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2022 NHL Draft Prospects - Analysis + Notes (Part 1)

Conor Geekie - Winnipeg Ice (WHL) Has NHL size (6'3'', 196 Ibs) Can play a skilled game, with a physical edge Younger brother of Morgan Geekie (Seattle Kraken) Often compared to: Joe Thornton High hockey IQ (very smart and efficient player) Always in the right spot Speed is biggest issue in his game (not the fastest) Hasn't shown two-way ability  Projected: Top 20 Pick Matthew Savoie - Winnipeg Ice (WHL) Undersized centerman (5'9'', 175 Ibs) Will probably move to the wing in the NHL Dynamic playmaker (55 points in WHL this season) Great skater (stands out) Dynamic with and without the puck 90 points in 65 NHL games Projection: Top 10 Pick Lian Bichsel - Leksand IF (SHL) Massive (NHL body) 6'5'', 216 Ibs Physical (defensively sound) Defensive skills is beyond age Smooth Skater (although skating doesn't stand out) Great 1-on-1 (good gap and stick length) Lacks elite offensive skill (concerns on 5-on-5) Split time between SHL, Juniors and repres

How to Prospect Watch Baseball Cards - What to look for in a player?

Prospecting is a major aspect of the baseball card world. People are always looking for players that could be the next Mike Trout or Hall of Famer. Here are some tips that will save you time and money when prospecting! Age of the Player: Age is a major category that comes into play when scouting for the correct baseball card to buy. Collectors want the next Juan Soto or Ronald Acuna Jr., players who broke into the league at a very young age. For example, Juan Soto was just 19 when he made his MLB debut. The younger the player, the greater collectibility the player will receive. Remember, no one wants a rookie card of a 33-year-old player. Generally, a rule of thumb would be to collect rookies under the age of 24. Team Player Plays For : Team factors into the value of a card on the  market. What teams are non-baseball watchers most likely to know? Maybe the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, etc. Players on high-market teams are generally going to go for higher prices, due to the high number

MLB Game Recap: Mets at Marlins (6/26/22)

The Miami Marlins walk off the New York Mets, after a home run by Nick Fortes.  Batting : Garrett Cooper got Miami on the board early. The righty hit a sacrifice fly to left field, driving in John Berti. Miami led 1-0 after the first inning. Brandon Nimmo tied the game during the top of the third inning. He hit his fifth home run of the year to centre field. While teammate Pete Alonso got the Mets the lead by doubling to bring in Starling Marte in the same inning, Miguel Rojas tied the game in the bottom of the third for Miami. He launched his sixth home run of the season to deep centre field. The Marlins and Mets were deadlocked heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Nick Fortes would be the hero for the Miami Marlins. The young catcher launched his third career home run to left field, sending the fans and Marlins home with a 3-2 win. Pitching : Daniel Castano got the ball for the Miami Marlins. The Orlando, Florida native pitched seven innings of work, allowing just five hit

Compare and Contrast: Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama Speeches

Many internal aspects are emphasized in the ranking criteria for each speech. The intended audience and the speech's relatability come first. Is it anything that the typical person would care about? Is it just applicable to a specific demographic? As a result, the speech's message must be important and grab the audience's attention. The goal must be clear and strong, illustrating a point and justifying it with specific details. Does the speech persuade the listener by using rhetorical devices? Finally, when it comes to evaluating speeches, tone matters a lot. Is the message properly conveyed in the speech? Is it possible to relate to the words because of the speaker's tone? Martin Luther King: Michelle Obama: Barack Obama: Michelle Obama's education speech had the greatest theme, relatability, and tone. First, the speech’s t

MLB Game Recap: Pirates at Rays (6/25/22)

 The Tampa Bay Rays narrowly edge the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5 today.  Batting : Vidal Brujan singled to centre field in the first inning, driving in two runs. Randy Arozarena and Taylor Wells. Tampa Bay took an early 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh's Diego Castillo cut the lead in half when he homered during the third inning. Castillo's seventh home run of the season was followed by Bryan Reynolds's RBI single. Michael Perez scored to tie the game. Randy Arozarena gave the Rays the lead again after he doubled to center, driving in Josh Lowe.  Rookie Jack Suwinski hit his 12th home run of the game. His three-run home run to left field drove in Bligh Madris and Daniel Vogelbach. Pittsburgh took a 6-3 lead going into the seventh. Isaac Parades hit his tenth home run for the Rays. His solo home run cut the deficit to two. In the ninth, Parades would walk Tampa off. His single to right field drove in Brujan and Choi, giving Tampa the lead and the win. Pitching : Veteran Corey Kluber go

