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2021-22 Season Preview | Episode 89

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we preview the upcoming 2021-22 season. Lauren Smith and Anthony Di Paolo officially join the podcast (1:05), and we start with a rundown of training camp and this year's pre-season (3:47). We then get to everyone's favorite segment with a fresh start to the #ECrew Fantasy Challenge (29:05). Finally, we wrap things up by previewing what to watch for during the opening weekend (52:40), including a rematch of the EHL Championship game from this past March.

Welcome to the e show with NeilRabbit. Founded in two thousand and thirteen, the EHL has become the college placementleader on the East Coast. Sit Back and learn more about the nextstep in your junior hockey career. Welcome to the e show, presented bythe PELLTY box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we takecare of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey communitywho experienced the castrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation dot Org.What's up? My name is Neil Raven and this is episode number eighty nineof the east show. On this week's episode we preview the upcoming two thousandand twenty one twenty two season. Lauren Smith and Anthony the Paul officially joinedthe podcast and we start with a rundown of training camp in this year's preseason. We then get to everyone's favorite segment with a fresh start to the ecrew fantasy challenge. Finally, we wrap things up by previewing what to watchfor during the opening weekend, including a rematch of the ehl championship game fromthis past March. Welcome back to the east show. Let's bring in thee crew and it's finally a full edition of the podcast. I'm going tointroduce each one of them to you, coming back for his third season.Or two and a half? Is it? Jeff? Jeff Mills Coming on here? It's a podcast. Really this is two and a half. Imean we league itself back to two thousand and fourteen as far as calling games, but on the podcast I think it's two and a half because we startedin the January of two thousand and nine ninety. Yes, yes, Idid a decade ago, basically, let's say ten, twenty years ago,you know, two thousand and nineteen, and then joining the podcast for thevery first time. I'll first introduce Laurence Smith, our new rankside reporter.Lauren, you excited. I've been looking forward to this. I've had thismarked out of my counter for quite a while now and coming on the podcastfor the first time. But he's been in the League for a while aswell. Like Jeff. It's Anthony to Apolo, our beat writer for theyear. Welcome to the e show, Anthony. Thank you, Neil.Yes, this is my fifth season working with the New Jersey d sevens andnow I've the honor being the beat writer for the Eastern Hockey League. It'sbeen nearly six months since the the frozen finals ended, so I can't believethat tomorrow's and start of the season. I'm just really excited for this andwe're going to post more video content from the podcast this year, kind oflike spending checklist does. And why is say that? Is because we're allon video right now and there's someone that isn't on video right now, buthis name has been dropped in this podcast throughout the first eighty eight episodes.Right, Jeff, I think we've probably executive producer. I think we've probablyJo dropped Justin Squitterry's name too many times. Justin the Voice of God, couldyou just say hello, because we can't see you. WHOA, you'llnot hear me very much. There he is, MR EP of self.It's a Justin squittier. It only took us eighty nine episodes for him tocome on. It only took us only that episodes. Hey, it's nottriple digits, Neal, you know, Abe Nice. Yes, I meanit's the run but, like I said, he's jumping on. He's gonna kindof hang out in the podcast all year will probably jump in when weget a fact wrong. That'll be that'll be the that'll be the perfect timefor that. We get a fact wrong. If we're talking about playing games,if we're talking about hat trick points, those are all don't talk about playinggames. Oh Man, Jud go and how much one points and hattrick points. Like we're gonna get to fantasy later on this. We dothis every podcast. All right, because we want to talk about fantasy now. I want to talk about fancy now, because I am rattled already that likeevery guy that I picked. You guys picked. WHOOPS, but we'llget to that. Let's start with the weekly run down. It's time forthe e cruise weekly run down. The show. Week we run down isbrought to you by the junior hockey podcast, you home for junior hockey news,knowledge and nonsense. Trick them out a TJJ PODCASTCOM and the weekly rundown, formally known as around the show for those that tuned in last year. It's typically a chance for us to look back at the week that was, the week that took place, and obviously the week that took place therealsomility, a week that took place. So our season, our season isobviously starting tomorrow them, and there's so many different games and matchups to watchout for. I find it funny how opening week and we're going to startlooking down south. Jeff will remember this because he was on at the endof the year in the playoffs. We had Marilyn take on the rough ridersvery and in that first round. Yep, you remember who the only person wasto pick against Maryland in that playoff series? You're talking to him rightnow. Is it was Neil? That's right, that's and I actually rememberthis. It was very Gunty, the...

