Articles by Remy Greer

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Projecting the NHL’s breakout stars in 2011-12

With apologies to fans of the Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils, it is highly unlikely the lottery picks from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will immediately step into the league and breakout as stars in 2011-12. Instead, when examining players poised for coming out parties, one thing stands out: breakout players have faced some adversity. Whether it was playing in an advanced role as an injury fill-in, getting rushed to…

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Presenting the best second line in hockey today

With an NHL franchise that has missed out on the playoffs since 2003-04, Leafs Nation hasn’t had much to cheer about in the post-lockout era. One thing fans of the Blue and White can now hang their collective hat on is the emergence of the Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin unit — also known as the best second line in hockey. At first glance it seems preposterous to proclaim the also-ran Maple Leafs as the greatest in any aspect…

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NHL reactions to Philadelphia’s transformation

When the Philadelphia Flyers came away from the first-round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft with highly-touted centers Jeff Carter and Mike Richards many thought general manager Bobby Clarke had gotten away with grand larceny. Richards, named captain of the Flyers in 2008, quickly developed into one of the league’s best two-way pivots while amassing 133 goals and 349 points in six seasons in Philadelphia. Jeff Carter, the club’s leading goal-scorer for the past three…

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The most successful steals in NHL Draft history

One of the most interesting aspects of the NHL Entry Draft is filtering through the hundreds of prospects to find potential steals or sleeper picks. Year after year, diamonds in the rough slip through the fingers of general managers and head scouts. There are a myriad of factors that contribute to a player’s sleeper status, whether it’s lack of playing time (see: Steve Mason), physical immaturity, injuries, lack of exposure from playing in Europe or…

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Boone Jenner and the fast-approaching NHL Draft

Growing up on a cattle farm in Dorchester, Ontario as the youngest of three hockey playing brothers, Boone Jenner honed his work ethic and toughness – two traits that separate the Oshawa Generals centre from many of the top prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Jenner, the 18th-rated skater on Central Scouting’s final rankings, attributes much of his development to the battles he went through with older brothers Cole and Leo, the latter a…

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Ryan Murphy awaits NHL Draft fate

OHL skaters Ryan Murphy, Dan Catenacci, Barclay Goodrow and Steven Janes all grew up five minutes from one another, were minor hockey teammates with the York Simcoe Express and as close friends all hope to be selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Though the four players remain close-knit, Murphy has separated himself from his former Express teammates with his dynamic skating and playmaking ability at the blueline during two stellar seasons with the Kitchener…

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Selecting No. 2 in the NHL Draft

Each National Hockey League franchise has dreamt of landing the first overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft at least once in their existence. It’s inevitable. When the time does come, management must disarm their short-term aspirations and insert thoughts about what blue chipper is worthy of their enviable position in the draft order. Whether it’s a playmaking center, skilled European winger or thoroughbred defenseman, teams look to first overall draft picks as a guide, a saviour…

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Mark McNeill, the NHL Draft’s latest bloomer

Entering the 2010-11 regular season, Mark McNeill wasn’t even on the radar as a potential first-round draft pick for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In fact, the Prince Albert Raiders center wasn’t even listed on Central Scouting’s preliminary rankings of the top 25 North American skaters last November. He was absent from International Scouting Services’ October, 2010 top 30 list as well. As the major junior hockey season progressed, however, scouts began to take notice of McNeill’s dramatically…

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Brandon Saad: Spirit of Saginaw, NHL-bound

Growing up just north of Pittsburgh in Gibsonia, PA., Brandon Saad idolized the Penguins’ multitude of offensive dynamos — the likes of Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and more recently Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. It’s ironic then that Saad, the 19th ranked North American skater and top-rated U.S. prospect on Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, is being lauded for his all-around game. “Brandon has very good speed and agility and that makes him…