Topps Bunt Release: 2022 Gypsy Queen Digital Series 1

Gypsy Queen (Series 1): Collect major stars, rookies, prospects, and more! The latest collection of Topps Gypsy Queen has been added to the Topps Bunt Digital Trading Card App. The set features similar inserts and is parallel to the physical GQ release.  Remember to collect new players and up-and-coming players for weekly Bunt contests!  Boosts : Uncommon: 2.2x Rare: 2.7x Super Rare: 3.2x Iconic: 3.7x Legendary: 4.2x Act fast before all cards sell out on July 15th, at 1:00 PM ET. Cost :  Standard Packs (odds: 2 guaranteed uncommon, 1:5 rare, 1:40 super rare, 1:400 iconic) - 5000 coins Super Packs (odds: 8 guaranteed uncommon, 3 guaranteed rare, 1:2 super rare, 1:12 iconic, 1:125 legendary) - 600 diamonds Event Packs (complete a three step event for a pack of uncommons) Set Variations  (see full-checklist on Topps Bunt App): Base Set - Uncommon (149 card set + Justin VerlanderAward) Jackie Robinson Day Base Variation - Uncommon *Event Exclusive* (29 card set + Mookie Betts Award) Blue

2021-22 NHL Season Review: Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes are in the midst of a full-team rebuild, thus achieving their goal of finishing second-last in the entire NHL this past season. The Yotes finished with a harsh 57 points and a -106 goal differential, far worse than the last-place Montreal Canadiens. Clayton Keller : Although harsh, few of the Coyotes actually had solid seasons. For example, Clayton Keller. The former seventh overall pick, arguably, had his best statistical season since his rookie year, 2017-18. In 67 games played, the elite offensive-minded forward scored 63 points. Keller represented the Coyotes at the All-Star game.   Keller averaged over 20 minutes per game, playing on the power play while also on the penalty kill. He has significantly improved his two-way game, as represented by his two shorthanded points and his career high in blocks.   The assistant captain will look to build on his success during the 2022–23 season. He is set to return in time for training camp after breaking his leg near

2021-22 NHL Season Review: Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks are in the midst of a rebuild. Although this past season, the squad has shown significant progression. The Ducks finished second last in the Pacific Division with a 31-37-14 record, although many players showed signs of past expectations. For example, Troy Terry. Top Forward : Troy Terry Troy Terry arguably had one of the best breakout seasons in the entire NHL. The former fifth-round pick was touted as a highly skilled forward. Terry debuted during the 2017-18 season and wasn't able to post a 20+ points season till this year. The 24-year-old played 75 games on the Ducks' top line and scored 37 goals and 30 assists, leading the team in goals and points. He was also selected to represent Anaheim at the All-Star game, his first appearance. Terry is in the midst of a three-year contract, worth an AAV of $1.45M, ending after the 2022-23 season. If he continues his production, he will likely see a massive pay increase by Anaheim or around the league. Top Defensemen

Top U16 (2007) Teams in Ontario: London Jr. Knights

The London Jr. Knights, unfortunately, capped off the past season as the 19th-ranked team in Ontario. London won the 2019-20 Alliance Championship and was ranked as high as the second-best team in Ontario.  London's showing this season was due to the loss of two players, Ryan Roobroeck and Ethan Weir. Both players suited up for the 2006 team, although back for the 2022-23 season. After, both were denied early access to the OHL with exceptional status. Ryan Roobroeck is an exceptional player. He was second in points last season playing with 2006-born-players. In 35 Alliance games, he recorded 82 points, leading his entire team. Roobroeck and the Knights competed in the 2022 OHL Cup, where he scored seven points in just five games. Ethan Weir is another player that can turn a team around. The youngster scored 42 points in 35 Alliance games. He has more points than OHL third-round pick Broden McConnell-Barker and just less than first-round pick Jett Luchanko. Look out for the London J