...owner of team Maryland. Right,they called you out on instagram. He all, I called them on thephone and it was probably a month after the season. Who knows what we'resupposed to be talking about, because he answered the phone with did you callme to apologize? I said what? I don't know what I did.What do I have to apologize for? And he said for being the onlyidiot that didn't pick my team. But what makes it unique is the roughriders were undefeated against team Maryland regular season last year. Anthony, you sawthe rough riders a lot. Are they jeckeline hide or is that just wasthat just kind of the trend last year. I felt like they went from awesomegame to not an awesome game, back and forth all year. Lungwell, I saw a firsthand when the rough riders would face they seven.It's because there are times where the the rough riders be able to get awin against the savings, but then other games eighty sevens would win like ninenothing, eight, one, just he's like really onesided, high scoring games. But I'm also going to reference the previous beat writer, Kyle McKenna,who said it best and I fully agree with where team Maryland is is ateam that's built for the playoffs, where Josh FOSCO has a very like meatand potatoes, just grind it out kind of play stile, where all theplayers buy into a even their top player in Dennis Arcapanko, where they blockshots, they take the body and it's just meant for them this season.And I and even though a team might be undefeated against one team in theregular season, you know we've seen it at all levels where that could justget tossed out the window. Yeah, so Carlin was able to do thatand advanced past the the rough riders. I was actually just going to say, a tuna. We should have looked at that and then like well,every dog has their day, right, if you won the regular season series, that maybe the playoffs comes around and when I have the same what,because that team seen you quite a bit of times during the regular season.But I think if you look back at the schedule, I think the roughriders went to Maryland backtoback weekends. There too, it was like last weekin the regular season and then the first week and of the playoffs. AndI'm going to knock on what as I say this, it was because allthose like quarantine restrictions were in place last year. Yep, in the middleof that week in but tween restrictions got were made easier, if you will, I guess you could say, for the rough riders, because the firstweek they had to play in Delaware because if they had played in Maryland theywould not have been able to stay in the state of Maryland because of thetwenty four hour rule that Knecticut hadn't place. So, thinking back on it,like I probably should have picked Maryland because that's a lot of travel forone team to go back to that right. But yeah, but I had tobe contrary to pick somebody the other team, because the rest of youall pick the same guy. I was gonna say I think that was maybeour fault. For me, Brittany Kyle's, all of our picks were what theywere and you were trying to go different, which is good. Youknow, try to create we try to stir the pot right. We didthat well last year. We're going to try to continue to do that thisyear because a lot of coaches, a lot of players liked everything we saidin the minute we post stuff, Bam you get immediate reactions, good,bad, in the middle, and that's what we want. We're talking aboutthe league. We put the League on the map and we're doing a heckof a job and we got to keep going and think what's all as whatdo you guys say, Anthony? No, I was going to say you guysare talking about coverder stricches. I think the other thing to note aboutteam Maryland is that they didn't get to play single game plan the Orchard Arenalast season. We got to play until the playoffs, until the playoffs,yes, going they think they so got to play Maryland, but that's say. It went county by county with their restriction, so each county had theirown set of rules. It was so even though they got to play inMaryland. I think Josh's telling me that their rank that they played him wasin over an hour away from pliny orchards. so He everything was all mice.Yeah, but not really home ice. It was called Ice Swirl, Iswear. Oh, it's real. We wise works as world. Yeah, that's right. But what's unique is, like I start jumping right back intoit. Right, it's a three game series. They play Friday,Saturday Sunday. We're going to get the fantasy, as I mentioned earlier.Right, we always tease that seventeen times per episode. Right. But what'swhat? When all the rosters come in, like it's obviously like an influx toour inboxes, myself and Justin, Justin, you can hear me,but we always post them and then I look quickly to see, like whatpops out with the rough riders this year, for the goaltenders. They don't havea single age out goaltender. They have two hundred and twos and,awe, hundred and three. I said, we're going to get the fantasy,but Lauren, you picked a goalie who I'm going to put you onthe spot right now. I don't even know how to begin pronouncing this lastthing. Yeah, you kind of you gave me a contact to reach outto from the team and it was interesting. I was not expecting such a quickresponse, but I'm definitely grateful for it, and I was honestly lookingat his name. Two couldn't have told you how you were supposed to pronounceit, but I think kind of fits.

Once I listened to it. Hisname is Daniel Noirrowitz. is how he said it. Only the worldcontact you gave me. He had. He sent me an audio file ofDaniel actually saying it. So it's a hundred percent correct because he said it. So it's Daniel Noirwitz, and makeing a chance on him, I think. I think he could be the dark horse. Who knows? So,when you guess that contact was Mr Steve Brown, is, yeah, it'strue. So, Steven, he's a lot like me, where I thinkwe have comparable OCD right is that? I think that's a fair statement.Right. I. You know what I hate is like what I texted youjust to text Steven. I had then started texting. He's gonna send youan audio filing not to believe me. I have started texting that and Ihit forgot to hit send and the text box. You know what you dothat? I do that all the time out of a why? I mean, as as Vicky, she's like why didstect me? But text me backI'm like, what's in the textbox because I don't believe you. But ithappens to me a lot for some reason. I have a lot going on inmy head. So and in your life and in your phone. Andthen but three games, obviously to watch this weekend between those two teams.Who I mean? I think we could all go out on a limb hereand say all three games could be very close. That's not the only matchupsfor the weekend, though. There's obviously a bunch of other ones that reallystand out. Funny how that was one first round matchup from last year.Marilyn rough riders in the playoffs. The other was the ducks in the applecore. They also played in the first round last year and they have ahome and home series to start this year and kind of a late offseason addition, if you will, for the apple core is Jackson Bernard. I knowif Kyle is here to be screaming it out. He Walked Bernard last yearand I think I had something to do with the fact that Bernard obviously asan age out this year. I have to check it with Michael Azazar.I think he's kind of just deferred his commitment till next year at Augsburg.But Bernard, I mean Anthony, you can kind of attest to this.I think he was like an underrated goalie because of the shots that he sawevery game. Is that a fair statement? Yeah, I mean any time thatBernard team up against the the eighty seven's up, there's a there's aphrase where if you say something enough times, it just doesn't make sense in yourhead. I think it's fannetic sadiation, where that was basically the case withJackson Bernard, because I was saying his name over and over again becausehe was making these ridiculous saves against the eighty sevens players who, you know, Adam holy style of plays, very offensive, attack heavy and he keptApple Court in the game. So I think coming back for another year inthe EHL, he can really lead this apple court team and do some damage. He's a very good go I mean we talked about it in the offseasonpodcast right now. We went through Jackson Bernard when we were making these theall e show lineup, all time lineup teams, and we went through Bernard'snumbers and we were both like astonished. I mean we remembered from last yearwe did the PODCAST, but he was making fifty plus saves some games.I remember one of the Games he had sixty five saves, like, Imean that's unbelievable. Defense has to get a little stronger in front of him. Sure coach L Zazzaro would agree with that point, but I believe metler'scoming back, so that could be a good key peace James Metler. He'sanother good one. So I mean just heard someone to watch for, though. Listen to some of these totals down the stretch, for forty seven,sixty five, forty eight, forty three, thirty six, thirty one, fortysix, hundred and forty six, I mean in that playoff series.I think that's what stands out to me is the playoff series with the duckswas one nothing game won right, and then it was to one in overtimegame two. So we talked about this at length last year. It's asweep for the ducks right at two game to none sweep. Yeah, butthose are toss ups at the end of the day. When you when youlook back at how close the matchups were, they could have gone either way.Oh for sure. Thirty one saves was his lightest day of work.That's actually a higher amount of work for most goaltenders. But, and wedid put them on the all time line up. We put them with Blakemost Talah, Tim Sestak and Jackson Burnard. So we had to the guys andthe guys in front of him for goaltenders. Each one goalie of theyear awards in their respective conferences in college. So maybe there's a little future therefor Jackson Bernard. But obviously we're going to get to our what towatch for and we're probably going to talk about this game again there. Ithink that we cannot not talk about the game, game of opening weekend.Cheff, you know what I'm talking about? I think I do. What Hedho? What is it? The avalanche and Rangers always play at the beginningof every year. They do. We were on the call for was thatlast year? We were on the colligation.

