  • The Edmonton Oilers' Future Watch recently profiled Chris VandeVelde.
  • Kyle Radke of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL) was recently placed on season-ending Injured Reserve.
  • Fighting Sioux recruit Chris Wilkie was invited to USA Hockey's NTDP tryout camp.
  • Recruit Drake Caggiula and the Stouffville Spirit (OJHL) tied their Divisional Final playoff series with Newmarket at two games apiece tonight. Caggiula has been outstanding in the postseason, registering 14 points (5G, 9A) in seven playoff games. He has had multiple points in six of the seven games.
  • Being the Final Five is upon us, we'll leave you with a nice little interview of final Five superstar and current Bakersfield Condor (ECHL) Evan Trupp:

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