2021-22 OHL First All-Star Team

Centre – Wyatt Johnston , Windsor Spitfires Wyatt Johnston was named the OHL's Most Outstanding Player, thus pretty much guaranteeing himself a spot on the all-star team. The Dallas Stars' first-round pick had a remarkable season, leading his team to the OHL finals. Johnston scored 41 points in 25 playoff games and 124 points in 68 regular season games. Left Wing – Brennan Othmann , Flint Firebirds The former Don Mills Flyers superstar has excelled every since playing for Flint. Othmann has taken his game to a different level, scoring 97 points in 66 games. He is not likely to return to Flint after signing his entry-level contract with the New York Rangers earlier this season. Right Wing – Brandon Coe , North Bay Battalion The Ajax native has had a productive season proving to be one of the best forwards in the OHL. Coe helped a past struggling Battalion team to the playoffs. He did this by scoring 101 points in 62 games, an upgrade from his 2019-20 season where he scored 57 po

Boston Calls up Top Prospect Jeter Downs

Boston Red Sox prospect Jeter Downs has been called to the major leagues today. Downs, a middle infielder, has been playing for AAA Worcester this season. The youngster was drafted 32nd overall by the Cincinnati Reds in 2017. He would then be shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers and again to the Red Sox in the Mookie Betts trade. This season Jeter has been having a rough offensive season. In 53 games, the second basemen is batting .180, although he has 11 home runs. The Red Sox require second base reinforcements due to the injuries to Christian Arroyo and Kike Hernandez. Downs will likely be sent back down to AAA once Arroyo and Hernandez are healthy. Downs is currently ranked as the fifth-best prospect in Boston's farm pool. Achievement of his includes representing the American League during the 2021 MLB Futures Game. To correspond with this transaction, Boston designated James Norwood for assignment. Jeter is slated to get his first MLB action soon.

MLB Game Recap: Cardinals at Red Sox (6/19/22)

Nick Pivetta leads Boston to a series win against St. Louis. Batting : Trevor Story started the scoring during the second inning. He blasted his tenth home run of the season. Boston took an early lead. Harrison Bader responded, and he singled to left field. St.Louis' Tyler O'Neill scored on the play to tie the game. Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to shallow center field, driving in Alex Verdugo. Boston took a 2-1 lead after five. Rob Refsnyder added to the BoSox lead, driving in Christian Vazquez. While Vazquez would hit a three-run home run in the following inning. Boston took a 6-1 lead going into the top of the ninth. Juan Yepez wouldn't take no for an answer. The Cardinal hit a three-run home run, narrowing a deficit to two. Pitching : Nick Pivetta started for Boston. He completed seven innings of work. The Canadien racked up ten strikeouts while allowing one run off of four hits. He handed the baton to John Schreiber, who pitched a scoreless eighth. Tyler Danish started th

Lord of the Flies - How Choices Impact a Human Being

  Choices Control Life Every choice has a consequence. Decision-making distinguishes between the actions of civility and savagery. Decisions often reflect the physical and mental state, leading to right or wrong. Vast numbers of bad choices show how simple it is to make a poor decision versus a good decision. The children’s blunders in Lord of the Flies by William Golding emphasize the significance of making the proper decision, encouraging the reader to take their time making choices to avoid the destruction of civilization. Firstly, decisions in life often reflect the distinctions between civility and savagery. Immediately, the reader gains a variation of each character based on actions and judgments. Golding states, "Ralph [took] a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy’s head" (Golding 75). Occurring, after Jack does not keep the fire going on the island, the boys argue, and emotions get to him, he abuses Piggy verbally and physically, demonstrating the microscopic details b

Snack Review: El Sabroso Guacachip Tortilla Chips

Have you ever urged for an unhealthy bag of chips? You are in luck with El Sabroso Guacachip Tortilla Chips. The product provides a healthier alternative compared to regular potato chips. Review : The product tastes like any regular tortilla chip. The avocado flavor is not too strong but savory. The most significant benefit would be the cleanliness of the product, as stated, "The dips in the chips." If you are not a fan of guacamole, this is a must-try product. Don't like the texture of an avocado? Well, you are in luck! It tastes just like a chip! Rating : 8.5/10

Sending a TTM Autograph Request - The Tips and Tricks

What is TTM? It is the act of sending fan mail to your favorite athlete/celebrity and hoping for an autograph. TTM stands for Through the Mail but is also known as a Through the Mail Autograph Request. How do I send a TTM? You will need stamps, envelopes, and the item you would like signed.  Steps : 1. Research (Know who you want to send to) 2. Find (Find an appropriate address to send to) 3. Get (The needed supplies to send Mail) 4. Write a letter to a celebrity/athlete (Make sure to be kind!) 5. Include return postage and SASE (make it as easy as possible to receiver) 6. Ship Please also keep in fact that not all athletes/celebrities sign TTM. Be sure to do proper research on who signs first! Tips : - Be kind - Be Patient - Respect