Yes, D it, but thereI don't know if I'm calling Sunday's game. I think Tyler maybe callingSunday's game. Taking a little step back. I gotta rest a voice this year. Yeah, I almost lost my voice the finals last year. Idon't know why. Maybe we had fun. Yeah, we did. We did. But with these two teams they always play very early on in theyear. For those that are asking why it's not the first game of theseason, I will answer the question very quickly. That's because rich to Caprio, the head coach of the Rangers, is suspended for the first game fora penalty that he got the end of last year. So they it wasso like funny how they like scheduled it. They are like, well, whydon't we both play the spartans first and then we play each other second? Right, so, if you look at the schedule, Friday is spartansRangers, Saturday is Spartans Avalanche, Sunday is avalanche rangers. So so Idon't know if bret try to volunteered himself with the seacoast spartans. kind ofrisky, if you will. I don't know. Not that he's bolds theyplayed burly well done the stretch. I could see tried ter being bold andone of them. You know what, right, you got it. Yougot to Restarty, the Sparty Party, the SPARTY party. There we goat the Best Party party that had a three week training camp up at jpeak, which, Lauren, I had to look on the map. Whereis that? Like? Honestly, I'm fortunately can't tell you. I've heardof it plenty of times. I've heard it's quite nice, but I havenever been myself, so I probably wouldn't be able to tell you where itis. Unfortunately, it's so it's heard of it. It's like I wantto say it's like an hour north of Burlington, like well, that's prettyclose to the boarder then, because Burlington's pretty close to the Canadian border upthere anyway. So yeah, and we're going to cover how the lumberjacks arelike your favorite team already. I mean everyone has their favorite team in thispodcast, right. Anthony's got the eight stefens. Everyone knows that. Jeff, you don't have any walpole gear. Yeah, but neither does Justin anyworks for them full time, true, but you don't really coach Holmes TrimmerWeek, developed a good friendship the last year, to call games to them. So I'm going to talk to Josh see what I can get. Youknow from Yorks. Will See. Yes, laurens will probably be Vermont pasty.You never know, it's it might be my hometown team, but hey, you never know, I could end up like in a completely different team. If you if you've heard about my nhl favoritism's, you'd be very likeconfused. So, Lauren does love? Read the robot. I'm Jack Stepread in their Jersey's. Yes's flannels jerseys. Whoop, I I almost. Ialmost put it on this week, but I decided to be focused onthe league this week instead of my lumberjacks Jersey or my wizard's Jersey. Ihave a lot of teams, though. I mean I got really on asJeff was on the red train last year. I was really into the Blue Jewtrain. Yes, you are the railers, which reports from camp arethe railers are going to be really good this year. got that text frommultiple people after which is their coaches, which is great to feel confident,right, but will me laurn AD Justin we're looking at them a little bitbecause we're talking about trying to pick some people from the thrillers for fantasy.Unfortunately, only play one game in the first week, but it did seeTabot drummonds coming back on. Yes, that's a that's a very big piece. He could be up there for defenseman of the year probably early on.Let's talk about that scheduling for a second because I always find that rather unique. We used to start man at the weekend after Labor Day. We wouldsay you guys can start now, and I remember one year we started onlike September seventh or something like that, and then we've kind of pushed itback and pushed it back. I remember last year it was kind of aselfish reason for me to push it after September twelve when I got married.So, but the guys all were in favor of it, right. ButI really guy there lie cuz yeah, I get it. I bring itup because, like it's interesting because we're obviously starting the season this year onthe seventeen, but when you look at the schedules, like there's no ehLP games in the seventeen, right, and like if we if the firstshowcase is September thirty through October three, which is an EHL and ehlp showcase. It's a joint showcase. There's three of them the that one, theNovember showcase in Haverl and the January showcase and Exeter. Those are your jointshowcases. In October the Wallpole showcase, December the NEWINGTON showcase. Those arejust ehl with a few EH LP teams sprinkled in. But back to thatfirst showcase. If you start to see your season or your first showcase onSeptember thirty, how many games do you want to play before them? Question, question for the crew, like I would think you. I mean you'regoing the way. You could want busy...

...because then you'd have more like practiceand you feel like you're more warped up for a tournament. But then atthe same time you could also do not want as many games because you don'twant to feel like you're tired going into like a big weekend like that.I mean every every team in the EH shell at the Worcester showcase is playingthree games and I knew I'd get one call. Here we go, Adam, Hey, yeah, that's an interesting point. I mean, so everyoneknows we didn't have showcases last year, right. That's the other part ofthis that comes in. That's a big element that I would say that alot of these coaches on all of us, right. I mean broadcasters, leaguestaff, coaches, players. We didn't go through that last year.And the showcases are a different piast. Ask Cris Sorella is. Records notso great all time and showcases they're different. But in all seriousness they're different.Right. It's to twenty five minute periods. You get that one ermission with the one ice cut. You're playing multiple games in a row.A lot of these teams usually don't play two three days in a row.So I don't know hlp teams at the first showcase as a number of themplaying four games to see you. So I mean the HLP. We doallow for teams to play twice in one day if they are showcase style.To twenty five and a half, like you said, ehl, we stickto this strictly one per day. I mean, I know for US fortyeight games and four days. I told you I got I signed my hockeyTV contract the other day. I'm doing thirteen four days. So bring mea pillow. Booting like let's call a baby. Let's go energy drinks,oh, bio steal. Last we got to look at those plugs right.Actually, it doesn't have like the energy supplements in it, but it helpsme feel energized. Maybe it'sess mentally right. I believe you know the amino acidsdeal. Those actually do have some like energy reeling. Quite. Yes, okay, I believe you. There's there's just no stimulants in it.There's no caffeine, there's no largeny and that kind of stuff that gives you, you know, real but what does it does? It have the electrolytes, though. Yeah, well, it's a hydration formula. Yeah, yeah, it has all the good stuff. It just doesn't have the sugar likethe gator raids and the power raids and that kind of stuff. So thisis like a real hydration and health tricks delice. Well, like I noticedit last year with the eighty seven EHLP team. Every time they went toa showcase I had to move them further down the power I thinks afterwards youmay have noticed that to Anthony because they struggled in showcase. Well, yeah, you want to know why? Because you schedule them to play a gameright after. They have to make a four hour bus drive Boston to hearthey you you nail this, Neil. No, no, episode there's one. There's one. I remember we went to Chelmsford, right and the theseven S P team had two games that day. The the first one rightoff the boss had to go play against the Boston junior rangers. Eight oneloss. Then that's later later that night, thanks to the open I can hearMaddie. Care to now? Oh my God, wait, later,later that night they played against New Hampshire Avalanche, the other best p team, and it was a one game. He d sevens took him into overtime. So get the these. What point? I don't know. So once,once the eighty seven's were able to get rest, they were able togo toe to toe with the New Hampshire Avalanche. Oh team that was verycomparable to the Boston junior rangers. So, you know, you hate to makeexcuses. Boy, their legs were like Spaghetti. But I think,I think it's about me. We're not just the EED sevens boy team Maryland, Philadelphia, where you have to make these drives all the way up tothese New England states and if you're playing right off the bat you're kind ofhad a disadvantage against teams like the Boston Junior Rangers. For the New HampshireAvalanche or it's a twenty five minute drive right to the arena and you're readyto go. I have to defend myself now, right so I get achance to unless you want to bring some showcases down to Jersey shore arena orice skating complex? Was that a Ford is yours? That was at aplug giving to you by mad and Adam. No, I'man. I'm personally Ilove to see a showcase in one of those arenas. It me too. First off, the the challenge of scheduling, to defend myself, isfinding the balance for when you have to play two games in one day,obviously because you have to have enough time in between, finding a balance fora teams like Maryland to get there right. But the biggest selling point that wheneverI go on the road with this to to present for the League,unreal power point that Justin made to will have to figure out a way toget that one out there. But there's a map that I always show ofour footprint and I have to I always point out that what's crazy about thesport of hockey, and and particular college hockey, is they're trying to growit across the country. But yess why? You see teams like Arizona state comeon, coming a round and stuff...

...like that, and those teams areactually getting better. But College hockey still, whether it's Division One, two orthree, is predominantly a northeast sports still, and we're fortunate that crazystat. Seventy percent of college hockey programs combine do one, D two,d three. Most of our kids go d two, d three. Everyoneknows that. But seventy percent of Division One, two and three hockey schoolsfall in our footprint, right inside the maps. Seventy percent, but butthe but the higher majority of those, are in the state of Massachusetts.Look at just mass on this and its own masses loaded with hockey and itis you can't put much more into the state, right. But that's whythe showcases have stayed up here, because you see the most colleges like that. It's why in a four days span in October we play three college teams. Right. So I would wills. I will say you've done a greatjob. The hat you'R weere of the CCM showcase, right. That's allthe way out in Colorado. Look at the two goalies from Connecticut. They'reboth from Colorado. Yes, notice that yes, we're by WARROWITZ and MrJunkin are both from Colorado. Yes, I mean my favorite question on theroad is where is the Eastern Hockey League located? And I have to bepolite, right, I can't just say question of where's the headquarters of myhouse? Where is it located? I was like, it's up north.It's in the northeast but, like I said, to Hampshire, because it'sin the name easterns. It's the first name in there, right, likeEngland patriots. But people I what I say are right. The funniest thingI always get stuck on is what would you call the further furthest most?I'm going to totally tongue twisted here. How what's the northernmost part of ourleague? Vermont. The wolves are Maine. Vermont, right, e Vermont,more than me actually up there. That's right next to Canada. Yes, right, but like, obviously, being from Maine first time everyone,it took me a lot. Yeah, okay, hold on, whoever youare, almost a half hour and and I finally said I'm from me andokay, let's just make that clear. But the commission people, people don'trealize how big Maine is. But our team in Maine is not that farinto the state, which is what I saw. They rolling out to everyone. They're all the southern border. Would tell they're bitter for there and bitterfor their there's just an hour in right. But the funniest question ever was doesthe team main have electricity? I was like no, they actually playedglow in the dog hockey there. What's like? Like, like what?Yeah, there, that's the the main amish eclipse that just sit there.Someone has to go outside and like. But you have to like sad.The sad thing is I've heard comments like that for to the like there's there'slike nothing in New England, like there's nothing to do up there. It'sjust like farm my end and there's nothing to do. Like no there.That's a lotunds with things to do. Like the Farms are nice too,but like they're there's like developed cities. I've listen a few of them.I've gone to quite a few of them. There's just develope of colleges things.I was gonna say all the three of us and even Justin I guessAnthony's anither one. You've only lived in New Jersey, New York area,for your life, Anthony. Yeah, New Jersey, okay, but Justinyou've lived up in mass for a while, like all four of us can attest. There's a lot up here and it's changed a lot over the yearstoo. So these are the questions I get in the offseason. Right,but it's not the offseason anymore. Maybe it's not the offseason anymore. Asyou said on the group tax, Jeff, it's time to put the golf clubsaway. Almost almost. I'll get a few fall around. More roundsI'll go off. I have to get I have one scheduled. Maybe Ican sneak out to a one with you. Yes, we we've got to makethat. I still didn't get to do it this summer. I haveone schedule on the twenty two, I guess, me the sixty four,which means I have to make six other rounds happen before the year ends totie last year's total, which Vicky did say, like why does it evenmatter? And I said I like symmetry, as you know, Jeff. Yeah, I got seventy last year. I have to get seventy this year. It'since. That's simple. That's the tire be broken. Records are madeto be broken, so it's gotta be one of the speaking of symmetry,not that I think any of our lineups are very symmetrical. This week let'sget to the favorite section of the podcast, the ECREW fantasy challenge. It's timefor the e grew fantasy challenge, and the ecrew fantasy challenge is presentedby file steel. These four drink of the AHL. Use the Promo Codee show. That's es how for twenty five percent off when you check outat Bile steelcom. I can go in depth now as to why. Iam just rat dult. Obviously I picked last because I won last year.Humble Bragg Jeff one the year before, though, so we had lauren pickfirst and Anthony, then jeff den myself. As the year progresses, whoever performsthe worst and a certain week will go first the next week. Soyou could perform the worst but still be in first place. So it's kindof that's what why we balance things out. But like every foward I had circled, you guys took like yes, we did our homework, commission yeah, that's took like a couple of hours.