MLB Game Recap: Yankees at Blue Jays (6/18/22)

Jameson Taillon pitched five plus scoreless innings, leading the Yankees over divisional rival Blue Jays. Batting : Aaron Hicks opened the scoring for New York, doubling to right field. He would bring in Kiner-Falefa, Torres, and Rizzo, giving NY a 3-0 lead after four innings. Isiah Kiner-Falefa would add an insurance run during the sixth inning. He hit his 11th double of the season, driving in Gleyber Torres. Toronto was held to just five hits compared to eight for the Bronx Bombers. Pitching : Alek Manoah got the ball for the home team Blue Jays. He wouldn't be his best today, pitching in 5.1 innings of work. He allowed four runs off of six hits and struck out five. Manoah currently has an 8-2 record and a 2.00 ERA after his start. Jays' relievers David Phelps, Tim Mayza, and Trent Thornton; were all solid. They each pitched scoreless relief outings. Jameson Taillon was great for the visiting Yankees. The thirty-year-old allowed just four hits in 5.2 innings. He would record

MLB Game Recap: Marlins at Mets (6/18/22)

Walker and the New York Mets narrowly defeat the Miami Marlins. Batting : Jeff McNeil got New York on the board first after hitting a single to right field, scoring J.D. Davis and Mark Canha. Francisco Lindor added to the Mets' lead during the third inning. His 11th home run of the year, driving in Starling Marte, gave New York a 3-0 lead. Miami would respond during the seventh inning. Avisail Garcia would hit a double to deep center field, driving in Jazz Chisholm Jr. Narrowly, the New York led to two. The Marlins would apply pressure during the ninth inning in desperation. Jon Berti would single to the right field. He then stole second and advanced to third. Garrett Cooper would single to shallow centerfield to drive in Berti. Miami was unable to score more and ended up losing 3-2. Pitching : Taijuan Walker got the start for the New York Mets. The veteran pitched 6.2 innings, allowing just one run. Walker's line includes just two hits and nine strikeouts. The 29-year-old rece

MLB Recap: June 17, 2022

Game Recap : The New York Yankees blew out the Toronto Blue Jays, 12-3. Jordan Montgomery through six innings, allowing two runs for the Bronx Bombers. Anthony Rizzo exploded for four RBIs and one home run. Note for the Jays, rookie catcher Gabriel Moreno went 3/4 with two runs-batted-in. The Phillies and Nationals played a two-game doubleheader. During the first game, Philly edged Washington, 5-3. Middle-men Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos both had big games. Harper went 3/4 with a walk, while Castellanos went 2/4 with two RBIs. Nats' starter Joan Adon picked up his 11th loss of the season. Game 2 saw Philadelphia again edging Washington, this time 8-7 during extra innings. J.T. Realmuto's single drove in Rhys Hoskins and Kyle Schwarber during the top of the 10th inning. Reliever Jose Alvarado picked up his first win of the season. A low-scoring affair ended in a 1-0 Chicago Cubs win over the Atlanta Braves. Cubs' starter Keegan Thompson pitched six scoreless innings giv

Columbus Extend Liam Foudy

 The Columbus Blue Jackets have extended the contract of forward Liam Foudy. Foudy will be a part of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the next two seasons. He will have a two-way contract for the first year of his contract, allowing him to be transferred to Cleveland of the American Hockey League. In the NHL, he'd earn $750K. In the AHL, he'd get $200K. He would make $775K on a one-way agreement during his second year. Foudy is a former first-round selection by Columbus during the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. This past season Foudy spent most of his year in the AHL. Playing in 29 games, he would score 19 points, including seven goals. The youngster also played one game in the NHL. He has a time-on-ice of 11:51 and recorded one shot-on-goal and hit. The former London Knight transitioned into pro hockey during the 2018-19 season, playing in the AHL. Foudy would debut during the 2019-20 season and score his first point.  Foudy remains one of Columbus' top prospects in the system.