You kept it did one's on theclock. Lauren is doing. I know I'm trying to get through likeplus guys to see which ones I want and actually honestly feel like there's thisis interesting. This is the first time, like I said, I've been callinggames. Is Two thousand and fourteen we have. This is a creditto the league. We just war. We're talking about it. We've gota lot of guys committed. There's a lot of fresh faces in this leaguethis year. Not a lot of returners at all, which makes fantasy veryhard, because then love all of our coaches. But you go through andyou're like, you know, a rookie kid, he goes out, makesone mistake, he's probably going to get set for the next ten minutes.You can not play the rest of the period. So we were sifted throughRoss's and we were like, these are some young teams, these are someguys we've never seen before. So how do we do this? Yeah,I don't never had like so many cockey taps open like ever. I waslike, that's US referencing so many different rosters. I was constantly on eliteprospects like it was quite a time. Well, well, Jefferson, justaddress that point you made. With so many fresh faces and because of thecovid season. In the two thousand and two, two thousand and twenty oneseason, every team was loaded with two thousand birth years and I remember AdamWhoy, the eighty seven coach, saying at point planked to one of theplayers that right now colleges are that season. Colleges are only looking to commit twothousand birth years. Yeah, so they've all aged out. So nowyou have so many kids moving in from the EHLP or from other leagues comingin. So naturally that's why we're going to see so many fresh faces thisyear and it's a easy we will spread the love on fantasy like we alwaysdo. But in week one, Oh, right, that we have to setthe format this year. I Know Justin is like wants the time inhere, but he's not going to because he thinks I change the rules ofthousand times last year. The last year had did la voice. That gottabecause it was just of als. It was so unique the year and theGames are changing so much. And then we didn't make a rule that youcan't pick ten Boston junior rangers like like Brittany. They had who scored thousandgoals. So we had to change things around, but the format is theformat this year. Okay, like this is on record. Every week we'repicking a Ford a d a goalie and, as Jeff and I love to use, I utility. The utility has to be a Ford Er do youcannot be a cool spillery knife. So four times three. You show quickmath. That's twelve people or twelve guys right. So sorry, four timesfor I already messed it up. Sixteen her he messed it up three.Job. There are three selections of the sixteen made by US combined that arenew to the ehl this year. The other thirteen are all returning players.Once we have a chance to see some more games, I think that thatwill that number will start to even itself out. But obviously the trust thatwe have right now is in guys that we've seen before. So the thepart that got me most rattled as we begin to look into Lauren's team,yes, like like this was my guy last year. Jeff was EAGANT spensmy guy. We said, Corydonta used to be your nephew. You cansmit kind of like pass the torture him. He's like your new nephew. Yeah, like he was my I he was the reason I want fantasy.Zact Simon was like the second reason, because it was the first reason,Zacho for going to sex. I'm Lauren picked. You can sment week one? Yeah, so I probably. You probably wouldn't. To be fair,he probably would not have made it past Anthony and then Jeff to get tome. Definitely, but I was trying to like stay like quiet about it, like and not mention the fact that he was coming back to anyone because, like I thought, maybe I'll get lucky, like the numbers are juststupid. Of what he did last year, though, then he was huge aplayoffs to so I mean he's coming in hot and I know it ismonths ago, but everyone remembers that from the postseason. I'm sure you candoes too, and he wants to pick up where he left off. Soa job well done by our new young lady, Lawrence Smith, on pickingEgan. That's a good thick. Sorry, no, I was. That wasthe most crushed I've been at the start fantasy. I think we couldall feel it when you said that text. It said and deal, you're onthe clock from Laura that he was like in everyone. I had circledthis, but pick. So give me a little bit of time. Really, whoops, in a five games stretched down this like the final stretch ofthe season last year, he had fourteen points and three game winners, right, and what wor game winners? Extra points, and they and there weregame winners against the avalanche, right, like I'm sure Chris are Ella saw. He can come back. Let me count the game winners against the avalanche. I'll last you on how many were against Bobli to, who's coming backto the ABS. He had four game winning goals against the avalanche last year. Like it doesn't play the avalanche this...

...weekend, thankfully for Chris. Whoredo they play this weekend? There's so many games at my head spins.I think they played May and right mns playing man, I believe you.I got too many tabs open, Lauren. So it's a lot. This isa lot to look through. Yep, vto Maine, September eighteen, Saturdaynight, seven PM at letty arena. See, and they play on Saturdayand Sunday and then next Wednesday against the warriors. The fantasy week goesfrom podcast to podcast, remember, so we drop this on Thursday all gamesfrom Thursday to next Wednesday counts. So her forward is Egan Schmidt, andwill let you go with the rest, your defense, goalie and utility.Yeah, I gotta had to start off with the will fromont love over there. But for my Defenseman, I went more for new him sure, andI took Thomas Dempsey from the avalanche, so hopefully that'll be a good choice. And My goaltender, we mentioned earlier in the podcast. Everyone was superexcited to hear his name because none of us knew how to pronounce that.I chose Daniel Noirz from a rough riders and seems like he might be alittle bit super pick. Some people were kind of questioning my choice there,but I'm sticking by it. I'm hoping to see him do some good stuffthis weekend. And for my utility, I know this one father neil aswell. I've chose column Bella, also from the rough riders, so greatpick. I think I have a pretty solid group right here. A lotof people were questioning about that goaltender block. I'm sticking by him, but theyhave three games, as we mentioned, against Maryland. Maybe they go onone because they have three goalies. A lot of teams like to dothat early on, is kind of see what every goalie has to offer.I know the wizards do that in particular. Anthony, I'm not jealous of thefact that you'll have a rough riders game here soon and you're going tohave to say Lauren, say it again. There is Daniel, know are withyou're gonna have to say that. It's over you time over again.I mean Jeff and I in the finals, I think we pronounced to Jacomo,DJ Jobe a Jacomo. I think we pronounced it's seven different ways inone game, I think, and I always like apologize it because I justcould not get get it straight. reever that like Yep, and I heardyou say and then I was like, all right, Yep, might maybethat needs to be the thing you incorporate next year. I've seen the hurricanesdo it a couple times. They do they literally they have a link somewhereon their website where they have like a whole front siation guide and they goup to each guy and take an audio clip of them all saying their namea couple different times, just like that, so people know how to say it. It's a little bit of work. But like might help you down theroad. You know what? I would love that. I mean,here's what all say when it comes to interest, quote unquote, interesting names. At least. One thing I've noticed as a broadcaster doing play by playis that when there's a tough name like that, you asked the player howto pronounce the name and you get it right, you almost kind of wantto say, as if you're kind of flexing, that you do know howto pronounce it. I know from experience. There was the the Wolkspart Squirt Knights, and they're still a lot of her took it out the tip ofmy tongue. Back, Lad Hodge, you mede shadows. There's also asmundas, vulture nitis. He was also on the team. Oh yeah, everMinis Arka Panko, and this is what Johnny Jackson was still on the thenights before he came to the s and I remember talking with his father,flyers play by play, Jim Jackson, and he was asking me how tosay lazold, Jim, it's last name, and he was mispronouncing it and Iwas like, Jim, it's okay, like let the expert take care ofme, ha ha. The wars brought the Jim Jackson and it's white. Bernie's awesome to Bernie always their whole family, you know John, Johnny'sa great Katio, d the The sister and just. They're all super nice. I've nothing but nice things to say about the the Jackson family. Yougot it out so fast that I was like trying to pull up the tabbecause we were going to try lot of Lauren got it right twice in arow. That other name that I don't even know it right now. Iknow she just said it a second ago, but as gonna knock her back downand pull up this name for her to try and pronounce. That's theone that he just said. I don't know why this is easier than onthe back got. Does this larn? It says the like Arc. Lookslike the SUNL so I think. I think that year in the fut whatyear was Wilkesbury in finest? Two Thousand and eighteen, nineteen twenty nine.It was the last one. Yeah, yeah, two thousand and twenty Ithink. Jeff and I called Him Zach. Oh all that. Oh, yeah, if we didn't have a chance to to get it out as fastdid, he was he ever in the starting lineup, though? Jeff,no, thank good. So I know you have. I know you haveto do like syllables right when you do the PA, Yep, like youlike. Why do you break that one up? The Bell? Yeah,that'd be a lot. That'll be a long one. Well, ZAC wantto come back in the league, so...

...we can do it. Let's go. I remember. I remember telling him and Os Moondes. I said,whatever you to do, just please don't go on a two on one ortwo on a rush and just past the pluck back and forth to each other. Oh, because, yeah, because I also I just take a simplewater halfway through LARN to. Just were saying, yes, I were justgoing to call. What do we say? Our Goalie, Dan, I think, was really good going Dan. So we going to say his lastname. But well, so, Warrowitz, while I brated Lauren with you're onthe Clock Multiple Times yesterday, I got you back for that yesterday.It you did. I was like, all right, if she picks EganSpit, we're gonna go with Colin Bella. If she picks Colin Bella, we'regoing to go with the floor. At that Anthony took Anthony Who's thatguy? That is Bobby Guyre of team Maryland. Yeah, Bobby Guyer wasone of the leading scores for team Maryland. He put up sixteen goals and twentyassists. So thirty six points in thirty eight Games was not an ageout. So he is ready to recabock for or one more year with teamMaryland and I guess I'll go to with the the rest of the picks.Yeah. So for for defense, also, just one more thing I actually wantto add. So Neil was bugging me asked me if I was justgoing to pick eighty seven s guys the the the entire season. I'm probably. I'm probably going to hear it from Matt Adam and the the rest ofthe team for not picking any eighty sevens guys this week, but I alsowant to try to, I guess, gain some some credibility across the Leaguewhere I'm just not relying on my own guys, where I get to pickguys from other teams and also the New England conference and not just the theplayers that I see on a regular basis. So for defense, I went backto the New England conference with the Vermont lumberjacks I'm going with Aaron Damronand he put up twenty seven points in thirty three games with the lumberjacks peacesquad and he's gonna make that jump to the EHL, so I think thathe's a potential rookie that can really shine through. For goaltender, I'm goingwith Ronan Obli and I had breath the side of relief when Nell said thathe won't be facing Egan Schmidt this week. So that will make my pick alittle better. And for the utility I think I'm cheating with this one. I'm going for a player who was with the sevens and that is atAnthony Tivers of the Connecticut rough riders. Yeah, he he put up eighteenpoints in thirty six games in his first season in the the EHL. Heplayed two seasons for the seven S P team. He pulled the Michigan moveone year and I was on the call for that. I mean he's sucha fun player to watch. He scored in his first game against the sevens and I remember that. So I think Taveris on New Jersey native,is gonna Solid Utility pick for this week and it's source. That's great.Yeah, I've Adam and Maddie give you a hard time. Just say Idid pick an eighty seven. It's not my fallies on the team anymore.That's her formerly. So couple points to point out with Anthony's picks. Ido remember vividly a hat trick for Bobby Guyer, which there are now hattrick points. I am so excited about that. All right, I hadto get that off by chest Aaron Damnron actually played four seasons of Eh LPwith the lumberjacks, which is crazy. But he's from Lebanon, New Hampshire, which, Lauren, I don't even know what that is, but Iknow it's somewhere near Vermont. It's I think it's if I remember me.I think it's somewhere a little to the south. I think because, likeI know I forrey. Should we drive through it when we'd go like whenI was at school year H we drive down from my grandparents house up inBurlington. So I think it. I think we drove here at some points. So I want to say it's like either somewhere in the middle of likesomewhere towards like the south. I think that's more boost country. Sorry,I just Moose country, heys. He had seventy five points, though asa d throughout those four years and the H LP and I and I rememberhim from frozen finals weekend. You know, we said his name quite a bit. So that was a very good pick anything. And he's an ageout now. He was a captain, so I'm sure the lumberjacks going tolook at him as a leader this season. Mobly, I kind of had themcircled. It's good if he I would imagine he's playing Sunday against theRangers. So absolutely little, little bonus point possibility there for Anthony. Andthen we talked about talked about Anthony Severes, the former eighty seven. So that'sthat's what Anthony can take it to, Adam and Maddie. So Jeff willget to euro pics now. I will say I did not have yourforward circled above my forward, so I felt a little breath come back atinto my system. there. All right, buddy, I'm glad. I'm gladI could help you out there make you feel a little bit better,but had to go with the ehlp Most Valuable Player last year, which wasSawyer Worz, and he had forty three...