Prospect Preview: Bryce McConnell-Barker

Bryce McConnell-Barker is a centerman currently playing for Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. Bryce stands at 6'1'' and weighs 193 pounds. He is the older brother of Broden McConnell-Barker. McConnell-Barker is originally from London, Ontario, the city he played his minor hockey. In his OHL draft year, he played for the London Jr. Knights. Bryce played in 33 games, scoring 48 points at the Alliance U16 AAA level. Thus, leading his team in scoring while playing with Dylan Roobroeck. He concluded the season by being awarded Alliance Play of The Year. The youngster even got to play in the GOJHL (a junior team) as a call-up. In his six-game stint, McConnell-Barker scored three goals and three assists. The London-native would be drafted 4th overall by SOO during the 2020 OHL Entry Draft. Unfortunately, McConnell-Barker would not be able to play in the 2020-21 season due to the OHL shutting down due to Covid-19. The OHL resumed during the 2021-22 season, and McConnell-Barker got his

OHL Finals - Game 7: Windsor vs Hamilton

The final game of the OHL season occurs tonight. The winner takes all, Hamilton and Windsor battle for The OHL Championship and a spot at The Memorial Cup. At 7:00 p.m., Game 7 of the OHL Championships will take place at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. So far: Game 1 –  Windsor 4 at Hamilton 3 Game 2 –  Windsor 4 at Hamilton 5 Game 3 –  Hamilton 3 at Windsor 6 Game 4 –  Hamilton 3 at Windsor 2 Game 5 –  Windsor 2 at Hamilton 3 Game 6 –  Hamilton 2 at Windsor 5 The visiting Windsor Spitfires are led by OHL's Most Outstanding Play of The Year, Wyatt Johnston. The Dallas Stars pick led all players in playoff points with 41 while also putting up an OHL high of 124 points in the regular season. The Spits will also rely on Will Cuylle, a former third-round pick. He is third in OHL Playoffs scoring, with 15 goals and 16 assists. The home team Hamilton Bulldogs is one of the most dynamic teams in the entire CHL. Boosting their roster with the trade deadline pickup of Mason McTavish, H

Vegas Hires Bruce Cassidy

The Vegas Golden Knights have hired Bruce Cassidy as their third head coach in franchise history. Cassidy, the former head coach of Boston, was let go just weeks ago. Rumors came out that reportedly Bruins management told Cassidy his job was safe. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Cassidy has been in Boston’s organization since the 2008-09 season, serving as the assistant coach for Providence (AHL). He would then be named the interim head coach during the middle of the 2016-17 season. Cassidy did not miss a single playoff leading the Bruins his accomplishments include The Jack Adams award during the 2019-20 season. The Vegas Golden Knights previously relieved former Peter DeBoer of coaching duties after the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. After, Vegas failed to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Knights and Cassidy hope to strive for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

Rangers Sign Vitali Kravtsov to One-Year Deal

Vitali Kravtsov has signed a one-year, one-way contract extension with the New York Rangers. Kravtsov will earn $875K after failing to break the Rangers team last season; he is a former 9th overall pick. New York and Kravtsov would collide as the Russian forward refused to report to New York's AHL affiliate Hartford. The Rangers would end up loaning Kravstov to Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. Playing in Russia, Vitali played in 19 games, scoring six goals and seven points in the regular season. While also scoring 10 points in 15 playoff games. Previously, Kravtsov debuted with New York during the 2020-21 season, playing in 20 games, scoring two goals and two assists. Kravtsov was originally drafted 9th overall during the 2018 NHL Entry Draft; he will turn 23 this December. The forward stands at an impressive 6'2'' and weighs 187 pound.

MLB Game Recap: A's at Guardians (6/12/22)

The Cleveland Guardians have defeated Oakland, 6-3 today. The Guardians now sit in second in the Central Division, while Oakland sits in last. Batting : Ramon Laureano got Oakland on the board early, blasting a solo home run to left field. Ramon's second home run of the season gave the Athletics' an early 1-0 lead. Jose Ramirez would tie the game right back up the following inning. He would double and bring in Amed Rosario and Myles Straw. Owen Miller would drive in Ramirez later with a single to center field. Cleveland took a 3-1 lead after the first inning. Amed Rosario would add to Cleveland's lead, doubling and driving in Myles Straw. Josh Naylor would single-driving in Rosario during the sixth inning. During the seventh, Jose Ramirez would drive in catcher Austin Hedges after reaching on an error. Cleveland took a 6-1 lead going into the eighth. Oakland's Christian Bethancourt and Seth Brown would both hit solo home runs narrowing the lead. Pitching : Cal Quantrill