...points. In Thirty Three Games,twenty two goals, twenty one assists. Almost want us to shy for makingyou a very happy man with the even symmetry of twenty two and twenty two. But sorry, story, we won't put it against you. So we'regoing to go with Sawyer as my forward, just like Lauren did. As faras picking somebody that I know, especially Defenseman we got to see lastyear we had a lot of stay at home John Twitter O type defenseman.Not a lot of guys that we did at the points, but Josh Higginsfrom the New Hampshire avalanche put up twelve points of thirty five games. BigApples Guy, not a big goal scorer. He had eleven assists one goal.So we're going to go with we're going to go with Haiggy. Andthen for my goalie, I'm going with the other rough riders goal tenor.That would be Mr Nicholas Junkin, who is also a Colorado native, justlike Mr Dan the WARROWITZ. The Wad wits good. We're gonna be sayingthe name play a lot. It's it's fun. The WARROWITZ and Junkin.Those are two really good names for goaltenders. To. So so we're going tosee. Maybe, like you said, I know coach Lynn Coach Brown areprobably gonna want to see both since they're new guys. So maybe eachgets one start. And then, for my utility, actually had this kidlast year. Could player Lucas back say from the Connecticut ride rough riders.He's a good goal scorer, gets Asist to twelve goals, twenty assists,thirty two points and thirty six games for him. Then he's actually in histhird year as a rough rider, e. eighteen points and forty games back inone thousand nine hundred and twenty. So again going with familiarity here weekone, because we really don't know a lot of these guys. So let'sgo. So I went the same kind of route we took clean up.We're two rough riders, so we'll write how that turns out for us.I putty. Well, well, they just cross, we'll get them onein a second. Here I have flubbed up my math, Jeff, soI do have to correct you on one thing. Sawyer was the fourd ofthe year for you, and be not every pay but by what a greatseason and what stands out to me as actually he actually got hurt in thefirst frozen finals game. Remember that, and that was a don't want tosay that was the reason, but that was a big that was a bigloss for last year. Slumberjacks, a HLP team, was that the daythey had two games back to back because they were whole. Second they wereall supposed to play two games. That's how wild last year was that wehad to make changes in the fly like that, because the lumberjacks played therailers eighty seven. I don't know who they played first, but they lostthat game right, and they got beat up. They lost like because Iremember Jack was crossing guys. I was like he's hurt, he's hurt.He's lawyer, who was our tightest. I think that was a game againstthe evens. Yes, so they played them first of all and then theyplayed the railers second and the railers beat them also, and we had anemergency meeting because the railers and sevens were watching the championship game and we weregoing to make them play a game before that to figure out who had lastchange. The next day, ever, we we had that meeting on thefly. You didn't really expect that. The frozen finals for all that arewondering. This year that is not a possibility. We're bringing we're bringing sixteams from the EHL and for from the EHLP. So so love it.So, as I speak to the Voice of God, let's see types inthe chat there running. The whole NHL season at the frozen finals will havenever been as jam packed as they will be this year. But that's allwe're talking about, frozen finals for now, because that is months away. Thatis months away from now. To get to my picks, and Ihope Marie is listening, because everybody else picked rough riders and I'm all aboardthe team. Marilands train this week. Okay, I know I wasn't inMarch, but I am now, and John Werber is my goalie. Intalking to Josh Fusco, who he is going to get at least one,maybe two starts in that series against the rough riders. The game that Iam slightly nervous about is next Wednesday when he faces the eighty seven S,but we'll get to that game after we get to the first three games done. Coach Flusco did say to me that he feels he's as strong a goaltenderas he's ever had in Maryland and compared him to the best goal he everhad in Wilkes, Barrey, Thomas, Walmas Walker. I'm going on Walker, going there in goal this week in full. At forward. The wolvesare going to give me a hard time because I'm going to say that hewas a great pick. He was my fourth option, but he has agreat option. Yeah, it was kind of sad when I saw some waslike, oh oops, he actually was on our all time Eh l Pto ehl lineup. WHO's one of the few guys that we selected that iscoming up to play, or actually camp last year to play in the EHshell sats still active, and that's ricards Joe Lenski's. I am fired upabout having him on my lone up this week. He is dynamite. Imean it's will have to see how it compares to when he played with Sergeyand e's some off and Donny Feldman last...

...year, because that blindlist was kindof on another level and obviously a need. Some off and feldman are both agedout into college now, but I feel pretty good about that selection atforward this week. On defense, I was on this train for a whilelast year. Another defense of defense men that doesn't put up a ton ofpoints, but I love the way this kid plays. He's steady. He'swearing the sea this year for the SEACO Spartans, and that's Michael O'Brien.And then my utility Anthony, kind of mentioned this earlier. The majority oflast year's commitments were all agel players. It's kind of was just a natureof the season that we were in. But one of the few nonagel playersthat did get committed was tyler ebling from the protect junior ducks, who's alreadyset to go to the Milwaukee School of Engineering. And then talking to TerryWatt a little bit this offseason, Tyler's in to play forward and defense justlike he did last year. So Hey, I said, I said the Terrygo hey, week one, if he has a shift on forward,just keep him out there. Next shift defense. He's not to he's nottired. He's not tired, no rest. So he was a kyle favorite lastyear. I remember abably was douth Kyle favorite. It was definitely quackquack. So don't just to recap our picks so you hear them all once. Lawrence team is Egan Schmidt Thomas Dempsey, Daniel the warrowits. They say,right, you did this the actually, so you were getting it. Everyoneto say it five times before better and Colin Bella, Anthony's team,bobby guy or Aaron Damon, Ronan mobili and Anthony Tavara's chef team. SawYou're wor saying Josh Hagan's, Nicholas Junkin and Lucas back say my team orcards j Lenski's, Michael O'Brian John Warber and Tyler ebling. Not as toughgroup of names of some of the all time monest that we had this offseason. Jeff Michael Briant. That's a beauty, easy and out. Thank you.He'll Neil, you got in a war whis. Right, boy,you got Anthony's name wrong. His mother actually spoke to me one time whenwe're so in Middletown, and she said it was to Veris, not toVarus. I think Johnny, it's a bear to Barrows does the same thing. Right. Anthony is now come apt me twice the first episode. Allright then, but hey, when we wanted baby, when she listens tothis episode, Anthony, you'll get the messages. That says. Thank youfor pronouncing it correctly. That's easiest. Make it look good. That's all. Yes, that does it for fantasy. Let's get to what to watch forbefore we wrap things up. Here's what to watch for this week inthe east. Show. What to watch for is presented by hockey TV,the official streaming platform for your ehl and EHLP action to the two twenty one, two thousand twenty two season. And we tease this game earlier. AudYou say the first game to watch for has to be that Rangers Avalanche Game. which did they actually play to start last year? Jeff, they did. That's what we were talking about. They that was the shootout game.Yes, that was a shootout. They were they were allowed to cross theborder at that time. That was real quick, though, TACs layers,that feels like so long ago right, like like literally so long ago.I'm trying to go back and find that box score right now. We weregood like ten feet away from each other. Called the game. Everyone was messedup. We're all just kind of like hey, it was like,Dude, I've seen you in so long. That's it going Alreadier, I thought. A for three shootout win for the avalanche. Yeah, can youname the goaltenders that played in that? George Mcmichael? Now, no,it wasn't Mobili either. Nope, it was Chris always does this to hebrings guys in real quick for like a hot for five games. It's like, nope, out, don't like it. And Miller wasn't the start on theranger side. Nope, no, Nathan Miller. HMM, all thosethe other kid, they're broken. McDonald. Yes, that's one. Broome McDonaldwas one and reminds me that he actually we're getting a new frozen finalschampions signed this year, because the last one was like five years old,and I is heaven remember we could not fit in the car, like therewas no way that was in the fit back in the car. But andBrogo was like can I have this teas and I was like, Yep,sure, please do it. You're doing us a favor by taking this awayfrom us. This other goal we have started than that for the avalanche actuallyfinished the season with team Maryland. Bobby mccloskey. Nope, Oliver Quinn,Oliver Quid, wow, feels like forever. A Go was the wolf to before, before the avalanche was a wolf. Yes, the game winner in thatshootout was Corey Tuminus like like. It feels like forever I go,but maybe a tyler Arago is going to be calling that game, I believeon Sunday. For me is and maybe...

...he'll get another shoot up. AsI mentioned, it's kind of a unique opening weekend schedule. I'm not surehow they got Brett try to agree with it, but it's rangers versus Spartanson opening day, avalanche versus Spartans on the second day, avalanche versus Rangerson the third day. All great matchups throughout that opening weekend. We havea couple games in the middle of next week, like Tuesday there there's amain versus railers game and then Wednesday there's actually an e seven team Maryland gamewhich is another rematch up, a playoff matchup. So another interesting game towatch, I think. I think the eighty seven swept that series as well. Flipping over to the EHLP, as I mentioned, opening day on seventeenis just EA SHELL ACTION EH L P. The first puck drop is wolves warriorsat three o'clock on Saturday and then Saturday night thinks that. I thinkthat's your first call right, Anthony Sevens versus little flyers. Yep, andthe the people. The P team plays first, yes, and on seeour team place plays after the both against a little fires. Yep, hewoads. He took us. It took US already, Jeff. It tookUS almost fifty five minutes to get to our first alo name drop. Heloads. Help me with my yes, it's right. He's. I'll giveyou a nickname too, our like he gave me for Meek Mills last year. That was a great woman. Then he's. He sent me. Igot to Whar. I'm gonna have to wear that next episode. The littleflyers first, everyone shirt. He'll send you some swag if you for alittle fires. Name up there. He we will start breaking out the swagnext week for sure, and hope to get more from the other coaches.Yes, said it to us. Will wear. We're going to post these. So the EH L P, just like the EHL, has an athalancherangers matchup next Wednesday as well. It's not the same day as when thethe previous one is taken place in the EHL on Sunday, but another sevengames for the EH LP throughout the week. A full schedule for the EH Shell, so we finally get a chance to play hockey again. I knowthat what's exciting for a lot of our teams is at least early on,they're playing teams that they didn't get a chance to play against last year,where we got forced into playing kind of a very structured schedule because of thequarantine, not quarantine, the covid restrictions and guidelines that were put in place. So hopefully that means seeing some fresh new faces for the first time ina while. Will be good for all of these guys. As Anthony mentionedat the beginning of this segment, you can catch every game live on hockeyTV. I think they actually just came out with another promo. They hadtheir earlier bird special. Now they have another one out that blanking on thename of but you can save fifty on an all access passed as well.So jump on that right away, because the sooner you you you get onthat, the more you can save. Obviously, and every single one ofour games is on is on hockey TV. So great first episode, Guys.Will we'll talk to you next week. Sounds good. Meal, Lauren.Anthony Justin Oz behind the curtain. Should we see you guys should weend of the way? We always do jump. That's said, will youbuy? Thanks for listening to the e show. Learn more at Eastern HockeyLeague Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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